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Maldives Deep South Shark Trip - Carpe Vita Liveaboard

posted by Liquid Diving Adventures    |   June 12, 2015 12:29

Maldives Deep South Shark Trip - Carpe Vita Liveaboard

February 28 to March 10, 2016

We have the last remaining cabins on a Maldives charter on the Carpe Vita, our favourite ship in the Maldives. First class all the way…! This charter is 11 nights from February 28 to March 10, 2016. Rates on this trip: Main Deck Cabin = $4,549 and Lower Deck = $4,329 USD per person. Fuel surcharge $100 per person, Green Tax $66 per person, Nitrox $200 per person.

This itinerary requires a one-way domestic flight from Addu (GAN) at the end of the trip at an approximate cost of $260 per person.

 
 
 
Male to Addu on the Carpe Vita
 ITINERARY 1: MALE – ADDU (11 NIGHTS)
Atolls covered: South Male, South Ari, Vaavu, Meemu, Thaa, Laamu, Huvadhoo, Fuvahmulah and Addu
This unique 11 night trip will be starting from Male and end all the way past the equator in Addu. On this 11 night trip South Ari atoll is added. Guests will require a domestic flight back after the trip from Gan (Addu) to Male airport or from Male to Addu to join the trip. The routing is suitable for experienced divers only due to the currents and number of channel dives involved. The routing is focussed on seeing lots of sharks including possible thresher and tiger sharks, hammerheads, whale sharks and mantas plus the possibility of seeing the rare Mola molas (sunfish). The map below gives a tentative overview of the routing, but will be weather depending. Because of the distance that needs to be covered this trip will only provide 3 dives a day instead of the package of 4 normally offered on the Carpe Vita.

 

Eagle Ray Liveaboard - Maldives BOGO

posted by Liquid Diving Adventures    |   June 10, 2015 07:27

Eagle Ray Liveaboard - Maldives BOGO Deal

We have started to book the Eagle Ray liveaboard in the Maldives and have a great BOGO deal to offer. This book one, second diver is 50% OFF is available on four charters this summer. Dates are:

  • August Charters: August 16-23 and August 23-30, 2015
  • September Charters: August 30 to September 6 and September 6-13, 2015
7 Night BOGO Rates: 1st diver = $1270 USD, 2nd diver = $636  Total $1906 for 2 divers or $953 USD per person…!

The Eagle Ray was built in 2005, and has room for 12 crew members and 18 passengers. Each cabin is 10 feet by 12 feet, and features air conditioning,  hot/cold water. The ship also features a full dining hall and bar plus an array of entertainment and navigational features. This includes TV, GPS, library games, and cell phone access. The Eagle Ray is capable of traveling at 10 knots, and is perfect for covering a wide range of diving sites.

Maldives Far North Expedition - Carpe Vita

posted by Liquid Diving Adventures    |   April 5, 2015 07:01

 

 

** SOLD OUT **

Maldives Far North Expedition on the Explorer Ventures Carpe Vita

December 30, 2015 to January 10, 2016 - $4164 per person

The Carpe Vita meaning “Seize Life” was built in the Maldives by Amir Mansoor and started operations in 2011. The charters cater to a maximum of 20 divers with 10 cabins on 3 decks thus providing more space than her sister ship, the Carpe Diem.

Join us on an 11-night new route and itinerary for the Carpe Vita December 30, 2015 to January 10, 2016. This fantastic liveaboard will take you to some new and seldom visited reefs and as yet unexplored dive sites.

Explorer Ventures has come up with a unique routing that nobody else is doing yet, starting and ending in Male to avoid domestic flights needed. However due to the additional distance covered there will be an increased fuel surcharge. Because of the distance we need to cover, the minimum amount of nights needed to do this trip is 11 nights or more. These will be the first trips conducted by us to the far North and even though a lot of sites are known to us there will be some exciting exploration of new sites during the trip as well. The trip will take the guests away from other boat traffic, meaning you will be the only boat on most of the dive sites the further North we go. The North is characterized by beautiful reef formations and abundance of fish life.  The trip will have some  great shark life as well as manta cleaning station sites and an exciting site with friendly green turtles. By adding Ari atoll and Vaavu atoll at the end you will still have a chance to see the whale shark and do the famous manta and whale shark night dives but more boat traffic there to be expected.  The trip will only be able to offer 3 dives a day. Planned trip route is shown on a map below.

