Carpe Vita, Maldives



  • 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, 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 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 an open-air dining and bar area located at the back of the boat. There are 3 partially shaded sun decks with comfortable loungers where guests can soak up the sun and enjoy the sea breeze. There is also a hot tub on board.

Carpe Vita dive itineraries explore some of the best dive sites in the Maldives. Cruises are seven to ten nights long and divers will have the chance to 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 and free Nitrox is available for those certified.

Call us or book online today to reserve your space aboard the Carpe Diem liveaboard.

Extra safety measures and procedures have been put into place to ensure the safety of all guests on board. Hand sanitizing stations will be provided in all public spaces.

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Included: VAT, Airport Transfer, Drinking Water, Tea & Coffee, Full-Board Meal Plan (All meals), Snacks, Diving Package, Nitrox, Fishing, Land Excursions, Snorkel Gear, Snorkeling Guide, Cabin Towels, Deck Towels.

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

Optional Extras: Gratuities (75-100 USD per trip), Hotel Transfer, Local Flights, Alcoholic Beverages, Soft drinks, Nitrox Course (180 USD), Rental Gear, Scuba Diving Courses (60-550 USD), WiFi internet (25-30 USD per item).

Book now, pay later: You can easily place your booking online. We will then hold the spaces for you and you can confirm with a payment later.

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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
  • Jacuzzi / Hot Tub
  • Fishing

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
  • 54 Verified Reviews
  1. Vessel
  2. Crew
  3. Food
  4. Diving
  5. Value
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Michael W
  • United States United States

Everything about the CV was terrific: the dive sites were fabulous - sharks, rays, fish species that I've never seen before. The food was great; the ship was comfortable, and the crew members, especially the dive team, went out of their way to assure a perfect experience. There was never a question that safety was paramount, the dive team made sure of that. July may not be the ideal time of year for the Maldives, but it didn't matter - the experience was superb.

Recommended for
The crew, the dive sites, the other divers
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Vincent T
  • United States United States
My diving experience in Maldives with Carpe Vita was the most amazing dive trip ever!

The highlights of my trip were the fabulous diving that included seeing a whale shark, a nice comfortable trip in a great cabin, eating wonderful food, and meeting new friends.

Recommended for
The most amazing things on this liveaboard was the amazing diving with awesome guides, the large, spacious yacht, and the large variety of food.
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Mingyu W
  • United States United States
Comfortable boat and beautiful dives

Lots of nurse sharks, white tip sharks, grey reef sharks, Mantas, sting rays, turtles. Very beautiful reefs and the guides we had are really very very helpful. They really stretched so much to make sure we had great diving experience. Greatly appreciate their help. The boat is really nice and comfortable. Food is about average, no complaints though. Overall the company Carpe Diem has done a great job to make sure everybody gets a great experience on their boats. I am really happy I had the opportunity to experience Maldives with them.

Recommended for
Very friendly crew, beautiful dive sites, very relaxed trip
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Yelena D
  • United States United States
Terrific Escape From the World!

Obviously strange to vacation during covid times, but the crew was exemplary on all fronts. The boat was immaculate and every effort was made to ensure our comfort and safety. Looking forward to traveling with them again!

Recommended for
Comfort of boat, staff, food
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Brian M
  • United States United States
Life-changing experience--simply fantastic

Surrounded by mantas, sunset shark dive, the abundance of fish at Fish Head, and the fun, helpful and attentive crew. Simply amazing all around.

Recommended for
Amazing diving, great food, fun crew
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Jaye P
  • United States United States
Another great scuba trip with Carpe Vita

Crew and their service; weather

Recommended for
Service, accommodations/comfort, safety
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Rika P
  • United States United States
A great dive trip

Whale Sharks & Mantas

Recommended for
Buffet meals, Cabin, friendliness of staff.
  • 9.2 Superb
  • David M
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
Great experience and probaly the only way to dive the Maldives and experience the different environments.

Great dive trip but not for those for wanting a laid back time. 21 days in 6 days is a tough but very enjoyable schedule. Only suggestion was that it is focused on the big stuff and the if they dont show, the guides seem unprepared for alternatives on the small stuff.The night dive with the Mantas has to be one of the highlights of my diving experiences.

