Carpe Vita is a deluxe standard liveaboard, it offering dive liveaboard trips all around the Maldives according to the seasons, It can accommodate 20 guests.

Marc Marino

13/03/2019

My wife and I just returned from our 2nd trip aboard the M/V Carpe Vita (Feb. 2019). This team has been together for some time now and it shows. Food, Service, Safety, and Diving were just Great...

Description

Boat

Carpe Vita is a 38.2 meters long, 10.36 meters wide professional dive liveaboard built in 2010, and started liveaboard service in February 2011. It is built and powered for comfort, safety and stability, it can cruise at 12 knots and have 220-volt power onboard.

On the main deck contains a large air-conditioned dining and lounge area, boutique area, and there is an entertainment center with TV, DVD/CD, stereo music system. On the back of the mian deck, there is a common outdoor seating area where guests can relax during the trip.

The upper deck features a large al-fresco dining area and a bar, as well as comfortable lounge chairs, and there is access via an outside walkway to the front deck area.

The topmost deck is the sun deck which offers both shaded and full-sun areas for relaxation as well as a Jacuzzi and ample lounge area.

Carpe Vita also have a camera charging station and a large camera table on the back of the main deck. There are two sets of stairs accessing the swim platform where two in-water ladders hang for easy access to and from the water for a refreshing swim when the vessel is at anchor.

In addition, 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

Carpe Vita has 10 comfortable guest cabins, it can welcome 20 guests :

All cabins have individually controlled AC, safety deposit boxes, life jackets and their own private bathroom with toilet and hot water shower. The electricity voltage on board is of 220V and the plugs are of 3 pins UK type.

2 Suite Cabins :
Located on the upper deck, both have king size beds which can be separated in two super single beds, a wide flat screen TV plus DVD/HD player, desk/chair/dresser, two hanging closets, windows throughout the side of the cabin, bathroom with dual sink, bath tub and separate shower cubicle.

2 Superior Cabins :
Located on the main deck, both have king size beds which can be separated in two single beds and desk/chair/dresser, hanging closet, large windows, private ensuite bathroom and shower cubicle.

6 Standard Cabins:
Located on the lower deck, all have one queen size bed and a single bed, desk/chair, dresser, private ensuite bathrooms with showers.


Diving

  • 17 dives per week (1 night dive is included per week).
  • No dive on the embarkation and disembarkation day.
  • Only 1 - 2 dives will be provided on the last diving day.
  • All diving will provide experienced guide to lead the dive.

Other Information

  • Nitrox:Complimentary for certified divers
  • 15L Tanks:Available with additional charge
  • REBREATHER Dive:Not available at the moment
  • Technical Dive:Not available at the moment yet
  • Dive Equipment Rental:Available with additional cost
  • Dive insurance:Divers must have valid dive insurance
  • Wi-Fi Internet : Available with additional charge
  • Laundry Service:Not available at the moment
  • Massage Service:Not available at the moment
  • Payment on board:Cash (USD/EUR) or credit cards
  • Crew Number:13, include 2 - 3 dive guides

Itineraries

CLASSICAL ROUTING I (7 NIGHTS)

Atolls: North Male – Rasdhoo – Ari – Vaavu – South Male

Sunday: Male. Guests board vessel around 3 pm; welcome briefing, documents; check out dive.

Monday: North Male, 4 dives; Approximately 3 hr crossing from North Male to Rasdhoo (North Ari). Night spent anchored in Rasdhoo.

Tuesday - Wednesday: Ari, 4 dives daily. Night spent anchored.

Thursday: Ari 4 dives. Cross to Vaavu after last dive. Night spent anchored.

Friday: Vaavu 4 dives and cross to South Male. Night spent anchored.

Saturday: South Male, 2 dives maximum depending on guest flight schedules and the 24 hour requirement before flying.

Sunday: Depart the vessel latest by 8 am. Due to the necessity of readying the vessel for our next cruise, we must strictly enforce this early departure.


Other Itineraries

CLASSICAL ROUTING II (7 NIGHTS)
Atolls: North Male – Ari – Meemu – Vaavu – South Male

CLASSICAL ROUTING I (10 NIGHTS)
Atolls: North Male – Lhaviyani – Noonu – Raa – Baa – Rasdhoo – Ari – South Male

DEEP SOUTH SHARK ITINERARY I
Atolls: North Male – South Male – (South Ari) – Vaavu – Meemu – Thaa – Laamu – Huvadhoo – Foammulah – Gan (10/11 nights)

Our unique 10 or 11 night trips will be either starting from Male and ending all the way past the equator in Addu or the reverse, starting from Addu and ending in Male. Guests will require a domestic flight back after the trip from Gan (Addu) to Male airport or from Male airport to Gan to join the boat.

DEEP SOUTH SHARK ITINERARY II
Atolls: North Male – South Ari – Vaavu – Meemu – Thaa – Laamu – Huvadhoo (10 NIGHTS)

These routings take place during peak high season (February/March/April) when the currents are at its strongest and visibility at its best to enjoy the abundance of sharks the Maldives has to offer.

This trip will start in Male atoll after which we cruise to South Ari atoll, at the end of the trip you will fly back by domestic flight from Kooddoo airport to Male.

