Carpe Vita, Maldives

Excellent food and drinks

“There were no highlights. We saw 2 Manta, 3 eagle rays, no sharks . Granted we ran into bad weather but there are real issues on …”

Kathleen W, United States United States
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  • Year-round 7 and 10-night dive cruises in the Maldives
  • Meals prepared by a fine-dining chef
  • 2 VIP spacious suites with California King bed and ocean views

The MV Carpe Vita, a sister ship to the Carpe Diem and Carpe Novo liveaboards, is a luxury yacht offering year-round diving in the Maldives. There are 10 comfortable cabins spread over 3 decks, each with private bathroom facilities, individually controlled AC, storage space, safety deposit boxes, and a desk and chair. On the lower deck are 6 standard cabins, which have one queen-size bed and a super single bed, the main deck has two superior cabins, which have king-size beds, which can be separated into two super single beds and ocean views. The upper deck has 2 VIP spacious suites with a California King bed and ocean views.

Social areas aboard the Carpe Vita liveaboard include the air-conditioned salon and lounge, equipped with a flat-screen TV and entertainment system. Meals are prepared by a fine-dining chef and served semi-buffet style at the back of the boat's open-air dining and bar area. There are 3 partially shaded sun decks with comfortable loungers where guests can soak up the sun and enjoy the sea breeze.

Carpe Vita dive itineraries explore some of the best dive sites in the Maldives. Cruises are seven to ten nights long, and divers can see everything from pelagics like mantas, sharks, and whale sharks to tiny shrimps, nudibranchs, and ghost pipefish. Diving takes place from the accompanying dive dhoni (boat), and free Nitrox is 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, Deck Towels.

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

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

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Boat features

  • Laundry Service
  • Camera Station
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Audio & video entertainment
  • Library
  • TV in cabins
  • 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
  • Separate Rinse for u/w Camera
  • Leisure Deck
  • Bar
  • Available for Charter

Food & Drinks

  • Western Food
  • Local Food
  • Vegetarian Options
  • Buffet style
  • Beer available
  • Snacks All Day
  • Free Wine w/Dinner
  • Fine Wines Selection
  • Wine Available
  • Beach BBQ
  • 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
  • Rinse Hoses
  • Dive deck
  • Tenders for diving
  • 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

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Boat Specifications

  • Year built 2011
  • Length 127 feet
  • Beam 34 feet
  • Engines Doosan Daewood Marine Diesel
  • Max guests 20
  • Number of cabins 10
  • Number of bathrooms 13
  • Tenders 1 Dhoni
  • Water capacity 10 tons
  • Fuel capacity 2 x 6 tons
  • Freshwater maker 25 tons per day

Boat Navigation and Safety

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

Carpe Vita Reviews

  • 9.2 Superb
  1. Vessel
  2. Crew
  3. Food
  4. Diving
  5. Value
  • 4.8 Review score
  • Kathleen W
  • United States United States
Completely forgettable trip to the Maldives

There were no highlights. We saw 2 Manta, 3 eagle rays, no sharks . Granted we ran into bad weather but there are real issues on this boat. The Captain completely ignored the passengers and requests we submitted were not addressed. We were "supposed" to get night dives and a beach excursion...neither of those happened.. We asked the crew -- their response was "depends on the weather" but they never came back to us and explained why they were not going to do those axtivities. We were on this boat for 10 days and we did have good weather on some days The crew did not interact with the guests. I gave diving 2 stars as the viz was horrible. While my guide did his best all of the guests had questions about some of site selections. the dive guides checked the conditions at the start of each dive ..and then came back and had us jump in to 5 -10 ft viz instead of finding a new spot on a couple of occassions All of the 'guests' were kind and courteous but on our last night when we settled our bills/ tipped the crew the captain did not even acknowledge us /say thank you as he left the boat to go into town Worst liveaboard i have ever been on ..and have been on several

Recommended for
The food was good
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • John M
  • United States United States

Staff, Dives and Boat exceeded all my expectations!

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Dive Service Quality, Value and Accomodations
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Grant G
  • United States United States
Amazing boat and food - manta dives the highlight!

