This beautiful and spacious 35m liveaboard accommodates up to 20 guests. The boat has four decks including the partially shaded sun deck, and cabins are spread over the lower, main and upper deck with a lovely sleek design. The boat features plenty of interior, air-conditioned, and exterior relaxation areas. There is also a flat screen TV, DVD and MP3 player.
Dives are carried out from the boat’s Dhoni and the spacious dive deck has fresh water showers and toilet. Nitrox is available at extra charge (membrane filling system). Internet connection is possible on the boat at extra charge; strength of connection dependant on location.
20 guests are accommodated in 10 cabins. 2 twin/double cabins (double with bunk over) and 4 twin/ double cabins on the lower deck, 2 double cabins on the main deck and the upper deck houses a double suite and king-size suite. All cabins have individually controlled AC units.
Price includes: 7 nights standard twin cabin (male / male & female / female share available), full board, water, tea, coffee & snacks, 5½ days diving (3 dives per day plus 1 night dive per week), air tanks, weights & weight belt and guide.
UK Regional departures with Emirates, Sri Lankan, Qatar Airways, Oman Air, British Airways also available, supplement may apply.
Single cabin: from £650
Main Deck High Standard Cabin: from £30 per person
Upper Deck Deluxe Cabin: from £165 per person
Upper Deck Suite Cabin: from £235 per person
Additional night dives (subject to logistics): $25
Fuel Surcharge (7 days): $100 - Please check your quote / invoice whether this applies
Fuel Surcharge (10 days): $150 - Please check your quote / invoice whether this applies
Nitrox (7 days): $100 (free of charge from 01 May to 31 December 2019)
Nitrox (10 days): $150 (free of charge from 01 May to 31 December 2019)
Internet: $15 (7 days) or $20 (10 days)
Government Green Tax (from 01 Nov 2015): $6 per person per night payable in resort
Diving in the Maldives is influenced by the seasons. The quality of individual dive sites and marine parks is determined by the ebb and flow of seasonal currents, which in turn affects both the underwater visibility and the marine life. Liveaboards follow these seasonal variations, taking divers to the best sites for the time of the year.
Regaldive operate a range of liveaboards throughout the Maldives. These include classic itineraries following established routes out of Male to new itineraries in remote atolls where the dive sites have only recently been established. Maldivian Liveaboards are supported by a ‘dive dhoni’ where all dives are conducted from. The dhoni carries all cylinders, equipment and compressors.
The last two years has seen access to some remote atolls in the Maldives improve dramatically. Regaldive feature liveaboards that cover these exciting new atolls, ranging from Haa-Alifu in the far north, to Huvadhoo in the far south. These atolls represent the new ‘frontiers’ of diving in the Maldives and lie well beyond traditional tourist maps.
Far North Haa Alifu Atoll
Haa Alifu is the most northerly atoll in the Maldives. There is a sizeable local population in the atoll but virtually no tourism development as yet. MY Amba is the first liveaboard to the atoll offering a mix of dives on charted dive sites alongside truly original exploratory diving. Access to the atoll is via Male and involves an internal sea plane flight to Hanimadhoo airport. Main Manta season in this area is September and October for the best sightings, but nearly every week there are Mantas on some of the dive sites.
Far South Meemu Atoll
Meemu, Thaa and Laamu atolls are 3 of the 5 most southerly atolls and MY Sheena, under the expert management of Werner Lau, offers an exhilarating itinerary from the island of Filitheyo. Challenging drift dives make up the majority of the 3 daily dives available on MY Sheena; as many of these islands are yet to be fully dived and explored, some of the dives will be semi-exploratory, suiting divers looking to document some untouched sites in search for the unknown.
Liveaboard and Island Combinations Tailormade
We offer tailormade holidays to the Maldives. This means that we can organise your holiday based on your requirements. We can also offer a twin centre option of a liveaboard and island based holiday in the Maldives.
Alternatively, many guests choose to combine the incredible sights in Sri Lanka with either an island or liveaboard in the Maldives.
