Carpe Vita started service in February 2011. It is a very exciting and luxurious addition to the Explorer Ventures Fleet! This new 20-passenger, 38 m (125 ft) wooden-hull safari yacht, along with her custom matching dhoni, will provide guests with an exceptional and luxurious yachting experience, large, hotel-style staterooms, Jacuzzi and unmatched open-air comfort!
Carpe Vita offers 7 and 10 night itineraries which change depending on the season. Each offering a unique dive itinerary based on the seasons, currents and pelagic migration patterns.
On the main deck where you’ll find an indoor salon/restaurant that includes a lounge and TV area. This inviting area features a large flat screen TV, DVD/MP3 player, sound system, sitting/library area. Just forward of the salon area there is an outdoor shaded sitting area complete with comfortable cushioned benches. This is a peaceful place where you where one can relax and enjoy the Indian Ocean scenery.
The main deck also includes the galley, common restroom and the swim platform at the back of the main deck (with two fresh water showers). There is also a specialized camera table in the outdoor area and a power charging station at the entrance.
The upper deck includes the bridge and an aft al-fresco dining area with a fully equipped main bar. In the restaurant you will be served semi-buffet meals prepared by the fine dining chef. There is a stairway from the upper deck to the beautiful Sun deck where you can choose a chaise in the sun or in the ample shaded area or to take a relaxing soak in the Jacuzzi.
Carpe Vita has 10 comfortable cabins of different standards divided over 3 decks. The different cabin types are Suite (2), Superior (2) and Standard (6). All cabins have individually controlled AC, safety deposit boxes and TV screens with HD media players and their own private bathrooms. The electricity voltage on board is of 220V and the plugs are of 3 pins UK type.
Suites: The two spacious Suite cabins (1 and 2) have king size beds which can be separated in two super single beds, 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, bath tub and separate shower cubicle.
Superior: The two Superior cabins (3 and 4), located on the main deck have king size beds which can be separated in two single beds and desk, chair, dresser, hanging closet, large windows, private ensuite bathroom and shower cubicle.
Standard: A total of 6 Standard cabins (5–10) are located on the cabin deck below the main deck. All cabins have one queen size bed and a single bed, desk, chair, dresser, private ensuite bathrooms with showers. All standard cabins have portholes.
Staffed by a crew of 13, Carpe Vita is ideally sized and equipped for divers. 3 guided dives per day including one or two night dives per week. 12L aluminum tanks, DIN/INT valves, weights and weight belts are provided. English speaking PADI Instructor and Dive Master Guide services. Guides to Divers max Ratio 1:8. The dives are conducted directly from a 20m (65ft) dhoni, which is fully equipped with a bathroom, hot-water showers and air and nitrox compressors and quality diving gear.
The reefs of the Maldives are teeming with life and divers encounter many different species found in few other places. There are lion fish, anemone fish, octopus as well as many species of moray eels. The Maldives are also known for the big animals. Whale sharks, mantas, and dolphins are often seen and sea turtles are seen on almost every dive. It's not unusual to find sleeping white tip reef sharks during the day dives and then see them hunting at night. The dive guides are very good at finding rare creatures like blue ribbon eels, frog fish and scorpion fish. The coral reefs in the Maldives are healthy and colorful with schools of beautiful tropical fish in abundance.
Diving with Mantas, wreck dives and very exciting channel dives are also offered during the week. The Manta cleaning stations tend to be over a flat, sandy bottom with small patches of coral. There are several wreck dives offered which are quite different from the reef dives. The wrecks of the Maldives are small, yet covered with life. In addition to the coral growth divers may find colorful nudibranchs, lion fish, leaf fish and mantis shrimps on the wrecks. The channel dives are in a current where divers “fly” over the reef as the tide goes through a channel, a truly exhilarating experience!
All guests will be met at the info/help desk in the arrivals hall of Male Airport at 2.30pm 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 Vita 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 Vita 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.
Explorer Ventures Fleet is well known for excellent service and the new Carpe Vita offers to explore Maldives diving in premium comfort.