Holiday Reference: TRP 33813

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: 28 - 30 C
  • Average Air Temp: 28 - 30 C
  • Average Visability: 5 - 25m
  • Good for: Whaleshark, Manta, Reefs
  • Suitable for beginners: No
  • This is always a popular itinerary with year round departures that delivers what it says on the tin - the Best of the Maldives! Dive the classic sites that made the Maldives so famous. Focusing on the hottest sites around Male & Ari atolls, there are pelagics a plenty, with manta, sharks and even whalesharks.

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 Best of the Maldives does just what it says - manta, whalesharks, sharks, trutles, channel dives, thilas... and so much more! Classic Maldives.

Best of the Maldives Description

The Best of the Maldives does just what it says on the tin - you dive the best and most famous dive sites of the Maldives in a single week of sublime liveaboard diving across Male and Ari atolls. This is a dive holiday in the Maldives to remember that hits all the seasonal hot spots of North Male, South Male and Ari Atoll. Dive the many channels, drifts and pinnacles, encountering the manta, whalesharks and reef residents as you go. The exact order of things is left deliberately flexible to ensure that no matter what time of year your holiday to the Maldives is, the breathtaking world underwater is unveiled in all its perfection.

Scuba Travel's Best of the Maldives itinerary aims to mix up big fish manta and shark dives with scenic reefs dives, hunting out the smallest reef fish, morays and macro life that are so abundant. Due to seasonal nature of the marine life, the exact dive sites visited on a Best of the Maldives trip may vary, but are all chosen by each of our liveaboards so you see the Maldives marine life at it's most exciting. All will usually dive North Male, South Male, South Ari and North Ari dive sites, and may stop at one (or both) of Vaavuu and Rasdhoo atolls. Cleaning stations allow you to get up close and personal with massive Maldivian manta, and dives at Manta Point, Dhonkalo Thila and Madivaru provide just such opportunities. Kandhooma thila and Medu Faru are hopt spots for eagle rays. Maaya Thila is one of the best known dive sites in the Maldives and for a good reason. This pinnacle is about 30m diameter that descends to reveal sharks and fish a plenty. Night diving here is hard to beat and should not be missed. Log yet more pelagic sightings as grey reef sharks patrol the north and south ari Atoll area. Radhiga thila, Maalhos thila and Hafsa thila are just some of the stand out dives in this area. The boat will also take some time out along the route to look for whalesharks you can snorkel with - grab your fins as these gentle giants can move fast! Maamagili Beyru is one of the best places to see whalesharks on this itinerary.

The Best of the Maldives is an ideal itinerary for any first time visitor to the Maldives. Divers should be comfortable with drift diving but no minimum no of dives is required. All diving is made from dhonis to give precision entry and exits points. Night diving is limited to sheltered moorings but well worth jumping in for. With so many excellent and remarkable sites in and around North - South Male Atolls and the Ari Atolls, the Best of the Maldives is a route that can be dived time and time again. Surely no one can tire of the jaw dropping diversity and life on display. From the tiny creatures that thrill macro lovers to the elegant and inspiring big fish, there more than enough to keep you coming back for more.

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Your holiday details

SUPERIOR CABIN ONLY Save £400 Manta, sharks, eagle rays and so much more on this classic Maldives itinerary 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 are 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. Excluded are 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


 

Your Personal Information


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