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Important Documentation Requirements:

Please make sure to complete and print all necessary documentation as outlined below. Click on the hyperlinks to access the forms online if applicable.

 1. Health Declaration: To comply with Maldives authorities, please submit the Health Declaration at least 24 hours before your scheduled arrival.

2. Passport: All guests are required to possess a passport with a validity of at least six months beyond your arrival date.

3. Visa: For travelers of all nationalities, a 30-day tourist visa is granted upon arrival at Maldives International Airport at no cost. Ensure you have a return/onward flight ticket as proof. 

Required Documentation (to be provided or completed on board unless otherwise indicated):

· Complete the online guest registration forms a minimum of 2 weeks before your trip departure.

· Fill out the Release of Liability and Assumption of Risk form (mandatory for all divers).

· Complete the Diver Medical Questionnaire.

· If necessary, provide a doctor's clearance (as specified in the DIVER MEDICAL Questionnaire).

· Submit a copy of your dive certification cards and insurance details.

· If you require rental equipment or dive insurance, complete the relevant form.

· Bring your dive logbook or provide online log information with your most recent dives noted.

· Ensure you have proof of valid certification from a recognized diving association.

We kindly request that you meticulously prepare and bring all the required documentation to ensure a smooth and hassle-free experience during your trip. 

For all divers joining our dive trips, it is mandatory to possess valid insurance from a reputable provider that covers diving accidents/incidents. Proof of insurance must be presented to our guides during the check-in process. Carpe Diem Maldives provides an insurance option through ALLIED INSURANCE, which can be acquired on board or in advance.

The insurance rates are as follows:

• $40 per person for 7 nights

• $50 per person for 10 nights

 As a temporary member, you will enjoy the benefits of being an insured member throughout your dive experience with us.

Medical Declaration Requirement for Diving Guests:

All diving guests embarking on a liveaboard are obligated to complete a self-declaration medical form. 

Medical Declaration for PADI Courses:

If you intend to participate in a PADI course while on board, you must complete a medical declaration before commencing the course. In either case, if you have any of the medical conditions listed or suspect you might, you will need to obtain a Doctor's clearance issued within 12 months of your planned liveaboard trip.

Essential Packing List:

Please ensure you pack the following essentials for your trip:

. Personal clothing

. A dry bag

. Toiletries

. A small medical first aid kit and any prescription medicines

. Dive equipment as specified elsewhere

. Electronic devices and their chargers

Optimal Luggage Choice:

We recommend using roll-up or collapsible style bags whenever possible, as hard suitcases can occupy valuable cabin space. 

Check-In Times:

For Carpe Diem: 12:30

For Carpe Novo/Carpe Vita: 14:00

Check-Out Time:

For all boats: 08:00

Airport Arrival and Transfers:

Upon your arrival at the airport and after clearing customs, a Carpe Diem Maldives representative can easily be identified by their Carpe Diem Cruises crew shirt and a signboard displaying the company logo. They will be there to greet you. 

In the rare event that you cannot locate the Carpe Diem representative, please contact us at +9607950883, and we will promptly assist you.  

Alternatively, you can proceed to our Carpe Diem Maldives counter, D17, located in the arrival's hall. 

Transfer Details:

Transfers from the airport to the boat are scheduled at either 12:30 for Carpe Diem or 14:00 for Carpe Novo/Carpe Vita.

Rest assured; these transfers are included as part of your package.

If your journey begins at a guesthouse, resort, or safari vessel, please arrive at counter D17, 15 minutes before your scheduled departure. 

Domestic Flight Connections:

For routes that do not originate in Male and require an additional domestic flight upon arrival, our Carpe Diem representative will be there to assist you with the check-in formalities for your onward flight. Our dedicated crew members will be on hand to greet you upon your arrival at the relevant domestic airports.

We aim to ensure a seamless and stress-free start to your adventure with Carpe Diem Maldives.

Disembarkation Day Schedule:

On the day before disembarkation, the boat is scheduled to return to the port between 15:00 and 16:00. Upon returning to Male, the boat docks in the port during the mid-afternoon, one day prior to departure, and remains there overnight until check-out.

Guests are required to check-out by 08:00 the following day. 

Domestic Flights Service:

For cruises that involve domestic flights before and/or after the cruise, Carpe Diem Maldives offers a booking service for group flights. These bookings are made with consideration of the approximate check-in and check-out schedules of the boats. You can find tentative flight timings in the respective schedules available online. It's important to note that domestic flights are operated by a third-party airline, and as such, scheduling, timing, and any potential disruptions fall under the responsibility of the airline and are beyond the control of Carpe Diem Maldives. 

To ensure a smooth journey, guests must arrive at the airport three hours prior to departure, necessitating earlier drop-off times. Please remember to complete the Traveller Declaration before your departure. If your holiday in the Maldives continues beyond the cruise, you are responsible for arranging your ongoing transfers from the airport. Please be aware that Carpe Diem Maldives does not organize third-party transfers from the liveaboard to resorts or guesthouses. If needed, hotels and guesthouses in Hulhumale offer day rooms upon request, and Carpe Diem can assist you in making a reservation. 

