Comprising Carpe Diem, Carpe Novo and Carpe Vita, these luxury liveaboards offers customised diving in the Maldives. They care about the environment, organising a yearly dive with a purpose trips - cleaning up, monitoring, rescuing, conducting surveys and trying to reduce our footprint. They are also massively reducing their use of plastics.
With twelve years of operation the Carpe Diem fleet has been awarded "Leading Liveaboard Brand" three times by the Maldives Association of Travel Agents & Tour Operators and twice by the Maldives Boating awards.
You can choose 7, 10 or a 14 day trips covering far north and deep south with special whale shark and manta ray trips
The largest and the newest member of the fleet. Twelve cabins can accommodate twenty-two people over three decks. TVs are in every cabin.
Carpe Nova has special facilities to help divers to maintain their photo equipment. There is a separate room with good lights for underwater cameras.
The experienced Sri Lankan chef has been with the company for years. He knows how to make those buffets special, extra tasty and of high standard. He is assisted by a local chef to add some local colour to the menu. The menu covers a wide range of different international cuisines. With prior notice, special dietary requests are catered for as well as any special occasion packages like birthday celebrations and anniversaries.
The Carpe Diem was built in the Maldives fully out of wood by Amir Mansoor, who owns the boat. The boat is accompanied by a diving dhoni (tender) and a small speedboat. The Carpe Diem team speak five languages.
Ten cabins of the yacht welcome 20 divers. You can be sure that you will get comfort on board. The lower deck offers accommodation in one of the six standard cabins. Double cabins are on the main deck, with suites and deluxe rooms located on the upper deck. All they are has air conditioning and private showers. Rooms are lights and spacious .
Outside the lounge area there is another seating area in the shade with comfortable cushions, where you could have your afternoon tea while cruising and taking in the beautiful colours of the Indian Ocean. The main open air dining and bar area is located at the back of the boat where you will be served semi buffet meals prepared by the fine-dining chef.
This video by Daniel French shows you.
Sailing on the Carpe Diem Liveaboard from furthest south of the Maldives back up to Male.
Carpe Vita means "Seize Life". She was built in the Maldives and is 38 metres long. Bigger than the Carpe Diem she caters to a maximum of 20 people with 10 cabins over three decks. Choose from three types of cabin - six standard, two superiors and two VIP.
All cabins have individually controlled AC, safety deposit boxes, life jackets and their own private bathroom with toilet and hot water shower. The electricity voltage on board is of 220V and the plugs are of 3 pins UK type.
The Carpe Vita caters for 7 and 10 night cruises. The cruises normally leave every Sunday unless in the event of 10 night cruises departure days might change.
|Carpe Diem||Carpe Vita||Carpe Novo|
|First boat, launched 2008||Second boat, launched 2011 with roof top jacuzzi||Third boat, launched 2016 with dedicated camera room|
|Caters for 20 people in 10 cabins||Caters for 20 people in 10 cabins||Caters for 22 people in 12 cabins|
|4 cabins for couples, 4 for sharing or couples and 2 for sharing||All cabins for sharing or couples||2 cabins for couples, 2 for sharing, 2 for singles and 6 for sharing or couples|
|35 m long||38 m long||43 m long|
|Free nitrox||Free nitrox||Free nitrox|
You can dive all year. The rainy season is between May and November. The visibility is not as good at this time and there may be strong south-westerly winds. However, during this time fevers of manta rays congregate at Manta Point on Baros and Hanifaru Bay on Baa Atoll. The best vis is from December to April: this is high season and prices tend to be higher. During this time the wind blows from the north-east. The water temperature remains fairly constant throughout the year at an average of around 28 °C. Read More on diving the Maldives.
Rate your Liveaboard
A. Daniel, January 2022
"Great week on a really good liveaboard, plenty of space and comfortable throughout and with excellent food. The crew were very good and the diving great, Mantas, Whale shark and some really beautiful Eagle rays. Plenty of sharks too!"
Bret, USA, December 2017
"We went on the Carpe Novo. This is the newest boat and it was awesome. Great food, great crew. Loved the boat. There is no diving off the boat itself. A smaller dive boat follows the larger and all diving is done from this. It was nice knowing there was a good sized lifeboat at the ready."
Mary Grice, September 2015
I was on a fantastic liveaboard with Carpe Diem and we stopped at North Ari Atoll, . After sitting at 12m watching the manta feed on the plankton in the torchlight for 45 mins, getting hit by their fins and bodies as they came in so close, we snorkelled with them for a while on the surface and then simply sat, mesmerised, at the back of the boat for hours. Amazing. And one of my lifetime dive highlights."