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 complimentary for qualified divers (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, FREE Nitrox 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
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.
Classic Liveaboards out of Male
Diving in the Maldives is spectacular throughout the year and one of the easiest and most satisfying ways to experience the incredible range of world class dive sites is to hop on a liveaboard departing from Male. Amba, MV Emperor Leo, MV Emperor Voyager, MV Emperor Serenity, MV Keana, MV Emperor Virgo, MV Ari Queen, MV Emperor Explorer, MY Blue Voyager, MV Carpe Diem and MV Carpe Vita offer classic week long diving adventures to the best sites of the nearby atolls. These trips are known as the ‘Best of Maldives’ and follow a flexible itinerary that takes account of local diving conditions. The boats will generally operate in both North and South Male atoll, North and South Ari atoll and include time at Rasdhoo and Vaavu atolls depending on your chosen boat.
For any divers who simply want a classic week long Maldivian dive adventure with the convenience of departing and returning to Male please look for the ‘Best of’, ‘Central atolls’ or ‘Classic’ trips in the ‘Schedules & Prices’ tab.
Liveaboard Itineraries Beyond Male
Recent years have seen access to some remote atolls in the Maldives improve dramatically. Regaldive feature liveaboards that cover these exciting new atolls including Baa, Lhaviyani, Rasdhoo in the north to Meemu, Laamu and Huvadhoo and Addu in the south. These atolls represent the new ‘frontiers’ of diving in the Maldives and lie well beyond traditional tourist maps. Diving in these locations can be challenging with strong drifts and diving in the blue. Liveaboard itineraries to these areas range from 7 to 14 nights and often include a domestic flight.
SOUTH ATOLLS MALDIVES
As liveaboard operators explore further and create new itineraries, so the range of diving adventures increases. The south atolls of the Maldives are renowned for their exhilarating shark encounters and many boats sail to this region operating itineraries for the first few months of the year visiting sites in the Laamu and Huvadhoo atolls as well as Fuvamulah and Addu, the most southerly. Many of the trips offer exploratory dive sites that have been seldom dived. This is challenging and pioneering diving, characterised by waters that are abundant in the marine life one expects from the Maldives. These itineraries are best suited to experienced divers and to join, divers must be Advanced certified with a minimum of 100 logged dives.
Liveaboard itineraries in the southern atolls often begin and end in the region and involve a domestic flight from Male to reach the boat. In addition there are some extended itineraries available which begin or end in Male as the boats move to ensure they are in the best locations throughout the year offering divers the best experiences.
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.
Underwater highlights on most itineraries will include a mix of reef, wreck and channel and drift dives. Expect to dive in warm water and see colourful corals and fish as well as encounters with sharks, manta rays and if you’re lucky, whale shark.
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.
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. Diving in the Maldives is regulated, as such all divers must wear a computer and carry an SMB. At some sites the recommended depth is beyond 18 metres so advanced and/or deep diver certification are required. Maximum depth on any recreational dive is 30 metres.
For anyone travelling as a group of friends, with a dive club or even an extended family there are often group deals available on the liveaboards with free spaces available and special deals for full charters. Ask the team for further details.
If you're looking for a small group diving experience but not on a liveaboard, we have a very special trip idea.Get the liveaboard experience from land with our new small group trip - Maldives Whale Shark Extravaganza. Staying at the Boutique Resort, it's the perfect base for diving with manta rays and whale sharks.
Alternatively, our Maldives Manta Ray Extravaganza is a 10 night liveaboard safari. Dive the northern atolls and snorkel in Hanifaru Bay amongst the mantas during their annual aggregation. This exclusive adventure is expert led by marine conservationist and cameraman Danny Copeland.
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.