Carpe Vita

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(2 REVIEWS)

Destination: Maldives

Itinerary: North Male, Ari, Vaavu, South Male and more.. (7 & 10 nights) | From $221++/night

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Carpe Vita Quick Pitch

MV Carpe Vita is a luxurious 125-foot wooden-hull dive liveaboard yacht, providing exceptional 5-star facilities and services with her hotel-style cabins, hot-tub and unmatched comfort for up to 20 divers.

 

Why You'll Like Carpe Vita

  • Up to 3 dives daily
  • Fine dining meals
  • Luxurious and spacious cabins
  • WiFi available (extra charge applies)
  • Airport transfers included
 

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Location

Guests will depart from Male, Maldives. Transfers are provided from and to the airport.

 

Dive Overview

The dive sites in the Maldives feature healthy reefs, soft corals, mantas, whale sharks, schooling gray reef sharks, hawksbill turtles and much more.

 

Dive Requirements

It is recommended that divers have completed at least 100 dives and/or have an Advanced Open Water Certification.

[See: Maldives Dive Travel Guide]

 

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Accommodations

Types of Cabins, Amenities and Photos

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Carpe Vita Accommodation Details

The Carpe Vita has 10 comfortable cabins of different standards divided over 3 decks. The different cabin types are VIP suite (2), Superior (2) and standard (6). All cabins have individually controlled AC, safety deposit boxes 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.

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Carpe Vita Cabin Details

  • VIP SUITES:
  • The two spacious VIP suite cabins (no. 1 and 2) have king size (California) beds which can be separated in two super single beds (39 inches), 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.
  • SUPERIOR CABINS:
  • The two superior cabins (no. 3 and 4), located on the main deck have king size beds which can be separated in two super single beds and desk/chair/dresser, hanging closet, large windows, private ensuite bathroom and shower cubicle.
  • STANDARD CABINS:
  • A total of 6 standard cabins, no. 5 – 10 are located on the cabin deck below the main deck. All cabins have one queen size bed and a super single bed, desk/chair, dresser, private ensuite bathrooms with showers. All standard cabins have portholes.
 

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General Facilities

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Carpe Vita Features

  • Sundeck with shaded areas, ample lounge area and hot tub
  • Dining area with lounge chairs
  • Large air-conditioned lounge with entertainment center
  • All-inclusive fine-dining meals, served semi-buffet style
  • WiFi available (extra charge applies)
  • HD media players in all cabins
  • 2 guest computers onboard

 

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Food & Drinks Aboard Carpe Vita

  • Typical Meals: Aboard the Carpe Vita Explorer evening meals and lunches usually consist of vegetables, rice, pasta, soup, chicken, beef or fish with occasional local specialties offered as additional options. Breakfast is the usual fare of eggs, beef bacon, pancakes, French toast, potatoes, cereal and fruits.
  • Dietary Restrictions: If you have any dietary restrictions or requests, please indicate them on your application form.  
  • Drinks: Alcohol and soft drinks must be purchased on board from the bar. Due to the difficulty of importing alcohol into the Maldives, additional beer or wine or freshly made juices or any hard liquor will be added to your onboard bill. 

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Carpe Vita Deck Plan

  • SUN DECK: The partially covered sundeck offers plenty of room to soak up the sun or enjoy the shade. The deck also holds a hot tub and ample lounge area.
  • UPPER DECK: The upper deck features a large dining area with comfortable lounge chairs, and provides access via an outside walkway to the front deck area. Two VIP suites are located midship.
  • MAIN DECK: The main deck provides a large air-conditioned lounge area, boutique area, an entertainment center with TV/DVD, stereo area and two large staterooms.
  • LOWER DECK: The lower deck of the vessel holds staterooms 5-10 as well as the engine room and crew cabins.
 

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Carpe Vita Dive Facilities

  • Nitrox
  • Individual gear bins & wetsuit hanging area
  • Rinse tanks
  • Camera table & recharging facilities 
  • Ramp-style stair access to the swim platform
  • Freshwater showers & bathroom
  • Dive equipment rental (must be pre-booked)
  • Dive courses (must be pre-booked) 

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SCHEDULE, RATES & AVAILABILITY

Carpe Vita Schedule & Rates

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Prices are in USD, per person and include 12% GST. Government Green Tax (USD 6 per night) is not included.

