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  • The MV Carpe Diem - awarded the "Leading Liveaboard Brand 2016" award for the second year in a row - is a custom-built, sleek wooden boat handcrafted by the owner
  • Year-round diving cruises in the Central Maldives, bringing you into contact with rich marine life including mantas, sharks, nudibranch and ghost pipe fish
  • All levels of divers welcome on the diverse itineraries available, which take you to local hotspots including Manta Point, Fish Head and the Machafushi wreck
  • Spacious platform at the back of the main deck offers two fresh water showers and jet ski, with all dives taking place from dhonis
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Travel Resources

A circular from the Ministry about the change in quarantine rules and regulations locally.

1) If you have stayed longer than 1 day in transit prior to boarding any of our boats, you will be requested to show a negative PCR or antigen test taken within 24 hours before boarding. The results need to be shown to our rep at the airport. Also if you have stayed on another boat before joining our fleet

2) Guests who are coming from an island/resort/hotel/guesthouse which has been placed under monitoring while staying there will not be allowed to board even with a test. Split stays will not be approved by MOT in such cases anyway. Guest need to find other alternatives and credit will be given.

3) Guests need to have an insurance covering their hotel expenses if they are placed under quarantine in a government appointed facility in case they test positive but also in case they have been identified as a direct contact and need to quarantine. 

4) As the season for going South Maldives is about to start and our concern for lack of adequate test facilities able to provide results in time for those who need to do a Covid test to return home, the boat operator will organize this for them in Male after their return by domestic flight. Tests are available with results within 6 hours at 95 USD p/p which in most cases should be sufficient time before the night flights home.

Note that this information can change without notice and it is the responsibility of the traveler to be familiar with latest travel requirements.

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Enhanced Health Measures

Date of last update:Dec 30, 2022

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Depending on the total number of guests you might be split into two groups for meal timings and dive briefings. Meals will still be prepared in buffet style, but will be served by the chef and other crew members if required. We further request each and every one on board to keep a safe distance of at least 1 meter whenever possible. Crew will be wearing masks when in contact with clients in enclosed spaces. The new guidelines state that “for our crew member to enter your cabin they should wear masks, disposable or reusable apron over their work clothes, gloves and closed shoes. Gloves and apron should be changed every time before entering a different cabin”. As such to reduce the risk for clients and crew and the amount of PPE required to abide by the stated above, cabins will be cleaned and linen changed only once during your trip. Change of towels can be requested at any time. If you do not wish to have anyone enter your cabin during the trip, please advice your captain upon check in. Hand sanitizing stations will be provided in all public areas but not in the cabins. All relevant changes to dive procedures and cleaning of equipment will be explained thoroughly by the dive team leader in a separate briefing. Our P&I insurance will cover If there is an outbreak onboard the vessel and the passengers onboard need to be quarantined as a result, then this would fall within our usual Passenger P&I cover.
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  • 48 hours after booking confirmation: 35%
  • 120 days before trip start: 100%

Cancellation fee

Free cancellation for 48h after confirmation

STANDARD CANCELLATION TERMS If you cancel more than 247 days prior to arrival, you forfeit 5% of total booking, more than 97 days is 35% and fewer than 97 days is 100%.

SPECIAL CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) TERMS: For bookings made as of April 2020 onwards with a travel start date in 2020, you will only need to pay a 10% deposit to secure your booking that is fully refundable if there are still travel bans in place at the start of your trip. Payment of full balance is due 60 days before start of the trip.

For cancellations more than 8 months before the start of your trip deposits are refundable. Cancellations between 8 and 3 months before the start of your trip will have a non refundable deposit of 30%. For cancellations within 90 days of commencement of the trip, 100% cancellation fee will apply. Non refundable deposits can not be forwarded to another date.



Fine Dining, Jet Skiing, blissful sunsets and the best marine encounters the maldives has to offer aboard MV Carpe Diem

This award-winning liveaboard offers unforgettable dive adventures in crystal clear azure waters with a dedicated crew to help make your cruise the Dive Holiday experience of a lifetime. Built in a classic style, this is the choice for you if you're after hotel-level comfort with liveaboard-level dive sites.

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.

What you can expect

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 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!

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). 

Guests enjoy semi buffet style meals prepared by a fine dining chef in an open air dining and bar area located at the back of the boat

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.

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