Recommended for
The quailty of the accomodation, service of all of the staff and professional outfit
  • 10 Exceptional
  • John C
  • Australia Australia
The best Liveaboard

If you are looking for a Liveaboard you should pick Carpe Vita. it is the best Liveaboard I have ever been on. The boat is comfortable, the food was very good and the diving tender you dive off is the best setup I have used. But the thing that makes the Carpe Vita stand out above the rest is the staff. From the time we first sent them an email to the drop off at the airport every thing was perfect, I could not find one thing that they could of done better. The staff on the boat from the captain to the boat boys made our trip into a very relaxing time not a dive boot camp you can get when you do 4 dives a day. They had a perfect mix of professionalism and a relaxed nature and managed to keep to the dive schedule with out any fuss. They are a credit to their company. Probably the best recommendation I could give them is that we will come back no need to try another boat or company. Thanks guys for a wonderful trip

Recommended for
The staff on the boat. The Diving The staff on the boat
  • 8.4 Very good
  • Yuka F
  • Japan Japan
Much space and clean boat

Highlight of diving should be Manta encounter. We met so many manta relaxing close to us. Night divng with Nurseshark is always exciting as well. Unfortunatelly we could not meet Whale shark this time. But only god knows it. The boat has much space than other boats (for both of public space and private cabin), and everyting was kept so clean by organized staffs. I feel it is a kind of tranquil boat, can recommend for older person than younger person who loves party.

Recommended for
Big room, cleaness, and many mantas and nurseshark
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • South Korea South Korea
Everything was good except similar salty food.

seeing mantas and whale shark.

Recommended for
excellant and kind staffs,gentle divers and comfort cabin.
  • 8.0 Very good
  • South Korea South Korea
Everything was good except similar salty food.

Seeing mantas and whale shark.

Recommended for
excellant and kind staffs,gentle divers and comfort cabin.
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Jenny G
  • Switzerland Switzerland
Couldnt have been better

cleaning station of manta rays and the whale shark snorkeling. In general it was very nice organised and the crew did the maximum that we felt good

Recommended for
confort while diving (Concerning material, dive boat and great guides)
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Christina A
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
Absolutely marvellous above and below water.

Swimming with Whalesharks and Mantas.

Recommended for
Crew, accommodation, dive sites
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Tom M
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
Amazing experience

We were incredibly impressed by the setup on this liveaboard. The dive boat is spacious and supports 20 people comfortably. We were part of a dive group of 5 and the smallest on our boat was 4 and most was 6. They have 11.5L, 13.5L tanks (free) and 15L for those who need it at a premium. The gear provided was well maintained. Our standard room was spacious and clean with a good en suite. The communal areas of the boat are also spacious and there was coffee and snacks available at all times. Food was great and they even regularly caught fresh fish off the edge of the boat which was eaten the same day for dinner. This was my first, however, my colleagues said how this would spoil future liveaboards. I definitely recommend this option. For transparency, we got in early and paid around $2100 and found it to be good value for money.

Recommended for
Mantas, Whalesharks and spacious rooms
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • David H
  • Switzerland Switzerland
We had a great time with wonderful dives, great food and friendly staff.

The diving with big marine life and the food on board.

Recommended for
Dive with mantas, sharks and eagle rays. As well as snorkeling with whale sharks. And last but not least great food during the whole trip.
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Marcus J
  • Germany Germany

Diveguides nightdive with nursesharks Some divespots

Recommended for
Guides divespots food
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Jensy H
  • Belgium Belgium
All around recommended

Nightdive, apart from massive amounts of people there were as many sharks. Early morning dives are the best to wake up. Great group atmosphere. Nice cold beer in the evening.

Recommended for
Great service, very clean boat, great food and refreshers
  • 8.0 Very good
  • Jose Felix L
  • Spain Spain
Great dive experience, specially at the Ari & Vaavu. Noth Male is not so interesting, and it is so far by boat

Macro & micro life, some times with strong currents...

