Carpe Diem | Maldives Liveaboard | Scuba Diving Holiday - Indian Ocean

  • Guests 20
  • Rooms 10 (suites and delux cabins available)
  • Restaurants al-fresco dining area on main deck
  • Food and Drinks Western buffets meals served on the main deck
  • FacilitiesCamera room, sun deck, audio & video entertainment
  • Diving Dhoni, 2 Guides, nitrox
  • Diving Extras Ask about rental gear and courses on booking
  • Internet Access wifi network onboard- local charged apply

About Carpe Diem

Carpe Diem combines superb service, exceptional diving and on board comfort at affordable prices. If it is mantas, whalesharks and speedy drift dives you are looking for, then jump aboard Carpe Diem for a voyage through the beautiful Maldives. World famous dive sites await, all from the comfort and convenience of this superb Maldivian liveaboard.

Carpe Diem sleeps 20 dives across 10 cabins. There are cabin upgrades available on board so please do discuss the options with your travel consultant at the time of booking. No matter which cabin you chose, all have individual air con, safe and en suite bathrooms. The standard cabins are located below decks. 4 have a queen double with a separate single bed. There are a further 2 are twin/bunk bed only cabins. There are 2 main deck cabins with a queen double bed and glorious views. These are ideal for single occupancy as well as couples. They have a TV and DVD player in each cabin. Moving upstairs, you find the deluxe STAR cabin. This is one of the larger cabins on board with a queen double and large windows. Or for an extra special upgrade option, the suite is perfect. This is a massive cabin on the upper deck with a king double and masses of storage space. The sea views are exceptional as well as the creature comforts!

On the main deck you will find a large saloon area with tea, coffee and drinking water. This is the hub of the boat, where briefings are given. There is a large flat screen and audio system. Outside of the lounge is an outdoor seating area. All meals are also served al fresco in the dedicated dining area on the upper deck. Head right upstairs to the sun deck to soak up the views, work on your tan or just relax in the shade with a good book from the boat's library.

Please be aware, Open Water certification (or equivalent) divers are welcome on board. However, due to the nature of the diving in the Maldives, you will be required to complete the Advanced Open Water certification on board (local charges apply).

Check out our latest trip report from Sam Wren - Scuba Travel

Suite

The very spacious suite with individually controlled AC unit, our SUN cabin is located at the upper deck. The suite has a king size bed, a wide flat screen TV plus DVD/MP3 player, ample closet plus storage space, en suite bathroom with shower. The 5 windows give a beautiful view to the sea.

Deluxe cabin

Opposite the suite on the upper deck is another big cabin, the STAR cabin, with a queen size double bed, flat screen TV plus DVD/MP3 player, ensuite bathroom with shower and 3 windows overlooking Maldives blue waters. The cabin has an individually controlled AC unit in the room.

Main deck double

The Carpe Diem has two double cabins, SEA and SAND located on the main deck, which are a little smaller than the deluxe cabin on the upper deck and standard cabins on the lower deck. They have queen size double beds, window view and ensuite bathrooms with shower. Further amenities TV plus DVD/MP3 players. The cabins have individually controlled AC units.

Standard

6 standard cabins, SALSA, SCUBA, SURF, SMILE, SNORKEL and SKI are located on the cabin deck below the main deck. As of September 2016, 4 of these standard cabins (SALSA, SCUBA, SURF and SKI) are very spacious having two single beds which can be converted into one king size double beds. The 2 other standard cabins each have two single beds of which one is higher than the other but not overlapping and can only take twin sharing occupancy.

Tina Durrell

2016-12-06 16:33:03

This is a highly professional dive operation with 3 superb boats - The Carpe Diem, The Carpe Vita and The Carpe Novo. The diving is amazing and the crew are fantastic. We have dived with The Carpe Diem team many times over the last few years and look forward to our next trip later on this year. Agnes Van Linden runs a superb team . Well done to all involved.

Steve Plautz

2016-12-06 16:32:08

This was our first liveaboard and it definitely spoiled us for our next ones. We may just go back to this ship like so many others do because it is the best. The service and quality aboard is outstanding, the staff are all very friendly and helpful. You will not go hungry on this boat, the food was amazing, and hit the spot after your morning dive, afternoon dive, and evening dive. We dived some great spots, and saw all kinds of sealife, from Mantas to a bountiful macrolife. We would highly recommend staying on the Carpe Diem if you are wanting to scuba in the Maldives.

