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Dedicated worldwide charters exclusive to Great Escapes customers

We regularly put together dedicated charter trips to offer exclusively to our clients. The aim of these charter trips is to offer our customers something a little different to the normal boat scheduling itineraries, usually offering extended trips that can take a wider range of dive sites.

Each of our trips will be hosted by experienced cruise director couple Matt Kitchen and Anne-Marie Kitchen-Wheeler.  Many of you will already know them from the many years they worked in the Maldives or on previous dedicated worldwide charter trips.

MALDIVES: Southern Atolls, 11nts,  05 March – 16 March 2022 with Matt & Anne-Marie (Last female share space available!)

MALDIVES 11nts Carpe Diem liveaboard with Matt and Anne-Marie
05-16 March 2022 (boat dates)
Itinerary Huvadhoo to Male

This 11 night trip will start from Kadhedhoo, in the Far South and explore the region before heading up to Male. As the trip starts in the Far South and finishes in Male, there would only be 1 domestic flight required.

We have just one female share place left on this trip in a Lower Deck Standard Twin Cabin at £2990pp

The above price includes 11 nights on the boat, Green Tax and all meals, snacks and Nitrox. International flights and 1 way domestic flight are to be confirmed, but expected to be around £700 – £800pp for international and £200pp for domestic.

Carpe Diem liveaboard
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

For full details of the liveaboard please visit our Carpe Diem page.

11nts Maldives Far South on board Carpe Diem with Matt & Anne-Marie
05 March – 16 March 2022

Trip itinerary is as follows:-
Fri 04 Mar       Depart UK for overnight flight to Male
Sat 05 Mar      Connect with domestic flight to Kadhedhoo
Transfer to Carpe Diem for 11nts
Wed 16 Mar     Depart Male for flight back to UK

Carpe Diem liveaboard costs:-

Last female share Twin Standard Cabin place available at £2990 per person
Liveaboard price includes: return transfers from Male airport to liveaboard, 11nts accommodation in twin/double cabin as stated, full board, snacks, teas, coffees, drinking water, diving with tanks and weights on air and FREE Nitrox for certified divers.

Additional costs:-
International flights are expected to cost from £700-£800pp, depending on airline preference, and one way domestic flight from Male to Kadhedhoo extected to cost around £200pp.

INDONESIA: Komodo National Park 14nts,  18 June – 02 July 2022 with Matt & Anne-Marie

Introduction to the cruise, from Matt and Anne-Marie
We have always wanted to dive Komodo so we have put together a special 14 night charter on Mermaid II through our friends at Great Escapes Diving Holidays. This is an extended 14 nights cruise on the boat, plus travel time, so the entire trip is around 17 nights.

We have been in contact with some marine biologists in the area and have carefully considered the balance of weather, sea conditions and probability of marine encounters. The plan is to cover the popular sites but also use our extra time to explore more of this exceptional area and to dive the less visited areas and enjoy more time at the best sites.

This 14 night trip will start and finish in Bali with no need for domestic flights and the associated hassle with diver’s baggage

Mermaid II liveaboard
Built in 2000 as the sister ship to the Mermaid I, the 33 metre Mermaid II is an excellent liveaboard that can accommodate a maximum of 20 guests. Located on the main deck are eight twin or double Deluxe Cabins with en-suite bathrooms. On the lower deck, there are two twin Budget Cabins that share a bathroom between the two.

For full details of the liveaboard please visit our Mermaid II page.

14nts Komodo National Park on board Mermaid II with Matt & Anne-Marie
18 June – 02 July 2022

Trip itinerary is as follows:-
Thu 16 Jun    Depart London for overnight flight to Bali
Fri 17 Jun      1nt Bali
Sat 18 Jun      Transfer to Mermaid II for 14nts Komodo
Sat 02 Jul       Transfer to airport for afternoon/evening flight to London
Sun 03 Jul     Arrive London

Mermaid II liveaboard costs:-
3 x Twin/DBL Deluxe Cabins available at £5165 per person (all Deluxe have en-suite bathroom)
Liveaboard price includes: return transfers from Bali to hotel to liveaboard, 14nts accommodation in twin/double cabin as stated, full board, snacks, teas, coffees, soft drinks, drinking water, diving with tanks and weights on air.
Liveaboard price excludes: Park & Port Fees Euros €370pp payable on board, Nitrox package 14nts £175pp.

