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Surf’s Up with Carpe Diem Cruises New Week-long Surf and Paddleboard Safaris across The Maldives

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Answering the rise in demand from independent surfers to explore Maldivian waves, the award-winning liveaboard Carpe Vita adds four surf safari weeks in 2019.

For the past decade, Carpe Diem Cruises in The Maldives has been offering week-long and 10-day dive safaris across the atolls on three luxury liveaboard yachts. In recent years, an increased number of private charters from Australian tour operators have brought a kite surfing and Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) community into the mix, and the experience has begun to catch on.

“Previously we have received individual enquiries and occasional requests from kite surfers and surfers for a safari across the atolls, which are difficult to accommodate on an isolated case-by-case scenario when the specific cruise focus is diving and snorkelling. In the last year, we’ve seen a sharp rise in requests for specific kite surfing and paddleboard safaris, showing a clear rising demand and new niche market that we are ideally positioned to cater to, with three dedicated cruise yachts designed for that specific leisure market,” explains Agnes van Linden, Assistant Managing Director of Carpe Diem Maldives.

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Renowned for it’s marine life and private island resorts with white sand beaches, The Maldives has slowly been raising it’s profile as a surfers paradise and a new destination for a growing SUP community travelling to The Maldives from around the world. Due to the nature of the surf breaks visited on Carpe Diem Cruises over a week, these are suitable for intermediate and advanced surfers, whereas it’s possible for complete novice paddleboarders and kitesurfers to develop their skills on the surf safari trips.

 

“Based on the success of the private charters with our Australian tour operators, which we will continue to work with, The Maldives is definitely on the global surfers travel radar,” adds Agnes. “The annual Maldives Surfing Champions Trophy each August has most definitely helped raised that profile, with top world-class surfers and big names visiting and participating. For now, The Maldives is still a relatively new destination for the independent surfing and paddleboard traveller who has covered all the typical destinations and seeks something new.”

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Carpe Diem Cruises attracts like-minded travellers with their adventure cruises, inviting guests to embrace opportunity with a seize-the-day approach to travel. The new (Kite) Surf and SUP Safaris in 2019 are allocated to four weeks in May and July on the award-winning Carpe Vita vessel. Voted in 2017 as one of the Top 10 Liveaboards in the World, the Carpe Diem Cruises surf safari weeks will cater to 12 surfers, with 10 en suite cabins. The boat also has a fully licensed bar, communal lounge area with a TV, and a Jacuzzi on the top deck.

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During the new surf weeks on Carpe Vita itineraries will include morning and afternoon surfing, travelling to different surf breaks where the action is each day with our onboard Maldivian surf guide, exploring the central atolls around North and South Male. Starting and ending from the capital’s international airport island, access to the breaks will be via a separate dhoni that accompanies the main yacht throughout the trip. Priced at USD 2,555 per person, departure dates for 2019 are currently set at May 5, July 7, July 14, July 28 and each week includes;

  • 7 nights on board Carpe Vita
  • Roundtrip Airport to Yacht transfers
  • Meet and Greet at the airport
  • Welcome drinks
  • Captain, crew and support surf dhoni
  • 3 meals daily, plus between-surf snacks
  • 2-3 surfs daily
  • Reusable water bottle (also to take home)
  • Drinking water, tea and coffee
  • Unlimited use of the Jacuzzi
  • Snorkelling equipment
  • Sandbank BBQ (weather permitting)
  • Anniversary and birthday cakes & amenities
  • DVD and Book Library.

Travellers looking to extend their stay in the Maldives can do so at the Carpe Diem Beach Resort & Spa in Raa Atoll with a combined cruise and stay package.

For more information, please enquire with your local travel agent or direct with Carpe Diem Maldives at info@carpediemmaldives.com.

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Carpe Diem Maldives Announce Marine Expeditions and Conservation Programmes with Scripps for 2019

Following the successful exploration visit by Scripps Institution of Oceanography, USA, in September 2018, a research collaboration with Carpe Diem Maldives continues through 2019 on the cruises and at the new resort for the 100 Island Challenge.

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At the heart of Carpe Diem Maldives everyday operations is a commitment to preserving the reef and marine life of The Maldives. Acting on this promise, Carpe Diem Maldives is delighted to continue with the Dive with a Purpose marine conservation programmes for 2019 in collaboration with Scripps Institution of Oceanography from the United States of America.

