Carpe Diem Maldives introduces Learn to Dive cruises

Carpe Diem Maldives has introduced special cruises to learn diving, allowing travellers to the Maldives in 2018 to combine their PADI Open Water Diver certification with a week-long cruise onboard a luxury liveaboard.

For one week in July and a week in August, a seven-day cruise on Carpe Vita will be dedicated to 20 adventurous travellers looking to obtain their PADI Open Water Diver certification. Starting in capital Male and ending in the central Baa atoll, guests will experience the beauty of coral reefs and a myriad of fish starting from just three metres beneath the surface.

“With a destination that is surrounded 99 percent by water, Carpe Diem Maldives believes any traveller to the region should be in, on, or under the ocean to truly appreciate it’s beauty. Spending a week exploring different lagoons and reefs on board an award-winning luxury liveaboard cruise, complete novice scuba divers can now do this in style with Carpe Diem Maldives,” an announcement by the company read.

Dive equipment on Carpe Vita dive dhoni. PHOTO/ CARPE DIEM

The Learn to Dive cruise weeks begin with shallow and calm lagoon dives. With the fundamentals of diving firmly mastered, four open water dives on beautiful coral bedecked reefs will complete the certification.

Under the guidance of Carpe Diem’s expert Maldivian dive instructors, guests will learn the PADI Open Water theory in the briefing room on board Carpe Vita luxury cruise. Equipped with the latest dive gear, guests then step onto a dive dhoni for their first plunge into lagoon waters.

With increased confidence and applied theory, divers return to the main cruise vessel after each dive to enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner on the upper deck. Around a long table, mealtimes quickly become an enthusiastic exchange of underwater observations and shared experiences.

“By the end of the week, novice divers will be confidently enjoying the mesmerising underwater world at 20 metres below the surface. Each of these special trips will also include a snorkelling visit to the region’s annual manta ray migration in Hanifaru Bay, Baa Atoll, a UNESCO protected marine biosphere area,” the announcement read.

A shallow reef in the Maldives. PHOTO/ CARPE DIEM

The two Learn To Dive cruises on Carpe Vita will run July 1-8, 2018 and August 26-September 2, 2018. Priced from USD 2,363 for the week, the package includes:

  • Seven nights on board Carpe Vita
  • Three meals daily, plus between-dive snacks
  • PADI Open Water theory and practical training as well as certification
  • Three dives daily (except for on day of arrival and day before departure)
  • Use of tanks, weights and belts
  • Dive mask, fins, dive computer and buoyancy control device
  • Drinking water, tea and coffee

Participants of the Learn To Dive cruises can also combine their cruise with a resort stay in Raa atoll at the new Carpe Diem Beach Resort and Spa, opening July 2018. For cruise guests staying at the resort, three complimentary dives are included in the full-board stay package, making it the perfect opportunity to practice those certified dive skills on a thriving house reef.

A Beach Pool Villa at Carpe Diem Resort and Spa, opening July 2018. PHOTO/ CARPE DIEM

Since 2008, the award-winning hospitality group Carpe Diem Maldives has been operating luxury dive and surf liveaboard cruises, sharing the beauty of the Maldivian waters with adventurous travellers. Carpe Diem is the only liveaboard operator in the Maldives to offer diving adventures with a team of all-Maldivian dive masters.

With the expansion into resorts, Carpe Diem Maldives becomes the only hospitality brand in the country to offer year-round liveaboard cruises that can be combined with a resort stay.

The Maldives is continuously rated as one of the top diving destinations in the world by international dive publications and awards. Made up of 26 coral atolls and crossing the equator, roughly 1,200 islands are home to some of the most beautiful, thriving reefs of rare and common coral, attracting every kind of marine life.

Known internationally as one of the world’s best scuba diving destinations, the Maldives has an abundance of dive sites with one thrilling dive opportunity after another. The islands of the Maldives have consistently warm waters with outstanding visibility throughout the year, and consist of exhilarating dive sites such as vibrant thilas, exciting channels, coral-filled overhangs and fascinating wrecks.

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