Additional costs:-
International flights are expected to come in between £550 – £850pp, depending on airline preference.
1nt Bali, staying in a decent hotel in Sanur (which the Mermaid boat will do transfers from) would cost about £50pp on twin/double share basis with breakfast.

Please note: Liveaboard prices are based on current Euros/Sterling exchange rate of €/£1.17 and is subject to rate fluctuation.
Because of the fluctuations in the cost of fuel there is currently no additional fuel surcharge in place. However, if the price of fuel increases then this will be added to the booking prior to your balance being due. The Mermaid II has already incorporated a small fuel surcharge (Euros €50pp) for our special 14nt itinerary, as they plan to cover areas not normally included in Komodo trips (such as a whale shark area).

INDONESIA: Raja Ampat 8nts 30 Mar – 07 Apr 2023 with Matt & Anne-Marie

We are excited to offer our guests the chance to join our special March 2023 Raja Ampat charter trip hosted by Matt Kitchen and Anne-Marie Kitchen-Wheeler. The 9 day trip will be on board the fabulous Mermaid II liveaboard and will take in the very best dive sites of Raja Ampat.

To make this trip even more special, we are offering the option to join Matt and Anne-Marie for a 5 day stay at the amazing Dive Into Raja Resort, on the island of Waigeo, immediately before joining the liveaboard. Here you can relax and enjoy the solitude and jungle setting and take in 3 days diving at some of the wonderful surrounding dive sites.  A perfect way to ready yourself for the exciting liveaboard cruise ahead.

There are just 18 places up for grabs on this trip, so we do advise booking as early as you can to avoid missing out.

Mermaid II liveaboard
Built in 2000 as the sister ship to the Mermaid I, the 33 metre Mermaid II is an excellent liveaboard that can accommodate a maximum of 20 guests. Located on the main deck are eight twin or double Deluxe Cabins with en-suite bathrooms. On the lower deck, there are two twin Budget Cabins that share a bathroom between the two.

For full details of the liveaboard please visit our Mermaid II page.

Dive Into Raja Ampat
Located on Waigeo Island, this fabulous beach front resort has been built into the surrounding jungle. In the canopy covering the resort local wildlife such as the Indonesian Cuscus and birds of paradise can be found. The resort has different categories of rooms, all with 24 hour electricity, western en-suite bathrooms and Air Conditioning.

For full details of the liveaboard please visit our Dive Into Raja Ampat page.

Mermaid II liveaboard 9 days / 8 nights Raja Ampat
Boat dates: Thu 30 Mar – Fri 07 Apr 2023
The Mermaid II liveaboard takes a maximum of 20 passengers in the following cabin types:-
2 x Lower Deck Twin Budget Cabins (one shared bathroom between the two cabins)
8 x Main Deck Double/Twin Deluxe (all have an en-suite bathroom)

Liveaboard costs
Budget Cabins cost £2906 per person.
Deluxe Cabins cost £3419 per person.

Liveaboard prices include –
Return transfers from Sorong to liveaboard, 8nts accommodation in twin/double share cabin as stated, all meals, snacks, teas, coffees, soft drinks, drinking water, diving with tanks and weights on air.

 Liveaboard price excludes
Park & Port Fees Euros €225pp payable on board,
Nitrox package 8nts £103pp (may be subject to change).
International flights.
(Prices based on GBP/Euro €1.17 and are subject to currency fluctuation)

Optional Extension – Dive Into Raja Resort
Waigeo Island is the largest island in Raja Ampat with the Earth’s most diverse marine life- above and below the water. The beach front resort has been built into the surrounding jungle. In the canopy covering the resort local wildlife such as the Indonesian Cuscus and birds of paradise can be found. The resort has different categories of rooms, all with 24 hour electricity, western en-suite bathrooms and Air Conditioning.

Dive Into Raja Resort extension 5 days / 4 nights with 3 days diving
Arrive: Sun 26 Mar 2023
Depart: Thu 30 Mar 2023

Resort costs
Waterfront Villa (3 available) £795 per person
Sea View Villa (5 available)  £775 per person.

Resort prices include –
Return ferry transfers from Sorong to Waisai, transfers to resort, 5 days / 4 nights accommodation in twin/double villa as stated, all meals, welcome drink, drinking water, afternoon teas, 3 days diving with 3 guided boat dives per day plus one house reef dive per day, use of tanks and weights on air.

Resort prices exclude
Marine Park Entrance Fee approx. USD $70 payable locally (price subject to change).
International flights.
(Prices based on GBP/USD $1.35 and are subject to currency fluctuation)

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