Guest divers can join the visiting scientists from Scripps with a choice of two Dive with a Purpose trips on our award-winning cruises, as they continue to research the effects of climate change on the underwater ecosystem and to describe the variation of coral reefs across the globe. The Scripps visiting scientists will also spend two weeks at Carpe Diem Beach Resort & Spa in Raa Atoll, as part of their 100 Island Challenge research programme.

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Agnes Van Linden, Assistant Managing Direct for Carpe Diem Maldives says, “The knowledge shared and the guest experience on the September trip with Scripps this year was very inspiring and we received excellent guest feedback. In recent years we have focused on reef cleaning and Crown of Thorns Starfish, which has been invaluable and from that, many of our cruises since then regularly include one conservation dive at the request of the guests. Our dive guides have learnt so much from the past trips, its wonderful to be able to continue that work and offer it all year round. This new collaboration with Scripps takes the Dive with a Purpose trips to another level and at the same time we are delighted to support their own research work in doing so. It’s meaningful for us, for our guest divers and of course, in the best interests of the environment.”

SCRIPPS 100 island Challenge Research Work

The cruises departing April 11-21 on Carpe Vita and May 5-11 on Carpe Novo will offer up to 3 dives a day to visit a cross section of reefs that were damaged in the 2014 coral bleaching and haven’t been visited since then, as well as healthy reefs with an abundance of marine life. Each of the Dive with a Purpose safari cruises invites 16 guest divers to join the 4 marine scientists as they replicate the methodology of the classical field surveys Scripps undertake, using innovative imaging and data technologies to archive reefs digitally and watch how populations change through time.

Most of the dives will be on healthy reefs with soft and hard corals, giving divers the opportunity to see manta rays and the underwater life that is naturally surrounding each dive. The scientific research element is an enhancement to this particular cruise itinerary. Recreational guest divers joining the cruise will learn how to take their own reef images to recreate a virtual reality of the dive using special software. In the evenings, presentations will elaborate further on the sightings of the day and the work of Scripps 100 Island Challenge.

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During their visit to The Maldives, the Scripps researchers will also spend two weeks at Carpe Diem Beach Resort & Spa to continue their project surveys on the sites officially assigned to the 100 Island Challenge. With the professional and scientific sampling approach, the research results will contribute to a better understanding of the current state of coral reefs globally and provide invaluable insights into how and why the reefs are changing through time.

General Manager, Socrates Alvaro says. “This opportunity is invaluable to a guest experience. To be able to snorkel or dive with such a high caliber of marine research scientist amidst the beauty of The Maldives destination, hear presentations and knowledge sharing evenings, and gain an informed and comprehensive understanding of our coral reefs is truly enriching. The threat posed by climate change and the need to preserve coral reefs globally is one of the most important issues facing us today. That’s one reason why we began planting a coral nursery in our lagoon one year before even opening the resort. Every day presents new opportunities and it is for us to embrace these and, literally seize the day! I am delighted we are able to support the tremendous work Scripps are undertaking as part of a global research programme, and bring that to The Maldives in such a way that guests can learn and benefit too.”

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On reefs visited with Carpe Diem Cruises and on the house reef at Carpe Diem Beach Resort & Spa the visiting researchers from Scripps will provide scientific context to coral reef observations through informational lectures, discussions, and general conversations. They will demonstrate use of 3D imaging within the context of the 100 Island Challenge, introduce workflow and approach for 3D imaging to guest divers, and create 3D models from guest-collected imagery, providing them with a 3D image as a take-home memento for participating in the dive with a purpose week.

For more information, please enquire with your local travel agent or direct with Carpe Diem Maldives at info@carpediemmaldives.com.

For more information on the 100 Island Challenge, please visit 100islandchallenge.org

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Carpe Diem Maldives Voted Sixth in the Top 10 Dive Liveaboards in the World 2018

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Carpe Diem Maldives Pvt. Ltd. fleet is recognised as one of the best dive liveaboards in the world by readers of DIVE Magazine UK for the second year running.

