Carpe Vita Explorer


The M/V Carpe Vita Explorer, began service in February 2011 and is a very exciting and luxurious addition to the Explorer Ventures Fleet! This new 20-passenger, 125 foot wooden-hull safari yacht, along with her 65-foot custom matching dhoni, was built by one of the Maldives’ most accomplished boat builders. It provides guests with an exceptional and luxurious yachting experience, large, hotel-style staterooms, Jacuzzi and unmatched open-air comfort!


When you board the vessel you’ll be on the main deck where you’ll find an indoor salon/restaurant that includes a lounge and TV area. This inviting area features a large flat screen TV, DVD/MP3 player, sound system, sitting/library area including a buffet table and refrigerators. Just forward of the salon area there is an outdoor shaded sitting area complete with comfortable cushioned benches. This is a peaceful place where you sip your afternoon tea while the vessel is cruising and take in the beautiful colors of the Indian Ocean. The main deck also includes a galley equipped with spacious commercial refrigerators/freezers, the office, common restroom, dive equipment rental/storage area and the swim platform at the back of the main deck (with two fresh water showers). There is also a specialized camera tablein the outdoor area and a power charging station at the entrance. Staterooms 3&4 are found on this deck as well.

All 10 cabins offer a private bath and shower, separately controlled air-conditioning and plenty of storage space. The 2 upper deck cabins are very large with a king bed or a double beds and study area; the 2 main deck cabins can accomodate 2 individual with 2 double beds or a couple in 1 queen; the 6 lower deck cabins offer a queen bed and a twin bed.


Aboard the Carpe Vita Explorer evening meals and lunches usually consist of vegetables, rice, pasta, soup, chicken, beef or fish with occasional local specialties offered as additional options. Breakfast is the usual fare of eggs, beef bacon, pancakes, French toast, potatoes, cereal and fresh fruits.

Sample Itinerary:

Days aboard Carpe Vita Explorer generally involve a cold breakfast from 6:00 AM followed by a first morning dive, full breakfast, second morning dive, lunch around 12:00 PM, two afternoon dives and dinner at 6:30 or 7:00 PM. On the day or days when night dives are offered, dinner is typically around 8:00 PM.

11 day Itinerary November-April, North & South Male & Ari Atolls

  • Sunday: Male- Guests board vessel around 3 PM; Captain’s briefing, document check; check out dive. Approximately 1-1/2 hour crossing from port to North Male
  • Monday: North Male, 1 dive; North Ari, 3 dives. Approximately 3 hour crossing from North Male to North Ari and approximately a 2 hour crossing time between site in North Ari. Night spent anchored.
  • Tuesday – Wednesday: Nort Ari, 4 dives daily. Night spent anchored.
  • Thursday: North Ari, 1 dive; South Ari, 3 dives. Night spent anchored.
  • Friday – Saturday: South Ari, 4 dives. Nighttime crossing to Vaavu, approximately 3 1/2 hour (as weather permits).
  • Sunday: Vaavu, 4 dives.
  • Monday: Vaavu, 3 dives; South Male, 1 dive. Approximately 2 1/2 hour crossing from Vaavu to South Male after third dive.
  • Tuesday: South Male, 1 dive. May have additional dives based on guest flight schedules and the 24 hour requirement before flying.
  • Wednesday: Depart the vessel by 8 AM. Due to the necessity of readying the vessel for their next cruise, they must strictly enforce the 8 AM departure.

The Diving:

Your underwater adventures in the Maldives will encompass sea mounts filled with marine life species found few other places.

All dives in the Maldives are less than 100 feet in depth. A number of the dives are on sea mounts which rise from a bottom to a coral-encrusted, somewhat flat top which is usually between 10 and 50 feet. ┬áThe Maldives are also known for the big animals. Whale sharks, mantas, and dolphins are often seen and sea turtles are seen on almost every dive. The dive guides are very good at finding rare creatures like blue ribbon eels, frog fish and scorpion fish. Wreck dives and very exciting channel dives are also offered during the week. The channel dives are in a current where divers “fly” over the reef as the tide goes through a channel, a truly exhilarating experience!



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