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CARPE DIEM I 10% DISCOUNT I AGO - SEPT 2021 I CENTRAL MALDIVES

CARPE DIEM I 10% DISCOUNT I AGO - SEPT 2021 I CENTRAL MALDIVES
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CARPE DIEM. Spacious state cabins, a modern interior and fine dining. Enjoy salsa dancing, spa visits, water skiing, surfing and snorkelling on this incredibly accommodating dive yacht. Dive from dhoni, Nitrox and WIFI available.



HIGHLIGHTS

  • 7 Nights, 16 - 17 Dives
  • Languages spoken: English
  • North Male - Ari - Vaavu - South Male
  • The Carpe Diem offers year round dive cruises in the Central Maldives
  • Mantas, sharks, whale sharks, tiny shrimp, nudibranchs, ghost pipe fish
  • Snorkelers welcome
  • Free Nitrox
  • A platform at the back of the main deck with two fresh water showers and a jet ski
  • A studio with internet, a shop and all business centre facilities.

SERVICES ON BOARD

  • Dives from dhoni
  • Tanks With Int (Yoke) Valves Tanks With Din Valves 15L Tanks Available Nitrox (free) Rental Equipment ($) Courses($)
  • Battery Charging Station Warm-Water Showers Fish Id And Diving Books Spacious Dive Deck
  • Air-Conditioning Wi-Fi ($) Lounge/TV Area UK (3 Pin) Power Sockets Power Socket Adapters
  • Movies
  • Snorkeling Windsurfing Land excursions
  • Visa Mastercard Amex Cash
  • Buffet Vegetarian Food
  • Alcohol and soft drinks available to purchase on board
  • Fire Alarm Fire Extinguisher
  • Life Jackets Life Rafts
  • Emergency Oxygen Kit Emergency Positioning Radio Beacon
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OUR BOAT

Cruising in the Maldives has never been so much fun, the Carpe Diem offers Scuba Diving in crystal clear azure waters with a dedicated crew to help make your cruise the Dive Holiday experience of a lifetime. The Carpe Diem was the first boat of the fleet and started operating in 2008 and the reason for the start of the company Carpe Diem Maldives Pvt. Ltd. The Carpe Diem was built in the Maldives fully out of wood by Amir Mansoor who is also the owner of the boat. The boat has 10 Cabins divided over 3 Decks and can cater for a maximum of 20 people. The boat is accompanied by a diving dhoni (tender) and a small speedboat (dingy). The Carpe Diem caters for scuba diving trips, surfing trips, fishing trips or tailor made cruises for exclusive groups.

Carpe Diem combines superb service, exceptional diving and on board comfort at affordable prices. If it is Mantas, Whale sharks 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.

CABINS

Carpe Diem sleeps 20 Divers in 10 cabins. No matter which cabin you chose, all have individual air conditioning, in-room safe and en-suite bathrooms. The standard cabins are located below deck. 4 have a Queen double with a separate Single bed. There are a further 2 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. There is 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 size bed 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 size bed and masses of storage space. The sea views are exceptional as well as the creature comforts!

AMENITIES

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).

FOOD ON BOARD

On board the Carpe Diem liveaboard you can expect a wide menu consisting of dishes from a range of genres including Maldivian, Thai, Chinese and Italian, as well as International fare and the occasional BBQ. There are always plenty of fresh ingredients used, including fresh fruit, vegetables and seafood. The air-conditioned Restaurant and open-air dining areas offer 3 main dishes per sitting, buffet with waitress service. Coffee, tea and drinking water and fruit are provided free of charge, Soft drinks, fruit juices, milk shakes, mineral water and beer are available for purchase and there is a large cocktail and wine list. The dining service begins with afternoon snacks and evening dinner on the first evening of the cruise. Special dietary requirements can be catered for with advance notice.