Surrounded 99% by crystal clear water, The Maldives is considered to be one of the leading dive destinations, recognised by the numerous travel accolades around the world. At this year’s DEMA dive travel fair in the USA, Dive Magazine announced the Top 10 Dive Liveaboards in the World 2018. All three liveaboard vessels in the Carpe Diem Cruises fleet were shortlisted in the final 25, with the first boat, Carpe Diem, being placed highest in 6th place. The awards are endorsed by readers and general public voting, and as the only Maldives liveaboard operator to receive the accolade for two consecutive years, Carpe Diem Cruises has become known as the ‘must-go-to’ dive safari operator for any novice or serious diver planning on visiting the Maldives.

Award-Winning Luxury Diving

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Since 2008, Carpe Diem Maldives Pvt. Ltd. has been growing to create dive and surf experiences with the mission of experiencing the excitement and anticipation of the Maldivian waters. From the first boat, Carpe Diem, the fleet has grown to become a collection of three luxury liveaboard dive and surf cruises, serviced by three teams of passionately dedicated crew. Carpe Diem Cruises are the only liveaboard operator in the Maldives to offer diving adventures with all-Maldivian Dive Masters.

“When we began our dive safaris with the Carpe Diem vessel in 2008, this sector of tourism was still quite young and undeveloped in this destination. I am delighted that our boats have been acknowledged with this global award for two consecutive years, giving recognition also to the local boat building industry. Carpe Diem, Carpe Vita and Carpe Novo were all designed and built at our shipyard on Innamaadhoo in Raa Atoll, with the specific intention of catering to the growing diving and surfing tourism sectors,” says Amir Mansoor, Managing Director of Carpe Diem Maldives.

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Diving with Top Class Service

Whale Shark Research with MWSRP

The company name is Latin for “Seize the day” and for Carpe Diem Cruises it is with the intention of experiencing the thrill and natural beauty of diving underwater in one of the world’s best scuba diving destinations. Year round, the Maldives has an abundance of dive sites with one inspiring dive encounter after another.

For travellers who are on a mission to live life to the full, seek the exceptional, thrive in the new, and in equal measure, enjoy the comforts of a little luxury while you discover everything this Indian Ocean destination has to offer, then Carpe Diem Cruises offers this in abundance.

With the native knowledge of Carpe Diem Cruises local dive masters and guides, guests immerse themselves in beautiful shoals of butterflyfish and oriental sweetlips, drift into the deep blue with white tips, hammerheads, manta rays and whale sharks, ride the currents along coral-filled overhangs with eagle rays, napoleon wrasse and blue marlin, or spot an octopus amidst the rocks.

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Agnes van Linden, Assistant Managing Director of Carpe Diem Maldives has overseen and developed Carpe Diem Cruises over the last 10 years. “From the very beginning, we believed great scuba diving, wave surfing and tailor made trips needn’t cost a fortune and should always be respectful of our natural environment. The friendly service and expertise of our crew is a key reason why our guests return time and again for another adventure-filled cruise. With the rise of surfing tourism to The Maldives, in 2019 we have added four dedicated surf safari weeks catering to this growing interest from independent travellers. In those weeks, the guide will also be an experienced Maldivian surfer who knows the breaks and shares his local knowledge.”

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Each of the three vessels has 10-12 cabins, cater for a 20-22 guests, who can also enjoy the time onboard snorkelling, paddle boarding or simply relaxing on the top deck when not diving. Each cruise is a PADI certified dive centre and offers diving courses from novice to advanced and specialty skills. Offering year-round cruises, the itineraries cover central atolls, routes to the south and crossing the equator, as well as to the north where lesser known dives sites offer unique encounters with the underwater world.

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To experience the paradise of the Maldives with adventure, excitement and fun onboard Carpe Diem Cruises, view our boats and itineraries and then book your place onboard!

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Monsoon Season Diving

From July to September 2018 Carpe Diem Maldives  celebrates one of the best diving periods for Manta Rays and Whale Sharks in the Maldives with super savings on Carpe Vita cruises.

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The monsoon season in the Maldives presents one of the best times of the year to dive amongst manta rays feeding off the plankton. Numerous travel accolades pronounce the destination as one of the best diving destinations in the world, and the summer months are when manta rays and whale sharks are just a few of the megafauna and pelagic ecosystem that appear in larger numbers.

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Carpe Vita is the second vessel in the fleet of three luxury liveaboards under Carpe Diem Cruises. After her annual maintenance and makeover in June this year, guest divers on Carpe Vita can enjoy lighter wooden interiors and refreshed colours in line with her two sister vessels Carpe Diem and Carpe Novo. To celebrate the new look, as well as the summer months of active marine life, the Carpe Vita Super Summer Sale offers 10% savings and complimentary nitrox on 4 dives a day. The 7-day cruises from July to end of September also include three meals per day and begin from $2,088 per person.