North Male – Lhaviyani – Shaviyani – Haa Dhaalu – Noonu – Raa – Baa – Rasdhoo – Ari – Vaavu – South Male

This package includes: 11 nights lower deck accommodations aboard the vessel; 3 meals daily, plus between-dive snacks; 3 dives daily (except for on day of arrival and day before departure) including one or two night dives; use of tanks, weights and belts; non alcoholic beverages and 2 glasses or beer or wine with dinner; airport transfers on the days of embarkation/disembarkation; GST 12%.

$4164 Per Person plus $400 per person fuel surcharge and $6 per day Government Green Fee

Isis Cruiser Maldives Liveaboard Last Minute

posted by Liquid Diving Adventures    |   March 18, 2015 06:27

Isis Cruiser to the Maldives - Last Minute Sale Dates

Male - Ari - Vaava

Dive Into Happiness

 

ISIS Cruiser | Diving 

  From 18 April 2015 to 25 April 2015
  From 25 April 2015 to 02 May 2015
  From 02 May 2015 to 09 May 2015


USD 1435 per person 07 nights inclusive of 12% TGST
 Male' | Ari | Vaavu

Isis Cruiser Maldives Liveaboard BOGO Deal

posted by Liquid Diving Adventures    |   January 17, 2015 11:18

Isis Cruiser Maldives Liveaboard

 Buy One, Get One FREE - Limited Dates

The Isis Cruiser Maldives is offering a great BOGO (buy one, get one FREE) deal on limited dates.

Dates:31 January to 07 February 2015
07 February to 14 February 2015
14 February to 21 February 2015
21 February to 28 February 2015
Nights:7 nights trip each 
Route:Male' - Ari Vaavu Male'
Rate:USD $1,435 per person for a week inclusive of 12% TGST

Special offer:BOOK ONE GET ONE FREE!   Contact us for availability.Price inclusive of

* Accommodation in a Double & Twin Cabins

* Full Board Accommodation

* Return Airport Transfer 

* Scheduled Excursions

* Complimentary Bottled Drinking Water Throughout the stay

* Complimentary house tea & Coffee.

* BBQ’s / Fishing Trips & other excursions

* Crusing within Male , Ari / Vaavu Atoll

* Airport Meet & Greet Services.

* 12% TGST 

 

Complimentary Services

  • Welcome drink on arrival
  • Snorkelling tours (equipment on extra charge)
  • Special BBQ dinner on Sand Bank or a virgin Island (land charge may apply as per the island policies)
  • Night Fishing trip during stay. ( Line & Weight reef Fishing ) for each weekly cruise
  • Sightseeing tour of Male (Capital City)
  • Tea & Coffee (machine coffee at extra charge)
  • Complimentary Drinking Mineral Water through out stay 


Dive Cruises

  • A PADI Certified Dive Master or Instructor ( or both) will guide all Divers on each cruise
  • No refunds will be entitled for any unused dives
  • If a client wishes to arrange any certification, this should be informed at the time of booking
  • Divers must present proof of dive certification and logbook
  • If needed any additional dive equipment can be rented from the vessel with prior notice before arrival
  • To avoid last minute disappointment we request to advice us rental equipment sizes minimum 10 days before arrival

 

 

Male Atoll Dive Sites - Maldives

posted by Liquid Diving Adventures    |   June 20, 2014 09:30

North Male Atoll

The North Male Atoll is one of the most developed atolls in terms of hotel and resort development. There are at least 20 resort islands operating in the North Male Atoll. It is also home to some excellent diving spots.