Sue Jones

2016-05-18 10:16:36

Just back from a week on Carpe Diem, hard to put into words but.... Professional, comfortable, relaxing, interesting and fun are just a few that spring to mind. A big thank you to all the crew for making it such an amazing trip. A great mix of nationalities on board with a common interest and we were lucky enough to see such a variety from zooplankton to mantas, whaleshark and wonderful corals thanks to a great crew. A week is not long enough, (although with chefs delicious food I might have to take up more exercise than just diving next time) I hope to return very soon

Jeff McBride

2016-05-18 10:15:38

First time to the Maldives and first live-aboard. I think we chose wisely. What a great experience! The crew are fantastic - professional, knowledgable and conscientious. Lars and Agnes went out of their way to make us feel welcome. Lars is one of the most genuinely friendly people you will ever meet. The boat is comfortable and spacious and the dive operation is a well-oiled machine. Had one of the best experiences of my life night diving with Mantas! Highly recommend the Carpe Diem.

Tina Durrell

2016-05-18 10:14:04

This is a highly professional dive operation with 3 superb boats - The Carpe Diem, The Carpe Vita and The Carpe Novo. The diving is amazing and the crew are fantastic. We have dived with The Carpe Diem team many times over the last few years and look forward to our next trip later on this year. Agnes Van Linden runs a superb team . Well done to all involved.

Alexandra Obermann

2016-05-18 10:13:39

Best dives ever! We had a wonderful time at the Carpe Diem. Many thanks to this wonderful crew...all of them were very caring and friendly. After a week it felt like family. The boat is great, clean and well mantained. The food is awesome, great Chef!!! We will come back

Frequently Asked Questions

Location

The Maldives is in the Indian Ocean, a 10-14hr flight from the UK, around 370 miles southwest of Sri Lanka. It is made up of 1200 islands, stretching over 500 miles from north to south. The main arrival airport for all flights to the Maldives is Male's airport island (MLE). The Maldives is famous for its great snorkelling, manta cleaning stations, whalesharks, shark dives and fast drift dives through channels. The water remains a constant 27-28 C year round.

Weather and Climate

Whilst there are 2 monsoon seasons (Nov-Apr & May-Oct), the diving remains excellent year round. Diving operators will changes their dive sites in each season to find the best hot spots for the big fish! Traditionally, our summer months tend to be windier with a higher chance of rain, whilst the winter months are flatter. However, the seasons are much less predictable in reality and its a fabulous place to dive whatever time of year!

Travel

Flight options

Our holidays to the Maldives are typically quoted with Sri Lankan flights from Heathrow (via Colombo) to Male. We are however able to book most major airlines. If you would like to depart from a different UK airport (eg. Glasgow/Edinburgh, Manchester, Birmingham or Gatwick) or have a specific airline you prefer to fly with, simply let us know in your booking request. A supplement may apply for regional departures. Times and any applicable supplements will be confirmed by your travel consultant before you finalise your holiday. If you wish to make your own flight arrangements to Male, let us know and we can remove the cost of the international flights from your quote. We are unfortunately not able to redeem airmiles on your behalf. Please do not confirm any flight arrangements yourself before your holiday is confirmed by us.

Stopovers

As most flights are not direct, it is simple to add a stop over en route - simply ask your travel consultant for a quote. Sri Lanka is our most popular, up coming destination - with beautiful beaches, it's a great alternative to staying in the Maldives resorts. If you are feeling a bit more adventurous, why not head into the jungle for look for elephants and leopards. Or if you are a culture vulture, we highly recommend a Kandy city tour. The choice is yours! As we are able to book most major airlines to the Maldives, you can also add a stop to break up your flight. Popular locations include Dubai, Doha and Abu Dhabi.

Arrange before you go

Visa requirements

UK passport holders are able to obtain a free 30 day visa on arrival. Do ensure your passport has 6 months validity from your return date to prevent any issues with immigration. It is your responsibility to ensure your passport is valid and you fulfil entry requirements. Regulations can change: please review current FCO advice: click here

Insurance

Scuba Travel requires all of our customers to have diving insurance. Please make sure that you have appropriate cover for your diving activities. We also strongly recommend you have travel insurance. It's worth taking out travel insurance once you have paid your deposit to ensure you are covered for unforeseen events and cancellation. Find out more about our combined dive and travel policy click here

Immunisations

Please speak to your local GP or check out the latest NHS advice on travel immunisations: click here

Preparing to fly

Seating

You will be able to manage your booking online once you have been ticketed (after you have paid your holiday balance). Most airlines will now enable you to select your seating at this point. There may be a small charge for prebookable seating before online check in opens. Please speak to the airline for more information about charges.

Check in

As you are flying with a scheduled airline, you will be able to check in online with your airline. Please visit their website for more information about when online check in opens.

Lounge

An airport lounge is a great way to start your holiday or to while away flight connections in comfort. Scuba Travel works with Lounge Pass to offer a huge range of affordable airport lounges around the world. click here

Parking

Prebook your airport parking to save money! If you have a long way to travel, why not also look at booking an airport hotel. These aren't as expensive as you might think. click here

What happens when I arrive?

On arrival in the Maldives, you will need to clear immigration and collect your baggage. You will then be met outside of arrivals by a representative from your liveaboard or resort. They will be holding a board with either your destination or your name on it. If you have any issues at all locating your rep, please turn left from arrivals and go to the information desk at Male airport. We have an emergency contact, manned by a member of the team here in the UK. Please call 0044 7747 488 002. We will be able to help your rep locate you in the airport.

