Experience the "Magic of the Maldives" on board a luxury liveaboard over New Year's!
Cruising through the atolls of the Maldives during the peak season, we'll seek out the best diving this amazing archipelago has to offer. Three or four daytime dives (with a night dive offered most nights) are interspersed with a desert island BBQ and cruising through one of the most beautiful island landscapes on the planet.
Our special itinerary ten-night cruise allows us to explore multiple islands in this archipelago you may have always dreamed of visiting. Diving takes place from a large, separate "dhoni", maximizing space on board the M/V Carpe Vita Explorer, as well as keeping it dry. The feel is more like a luxury yacht than a dive boat.
Our planned itinerary includes Ari Atoll, where we usually spot at least one whale shark and multiple mantas. While such encounters are never guaranteed, the possibility of them is part of the "Magic of the Maldives". The topside scenery and schools of beautiful reef fish unique to the Indian Ocean will offer plenty to enchant you, with hope for icing on the cake.
This is your opportunity to explore the Maldives' best diving in the peak season in the company of gay divers and our friends on board a beautiful sailing yacht. Join us to experience Indian Ocean diving in luxury over New Year's!
Our Package Includes:
- 10 nights aboard the M/Y Carpe Vita Explorer in air-conditioned double occupancy staterooms with private bath
- Breakfast, lunch, and dinner, plus morning and afternoon snacks
- Bottled water, soft drinks, tea, coffee, juice as well as two glasses of beer and wine with dinner
- Up to 4 dives a day, including night dives some nights
- Airport transfers on day of cruise arrival and departure
- Tanks, weights and weight belt
Not Included: Airfare, dive gear rental if needed, hard liquor, tips (10% recommended), government taxes and fees (currently $6/night paid on board), any fuel surcharge if in place at time of final balance, Nitrox if desired ($150), internet service on board, final night dinner in town, dive accident insurance (required), and items of a personal nature.
Maldives is a moderate Muslim country. Visitors who drink alcohol will find it available for tourists, but at a higher cost and more limited selection than most diving destinations. No tourist may bring alcohol into the country. Hard liquor and additional beer and wine may only be purchased from the ship's bar, so please plan accordingly if you do care to drink.
If you would like to travel on miles or points, you might find this blog post very helpful: http://thepointsguy.com/2013/11/top-13-ways-to-get-to-the-maldives-using-miles-and-points/
Flights can be booked 330 days in advance, starting in early February 2017.
From North America most travelers will begin travel on December 26. Plan to arrive by 3 pm on December 28. Emirates offers non-stop service to Dubai from San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle, Dallas, Houston, New York and Toronto, with continuing service from Dubai on to Male (MLE), capital of the Maldives. Qatar Airways offers good fares as well from gateways such as Washington-Dulles, Boston, JFK, Montreal and Houston Intercontinental.
For frequent flyers on United Airlines, it's probably worth a call to United reservations to book flights that include Star Alliance partner airlines such as Turkish Airlines or Singapore Airlines.
Singapore Airlines flies to Male through Singapore. If your flight arrives at night, plan to arrive on December 27and stay at the Hulhule Island Hotel next to the airport, or another cheaper hotel on Hulhulemale island.
Oneworld/American Airlines frequent flyers take note: Cathay Pacific now offers connecting service to Male via Hong Kong.
Numerous airlines and charter flights depart from Europe to Male, including British Airways.
We'll depart the vessel at 8 a.m. on Sunday, January 7, 2018. Please schedule your flight home for that morning or plan to book a day room at Hulhule or in Male.
Feel free to contact us for suggestions with air travel and with hotel reservations if arriving early or staying longer.
$1000 deposit to hold space. Second payment of $1000 due at 180 days. Balance due 120 days prior to departure.
How to reserve your space:
We'll place a space on courtesy hold for you and send you a confirmation e-mail.
Complete and return the trip application and waiver from the letter with your deposit by check or credit card.
Make your airline reservations. We're happy to help you find the best flights.