Carina is a professional dive liveaboard runs by a European and local team, it offers budget friendly dive liveaboard trips all around Maldives. It can accommodate up to 20 guests.

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Boat

Carina is a 33 meters long, 9 meters wide wooden vessel completely refurbished in 2012, and it follows a yearly check up. It has 406HP Yanmar marine engine, can cruises at 10 knots. Onboard, there is 220V power.

Carina has earned itself as a name being high standard boat with all the enmities a spoiled traveler might want. It is the ideal budget liveaboard with high standard for beautiufl Maldives.

Onboard, Divers can cruise around the atolls exploring the best dive sites in modern comfort, stopping to enjoy the peace and tranquility that is truly Maldives. It has attracts many repeaters from all over the world and the ultimate reward for any high-quality safari operation.

The chef will provide continental breakfast with lunch and dinner are usually served with a mix of Western and Asian food. The Bar facility in the Salon offers a choice of fresh fruit juice soft drinks, cocktails, liquors, wine and draft beer during the cruise.

The experienced dive guides will plan the dives according to the clients desire. It is very likely that you will see everything from the tiny colorful gobies to the huge gentle whale shark.

All diving is done from the dive dhoni boat, which provide comfort and function at the same time. All the equipment stay in the dive dhoni (compressors, tanks etc.) in order to keep the noise away from the main boat when filling the tanks.


Cabin

Carina has 10 comfortable guest cabins, it can accommodate up to 20 guests per trip.

All cabins are air-conditioned and have ensuite bathroom/shower, mini bar, outlets, storage area etc.

1 Deluxe Cabin (#10):
Located on the upper deck, this cabin comes with one double bed and one single bed side by side, seaview windows.

1 Deluxe Cabin (#8):
Located on the main deck, this cabin comes with one double bed and one single bed side by side, seaview windows.

1 Deluxe Cabin (#9):
Located on the main deck, this cabin comes with one queen-size double bed, seaview windows.

3 Standard Double Cabins (#1,4,7):
Located on the lower deck, each cabin comes with one double bed and one single bed in bunk style, portholes.

4 Standard Twin Cabins (#2,3,5,6):
Located on the lower deck, each cabin comes with one double bed and one single bed side by side, portholes.


Diving

  • 17 dives per week, include 1 night, depending on conditions.

  • Only 2 dives will be provided on the day before departure.

  • All diving will provide experienced guide to lead the dive.

  • No dive provided on the day of arrival and departure.

  • Can offer ENOS-diver-location security equipment


Other Information

  • Nitrox:Available, free of charge for Nitrox divers
  • 15L Tanks:Limited available with additional cost
  • REBREATHER Dive:Not available at the moment
  • Dive Equipment Rental:Available, rate on request
  • Dive insurance:Divers must have valid dive insurance
  • Wi-Fi Internet :Available with additional cost
  • Laundry Service:Not available at the moment
  • Massage Service:Not available at the moment
  • Payment on board:By cash (USD)
  • Crew Number:Unknown, include 2 dive guides

Itineraries

Magical Maldives

Dive sites: North Male – Ari – Felidhoo – South Male
Duration: 8 Days / 7 Nights
Number of dives: 3 dives a day & 1 night dive a week
Ports: Male – Male

Diving Highlights :

Maamagili : is the place to find whalesharks in Ari! There are several locations right on the southern point of South Ari atoll where the whalesharks cruise up and down, looking for their next meal. If you are lucky you can see them passing by whilst you are diving. However, most of the encounters will be snorkeling so don’t forget your gear!

Fish Head : also known as Shark Point or Mushimasmingili Thila, fits the classic definition of a Thila – a large isolated flat top reef rising sharply from the inner atoll floor at 40 to 50m to around 10m from the surface. It is one of the best sites for seeing sharks. Featuring a series of caves and overhangs in between where you can see thousands of blueline snappers against a backdrop of black coral bushes and large gorgonians.

Maaya Thila : is one of the most famous dive sites in the Maldives and is known as a great spot for both daytime and night-time scuba diving. The marine life seen at Maaya Thila depends largely on the currents, which vary greatly; when the currents are not strong, Maaya Thila is an easy dive site, suitable for less experienced divers, but when currents are strong Maaya Thila is recommended for only advanced divers and they will need to use a surface balloon. Maaya Thila is most famous for the white tip reef sharks that can nearly always be seen here, both during the day and night. A night dive at Maaya Thila also allows divers to encounter moray eels, turtles, octopus and stone fish.

Guraidhoo Kandu : is famous for sightings of sharks, schools of eagle rays and the occasional sail fish and hammerheads. The best condition to do the dive is when the current is flowing into the atoll. The dive begins on the outer reef following the current into the atoll. Most of the pelagic species can be observed on the eastern side, where the reef drops off into the deep ocean. At the end of the dive in the channel, along the reef you can find overhangs with plenty of soft coral growth and small fish.

Kandooma Thila : is one of the most spectacular dives in the South Male Atoll, for scenery as well as for prolific fish life.