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Inclusions

  • 7 nights or 10 nights aboard the vessel
  • 3 meals daily, plus between-dive snacks
  • Up to 3 dives daily (except for on the day of arrival and day before departure) including one or two night dives
  • Free nitrox to nitrox qualified divers
  • Use of tanks, weights, and belts
  • Airport transfers on the days of embarkation/disembarkation
  • Domestic flights to and from DRV or VAM as of summer 2018 onwards
  • GST 12%

 

Exclusions

  • Rental, instruction, nitrox and retail charges
  • Green tax of 6 USD p/p per night
  • Some trips will have an additional fuel surcharge and/or a domestic flight
  • Crew gratuities
  • Non-alcoholic and alcoholic drinks (to be purchased at the on-site bar)
  • Trip cancellation and dive insurance
  • 12% tax on on-board purchases 
  • WiFI at $15/week/person or $20 for 10 days/person + tax 
  • 15L tanks 

 

IMPORTANT NOTES

Rates may increase for existing reservations and will be confirmed no later than 12 months before the charter departure date. If the increase is due to an increase in the local government taxes (GST), it may occur within 12 months of travel.

 

Other Dates & Availability

For more information on other departure dates that are not listed above and on availability email us at info@bluewaterdivetravel.com or call us at 310-915-6677 and we will gladly help you plan your dream dive vacation!

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Dive Information & Itineraries

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  • Typical Daily Schedule

  • Days aboard Carpe Vita Explorer generally involve a cold breakfast from 6:00 am followed by a first morning dive, Full breakfast, second morning dive, lunch around 12:00 pm, two afternoon dives and dinner at 6:30 or 7:00 pm. On the day or days when night dives are offered, dinner is typically around 8:00 pm. You can find detailed information on specific itineraries below. Please note that these itineraries are examples only and will change depending on weather and logistics.
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November - April: North & South Male, Ari and Vaavu Atolls (10 Nights)

  • Sunday: Male. Guests board vessel around 3 pm; Captain’s briefing, document check; check out dive. Approximately 1-1/2 hr crossing from port to North Male.
  • Monday: North Male, 1 dive; North Ari, 3 dives. Approximately 3 hr crossing from North Male to North Ari and approximately a 2 hr crossing time between site in North Ari. The night spent anchored.
  • Tuesday-Wednesday: North Ari, 3 dives daily. The night spent anchored.
  • Thursday: North Ari, 1 dive; South Ari, 3 dives. The night spent anchored.
  • Friday-Saturday: South Ari, 3 dives. Nighttime crossing to Vaavu, approximately 3 ½ hr (as weather permits).
  • Sunday: Vaavu, 3 dives.
  • Monday: Vaavu, 3 dives; South Male, 1 dive. Approximately 2 ½ hr crossing from Vaavu to South Male after third dive.
  • Tuesday: South Male, 1 dive.
  • Wednesday: Depart the vessel by 8 am. Due to the necessity of readying the vessel for the next cruise, the 8 am departure is strictly enforced.
 

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May - October: North Male & Ari, Baa & Raa Atolls (10 Nights)

  • Sunday: Male. Guests board vessel around 3 pm; Captain’s briefing, document check; check out dive. Cross to North Male from port approximately 2 ½ hr. 1 dive. Nighttime crossing to Baa Atoll, approximately 4 hr (as weather permits).
  • Monday-Tuesday: Baa, 3 dives daily, Nights spent anchored.
  • Wednesday: Baa, 1 dive; Raa, 3 dives. The night spent anchored.
  • Thursday: Raa, 1 dive; Baa, 3 dives. The night spent anchored
  • Friday: Raa, 2 dive; North Ari, 2 dives. Approximately 3 ½ hr crossing from Raa to North Ari after second dive. The night spent anchored.
  • Saturday- Sunday: North Ari. 3 dives daily. Nights spent anchored.
  • Monday: North Ari, 2 dives; South Ari, 1 dive; North Ari, 1 dive. Approximately 3 ½ hr crossing from North Ari to South Male. The night spent anchored.
  • Tuesday: North Male, 1 dive.
  • Wednesday: Depart the vessel by 8 am. Due to the necessity of readying the vessel for the next cruise, the 8 am departure is strictly enforced.

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November - April: North & South Male & Ari and Vaavu Atolls (7 Nights)

  • Sunday: Male. Guests board vessel around 3 pm; Captain’s briefing, document check; check out dive. Approximately 1-1/2 hr crossing from port to North Male.
  • Monday: North Male, 1 dive; North Ari, 3 dives. Approximately 3 hrs. crossing from North Male to North Ari and approximately a 2 hr crossing time between site in North Ari. The night spent anchored.
  • Tuesday: North Ari, 3 dives. The night spent anchored.
  • Wednesday: North Ari, 1 dive; South Ari, 3 dives. Nighttime crossing to Vaavu, approximately 2 1/2 hr (as weather permits)
  • Thursday: Vaavu, 3 dives.
  • Friday: Vaavu, 3 dives; South Male, 1 dive. Approximately 2 1/2 hr crossing from Vaavu to South Male after third dive.
  • Saturday: South Male, 1 dive.
  • Sunday: Depart the vessel by 8 am. Due to the necessity of readying the vessel for the next cruise, the 8 am departure is strictly enforced.

