Maldives Deep South Shark Trip - Carpe Vita Liveaboard
February 28 to March 10, 2016
We have the last remaining cabins on a Maldives charter on the Carpe Vita, our favourite ship in the Maldives. First class all the way…! This charter is 11 nights from February 28 to March 10, 2016. Rates on this trip: Main Deck Cabin = $4,549 and Lower Deck = $4,329 USD per person. Fuel surcharge $100 per person, Green Tax $66 per person, Nitrox $200 per person.
This itinerary requires a one-way domestic flight from Addu (GAN) at the end of the trip at an approximate cost of $260 per person.
Male to Addu on the Carpe Vita
Atolls covered: South Male, South Ari, Vaavu, Meemu, Thaa, Laamu, Huvadhoo, Fuvahmulah and Addu
This unique 11 night trip will be starting from Male and end all the way past the equator in Addu. On this 11 night trip South Ari atoll is added. Guests will require a domestic flight back after the trip from Gan (Addu) to Male airport or from Male to Addu to join the trip. The routing is suitable for experienced divers only due to the currents and number of channel dives involved. The routing is focussed on seeing lots of sharks including possible thresher and tiger sharks, hammerheads, whale sharks and mantas plus the possibility of seeing the rare Mola molas (sunfish). The map below gives a tentative overview of the routing, but will be weather depending. Because of the distance that needs to be covered this trip will only provide 3 dives a day instead of the package of 4 normally offered on the Carpe Vita.
Eagle Ray Liveaboard - Maldives BOGO Deal
We have started to book the Eagle Ray liveaboard in the Maldives and have a great BOGO deal to offer. This book one, second diver is 50% OFF is available on four charters this summer. Dates are:
- August Charters: August 16-23 and August 23-30, 2015
- September Charters: August 30 to September 6 and September 6-13, 2015
7 Night BOGO Rates: 1st diver = $1270 USD, 2nd diver = $636 Total $1906 for 2 divers or $953 USD per person…!
The Eagle Ray was built in 2005, and has room for 12 crew members and 18 passengers. Each cabin is 10 feet by 12 feet, and features air conditioning, hot/cold water. The ship also features a full dining hall and bar plus an array of entertainment and navigational features. This includes TV, GPS, library games, and cell phone access. The Eagle Ray is capable of traveling at 10 knots, and is perfect for covering a wide range of diving sites.
Maavahi Liveaboard $2243 USD Per Person
Meemu Atoll - Maldives
21 September to 01 October, 2015
The Maavahi Liveaboard in the Maldives is embarking on a new route to Meemu Atoll. Book this 10 day charter and experience some new and exciting dives sites rarely visited in the Maldives. Your charter will include double or twin cabin accommodations, full board meals, 2-3 dives per day plus a night dive, BBQs and excursions as offered, and 12% tax. Our rate for this trip is $2243 USD per person. Limited availability, book fast.
** SOLD OUT **
Maldives Far North Expedition on the Explorer Ventures Carpe Vita
December 30, 2015 to January 10, 2016 - $4164 per person
The Carpe Vita meaning “Seize Life” was built in the Maldives by Amir Mansoor and started operations in 2011. The charters cater to a maximum of 20 divers with 10 cabins on 3 decks thus providing more space than her sister ship, the Carpe Diem.
Join us on an 11-night new route and itinerary for the Carpe Vita December 30, 2015 to January 10, 2016. This fantastic liveaboard will take you to some new and seldom visited reefs and as yet unexplored dive sites.
Explorer Ventures has come up with a unique routing that nobody else is doing yet, starting and ending in Male to avoid domestic flights needed. However due to the additional distance covered there will be an increased fuel surcharge. Because of the distance we need to cover, the minimum amount of nights needed to do this trip is 11 nights or more. These will be the first trips conducted by us to the far North and even though a lot of sites are known to us there will be some exciting exploration of new sites during the trip as well. The trip will take the guests away from other boat traffic, meaning you will be the only boat on most of the dive sites the further North we go. The North is characterized by beautiful reef formations and abundance of fish life. The trip will have some great shark life as well as manta cleaning station sites and an exciting site with friendly green turtles. By adding Ari atoll and Vaavu atoll at the end you will still have a chance to see the whale shark and do the famous manta and whale shark night dives but more boat traffic there to be expected. The trip will only be able to offer 3 dives a day. Planned trip route is shown on a map below.