The trip was great! This was our fourth liveaboard and this boat/the cabins were the most spacious yet :) Amazing food and many options on board for all types of eaters! This was the “Best of the Maldives” tour that visited several atolls and points of interest :)

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Manga night dive on Christmas, Christmas buffet on board the boat, Pinnacle morning dives
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Allen S
  • United States United States
Unforgetable experience in the Maldives

Great dive sites where we were fortunate enough to see just about everything we hoped for, including an unforgettable night feed of manta rays. They split us into three groups, each with a local dive guide. Most brought their own scuba equipment, but the crew was able to assist with equipment malfunctions and other needed items for the trip. Small touches the crew did were very appreciated - including helping us celebrate Christmas with a special dinner and a great beach BBQ. I would definitely recommend!

Recommended for
Dive sites, little touches the crew did, comfort of the boat
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Graeme W
  • France France
Fantastic week with unforgettable dives.

Nurse sharks at Vaavu. Night dive with mantas. Huge variety of marine life from sharks, rays, turtles to ghost pipe fish, sea moth and leaf fish.

Recommended for
Great boats for living and diving. Very friendly crew looking after us. Huge variety of dives.
  • 10 Exceptional
  • James G
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
Fantastic experience - itinerary, boat, food!

We very much enjoyed the Carpe Vita. The crew was fantastic - great divemasters, friendly team, and an excellent chef. The diving exceeded our expectations - multiple manta sites, a huge variety (and quantity) of sharks, a whale shark (on snorkel). Great reefs and excellent diving overall. The crew was friendly and helpful. Hats off to the chef and team for an impressive array of food at each meal. I'd highly recommend.

Recommended for
Great route with a mix of reefs and life; boat layout was comfortable and worked well for diving; excellent food
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Thomas A
  • Germany Germany
Great boat, awesome crew, amazing dives

We were really lucky with all guest, everyone gelled and we had a great time on the boat together. The rooms are spacious and especially the bathroom really big compared to other liveaboards we‘ve been on - aircon works well and the beds are comfy. The crew were all super nice and made sure we were well looked after, everything runs like clockwork. The meals were fantastic, lots of choice, so much fresh fruit, vegetables, salads, meat options. Beach dinner and Christmas dinner were incredible, they pulled out all the stops. Little tip, the bottle of 25$ Merlot is delicious 😋 Diving was also great, really well organised, make sure you get a proper check dive with weights as they just skipped that… other than that, amazing - so many sharks, mantas anf turtles on this trip.

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Comfort, space, food
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Chris P
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
Excellent diving holiday on a great boat

The dive guides were great both in the briefings and underwater. The boat was very relaxed and friendly. The only minor issue was around the times we were told to be ready to embark as we could have taken easier and cheaper flights but were told to be at Male airport by 12pm (the boat did not actually leave port until the following morning so double check and question the timings!).

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The dive sites were great, the crew really helpful and the food amazing.
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Florence M
  • France France
Excellent boat and crew for a fantastic cruise

Diving with Manta rays and sharks was fantastic. The meals were really great with variety and excellent choice. Bathroom of cabin #2 could do with a little renovation

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Excellent food, wonderfull dives and allways nice and helpfull crew !
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Nicholas S
  • Australia Australia
Unbelievably good

Seeing Mantas and Whale Sharks eating plankton from the back of the boat. The staff are wonderful. Food is amazing.. best so far on the 8 Liveaboards completed. Great mix of nationalities and ages of my fellow divers. The boat is a bit dated now but everything works well and the cabins and en-suites are the biggest I have seen on any boat. This is truly great value for money. I liked that we weren’t charged for Nitrox and this was used by everyone on every dive. You can do the course on the trip if not already certified whilst using it to enjoy the diving. Very varied dive sites, never repeated unless by the guests request. Such a helpful and informative crew. Don’t hesitate to book with this company. Carpe Diem is their oldest boat, then Carte Vita ( my experience) and now the Carpe Nova, their latest addition. Choose your route rather than the boat as they are all very well reviewed.

Recommended for
The staff, the diving and my companions