Cruise Overview:

For 7-night cruises, there will be no diving on the departure day, and a total of 17 to 18 dives will be offered during the week on all three boats. Divers are required to observe a minimum of 24 hours between their last dive and their flight departure (or going to high-altitude areas). On the day before departure, 1 or 2 dives will be offered depending on the route logistics.

For 10-night cruises, there will be no diving on the departure day, and a total of 26 to 27 dives will be offered during the week on all three boats. Divers must adhere to the minimum 24-hour interval between their last dive and their flight departure (or going to high-altitude areas). On the day before departure, 1 or 2 dives will be offered based on route logistics.

We hope this information helps you plan your trip effectively and enjoy a seamless experience with Carpe Diem Maldives.

Dive Certification Recommendations:

For our standard trips, all divers must have an Advanced Open Water Diver (AOWD) certification to fully engage in all the dives we offer. If you only hold an Open Water (OW) certification, you'll need to complete the AOWD course either during the trip or beforehand. Please review your itinerary before booking, as some itineraries require a minimum of 100 dives, Advanced, and Nitrox certifications.

Onboard PADI Dive Schools:

Each of our vessels is equipped with fully licensed PADI dive schools on board. 

Special Considerations for Deep South Itineraries (January - April):

For our seasonal Deep South and Southern Shark itineraries, taking place from January through April, we emphasize the importance of having at least an AOWD certification and a minimum of 100 logged dives to fully enjoy these expeditions. 

Safety and Dive Leader Authority:

Please be aware that our onboard dive leaders are entrusted with ensuring everyone's safety. They have the authority to request divers to refrain from participating in specific dives if they believe the divers do not possess the necessary experience to complete the dive safely. 

Check-In Requirements:

Upon check-in, all divers must present a valid certification/qualification and submit their completed registration waiver form before commencing any diving activities. Divers from the United States and Canada must also sign a North American Waiver, which can be provided upon request.

7-Night Itinerary Summary:

During a 7-night cruise, please note that there will be no diving on the day of departure. Throughout the week, all three boats will offer a total of 17 to 18 dives. To prioritize safety, divers should allow at least 24 hours to pass between their final dive and their flight departure (or any plans involving high altitudes). 

On the day preceding departure, you can anticipate 1 or 2 dives, depending on the logistical considerations of the chosen route.

10-Night Itinerary Summary:

For a 10-night cruise, please be aware that there will be no diving on the departure day. Over the course of the week, all three boats will provide a total of 26 to 27 dives. It is essential for divers to maintain a minimum gap of 24 hours between their last dive and their flight departure (or plans involving high altitudes). 

On the day before the cruise concludes, you can expect 1 or 2 dives, which may vary based on the logistical aspects of the selected route.

For all divers joining our dive trips, it is mandatory to possess valid insurance from a reputable provider that covers diving accidents/incidents. Proof of insurance must be presented to our guides during the check-in process.

Carpe Diem Maldives provides an insurance option through ALLIED INSURANCE, which can be acquired on board or in advance.

The insurance rates are as follows:

. $40 per person for 7 nights

. $50 per person for 10 nights

 As a temporary member, you will enjoy the benefits of being an insured member throughout your dive experience with us.

Items to Bring: 

Divers are required to bring the following equipment:

. Mask

. Snorkel

. Fins

. Wetsuit

. Regulator

. BCD (Buoyancy Control Device)

. SMB (Surface Marker Buoy) with a minimum of 5 meters of line for safety stops

. Reef hooks (if available)

. Dive computer with spare batteries

. Torch (for night dives) 

Recommended Wetsuit: The average water temperature in our diving locations is a comfortable 28°C. We recommend a 3mm shortie or wetsuit for your diving comfort. 

Provided by Carpe Diem Maldives at No Extra Cost: 

Carpe Diem Maldives offers the following items free of charge:

. Reef hooks

. SMB (one per Buddy Team)

. Weights

. Weight belts

.  Air and Nitrox Tanks (11.5 & 13.5; 15L Tanks are chargeable) 

Equipment Rental: For those who require rental equipment, Carpe Diem Maldives offers dive equipment available for rent. To ensure availability, please make a pre-booking before your arrival and provide accurate sizing information. 

Ample Storage and Spares: Rest assured, all our dhonis (boats) provide ample storage space for your equipment, and there is a spares box on board to address any unforeseen needs. 

For Equipment Rental Pricing: For detailed pricing information on diving equipment rental, please contact us via email at [email protected]. We are happy to assist you with any inquiries regarding rental equipment.

Skills Review and Safety Recommendations:

As a precaution aligned with best practices, we strongly recommend considering a Skills Review if you haven't dived in over six months. Following the safety guidelines of your certifying agency is crucial for your well-being.

Conducting a Skills Review:

You have the option to complete a Skills Review either before your arrival or while on board. This review should be endorsed by an instructor in your diving logbook. To facilitate smooth check-in and avoid any potential issues, please ensure that your logbook displays evidence of the date of your last dive.