Diving in the Maldives can be challenging, and as such it is recommended that divers have a minimum qualification of PADI Advanced or equivalent, with 40+ logged dives, although experienced Open Water divers are not precluded. M/Y Sheena requires a minimum of 60 logged dives but exceptions on diving experience may be made on request in certain circumstances. Due to the diving area and profile from March 2019 a Nitrox certification is mandatory to join a trip. It's possible to complete this on board (local payment) the M/Y Sheena.
Diving is encouraged to be undertaken in individual self-sufficient buddy teams and small groups, though you may of course choose to follow the guide for ease of navigation.
Emirates via Dubai from Heathrow, Manchester, Birmingham and Glasgow. Other regional departures may be available; supplement may apply. Regaldive's prices are currently based on Emirates. Supplements may or may not apply for other airlines dependant on seat availability.
Sri Lankan via Colombo from Heathrow, Qatar Airways via Doha from Heathrow and Manchester, Oman Air via Muscat from Heathrow, British Airways from Gatwick.
Charter Flights: Flights are direct, once a week for 7 and 14 night durations, usually flying overnight on outbound. Charter flight days may not match all the liveaboard departure days, with the exception of Carpe Diem.
Internal transfers to your liveaboard
Your boat is reached either by sea plane, speedboat transfer or internal flight from Male airport. Transfers are organised as part of your holiday package, unless requested otherwise.
Seaplane and Boat Transfers
Most liveaboards that opearate out of Male will organise a transfer using a dhoni that will pick you up from the airport and transfer you to the baot. Liveaboards operating from other areas will have a either a speedbaot transfer, seaplane or pressurised flight.
If you are transferring by seaplane you should be aware of the following:
Seaplanes do not operate a fixed departure schedule, but are planned daily according to the islands / boats requirements. The planning is carried out locally 24 hours in advance.
Seaplanes often pick up and drop off guests from a number of islands on a single transfer run.
Seaplanes only operate during daylight hours, generally 9.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m.
You may have to wait for a short duration after arriving in Male. On departing, the islands will transfer you back to Male as late a local logistics on that day will allow.
On departing your island resort your return seaplane transfer time will be confirmed the day before departure by your resort.
If you have a late international flight departing home, it is highly advisable you ask Regaldive to reserve a day use package for you at the Hulhule hotel.
Seaplanes are not pressurised flights.
Seaplanes typically operate a strict weight policy of 20kg for hold luggage.
Excess luggage is currently $2 per kilo to the island and $4 perkilo on the return.
Inter Atoll Flights - Haa Alifu
Transfers to Haa-Alifu in the North involve an internal pressurised flight from Male. This is arranged and costed as part of your travel package to the north of the Maldives, unless otherwise requested.
Hulhule Airport Hotel - Day use & overnights
International and internal flight schedules occasionally make fairly long connection times in Male Airport inevitable. The Hulehule Airport hotel offers inexpensive day packages to non-residents for use of their beach, pool, showers, left luggage and other facilities. Pre-booked packages are available with Regaldive, for day use with and without a room, and overnight stays (refer to separate webpage on Hulehule Airport hotel).
Passengers travelling to the Maldives must have six months valid on their passport from the date of return to the UK.
A free 30 day permit is given to British travellers on arrival in Male. Other nationalities should consult their consular website.
Vaccination requirements are subject to change and should be confirmed before departure. For the most up to date advice please consult your travel clinic or local GP. Further information regarding vaccinations for travel to this country can be found at www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk. There are no compulsory vaccinations for travel to the Maldives, but we recommend protection against typhoid, tetanus, hepatitis A and polio.
Itineraries aboard MV Carpe Diem offer a unique dive itinerary based on the seasons, current and pelagic migration patterns. Each itinerary visits a combination of popular and new dive sites and attempts to give guests the chance to encounter everything from big pelagics like mantas, sharks and whale sharks to shrimps, colourful nudibranches, ghost pipe fishes and everything in between.
Please note: Use of a dive computer is obligatory. All divers must be Advanced Open Water or higher qualified.