North Male – Lhaviyani – Shaviyani – Haa Dhaalu – Noonu – Raa – Baa – Rasdhoo – Ari – Vaavu – South Male
This package includes: 11 nights lower deck accommodations aboard the vessel; 3 meals daily, plus between-dive snacks; 3 dives daily (except for on day of arrival and day before departure) including one or two night dives; use of tanks, weights and belts; non alcoholic beverages and 2 glasses or beer or wine with dinner; airport transfers on the days of embarkation/disembarkation; GST 12%.
$4164 Per Person plus $400 per person fuel surcharge and $6 per day Government Green Fee
Isis Cruiser to the Maldives - Last Minute Sale Dates
Male - Ari - Vaava
Dive Into Happiness
ISIS Cruiser | Diving
From 18 April 2015 to 25 April 2015
From 25 April 2015 to 02 May 2015
From 02 May 2015 to 09 May 2015
USD 1435 per person 07 nights inclusive of 12% TGST
Male' | Ari | Vaavu
Carpe Vita - Maldives - February 22, 2015
Testimonial from one of our Canadian divers.
"Hi Greg..! I loved the boat, I loved journeying south, I get bored of being hooked in watching sharks milling about. It's OK when there's really an amazing show with incredible visibility but day after day of the same thing, meh. Some of the currents were just too strong for me and I was swept away. Not that I particularly minded because it's kind of fun riding a current that's moving faster than a freight train. Heehee"
"What was personally disappointing to me, is when we got to the latter part of some of the dives we'd end up in some of the most beautiful coral gardens, I've seen. But there wasn't time to truly enjoy them because we'd spent so much time looking at a bunch of sharks whilst our bodies flapped off the ledge like flags in the wind. I'd do it all again in a heartbeat but would set things up to ensure more time at the coral gardens."
"In fact, might return with at least one couple if we can arrange our own dm, so as not to be stuck watching sharks! ;) so that said, what kind of deal can you swing for me on the special trip next December 30?"
- Sherryl L, Calgary Canada
Maavahi Liveaboard - Maldives Last Minute Sale
Stay 7 Nights - Pay 5 Nights Save $410 Per Person
14-21 February 2015
We have last minute berths available on the Maavahi diving in Huvadhoo traveling an itinerary from Koodoo to Koodoo. Package includes: Accommodation in Double and Twin Cabins; 2-3 dives per day plus 1 night dive; full board meals; complimentary bottled water, coffee, tea; BBQ's; 12% TGST.
Rate is $205 USD per night per person or $1025 USD for 7 Nights, save $410.
Contact us for limited availability. Dates 14-21 Feb 2015
Isis Cruiser Maldives Liveaboard
Buy One, Get One FREE - Limited Dates
The Isis Cruiser Maldives is offering a great BOGO (buy one, get one FREE) deal on limited dates.
Dates:31 January to 07 February 2015
07 February to 14 February 2015
14 February to 21 February 2015
21 February to 28 February 2015
Nights:7 nights trip each
Route:Male' - Ari Vaavu Male'
Rate:USD $1,435 per person for a week inclusive of 12% TGST
Special offer:BOOK ONE GET ONE FREE! Contact us for availability.Price inclusive of
* Accommodation in a Double & Twin Cabins
* Full Board Accommodation
* Return Airport Transfer
* Complimentary Bottled Drinking Water Throughout the stay
* Complimentary house tea & Coffee.
* BBQ’s / Fishing Trips & other excursions
* Crusing within Male , Ari / Vaavu Atoll
* Airport Meet & Greet Services.
