Carpe Diem Maldives announces second marine conservation expedition

Carpe Diem Maldives has announced a second marine conservation expedition in collaboration with Coral Reef CPR.

From September 10 to 17, up to 20 recreational divers can join Coral Reef CPR’s Chief Scientist Dr Andrew Bruckner and his team of researchers as they conduct a Crown of Thorns Starfish (COTS) removal, quantitative reef surveys, and data analysis while staying on board the Carpe Vita liveaboard cruise.

Priced at USD 700 per person for the week, the September trip includes:

  • Seven nights aboard Carpe Vita vessel
  • Three meals daily, plus snacks in between dives
  • Up to four dives daily (except for on the day of arrival and day before departure) including one or two night dives
  • Use of tanks, weights and belts
  • Non-alcoholic beverages
  • Airport transfers on the days of embarkation and disembarkation
  • Evening workshops on marine ecology, coral reef importance, marine life and more
  • On-board marine biologists
  • GST at 12 percent
Coral Reef CPR’s Chief Scientist Dr Andrew Bruckner. PHOTO/ CARPE DIEM

To join September’s second dedicated “Dive with a Purpose” trip with Carpe Diem Maldives and Coral Reef CPR, divers must have an Advanced PADI qualification, excellent buoyancy control and ideally a minimum of 70 dives to assist with COTS removal.

Announcing the second expedition, Carpe Diem Maldives’ Director of Marketing and Operations Agnes Van Linden said his company was thrilled to be part of the crucial marine environment research programme, conducting hands-on conservation to rescue and protect the reefs in the Maldives.

“Our guests, our crew and myself thoroughly enjoy working with Dr Bruckner and his team. His extensive knowledge makes each dive all the more rewarding while at the same time acting on our responsibility to take care of our reefs,” she was quoted as saying, in an statement issued by the company.

The first collaboration between Carpe Diem Maldives and Coral Reef CPR saw a dedicated COTS removal expedition in May, involving 17 recreational divers from nine countries.

In a week, the Carpe Diem vessel collected a total of 900 COTS from 15 reefs in North Male and South Male Atolls. The team was able to remove all of the starfish on 12 of the reefs, while three reefs with larger outbreaks required additional return clean-up efforts to fully eradicate these predatory starfish.

Removing COTs from a reef during the first ‘Dive with a Purpose’ expedition in May. PHOTO/ CARPE DIEM

Expressing appreciation for the opportunity in May, Swedish diver Blomfeldt said, “We really enjoyed the trip, it was something different. The workshop in the evening was interesting and it made the diving even more fun when you learn more about the environment and the fishes and it made us see the reefs in another perspective.”

Established in 2008, Carpe Diem showcases a collection of three luxury liveaboard cruises, each accommodating 20 guests at a time. Carpe Diem is renowned for delivering a sense of discovery and adventure while enriching guests’ knowledge. The Carpe Diem name has built significant brand recognition within the top echelons of the travel industry for diving and leisure.

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