Carpe Vita - maldives LiveaboardInquiry
Carpe Vita, the new upgraded sistership of the Carpe Diem and the middle addition to the Explorer Ventures Fleet. The Carpe Vita Explorer started operarting on Feb. 27, 2011.
Carpe Vita will be accompanied by a specially designed new 61 foot diving dhoni (diving tender) to meet the needs and comfort of the divers today.
Carpe Vita will be a more luxurious version of the Carpe Diem, mainly focussing on the dive industry by offering itineraries with 4 dives a day rather than the usual 3 and offering 2 glasses of beer or wine each day along with free soft drinks.
Carpe Vita with her 38 meters in length is bigger than the Carpe Diem, but still catering for a maximum of 20 people. With 10 cabins divided over 3 decks providing a lot more space.
The 10 comfortable cabins of different standards are divided over 3 decks. The different cabin types are VIP suite (2), Superior (2) and standard (6). All cabins have individually controlled AC, safety deposit boxes and their own private bathroom with toilet and hot water shower. The electricity voltage on board is of 220V and the plugs are of 3 pins UK type.
Carpe Vita like the Carpe Diem caters for dedicated scuba diving, wave surfing ,fishing and tailor made trips for both individuals as well as groups.
Carpe Vita's itineraries are designed to take advantage of the changing conditions and to take divers to the best diving areas for the different seasons. The visibility is usually at its peak in December/January. Mantas can be seen throughout the year with the best feeding-station encounters typically during the May-November time frame. Whale sharks are also seen most every month of the year, with the highest concentration seen in the monsoon transition months of April-May and October-November. The water temperatures remain a toasty 80-85º throughout the year. Most divers are comfortable with a 3mm wetsuit - Video of Carpe Vita
From 2013 onwards, the Carpe Vita will be doing special routings to the South and back to be able to get away from the crowd and offer clients, particularly repeat clients something different from the standard Ari Atoll routing. These routings will take place during peak high season (February/March) when the currents are at its strongest and visibility at its best to see the abundance of shark life the Maldives has to offer. Because these routings involve a lot of traveling, the fuel surcharge will be higher than on the normal routings, only 3 dives a day will be offered instead of the usual 4 on the Vita and there will be a need for a domestic flight, either to join the boat or to return after finishing the trip.
There will be 3 different itineraries in total which are briefly described in seperate chapters below.
Carpe Vita - galleryInquiry
Carpe Vita - pricesInquiry
Prices are per week long trip per person in Us$ based on double or twin sharing occupancy.
Single cabin, non sharing cabin +80%
Non divers receive a 10% discount from the above prices
If you book 5 full paying guests you will receive the 6th free of charge!
Nitrox $150 per week and $200 for 10 days
For trips to Baa and Raa atoll $100 per person fuel surcharge.
What is included in the price:
- Maldivian GST 8% (to 1Nov14) - 12% (from 1Nov14) Accommodation in air conditioned cabins, ensuite shower (with hot water) toilet, toiletries, towels and beach towels.
- 4 guided dives per day (depending on your arrival time in Male, weather conditions and 24-hours no diving before fly safety rule) including night dives.
- 4 dives a day
- Air-conditioning in all enclosed areas.Carpe Vita dining
- Full board meals, Pre Breakfast, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
- Inter Dive Fresh snacks.
- Drinking water.
- Two (2) Glasses of Wine or Beer at dinner time.
- Tea and coffee available 24h.
- Soft Drinks
- DVD library and Books Library.
- Audio and video entertainment centre.
- Tanks: 12 ltr Aluminium DIN/INT, weights and weight belts
- PADI Instructor (English speaking) and Dive Master guide (English speaking) services - Guides to Divers max Ratio 1:8
- Snorkelling equipment for non-divers.Carpe Vita dining
- BBQ on a deserted island
- Island hopping
- Airport Transfer (Male’ - Boat - Male’), Meet and Assist
What is not included:
From Nov 2015 Green Tax of USD 6 per person per night
- Scuba Equipment rental (with the exception of Discover Scuba Diving Experience and Open Water Course, in which equipment rental is included in the fee, but limited to its duration).