Manta Madness

Dive sites: North Male – Baa – North Ari
Duration: 8 Days / 7 Nights
Number of dives: 3 dives a day & 1 night dive a week
Ports: Male – Male
Season: August – October

Itinerary highlights:
The manta ray is the largest of the rays and can be found throughout the tropical waters of the world, typically around coral reefs. The nutrient-rich waters of the Maldives make a perfect environment for these beautiful marine animals and this itinerary visits some of the best dive sites in the area to find these magnificent creatures all year round.

Day 1 – Pick up and Check-in from 1.00pm at Male Airport
Day 2– Dive North Male Atoll, cross to Baa Atoll
Day 3– Baa Atoll – Hanifaru Bay Area
Day 4– Baa Atoll – Hanifaru Bay Area, cross to Rasdhoo Atoll
Day 5– Dive Rasdho Atoll and North Ari Atoll – Grey Reef Sharks and Hammerhead Sharks
Day 6 – North Ari Atoll – Mantas and night dive on the famous Maaya Thila
Day 7 – North Male Atoll – Manta Point, afternoon tour of Male city
Day 8 – Check out at 07.00am and 09.00am, Male Airport


Hanifaru Bay – Baa Atoll

Hanifaru Bay is a marine protected uninhabited island located in the Baa Atoll of the Maldives Islands. Its size is no greater than that of a football field and yet it has become one of the hottest spots on the planet for underwater photographers.

The reason for this modern day phenomenon of underwater diversity is because plankton blooms between the months of May and November – a very unusual phenomenon – attracting manta rays by the hundreds.

At any one time at Hanifaru Bay, there can be up to 200 manta rays feeding off the coral reefs as well as plenty of whale sharks which do the same! Hanifaru Bay has become the world’s largest manta ray feeding destinations.

PLEASE NOTE: From January 2012 scuba diving is not permitted in Hanifaru Bay, however you will be able to snorkel in this area for a $20 fee (per person for approx 45mins).

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Destinations Central Maldives
Facilities Nitrox support, Internet, Water Toys, Fishing gear
Languages spoken English

Schedules & routes

Date Duration Destination Departure - Arrival Price
25/05/2019 to 01/06/2019 7 nights Central Maldives Male - Male From $1,498.00 Detail
01/06/2019 to 08/06/2019 7 nights Central Maldives Male - Male From $1,498.00 Detail
08/06/2019 to 15/06/2019 7 nights Central Maldives Male - Male From $1,498.00 Detail
15/06/2019 to 22/06/2019 7 nights Central Maldives Male - Male From $1,498.00 Detail
22/06/2019 to 29/06/2019 7 nights Central Maldives Male - Male From $1,498.00 Detail
29/06/2019 to 06/07/2019 7 nights Central Maldives Male - Male From $1,498.00 Detail
06/07/2019 to 13/07/2019 7 nights Central Maldives Male - Male From $1,498.00 Detail
13/07/2019 to 20/07/2019 7 nights Central Maldives Male - Male From $1,498.00 Detail

Prices & conditions

Destination Duration Cabin Price
Central Maldives 7 nights Double Twin From $1,498.00

Included

  • Air tanks & weights & weight belts
  • Daily housekeeping service
  • Land transfer on arrival/depature date
  • All meals & complimentary beverages (water & tea & coffee)
  • Soft drinks in bottles and/or cans
  • Dive guide service
  • Fuel surcharge
  • Nitrox fills
  • Dinner on final evening
  • Land tour & Island visit
  • Boat accident insurance

Not included

  • Alcoholic beverages (beer or/and wine)
  • Dive courses on board
  • Crew gratuity
  • Dive equipment rentals
  • Dive insurance
  • Travel insurance ( cancellation insurance)

Useful information

Central Maldives

Period : Liveaboards only run trips year round, with the high season being from November to May.

Visa's : Visas are not required in advance but are issued on arrival. Travelers will be issued a 30 days visa free of charge with a passport of at least 6 months validity.

Climat : Northeast Season: December-April (dry monsoon). Southwest season May-November (wet monsoon). Temperatures are around 30˚ C and humidity is 60-80%. Cyclones are rare but possible in April/May and October/November. Average daily air temperature ranges from 28°C to 34°C throughout the year.

Water : Water temps stay consistent all year round at or above 27 °C through the central atolls, sometimes even reaching a balmy 30 °C. Because visibility is so clear, it is best to wear at least a rash vest for some sun protection underwater.

Clothing : Light airy clothes are perfect. Be prepared for plenty of sunshine most of the year.

Plugs : Type G, 2-pin electrical plugs with 230 V @ 50Hz

Flights : International flights arrive directly from many locations to Male. There are reliable and extensive domestic air carriers flying to many places within the country.

  • Alcohol and pork products are prohibited. A ‘reasonable quantity’ of tobacco is permitted.
  • A local Airport Development Charge (ADC) of US$25 for all international travellers over 2 years of age may be introduced shortly.

Currency : The Local currency is the Maldivian Rufiyaa (MVR/Rf), but is rarely used on tourist resorts. Most transactions are made in US Dollars but other currencies are accepted. Travelers cheques and major credit cards are widely accepted but 5% may be added for credit card transactions. Banks in Male will cash travelers cheques into US Dollars and Rufiyaa may also be purchased. ATM’s can be found in Male.

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