With 1,190 islands to choose from, the idyllic waters of the Maldives are the ideal location for an Indian Ocean cruise and island-hopping adventure.
Thanks to its marine location and due to the fact that 99.6% of the Maldives is made up of sea, the destination is a haven for divers. Under the water, snorkellers can explore an island’s surrounding house reef to see a wide range of tropical fish or travel by boat to deeper waters where whale sharks, manta rays, dolphins and hawksbill turtles can be seen. Cruise lovers, divers and swimmers can discover the Maldives’ waters and experience true Maldivian hospitality with Carpe Diem Maldives or indulge in luxury both underwater and onboard at the Scubaspa Floating Resort.
Liveaboards with Carpe Diem Maldives, From £1,313 ($1,665) Per Person
Established in 2008, the MV Carpe Diem boat was completely built out of wood in the Maldives and offers travellers a liveaboard with a personal touch owing to the dedicated crew members, some of which have been with the company for many years. The 35 metre-long motor safari yacht has 10 cabins divided over three decks and is accompanied by a diving boat and a small speedboat. The Carpe Diem has 10 different diving itineraries and caters not only for dedicated SCUBA diving trips with the assistance of an experienced local dive team, but also for surfing trips, fishing trips or tailor-made cruises for exclusive groups. The two slightly larger sister boats, Carpe Vita and Carpe Novo, are also available for bookings.
The Carpe Diem takes full-charter, half-charter and individual booking requests. Diving packages are available for seven or 10 nights, with prices starting at £1,313 ($1,665) per person when travelling from 31st August to 7th September 2019. For further information or to book, visit www.carpediemmaldives.com
Stay at the Floating Resort by Scubaspa, From £1,104 ($1,400) Per Person
The 50 metre-long Scubaspa Ying is a Maldivian dive ship that combines SCUBA diving with luxury spa treatments. Designed for divers who may travel with non-diving partners and guests with a keen interest in spas, Scubaspa’s yachts explore the picture-perfect islands and reefs in the crystal-clear waters of the Indian Ocean. Scuba divers aboard can enjoy dives in various atolls of the Maldives with the yacht’s own fully equipped dive boat serving as a floating dive centre. The 300m2 onboard spa offers more than 20 different treatments and the boat’s restaurant organises outdoor dinners and sunset cocktails.
Scubaspa Ying offers liveaboards all year round, with a variety of cabins and suites available. Guests can choose from four-night or seven-night packages that either focus on diving, spa treatments or a combination of both. Prices in a Sea Star Suite start from £1,104 ($1,400) for select dates until 28th September 2019. Rate is exclusive of 12% goods and services tax and green tax. For further information or to book, visit www.scubaspa.com
For further information on the Maldives, visit www.visitmaldives.com.
Image 1: The MV Carpe Diem, the flagship of Carpe Diem Maldives.
Image 2: Carpe Diem Maldives’ Carpe Vita boat.
Image 3: Aerial View of The Scubaspa Floating Resort.
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