Holiday Reference: TRP 33892

Holiday information

  • Popular Maldives liveaboard
  • 4 distinct cabin options - lower deck twins & doubles, upper deck deluxe double & suite
  • All fresco dining
  • Longstanding crew with years' experience
  • 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 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 ...

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).

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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!

Want to know more about Maldives Seasonal Sensations?

Maldives Seasonal Sensations contains all the detailed information you need, a full day by day itinerary, pictures, videos, reviews, and other practical information. Or call one of our diving holiday experts on 0800 072 8221 or +44(0)1483 411590.

 


Your holiday details

Save £400 Wend your way between Male and Baa atolls, cherry picking the highlight dive sites and including snorkelling at Hanivaru Bay. on board our exclusive liveaboard Carpe Diem. 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. Carpe Diem dives the seasonal hot spots with an average of 3 dives a day and all diving is from a dhoni tender. A dive may be exchanged for a chance to snorkel with manta or whalesharks. A 12lt tank, air fills and weights are included. All trips are fully guided with 2 expert guides. Flights are with Sri Lankan 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 snorkeling), alcohol, fruit juice, soft drinks, nitrox, additional kit hire and any on board souvenirs. All on board payments are subject to a 12%GST locally. 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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