- Extra Dives are charged at 25 US$ each, not including equipment rental.
- Nitrox $150 per week and $200 for 10 days
- Dive Insurance coverage.
- Bed tax ( US$ 8 / person per night)Carpe Vita + Fuel surcharge
- Extra alcoholic drinks.
- Special occasion extra packages (birthday, anniversary, Christmas and New Years Eve celebration etc.)
Terms and conditions:
30% of booking is required within 7 days of booking - non refundable
70 % is due to 90 days prior to departure - non refundable.
Balance due 90 days before your trip departure date - non-refundable.
Individual booking made less than 90 days before the departured ate are payable in full at the time of booking.
Cancellation at any stage involves forfeit of monies already payed.
10% - within 7 days of booking - non-refundable
20% 180 days prior to departure - non-refundable
90 days before departure - non-refundable
Carpe Diem Maldives Pvt. Ltd. does not offer refunds in the event of personal injury, airplane delay, mechanical breakdowns, weather, sickness, strikes, war, criminal acts, quarantine, acts of god, if another guest requires immediate evacuation and the vessel must return to port or any other event beyond its actual control. Guests are strongly advised to have valid dive medical, travel and cancellation insurances.
|Check dive||1 compulsary dive - for all certified divers coming on board||Foc|
|Discovery scuba diving||1 dive in a house reef fornon-certified divers||$ 100||Equipment|
|Refresher course||1 dive for certified divers that have not dived in a while||$ 60|
|Scuba diver||3 theory lessons, 5 duves||$ 400||Certificate, logbook and equipment|
|Open water||5 theory lessons, 4 dives||$ 550||Logbook, Rdp and certificate|
|Scuba diver upgrade to Open water||2 theory lessons, 2 dives||$ 200||Certificate and equipment|
|Adventures in diving||Theory lessons, 3 dives||$ 250||Certification|
|Advanced course||Theory lessons, 5 dives||$ 350||Manual, slate and certificate|
|Peak performance bouyancy||Theory lessons, 2 dives||$ 150||Certificate|
|Nitrox / Ean||Theory lessons, 2 dives||$ 170||Manual and certificate|
|Digital under water photography||Theory lessons, 2 dives||$ 300||Camera, Manual, slate and certificate|
|U / w videography||Theory lessons, 3 dives||$ 300||Camera, manual and cerificate|
|Emergency first responder||1 full day theory and practical lessons||$ 250||Certificate|
|Description||Per Dive||Per Week||10 days|
|Complete set Bcd, Regulator, Computer, wetsuit and snorkel set||$ 250||$ 330|
|Regulator||$ 5||$ 60||$ 90|
|Bcd||$ 5||$ 60||$ 90|
|Dive lamp||$ 8||$ 30||$ 40|
|Dive computer||$ 10||$ 75||$ 100|
|Wetsuit||$ 5||$ 40||$ 50|
|(mask, fins, snorkel)||$ 30||$ 40|
|Marker bouy||$ 1||$ 8||$ 10|
|Nitrox tank (12 Litre)||$ 10||$ 150||$ 200|
|Extra dive||$ 25|
|15 Litre Air tank (large tank)||$ 100||$150|
|15 Litre Nitrox tank (large tank)||$15||$ 200||$250|
|Belt and weights||Foc|
|Windsurfing||1 hour||$ 30 per hour|
|2-5 hours||$ 25 per hour|
|> 6 hours||$ 20 per hour|
|O ring ride or Knee board||10 minutes||$ 25|
|15 minutes||$ 30|
|Jet Ski||10 minutes||$ 40|
|15 minutes||$ 75|
|Salsa lessons||Group lessons||Per person|
|5 lessons||$ 120|
|8 Lessons||$ 175|
|10 Lessons||$ 200|
|Salsa lessons||Private Lessons||Per person|
|1 person||$ 40|
|2 person||$ 50|
Carpe Vita - scheduleInquiry
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Carpe Vita - cabinsInquiry
Carpe Vita has 10 comfortable cabins of different standards divided over 3 decks. The different cabin types are suite (2), superior (2) and standard (6). All cabins have individually controlled AC, safety deposit boxes and TV screens with DVD players and their own private bathrooms. The electricity voltage on board is of 220V and the plugs are of 3 pins US type. All the cabins have a name of a sea life creature instead of a number.
