Carpe Diem Maldives voted amongst world’s top 10 dive liveaboards

Carpe Diem Maldives’ fleet has been recognised as one of the best dive liveaboards in the world by readers of DIVE Magazine UK for the second year running.

At this year’s DEMA dive travel fair in the US, Dive Magazine announced the Top 10 Dive Liveaboards in the World 2018. All three liveaboard vessels in the Carpe Diem Cruises fleet were shortlisted in the final 25, with the first boat, Carpe Diem being placed highest in sixth place.

The awards are endorsed by readers and general public voting, and as the only Maldives liveaboard operator to receive the accolade for two consecutive years, Carpe Diem Cruises has become known as the ‘must-go-to’ dive safari operator for any novice or serious diver planning on visiting the Maldives.

Award-Winning Luxury Diving

Since 2008, Carpe Diem Maldives has been growing to create dive and surf experiences with the mission of experiencing the excitement and anticipation of the Maldivian waters. From the first boat, Carpe Diem, the fleet has grown to become a collection of three luxury liveaboard dive and surf cruises, serviced by three teams of passionately dedicated crew. Carpe Diem Cruises are the only liveaboard operator in the Maldives to offer diving adventures with all-Maldivian Dive Masters.

“When we began our dive safaris with the Carpe Diem vessel in 2008, this sector of tourism was still quite young and undeveloped in this destination. I am delighted that our boats have been acknowledged with this global award for two consecutive years, giving recognition also to the local boat building industry. Carpe Diem, Carpe Vita and Carpe Novo were all designed and built at our shipyard on Innamaadhoo in Raa atoll, with the specific intention of catering to the growing diving and surfing tourism sectors,” says Amir Mansoor, Managing Director of Carpe Diem Maldives.

Diving with Top Class Service

The company name is Latin for “Seize the day” and for Carpe Diem Cruises it is with the intention of experiencing the thrill and natural beauty of diving underwater in one of the world’s best scuba diving destinations. Year round, the Maldives has an abundance of dive sites with one inspiring dive encounter after another.

For travellers who are on a mission to live life to the full, seek the exceptional, thrive in the new, and in equal measure, enjoy the comforts of a little luxury while you discover everything this Indian Ocean destination has to offer, then Carpe Diem Cruises offers this in abundance.

With the native knowledge of Carpe Diem Cruises’ local dive masters and guides, guests immerse themselves in beautiful shoals of butterflyfish and oriental sweetlips, drift into the deep blue with white tips, hammerheads, manta rays and whale sharks, ride the currents along coral-filled overhangs with eagle rays, napoleon wrasse and blue marlin, or spot an octopus amidst the rocks.

Agnes van Linden, Assistant Managing Director of Carpe Diem Maldives, has overseen and developed Carpe Diem Cruises over the last 10 years: “From the very beginning, we believed great scuba diving, wave surfing and tailor made trips needn’t cost a fortune and should always be respectful of our natural environment. The friendly service and expertise of our crew is a key reason why our guests return time and again for another adventure-filled cruise. With the rise of surfing tourism to the Maldives, in 2019 we have added four dedicated surf safari weeks catering to this growing interest from independent travellers. In those weeks, the guide will also be an experienced Maldivian surfer who knows the breaks and shares his local knowledge.”

Each of the three vessels has 10-12 cabins, cater for a 20-22 guests, who can also enjoy the time onboard snorkelling, paddle boarding or simply relaxing on the top deck when not diving. Each cruise is a PADI certified dive centre and offers diving courses from novice to advanced and specialty skills. Offering year-round cruises, the itineraries cover central atolls, routes to the south and crossing the equator, as well as to the north where lesser known dives sites offer unique encounters with the underwater world.

Established in 2008, Carpe Diem Maldives showcases a fleet of luxury liveaboard cruises and is currently expanding its operations in the Maldives with a new 115-room pool villa resort in the northern Raa atoll.

Carpe Diem is renowned for delivering a sense of discovery, adventure and always with expertise that enriches our guests knowledge and time with us. The Carpe Diem name has built significant brand recognition within the top echelons of the travel industry for diving & leisure, and the current portfolio includes 3 high end liveaboard cruises, each catering 20 guests at a time. With the expansion into resorts, Carpe Diem is one of the most unique and only hospitality brand in the Maldives to offer year-round liveaboard cruises and resort stays.

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