Holiday Reference: TRP 33807

Holiday information

  • Luxury Maldives liveaboard with only 20 divers
  • Standard cabins or suite upgrades
  • Dine al fresco with semi buffet style meals
  • Soft drinks & 2 glasses of wine or beer included
  • Average Water Temp: 27-28C
  • Average Air Temp: 30C++
  • Average Visability: 10-20m
  • Good for: Mantas, Whales Sharks, nurse Sharks
  • Suitable for beginners: Confident begninners upwards
  • The Maldives Seasonal Sensations itinerary wends its way between Male and Baa atolls, cherry picking the highlight dive sites and including snorkelling at Hanivaru Bay. Brilliant for divers and snorkelers.

Liveaboard Details

Carpe Vita goes above and beyond the usual Maldives liveaboard. Your package here is one of the most comprehensive we've seen, with up to 4 dives a day, alcohol with your evening meal (2 glasses of wine or beer) and additional on board facilities inc ...

Carpe Vita goes above and beyond the usual Maldives liveaboard. Your package here is one of the most comprehensive we've seen, with up to 4 dives a day, alcohol with your evening meal (2 glasses of wine or beer) and additional on board facilities included as standard. At a generous 38m in length and a whopping 10m breadth, she's as spacious as she is well laid out. Carpe Vita has plenty of space for everyone. See for yourself the attention to detail that makes Carpe Vita a well loved liveaboard with divers.

There are 10 cabins, sleeping a total of only 20 divers, split over 3 decks. All cabins are en-suite, have individual AC, a safe and TV. There are 6 standard cabins, which are below decks. The cabin arrangements are flexible, with a queen size double as well as a single bed. If you prefer to be above decks, there are 2 superior suites on the main deck with double bed. Large windows flood the cabins in light - enjoy the views between the Maldivian atolls. And if you fancy something extra special, why not treat yourself to one of the 2 spacious suites. These feature a king size double or twin beds, extensive views, and of course extra space - 2 closets and a desk area as well as bath tub and shower.

As all of the diving takes place on the dedicated dive dhoni (tender boat), the space on board Carpe Vita is incredible. On the main deck you will find a large lounge area. Help yourself to tea, coffee, soft drinks and dispensed water throughout the day. There is a wide screen TV and audio system with an area set aside for charging camera batteries. All meals are served al fresco on board. Tuck into the fine food prepared by the on board chef. The fly deck is expansive, with a covered area, jacuzzi as well as a sun loungers. Or relax while you watch for dolphins at the fore deck sitting area.

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).

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Itinerary Details

The Maldives Seasonal Sensations itinerary wends its way between Male and Baa atolls, cherry picking the highlight dive sites and including snorkelling at Hanivaru Bay. Brilliant for divers and snorkelers.

Maldives Seasonal Sensations Description

The Maldives Seasonal Sensations itinerary wends its way between Male and Baa atolls, cherry picking the highlight dive sites for that season. Timing is everything - dive the east side of the atolls, when sites that are at their seasonal hottest for sharks, manta and gorgeous coral reefs. Make this time of year stand out for all the right reasons. Though the visibility is often decreased, the increased plankton means it can be the best time and place in the Maldives to see manta rays and whalesharks... more than making up for the reduced viz.

There are two ways to experience these seasonal sensations. One is a looping itinerary, leaving from Male, heading right up to Baa atoll in the north, and then coming back to Male to end your trip. Alternatively, you can catch a domestic flight from the domestic airport at Dharavandhoo (Baa atoll)- only minutes away from Hanivaru. This itinerary has it all. Hunt for hammerheads at Rasdhoo. Speed through channels in Ari. Look for manta in Baa. Or dive the stunning coral reefs of Raa. There's even a small wreck dive in South Male! On a select number of dates, this trip will end in Maamagili as well as visiting Baa. This is a super location for whalesharks. There is a domestic flight linking Maamagili and Male.

This is also traditionally manta feeding season. Nowhere is this more evident than at Hanivaru bay. As the currents sweep plankton rich water into the shallow lagoons around the Maldives, manta and whalesharks follow in vast numbers to gorge on the feast. Due to it's protected status you can only snorkel at Hanivaru, but this normally allows you to get closer to the fast moving manta. We cannot of course guarantee manta sightings. However, our experienced boat operators run this itinerary only in the months when mantas are most likely to be in the lagoons. If the currents are running the wrong way, and manta are not in the lagoons, there are good chances that the rays will be found on nearby reefs, which will be offered as alternative dives. The exact areas visited are entirely at the boat operator discretion based on the weather and current conditions, to ensure you get the most possible interactions with manta and whalesharks.

You don't need a minimum number of dives but you should be comfortable with drift dives. Currents can be strong. All your diving is made from dhonis or zodiacs to give precise entry and exit points. It is entirely at the boat's discretion as to which sites and atolls they visit - the aim of this trip is to take you to the seasonal highlights and as such, the boat operators will pick the most productive sites possible from these atolls, but may not necessarily dive each and every atoll. Between them, our guides have decades' of experience diving the Maldives - whatever time of year! Allow them to show you a side of the Maldives that many people miss. Prepare to be blown away by the sensational seasonal dive sites!

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Your holiday details

Save £500 FREE NITROX Wend your way between Male and Baa atolls, cherry picking the highlight dive sites and including snorkelling at Hanivaru Bay on board the exceptional Carpe Vita, with her extra value package. After landing in Male you will be taken to the boat and the adventure begins. You have 7 nights on board on a full board basis (twin/double share cabin) - cabin upgrades available. Tea, coffee and drinking water are included in your package, as well as non alcoholic beverages and 2 glasses or beer or wine with dinner. Carpe Vita offers Up to 4 dives daily (except for on day of arrival and day before departure) including one or two night dives and all diving is from a dhoni tender, with 12lt tank and weights included. All trips are fully guided with 2 expert guides. Flights are typically with Sri Lankan, Emirates or Qatar although we are able to book a variety of scheduled airlines. Depending on your itinerary you may require a 1 way domestic flight - your ticket will be given to you locally. Excluded are the Hanivaru entry fee (20 USD p/p for 45 minutes of snorkelling), additional alcoholic drinks, nitrox (7 night package $150), additional kit hire and any on board souvenirs. The green tax has been prepaid. Please let us know if you would like to prebook any diving courses on board or have any dietary requirements.

* prices are subject to change according to availability at the time of booking


 

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