Holiday Reference: TRP 37730

Holiday information

  • Luxury Maldives liveaboard with only 20 divers
  • Standard cabins or suite upgrades
  • Dine al fresco with semi buffet style meals
  • Dedicated dive dhoni
  • Standard cabin on board on a full board basis (twin/double share cabin) - cabin upgrades available.
  • 4 dives daily, with 12lt tank, nitrox and weights.
  • 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.
  • Airport transfers will be provided and run at fixed times between the boat and airport (visa versa). When required domestic flights are also included as part of your transfers
  • $42 Green Tax
  • You can elect to add international flights to your boat package. If you prefer to make your own flight arrangements, you must notify us of your flight arrangements at least 4 weeks prior to travel so we can make local arrangements as required. It is your responsibility to ensure your flights are booked correctly to match your land arrangements. If you are continuing your holiday in the Maldives at a resort, hotel or another liveaboard, your on-going transfers need to be arranged by you from the airport.
  • Additional kit hire and any on board souvenirs
  • 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.
  • A 12% sales tax is applied to all on board charges.
    Credit and debit card payments carry a further surcharge.
  • Excludes flights from the UK. Ask your travel consultant for a competitive quote.

Liveaboard Details

Carpe Vita is a well loved and popular liveaboard with divers and snorkelers, combing great value with on board expertise. At a generous 38m of living space, 20 guests can enjoy the best the Maldives has to offer with a crew that really know how to m ...

Carpe Vita is a well loved and popular liveaboard with divers and snorkelers, combing great value with on board expertise. At a generous 38m of living space, 20 guests can enjoy the best the Maldives has to offer with a crew that really know how to make your holiday magical. See for yourself the attention to detail that makes Carpe Vita stand out.

There are 10 cabins 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 upgraded 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).

Carpe Vita offer 3 dives a day with soft drinks and alcohol available to purchase on board. Recreational nitrox mixes will be free of charge for all certified divers as of May 2019.

Want to know more about Carpe Vita?

Carpe Vita contains all the detailed information you need, pictures, videos, reviews, and other practical information. Or call one of our diving holiday experts on 0800 072 8221 or +44(0)1483 411590.

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, depending on which fleet operator you chose. Emperor Fleet will embark in Male, heading right up to Baa and Lhaviyani atolls in the north, and then coming back to Male to end your trip. Carpe Fleet offers a variation of this itinerary, often including a domestic flight from the domestic airport at Dharavandhoo (Baa atoll)- only minutes away from Hanivaru. On these trips you will typically dive north Male, south Male, Vavuu, Ari and Rasdhoo. 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. Please ask your travel consultant for more information for you exact date as to which atolls you are planned to dive.

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

Last Minute Offer Superior Cabin Wend your way between Male and Baa atolls, cherry picking the highlight dive sites and including snorkelling at Hanifaru Bay on board the exceptional Carpe Vita. From May 2019 enjoy a relaxing 3 dives a day with the Carpe Vita team including one or two night dives. All diving is from a dhoni tender, with 12lt tank and weights are included and free recreational nitrox. 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. All trips are fully guided. To pay on board are soft and alcoholic drinks, 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.

This holiday excludes international flights to Male airport transfers. We are able to add flights with a wide range of airlines, including regional departures. Please ask your consultant for competitive quote for any flight option. Do not book any flights until your boat space is confirmed by Scuba Travel. Transfers operate at fixed times.

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


 

Your Personal Information


Please DO NOT book any connecting flights, insurance, or additional parts to this holiday as your trip is subject to availability and will NOT be confirmed until you have spoken with our operators. If you have any requests beyond our normal itineraries please note them in the comments and we will discuss these with you when we call to arrange your holiday.

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