Banana Reef

Banana Reef was the first dive site to be discovered in the Maldives continues to be one of the most popular. The dive, which ranges in depth from 5 to 30 meters, has several interesting characteristics including a pinnacle and some overhangs. Coral formations here are prolific and colorful, attracting an extensive variety of fish, including squirrelfish, bannerfish, and oriental sweetlips. Currents can be strong at times around the reef, with occasional turbulence around the overhangs. The use of a safety sausage is recommended.

Kuda Haa

Kuda Haa is a dramatic pinnacle, or thila, dive, which is widely considered one of the highlights of diving in the Maldives. Diving at Kuda Haa is at its best when the currents are not strong, when it is easy to navigate between the two parts of the pinnacle. Marine life to be expected at Kuda Haa is diverse and plentiful, including many macro species, including nudibranchs, flatworms, leaf fish, and frog fish.

South Male Atoll 

The Male Atoll is divided into two sections, the North and South. They are both located on the eastern side of the Maldives. The South Male Atoll is home to a number of tourist resorts and some of the finest scuba diving in the Maldives.

Cocoa Corner (Cocoa Thila)

Cocoa Corner is a dive site that can be explored in several different ways and with the right current and conditions, it’s is the best shark show around Male Atoll. Many dive guides consider crossing from Cocoa Corner to Kandooma Thila. With the right current, divers begin the dive from Cocoa Corner and while maintaining a depth of 25 to 29 metres, they swim across the current while parallel to the edge at 40 metres. This gives a natural reference that divers are maintaining the correct position while crossing to the Thila and divers are not taken too far inside the channel. The Thila lies in the middle of the channel about 15 metres from the channel edge. Here, divers will see schools of grey reef sharks from big mother sharks to newborn babies patrolling the edge of the channel together. Eagle rays and schooling jack fish are also common at the beginning of the Thila. By the time divers reach the Thila, their bottom time should be running out and the best thing to do is to swim to the top of the Thila and continue diving in shallower waters. A safety sausage is a must at Cocoa Corner and divers should be prepared to make an open water safety stop.

Guraidhoo Kandu South

Guraidhoo Kandu South is sometimes also known as Guraidhoo Corner. Currents at Guraidhoo Kandu are strong, making this a dive site appropriate for advanced, experienced divers. Gray reef sharks are common visitors at Guriadhoo Kandu when the currents are incoming, along with several pelagic species and eagle rays. Divers should be very cautious at this dive site, as the currents can pull you away from the reef and there is often underwater turbulence.

Ari Atoll Dive Sites - Maldives

posted by Liquid Diving Adventures    |   June 18, 2014 09:30

Ari Atoll

Located in the western part of the Maldives Islands, the Ari Atoll is one of the largest atolls in the Maldives, and as such is home to a wide selection of dive sites.

Broken Rock

Named for a large broken rock at the center of this dive site, Broken Rock is home to a beautiful array of soft and hard coral formations that attract a wide variety of reef. There is a channel that divers can swim through, giving the dive an interesting dimension. Broken Rock varies in depth from 40 to 100 feet. Sometimes, there can be very strong currents at Broken Rock. Among the marine life often seen at Broken Rock, common sightings include the puffer fish, trigger fish, moray eels, and Napoleon wrasse.

Gangehi Kandu

Recommended only for advanced scuba divers, the Gangehi Kandu dive site is located in the northern part of the Ari Atoll. Currents here can also be challenging, and the site should only be dived when the currents are flowing into the site. Gangehi Kandu is known as one of the best dive sites in the Maldives for spotting sharks, including gray reef sharks, white tip reef sharks and the occasional leopard shark. Coral formations at this dive site are particularly colorful, and divers here can expect to see moray eels, nudibranch, mantis shripm, and trigger fish. Large pelagic species are also frequent visitors to the site.

Hukrueli Faru (Rangali Madivaru)

Commonly known as Rangali Madivaru or just Madivaru, Hukrueli Faru is home to a very colorful coral reef. The site is named for the abundance of manta rays seen here (Madi means manta ray in the Maldivian language. Depths at Hukrueli Faru range from 8 to 30 meters (25 feet to 100 feet), making the dive particularly interesting and varied. Manta rays are attracted to Hukrueli Faru because of the strong currents that form a whirlpool effect in the deeper parts of the site, where they can hover over the currents. The mantas are also attracted to the cleaning stations located around Hukrueli Faru.

