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Aboard the luxury 115ft Carpe Diem with her 60ft follow boat (Dhoni) and smaller tender she’s got 13 crew, is locally built and owned, perfectly set up for Surf, Diving and Fishing charters. Your Captain, on board Surf guide, Moon Tours host and Pauly will get you on the best waves in the area depending on the weather conditions.
Sit back, relax, surf, dive, fish or drink cocktails from one of two bars on board.
Early bird bookings; leave your boards at home with first option to lock in a board from our Maldives quiver FREE of charge.
*Travel with SUP’s up to 9’6″ no oversize, no excess charges!
Our Carpe Diem SUP Surf charters sleep 20 (max 10 surfers, additional non surfers welcome) and have a generous fuel allowance to escape the crowds and to find you the perfect waves in the perfect location.
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.
Surfing and Paddling
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.
There are three main surfing areas;
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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!
Fishing has always been the lifeblood of island nations and the Maldives is no different, this place has been dubbed the ‘fishiest’ places on the planet. Pelagic species are often the favourite target although there are a lot of reef and shallow water species that will give you a run for your money like Bonefish, Barracuda, Groper, Snapper and the king of fish, the Giant Trevally. You will need some heavy duty gear to get the big GT’s found out here onto the boat.
Cruising the deep waters along the outside of the reef Yellow fin Tuna, Dogtooth Tuna, Dolphin Fish, Wahoo, Sail Fish and Marlin all cruise these waters. With the freedom to fish off all three boats along with experienced fishing guides make sure you bring plenty of your favourite lures.
10 Nights / 11 Days
Departing Male harbour in the Maldives you will find the island nations most famous waves in the North Male Atolls. The long breaks offer right and lefts for the beginner to intermediate surfer to the professional with waves ranging from 1 – 3 metres. In general SUP surfers may prefer the South Male Atolls depending on the size of the swell.
A surf charter should be flexible, not locked into strict daily miles and locations. Rather it should be based around mother natures plans for the swell and wind. Because of this we will not finalise the Charter itinerary with the Captain and crew until closer to departure. With a generous milage allowance we have the luxury to travel further than any standard charter to get away from the crowds and into the best waves. Rest assured, you will get what you are looking for with a boat and experienced crew that know the area very well. We’ll be trying to get you to famous waves like Cokes, Jailbreaks, Honky’s, Sultans and Tucky Joes. They are amazing waves.
DAY 1: Meeting point Male Airport, Coffee Club 1pm.
DAY 11: Disembark boat and arrival back at Male 8am.
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 is also kitted out for diving and will be an optional extra for our clients. With 10-13 experienced crew you can rest assured that every detail is taken care of.
The 10 guest cabins include one Suite, one Deluxe Cabin, two Double Cabins and six Standard Cabins.
All Cabins have individually controlled A/C, safety deposit boxes and ensuite bathroom with shower and toilet.
Power on board is 220V with UK 3 pin types.
Internet available onboard for a small fee. Free for repeat guests.
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.
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.a
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.
ARRIVAL & DEPARTURE TIMES
DAY 1: Meeting point Male Airport, Coffee Club 1pm.
DAY 11: Disembark boat and arrival back at Male 8am.
FLYING WITH SUPS & SURF BOARDS
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 or Air Asia to Male who will both takes boards up to 9’6. You will be met by your Moon Tours host and the Crew to chauffeur you on to the the waiting boat at the airport.
Singapore Airlines leave regularly from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane – Male via Singapore from $1200AUD return. Singapore Airlines have a generous standard allowance with up to 30kg / 9’6 max length in economy. Don’t go over the limit though, you can not pre purchase additional luggage and excess is charged at $42USD per kilo.
Air Asia leave regularly from Sydney and Melbourne via Kuala Lumpur from $600AUD return
Air Asia and Emirates offer pre purchased additional sporting allowance making it easier to bring multiple boards.
FROM THE UNITED STATES
The easiest way to get there is through Dubai on Emirates who take boards up to 10′
Emirates Airlines fly regularly from Los Angeles – Dubai – Male, the shortest route takes about 27hrs including stops from $1200USD Emirates from the United States will boards up to 300cm / 10′
Please see itintary details for your boats departure/arrival times, you maybe required to arrive a day early to allign with departure times.
WHAT TO PACK
Pack your favourite SUP unless you have pre booked a board with Moon Tours, it’ll have to be around 9’6 max with some airlines claiming up to 9’8.
*Check with your chosen airline before booking your flights.
- Spare leg rope & spare fins and
- feel free to throw your game rod, lures
- short board or mini mal if you have room.
- Comfortable clothes, dress for the tropics and get ready to relax.
