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    Diving 3 to 4 times a day guided by our experienced Maldivian dive teams showing you the best Malidves has to offer during 7 or 10 night itineraries.

  • We are very well equipped

    Top gear for rent available and tailor made dhonis with hot water showers and Nitrox membrane systems.

  • We care about the marine life

    We work with several organisations in collecting valuable data. We are actively cleaning sites from left behind rubbish and from ghost nets. Have been involved in several rescues of sea animals entangled in fishing lines .. because we care!

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The Southwest Season: May-October

During the Southwest season from May-October diving on the west side of the atolls can be very active –  good visibility typically attracts large schools of pelagic creatures including different species of sharks, tuna, wrasse, rays and turtles. Diving on the east side of the atolls can make this season very special. Though the visibility will be decreased due to the increased plankton, it is the best time and place in the Maldives to see manta rays and whale sharks, making up for the reduced viz. This is manta feeding season so there are usually more mantas during these months. June and July are the ‘official’ rainy season months. Because the Maldives is in the equatorial belt, severe storms and cyclones are extremely rare events.

Itinerary: Several to choose from – of special interest  are the 7-night itineraries starting or ending in South Ari (these require a domestic flight, which is well worth it if you like avoiding crowds). Since most boats will be headed back to Male in the weekends, you’ll have time and space on the day before departure to snorkel in South Ari, hopefully with the whalesharks! And, don’t forget, any itinerary with Baa atoll will feature feeding mantas. Look for itineraries  that start or end in Baa – you’ll have the same situation as in the one-way Ari trips except, if you’re lucky, in Baa you’ll be snorkeling with the manta rays on your day before departure!

Currents: The currents are not typically as strong this time of year or on these itineraries.  These itineraries are recommended for those who may not be advanced divers or very comfortable in strong currents.

Visibility: Will be reduced, especially on the east side of the atolls, but, remember, reduced visibility means more plankton which means more mantas!!!

Sea life: As mentioned above, same creatures year round but there are definitely more mantas hanging out and feeding around Baa Atoll this time of year. And, don’t forget about the macro photography opportunities – this is not only a big animal destination…the little guys are here, too!

Amount of boats: In summer time many boats go for dry dock or do not offer trips, therefore making it less busy than in winter time.

Pricing: Rates for summer are lower than in winter.

The Northeast Season: November-April

The Northeast season from November-April is the Maldivian summer though there is little difference in temperatures from season to season. Conditions are drier, visibility is generally good and the reef life is usually colorful. Current can be very strong dependent upon itinerary. Due to currents flowing from the northeast, there can be a lot of shark action on the east side of the atolls. During this season, the manta and whale sharks will mostly be found on the west side of the atolls.

Itinerary: Several to choose from – Central Island itineraries (consisting of North Male, Ari, Rasdhoo and South Male) are ‘typical’ of the Maldives. Because of their reputation, these itineraries are very popular with liveaboards and resorts alike. You will find itineraries that go north, some that go south and some that go deep south. Most itineraries that go north will be more like the ones described above in the Southwest Season. Those that go a little south will likely include Vaavu and/or Meemu where channel diving will be the norm. Here the currents are definitely stronger and you should be comfortable diving in variable up-and down-currents if you select one of these itineraries. For the deep south trips that start or end in Addu, even more experience is required. These trips feature max. 3 dives a day, all channel diving and lots of transit time. These are exhilarating trips but should be reserved for divers experienced in diving in strong currents and who love diving with sharks!

Currents: On average, the currents begin to flow in November and get stronger through January. As we move into February they begin to subside a bit and April has more slack currents. But, it depends a great deal on what itinerary you are on – the further south you go, the stronger the current due to the amount of channel diving. In addition, April and November are months where the currents start changing therefore making them more difficult for the dive guides to predict.

Visibility: Should be very good on the east side of the atolls; can be a little reduced on the west side but that’s where you’re more likely to find the mantas and whale sharks.

Sea life: As mentioned above, same creatures year round but there will be more species of sharks the further south you go. The mantas will be found mostly on cleaning stations rather than feeding in lagoons. The reef life can be beautiful. Good photo opportunities but it can be very challenging on itineraries with strong current, especially with a large housing with strobes.

Amount of boats: As this will be peak high season, some popular well known dive sites can be become crowded.

Pricing: More expensive even with regards to flight tickets than summer period.