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Agnes van Linden, Assistant Managing Director for Carpe Diem Maldives, says, “The Maldives is home to some flourishing coral reefs despite recent bleaching events. There are wall dives and deep blue dives teaming with abundant marine life to feast your eyes on. Our team of experienced Maldivian dive masters draw on their local knowledge and connections across the atolls to take our guests on dive sites that are easily accessible and varied, providing experiences for every level of Scuba Diver. From its awe-inspiring wreck dives to its impressive walls, Manta Ray cleaning stations, Napoleon Wrasse and numerous renowned dive sites, The Maldives dive destination has so much to offer. At Carpe Diem, we believe great experiences shouldn’t cost the earth, so our Super Summer Sale is just another reason to enjoy our diving adventures.”

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Voted one of the Top 10 Dive Liveaboards in the World by the readers of Dive magazine in the United Kingdom last year, Carpe Vita is enjoying her eighth year cruising around The Maldives. With 10 cabins, each cruise can cater for a maximum of 20 passengers, who can also enjoy the time onboard snorkelling, paddle boarding or surfing if not diving. Other unique cruises planned for Carpe Vita include marine expeditions under the Dive with a Purpose programme, as well as the first week in July when 20 complete novice divers can have the experience of a lifetime obtaining their PADI Open Water certification while enjoying The Maldives destination. Travellers are advised that the Super Summer Sale 10% discount does not apply to other offers on Carpe Diem Cruises.

Divers looking to book their Maldives dive safari and enjoy 10% savings with complimentary nitrox for longer dives four times per day on Carpe Vita should email info@carpediemmaldives.com or enquire with their travel agent for the Super Summer Sale details.

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Renowned marine biologist Steven Weinberg joins Carpe Diem Maldives for 2 weeks of marine expeditions in July and August, 2018.

March 2018: Carpe Diem Maldives Pvt. Ltd. extends the Dive with a Purpose trips to include coral reef and marine biology research with Steven Weinberg.

Carpe Diem Maldives is thrilled to provide travellers to The Maldives with the opportunity to dive and meet with internationally acclaimed Marine Biologist Steven Weinberg. As part of the on-going Dive with a Purpose events and International Year of the Reef 2018 celebration with Carpe Diem, avid divers can take to the clear blue waters of the Indian Ocean while on board the cruises for two weeks in July, followed by a week at Carpe Diem Beach Resort & Spa in August.

Benefitting from over 40 years of marine biology knowledge with Steven Weinberg, divers can learn or improve their skills and understanding in one of the world’s most beautiful tropical countries and award-winning dive destination. Steven is multilingual (Dutch, French, English, German), a much apprSW-2015eciated guest speaker and has inspired countless divers over the years as they discover marine life and underwater photography.

Diving since the age of 8 and passionate about photography since the age of 11, Steven became a qualified marine biologist in 1979. Since then, he has taught reef ecology at the University of Puerto Rico and for almost 30 years he taught biology at the European School of Luxembourg. In addition to over 30 scientific publications, he is the author of more than 550 magazine articles on the underwater world.

With fluent French language skills, since 1992 Steven has become France’s most celebrated marine author with several illustrated books, including a very popular series of underwater field guides (“Mediterranean”, “Atlantic”, “Red Sea & Indian Ocean”, “Caribbean” and “Tropical Pacific”), “Ocean Life”, “Ecologically Yours!” He also co-authored the astonishing “History of Underwater Imaging – from 1856 to the present” and “Ar(t)cachon – Jewels of the Bay”.

In July this year, Steven Weinberg returns to The Maldives for the first time in over 25 years. Steven explains, “I am thrilled to be returning after such a long time away, and especially with opportunity to explore so many different reefs together with Carpe Diem Maldives. The explorations will serve as research for my updated version of the “Red Sea & Indian Ocean” field guide, to be released next year. In the process, I am looking forward to sharing my marine knowledge and underwater photography advice with their enthusiastic divers as we explore the dives together.

