Carpe Vita - Maldives LiveaboardInquiry
Why you should choose Carpe Vita:
Free Nitrox to Qualified divers, Long term experienced staff, very popular with guests with great reviews, 10% discount on trips departing in the next 30 days, Small group offer (pay for 5 and being 6 persons), Interesting Southern routes.
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Carpe Vita, the new upgraded sistership of the Carpe Diem and the middle addition to the
Explorer Ventures Fleet, is accompanied by a specially designed new 61 foot diving dhoni (diving tender) to meet
the needs and comfort of the divers today.
Carpe Vita will be a more luxurious version of the Carpe Diem offering itineraries with 3 dives a day and Free Nitrox to qualified divers.
38 meters in length and catering for a maximum of 20 people over 10 cabins divided over 3 decks Carpe Vita provides plenty of space for everyone.
The different cabin types are 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.
Carpe Vita itineraries are designed to take advantage of the changing conditions and to take divers to the best
diving areas for the different seasons.
The visibility is usually at its peak in December/January and Mantas can be seen throughout the year with the best feeding-station encounters typically during the May-November time frame.
Whale sharks are also seen most every month of the year, with the highest concentration seen in the monsoon transition months of April-May and October-November.
The water temperatures remain a toasty 28C (80-85º) throughout the year and most divers are comfortable with a 3mm wetsuit.
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Carpe Vita - schedule
Carpe Vita - prices and what's included
Prices are per person per trip and based on 2 persons sharing a cabin.
Exact pricing is available on the schedule here as prices vary dependant on the time of year, destination and the length of the trip and sometimes special offers are available.
The trip price includes:
Maldivian GST 16% + 10% Service charge
Accommodation in air conditioned cabins with ensuite shower toilet, toiletries, towels and beach towels.
Air-conditioning in all enclosed areas.
Full board meals, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
Tea and coffee available 24h.
DVD library and Books Library.
Audio and video entertainment centre.
3 guided dives per day (depending on your arrival time in Male, weather conditions and 24-hours no diving before fly safety rule) including one night dive.
Tanks: 11.5 and 13.5 lt Aluminium DIN/INT, weights and weight belts
PADI Instructor (English speaking) and Dive Master guide (English speaking) services - Guides to Divers max Ratio 1:8
Snorkelling equipment for non-divers.
BBQ on a deserted island
Airport Transfer, Meet and Assist.
The trip price does not include:
Green Tax of USD 6 per person per night
Scuba Equipment rental (with the exception of Discover Scuba Diving Experience and Open Water Course, in which equipment rental is included in the fee, but limited to its duration).
Extra Dives are charged at 25 US$ each, not including equipment rental.
Wifi 20 USD+12% GST+10% Service Charge for 3 GB or 25 USD+12% GST+10% Service Charge for 5 GB
Alcoholic, soft drinks and extra bottles of water.
Dive insurance is mandatory as is your own personal dive computer (You can rent one for the trip if you do not have your own).
As well as the Mandatory Dive Insurance we highly recommend Trip and Travel Insurance on the off chance of missed or cancelled flights / lost baggage, documents, money or passport / Covid issues or any other unforeseen problems that could possibly occur.
Dive Assure Insurance offers cover for all these eventualities as well as complete Dive Insurance all in one package.
All not specified in "The trip price includes:".
Single cabin, non sharing cabin is +60% on top of the regular retail rate for one person.
Non divers receive a 10% discount from the above prices
If you book 5 full paying guests you will receive the 6th free of charge!
Booking and Cancellation Terms and Conditions.
Booking deposit: 30% of your invoice total is required within 7 days of booking to confirm your booking.
Final payment of 70% is due to 90 days prior to the departure date to complete your invoice payment.
Individual bookings made less than 90 days before the departure date will be payable in full upon booking to confirm your booking.
Cancellation at any stage involves forfeit of monies already payed.
Payment can be made via bank transfer or Credit or Debit card (Visa, AMEX, Mastercard) at no extra charge.