Kudarah Thila

Declared a Marine Protected Area (MPA) by the Maldivian government, Kudarah Thila is a popular dive site which enjoys many incoming currents. Coral reef formations at Kudarah Thila are bright and colorful, including a variety of soft and hard corals. Thila means “pinnacle” in Dhivehi, and at Kudarah Thila there are actually four pinnacles, which can be all visited in one dive. A swim-through at the south-east corner of the dive site makes this a particularly popular dive, as does the rich variety of marine life, which includes trumpet fish, snapper, gobies, dartfish, oriental sweetlips, and grouper. Further away from the reef, divers are likely to see gray reef sharks, napoleon fish and sea turtles.

Maalhos Thila

Maalhos Thila is only suitable for experienced scuba divers because the best part of the dive site lies deeper than 25 metres. Maalhos Thila is an attractive dive spot, featuring several coral heads about 28 metres below the surface, all of which are covered with beautiful corals. Common visitors to the reef here include oriental sweetlips, white tip reef sharks and blue-lined snappers. Because of the strong currents at Maalhos Thila, a safety sausage must be deployed here to ensure the divers’ safety.

Maaya Thila

Maaya Thila is one of the most famous dive sites in the Maldives and is known as a great spot for both day and night dives. The marine life seen at Maaya Thila depends largely on the currents, which vary greatly; when the currents are not strong, Maaya Thila is an easy dive site, suitable for less experienced divers, but when currents are strong Maaya Thila is recommended for only advanced divers and they will need to use a safety sausage.

Maaya Thila is most famous for the white tip reef sharks that can nearly always be seen here, both during the day and night. On a night dive at Maaya Thila, divers will likely encounter moray eels, turtles, octopus and stonefish.

Mushi Mas Mingili Thila (Fish Head)

Fish Head, or Mushi Mas Mingili is one of the most popular dive sites in Maldives. Prior to the site being declared an official Marine Protected Area by the Maldivian Government it was a common shark feeding spot among scuba divers. Marine life typically seen at Mushi Mas Mingili Thila includes gray reef sharks, white tips, Napoleon wrasse, jacks and tuna.

Pannettone (Kalhahandi Kandu)

Kalhahandi Kandu has earned the nickname Pannettone from the many Italian divers who believe it resembles the traditional Italian fruitcake. It is an attractive dive site, recommended mainly for advanced scuba divers, except for when the currents are not strong. There are some spectacular coral formations here, featuring a variety of soft and hard coral species, which attract a wide selection of fish including angelfish, basslets, butterfly fish, scorpion fish, trigger fish and puffer fish. The corals here are in good condition and weather conditions at Pannettone mean the dive site can be explored year-round.

Republic of the Maldives - Divers Paradise

posted by Liquid Diving Adventures    |   June 15, 2014 13:08

The Maldives, an island republic with more than 1,000 islands and atolls offers scuba dives amazing dive experiences. The multitude of dive sites owe their abundance of marine life to the nutrient-rich currents that feed the coral reefs.

The channels between the islands and atolls can create strong currents that besides feeding nutrients to the marine environment, offer challenging drift dives along the reef walls. Other dive sites offer underwater pinnacles and protected lagoons offer calm areas that thrive with marine life.

The Maldives is an underwater photographers paradise. Macro critters are in abundance and for those who love encounters with large pelagics, sharks, whale sharks, grouper, eagle rays and mantas, and Napoleon wrasse are found. Shark species include tigers, hammerheads, and threshers.

Visibility is usually 20-40 meters (65-130 feet) and water temperatures range between 23-26 degrees C (78-84 degrees F). Dive conditions are excellent all year but November thru May are out of the summer monsoon season. Many of the dive sites throughout the Maldives are marine protected areas.