Recommended for
Crew & Dive Guides, even the english level is not perfect, they are so professionals to supply the language communication issues. Boat also is very confortable as well the dhoni.
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Florian W
  • Germany Germany
Wonderful experience

Due to COVID there were much less boats and other tourist. One one hand this was great, on the other hand also sad for all people depending on tourism. However, the crew and dive masters made this experience an unforgettable experience for me. As end of September is basically off season and the weather was not so good at the beginning they did their upmost to try showing all guest beautiful dive sites and encounters with big and small stuff. Job very well done! The probably most important staff: Chef and kitchen, were amazing as well. Hope to be again on another cruise with Carpe Vita soon!!

Recommended for
1. Crew/dive masters, 2. free nitrox 3. amenities
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Nabil E
  • Canada Canada
Just Amazing

This trip is really worth it. You do 18 dives and spend a week on the boat all inclusive for a small budget compared to what you get.

Recommended for
Food, Diving and service
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Eiko G
  • Germany Germany
I can absolutely recommend Carpe Vita - just some minor steps to perfection

The trip(s) with Carpe Vita was/were great! Diving was amazing and the crew did a really good job! The boat is not the most modern one, but the crew keeps it nice and clean anytime and the rooms are really spacious for a liveaboard! The food was AMAZING!!! Everyday, every time! Nevertheless it would be great if they would encourage people to save the environment and would feedback people who forget their good manners under water. (We had some divers who touched wale sharks and corals frequently and more than just “accidentally”. It would have been great if the guides would have reminded them to show more respect to the nature.) Also the general boat briefing could have been more informativ and “intense” to avoid any misunderstandings and -ideally- check expectations and maybe adjust the schedule slightly to the visitors interests. Personally, I did hope for some night dives but there were none. (One sunset dive in two weeks) Staff onboard is super proactive, friendly and supportive no matter what problem you might have. All in all it was an amazing time!!! Thank you Carpe Vita Team!

Recommended for
The food is amazing!!! Crew does a great job! Diving was a dream!
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Daniel N
  • Sweden Sweden
Good week in the Deep South Maldives

Diving with tiger sharks in Fuvahmulah. Shark action in the Vilingili channel, including a bull shark. Seeing a marlin in the water while diving.

Recommended for
1. Comfortable boat 2. Small group 3. Quality and variety of meals
  • 10 Exceptional
  • aurelie V
  • France France
Much better than expected

Whale shark, manta rays, beautiful reefs, sharks sharks and sharks.

Recommended for
Confort, dives and atmosphere
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Micha M
  • Israel Israel
Had one of the most amazing experiences in my life

* Night dives with giant Manta Rays * snorkeling with whale sharks * very fun dives with nice strong currents, lots of sharks, small critters, mantas, wrecks and more * divers from all around the world and all ages * very good food! * bottom line - deserves every penny, you won't regret it :)

Recommended for
*Professional staff treats everything you need from A-Z, very good dive guides with vast knowledge of the area, and very good and varied meals
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Ingemar H
  • Sweden Sweden
Amazing trip despite bad weather.

Manta cleaningstation and closeup with a manta. Seeing guitarshark. Other than that, an abundance of fishlife, sharks, rays and great crew

Recommended for
Dives, fishlife and relaxation
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Elke B
  • Switzerland Switzerland
Fantastic long trip

We have never been on a liveaboard for 10night, but would have stayed another 10 without hestitating right away. The boat is very spacious, superclean and with several decks both with shadow and sun. The large dive dhoni is really a plus and it felt never crowded although we were 19 divers (of max 20) split in 3 groups with 3 dive guides. Only negative thing were the huge rental jackets .... never seen such a massive jacket in small. The food was very good. We have never seen such a variety of fruits on any breakfast buffet in resorts. The crew took very good care. It was great to have an excellent creative bar keeper on board who served fantastic cocktails with fresh ingredients from the kitchen at sunset. Many great dives that thrilled even experienced divers with 1000+ dives on board. The long trip is absolutely recommended and we were much more relaxed than after the typical 8 day trips.