The very spacious suite cabins, Nos. 1 and 2. The cabins have king size (California) beds which can be separated in two super single beds (39 inches), a wide flat screen TV plus DVD/HD player, desk/chair/dresser, two hanging closets, windows throughout the side of the cabin, bathroom with dual sink, bath tub and separate shower cubicle.
The Carpe Vita has two superior cabins, nos. 3 and 4 located on the main deck with king size beds which can be separated in two super single beds and desk/chair/dresser, hanging closet, large windows, private ensuite bathroom and shower cubicle.
A total of 6 standard cabins, nos. 5 - 10 are located on the cabin deck below the main deck. All cabins have one queen size bed and and super single bed, desk/chair, dresser, private ensuite bathrooms with showers. All standard cabins have portholes.
Carpe Vita - itineraryInquiry
For your flight arrival times ideally you should aim to arrive around 12-2pm or before on the day of departure as due to a same day turn around of the boat the guests from the trip before will be departing in the morning. The rest of the morning the boat will be being cleaned and prepared for your arrival around lunchtime.
You will be met off your flight at the arrivals area by the boat representatives and taken to the boat, about 10 minutes from the airport. Check in on the boat is at 2.30pm on the day of arrival but guests will start to gather around 12.30pm at the info/arrivals desk. There will be a second transfer about 4pm. Any transfers outside of these times will be charged.
Check out time will be latest by 8 am on the day of departure but an early departure is available if needed.
On day of arrival - Two transfers will be organized, 1 for check in time and 1 for afternoon international arrivals
On day of departure - One early morning if needed and 1 at check out time.
Any transfer outside the above will be charged at 10 USD p/p and if the dhoni has to go out at night for additional pick up or departure for 2 persons or less it will be 25 USD p/p. For more than 2 people or more it will again be 10 USD p/p.
If you would like to arrive the day before it is possible to stay in the airport hotel which is on the adjacent island (HulhulMale) as the airport (Hulhule island) or stay in another guesthouse on Hulhulemale Island for the night, we don’t recommend booking somewhere in Male as this involves a ferry ride to the next island. If you stay on Hulhulemale island your hotel will then deliver you back to the airport the following day (the day of departure) where you will be met by the boats representatives and taken directly to the ship. Please check with your hotel / guest house if this is a free transfer as some of them charge for this service. Planes do not fly late into the night so you will be able to sleep.
Carpe Vita does not require a min. amount of dives as that does not always tell enough. They do require min. of AOWD certification to be able to join for all the dives offered during a trip. Nitrox certification with the multiple dives per day we offer is highly recommended as well, but can be done on board as well in case you do not have it yet. OW Divers are welcome, but will be asked to do their AOWD during the trip as otherwise the person will be limited to 18 M depth and hence just a few dives. The dive instructor on board is responsible for everyone’s safety and can ask people to sit a certain dive out if he thinks they are not experienced enough for it. On ther special South routings with lots of current, we do require a minimum of 100 dives experience and experience with currents.
There are 3 guided dives per day (depending on your arrival time in Male, weather conditions and 24-hours no diving before fly safety rule, 1 check dive on day of arrival around 4 pm after finishing paperwork (if you arrive later they you loose this dive, followed by 5 days of 4 dives a day and a maximum of 3 dives on the day before departure - normal total 24 over 7 nights).Carpe Vita sundeck.
Days aboard Carpe Vita Explorer generally involve a cold breakfast from 6:00am followed by a first morning dive, Full breakfast, second morning dive, lunch around 12:00 pm, two afternoon dives and dinner at 6:30 or 7:00 pm. On the dayor days when night dives are offered, dinner is typically around 8:00 pm.