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Sharks & Big Fish

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There is evidence to suggest that whale sharks possibly breed and give birth in the Maldives. One puppy was found end of 2014 and released by local fishermen. A female whale shark can carry up to 300 puppies with different life stages in their bodies

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Did you know that Maldives is believed to hold the world’s largest population of Manta Alfredi (Reef Manta Rays). Marine biologists estimate a total of approximately 10.000 different individuals in all 20 Maldivian atolls.

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The Napoleon wrasse, also known as Maori Wrasse or Humphead Wrasse are endangered species can get up to 50 years old. They can grow up to 2 meters long from tip to tail and have been on the protected species list since 1995.

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Did you know that the following 5 of the in total 7 sea turtle species ….Hawksbill, Green, Olive Ridley, Loggerhead and Leatherback be found in the Maldives? All sea turtle species in the Maldives are protected

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Hunting tawny nurse sharks swim slowly just above the sea floor, poking their heads into depressions and holes. When a prey item is found, the shark forcefully expands its large, muscular pharynx, creating a powerful negative pressure that sucks the prey into its mouth. The maximum recorded length of the tawny nurse shark is 3.2 m (10 ft).

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Tiger Shark

It is the fourth largest shark found in the world. They are solitary sharks that tend to live alone. They have amazing eyesight which is why they tend to hunt at night. They are often seen in Foammulah and Addu in the South of the Maldives.

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Named for their exceptionally long,thresher-like heterocercal tail or caudal fins (which can be as long as the total body length), thresher sharks are active predators; the tail is used as a weapon to stun prey. They are often spotted near Foammulah island in the Deep South of the Maldives.

Seasonal factors

  • Itinerary
  • Currents
  • Visibility
  • Sea life
  • Amount of boats
  • Pricing

Seasons

  • May-October
  • November-April

Macro Sea Life

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Frogfishes eat crustaceans, other fish, and even each other. As the prey approaches, the frogfish slowly moves to prepare for its attack The catch itself is made by the sudden opening of the jaws, which enlarges the volume of the mouth cavity up to twelve-fold, pulling the prey into the mouth along with water. The attack can be as fast as 6 milliseconds.

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The leaf scorpionfish is about 10 cm (4 in) long. Their color varies from green, red, pink, brown, ocher and yellowish to a ghostly white.The venom of the leaf scorpionfish is considerably weaker than that of the lionfish and stonefish. It eats small crustaceans, fishes, and larvae.

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The Sexy Anemone Shrimp is named for its unusual body movements. When walking it sways its abdomen back and forth with exotic flair. In addition to this fascinating behavior, the Sexy Anemone Shrimp is also uniquely dressed in a reddish brown body dotted with brilliant white spots.

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Spanish dancer flatworm often confused for Spanish dancer nudibranch. Flatworms are found in every ocean, they are beautifully colored, with a size range from just a few millimeters up to several inches long. Evolutionarily simple, the flatworm has no body cavity and no specialized respiratory or circulatory organs. This means they use diffusion to pass oxygen and nutrients through the body, and they only have one body opening, which serves both to consume food and expel waste products.

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Their reproduction is unlike the true pipefish, in which the male broods the young, it is the female ghost pipefish that broods the eggs within large fused pelvic fins located under the body.  Most species have a relatively long period spent floating around in the ocean as plankton, reaching almost adult length before they finally settle onto the reef.  This means that they have a wide geographic range since they can travel long distances after they are born.  They are generally found living in pairs with the smaller, skinnier of the two male and the large individual, with bigger fins, the female.  They range in size from 10-15 cm.

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Mantis shrimps have the most complex eyes in the animal kingdom that can see ultraviolet and polarized light. They have trinocular vision which means that they can see one object using one of the three different parts of eye. Mantis shrimp can survive more than 20 years in the wild.

Seasonal factors

  • Itinerary
  • Currents
  • Visibility
  • Sea life
  • Amount of boats
  • Pricing

Seasons

  • May-October
  • November-April

Coral & Reef fish

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Seasonal factors

  • Itinerary
  • Currents
  • Visibility
  • Sea life
  • Amount of boats
  • Pricing

Seasons

  • May-October
  • November-April

Carpe Diem Maldives

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My wife and I started diving in 2002 when the kids were out of the house and we could concentrate on ourselves. We have just competed our 1500 + dive and our 14th live aboard. We did our first two trip back to back on the Carpe Vita in 2013 and again this past October. 20 days of diving our brains out.

