Carpe Diem Resort Maldives | Dive The Maldives - Indian Ocean

  • Guests Range of room options for single, double, families and groups
  • Rooms 115 villas with lagoon or ocean settings, each with own plunge pool
  • Restaurants Acrapora main restaurant with several additional cafes, bars and bespoke dining options
  • Food and Drinks Bespoke and signature dining alongside the tapas bar, beach BBQ or poolside restaurant
  • FacilitiesExtensive range of water sports, lagoon water park, Quo spa, aerial yoga, tennis, gym, kids club and latin dancing
  • Diving On site dive centre with house reef and boat diving options
  • Diving Extras Impressive bio-diversity on house reef as well as fast access to neighbouring sites
  • Internet Access wifi available in resort

About Carpe Diem Resort

NEW for 2018: Stay at the action loving, Carpe Diem resort in Raa atoll for a Maldivian resort experience unlike any other - the perfect extension to your Carpe Fleet liveaboard or for a dedicated resort holiday with like minded adventure lovers. Building on their award winning experience of luxury liveaboard, the Carpe Diem resort is social by nature. Here you will find an extensive range of activities as well as sublime diving on the impressive house reef or nearby sites. Feel the stresses and strains of life ebb away as you refresh your senses!

The resort has been built to beautifully reflect the surrounding island and reef. Each of the 115 private pool villas at Carpe Diem Beach Resort & Spa have sliding doors leading on to a large deck with a shaded seating area and a sun-drenched plunge pool. Chose from water pool villas or beach pool villas, each with lagoon or ocean settings. If you love to watch the sun set over the iridescent Indian ocean, make sure to upgrade to the ocean sunset water pool villa. Need more space? Why not opt for the 2 bedroom water pool villas or Carpe Diem residence, which can sleep up to 6 adults. The largest options are the 2 bedroom lagoon or beach villas. Single traveller? Time to take advantage of the solo traveller water pool villa packages. You will be paired up with a same sex room buddy, eliminating the need for a single supplement!

Carpe Diem resort offers full board plus as standard. This comprehensive package includes house wines and beer, as well as access to an inflatable water park in the private lagoon. Bespoke and signature dining choices, the contemporary Quo Spa, and an over water tapas and sunset club with a transparent dance floor combine with a myriad of water sports. The house reef is a must do for all divers. Anyone combining a resort stay with a Carpe Fleet liveaboard can enjoy up to 3 house reef dives on the house (2 night min stay)! From tennis the the gym, latin dancing to aerial yoga, there's never a dull minute. Carpe Diem resort is a truly unique experience from beginning to end.

Lagoon or ocean water pool villas

110m2 pool villas with either lagoon or ocean settings. Modern and fresh decor that reflects the island atmosphere. Each villa has its own deck, seating area and plunge pool. Request the ocean sunset villas for a supplement.

Lagoon or ocean beach villas

137m2 beach pool villas with either a lagoon or beach setting. Modern and fresh decor that reflects the island atmosphere. Each villa has its own desk, seating area and plunge pool.

2 bedroom water pool villa or Carpe Diem water residence

Families, or groups of friends can enjoy the larger 221m2 2 bedroom water villa or Carpe Diem residence. Images coming soon!

2 bedroom beach pool villas

The 2 bedroom beach pool villas are either lagoon or ocean set, and the largest room options on the island at 306m2. Images coming soon!

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 can be quoted with most major airlines. If you would like to depart from a regional 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. Times and any applicable supplements will be confirmed by your travel consultant before you finalise your holiday. We are unfortunately not able to redeem airmiles on your behalf. If you make your own flight arrangements to Male, please check the transfer arrangements before confirming your flights. Please do not finalise any flight arrangements yourself before your liveaboard space is confirmed as being held.

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.

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Included in your holiday

From price per person per night based on a lagoon water pool villa (2 people sharing) on the full board basis. Your domestic flight and speedboat transfers from Male are required and can be added to your booking - ask for a quote today!

Excluded

Local taxes on purchases apply in the Maldives (12% GST). Excluded are room service, additional meals or drinks outside of your meal plan - some drinks/restaurants are excluded from the all inclusive programme. Additional local services such as telephone calls, laundry, tennis balls, smoking services, private lessons, special events and excursions are paid for locally. We are not able to prebook and prepay for any diving or snorkelling trips although these can easily be arranged in resort at the dive centre.Seaplane transfers from Male and international flights are required and can be added to your booking - ask for a quote today! You may be charged for excess baggage on the seaplane if you are above the weight limit for your hold baggage.

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 staff and crew, it should reflect the level of service you have enjoyed.

Currency

USD are the preferred currency. Credit & debit cards accepted although a surcharge may apply.

Phone coverage

Typically the Maldives has good mobile phone coverage throughout, although it is not 100 percent

Plugs and electricity

Either UK 3 pin or European 2 pin plugs

Extras

Hire equipment

Kit hire can be arranged in resort

Extras

Pro divers teach a wide range of beginners courses, as well as contending education for certified divers

Souvenirs

You can purchase souvenirs from the shops at both Lilly Beach Resort Maldives and Pro divers

Nitrox/Gas

Nitrox is available for certified divers

Payments

Deposits and Balances

A typical deposit for a holiday to Carpe Diem Resort is around £600 per person, although this will depend on your exact flight option and travel class. Larger deposits may be required for some flight options (eg premium economy/business class).

Ways to pay

We accept mastercard and visa debit or credit cards. Alternatively, you are welcome to pay via bank transfer. All non sterling card payments and UK business debit cards will be subject to the 2% surcharge. Overseas bank 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

Carpe Diem Fleet know what it takes to deliver magical moments in the Maldives. This team have the know how to make your Maldives diving holiday extra special, with a team of experienced dive guides and instructors.

Perched between the meeting points of Raa and Baa atolls, Carpe Diem resort is undeniably rich in marine diversity. Baa atoll is famed for the annual manta migration (Many - November) and is just 15mins away by speedboat. The resort's hous ereef itself is teeming with wildlife and in 2018, marine biologist from Coral Reef CPR identified an extraordinary array of rare coral species, some of which are thought to be up to 100 years old. Over 215 species can be seen on the house reef alone!

The dive centre will offer both house reef and boat diving (local supplement applies) for the ultimate in flexibility. Do as much or as little as you like. This is your holiday - done your way.
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Diving Rates & Prices

If you pre-book your diving as part of a holiday package with Scuba Travel you can take advantage of our special rates and make considerable savings on your dive package or dive course atCarpe Diem Resort.

Daily Diving

  • 1 days diving from:£TBC
  • 3 days diving from:£TBC
  • 5 days diving from:£TBC

Scuba Diving Courses

  • PADI open water referral from:£TBC
  • PADI open water course from:£TBC
  • PADI advanced course from:£TBC
  • Nitrox Specialty from:£TBC
  • Other courses available on request

Dive Equipment

  • Full set (Mask, Fins, BCD, Reg and wetsuit):£TBC

These prices are subject to change and you will be advised of the exact cost at the time of booking.

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