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MV Carpe Diem

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Meaning "seize the day" in Latin, Carpe Diem is a spacious 35 metre steel hull luxury Maldive Islands liveaboard with great facilities. It operates 7 night trips regularly and 10 night trips on request.

Length: 35 metres / 116 foot
Beam: 10 metres / 33 foot
Cruise: 11 knots
Divers: 20 (22 pax for full boat charter)
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The luxury Maldive Islands liveaboard, MV Carpe Diem
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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. 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 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 trip happen!

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Scheduled departures, prices, destinations, durations...

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November 2014
Dep: 8 Nov Ret: 15 Nov Maldives Central Atolls US$ 2,015
Dep: 22 Nov Ret: 29 Nov Maldives Central Atolls US$ 2,015
December 2014
Dep: 6 Dec Ret: 13 Dec Maldives Central Atolls US$ 2,015
Dep: 20 Dec Ret: 27 Dec Maldives Central Atolls US$ 2,015
Dep: 27 Dec Ret: 3 Jan Maldives Central Atolls US$ 2,015
January 2015
Dep: 10 Jan Ret: 17 Jan Maldives South & Central US$ 2,015
Dep: 17 Jan Ret: 24 Jan Maldives North & Central US$ 2,015
Dep: 24 Jan Ret: 3 Feb Maldives South & Central Atolls US$ 2,900
April 2015
Dep: 12 Apr Ret: 19 Apr Maldives South & Central US$ 2,015
Dep: 19 Apr Ret: 26 Apr Maldives South & Central US$ 2,015

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More Trip Details....

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), SMBs, tanks, weights and weight belts, Maldivian Bed Tax and GST.

Cruise price per person excludes (mandatory): Scuba equipment (US$ 35 per day), dive insurance (available for purchase on board), fuel surcharge (applicable only for special itineraries to the South, the fuel surcharge is US$ 100 per person for 7 nights trip and up to US$ 150 per person for 10 nights trip. For full charters fuel surcharge of US$ 1,500). Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival (customers might provide their own where appropriate at no extra cost).

Optional extras: Soft drinks, alcoholic drinks, nitrox fills for enriched air certified divers (approx US$ 108 for 7 nights, US$ 162 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 usually departs from Male. The last night of the cruise 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.

Non-diver rate: 10% off the published price.

Single supplement (if you do not want to share accommodation): This is optional - single traveller may choose to share a cabin or pay a supplement of 50% of the published price during summer trips and 80% during winter trips.

Dive clubs and group discounts: 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. Pay for 5 guests and receive 1 extra space free of charge in standard cabin. 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

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Cabins, Berths, Showers, Bathrooms...
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)
  • Safety box
  • Reading lights
  • Bedside cabinet, shelves and mirror
  • Refrigerator (Master Suite only)
  • Fire warning system
  • UK-style 3 pin 220V electricity
  • Bedding and luggage space
  • Life jackets
No. of bathrooms / showers - 13 / 13 - hot water

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Crew, facilities, dive courses...
The crew comprises:
  • Cruise Leader
  • Dive instructor
  • 1 or 2 Divemasters
  • Captain
  • 2 Cooks
  • Maid
  • Engineer
  • Deck hand
  • 3 dhoni crew
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 is conducted from the dhoni dive tender. The dhoni is equipped with a toilet and shower as well as ladders, rinse tanks and camera table.

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Menu, cuisine type...
On board the MV Carpe Diem 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.


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technical specifications...
  • Built in year 2008
  • Size - 35m x 10m
  • Weight - 105 tonnes
  • Top speed - 13 knots
  • Cruising speed - 10.5 knots
  • 650 HP Daewoo engine
  • 2 x 45 KW Daewoo generators
  • 2 x Coltri Sub scuba tank compressors
  • Nuvair Coltri Sub LP 280 Rotary Silent enriched air nitrox system
  • 13.5 litre aluminium DIN/Int. dive tanks
  • Electricity 220V 24 hours per day
  • Water capacity - 5,000 litres
  • Water maker - 16,000 litres per day
  • Fuel capacity - 7,000 litres

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navigation, safety features...
  • 50 HP Yamaha dinghy
  • SuperStar 2400 radio
  • NavMan Tracker 5607 GPS
  • Mobile cellphone and email
  • Full fire alarm system
  • 2 CCTV TeleEye DF187IR cameras
  • Bilge pump alarm
  • Searchlight
  • Emergency signalling devices
  • Fire extinguishers throughout
  • Life jackets
  • Oxygen - 1,000 litres on main boat, and 1,000 litres plus DAN kit on dhoni
  • Medic first aid box
  • No life rafts
  • Customer dive insurance NOT provided - see our insurance programme for a competitive quotation
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Customer reviews: 

"Excellent 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 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 ...

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