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MV Carpe Vita Explorer

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.

Length: 38 metres / 126 foot
Beam: 13 metres / 43 foot
Cruise: 10 knots
Divers: 20
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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.

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Scheduled departures, prices, destinations, durations...

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Special discounted trips highlighted in yellow

August 2016
DepartReturnNo. of
nights
DestinationNo. of divesPrice
(per person)
10 Aug 20 Aug 10 Maldives Northern & Central Atolls 35 US$ 2,696
September 2016
DepartReturnNo. of
nights
DestinationNo. of divesPrice
(per person)
4 Sep 11 Sep 7 Maldives Southern & Central Atolls 23 US$ 2,320
29 Sep 9 Oct 10 Maldives Northern & Central Atolls 35 US$ 3,370
October 2016
DepartReturnNo. of
nights
DestinationNo. of divesPrice
(per person)
9 Oct 16 Oct 7 Maldives Southern & Central Atolls 23 US$ 2,320
23 Oct 30 Oct 7 Maldives Central Atolls 23 US$ 2,320
30 Oct 9 Nov 10 Maldives Southern & Central Atolls 35 US$ 3,370
November 2016
DepartReturnNo. of
nights
DestinationNo. of divesPrice
(per person)
10 Nov 20 Nov 10 Maldives Northern & Central Atolls 35 US$ 3,935
20 Nov 27 Nov 7 Maldives Central Atolls 23 US$ 2,740
27 Nov 4 Dec 7 Maldives Central Atolls 23 US$ 2,440
December 2016
DepartReturnNo. of
nights
DestinationNo. of divesPrice
(per person)
4 Dec 11 Dec 7 Maldives Southern & Central Atolls 23 US$ 2,740
11 Dec 18 Dec 7 Maldives Southern & Central Atolls 23 US$ 2,740
18 Dec 28 Dec 10 Maldives Southern & Central Atolls 35 US$ 3,535
28 Dec 8 Jan 10 Maldives Southern & Central Atolls 35 US$ 3,535
January 2017
DepartReturnNo. of
nights
DestinationNo. of divesPrice
(per person)
8 Jan 15 Jan 7 Maldives Southern & Central Atolls 23 US$ 2,440
15 Jan 22 Jan 7 Maldives Southern & Central Atolls 23 US$ 2,740
22 Jan 29 Jan 7 Maldives Southern & Central Atolls 23 US$ 2,740
29 Jan 5 Feb 7 Maldives Southern & Central Atolls 23 US$ 2,740
February 2017
DepartReturnNo. of
nights
DestinationNo. of divesPrice
(per person)
5 Feb 15 Feb 10 Maldives Southern & Central Atolls 35 US$ 3,935
16 Feb 26 Feb 10 Maldives Southern & Central Atolls 35 US$ 3,935
March 2017
DepartReturnNo. of
nights
DestinationNo. of divesPrice
(per person)
26 Mar 5 Apr 10 Maldives Southern & Central Atolls 35 US$ 3,935
April 2017
DepartReturnNo. of
nights
DestinationNo. of divesPrice
(per person)
9 Apr 16 Apr 7 Maldives Southern & Central Atolls 23 US$ 2,740
16 Apr 26 Apr 10 Maldives Southern & Central Atolls 35 US$ 3,935

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More Trip Details...

Special offers: Check out the special discounts in 2016/17 for MV Carpe Vita . Offer expires: 8 Jan 2017

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), Green tax (US$ 6 per person per night). 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 Deep 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). 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 11.00 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, 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 every group of 5 paying guests you will get 1 space free of charge in a standard cabin. A group of 12 will pay for only 10 people. Free space is limited to a maximum of 2 free per departure unless in the case of a full charter. Full charters receive 3 free spaces in the Standard cabins. See whole boat charter price below.

Whole boat charter rate (per night):
For departures between 1 to 30 April 2016 and 1 Nov 2016 to 30 April 2017 (3 spaces free of charge in standard cabins):
US$ 6,997 for 7 nights trip, US$ 6,930 for 10 nights trip

For departures between 1 May to 30 October 2016 (4 spaces free of charge in standard cabins):
US$ 5,874 for 7 nights trip, US$ 5,872 for 10 nights trip


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Cabins, Berths, Showers, Bathrooms...
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
  • Bedding
  • Desk and chair
  • 3 square-prong mains outlet 220V - 24 hours per day (adaptors available)
  • Fire detectors
  • Life jackets
  • Space for luggage
No. of toilets / showers - 12 / 12 - hot water

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Crew, Facilities, Dive Courses...
The crew of 13 comprises:
  • Cruise Leader
  • Dive Instructor
  • 2 Divemasters
  • Captain
  • 2 Cooks
  • Engineer
  • Deck hand
  • Stewardess
  • 3 dhoni crew
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.

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Menu, Cuisine Type...
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 ...

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Technical Specifications...
  • Built in 2011
  • Size - 38m x 13m
  • Weight - 120 tonnes
  • Top speed - 12 knots
  • Cruising speed - 9.5 knots
  • 600 HP Daewoo engine with hydraulic steering
  • 2 x 60 KW + 1 x 7 KW Isuzu generators
  • 2 x L&W dive tank compressors
  • Enriched air nitrox compressor
  • 11.5 & 13.5 litre aluminium & 15 litre steel scuba tanks with DIN and International fittings
  • Electricity 220/240V - 24 hours per day
  • Water capacity - 5,000 litres
  • Freshwater makers - 25,000 litres/day
  • Fuel capacity - 10,000 litres
  • Waste storage tank

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Navigation, Safety Features...
  • 50 HP Yamaha fibreglass dinghy
  • SuperStar 2400 & VHF radios
  • NavMan Tracker 5600 GPS
  • Mobile cellphone
  • Full fire alarm system
  • CCTV TeleEye DF187IR cameras - engine room & stern
  • Fire extinguishers throughout
  • Life jackets in cabins and dhoni
  • 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:

Customer rating - Excellent
"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." - , Vietnam, 19 September 2014...

Customer rating - Excellent
"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." - , USA, 12 August 2014 ...

Customer rating - Excellent
"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." - , Switzerland, 6 August 2014 ...

Customer rating - Excellent
"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." - , Ireland, 4 August 2014 ...

Customer rating - Excellent
"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." - , UK, 18 August 2013 ...

Customer rating - Excellent
"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." - , USA, 10 April 2013 ...

Customer rating - Excellent
"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." - , Philippines, 21 March 2013 ...

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