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May - October: North Male & Ari, Baa & Raa Atolls (7 Nights)

  • Sunday: Male. Guests board vessel around 3 pm; Captain’s briefing, document check; check out dive. Cross to North Male from port approximately 2 ½ hr. 1 dive. Nighttime crossing to Baa Atoll, approximately 4 hr (as weather permits).
  • Monday-Tuesday: Baa, 3 dives daily. Nights spent anchored.
  • Wednesday: Baa, 1 dive; Raa, 3 dives. The night spent anchored.
  • Thursday: Raa, 1 dive; Baa, 3 dives. The night spent anchored.
  • Friday: Baa, 2 dives; North Male, 2 dives. Crossing from Baa to Male approximately 4 ½ hr The night spent anchored.
  • Saturday: North Male, 1 dive.
  • Sunday: Depart the vessel by 8 am. Due to the necessity of readying the vessel for the next cruise, the 8 am departure is strictly enforced.

 

[See: Maldives Dive Travel Guide]

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Other Information

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Boat Specifications

  • Year Built: 2011
  • Port of Registration: Male’ / Republic of Maldives
  • Structure: Wood
  • Length: 127 ft (38.2m)
  • Beam: 34 ft (10.36m)
  • Cruising Speed: 13 knots
  • Engines: Doosan Daewoo Marine Diesel, 603KW (820ps)
  • Generators: 2 x Zenith Isuzu 52KW Marine-Gen set, 1 x Zenith Isuzu 16KW Marine-Gen set
  • Compressors: 2 x L&W 420 electric
  • Maximum guests: 20
  • Number of Cabins: 10 
  • Numberof Bathrooms: 10
  • Number of Crew: 14 (+3 dive guides)
  • Tenders: 3 x 50HP Yamaha
  • Freshwater Maker: 25 tons/day
  • Fuel Tank Capacity: 2 x Tanks of 6,000 liters per Tank (Total 12 tons)

 

Practical Information

  • Currency: US Dollars widely accepted
  • Payment Onboard: Cash and most major credit cards accepted 
  • Crew Gratuities: 10%-15% recommended 
  • Power Outlets: 220 V 
 

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Reviews (2)

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This liveaboard is a gorgeous boat, with very large cabins. It is only a couple of years old. The crew is superb -- divemasters give great briefings and are conscientious. The food is good, but not great -- it's kind of bland. The diving is all drift diving, so you must be comfortable with that style of diving. Bring a reef hook. Also, the diving in the Maldives is more about the big stuff, mantas, tuna, whale sharks, sharks, rays, etc., than small macro stuff (although there is some of that). The scenery while cruising the islands is spectacular. The tour is all-inclusive, which was very nice. It included a half-day tour of Male, the capital. I went in March. February and March are the best months to go for diving. One tip on travel:
Don't fly through Mumbai! It's a horror of an airport. The best way to get to the Maldives from the U.S. is to fly through Dubai. I would highly recommend Maldives diving and the Explorer Ventures Carpe Vita. I would go again -- that kind of says it all!

Visited on 03/2012 - Submitted on 10/29/2014
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Most spacious & luxurious liveaboard I've seen. Wonderful crew that is very friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable. The dive guides do an excellent job of pointing out both large & small marine life on every dive. The Sri Lankan chef cooks up a nice mix of Western & Maldivian food. The hot tub on the upper sun deck is a great place to relax with a beer after the dive day is done. Diving is done from a dhoni that is large, spacious, and equipped with personal seats for each diver, a hot shower, and big rinse tanks for camera gear.

Dive conditions: I've done two trips on this boat (August 2012 and August 2013) and had similar conditions both times - warm water (mid-80s), moderate vis (30-60 feet), and medium/strong current on most dives. Reef hooks are definitely recommended, and the boat crew will sell you an excellent one they designed and built if you don't already have one.

Marine life: a good mix of big and small. The first few days of each trip were in northern atolls where the macro life is excellent and just waiting to be photographed. Plenty of reef fish around too. You can't swing a dead cat without hitting a handful of eels on each dive. Mantas, sharks, and whale sharks all made an appearance too, along with schools of jacks, tuna, and grouper. Bring a camera. You won't be disappointed.

Accommodations: I have stayed in both the suite on the top deck and a cabin on the main deck. Both are huge, with one king or two double beds depending on the needs of the people in the room. Plenty of hot water in the en suite shower, and enough electrical outlets for charging batteries, lights, etc.

Visited on 08/2013 - Submitted on 02/11/2014

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