The Carpe Vita Explorer offers 10 night and 7 night itineraries which change depending on the season. Each offering a unique dive itinerary based on the seasons, current and pelagic migration patterns. Please note also that these itineraries are examples only, and will change depending on weather and logistics at the Captain’s discretion.
Carpe Vita runs 7 and 10 night cruises. The cruises leave every Sunday or in the case of 2 consecutive 10 day trips on Sundays and Wednesdays.
The boat can be boarded any time after 3 pm on the day of departure and will not depart until the afternoon so you can arrive anytime before then. Upon arrival you will be met at the arrivals area in the airport by Carpe Vita’s representative Carpe Vitaand transported to the boat free of charge.
Check in time will be at noon. In case of early arrival guests will be met by our representatives at the airport and will have the option to wait at the airport or arrangements could be made to use the facilities of the nearby airport hotel for a small extra charge until check-in time for the boat. Check out time will be latest by 9 am on the day of departure.On your return to Male on the 2nd you will depart the boat at 8am.and on your departure you will taken back to the departures at the airport to meet you outgoing plane. This is included in the price.
High season will run from November 1 till April 30. Low season lasts from May 1 till November 1
Carpe Vita 7 nights cruise
This cruise will take you to the most popular dive sites in South Carpe Vita sundeck and jacuzziMale Atoll and Ari Atoll, weather conditions permitting of course. This route is renowned for spotting big pelagics like Mantas, Sharks and Whale sharks. Famous dive sites included in our itinerary are Kudarah Thila, Manta Point, Maaya Thila and Fish head which are well known for this.
Carpe Vita 10 nights Cruise
This cruise will take you tothe beautiful dives sites of North and South Male Atoll, North and South Ari Atoll apart from Rasdhoo and Felidhu Atoll. Not only are you likely tosee Mantas, Sharks and Whale sharks but there is a good possibility for spotting Hammerhead sharks as well.
Different routings upon request
Although the above mentioned itineraries are our so called classical dive routes followed by most of the safari boats in the Maldives, the Carpe Vita is flexible and will adjust the route depending on the Carpe Vita Al fresco divingmain activity and interest of the group like in case of fishing groups or surf groups. Apart from that the Carpe Vita can take special requests for different itineraries like North Male, Baa and Raa Atoll or South Male and Felidhu Atoll. Even trips to Gaafu Thaalu or Alifu or the equator down south are possible with guests taking a domestic flight to join the boat or leave the boat. Depending on the length of the routings there might be an extra surcharge for the fuel cost.
No matter which trip route you choose all the cruises are spectacular fun and during which, if not a certified diver yet, you could learn how to dive or improve your diving skills by adding more advanced/expert courses at our PADI diving centre on board. When fishing we guarantee you experienced staff, the best fishing spots and opportunities and when simply cruising a unique combination of activities.
The MV Carpe Vita is brand new luxury 38 m long motor safari yacht with a wooden hull, designed and built by an experienced Maldivian boat builder which will be completed in January 2011. It has 3 decks plus a sundeck.
The lower deck has 6 standard cabins 2 separate staff cabins. The engine room. Crew compartment. On the main deck you will find AC acclimatised lounge/restaurant area, with a coffee / tea /buffet table offering you coffee/tea throughout the day. It also has a wide flat screen TV, DVD/MP3 player, in house sound system, library and comfortable sitting area with plug points for laptop use.
Outside in front of the lounge area there is another sitting area in the shade with comfortable cushions, where you could have your afternoon tea while cruising and taking in the beautiful colours of the Indian Ocean.
The galley and a spacious cold room Linen storage room Dive rental storage area Business centre with internet and all business centre facilities. Camera table Camera recharging table Seperate toilet A platform at the back of the main deck with two fresh water showers Two comfortable superior rooms
From the outside as well as from the inside a staircase will lead you to the upper deck and bridge area with the bridge area with sofa seating area to accompany the captain while driving the boat Outside shaded sitting area in front of the bridge with fabulous view Our beautiful and very spacious two Suite rooms.
Main open air dining area and bar where you will be served semi buffet meals prepared by our fine dining chef while enjoying our fine selection of (non) alcoholic beverages.