* 12% TGST
- Welcome drink on arrival
- Snorkelling tours (equipment on extra charge)
- Special BBQ dinner on Sand Bank or a virgin Island (land charge may apply as per the island policies)
- Night Fishing trip during stay. ( Line & Weight reef Fishing ) for each weekly cruise
- Sightseeing tour of Male (Capital City)
- Tea & Coffee (machine coffee at extra charge)
- Complimentary Drinking Mineral Water through out stay
- A PADI Certified Dive Master or Instructor ( or both) will guide all Divers on each cruise
- No refunds will be entitled for any unused dives
- If a client wishes to arrange any certification, this should be informed at the time of booking
- Divers must present proof of dive certification and logbook
- If needed any additional dive equipment can be rented from the vessel with prior notice before arrival
- To avoid last minute disappointment we request to advice us rental equipment sizes minimum 10 days before arrival
Maavahi Liveaboard - Maldives
We have some open berths on the Maavahi Liveaboard in the Maldives. 2015 Dates and routes as follows:
1) Dates: 10-17 January Route: Male' - Ari – Vaavu Male' Pax: 4 cabins Rate $1414 USD ppdo
2) Dates: 17-24 January Route: Male' - Ari – Vaavu Male' Pax: 5 cabins Rate: $1414 USD ppdo
3) Dates: 14-21 February Route: Koodoo to Kooddoo , Gaaf Alifu Huvadhoo Atoll Pax: 6 cabins Rate: $1526 USD ppdo
4) Dates: 26 April - 07 May Route: Koodoo to Kooddoo , Gaaf Alifu Huvadhoo Atoll Pax: 6 cabins Rate: $2398 USD ppdo
Contact us for discount pricing on these charters.
North Male Atoll
The North Male Atoll is one of the most developed atolls in terms of hotel and resort development. There are at least 20 resort islands operating in the North Male Atoll. It is also home to some excellent diving spots.
Banana Reef was the first dive site to be discovered in the Maldives continues to be one of the most popular. The dive, which ranges in depth from 5 to 30 meters, has several interesting characteristics including a pinnacle and some overhangs. Coral formations here are prolific and colorful, attracting an extensive variety of fish, including squirrelfish, bannerfish, and oriental sweetlips. Currents can be strong at times around the reef, with occasional turbulence around the overhangs. The use of a safety sausage is recommended.
Kuda Haa is a dramatic pinnacle, or thila, dive, which is widely considered one of the highlights of diving in the Maldives. Diving at Kuda Haa is at its best when the currents are not strong, when it is easy to navigate between the two parts of the pinnacle. Marine life to be expected at Kuda Haa is diverse and plentiful, including many macro species, including nudibranchs, flatworms, leaf fish, and frog fish.
South Male Atoll
The Male Atoll is divided into two sections, the North and South. They are both located on the eastern side of the Maldives. The South Male Atoll is home to a number of tourist resorts and some of the finest scuba diving in the Maldives.
Cocoa Corner (Cocoa Thila)
Cocoa Corner is a dive site that can be explored in several different ways and with the right current and conditions, it’s is the best shark show around Male Atoll. Many dive guides consider crossing from Cocoa Corner to Kandooma Thila. With the right current, divers begin the dive from Cocoa Corner and while maintaining a depth of 25 to 29 metres, they swim across the current while parallel to the edge at 40 metres. This gives a natural reference that divers are maintaining the correct position while crossing to the Thila and divers are not taken too far inside the channel. The Thila lies in the middle of the channel about 15 metres from the channel edge. Here, divers will see schools of grey reef sharks from big mother sharks to newborn babies patrolling the edge of the channel together. Eagle rays and schooling jack fish are also common at the beginning of the Thila. By the time divers reach the Thila, their bottom time should be running out and the best thing to do is to swim to the top of the Thila and continue diving in shallower waters. A safety sausage is a must at Cocoa Corner and divers should be prepared to make an open water safety stop.
Guraidhoo Kandu South
Guraidhoo Kandu South is sometimes also known as Guraidhoo Corner. Currents at Guraidhoo Kandu are strong, making this a dive site appropriate for advanced, experienced divers. Gray reef sharks are common visitors at Guriadhoo Kandu when the currents are incoming, along with several pelagic species and eagle rays. Divers should be very cautious at this dive site, as the currents can pull you away from the reef and there is often underwater turbulence.