FAR NORTH EXPLORATION
Atolls: North Male – Lhaviyani – Noonu – Shaviyani – Haal Alif – Shaviyani – Raa – Baa – Ari – (Vaavu – South Male)(11 or 14 nights)

We have come up with a unique routing that nobody else is doing yet, starting and ending in Male to avoid domestic flights needed. Due to the additional distance we will cover there will be an extended cruise range surcharge and the minimum amount of nights needed to do this trip is 11 nights or more.

MANTA TRIP I
Atolls: North Male – South Male – Vaavu – Ari – Rasdhoo – Baa (7 nights)

The above 7 night routing is designed to be able to visit all the by manta frequented spots and lagoons including famous Hanifaru Bay in Baa atoll during the summer months (July/August/September/October). The trips are either ending or starting in Baa atoll, which means a one way domestic flight will be needed at the start or the end of the trip.

MANTA TRIP II
Atolls: North Male – Baa – Raa – Baa – Rasdhoo – Ari ( 7 nights)

The above 7 night routing is designed to be able to visit all the by manta frequented spots and lagoons including famous Hanifaru Bay in Baa atoll during the summer months (July/August/September/October). The trips are either ending or starting in South Ari atoll, which means a one way domestic flight will be needed at the start or the end of the trip.

More

Destinations Central Maldives, North Maldives, South Maldives
Facilities Nitrox support, Camera station, Internet, Jacuzzi, Fishing gear
Languages spoken English, French, Spanish

Schedules & routes

Prices & conditions

Included

  • Air tanks & weights & weight belts
  • GST 12%
  • Daily housekeeping service
  • Land transfer on arrival/depature date
  • All meals & complimentary beverages (water & tea & coffee)
  • Dive guide service
  • Nitrox fills
  • Marine park fees/Port fees
  • Dinner on final evening
  • Land tour & Island visit
  • Boat accident insurance

Not included

  • Green Tax $6/Night
  • Domestic flights
  • Alcoholic beverages (beer or/and wine)
  • Soft drinks in bottles and/or cans
  • Dive courses on board
  • Crew gratuity
  • Dive equipment rentals
  • Dive insurance
  • Travel insurance ( cancellation insurance)
  • Larger tank (15 L)

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.


North Maldives

Period : Liveaboards to the north Maldives run trips from September through to May every year.

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 fairly consistent all year round at 27°C, though cooler water can come in from the deeper waters surrounding these northern atolls, with the temp occasionally dropping to 24°C.

Clothing : Light airy clothes are perfect. Be prepared for plenty of sunshine most of the year especially from November to May.

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

Flights : International flights arrive directly from many locations to Male. Domestic flights to and from Hanimaadhoo are needed to reach the vessels.

  • 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.


South Maldives

Period : Liveaboards run trips from January to end of April, during the north east monsoon.

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 : Southwest season May-November (wet monsoon). Temperatures are around 30˚ C and humidity is 60-80%. Average daily air temperature ranges from 28°C to 34°C throughout the year.

Water : Because of the deep water surrounding the southern atolls, water temperature range from a low of 24°C to a high of 27°C.

Clothing : Light airy clothes are perfect. Be prepared for plenty of sunshine during this time 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 regular flights south to both Kadhadoo Airport and Kahdheedhoo Airport.

  • 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.

Diver's reviews (3)

Marc Marino, 13/03/2019

My wife and I just returned from our 2nd trip aboard the M/V Carpe Vita (Feb. 2019). This team has been together for some time now and it shows. Food, Service, Safety, and Diving were just Great. Carpe Vita is one of the few giving 10 day trips and 4 dives per day. Max 20 divers and ratio of divers to guides is spot on. Just Diving leave the fancy cloths home bring more bathing suits.....you will be Scuba Diving

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Robbin, 15/07/2015

I just got back from 10 days on the Carpe Vita. We do quite a lot of live aboards and my son and I really enjoyed the Carpe Vita. The boat is excellent and well thought through. The room is cleaned as soon as you come back form your first dive which is nice. The food is good. It wasn't very adventurous and became a little the same by the 8th or 9th day but kept you happy indeed. Plenty of drinks and coffee were available when ever you wanted one. The dive briefings were very professional and despite varying degrees of experience they went through the "rules" very clearly. Overall though a great diving experience. We had reasonably bad weather and even that didn't stop us from experiencing some magical time in the water. 10 days, 33 dives, saw everything I wanted.

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Olive, 21/05/2014

In 2012 March, me and 3 other friends spent 10 days on the live-aboard Carpe Vita. The dive boat was the best i've ever been! And i love the tender how Maldiven liveaboat offered, not only spacious but also compfortable. The diving itself was enjoyable but average. Because most dive sites still had significant dead coral with only a small number containing healthy colourful coral. But the fish and critter life were pretty good. There were a few sharks but they tended to be small. We saw Manta Rays on a couple of dives, three or four of them gave us a spectacular display. There were lots of nudibranchs too, 1 of my friends even saw Manta Shrimp (But not me). We also swam with a 3 to 4m long whale shark, was pretty fun! Overall, I was happy with the critters but bit disappointed for the coral. However, i have to say that the Carpe Vita was amazing so we have no regrets after all .

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