Transfers

If your holiday begins in Male you will be met and taken to your boat. The transfer takes around 20mins. Many of our Maldives holidays will include either a domestic flight or seaplane transfer. It takes approx 45mins -1 hour to clear immigration and collect your baggage at Male airport. We endeavour to keep the transit between flights as short as possible and your transfer will normally take place within 3 hours of your international arrival, but please be aware, you may have to wait at the airport between flights. The domestic terminal is right next door to arrivals. This has AC, bathrooms and a small cafe. You will usually be met by a rep, who will assist you in moving between the terminals. The baggage allowance on domestic flights is typically 25kgs hold and 5kgs hand baggage. Excess baggage is charged locally $2-$5/kg. The seaplane check in desk is to your right on exiting the arrivals hall. You will check your bag in here and then be transfered to the seaplane terminal by bus. This has AC, bathrooms, a small cafe and shop. The seaplanes run regularly throughout the day and due to the way the scheduling is organised, the exact time of your seaplane cannot be confirmed prior to arrival in Male. Seaplanes do not run in the dark - the fist seaplane is around 06:00 Male time and ends around 16:00 Male time. The baggage allowance on seaplane flights is typically 25kgs hold and 5kgs hand baggage. Excess baggage is charged locally $2-$5/kg.

Departures

You will be taken back to Male airport in time for your international flight. Domestic flights and seaplanes will arrive in time for you to make your connections. Typically you will arrive at the airport 1 1/2- 2 hours before your flight time. There is currently no departure tax when leaving the Maldives.

Info

Included in your holiday

Included in your package are 7 or 10 nights on board Carpe Diem on a full board basis (3 meals daily plus in between dive snacks), drinking water, tea and coffee. You will have 3 dives/day except for the arrival and departure day, 12lt tanks, air fills, weights and belts. This will typically include 1 or 2 night dives. Dives are guided. Airport transfers will be provided and advised locally. The local green tax is prepaid.

Excluded

Excluded from your package are any rental kit hire, nitrox or on board souvenirs. Soft drinks, speciality coffees and alcohol are all available on board - the boat will run an honesty tab to pay at the end of the trip. Please see the on board extras tab for a more comprehensive list of local charges.

Tipping

Tipping is entirely at your discretion. We do not make recommendations as to how much to tip. Should you wish to leave a tip for the guides and crew, it should reflect the level of service you have enjoyed.

Currency

The official currency of the Maldives is the rufiyya. However, we generally recommend you take USD as this is the preferred currency for most transactions. Carpe Fleet will accept euro payments, Do ensure you have smaller denominations handy as larger notes can be difficult to use. Notes should be in good condition. Credit and debit cards can be used, but do be aware of currency conversions and card surcharges. There is a 12%GST (sales tax) applied to all local payments.

Phone coverage

The Maldives has good mobile phone coverage throughout. You can purchase a local SIM card at the airport if you prefer. Carpe Diem offers free wifi (where there is phone coverage) but this can be slow. If you need internet, we recommend you make arrangements with your provider in the UK.

Plugs and electricity

Electricity is 240V - UK 3 pin plugs are commonplace, but we do also recommend taking a 2pin European adaptor for some sockets.

Extras

Hire equipment

Kit hire must be prebooked but is paid for locally onboard. Reg: $50 per week, BCD: $50 per week, computer: $65 per week, wetsuit: $40 per week and complete dive kit $220 per week

Extras

Carpe Diem can teach a wide range of courses on board. These must be prebooked and are paid for on board. Please speak to your travel consultant for current course prices and options

Souvenirs

There is an on board boutique selling a wide range of souvenirs including tshirts, jewellery and marine art. All stock items are subject to availability.

Nitrox/Gas

12lt - $10per dive or 15lt $15 per dive. For 7 night trips, 12lt nitrox is $100 per week and 15lt nitrox $150 per week. For 10 night trips, 12lt nitrox is $150 per trip and 15lt nitrox $200 per trip.

Payments

Deposits and Balances

A typical deposit for Carpe Diem will be £600 for a 7 night trip or £800 for a 10 night trip. This will be due once your holiday has been confirmed. Your balance will then be due 90 days before travel.

Ways to pay

We charge 2% on credit card transactions but nothing on UK debit card payments. All non sterling card payments will be subject to the 2% surcharge. Alternatively, you are welcome to pay via bank transfer. Overseas transfers must add £6 to the sterling total to cover international handling fees. We are not able to accept PayPal transactions.

Group Payments

If you have booked as part of a group, you can still call and pay directly without needing to go via your group leader. Please have your trip reference number to hand to help us locate your holiday as quickly as possible. You will receive a transaction receipt - your group leader will forward your ATOL certificate and booking confirmation

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