The Carpe Diem is a comfortable dive boat which was built in 2008 in the Maldives. The 35m (115ft) vessel offers plenty of space for a maximum of 20 guests. Carpe Diem normally operates from Male on a 7 or 10 night cruise. Depending on the route inbound flights might be required.
The Carpe Diem has 10 comfortable cabins for max. 20 divers. The cabins are of different standards divided over 3 decks. The different cabin types are Suite (1), Deluxe (1), Double (2) and Standard (6). All cabins have individually controlled AC, safety deposit boxes and their own private bathroom with toilet and hot water shower. The electricity voltage on board is of 220V and the plugs are of 3 pins UK type.
UPPER DECK: 1 Suite: The very spacious Suite (named SUN) with over 20m2 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.
UPPER DECK: 1 Deluxe Cabin: Opposite the Suite on the upper deck is another big cabin (named STAR) with a queen size double bed, flat screen TV plus DVD/MP3 player and 3 windows overlooking Maldives blue waters.
MAIN DECK: 2 Main deck High Standard double cabins: The Carpe Diem has two double cabins (named 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.
LOWER DECK: 6 Standard Cabins: A total of 6 standard cabins (named SALSA, SCUBA, SURF, SMILE, SNORKEL and SKI) are located on the cabin deck below the main deck. 4 of the standard cabins (SCUBA, SALSA, SKI, SURF) have two single beds which can be converted into king size double beds. The 2 front standard cabins (SMILE, SNORKEL) each have a twin bed and bunk bed and can only take twin sharing occupancy. All standard cabins have portholes.
The stylish lounge has comfortable seating. There, you can help yourself around the clock with, coffee, tea and water. You can enjoy interesting books from a small library and for entertainment you have TV and DVD/MP3 players.
They have a huge sun deck, which is partially shaded and has a sitting area in the middle and some lounge chairs. Food is usually served as buffet outside on deck of course under cover.
Diving is done always from a separate dive Dhoni which is very spacious. The Dhoni has a toilet, two warm deck showers, first aid equipment and oxygen on board. The complete dive equipment is stored on the Dhoni, and so is the Nitrox system (32-40%) and the compressors. The dive Dhoni moves far away from the mother ship when they re-fill the tanks. This is an additional bonus, as you don't hear the noise of the compressors.
On board of the Dhoni is an experienced PADI Instructor. Three dives per day are possible except on the day of arrival and the day prior to departure where they offer no diving. A night dive is offered once a week. Various dive courses are offered as well on board.
During the 7-day trips they usually visit dive sites in the South Male Atoll and Ari Atoll. The 14-day trip visits those and additional dive sites in the North Male Atoll as well as parts of Rasdhoo and Felidhu atoll. Schedules can of course change according to weather conditions or special customer requirements.
All guests will be met at the info/help desk in the arrivals hall of Male Airport at 12.30pm on embarkation day followed by a transfer to the vessel. Guests will disembark by 8.00am at the latest on disembarkation day. A transfer is provided back to Male Airport.
Carpe Diem has wireless routers on board that work on 3G basis. The internet connection will be good enough to read emails but not fast enough for large downloads. Connection speed depends on location of the boat. Fee will be USD 15.00 p/p + GST for 7 night trip and USD 20.00 p/p + GST for 10 night trips.
You should know...
Carpe Diem requires min. of AOWD certification or OW with min. 100 dives experience (incl. diving in stronger currents) to be able to join for all the dives offered during a trip. A Nitrox certification with the multiple dives per day they offer is highly recommended. The Nitrox course can be done on board. OW divers have the possibility to do their AOWD during the trip to be able to join all the dives on offer. The dive instructor can ask divers to sit out certain dives if he thinks divers are not experienced enough for a particular dive. On special South routings with lots of current, divers do require a minimum of 100 logged dives and experience with currents.
The Carpe Diem is a very beautiful and comfortable boat.