We will give everyone the chance to visit local and resort islands. On local islands it is respectful to cover your shoulders and knees while walking the streets and visiting local establishments. Resort islands usually charge a visitors fee of $100USD depending on the level of luxury which may also be used at the restaurant and bar, a way of making sure your spend at least $100 at the resort. Dress code depends on the resort and the level of luxury; in general you do not need to cover your shoulders and knees inside a resort but it might be a good idea to dress appropriately should you wish to have dinner at a five star resorts restaurant.
The sun is HOT. We would be very very surprised if anyone needed any kind of wetsuit or neoprene tops while surfing, paddling, swimming and snorkelling. Should you like a wetsuit for diving we can provide one on the boat.
Sun protection and keeping hydrated is important. You will be given your own reusable water bottle on board with access to unlimited filtered water and ice. Water tee’s, long and short sleeve, surf hats, sun glasses, lots of sunscreen as a minimum.
SURFERS, NON SURFERS, FAMILY AND FRIENDS ARE ALL WELCOME
Surfers, non surfers, family and friends are all welcome. As a non surfer you will love cruising the Maldives on board Carpe Diem with plenty of opportunity to relax, wine and dine, swim, snorkel, dive or fish.
Children upon request depending on group demographic, grand parents, the whole family, a group of friends or book Carpe Novo for business trip to impress clients or to reward your staff. They’d appreciate it. As Richard Branson says. ‘look after your staff and they will look after your clients’.
There is plenty to offer non surfing partners:
- Stand Up Paddle board x 2 onboard
- Maldivian style fishing gear (hand lines)
- Dive / Learn to dive. Rates below.
- Island exploring off the small tender.
- Relax on the sundeck with a book & cocktail in hand
- Dvd & book library onboard
- Practice yoga on the sundeck (pack a yoga mat)
NEED HELP BOOKING FLIGHTS?
Our travel agent Brett has looked after our clients flights for a couple of years and knows exactly what we need. You can contact him directly whne your ready to get some flight quotes, let him know you are travelling with Moon Tours so if he needs any infomation he can contact us.
We recommend you arrive the day before to ensure you are ontime for departure, you can sleep of any jet lag and unwind a little before jumping into the water for a surf.
Please note Brett can not book Air Asia, this is online direct bookings only.
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We have a limited number of high end quality SUNOVA Surf SUP’s from 8’1 to 9’4 available.
We understand that particularly flying from the Unites States it can be tricky to bring your own Stand Up Paddle board.
Please contact us for board availability on your tour.
ALCOHOL & DUTY FREE
Duty free alcohol will not be permitted to enter the Maldives, if you do purchase Duty Free it will be taken off you on arrival and you can pick it up on your way back home.
Legally, if you’re 18 and not a Muslim, you can buy and drink alcohol. However since the Maldives are an Islamic nation, alcohol is effectively banned for the local population.
However, nearly all resorts and liveaboard boats are licensed to serve alcohol. The expatriate liquor permit which used to allow expats to buy alcohol for their own consumption has been removed. The only place near Male, aside from resorts, where people can drink alcohol is at the Hulhule Island Hotel, commonly known as HIH or the airport hotel.
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 them 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. Bar menu
BOARD STORAGE AT THE AIRPORT
If you want to take a taxi to Male or Hulemale you can store your boards at the airport in luggage room upon arrival – $12 a day, we will pick them up when we board the yatch.
When you walk outside the arrivals doors, turn left and you will see the storage office about 100 meters away.
UPON ARRIVAL AT MALE AIRPORT
Light weight clothing is best. Prepare for hot & humid conditions. To respect the Muslim culture women should dress modest covering shoulders & knees.
If you have time to spare the local ferry to the bustling Male City, approx $1US each way. The ferry ticket booth is infront of the Coffee Club/Burger King.
Alternatively you can take a 15min bus ride around to Hulemale it is much quieter. There are nice restaurants & cafes along the beach. Note there is no bikinis on this beach.
Hulhule Island Hotel just by the airport you can purchase a pool pass (bikini friendly) and have a swim and relax, something to eat. There is a frequent free shuttle to the hotel from the front of the airport.
WIFI is included onboard in the lounge areas, if you require internaet in your cabin you will need to get a local SIM card, there is a Dhiraagu shop (the primary local telecom company) just to the right of the airport arrivals area upon exiting. Aprox USD$30 for 5GB.
If you are heading to Male or want to do shop on inhabited islandss, exchanging some rufiyaa will come in handy. The coins, in particular, are quite attractive and make an interesting souvenir in themselves, but the smaller denominations are rarely used or seen.
You can get select major currencies exchanged at the airport after arrival at the forex center in the airport itself, hower USD is accepted almost everywhere across the Maldives.
Settling bar tabs, dives, any additional expenses can be done so by using credit card.
