Carpe Diem Liveaboard, Maldives

Excellent food and drinks

“This was one of the best weeks of my diving life. Ticked every box: Mantas, Whale Shark,, Guitar Shark, Tiger Shark, and thriving…”

David W, New Zealand New Zealand
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  • Highly trained and dedicated staff
  • Meals prepared by a fine-dining chef in an open-air dining terrace
  • Year-round diving covering all areas of the Maldives

The Carpe Diem liveaboard is well-known for having a focus on superior service and quality. There are 10 cabins onboard spread over 3 decks with the choice of cabin standards, each with en-suite bathrooms and AC. On the lower deck are 6 standard cabins, 4 of which have 2 single beds which can be converted to doubles and the other 2 each have one single bed and one semi bunk bed. On the main deck are two double cabins with queen size beds and the upper deck has 1 deluxe cabin with a queen bed and 1 suite with a king bed. All main and upper deck cabins feature a smart TV and stunning sea views. Social areas are spread out over 3 decks and encompass an indoor salon, outdoor terrace and dining area, and sundeck with comfortable loungers.

Dive itineraries aboard the MV Carpe Diem liveaboard are 7 or 10-nights long and explore some of the best dive sites in the Maldives, including Kudarah Thila, Manta Point, Maaya Thila, Fish Head, and Machafushi wreck. Get up close with mantas, whale sharks, nurse sharks, reef sharks, turtles, and huge schools of fish in the stunning Indian Ocean. The incredibly experienced dive crew is on hand to ensure the perfect Maldives liveaboard experience. Diving takes place from the dedicated diving Dhoni, where there is plenty of room for gear storage, rinsing, and kitting up. Free nitrox is also available for those certified.

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Included: VAT, Fuel Surcharge, Gratuities, Airport Transfer, Drinking Water, Tea & Coffee, Full-Board Meal Plan (All meals), Snacks, Diving Package, Nitrox, Snorkel Gear, Cabin Towels.

Required Extras: Environment Tax (6 USD per day).

Optional Extras: Local Flights, Alcoholic Beverages, Soft drinks, Nitrox Course (200 USD), Rental Gear, Scuba Diving Courses (130-700 USD), Stand Up Paddleboard (25 USD per day), WiFi internet (40 USD per item).

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Boat features

  • Daily housekeeping
  • Audio & video entertainment
  • Library
  • Air Conditioned saloon
  • Aircon Cabins
  • Sun Deck
  • Indoor Saloon
  • Non-Diver (Snorkeler) Friendly
  • Warm Water Showers
  • Outdoor Dining
  • Custom built for diving
  • Charging stations
  • En-Suite bathrooms
  • Paid Internet
  • Outside Showers
  • Seaview Cabins
  • Separate Rinse for u/w Camera
  • Leisure Deck
  • Bar
  • BBQ Area
  • Available for Charter

Food & Drinks

  • Western Food
  • Local Food
  • Vegetarian Options
  • Buffet style
  • Beer available
  • Snacks All Day
  • Fine Wines Selection
  • Wine Available
  • Full-board Option
  • Al Fresco Dining

If you have any specific dietary requirements whilst on-board your cruise, you can add this to your special requests on step 2 of the booking form. We advise limiting these requests to religious beliefs or food allergies.


  • DIN Adaptors
  • Nitrox available
  • Dive deck
  • Tenders for diving
  • Shaded Diving Area
  • Free Nitrox

The crew speaks English.

Gear Rental

There is diving gear available on this boat. Please provide your rental needs on the booking form. See below for further details on inclusions and pricing. Show prices.

Drawings & Vessel Layouts

#deckplan floorplan

Boat Specifications

  • Year built 2008
  • Length 35 meters
  • Beam 10 meters
  • Engines Doosan Daewoo Diesel 650HP
  • Max guests 20
  • Number of cabins 10
  • Number of bathrooms 13
  • Tenders Dive Dhoni
  • Water capacity 5'000 liters
  • Fuel capacity 7'000 liters
  • Freshwater maker 16'000 liters per day

Boat Navigation and Safety

  • Radar
  • Depth Sounder
  • GPS
  • Radio VHF/DSC/SSB
  • Life Vests
  • Fire Alarm & Fire Extinguishers
  • Oxygen
  • First Aid Kits
  • Bilge pump alarm
  • Crew trained in first aid

Carpe Diem Reviews

  • 8.9 Fabulous
  1. Vessel
  2. Crew
  3. Food
  4. Diving
  5. Value
  • 10 Exceptional
  • David W
  • New Zealand New Zealand
Best liveaboard yet

This was one of the best weeks of my diving life. Ticked every box: Mantas, Whale Shark,, Guitar Shark, Tiger Shark, and thriving coral reefs to drift past. Little congested on some of the dives, very congested on a few. Maildives is exploding as a dive destination...would be nice if some planning between the boats could at least stagger things a little. Overall highly recommend never the less.