LOWER DECK STANDARD CABIN- 1 QUEEN AND 1 BUNK

- #SALSA, #SCUBA, #SURF, SMILE, #SNORKEL AND #SKI SALSA, SCUBA, SURF, SMILE, SNORKEL and SKI are located on the cabin deck below the main deck. 4 of these standard cabins are very spacious having a queen double bed and bunk bed (SALSA, SCUBA, SURF and SKI); the 2 other standard cabins (SMILE and SNORKEL) each have a single bed and single bunk bed and can only take twin sharing occupancy. All standard cabins have portholes. All cabins have individually controlled AC, safety deposit boxes and their own private bathroom with toilet and hot water shower. Hair Dryers available on request. The electricity voltage on board is of 220V and the plugs are of 3 pins UK type.

  • Size: 10 m²
  • Beds: 1 Queen and 1 Bunk
  • Max occupancy: 2
  • Shareable: Yes
  • Private bathroom: Yes
  • Air Conditioning: Yes

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SUITE CABIN - UPPER DECK

The very spacious suite, our SUN cabin, with over 20 m2 in size is located at the upper deck. The suite has a king size bed, a wide flat screen TV plus DVD/MP3 player and an ample closet plus storage space. The 5 windows give a beautiful view to the sea. All cabins have individually controlled AC, safety deposit boxes and their own private bathroom with toilet and hot water shower. Hair Dryers available on request. The electricity voltage on board is of 220V and the plugs are of 3 pins UK type.

  • Size: 20 m²
  • Beds: 1 King
  • Max occupancy: 2
  • Shareable: No
  • Private bathroom: Yes
  • Air Conditioning: Yes

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DELUXE CABIN - UPPER DECK

#STAR Opposite the suite on the upper deck is another big cabin, the STAR cabin, with a queen size double bed, flat screen TV plus DVD/MP3 player and 3 windows overlooking Maldives blue waters. All cabins have individually controlled AC, safety deposit boxes and their own private bathroom with toilet and hot water shower. Hair Dryers available on request. The electricity voltage on board is of 220V and the plugs are of 3 pins UK type.

  • Size: 12 m²
  • Beds: 1 Queen Max occupancy: 2
  • Shareable: No
  • Private bathroom: Yes
  • Air Conditioning: Yes

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DOUBLE CABIN - MAIN DECK

#SEA & #SAND The Carpe Diem has two double cabins, SEA and SAND located on the main deck, which are a little smaller than the deluxe cabin on the upper deck and standard cabins on the lower deck. They have queen size double beds and window view. Further amenities TV plus DVD/MP3 players. All cabins have individually controlled AC, safety deposit boxes and their own private bathroom with toilet and hot water shower. Hair Dryers available on request. The electricity voltage on board is of 220V and the plugs are of 3 pins UK type.

  • Size: 10 m²
  • Beds: 1 Queen
  • Max occupancy: 2
  • Shareable: No
  • Private bathroom: Yes
  • Air Conditioning: Yes

MOST RELEVANT INFORMATION

  • The trip begins in Male and ends in Male
  • The closest airport is Male Intl (MLE)
  • Transfer time is according to your flight
  • Give yourself enough time to go through immigration and pickup your bags.
  • The crew will meet you at the info/help desk in the arrival at the check in

EMBARKATION AND DEPARTURE

  • You can check in on the boat as of 12.30
  • The boat departs Male in the afternoon on the same day
  • The vessel is equipped with UK (3 pin) power sockets, Power socket adapters
  • Accepted payment methods on board: VISA, Mastercard, AMEX, Cash
  • Towels and soap are included

ARRIVAL AND DISEMBARKATION

  • Your last dives will be from the second to the last day of the morning.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure that you respect the 24 hours of the flight schedule after your last dive!
  • The ship docks at Male in the afternoon from the second to the last day.
  • The check out and disembarkation is around 08:00 on the last day.