Assistant Managing Director, Agnes van Linden says, “Our previous Dive with a Purpose trips have been popular with our guests and we are constantly seeking new and informative ways to bring more variety as well as benefit research. With Steven on our cruises and at the new resort in August, guests can dive in crystal blue water and discover the rich biodiversity of the Maldives while learning, documenting and exploring coral reefs. The majority of our guest divers have underwater camera equipment with them to document their trips, so I am sure there will be lots of questions between dives and around the lunch and dinner tables about camera technique and capturing marine life through the lens.”

On each Dive with A Purpose week with Steven Weinberg, up to 20 recreational divers can join the Carpe Diem Cruises marine expeditions. Priced from USD 1,863 per person for the week, the expeditions include:

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  • 7 nights aboard the assigned Carpe Diem Maldives vessel
  • 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 photography
  • On-board marine biologist
  • GST 12%

Explore and Record the Maldivian reefs with marine biologist Steven Weinberg  

Expedition dates: July 15 – July 22 / July 22 – 29

In January this year, Carpe Diem Maldives began a year-long celebration of IYO2018, inviting all divers to share their underwater images on social media using #maldivesreefawareness, #iyor2018 #carpediemmaldives. This provides research scientist easy access to a live feed of images on regularly visited dive sites. Towards the end of 2018, campaign images posted throughout the year can be submitted to a panel of professional photographers, conservationists and IYOR officials, with a chance of winning a 4-night stay in 2019 at the new resort Carpe Diem Beach Resort & Spa.

Carpe Diem’s Dive with a Purpose trips are aimed at anyone with a passion for the ocean; enthusiasm is valued over experience and you don’t need a scientific background. Whether divers are looking to further their studies or just looking for a meaningful conservation holiday, Dive with a Purpose trips offer something different, and past guests refer to it as an experience they’ll carry with them for the rest of their lives.

To reserve your place on board the marine expeditions with Steven Weinberg, email info@carpediemmaldives.com

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Carpe Diem Maldives Introduces Coral Reef Awareness Campaign in Celebration of IYOR 2018

January 2018: Carpe Diem Maldives Pvt. Ltd. begins a 12-month social media campaign to celebrate International Year of Coral Reefs 2018.

Crystal clear waters teeming with colour and marine life surround The Maldives, making it one of the most appealing and diverse coral reef destinations in the world. The new digital campaign led by Carpe Diem Maldives promotes awareness towards the status of the destination’s coral reefs. Recreational and professional divers are invited to share their underwater images through Instagram and Facebook channels using hashtags #maldivesreefawareness #carpediemmaldives and #IYOR2018 stating information to three related Ds – dive, date and depth – on each image.

2018 was announced International Year of the Reef (IYOR – www.iyor2018.org) for the third time since 1997 by International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI), an informal partnership between the Nations and organisations that strive to preserve coral reefs and related ecosystems around the world. IYOR is a global effort to increase awareness and understanding on the values and threats to coral reefs, as well as to support related conservation, research and management efforts.

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Francis Staub, International Coordinator for the Year of the Reef for ICRI states, “We welcome this initiative embracing modern media and recognising public awareness as an essential element of coral reef conservation. Campaigns such as this ensure that the general public understands the value of, and the threats to coral reefs. Furthermore, the ongoing stream of images through #maldivesreefawareness on social media channels provides marine scientists and other stakeholders around the world access to real time data on coral reefs in The Maldives.”

Regularly visited dive sites across the Maldivian atolls will be captured to show the real time reef status amidst the effects of global warming, while also recording the ongoing recovery and conservation efforts being carried out by organisations such as Coral Reef CPR. At the same time, the digital campaign encourages public engagement and general awareness to the importance of coral reefs globally.

Acting Managing Director of Maldives Marketing & Public Relations Corporation, Haris Mohamed, says, “Recently awarded World’s Leading Dive Destination at the 24th annual World Travel Awards, the Maldives attracts divers from around the world to experience the beauty of our underwater marine life and reefs. This initiative by Carpe Diem Maldives highlights the conservation efforts various organisations are carrying out to ensure our reefs remain resilient and healthy for generations to come. We strongly encourage all divers to the Maldives to share their images on social media with the hashtag #maldivesreefawareness.”

Likewise, PADI Regional Manager for The Maldives, Matt Wenger, explains “Coral reefs are among the most beautiful ecosystems on the planet and PADI works with local communities around the world to ensure that residents understand the value of their local treasure. With close to 1.2 million tourist arrivals a year to The Maldives, initiatives like Carpe Diem’s #maldivesreefawareness are so important to get the message across about the beauty of the underwater world and why we need to do everything we can to protect it. We wholeheartedly encourage all divers to participate in this simple yet effective image sharing campaign.”

