Carpe Vita Explorer is a sleek, 38 metre long motor yacht, purpose-built in 2011 for Maldives liveaboard diving. Cruises of either 7 or 10 nights depart from Male and take in the best sites of the central atolls including North Male, South Male and Ari Atoll. Occassionally trips are run to the more remote northern and southern atolls of the Maldives.
The emphasis on board Carpe Vita is to dive a lot and relax in style. There are 4 dives per day as standard, plus 2 free beers or wine each day to help you unwind. The diving focus is also evident in the availability of various sizes of scuba tanks and nitrox. All the diving and tank-filling is done on board the accompanying dhoni dive tender.
The stylish nature of a Carpe Vita Explorer liveaboard cruise comes in the form of the interior of the boat. Up to 20 guests are accommodated in a range of very spacious, well-appointed en-suite cabins. The cabins are generous in terms of space and comfort - more like hotel rooms than cabins - and feature individual high-definition TV screens and DVD players.
The air conditioned saloon is well-appointed and comes complete with entertainment facilities, movie and book library and games. The sun deck features plenty of comfortable sun beds, a shaded lounge area and a Jacuzzi hot tub for the ultimate in relaxation.
When you consider Maldives liveaboards, choose life. Choose the Carpe Vita Explorer.
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, soft drinks, hot drinks, 2 glasses of beer or wine per night with dinner, 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, GST.
Cruise price per person excludes (mandatory, unless customer provides own): Scuba equipment (approx. US$ 280 for 7 nights, US$ 370 for 10 nights), dive insurance (available for purchase on board). Fuel surcharge US$ 100 per person for 7 night trip and up to US$ 150 per person for 10 nights (for special itineraries to the South, the fuel surcharge is US$ 150 per person for 7 night tour and up to US$ 200 per person for 10 nights). Some of the listed trips might include snorkelling at Hanifaru Bay (park fee of US$ 20 per person). 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: Additional alcoholic drinks, nitrox fills for enriched air certified divers (approx US$ 168 for 7 nights, US$ 224 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 Vita Explorer liveaboard 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. The last dive of the trip will be at around 11.00am 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, including use of snorkelling equipment.
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 80% of the published price.
Dive clubs and group discounts: For departures between Aug 1, 2015 - Dec 31, 2015. Groups of 6 or more receive 1 space for free and save US$ 400 per person on 10 night trips (US$ 300 per person on 7 nights). Groups of 12 or more receive 2 spaces for free and save US$ 400 per person on 10 night cruises (US$ 300 per person on 7 nights). Full charters receive 3 free spaces (Nov - April) and 4 free spaces (Nov - April) and save US$ 400 on 10 nights or US$ 300 per person on 7 nights. See whole boat charter price below.
The Carpe Vita has a range of liveaboard accommodation with a total of 10 cabins. This includes 6 good sized Standard cabins located on the lower deck which feature Queen-size and single beds, 2 larger Superior cabins on the middle deck, and 2 upper deck Suites which are larger still. The Superior cabins and Suites feature King size beds that can be split into 2 singles if required.
All the cabins have:
Individual control air-conditioning
Portholes on lower deck, windows on middle and upper decks
Private bathroom with built-in hot water shower cubicle, hand basin, toiletries and towels (Suites also have bathtubs)
HD TV, DVD player and music system
Wardrobe, shelves and mirror
Reading lamps and bedside cabinets
Safety deposit box
Desk and chair
3 square-prong mains outlet 220V - 24 hours per day (adaptors available)
Motorised dhoni dive tender - Enriched air nitrox - Motorised fibreglass dinghy - Camera table and rinse tanks - 80m² air-conditioned saloon on main deck with TV, DVD and music players, and snack/drinks counter - Internet available - Library with movies, magazines, fiction & fish ID books and card/board games - Partially shaded open-air area with dining area and bar - 230m² sun deck with Jacuzzi, sunbeds and shaded lounge area - Water dispensers
All diving at the Maldives atolls takes place from the spacious 18m long dhoni which is well equipped with air and nitrox compressors, a bathroom with fresh water shower, plenty of dedicated rinse tanks, wetsuit hangers, shelves for personal belongings and a sun deck.
Food plays an important part in your experience on Carpe Vita Explorer. Making 4 dives a day requires fuel and 3 daily meals are complimented with pre-breakfast, snacks and 2 free glasses of wine or beer after with your evening meal.
The cuisine is mainly international with some elements of Indian and Asian cooking. Fresh sashimi is often served and with 5 dishes per sitting there is always plenty of choice.
International, Indian, Asian, Italian and local cuisine are served, as well as a popular BBQ.
Main meals consist of pre-breakfast, breakfast, lunch & dinner, with snacks in between.
The meals are steward-attended and buffet style in the dedicated open-air dining area on the upper deck.
Snacks, biscuits, tea, coffee, fresh fruit, drinking water, soft drinks, beer and wine (2 glasses per day of either) are all complimentary.
Additional alcoholic drinks are available for purchase on board.
All diets, including vegetarian, can be catered for with prior notice.
Catering begins with fresh snacks and dinner on the first day of the cruise.
Menu samples: grilled beef or fish, tuna sashimi, chicken curry, asparagus soup, curried vegetables, tofu, pasta pomodoro, Beach BBQ, chocolate mousse, tropical fruit salad ...
"Staff/crew was very good. They took care of the rooms/food/diving and all was excellent. I rented fins and snorkel which were decent quality and in good repair." - Charles Levergood, USA ...
"It is listed as a 5* boat and is exactly that 5 stars! Great service by the dive crew who were low key but very professional and friendly. The boat crew were great and very attentive and treated all passengers with courteous service. Polite attentive and great food and drinks. The other divers on this trip were absolutely great company and fun to dive." - Henry Wild, Switzerland ...
"Wonderful boat, crew and well planned and executed trip. well maintained tanks, and new equipment available to rent/buy. Friendly, helpful, competent and knowledgeable staff." - Amanda Rhynehart, Ireland ...
Both the staff and the crew were very good. My rental gear (BCD, wet suit, mask, fins and snorkel) was good and well looked after." - Ha Phuong Thanh, Vietnam...
"Service overall was excellent from start to finish. The boat crew were helpful, food was excellent and the dive guides really went out of their way to make sure we were all well taken care of and their enthusiasm was evident." - Claire Quinn, UK ...
"Excellent liveaboard service. Nice, clean boat, superb food, high safety standards for diving, crew open for individual requests, attention to detail, outstanding friendly and helpful staff. Best part was the perfectly organized diving (briefings, dive sites check out, grouping and entry, highlighting marine life through dive guides). We had an outstanding good time with Carpe Vita." - Thomas Heeger, Philippines ...
"The entire crew/ staff was very professional, friendly, helpful, and accomodating from beginning to the end of the trip, the boat and accommodations were very nice, clean, and well kept." - Lawrence Davis, USA ...
"Service on the whole was very good. The dive staff helped me with an o-ring problem. Dives were conducted on schedule and were varied and generally good quality. Divemasters were experienced and helped me with some skills, like using a reef hook. The rooms were very spacious and clean, food was good & plentiful." - Drew Rose, USA ...