We fell in love with the whole operation. The Carpe Vita itself is spacious, ultra clean, and well designed. The food is plentiful, healthy, and a great combination of East Indian and European delights. The chef was wonderfully accommodating to food allergies with a great selection of veggies, meats, and deserts.

The staff was the best we have ever experienced on a live aboard. The dive guides were all locals and knew the dive sights throughly. They were from the old school of safety first. The ship staff was accommodating and friendly. The office staff took care of all our needs without hesitation. Our group was half photographers and half not, so they divided us up so that everyone would get a chance to see the underwater sights without having to wait for the picture takers. The dhonys are slow but spacious with a built in toilet and shower available before and after each dive before getting back on the main boat. You set up your gear on the first dive and never have to adjust them again. I have issues with my back, and the crew helped me by lifting my gear out of the water after each dive.

If you are thinking about the Maldives, do yourself a favor and check out the Carpe Vita.

Phil & Patricia Tobin (Oct. 2015)US

Just came back from a 7-day live-aboard and can’t find a thing to fault. Organisation, accommodation, equipment, food and the boat itself were all first rate. Similarly, the dive leaders were all highly skilled and experienced, and knew their dive sites intimately to bring us excellent diving wherever and whenever we went. Finally, the on-board crew couldn’t have looked after us better. Highly recommended.

M. Barry (Oct. 2015)UK

This is one of the best holidays I have ever had and a brilliant way to spend Christmas. The crew and dive masters/instructors were very experienced, cabins were lovely with lots of hot water, food was in abundance with an excellent chef. Absolutely amazing and highly recommended. I will be back!!!

S. Chan (Dec. 2015)Singapore

A huge thank you to Agnes and Lars and crew of the Carpe vita. A special extra thank you to Rob for his efficiency and expertise in providing the ideal surf adventure. Thanks Guys.

R. Mills (Aug. 2015)Australia

First trip to Maldives, first live aboard & first diving… Such a great experience!! Something to remember and repeat wink emoticon
Thanks to the crew for the excellent service

H. Lu (Oct. 2015)Spain

Ich kann es in Deutsch besser ausdrücken,auch wenn es dann nicht alle verstehen-Sorry-aber ein Wort versteht jeder:SUPER!!!
Der Trip mit der Carpe Vita war ein Traum und die Crew könnte besser nicht sein.Wie drücken wir unsere Zufriedenheit am Besten aus…?Noch an Bord haben wir bei Agnes die Südtour im Februar 2016 gebucht.”Mehr geht nicht”!

F. Althans (Apr. 2015)Germany

Greetings to members of the “Operation Proposal & Tie’em Up Cruise”.

What a great adenture we shared aboard that dream boat Carpe Vita!
First of all, THANK YOU to the amazing Carpe Vita staff and crew who kept us safe, well fed, pampered and happy throughout our adventure.  I guess all the returning bookings and referrals speak for themselves, YOU ALL ROCK.
Secondly, thank you to all you divers and ocean enthusiast for making this trip a great adventure for Keith and I. This was certainly a cruise to remember with a romantic underwater proposal, threats of bondage, nightly drinking sessions, inappropriate-but-fun bell ringing, suicidal fish, dinner time feasts, Shark whispering, manta caressing…. and all around fantastic companionship.
Also… I can confidently say that this was the first time the Swiss have taken over any sovereign entity (the boat) and they didn’t even bring chocolate! Really?!
As promised (but a bit delayed) here is the shortened (still 22 min!!) video of our Maldives andevnture, it has some people pix but not all. Hope you enjoy reliving the beautiful time we shared.
Keith and Nassim (Jan. 2016)US

We’re back home after an unforgettable week on Carpe Novo and wanted to thank you and your team for exceeding our every expectation.   The boat is, without doubt, the most comfortable and luxurious diving vessel on which we have ever travelled.   The food was superb and the staff were unfailingly friendly, polite and helpful.   As for the diving – it was just awesome!  This was our third trip to the Maldives and by far the most exhilarating thanks to your truly excellent dive guides. Their local knowledge and expertise ensured that every dive was an adventure; their genuine care and warmth made each one a sublime pleasure. Your recent award for Leading Liveaboard Brand is richly deserved and we could not recommend you more highly.

C. Hammett (April 16/23 2016)

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A lot of happy returning customers!