Recommended for
Awesome diving. Delicious food. Comfortable cabin
  • 9.2 Superb
  • China China
Wonderful diving experiences,Nice crew, Delicious food,

Whale shark,tiger shark, Thresher shark

Recommended for
crew, food,dive
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Zelda K
  • Hong Kong Hong Kong
Nice week spent on the boat

The dive guides are very funny and tried to make our dives enjoyable as far as possible. It’s thrilling that we could get very close encounters with manta rays and sharks. Other crew staff are very friendly and always there to offer help when needed.

Recommended for
Friendly dive guides and crew, spacious boat, great encounters
  • 8.4 Very good
  • Michael C
  • Norway Norway
Great diving with whale sharks, manta's and sharks

Whale sharks, manta's and sharks

Recommended for
Whale sharks, manta's and sharks
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Kyoungtae S
  • South Korea South Korea
Awesome ~~~!!!!!

Manta Ray ~!!!!!!!

Recommended for
Friendliness!, Food ! Value for money !
  • 7.6 Good
  • Heinz K
  • Australia Australia
Terrific staff and service, some disappointment neverthesess.

Highlights - see above. Not the fault of Carpe Diem, but there is quite a dicrepancey between the way the Maldives advertise themselves a a prime scuba diving location and what actually exists in terms of good and healthy coral reefs. Not having been to the Maldives for a couple of decades, the damages of coral bleaching and other environment factors is quite evident, We had some very good dives nonetheless and were lucky to have such a nice groups of fellow travellers. The Manta rays were a definite highlight, and the effort by the crew to present us with opportunities to encounter whale sharks was very much appreciated. The boat itself is OK and fit for purpose. The diving set-up in the dhoni works well. The Carpe Diem vessel itself is starting to look a bit old and tired. Our so-called top of the range deluxe cabin was not what we expected - broken blinds, rattling doors which need to be jammed so they don't wake you uo at the slightest movement of waves. But, all in all, as stated above - it is the staff whose friendly and helpful disposition and willingness to go the extra mile really made a difference.

Recommended for
The Carpe Diem staff are second to none. The cook is excellent, especially if one likes traditional local food (curries etc). Some dive sites were exciting, especially the large number of Mantas.
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Helena D
  • Switzerland Switzerland
Very nice diving holidays

We spent one week on board of Carpe Diem. The boat is usually occupied by 22 divers and we were only 13 so there was more than enough space on the boat. Our main deck cabin was small yet very nice. The food was amazing. The bartender Shawn prepares delicious cocktails. The sundeck is large with several sunbeds. Diving was average for the region and the dives were not very demanding. There are in average 3 dives a day: around 7 am, 10 am and afternoon. Only one dive was with some stronger current. The entire boat crew is really wonderful: professional, dive guides know the area, attentive and very nice. We have spent a really nice diving holiday.

Recommended for
Comfortable boat, amazing food and excellent service
  • 10 Exceptional
  • China China
Astonishing trip with many sharks and mantas

Very good arrangement of the whole dive trip, professional and patient briefing before every dive. Nice crew can take care every scope so that we can fully into diving. Delicious foods can help us recovery quickly after each diving. Memorable experience when night diving and attract manta with torch. Make many new friends from different countries.

Recommended for
Undersea view, Nice crew, Delicious food
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Simon Š
  • Slovenia Slovenia
My favourite liveaboard

In the first 2 days of diving, we had seen more than we could have hoped for in the entire week! Every dive was fantastic. The whole trip was amazing due to friendly, helpful and extremely knowledgeable crew. It is by far my favourite liveaboard and I cannot recommend them enough.

Recommended for
Amazing dives due to the best crew and fantastic food.
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Manuel R
  • Germany Germany
All in for the best dives

The guides were all in and going out of their ways for maximising the chances to interact with pelagics. Unfortunately, we did not get to Hanifaru Bay even though we went during manta season and for full moon when they are active, but the weather was supposed to turn bad during these days so the trip route was switched around. But safety prevails and we did see many mantas, whalesharks, grey reefs, guitars and other reef sharks. Would do it again definitely. Next time the Deep South tour with Carpe Diem.

Recommended for
Guides, focus on underwater experiences at the right times with the right currents to maximise pelagic interactions