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Carpe Diem

Maldives liveaboard

The MV Carpe Diem is a luxurious liveaboard with excellent facilities and a superb reputation for service and comfort, not to mention top class diving.

Built in 2008, MV Carpe Diem was the first of the Carpe fleet to be built and was designed with comfort and space in mind. There are 10 beautifully designed cabins over 3 decks that can take up to 20 divers across 6 standard cabins (lower deck), 2 double cabins (main deck), 1 deluxe cabin and 1 suite (both upper deck). The boat is accompanied by a diving dhoni and a small speedboat.

The main deck has a large saloon area with plenty of seats to take in the dive briefings or just to relax with a drink. There is also a large sun deck with some shade to relax in-between dives and all dining is done alfresco on the spacious upper deck.

The Carpe Diem has schedules throughout the year in the beautiful Maldives ranging from 7 nights to 12 nights

With a well established crew and having operated in the Maldives for the past 10 years, the Carpe Diem has a large repeat client base and is like a home away from home for many.

To find out more about this area, visit our Maldives page.

Getting there
Getting to the Maldives is pretty straightforward with many quality carriers stopping once en-route to Male. The most popular airlines tend to be Emirates, Qatar and Etihad who each have a short transit and arrive into your destination at a sensible hour. There are direct flights with British Airways from November to March from Gatwick, but only 3 days per week. The flight time is around 11 hours to Male from London.

Guide price: 7nts from £1898pp* / 10nts from £2450pp*
Includes: Return economy class flights on Sri Lankan Airlines from London to Male, transfers, 7 or 10nts full board  accommodation in a twin Standard lower deck cabin, unlimited tea, coffee, water, 3 dives per day (weather and conditions permitting and except on arrival and departure days) and use of tanks, weights and belts.

Packages exclude; alcoholic drinks, equipment rental, Green Tax of $6USD pppn, fuel supplements on certain trips, crew gratuities and trip cancellation and dive insurance.

*Price shown is for guide purposes only and is based on low season travel and for twin share accommodation. Please contact us for a confirmed cost based on your preferred duration and time of travel.

Carpe Diem trips start on a Saturday and the pick up time is 12.30pm from Male unless otherwise specified

Quick Guide: Carpe Diem

  • 35m length
  • Max 20 passengers
  • 6 Standard Cabins
  • 2 Double Cabins
  • 1 Deluxe cabin
  • 1 Suite
  • Recommended diver level: PADI Advanced or equivalent with minimum 25 dives

Accommodation & Facilities

The Carpe Diem has 6 Standard cabins, 2 Double cabins, 1 Deluxe Cabin and 1 Suite.

There are a total of 6 standard cabins on the lower deck called Scuba, Salsa, Surf, Smile, Snorkel and Ski. 4 of the cabins are spacious with a queen bed and single bunk (Scuba, Salsa, Surf and Ski) the other 2 (Smile and Snorkel) are dedicated twin cabins with a single bed and a single bunk bed. Each cabin has a porthole, individual air conditioning, safe and ensuite facilities.

The 2 double cabins are on the main deck and are called Sea and Sand. They have queen size beds and window views as well as TV/DVD/MP3 player, individual air conditioning, safe and ensuite facilities.

The upper deck has 1 deluxe cabin called the Star cabin which is incredibly spacious and offers amazing views of the Maldivian waters through the 3 windows. The cabin has a queen bed, flat screen tv, DVD/MP3 player, individual air conditioning, safe and ensuite facilities. Opposite the deluxe cabin is the suite which is over 20m square in size. The cabin has a king size bed, widescreen tv, DVD/MP3 player, individual air conditioning, safe and ensuite facilities. There are also 5 large windows which give spectacular views out to sea as well from your own cabin.

Facilities onboard include a spacious lounge on the main deck, wide flat screen TV, DVD/MP3 player, shaded and non shaded outdoor sitting areas, a library and large open air dining are on the upper deck and a partially shaded sundeck with sun loungers and plenty of space to enjoy the Maldivian vistas.

All diving is conducted from the spacious diving dhoni, equipped with 32% Nitrox membrane system, toilet, fresh water showers and camera rinsing tank. The Carpe Diem offers 3 dives a day.


Carpe Diem trips start on a Saturday (unless otherwise stated).

7 night Itineraries:-

Classical Routing 1 (North Male, Rasdhoo, Ari, Vaavu and South Male)
Classical Routing 2 (North Male, Ari, Meemu, Vaavu and South Male)
Manta Trip 1 (North Male, South Male, Vaavu, Ari, Rasdhoo and Baa)
Manta Trip 2 (North Male, Baa, Raa, Baa, Rashdoo and Ari)
Whale Shark by Night (North Male, South Ari, Vaavu, Meemu, Thaa and Laamu)

10 Night Itineraries:-

Classical Routing 1 (North Male, Lhaviyani, Noonu, Raa, Baa, Rashdoo, Ari and South Male)
Classical Routing 2 (North Male, Rasdhoo, Ari, Meemu, Vaavu and South Male)
Deep South Shark itinerary 1 (North Male, South Male, South Ari, Vaavu, Meemu, Thaa, Laamu, Huvadhoo, Foammulah and Gan)
Deep South Shark itinerary 2 (North Male, South Ari, Vaavu, Meemu, Thaa, Laamu and Huvadhoo)

11 or 14 Night Itineraries:-

Far North Exploration (North Male, Lhaviyani, Noonu, Shaviyani, Haal Alif, Shaviyani, Raa, Baa, Ari, (Vaavu – South Male)

Ready for your next adventure?

Great Escapes Diving Holidays Ltd

Combs Tannery
Tannery Road
IP14 2EN
United Kingdom

Office hours: Mondays to Fridays, 9am - 5pm
Tel: 01449 535010

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