The digital campaign, which will run exclusively in The Maldives until December 31st, 2018, will be promoted to guests on Carpe Diem’s liveaboard dive cruises and at the upcoming resort in Raa Atoll. Carpe Diem Cruises welcome up to 60 divers weekly across all three of their luxury liveaboard cruises. Towards the end of 2018, campaign images posted throughout the year can be submitted to a panel of professional photographers, conservationists and IYOR officials, with a chance of winning a 4-night stay in 2019 at the new resort Carpe Diem Beach Resort & Spa.

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Carpe Diem Beach Resort & Spa is a 40-minute seaplane ride from Malé International Airport, or a 20-minute flight to Dharavandhoo Domestic Airport in Baa Atoll combined with a 25-minute speedboat ride. Full-board room rates accommodating 2 adults and 2 children, or 3 adults, start from USD899 per villa, per night, and for solo travellers in a shared twin-bed Over Water Pool Villa from USD450. The resort is already accepting bookings for stays from 1st June 2018 onwards, for more information visit www.carpediemmaldives.com

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Editor’s Note:

Established in 2008 Carpe Diem Maldives Pvt Ltd. showcases a collection of luxury liveaboard cruises and is currently expanding its operations in the Maldives with a new 115-room pool villa resort in the northern Raa Atoll, scheduled to open 1st June 2018. Carpe Diem is renowned for delivering a sense of discovery, adventure and always with expertise that enriches our guests knowledge and time with us. The Carpe Diem name has built significant brand recognition within the top echelons of the travel industry for diving & leisure, and the current portfolio includes 3 high end liveaboard cruises, each catering 20 guests at a time. With the expansion into resorts, Carpe Diem is one of the most unique and only hospitality brand in the Maldives to offer both liveaboard cruises and resort stays.

For more information on Carpe Diem Maldives Pvt. Ltd., please visit www.carpediemmaldives.com

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For more information on the International Year of the Reef 2018, visit www.iyor2018.org

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Email: liz@carpediemmaldives.com

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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.

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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

Carpe Diem Maldives Announce Dive with a Purpose Marine Expeditions for 2018

Building on the success of three marine expeditions in 2017, in partnership with US based research organization Coral Reef CPR, Carpe Diem Maldives Cruises is excited to announce its 2018 Dive with a Purpose series of hands-on marine expeditions for leisure divers.

The first two weeks in the 2018 Dive with a Purpose programme are in partnership with Maldives Whale Shark Research. In July, we welcome renowned marine biologist Steven Weinberg on board for two weeks as he documents and researches his field guide on the Indian Ocean. His July visit marks his first return to The Maldives in over 25 years! Taking a concerted approach towards protecting and restoring the health of coral reefs and marine life in the Maldives, a “Rescue a Reef” week in September with experts from Coral Reef CPR will look at addressing issues around reef predators, damage prevention and restoration.

On each Dive with A Purpose week, up to 20 recreational divers can join the marine expeditions; divers must have an Advanced PADI qualification, excellent buoyancy control and ideally a minimum of 50 dives. Priced from USD 1,863 per person for the week, the expeditions include:

  • 7 nights aboard the assigned Carpe Diem Maldives vessel
  • 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%

The Great Megafauna Migration: Track whale sharks, mantas and turtles across the Maldives. Expedition dates: May 19 – 26 & May 26 June 2

Whale Shark Research with MWSRP

There is a growing school of thought that the Maldivian ‘big three’; whale sharks, manta rays and turtles react to the changes in the monsoon seasons by moving to sites on the leeward side of the atolls. In May 2018, Carpe Novo will become a research platform for biologists from the Maldives Whale Shark Research Programme providing them and 20 lucky guests an unprecedented opportunity to explore this phenomenon.  The goal of this particular Dive with a Purpose expedition is to begin the 2018 southwest season’s data collection, documenting the movements of these iconic yet enigmatic animals.

There are two monsoons in the Maldives, ‘Iruvai’ as the Maldivians call the northeast monsoon between December and April and ‘hulhagu’, the southwest monsoon from May to November. How quickly these megafauna species transition from sites on the west coasts to sites on the east coast and vice versa is not defined and probably depends on currents and surface weather conditions.

