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Dive where the wild things are, go tech-free and enjoy the wellness benefits of a week in the Maldives with Carpe Diem Cruises

If you’ve been watching or hearing about the recent BBC Blue Planet 2 series, you’ll need little convincing that diving brings ultimate happiness. The variety and spectrum of colours in the wildlife beneath the water’s surfaces is both mesmerizing and incredible.

With zero connectivity and no smart phones to distract your focus, a dive beneath the surface into a tech-dead zone is full of natural inspiration. Simultaneously, it provides an abundance of wellness benefits. If you find yourself twitching as the inbox starts to fill, the phone rings or staring at a computer 12 hours a day, the doctor may well advise you to take a trip to the underwater world.

Agnes van Linden, Assistant Managing Director of Carpe Diem Maldives says, “You can dive the same site 5 times, and you’ll have 5 completely different experiences. One time you’ll spend 5 minutes with a turtle, the next an eagle ray cruises by, then a moray eel stretches out and opens its jaws with a beady-eyed look in your direction. The underwater world never fails to inspire and always delivers something magical.”

Turtle and diver with Carpe Diem MaldivesDiving whenever she get’s the chance: Agnes van Linden, Assistant Managing Director of Carpe Diem Maldives

In addition to the encounters with an underwater world we still have so much to discover and learn about, there are an abundance of wellness benefits that come with a week of diving.

  • Physical fitness and strength: Diving can help tone your different muscle areas, particularly the thighs and shoulders, consequently giving you better posture. Exerting little to no strain on our joints, diving also provides both a cardiovascular workout and a muscular workout as you move against the resistance of the current and the water itself. This strengthens the your muscles, develops your flexibility and raises your endurance levels, all without the aid of a fitness app!
  • Exhale: The soothing sight of bubbles rising, the tingling feeling of swimming through bubbles and the sound of the air tank in harmony with your slow breathing promote calmness and tranquillity. Deep breathing is important in scuba diving to optimize air consumption and increase your time underwater.
  • Zen time: If you’ve tried meditation, you’ll know breathing slowly and deeply while diving induces a relaxed state while the diver focuses on the underwater environment rather than thinking about work and daily challenges. It’s an instant stress reducing therapy that balances the nervous system.
  • Community: By sharing that common interest in the underwater world, on a dive liveaboard week you’ll naturally meet other like-minded people. Between dives and over shared meals, wonderful memories of your experience create a sense of community with newly formed friendships that share your excitement, and it’s not through social media!
  • Rays of light: When the average temperature is 87 degrees Fahrenheit, in The Maldives you can soak up the vitamin D at any time of the year. The sun’s rays promote the absorption of calcium in the body, which then provides strength to the bones and increases endorphin production in the brain, and in turn contributes to a healthy nervous system. As if you needed another reason to travel somewhere warm.
  • Soul enriching: When diving abroad, you are likely to meet adventurous and interesting people from all over the world. Travel is synonymous with education and most people on a dive week are eager to broaden and share their knowledge while experiencing new or familiar dive sites.

Join a regular dive week on Carpe Diem Cruises or upgrade your experience to dive where the wild things are on a marine expedition. Rescue a Reef: Crown of Thorns Starfish Removal with Coral Reef CPR, May 19 – May 26.

Carpe Diem Maldives, in partnership with Coral Reef CPR, has removed over 10,600 Crown of Thorns Starfish from reefs in the Maldives since 2015. On this “Rescue a Reef” expedition, divers take a hands-on role in eliminating the starfish from badly infested reefs. Assisting the Coral Reef CPR scientists in collecting valuable data on the behaviors of the starfish and their genetic make-up, this will help us understand why the outbreaks occur, where they originate from and what we can do to prevent a recurrence. All the while, divers enjoy the beauty of the Maldivian marine life and save thousands of hectares of coral reef.

Coral Reef CPR conducting surveys in the maldives

Priced from USD 1,863 per person for the week, the marine expeditions include:

  • 7 nights aboard Carpe Novo
  • 3 meals daily, plus between-dive snacks
  • 3 to 4 dives daily (except for on day of arrival and day before departure)
  • Use of tanks, weights and belts
  • Drinking water, tea and coffee
  • Airport transfers on the days of embarkation/disembarkation
  • Evening workshops on marine ecology, coral reef, marine life and more
  • On-board marine biologists
  • GST 12%

For bookings and further information email us at info@carpediemmaldives.com

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Learn to Dive on a Luxury Cruise with Carpe Diem Maldives

Travellers to The Maldives in 2018 can combine their PADI Open Water Diver certification with a week-long cruise onboard a luxury liveaboard.

