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Divers and snorkellers can enjoy fantastic underwater experiences and marine encounters of the central atolls throughout the year on board the Carpe Diem, a comfortable liveaboard with a highly experienced dive crew.

This 35 metre wooden hulled liveaboard has been cruising the central atolls of the Maldives since 2008. She accommodates up to 20 passengers in ten cabins, spread across three decks. The spacious suite and deluxe cabin are found on the upper deck furnished with a double bed and TV offering fantastic ocean views. Two double cabins are located on the main deck, also featuring a TV and a great ocean view. The lower deck is home to six standard cabins, four of which feature a double bed and bunk, two of which have twin beds; all have a porthole window. All cabins are air-conditioned and have an en-suite shower/bathroom.

On board facilities include a comfortable lounge on the main deck (where the dive briefings occur), an open air dining and bar area at the rear of the upper deck and a partially shaded sun deck at the top of the boat. The majority of the dedicated crew have been working on the boat since its launch, including the local team of three to help with all your diving requirements. The electricity is 220V and plug sockets on board are 3-pin UK style.

The Carpe Diem offers seven and ten night itineraries throughout the year, predominantly to the central atolls, departing Malé on a Saturday. Getting to the boat may include a domestic flight. Up to three dives a day are offered on each itinerary from the custom built dhoni which is accompanied by a smaller dingy for snorkelling excursions. Nitrox is available.

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Dive trips

This liveaboard is featured in the following itineraries:

Best of Maldives Liveaboard

Dedicated departures available!

The Best of Maldives itineraries are a firm favourite amongst divers of all abilities, with a choice of vessels and durations. Highlights include manta cleaning stations, whale shark encounters and mesmerising drift dives.

  • When to go: Jan-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 9 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £1,975 pp
  • Trip type: Liveaboard Group trip

Maldives Dive Safari

Explore world-class dive sites from the comfort of a liveaboard, followed by a few days relaxation in a resort on North Malé Atoll. Highlights include manta ray and whale shark encounters in the central atolls.

  • When to go: Jan-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 13 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £2,795 pp
  • Trip type: Liveaboard trip

Baa & Raa Atolls Liveaboard

Visit these legendary Maldivian atolls by liveaboard between August and October, when they become a playground for feeding manta rays and whale sharks, putting on a spectacular show for visitors at Hanifaru Bay.

  • When to go: Aug-Oct
  • Duration inc. flights: 9 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £3,095 pp
  • Trip type: Liveaboard trip

Southern Maldives Liveaboard

Escape the crowds to the southern Maldives for an exceptional liveaboard experience with an air of discovery and plenty of shark encounters, including grey reef, hammerhead and silky.

  • When to go: Jan-Mar
  • Duration inc. flights: 10 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £2,995 pp
  • Trip type: Liveaboard trip