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Tour Dates

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Tour Inclusions

  • 10 night dive cruise
  • Twin Share Accommodation in air conditioned cabins, ensuite shower (with hot water) toilet, toiletries, towels and beach towels.
  • 60ft Dhoni (follow boat), enclosed with showers and toilet
  • 15ft tender for additional support, fishing, snorkelling etc
  • Dive master and instructor on board
  • Full Board Breakfast, lunch, dinner and between dive snacks
  • Tea and coffee (instant) available 24h.
  • Drinking water + drinking bottle with logo
  • Local taxes
  • Airport meet and greet plus transfers
  • Snorkelling gear and Maldivian style fishing gear (hand lines)
  • 3 dives daily (except for on day of arrival and day before departure) including one or two night dives
  • Use of tanks, weights and belts
  • Airport transfers on the days of embarkation/disembarkation
  • GST 12%
  • Beach BBQ and bon fire on a deserted island
  • DVD library and Books Library

Tour Exclusions

  • Upgrade to suites
  • Airfares
  • Alcoholic drinks, soft drinks
  • Rental, instruction, nitrox and retail charges
  • Green tax of 6 USD p/p per night
  • Crew gratuities, we suggest 100 to 150 USD per client on a 7 night trip
  • Trip cancellation and dive insurance

Tour Hosts

Moon Tours & Carpe Diem

Maldives Comfort Luxury Dive Charters, MY Carpe Diem

Although the Maldives are known for the stunning beaches and azure waters that typify the tropical idyll, its life beneath the water’s surface which is becoming ever more respected by scuba divers in the know. The Maldives islands have some good coral reefs, but it’s the abundance of marine life throughout the country that sets it apart from other dive destinations. The water temperatures remain 27 to 28 degrees Celsius throughout the year.

All of our vessels are accompanied by spacious diving dhonis (tenders) which are equipped with the latest to meet the ever growing demands of the divers today. The dhonis have Nitrox membrane systems providing 32%, a toilet, hot water shower, fresh water showers and camera rinsing tank.

The Carpe Diem and the Carpe Novo provide standard up to 3 dives a day versus the Carpe Vita with up to 4 dives a day.

Snorkelers are welcome too, apart from some dedicated snorkel trips, the boats all have a small speed boat (dingy) available for snorkelers to go snorkeling with our crew when the divers are out diving. For private charters, itineraries and activities can be tailor m

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About Maldives

Scattered across the equator in the middle of the Indian Ocean, the gem like islands of the Maldives depict the rare vision of a tropical paradise. Palm fringed islands with pristine beaches, turquoise lagoons, crystal clear warm water and stunning coral reefs with abundant varieties of marine life and hosting a massive variety of world class waves that are now accessible to the travelling surfer.

There are over 1,192 islands in the Maldives Republic, measuring 820 km’s north to south and 120 km’s east to west, the closest neighbors are India and Sri Lanka. People who have never been to the Maldives often have trouble comprehending that there is almost NO land. It is sea with little pockets of coral dotted on top of an old volcanic mountain range. Only 202 of the islands are inhabited; there are no hills or rivers: almost no tides, the highest point above sea level is less than 10 feet.

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DIVING

Maldives diving is year round. Each season brings the opportunity to see the same creatures, BIG and small. What makes the seasons different are the conditions. Of interest: the Maldives waters support the world’s largest known population of reef manta rays all year round. Whale sharks can be seen all year round as well, which are two bucket list creatures of every scuba diver. Read more in the DIVING section.

WELCOME TO DIVERS PARADISE

Famous by divers all over the world

Although the Maldives are known for the stunning beaches and azure waters that typify the tropical idyll, its life beneath the water’s surface which is becoming ever more respected by scuba divers in the know. The Maldives islands have some good coral reefs, but it’s the abundance of marine life throughout the country that sets it apart from other dive destinations. The water temperatures remain 27 to 28 degrees Celsius throughout the year.

All of our vessels are accompanied by spacious diving dhonis (tenders) which are equipped with the latest to meet the ever growing demands of the divers today. The dhonis have Nitrox membrane systems providing 32%, a toilet, hot water shower, fresh water showers and camera rinsing tank.

The Carpe Diem and the Carpe Novo provide standard up to 3 dives a day versus the Carpe Vita with up to 4 dives a day.

Snorkelers are welcome too, apart from some dedicated snorkel trips, the boats all have a small speed boat (dingy) available for snorkelers to go snorkeling with our crew when the divers are out diving. For private charters, itineraries and activities can be tailor m

We’ve created the below to assist first time scuba travelers to the Maldives in planning their adventure. Not every itinerary, or every dive site, or every price range is for everyone. Take the time to make the right choice by minimizing surprises and maximizing your total dive holiday experience! There are two distinct diving seasons in the Maldives. Choosing which season is right for you can be a very important decision. Within each season, there are factors that should affect your decision. What are these factors?