The Maldives is continuously rated as one of the top diving destinations in the world by international dive publications and awards. Made up of 26 coral atolls and crossing the equator, roughly 1,200 islands are home to some of the most beautiful, thriving reefs of rare and common coral, attracting every kind of marine life.

With a destination that is surrounded 99% by water, Carpe Diem Maldives believes any traveller to the region should be in, on, or under the ocean to truly appreciate it’s beauty. Spending a week exploring different lagoons and reefs on board an award-winning luxury liveaboard cruise, complete novice scuba divers can now do this in style with Carpe Diem Maldives.

Turtle and diver with Carpe Diem Maldives

Introducing the scuba diving experience to all travellers, in 2018 Carpe Diem Maldives is offering beginner divers the ultimate dream holiday. For one week in July, a 7-day cruise on Carpe Vita will be dedicated to 20 adventurous travellers looking to obtain their PADI Open Water Diver certification. Starting in Male and ending in Baa Atoll, northern Maldives, guests will experience the beauty of coral reefs and a myriad of fish starting from just 3 metres beneath the surface.

Learn to Dive cruise weeks begin with shallow and calm lagoon dives. With the fundamentals of diving firmly mastered, 4 open water dives on beautiful coral bedecked reefs will complete the certification. By the end of the week, novice divers will be confidently enjoying the mesmerizing underwater world at 20 metres below the surface. Each of these special trips will also include a snorkelling visit to the region’s annual manta ray migration in Hanifaru Bay, Baa Atoll, a UNESCO protected marine biosphere area.

Dive equipment on the Carpe Vita Dive Dhoni

Under the guidance of Carpe Diem’s expert Maldivian Dive Instructors, guests will learn the PADI Open Water theory in the briefing room on board Carpe Vita luxury cruise. Equipped with the latest dive gear, guests then step onto a dive dhoni for their first plunge into lagoon waters. With increased confidence and applied theory, divers return to the main cruise vessel after each dive to enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner on the upper deck. Around a long table, mealtimes quickly become an enthusiastic exchange of underwater observations and shared experiences. Accommodation is on the boat, in twin bed and double cabins, each with private bathrooms, air conditioning, 24 hour electricity and wifi connection.

A Learn To Dive cruise on Carpe Vita will run July 1-8, 2018. Priced from USD 2,363 for the week, the package includes:

  • 7 nights on board Carpe Vita
  • 3 meals daily, plus between-dive snacks
  • PADI Open Water theory and practical training, as well as certification
  • 3 dives daily (except for on day of arrival and day before departure)
  • Use of tanks, weights and belts
  • Dive mask, fins, dive computer and buoyancy control device
  • Drinking water, tea and coffee

Not included in the package are one-way domestic or seaplane transfers from Baa Atoll to Male International airport. These can be arranged by Carpe Diem and guests can also combine their cruise with a resort stay in Raa Atoll at the new Carpe Diem Beach Resort and Spa, opening July 2018. For cruise guests staying at the resort, three complimentary dives are included in the full-board stay package, making it the perfect opportunity to practice those certified dive skills on a thriving house reef. Stays at the resort start at USD 450 per night for solo travellers in a shared twin-bed pool villa.

Carpe Diem Maldives Cruise and lagoon hammock

By the end of each PADI Open Water Learn to Dive week, guests will have a dive log that begins with enviable diving in The Maldives. Since 2008, the award-winning hospitality group Carpe Diem Maldives Pvt. Ltd. has been operating luxury dive and surf liveaboard cruises, sharing the beauty of the Maldivian waters with adventurous travellers. Carpe Diem is the only liveaboard operator in the Maldives to offer diving adventures with a team of all-Maldivian Dive Masters. With the expansion into resorts, Carpe Diem Maldives becomes the only hospitality brand in the country to offer year-round liveaboard cruises that can be combined with a resort stay.

Carpe Diem Dive on shallow reef

For more information and to reserve your Carpe Diem adventure email info@carpediemmaldives.com