Dive Report on Male Atoll, Maldives

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Rating 10/10

Magnificent Maldives

Male Atoll20 Apr 2014 - 27 Apr 2014 with MV Carpe Diem & Carpe Vita

The Carpe Vita is a beautiful boat, luxurious in every way. Spacious cabins, comfortable common areas with air conditioning and enough seating for all the passengers. The crew was friendly and helpful, the divemasters were patient with divers at all skill levels and were excellent critter finders.

We dove North and South Male Atolls, North and South Ari Atoll and Vaavu Atoll. The diving was spectacular: something for everyone, spotted eagle rays, Manta rays, whalesharks, grey & white tip reef sharks, turtles, napoleon (bumphead) wrasse and huge schools of reef fish. Along with the big stuff, there were plenty of anemones of all colors, healthy soft corals and hard corals, nudibranchs, bubble shrimp, coral crabs, mantis shrimp and the usual eels and lobster.

The wall dives were beautiful beyond words, so much life and diversity. The conditions were perfect all week, we were able to do drift dives, reef hook dives in channels while looking for sharks (we found them!) and were fortunate to have mantas seek us out for a night dive and then another night dive with nurse sharks, that was probably my favorite of the entire trip.

This trip was wonderful and one that I will repeat, the only change will be that I make sure it's a 10-day trip instead of just seven.

Gifford Pelletier

I want to dive Maldives, so much life! It sounds like you had a great time, do you recommend the operator you went with? Was it very expensive?

Traci Quick

I would definitely recommend Carpe Vita without hesitation! I had two other groups of friends dive with them prior to my trip and they had a similar experience. While it isn't an inexpensive trip, I do think that it's less than you would pay to stay in landbased resort in the Maldives and you get to see so much more. I was in a lower level cabin and it was spacious and quite comfortable. The Carpe Vita is a bit more than her sister-ship, the Carpe Diem, but you get four dives a day instead of three and some different itineraries. Hope you can make it! It's worth every penny!

Gifford Pelletier

Thankyou Tracey. It does seem a good option and even though more expensive than i would normally pay for a holiday it sounds worth it for the diving. I will look online and hope to be on one of the trip soon!

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Timur Kholodenko

Nice report, thank you. Maldives is definitely on my list to get to.

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