From the dining area a staircase ultimately leads you to a spacious sun deck, which is partially shaded and has a Jacuzzi and a sitting area in the middle and some lounge chairs to catch that nice tan.
Carpe Vita - specsInquiry
- Port of Registration
- Male' / Republic of Maldives
- Length (m)
- Width (m)
- Maximum Guests
- 20 Guests
- No. of Cabins
- 10 (2 Suite, 2 Deluxe, 6 Standard)
- No. of Bathrooms
- 13 bathrooms
- In any enclosed area of the Boat and in each Cabin
- No.of Crew
- 10 + 3 on the diving dhoni
- Doosan Daewood Marine Diesel (Model No: V1 80219)
- Fuel Tank Capacity
- 2 x Tanks of 6,000 liters per Tank (Total 12 tons)
- GPS, Sounder
- VHF Radio, Internet, GSM
- 2 x Zenith Isuzu 52KW Marine-Gen set
- 1 x Zenith Isuzu 16KW Marine-Gen set
- Electric Voltage
- 220 / 50 Hz, 24 hrs / day
- Fresh Water capacity
- 10,000 Liters (10 Tons)
- Water Maker
- 1 x WASCO Desalinator 400 Liters / hr. 10 tons / day
- 1 x WASCO Desalinator 600 Liters / hr. 15 tons / day
- Laudry Service
- Diving Dhoni
- Nitrox on Board ?
- HP Compressors
- 2 x Bauer 320l HP compressors
- Nitrox Gen
- Nitox custom made water cooled membrane system
- FA Oxygen on board
- YES, 10,500 Liters
- Dive Gear Rental
- YES - Scubapro brand
Carpe Vita - divingInquiry
Carpe Vita does not require a min. amount of dives as that does not always tell enough. They do require minimum of Advanced open water certification OR an Open water certification (OW) with 100 looged dives to be able to join all the dives offered during a trip. Nitrox certification with the multiple dives per day they offer is also highly recommended as well, but can be done on board as well in case you do not have it yet. If you do not have an Advanced certificate and less than 100 logged dives you can take the Advanced open water course on board also.
The dive instructor on board is responsible for everyone’s safety and can ask people to sit a certain dive out if he thinks they are not experienced enough for it. On ther special South routings with lots of current, we do require a minimum of 100 dives experience and experience with currents. For the experienced team working at the fully equipped PADI Dive Centre on board your safety comes first.
We use a 55 foot (18 meters) diving dhoni built by the same company as the Carpe Vita itself with the best facilities, including hot water shower/ toilet, 2 fresh water showers at the back and a fresh water tank for cameras. All the diving equipment will be installed on the dhoni, giving more space to the Carpe Vita itself plus enhanced safety. Additional benefits will be fast and safe transfers to the dive sites and extra comfort for putting on your gear.
Nitrox (EANx) breathing mixtures are available and prepared with the best quality equipment available on the market (Nuvair (R) Membranes, Coltrisub and a Bauer Compressors); Included also isCarpe Vita snack bar.
A very experienced PADI Instructor (more than 5000 dives) and Dive Master (more than 2000 dives). Guide/Divers ratio 1:8; First Aid and Oxygen Tank on board;
Important rules for your Scuba Diving experience
(compulsory safety equipment required, dive insurance coverage required, mandatory dive briefings, check dives FOC); Dive Insurance available on board;
PADI Dive Centre able to cater for beginners (from PADI Discover Scuba Diving up to several PADI Specialty Courses), as well as for very experienced divers ;
Dive gear rental services are available as well as SONY quality underwater video-cameras and cameras.
Maldives dive sites
Ari Atoll - Some of the popular dive sites
Type of dive: Reef dive
Description: One of the best dive sites for soft coral and fish life.
The marine life here is so abundant, that the divers have named it ‘fish soup’. The thila is in a circular shape and can be covered in a single dive at different depths, if the current is not very strong.
Type of dive: Reef dive / Night dive
Description: The thila is about 80mters in diameter.