Itinerary – Currents – Visibility – Sea life – Amount of boats – Pricing


A note about the two seasons: Maldives diving is year round. Each season brings the opportunity to see the same creatures, BIG and small. What makes the seasons different are the conditions. Of interest: the Maldives waters support the world’s largest known population of reef manta rays all year round. Whale sharks can be seen all year round as well, which are two bucket list creatures of every scuba diver. Read more in the next section (below).

The Southwest Season; May to October

During the Southwest season from May-October diving on the west side of the atolls can be very active –  good visibility typically attracts large schools of pelagic creatures including different species of sharks, tuna, wrasse, rays and turtles. Diving on the east side of the atolls can make this season very special. Though the visibility will be decreased due to the increased plankton, it is the best time and place in the Maldives to see manta rays and whale sharks, making up for the reduced viz. This is manta feeding season so there are usually more mantas during these months. June and July are the ‘official’ rainy season months. Because the Maldives is in the equatorial belt, severe storms and cyclones are extremely rare events.

Itinerary: Several to choose from – of special interest  are the 7-night itineraries starting or ending in South Ari (these require a domestic flight, which is well worth it if you like avoiding crowds). Since most boats will be headed back to Male in the weekends, you’ll have time and space on the day before departure to snorkel in South Ari, hopefully with the whalesharks! And, don’t forget, any itinerary with Baa atoll will feature feeding mantas. Look for itineraries  that start or end in Baa – you’ll have the same situation as in the one-way Ari trips except, if you’re lucky, in Baa you’ll be snorkeling with the manta rays on your day before departure!

Currents: The currents are not typically as strong this time of year or on these itineraries.  These itineraries are recommended for those who may not be advanced divers or very comfortable in strong currents.

Visibility: Will be reduced, especially on the east side of the atolls, but, remember, reduced visibility means more plankton which means more mantas!!!

Sea life: As mentioned above, same creatures year round but there are definitely more mantas hanging out and feeding around Baa Atoll this time of year. And, don’t forget about the macro photography opportunities – this is not only a big animal destination…the little guys are here, too!

Amount of boats: In summer time many boats go for dry dock or do not offer trips, therefore making it less busy than in winter time.

Pricing: Rates for summer are lower than in winter.

The Northwest; November to April

The Northeast season from November-April is the Maldivian summer though there is little difference in temperatures from season to season. Conditions are drier, visibility is generally good and the reef life is usually colorful. Current can be very strong dependent upon itinerary. Due to currents flowing from the northeast, there can be a lot of shark action on the east side of the atolls. During this season, the manta and whale sharks will mostly be found on the west side of the atolls.

Itinerary: Several to choose from – Central Island itineraries (consisting of North Male, Ari, Rasdhoo and South Male) are ‘typical’ of the Maldives. Because of their reputation, these itineraries are very popular with liveaboards and resorts alike. You will find itineraries that go north, some that go south and some that go deep south. Most itineraries that go north will be more like the ones described above in the Southwest Season. Those that go a little south will likely include Vaavu and/or Meemu where channel diving will be the norm. Here the currents are definitely stronger and you should be comfortable diving in variable up-and down-currents if you select one of these itineraries. For the deep south trips that start or end in Addu, even more experience is required. These trips feature max. 3 dives a day, all channel diving and lots of transit time. These are exhilarating trips but should be reserved for divers experienced in diving in strong currents and who love diving with sharks!

Currents: On average, the currents begin to flow in November and get stronger through January. As we move into February they begin to subside a bit and April has more slack currents. But, it depends a great deal on what itinerary you are on – the further south you go, the stronger the current due to the amount of channel diving. In addition, April and November are months where the currents start changing therefore making them more difficult for the dive guides to predict.

Visibility: Should be very good on the east side of the atolls; can be a little reduced on the west side but that’s where you’re more likely to find the mantas and whale sharks.

Sea life: As mentioned above, same creatures year round but there will be more species of sharks the further south you go. The mantas will be found mostly on cleaning stations rather than feeding in lagoons. The reef life can be beautiful. Good photo opportunities but it can be very challenging on itineraries with strong current, especially with a large housing with strobes.

Amount of boats: As this will be peak high season, some popular well known dive sites can be become crowded.

Pricing: More expensive even with regards to flight tickets than summer period.

Luxury Motor Yacht – Carpe Diem

MY Carpe Diem was hand build in 2008 completely out of wood in the Maldives. She’s 35m long motor safari yacht, has three decks, 10 cabins and can cater for up to 20 guests with two tenders to get in close to reefs, waves and the islands or for fishing trips. Carpe Diem’s 60ft Dhoni is fully stocked for diving and will be an optional extra for our clients. With a total of 13 experienced crew you can rest assured that every detail is taken care of.

Carpe Diem cabins

The Carpe Diem has 10 comfortable cabins of different standards divided over 3 decks. The different cabin types are suite (1), deluxe (1), double (2) and standard (6). All cabins have individually controlled AC, safety deposit boxes and their own private bathroom with toilet and hot water shower.

 All Cabins have individually controlled A/C, safety deposit boxes and en-suite bathroom with shower and toilet.

Power on board is 220V with UK 3 pin types. Internet available on-board.

