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Maldives

Family Dive Adventures created a parent camp this year, to the Maldives.  Join us Aboard the Carpe Novo Oct 1-6th 2018. Along with a land-based resort stay Sept 30- Oct 6th at the Como Cocoa Island Resort

Contact Margo Peyton for more information on this special Maldives dive trip.  1-803-419-2556

We book liveaboard adventures to the Maldives all year round with the Explorer Ventures Fleet. We offer discounts as well as group comps.

Explorer Ventures Fleet Carpe Vita information sheet, Carpe Novo Information sheet has been created to assist first-time travelers to the Maldives in planning your adventure. Not every itinerary, or every dive site, or every price range is for everyone. Take the time now to make the right choice by minimizing surprises and maximizing your total dive holiday experience!

There are two distinct diving seasons in the Maldives. Choosing which season is right for you can be a very important decision. Within each season, there are factors that should affect your decision.

About the two seasons: Maldives diving is year round. Each season brings the opportunity to see the same creatures, BIG and small. What makes the seasons different are the conditions. Of interest: the Maldives waters support the world’s largest known population of reef manta rays all year round. Whale sharks can be seen all year round as well. Manta rays and whale sharks – on every scuba diver’s bucket list!

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. Because the Maldives is in the equatorial belt, severe storms and cyclones are extremely rare events.

Itinerary: Several to choose from – of special interest this year is the 7-night itineraries starting or ending in Ari (these require a domestic flight but well worth it if you like avoiding crowds). Since most boats will be headed back to Male on the weekends, you’ll have time and space on the day before departure to snorkel in South Ari, hopefully with the whale sharks! And, don’t forget, any itinerary with Baa atoll will likely feature feeding mantas. Look for itineraries in 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!

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 very 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, the experience is required. –These trips feature up to 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 currents, especially with a large housing with strobes.

Types of itineraries

  • 10/11 nights (year-round)
  • 7-nights (year-round
  • 7 nights (one-way)
  • 10/11 nights (Speciality)

Pricing  

Carpe Vita Liveaboard

Please note: $6/night per person Government Green Tax, possible extended range/fuel surcharge payable on board; domestic flights if required. Please check our full fleet schedule for itinerary information.
Package includes: 7 nights/8 days or 10 nights/11 days aboard the vessel; up to 4 dives daily (weather and itinerary permitting); 3 meals daily; soft drinks, snacks, towels, linens, etc.; use of tanks, weights and weight belts, all air fills, same day transfers; goods & service tax; 2 glasses of beer or wine included at dinner.

Rates may increase for existing reservations and will be confirmed no later than 12 months before the charter departure date. If the increase is due to an increase in the local government taxes (GST), it may occur within 12 months of travel.

All pricing is in US Dollars, per person double occupancy.
Rooms May/ OctoberNov/April
VIP Upper Deck Suites: King or twin beds, sitting area, large windows, desk/chair, dresser, 2 hanging closets, TV/DVD/HD player, private ensuite bathroom with dual sinks and shower & tub.
Suites 1-2.
2018-2019 (Valid through Oct. 2019)7 night: $2,720
10 night: $3,770
7 night: $3,140
10 night: $4,335
Main Deck Staterooms:
King or twin beds, desk/chair, dresser, hanging closet, large windows, flat panel TV, private ensuite bathroom and shower. Staterooms 3-4.
2018-2019 (Valid through Oct. 2019)7 night: $2,520
10 night: $3,570
7 night: $2,940
10 night: $4,135
Lower Deck Staterooms:
One queen and one twin bed, desk/chair, dresser, hanging closet, port holes, flat panel TV, private ensuite bathroom and shower. Staterooms 5-10.
2018-2019 (Valid through Oct. 2019)7 night: $2,320
10 night: $3,370
7 night: $2,740
10 night: $3,935

Carpe Nova Liveaboard

Please note:$6/night per person Government Green Tax, possible extended range/fuel surcharge payable on board; domestic flights if required. Please check our full fleet schedule for itinerary information.
Package includes: 7 nights/8 days or 10 nights/11 days aboard the vessel; up to 4 dives daily (weather and itinerary permitting); 3 meals daily; soft drinks, snacks, towels, linens, etc.; use of tanks, weights and weight belts, all air fills, same day transfers; goods & service tax; 2 glasses of beer or wine included at dinner.

Rates may increase for existing reservations and will be confirmed no later than 12 months before the charter departure date. If the increase is due to an increase in the local government taxes (GST), it may occur within 12 months of travel.

All pricing is in US Dollars, per person double occupancy.
RoomsDatesMay/ OctoberNov/April
Upper Deck Junior Suites:
King or twin beds or king bed only, hanging closet, desk, large windows, flat panel TV/HD player, private ensuite bathroom with sink, dual cabinets and shower. Suites 1-4.
Valid through Oct. 2018

2018-2019 (Valid through Oct. 2019)
7 night: $2,163
10 night: $2,999

7 night: $2,163
10 night: $2,999
7 night: $2,596
10 night: $3,590

7 night: $2,740
10 night: $3,840
Main Deck Single Staterooms:
Queen bed, desk, hanging closet, large windows, TV/HD player, private ensuite bathroom and shower. Staterooms 5-6.
Valid through Oct. 2018

2018-2019 (Valid through Oct. 2019)
7 night: $2,163
10 night: $2,999

7 night: $2,163
10 night: $2,999
7 night: $2,596
10 night: $3,590

7 night: $2,740
10 night: $3,840
Lower Deck Staterooms:
One queen and one twin bed or two twin beds, desk, hanging closet, port holes, TV/HD player, private ensuite bathroom and shower. Staterooms 7-12.
Valid through Oct. 2018

2018-2019 (Valid through Oct. 2019)
7 night: $2,163
10 night: $2,999

7 night: $2,163
10 night: $2,999
7 night: $2,596
10 night: $3,590

7 night: $2,740
10 night: $3,840