Description - Per Week / Per 10 days
Complete set - Bcd, Regulator, Computer, Wetsuit and Snorkel set $ 225 / $ 325
Regulator - $ 65 / $ 95
Bcd - $ 65 / $ 95
Dive lamp - $ 30 / $ 40
Dive computer - $ 65 / $ 95
Wetsuit - $ 25 / $ 35
Mask, snorkel, fins - $ 30 / $ 40
15 Litre Air tank (large tank) - $ 100 / $150
Discovery Scuba Diving - 1 dive in a house reef for non-certified divers $ 100
Refresher Course - 1 dive for certified divers that have not dived in a while $ 60
Scuba Diver Course - $ 400 Certificate including Equipment, Manual, Logbook and Equipment
Open Water Course - $550 including Manual, Logbook, Equipment and Certificate
Scuba Diver upgrade to Open Water Diver - $ 250 including Manual, Logbook, Equipment and Certificate
Advanced Open Water Course - $ 350 including Manual, Equipment and Certificate
Speciality Courses - $ 200 including Certificate
Nitrox / Ean Course - $ 160 including Manual and Certificate
Diving equipment is free of charge for Dsd, scuba diver, Scuba diver upgrade and OW course during the course period.
All Equipment and Course prices above are quoted in USD and subject to a 12% GST and 10% Service charge.
Carpe Vita - Video
Carpe Vita - cabins
Carpe Vita has 10 comfortable cabins of different standards divided over 3 decks.
The different cabin types are 2 suites on the Upper deck, 2 superior cabins on the main deck and 6 standard cabins on the lower deck.
Lower Deck Standard Cabin
The Standard cabins are located on the lower 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.
Main Deck Superior Cabin
The two superior cabins, 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.
Upper Deck Suite
The very spacious suites, No 1 and No 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 and separate shower cubicle.
Upper Deck Suite
Upper Deck Suite
Main Deck Superior Cabin
Main Deck Superior Cabin
Lower Deck Standard Cabin
Lower Deck Standard Cabin
Carpe Vita - diving
Carpe does not require a min. amount of dives as that does not always tell enough.
They require minimum of Advanced open water certification OR an Open water certification (OW) with 100 looged dives to be able to join all the dives offered during a trip.
Nitrox certification with the multiple dives per day they offer is also highly recommended as well, but can be done on board as well in case you do not have it yet.
If you do not have an Advanced certificate and less than 100 logged dives you can take the Advanced open water course on board also.
The dive instructor on board is responsible for everyone’s safety and can ask people to sit a certain dive out if he thinks they are not experienced enough for it.
On ther special South routings with lots of current, we do require a minimum of 100 dives experience and experience with currents. For the experienced team working at the fully equipped PADI Dive Centre on board your safety comes first.
They use a diving dhoni built by the same company as the Carpe itself with the best facilities, including hot water shower/ toilet, 2 fresh water showers at the back and a fresh water tank for cameras. All the diving equipment will be installed on the dhoni, giving more space to the Carpe itself plus enhanced safety.
Additional benefits will be fast and safe transfers to the dive sites and extra comfort for putting on your gear.
Nitrox (EANx) breathing mixtures are available and prepared with the best quality equipment available on the market (Nuvair ® Membranes, Coltrisub and a Bauer Compressors);
Included also is the Carpe snack bar.
A very experienced PADI Instructor (more than 5000 dives) and Dive Master (more than 2000 dives).
Guide/Divers ratio 1:8;
First Aid and Oxygen Tank on board;
Important rules for your Scuba Diving experience
(compulsory safety equipment required, dive insurance coverage required, mandatory dive briefings, check dives FOC);
Dive Insurance available on board;
PADI Dive Centre able to cater for beginners (from PADI Discover Scuba Diving up to several PADI Specialty Courses), as well as for very experienced divers ;
Dive gear rental services are available as well as SONY quality underwater video-cameras and cameras.
IMPORTANT FOR ANY DIVER ON BOARD
Every guest wanting to dive has to declare his/her physical ability to support diving exercise and physical stress. Once on board, the student has to fill in the PADI Medical Statement Form without any areas being marked as a YES. If there are questions answered with YES, feel free to consult your physician or Carpe Staff or both for any clarification you may need. Just note that if there still is a question answered with YES you need to have the form compiled and signed by a Physician, who will declare “I find no medical conditions that I consider incompatible with diving”. Diving will not be possible without the form properly signed. A visit to a local physician (at the student expenses) cannot be guaranteed during the cruise trip.