Recommended for
Mantas at several dives and at the boat - Night dive with nurse sharks - large Dhoni
  • 8.0 Very good
  • mic D
  • Netherlands Netherlands
enjoy the beautiful maldives from a comfortable boat and make amazing dives

night dive with manta's, snorkeling with whale shark

Recommended for
stay on the boat, dive with doni, everything perfectly prepared by the crew
  • 8.0 Very good
  • Anne M
  • France France
Very comfortable boat and experienced dive guides

The cabins are huge and very comfortable. There's lot of space around the boat, except for the outdoor dining area which is really cramped. Food is fine though breakfast options are rather limited but the fresh fruits were plentiful and delicious. The curries were really yummy. Dessert is fresh fruit and ice cream for lunch. The waiter is a very friendly and kind guy, he worked really hard the whole week, always with a smile. There were three dive guides on board and they did an excellent job underwater. The current was checked every time before we jumped in the water and the area where we jumped well adjusted by the dhoni captain following the dive leader's indications. The dive operation is very safe. They tried really hard to find a whale shark but with no luck : it was not the right monsoon anyway. During our 10-day trip, we hit some really great dive sites full of fish, sometimes with turtles, grey reef sharks, mantas or barracudas. The coral life is not at its best everywhere but there are still some areas well preserved. The amount of fish, on the other hand, is really impressive compared to other dive countries. All in all, another very good trip in the Maldives and for sure, I recommend this boat and hope to come back one day.

Recommended for
Fish life, dive guides, cabins
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Andre H
  • Germany Germany
Perfect trip

All in all it was a perfect trip. A motivated crew, the boat was in good conditions and there are still some good underwater spots on the maledives. Thumps up

Recommended for
Food, Crew, Group
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Andrew B
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
Nov 2021

The fish life (including many sharks) was fabulous. Swimming through huge shoals of fish from tiddlers to barracudas was wonderful. The corals are not looking too healthy, apparently because of a tsunami has recently smashed them up a bit, but there was little evidence of bleaching where we were so it should bounce back. Areas for improvement The dives are very current dependent. On more than one occasion the plan changed after we were down. Better briefing would mean that this is known in advance and is signaled clearly. We only did three dive days. I know that not everyone wants to do four dives a day, but there should be the option. There was only one proper night dive, which I missed because of ear problems.

Recommended for
SO MUCH LIFE! Very comfortable facilities. Having the dhoni so that getting to and from the sites was easy and comfortable.
  • 8.0 Very good
  • Maksim Z
  • Estonia Estonia
Great people, good service, friendly crew - to be repeated!

Swimming with Mantas & Whale Sharks & Christmas on-board 🎄❤️🥂🎁🤩

Recommended for
Whale Sharks, Mantas, Nurse Sharks
  • 6.0 Review score
  • Yida S
  • China China
Average service and food


Recommended for
Diving was good, but guides weren't friendly and a couple of dives were cut short
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Agata P
  • Poland Poland
Outstanding trip; great food, two out of three guides were excellent.

Saw lots of mantas on two different dives. Hooking off and "flying" while watching whitetips in a very strong current.

Recommended for
Helpful crew, unlimited hot water, diversity of marine life.
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Joan O
  • Ireland Ireland
Fab trip, guides were amazing, great chief, wonderful experience

Seeing first sharks, whale sharks, beach bbq, meeting nice people on board and great staff

Recommended for
Staff/guides, chief, dives, beach bbq
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Neville D
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
The set the bar high

As I had never been to the Maldives before this was a great trip, there are so many highlights but I think the best was when we divined with huge manta rays, in the evening we had Whale sharks coming to our boat and I also got to dive with turtles one of my favourite animals.

Recommended for
the dive sites, the food, the weather
  • 8.0 Very good
  • Ella C
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
Great crew, great itinerary however the boat is more than overdue for a refit

Manta rays, sharks, the beach BBQ, food selection, dhoni set up

Recommended for
Manta rays, sharks & excellent weather
  • 10 Exceptional
  • South Korea South Korea

Fantastic liveaboard. the only problem is I may not find any other boat like carpe vita.

Recommended for
food, hospitality and diving operation
Origin: US