EXTRA INFORMATION

  • You will be met upon arrival by a representative of Carpe Diem Maldives, who can be identified by a crew polo or t-shirt and sign board with the Carpe Diem Maldives logo
  • If you already stay in Male you will be met at the airport help desk at 12:30
  • Usually the vessel is moored offshore and there will be a check dive on day 1
  • The wireless router on board works on 3G basis. The internet connection will be good enough to read emails but not fast enough for large downloads. Connection speed depends on location of the boat

GENERAL INFORMATION

  • NORTH MALE - ARI - VAAVU - SOUTH MALE
  • (PORTS - MALE - MALE) 7 NIGHTS
  • Approx. 16 – 18 dives,
  • 100+ dives recommended  Open Water Or AOWD with no restriction on minimum dives. Strongly recommend experience in deep dives (up to 30 m), current and night dives in order to be able to participate in all the dives offered during an itinerary.
  • Our dive instructor on board is responsible for everyone’s safety and can ask people to sit a certain dive out if he believes they are not experienced enough for a particular dive.
  • It is also possible for AOWD courses to be done on board, we just need advance notification to ensure the appropriately qualified crew is onboard to train the guest.
  • Marine Life: Mantas, hammerheads and eagle rays are frequently seen, as well as large residents like the Napoleon wrasse, grey reef and white tip sharks, and large schools of blacktail barracuda and batfish and whale sharks in season
  • Drift diving in the current swept channels rewards divers with opportunities to encounter large pelagics. Big fish sightings, including grey reef shark, napoleon wrasse, spotted eagle ray, manta rays, whale sharks and hammerhead shark
  • Full range of underwater adventure, meaning there is something for everyone. Diving here is like jumping into the most populated aquarium imaginable.
  • Good photo opportunities but it can be very challenging on itineraries with strong current, especially with a large housing with strobes
  • Expert dive guides on board

PROGRAM

DAY 1

  • Safety Briefing, Crew Introduction, Necessary Dive Paperwork, Cabin allocation and ship orientation will take place before departing the Harbour.
  • During the journey to our first dive site for a check dive, please take this opportunity to familiarize yourselves with the vessel and make yourself comfortable.
  • Please Note: This is a sample itinerary and nº of dives, dive sites, etc. may be subject to change due to weather conditions and other unforseeable factors

DAY 2 - 6

  • Up to 3 dives a day
  • Within the Maldives, the central atolls preside over the country's diving scene.
  • The underwater treasures of this area were the first discovered and are still some of the most appreciated.
  • Here you can find everything: whale sharks, reef sharks, manta rays, corals, schools of fish and macro-fauna.
  • Malé's northern atoll is perhaps the best-known and most explored Maldives atoll due to its proximity to the International Airport and, therefore, its accessibility. Its location also makes it an ideal starting point for diving cruises. It is still a place to discover in the Maldives, especially for its shipwrecks (some of which are among the most exciting in the Maldives), its famous "Manta point" and its various "Thilas" (name Dhivehi given to the pinnacle reefs).
  • North Male Atoll offers fantastic underwater landscapes and all kinds of marine species, from the most colorful to the most impressive. It is known that the atoll is an ideal place to dive with large species such as sharks and manta rays, which are always at the top of the list.
  • In the south of Male Reef, drift diving and some shipwrecks stand out. You can see hammerhead sharks, gray reef sharks, white tip sharks, eagle rays, manta rays, turtles, toad fish, surgeon fish, jacks, snappers, napoleon, barracuda... the list is almost infinite!
  • The Vaavu atoll is more isolated and less developed in terms of tourist infrastructure, but at the same time it is known to be one of the best snorkeling and diving sites. Another particularity that makes this atoll different from others is that instead of Kandus instead of thilas (pinnacles), Vaavu atoll consists mainly of kandus (channels) that are very good for diving.
  • One of the most famous dive sites on the Vaavu atoll is Fotteyo Kandu, a channel with many caves and large overhangs, known as one of the most important dive sites in the world. Another dive site to see here is Fushi Kandu, which has magnificent colorful coral blocks and many reef sharks in its waters. Miyaru Kandu, which is also a site for shark sightings, consists of caves and fields of black corals and whip corals.
  • In contrast to many other dive sites, the night dive at Alimathaa Kandu (another site on Vaavu atoll), is full of interesting fauna and easy to see. Ari is considered the most open atoll to tourism and this is largely due to the high quality of diving. The Manta-Rayas swim elegantly through the warm, clear waters surrounding the atolls and tranquil islands. With lively waters and many large pelagic species, it is one of the most exciting places in the underwater world to dive.
  • Hammerhead sharks, manta rays and other pelagic fish are most commonly found around Ari Atoll and even the wonderful whale shark often appears, especially in its marine protected areas.
  • Baa Atoll is home to the famous Hanifaru Lagoon, where huge numbers of Manta Rays and whale sharks congregate to feed en masse. Huge schools of fish compete with honeycomb moray eels for attention. There are manta rays and turtles on some dives and a small and charming wreck or two.
  • The dives tend to be in small submarine mounds, called thilas, with many caverns and ledges adorned with beautiful soft corals in pastel colors.
  • The dives are colorful and the fish use the caverns for shelter. Smaller creatures seen regularly include frog fish and lobsters, mantis prawns and some of the prettiest nudibranchs.