The MWSRP will be setting out on Carpe Novo with the aim of seeking whale sharks, as well as manta rays and sea turtles at differing points amongst the central atolls. Whale sharks, manta rays and turtles will be photo identified, with individuals compared to previous sightings in national level databases to identify movements between locations, both within and between atolls. Equipment will be deployed to gather data on current and surface weather conditions in the hope of gleaning information on how quickly the 2018 season has changed and how the megafauna has reacted to it.

Special attention will be paid to whale sharks which have moved from other atolls, where a fledgling understanding of seasonal cyclic movements can be reinforced by any sightings of 29 individual whale sharks known to be regular inter-atoll travellers.

In areas where whale sharks are prevalent, the MWSRP will explore oceanic conditions in the isolated parts of the atolls where whale sharks are not expected to be sighted through the deployment of temperature and current reading loggers and compare that to data collected in areas where whale sharks would be expected to be seen.

Guests joining this expedition will be offered the opportunity to assist the researchers in the hands on equipment deployment and every data gathering aspect of their work and will be afforded nightly workshops, lectures and discussions on marine life and the leading edge findings from Maldives-specific research on these species.

Explore and Record the Maldivian Underwater World with marine biologist and author Steven Weinberg

Expedition dates: July 15 – 22 & July 22 – 29

Benefitting from over 40 years of marine biology knowledge with Steven Weinberg, divers can learn or improve their skills and understanding in one of the world’s most beautiful tropical countries and award-winning dive destination. Steven is multilingual (Dutch, French, English, German), a much apprSW-2015eciated guest speaker and has inspired countless divers over the years as they discover marine life and underwater photography.

Diving since the age of 8 and passionate about photography since the age of 11, Steven became a qualified marine biologist in 1979. Since then, he has taught reef ecology at the University of Puerto Rico and for almost 30 years he taught biology at the European School of Luxembourg. In addition to over 30 scientific publications, he is the author of more than 550 magazine articles on the underwater world.

With fluent French language skills, since 1992 Steven has become France’s most celebrated marine author with several illustrated books, including a very popular series of underwater field guides (“Mediterranean”, “Atlantic”, “Red Sea & Indian Ocean”, “Caribbean” and “Tropical Pacific”), “Ocean Life”, “Ecologically Yours!” He also co-authored the astonishing “History of Underwater Imaging – from 1856 to the present” and “Ar(t)cachon – Jewels of the Bay”.

In July this year, Steven Weinberg returns to The Maldives for the first time in over 25 years. Steven explains, “I am thrilled to be returning after such a long time away, and especially with opportunity to explore so many different reefs together with Carpe Diem Maldives. The explorations will serve as research for my updated version of the “Red Sea & Indian Ocean” field guide, to be released next year. In the process, I am looking forward to sharing my marine knowledge and underwater photography advice with their enthusiastic divers as we explore the dives together.

Rescue a Reef: Crown of Thorns Starfish Removal with Coral Reef CPR

Expedition dates: Sept 9  Sept 16

Coral Reef CPR removing COTS in Maldives

Coral Reef CPR, in partnership with Carpe Diem Maldives, has removed over 10,600 starfish from reefs in the Maldives since 2015. In the 2018 “Rescue a Reef” expedition in September, divers can expect a hands-on role in eliminating the starfish from badly infested reefs, repositioning newly grown corals from a nursery onto a reef, and planting new juvenile corals for growth on the nursery ropes. Divers will assist the Coral Reef CPR scientists in collecting valuable data on the behaviours of the starfish and their genetic make-up, as well as the rate of coral growth on nursery ropes.

In addition to the starfish removal from reefs, we will also visit a number of unique reef environments, including submerged farus and giris to explore the invertebrate life as and also collect valuable data on the diverse and colorful reef fish communities and larger megafauna such as sharks, manta rays and turtles. During these dives and starfish removal dives, we will conduct quantitative transects to measure the health of the reefs and patterns of recovery following the 2016 bleaching event.

Working in buddy teams, divers will be assisting Coral Reef CPR scientists in all aspects of research, including reef assessment surveys, collection of samples, and removal of starfish and coral eating snails. In the process, divers will be trained in reef conservation methods and survey approaches, and learn about coral reefs and the vibrant and diverse life found on reefs through nightly workshops and discussions. Joining these “Rescue a Reef” expeditions will provide divers with an opportunity to be part of a team who are saving thousands of hectares of reef and preventing the potential for future outbreaks.