The whole thila can be done at different depths in a single dive. There are manycaves and overhangs around the thila. The large rocks on the north eastern side have large black coral trees growing on them. The site is famous for the sharks and a great barracuda which reside here. The site can be dived at any time of the day, each with different activity going on the reef. The best chance to get close to these creatures is at night time, when they are hunting. You will see sharks, barracudas, rays and eels trying to grab a morsel.
Bathala Maaga Kanthila
Type of dive: Drift dive
Description: The northern tip of Magaa reef extends into Bathalaa Kandu and is home to a number of grey reef sharks and white-tip reef sharks. They can be seen patrolling along the reef looking for food.
Maalhos Thila (Blue Curves)
Type of dive: Drift dive / Reef dive
Description: The thila is known for the abundance of soft coral growth on the thila, particularly the blue/violet colored variety that grows on the ceiling of the caves and overhangs, thus the name ‘blue caves’. In addition a large variety of fish life can be observed here.
Type of dive: Drift dive / Channel dive
Description: The reef on the southern side of Rasdhoo drops vertically to the ocean depths. The site is home to a school of Scalloped Hammerhead sharks (sphyrna lewini). In the early hours of the morning they rise from the deep waters off the atoll into the shallower depths, accessible to divers.
South Male Atoll - some of the more popular dive sites
Guraidhoo Kandu South
Type of dive: Drift dive / channel dive
Description: Since the eastern side of the channel is Open Ocean, large predatory fish can regularly be spotted here. This site is famous for sightings of sharks, schools of eagle rays and the occasional Sail fish and Hammerheads. The best condition to do the dive is when the current is flowing into the Atoll. The dive begins on the outer reef following the current into the atoll. Most of the pelagic species can be observed on the eastern side, where the reef drops off into the deep ocean. At the end of the dive in the channel, along the reef you can find overhangs with plenty of soft coral growth and small fish.
Type of dive: Drift dive / reef dive
Description: Located in a channel, the reef is subject to strong currents at times. The ocean currents carry lot of nutrients to the reef, supporting an abundance of sea life. The site is well renowned for the soft coral growth, turtles, diverse fish life and invertebrates found on the reef. At the reef slope you may find sharks and eagle rays.
Embudu Kandu (Express)
Type of dive: Drift dive / channel dive.
Description: Similar to Guraidhoo Kandu, but more sharks are likely to be spotted here. The currents can be very strong at times. The stronger the current however the better chance of seeing sharks. Under the guidance of an experienced dive guide, the dive can be managed done easily.
IMPORTANT FOR ANY DIVER ON BOARD Carpe Vita
Every guest wanting to dive on board of the Carpe Vita has to declare his/her physical ability to support diving exercise and physical stress. Once on board, the student has to fill in the PADI Medical Statement Form without any areas being marked as a YES. If there are questions answered with YES, feel free to consult your physician or Carpe Vita Staff or both for any clarification you may need. Just note that if there still is a question answered with YES you need to have the form compiled and signed by a Physician, who will declare “I find no medical conditions that I consider incompatible with diving”. Diving will not be possible without the form properly signed. A visit to a local physician (at the student expenses) cannot be guaranteed during the cruise trip.
Nitrox or EANx - Main Info: Why should I dive with it? What is it? Where does it come from?
Nitrox breathing mixtures have become a must in the current diving industry because they provideNitrox on Carpe Vita the diver extended bottom time, compared to the air ones. There are many others reasons why divers that have tried it do not want to dive with normal air anymore: one reason particularly is the increased muscular power experienced during and after the dive. As for the other reasons we suggest you try it out and experience it yourself.. or feel free to contact us for additional information (e-mail link to email@example.com).
The Nitrox (or EANx) breathing gasses have the very same components as the normal diving air tanks, however the Oxygen (O2) content is increased. Normal air contains 21% of O2 (in volume), while Nitrox gasses have an O2 percentage that varies from 32% up to 40%. Normally the most frequently applied mixture is 32% (or EAN32). The compulsory need for a specific course, available on the Carpe Vita, result from the fact that the higher the O2 percentage in the breathing mixture the more shallow you can dive. Only diving professionals can teach you how to enjoy and make Nitrox a special scuba diving experience.