DAY 7

  • 2 dives in the morning depending on guest flight schedules Sometimes this may vary however depending on the itinerary.
  • If the boat still has to cross a long distance then only 1 dive will be offered.

DAY 8

  • Breakfast onboard before check out and disembark

INCLUDED

  • Full board, including water, tea, coffee, snacks between meals and after dives
  • Dive guides
  • Night dives
  • Transfer to/from the airport (round-trip)
  • Evening workshops on marine ecology, coral reef, marine life and photography
  • On-board marine biologist
  • Snorkeling set
  • 12% Maldivian government sales tax (GST)

NOT INCLUDED

  • Green fees:  (USD 6 per night)
  • Hanifaru Bay Snorkeling Permit (only if visited on your trip): USD 20 (per trip)
  • Private dive guide
  • Wifi (USD 15 per trip)
  • Tips for the crew (recommended)
  • Package full set rental gear (BCD, regulator, wetsuit, ABC and dive computer) (250 USD per trip)
  • Rental equipment
  • Courses
  • Soft drinks, alcohol 
  • 12% tax - on board purchases

CANCELLATION POLICY

What happens if I need to cancel my reservation?

Your reservation request is free and you can cancel it at any time within the first 72 hours. During this time, you can easily find matching flights and get answers from our reservation team for any other questions you may have. Once you have confirmed and paid for your reservation, the following cancellation policy will apply:

  • 30 % non refundable
  • Between 120 days y 90 days before trip = 70 % refundable
  • Less than 90 days before trip = no refund

In case of cancellation, the refund will be transferred to your bank account, credit card or PayPal account within 10 business days

BEFORE TRAVELLING

  • Make sure you meet the country's requirements corresponding to your nationality
  • Make sure your passport is valid at least six months after the date you plan to visit the country
  • Diving insurance is mandatory for divers of all ages on all of our trips: bring your certificate as proof
  • It is strongly recommended to have travel insurance that is appropriate for the type of diving holidays you are going to do
  • Check the electrical standards (such as which plugs are used) in your destination country before travelling and bring the appropriate adaptor if necessary.
  • The itinerary and the number of dives are indicative and are subject to weather conditions and conditions: safety is always first
  • All divers must provide their diving certification card
  • Diving computers are compulsory
  • Local rates, fuel surcharges, distance rates, port fees, etc. may change without notice due to changes in government policy, changes in the price of oil, etc. The changes are beyond our control and the increases must be paid if the boat requests them. We will endeavor to inform you of any changes as soon as possible. A change in these rates does not entitle you to cancel the trip.

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