WHAT IF I REQUIRE AN OVERNIGHT?
“Coconut Tree Hulhuvilla” Beach provides a comfortable setting while in Male.
It offers 4-star accommodation with air-conditioned rooms.The hotel has recently been refurbished and provides free Wi-Fi, an airport shuttle can be pre arranged with reception or take a taxi from the airport for $10.
The breakfast is very basic, I would recomend walking to a near by cafe ‘family room’ or ‘bread matters’ they both do a lovely breakfast.
“Simry Beachside Maldives” is another option which is next door to Coconut Tree.
Simry Beachside Maldives offers 3-star accommodation in Male. It also provides massage services, room service and an express check-in and check-out feature.
The rooms have a mini bar, an in-room safe and a laptop safe. They all feature bottled water, a ceiling fan and tea and coffee making facilities.
On-site dining options include a restaurant, which is an ideal spot to have a meal.
Male International Airport is within a 10-minute drive
DIVING & SNORKELLING
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.
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.
You will need to pay for the rental gear on board of the boat.
Rental Gear Prices
- Full Equipment:USD 220 for 7 days / USD 300 for 10 days
- 15L tanks:USD 100 for a week (USD 150 for 10 days)
- Nitrox tank:USD 100 for a week (USD 150 for 10 days)
- Wetsuit:USD 40 for a week (USD 50 for 10 days)
- Regulator:USD 50 for a week (USD 70 for 10 days)
- BCD:USD 50 for a week (USD 70 for 10 days)
- Snorkel equipment:USD 30 for a week (USD 40 for 10 days)
- Nitrox Refills:USD 100 for a week (USD 150 for 10 days)
Scuba dive insurance DAN. (Available on board 15 euros p/p for 7 nights)
- DISCOVER SCUBA DIVING
- REFRESHER / SCUBA REVIEW
- OPEN WATER DIVER COURSE
Free SUNOVA Stand Up’s
We have a limited number of boars between 120L – 150L available for early bird bookings at no additional charge.
Subject to availability. If you’re a surfer riding a smaller board or have your favourite there is no problem bringing your own and it’s pretty easy travelling with airlines like Singapore and Air Asia for example.
Please note we do not supply paddles or leg ropes
- 8’10 – 9’1 – 9’4
- 8’9 – 9’0 – 9’3
- 8’3 – 8’8 – 9’4
Some T’s & C’s
FREE USE OF SUNOVA SUPs
If you plan on bringing your own board our boards cannot be allocated for back up boards and sole use. Any boards that have not been allocated for sole use will be available to use and demo from time to time throughout the tour.
Supplied boards are subject to availability and may change without notice or become unavailable. When you are allocated one of our boards that board will be considered yours for the entire trip. If you decide to let others use the board or swap boards around that is up to you. Consider the board yours and treat it as if it as such for the entire charter.
If you are trying, demoing or using any of the SUNOVA SUPs in our range it is your responsibility to inspect the board for damage before use. If you find any damage prior to use you need to let a Moon Tours representative know before use. Any damage found will be billed to the person who last used the board.
Minimum repair cost $100USD for minor repairs carried out on the trip.
Allocated surfers will be responsible for any repairs, professional or otherwise regardless of who or how the board is damaged. As it would be if it were your own board.
Major repairs on boards that need to be hand carried to Australia and repaired by professionals will incur further costs. Minimum charge $200USD
If the board is a write off, i.e. creased or snapped the allocated surfer will be responsible for the full second hand market value of the board.
It is your board for the trip and you will be responsible for it. If you believe someone else is responsible for damaging the board allocated to you Moon Tours will seek repair costs from you, the person the board is allocated too and it will be your responsibility to seek compensation from third parties if you choose.
Unfortunately we do not have the ability to make professional repairs in the Maldives. If the damage is minor and we can patch the board up to keep you on the water that does not constitute a professional repair.
For up to the minute availability contact one of our specialists.
2 surf spots available, non surfing partners welcomed.
- Upper Deck Queen Suite
- Lower Deck Standard
SURF RATES in USD
- Lower deck, standard cabin $3570 pp – Twin share
- Main deck, Queen Double $3730 pp – For couples only
- Upper deck, Deluxe Queen $3860 pp – For couples only
- Upper deck, Suite King $4020 pp – For couples only
- Private cabin upgrade $500
NON SURF RATES in USD
Rates based on sharing with surfing partner or friend.
A surfer means anyone who intends to be in the waves regardless of their ability. Non-surfers can partake in all other activities.
- Lower deck, standard cabin $2650USD pp
- Main deck, Queen Double $2700USD pp
- Upper deck, Deluxe Queen $2780USD
- Upper deck, Suite King $2950USD
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