Divers with an avid marine conservation interest should not miss out on this unique opportunity to work alongside expert marine biologists in the 2018 series of Dive with a Purpose expeditions from Carpe Diem Maldives. For bookings and further information email info@carpediemmaldives.com

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Carpe Diem Maldives initiates “Rescue a Reef” program October 22/29,2017

Carpe Diem Maldives Pvt. Ltd. confirms its ongoing collaboration with American organisation Coral Reef CPR with the launch of its official CSR program “Rescue a Reef”.  Taking a concerted approach towards protecting and restoring the health of coral reefs and marine life in the Maldives, “Rescue a Reef” invites guests to join marine expeditions on Carpe Diem’s liveaboard adventure cruises and encourages guest donations to support Coral Reef CPR’s work.Amir Mansoor

 

In establishing the Rescue a Reef initiative, Carpe Diem Maldives confirms its continued support for Coral Reef CPR’s work, which began with research assistance in 2016. Managing Director for Carpe Diem Maldives, Amir Mansoor, says, “In our collaboration over the last 18 months, I’ve experienced first-hand how the marine biologists from Coral Reef CPR identify early on when nature is out of balance, investigate to find out the cause using their expertise and laboratory tests, and then implement scientific methods to help restore that balance, making it more robust for future events. Their methodology and scientific knowledge are among several reasons why Carpe Diem Maldives enjoys a productive collaboration with Coral Reef CPR, and we whole-heartedly support their HARP program – Holistic Approach To Reef Protection.”

 

Cusion starfish_redTo officially launch the Rescue a Reef initiative, Carpe Diem Maldives Pvt Ltd. will host its third marine expedition with Coral Reef CPR’s returning marine biologists Dr Andrew Bruckner and Georgia Coward in October 2017. The week-long expedition will target the house reef and surrounding areas of the company’s current resort development in Raa Atoll. “During our surveys of Raa and Baa Atoll we’ve seen an abnormally high number of cushion starfish. This is a concern, because these animals target juvenile cauliflower (Pocillopora) and staghorn (Acropora) corals, and these are the corals that are critical for a speedy recovery from last years bleaching event,“ explains Dr Andrew Bruckner, Chief Scientist from Coral Reef CPR.

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From 22-29 October 2017 up to 20 recreational divers can join Chief Scientist Dr Andrew Bruckner and his team of researchers as they conduct a Cushion Starfish removal from reefs in Raa Atoll, carry out quantitative reef surveys, and data analysis while enjoying Carpe Diem’s hospitality on board Carpe Vita liveaboard cruise.

 

Dr Andrew BruckerSpeaking on the expanding partnership, Dr Bruckner says, “We’re thrilled at this long term commitment from Carpe Diem Maldives. It is always wonderful when a company responsibly embraces a pro-active approach to environmental protection and conservation. Engaging with their guest divers over the last year is inspiring for us as we believe that education is at the forefront of successful coral reef conservation. Raising awareness on the critical importance of reefs and tangible actions that can be taken to ensure that these ecosystems continue to support the abundance of marine life and provide benefits to humans, is key to the future of the Maldives.”

The first dedicated crown of thorns starfish removal in May 2017 involved seventeen recreational divers from nine countries. The divers worked with Carpe Diem and Coral Reef CPR to collect a total of 900 COTS from 15 reefs on North Malé and South Malé Atolls over a one-week period. A second expedition is already planned and fully booked for September 2017. With an increasing number of inquiries for alternative dates, the demand for such marine expeditions is showing encouraging signs.

 

To join the October marine expedition and launch of Carpe Diem Maldives “Rescue a Reef” CSR programme, divers must have an Advanced PADI qualification, excellent buoyancy control and ideally a minimum of 70 dives. Priced from just USD 700 per person for the week, the trip from 22-29 October includes:

 

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

 

Divers with an avid marine conservation interest should not miss out on this unique opportunity to work alongside expert marine biologists. To support the work of Coral Reef CPR, an additional contribution of USD 150 p/p will be added to the final bill, payable before or at the end of the trip. For bookings and further information please mail to info@carpediemmaldives.com.

 

 

 

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