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STANDARD CABINS

A total of 6 standard cabins, 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. The 2 other standard cabins each have a twin bed and bunk bed and can only take twin sharing occupancy. All standard cabins have portholes.

MAIN DECK CABINS

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.

DELUXE CABIN

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.

SUITE CABIN

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.

GETTING THERE AND AWAY

GETTING THERE

From Australia you have a few options but if it’s Surfboards and Surf SUP’s you want to bring then we recommend flying with Singapore Airlines to Male where you will be met by Carpe Diem Crew and chauffeured to the the boat.

Flights with Singapore Airlines leave regularly from Sydney or Melbourne – Male via Singapore or with QATAR via Doha and Emirates via Dubai.

Flying with Surf and Stand Up Paddle Boards.

Pack your favourite surf board or SUP, it’ll have to be around 9’2 max with some airlines claiming up to 9’8. Check with your chosen airline before booking.

AFRICA CONNECTION FOR THE ULTIMATE LUXURY LAND AND SEA EXPERIENCE

Regular flights with Emirates depart Male (Maldives) to Nairobi (Kenya) via Dubai or QATAR Male – Nairobi via Doha

Take the hassle out of finding the best flights, the right arrival time, board allowances ect, let our agent take care of your flights at a small ticketing fee of $25.

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WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING ?

  • Pack your favourite swimwear and most comfortable clothes, dress for the tropics and get ready to relax.
  • Your favourite dive mask and snorkel
  • Water UV tee’s, rash vests, reef booties, sun protection
  • If you are into fishing you will need to bring your own gear unless yo are happy to fish Maldivian style with hand lines.
  • Any items of a personal nature.
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MEALS & DINING

All meals, snacks, filtered water, tea & coffee are included

After a short leave of absence our Sri Lankan Chef Cook “Iresh” is back on the Carpe Diem. He is a well experienced chef, and knows how to make those buffets special, extra tasty and of high standard. He is assisted by a local chef “Rakeeb” to add some local flavor to the menu. Both have been working on the Diem for many years. The menu covers a wide range of different international cuisines blended together for you to enjoy. With prior notice, special dietary requests can be catered for as well as any special occasion packages like birthday celebrations, anniversaries to name a few.

Not included: Alcoholic beverages – a selection of beer, wine, spirits can be purchased on board.

SURFING & PADDLING IN THE MALDIVES

Surfing and Paddling

While this is not a dedicated surf & SUP charter there will be the chance to surf between dive sessions.

There will be two inflatable SUPs available for flat water paddling. You will need to bring your own surf board.

It’ll have to be around 9’2 max with some airlines claiming up to 9’8. Make sure you check with your chosen airline before booking your flights.

During the last decade, surfing in the Maldives has attracted many surfers from all over the world. The same swells hitting Indonesia deliver the goods to the Maldives except that the latitude is a little higher and the SE exposure has less energy.

Amazing Waves

The most famous breaks are in North Male Atolls. These long points breaks offer rights and lefts, whether for low intermediates, intermediates or for professional surfers, with waves ranging from 1 to 3 meters. For beginners South Male atoll is better suited

Surf spots can be accessed a number of ways; by surf charter boat, point breaks straight off the resort or by Dhoni transferring surfers from the resorts and camps. Not all surf breaks are accessible from land.

A lot of surfers prefer surf charter boats to access the many different points in the North and South Male’ Atolls. On a boat there are no constraints and surfers can choose among the most famous breaks. But try to insure you surf Cokes, Jailbreaks (Himmafushi), Honky’s, Sultans & Tucky Joes! They are amazing waves!

There are three main surfing areas

  1. The North and South Male Atoll, the surf season runs from April to October during the South-West Monsoons. The bigger swells run from May to August with 2 to 8 ft waves on offer all season.
  2. Central Atoll standard waves are long and clean with size varying between 2 and 8ft as well. During southern hemisphere winter (April-October), it’s pretty much never flat.
  3. Southern Atolls right at the southern point of the Maldives are best for surf from February to April and from September to November, there are always waves in the area but the winds become very strong at other times of the year.

Dates and itineraries upon request & subject to availability.

Rates Include

  • 10 nights nights aboard the Carpe Diem
  • 3 meals daily, plus between-dive snacks
  • drinking water, coffee (instant) and tea
  • 3 dives daily (except for on day of arrival and day before departure) including one or two night dives
  • Use of tanks, weights and belts
  • Airport transfers on the days of embarkation/disembarkation
  • GST 12%

Packages Do Not Include:

  • Rental, instruction, nitrox and retail charges
  • Green tax of 6 USD p/p per night
  • Special trips marked with a star in the schedule will have an additional fuel surcharge and/or a domestic flight
  • Crew gratuities
  • Trip cancellation and dive insurance

UPGRADES UPON AVAILABILITY 

  • Main Deck $2,425 / 2,725 (single occupancy)
  • Upper Deck Deluxe – $2,725 per person for couples
  • Upper Deck Suite – $2,875 per person for couples

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