Meaning "seize the day" in Latin, Carpe Diem is a spacious 35 metresteel hull luxury Maldive Islands liveaboard with great facilities. It operates 7 night diving trips regularly and 10 night cruises on request.
Up to 20 guests can be accommodated in en-suite cabins ranging from Standard to Master in a broad range of prices and all containing at least 1 double bed, and several have personal TV and DVD players. There is a lounge with TV, DVD and music system and a bar for those 'apres dive' sundowners. Cruise guests mostly prefer to dine in the open air dining area on the upper deck, eating indoors in the dedicated dining room only in inclement weather.
Big windows are a feature of the boat so there is always plenty of natural light, especially in the saloon and in the higher standard cabins. There are also plenty of shaded outdoor areas for those who prefer the sea breezes but not the exposure to the sun. The sun deck itself is huge and, with shade and seating, is a social area doubling up as a salsa dancefloor at times. Diving takes place from the dhoni which has 3 points of entry and egress, helping the dive groups to avoid landing on top of each other.
With a less intensive 3 dives per day itinerary, MV Carpe Diem is a sleek and attractive boat which promises more relaxing liveaboard trips around some of the Maldives best dive sites in comfort. If this is your style then maybe you should seize the day and make your dream diving cruise happen!
Notes: Participants need to be at least Advanced Diver certified. Otherwise the Advanced Open Water Diver course is mandatory on board.
Cruise price per person includes: Cabin accommodation with air-conditioning, breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinking water, hot drinks, return transfers to the boat from Male Airport, dives (as detailed in the trips above), experienced English-speaking divemaster(s) (8 divers per guide), SMB, tanks, weights and weight belts and GST.
Cruise price per person excludes (mandatory, unless customer provides own): Scuba equipment (approx. US$ 247 for 7 nights, US$ 336 for 10 nights), dive insurance (available for purchase on board), fuel surcharge (applicable only for special itineraries to the South, fuel surcharge (US$ 100 per person for 7 nights trip, US$ 150 per person for 10 nights). Green tax (from 1 November 2015 onwards, approx. US$ 6 per person per night), GST on all items and services purchased on board. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival (cash or credit card).
Optional extras: Soft drinks, alcoholic drinks, nitrox fills for enriched air certified divers (approx US$ 112 for 7 nights, US$ 168 for 10 nights), torches, reef hooks. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.
How to get there: MV Carpe Diem's Maldive liveaboard cruises usually depart from Male. On the last night of the trip the boat is moored in the Male harbour. Domestic flights are needed only for Southern atolls itineraries. Please ask us for more details. For more information see our How to Get to the Maldives section. The last dive of the trip will be at around 11 am on the second last day of the trip. Please wait at least 18 hours before flying after diving.
Non-diver rate: 10% off the published price.
Single supplement (if you do not want to share accommodation): This is optional - single travellers may choose to share a cabin or pay a supplement of 50% of the published price during summer trips and 80% during winter.
Dive clubs and group discounts: Pay for 5 guests and receive 1 extra space free of charge in standard cabin. Please refer to the whole boat charter price below, equivalent to pay for 18 guests and receive 4 spaces free of charge in standard cabins. Rates can be reduced depending on the actual number of passengers, however a minimum of 12 is required to sail. Please check with us.
Whole boat charter rate (per night): US$ 3,950, Peak season: US$ 4,790. Fuel surcharge of US$ 1,500.
On the upper deck there is 1 Master Kingsize double bed 20mē Suite and 1 Deluxe Queensize double bed cabin, both of which have large seaview windows. On the main deck there are 2 Superior Queensize double bed cabins that also have windows. On the lower deck there are 6 Standard cabins - 4 with Queensize double beds and extra single beds, and 2 bunk bed cabins. The cabins on the lower deck all have portholes. All cabins have en-suite (private) bathroom facilities.
The Master, Deluxe and Superior cabins have their own TV, DVD player and music systems. The Master cabin also has a fridge.
All the cabins have:
Individual control air-conditioning
Bathroom with toilet and built-in hot water shower cubicle
Hand basin, toiletries and towels
Windows or portholes
TV, DVD player and music system (excludes Standard cabins)
Enriched air nitrox membrane system - Motorised dive dinghy - Yamaha Wave Runner 700 Jetski - Dive platform and kit up area - 54mē saloon with bar, TV, video player, music system, computer, CD burner and internet - Movie library, books and magazines, fish ID books and card games - 62mē air conditioned restaurant with bar - Outdoor dining area - 140mē Sundeck and shaded areas with sun chairs
Diving during the cruise is conducted from the dhoni tender. The dhoni is equipped with a toilet and shower as well as ladders, rinse tanks and camera table.
On board the Carpe Diem liveaboard you can expect a wide menu consisting of dishes from a range of genres including Maldivian, Thai, Chinese and Italian, as well as international fare and the occasional BBQ. There are always plenty of fresh ingredients used including fresh fruit, vegetables and seafood.
Air-conditioned restaurant and open-air dining areas.
3 main dishes per sitting, buffet with waitress service.
Coffee, tea and drinking water and fruit are provided free of charge.
Soft drinks, fruit juices, milk shakes, mineral water and beer are available for purchase and there is a large cocktail and wine list.
The dining service begins with afternoon snacks and evening dinner on the first evening of the cruise.
Special dietary requirements can be catered for with advanced notice.
"Excellent liveaboard boat. Nice rooms. Adequate food. Good equipment and dive guides. The service was very good. Staff on boat made all efforts to make our stay enjoyable and diving safe and nice." - Parag Joshi, India ...
"I had the most wonderful dive trip on Carpe Diem! I really wish I could have stayed another week and I'll be sure return sometime in the future. I think this sentiment was shared by all the guests on board. :) The operator was spot on! The staff was super friendly, exceeded all expectations and service was above and beyond anything anyone could demand. I would recommend this operator to anyone going to Maldives for a liveaboard trip." - Tanja Blomqvist, Finland ...
"Staff and facilities were excellent. Good and safe diving, good food, lots of vegetables and fruits. Good desserts." - Victoria Thwaite, UK ...