Carpe Vita - itineraries
Due to the many and varied itineraries we have provided links to the PDF forms for each trip
7 nights: North Male – Rasdhoo – Ari – Vaavu – South
10 nights: North Male – Lhaviyani – Noonu – Raa – Baa – Rasdhoo – Ari – South Male
10 Nights: North Male – Rasdhoo – Ari – Meemu – Vaavu – South Male
Carpe Liveaboards runs 7, 10 and 14 night cruises.
On a typical trip there are 3 guided dives per day, depending on your arrival time in Male, weather conditions and 24-hours no diving before fly safety rule, 1 check dive on the day of arrival around 4 pm after finishing your paperwork (if you arrive later than this you would not be able to do this dive.)
In a typical 7 night trip there would be 5 days of 3 dives a day and a maximum of 2 dives on the day before departure and the check dive on the arrival day - the normal total for a week long trip would be 17/18 dives which includes one night dive, this is the same for most boats in the Maldives.
There is a fixed boarding time and it is not possible to take guests earlier to the boat nor take luggage earlier
to the boat, the boarding time for Carpe Vita is 2.30 pm and the pick time and place is the airport information
desk at 2.15pm.
For your flight arrival times ideally you should aim to arrive before this if possible or before on the day of departure as due to a same day turn around of the boat the guests from the trip before will be departing in the morning.
The rest of the morning the boat will be being cleaned and prepared for your arrival.
You will be met off your flight at the arrivals area by the boat representatives and taken to the boat, about 10 minutes from the airport.
Any transfers outside of the normal 2.30pm transfer will be charged and you may miss the check out dive on the arrival day.
In case of early arrival guests will be met by the representatives at the airport and will have the option to wait at the airport or arrangements could be made to use the facilities of the nearby airport hotel for a small extra charge until check-in time for the boat.
Check out time will be latest by 8 am on the day of departure but an early departure is available if needed. This
is included in the price.
Any transfer outside the above will be charged at 10 USD p/p and if the dhoni has to go out at night for additional pick up or departure for 2 persons or less it will be 25 USD p/p.
For more than 2 people or more it will again be 10 USD p/p.
Later arrivals are possible.
Clients will be picked up separately but will not be able to participate in the check dive.
If you would like to arrive the day before it is possible to stay in the airport hotel or stay in another guesthouse on Hulhulemale Island for the night.
We don’t recommend booking somewhere in Male as this involves a ferry or taxi ride to the next island of Male and being the capital and a small island it is very populated and noisy and probably not what you would like.
If you stay on Hulhulemale island (the airport island) your hotel will then deliver you back to the airport the following day (the day of departure) where you will be met by the boats representatives and taken directly to the ship.
Please check with your hotel / guest house if this is a free transfer as some of them charge for this service.
Planes do not fly late into the night so you will be able to sleep.
If your trip involves a domestic flights in the Maldives…
Your name in the application form must be as EXACTLY as in your passport.
Otherwise they will have to change it and the charge is 50 USD per change at the airport
Your baggage allowance is 25 KG per person (2 USD per kilo extra charge).
Hand luggage MUST be very small otherwise the airlines company will ask for it to be checked in.
A lot of clients want to carry their cameras in big boxes as hand luggage but these will not fit in the small holds inside the aircraft neither underneath the seats in front of the person so it is not possible and they will need to be checked.
As domestic flights may be delayed, Carpe will keep the guests updated about the final timing when they receive them at the airport or by calling the hotel in which you are stay the previous evening, therefore it is important to inform us so they know where you are staying before the trip and your exact flight details if you are arriving the same day.
No matter which trip route you choose all the cruises are spectacular fun and during which, if not a certified
diver yet, you could learn how to dive or improve your diving skills by adding more advanced/expert courses at
our diving centre on board.
When fishing we guarantee you experienced staff, the best fishing spots and opportunities and when simply cruising a unique combination of activities.
Different routings upon request
Although the above mentioned itineraries are our so called classical dive routes followed by most of the safari boats in the Maldives, the cruise director is flexible and will adjust the route depending on the main activity and interest of the group like in case of fishing groups or surf groups.
Apart from that the Carpe Liveaboards can take special requests for different itineraries like North Male, Baa and Raa Atoll or South Male and Felidhu Atoll.
Even trips to Gaafu Thaalu or Alifu or the equator down south are possible with guests taking a domestic flight to join the boat or leave the boat.
Depending on the length of the routings there might be an extra surcharge for the fuel cost.