Mandatory Check-Dive:

Every diver, regardless of their qualification or experience level, will be required to participate in a check-dive. Typically, this is the first dive before the scheduled diving activities commence. This check-dive serves to help you become familiar with your diving environment and equipment.

Safety Precautions:

For safety reasons, Carpe Diem Maldives maintains the right to limit diving activities if the instructor has any concerns regarding a diver's safety profile following the check-dive. We prioritize the well-being of our divers and ensure that safety standards are upheld.

Dive Courses On Board:

We offer a variety of courses on board, catering to both beginners and those seeking specialty and advanced training. Course availability is subject to the itinerary, and these courses may include necessary course materials. Certification fees are also covered.

Open Water Referral Course:

If you plan to take the Open Water Referral Course, please remember to bring your referral form. This form should be signed and dated by your instructor within the last 12 months, serving as proof of your completion of the theory and confined dives.

Parent/Guardian Consent:

For students under the age of 18, it's essential that course paperwork is signed by a parent or legal guardian.         

For comprehensive details regarding the dive courses offered and their pricing, please reach out to us via email at [email protected]. We are here to assist with any inquiries you may have.

Complimentary Nitrox 32% Available:

We are pleased to offer Nitrox 32% free of charge on all our vessels. For those interested in Nitrox courses, they can be pursued on board at an additional cost.

Flexible Dive Site Sequencing:

The sequence of dive sites may vary, as our captain will navigate based on safety and weather conditions to transport you to your chosen dive locations.

Important Note:

Please be aware that the tour description serves as a recommended itinerary. The selection of specific diving sites during the tour is influenced by numerous factors, such as wind and weather conditions.

Experienced Dive Guides:

Each Carpe Diem Maldives dhoni (Boat) is equipped with a team of a minimum of three highly experienced professional dive guides.

Comprehensive Dive Briefings:

Prior to entering the water at any dive site, our guides will conduct thorough and detailed dive briefings. These briefings are designed to provide you with a comprehensive understanding of the dive site.

In-Water Assistance:

While in the water, our guides will accompany the dive group to assist in navigating the site and to point out fascinating marine life.

Dive Skill Expectations:

It's important to note that our dive guides do not provide training during the dive. Divers are expected to possess the necessary skills as per their certification and experience requirements.

Diver Responsibility:

Divers, along with their designated dive buddies, assume full responsibility for their safety during the dive. We remind divers to adhere to the principle of 'plan your dive, dive your plan,' and to utilize a personal dive computer.

Dive Buddy Requirement:

Divers are required to initiate, conduct, and conclude the dive in the company of their chosen dive buddy.

Guide Discretion:

Our guides may use their discretion and expertise to decide not to enter the water for every dive, opting instead to remain on board to provide surface support.

Prohibited Diving Practices:

Please be aware that decompression diving, solo diving, and technical diving are strictly prohibited. We prioritize the safety of our divers and adhere to established safety guidelines and practices.

Rules and Limits for Recreational Diving in the Maldives

·The maximum depth for all-recreational diving in the Maldives is 30 meters – this applies to any diver with a PADI Advanced Open Water Diver certification or equivalent, even those with deep diving or technical diving certifications.

·Divers with entry-level certifications such as the PADI Open Water Diver are limited to 20 meters or less, depending on the depth stated by their training agency.

·All dives must be No-Decompression dives.

·No diving within 24 hours of flying.

·No solo diving – it’s better with a buddy anyway!

·A safety stop must be made for at least 3 minutes at 5 meters. Divers must commence their safety stop with a tank pressure not less than 50 bars.

·Divers must be equipped with: mask, snorkel, fins, regulator with submersible pressure gauge and Alternative Air Source or redundant air supply, buoyancy compensator device (BCD) vest with oral and low-pressure Inflator, time and depth measuring device and an emergency signalling device comprising inflatable surface balloon and whistle.

·The use of dive computers are mandatory for all divers.

·Look but don’t touch – divers must take care not to damage the reef or marine life and should exercise good buoyancy control at all times.

·Take nothing from the sea – this includes corals and shells.

·Dives must be planned and managed using a dive computer or tables.

·Valid certification card and logbook must be shown upon registration.

·Medical declaration stating a person is fit to dive is needed at registration.

·Orientation dive is required for all divers.

Captain's Authority:

The Captain holds the ultimate authority, and his decisions are definitive both within and outside the water. Alongside the dive team, the Captain determines your course and timing. While dive sites may appear calm at the surface and suitable for diving to the untrained eye, it's crucial to respect the Captain and guides' judgments. If they advise against a particular course of action, please trust their expertise. Any alterations to the plan will always prioritize the safety and well-being of everyone on board. 

Behavior Expectations:

We maintain a strict policy against antisocial or aggressive behavior. Individuals causing disruptions to fellow guests may be asked to leave the liveaboard. 

Onboard Shopping:

You'll find a selection of Polo/T-shirts, jewelry, and souvenirs available for purchase on board. 

Communication Facilities:

All our vessels are equipped with VHF and CB radios, as well as satellite telephones. Please be aware that signal strength can vary, leading to intermittent and occasionally slow connections.

Time Zone:

We operate on GMT+5 time.

Electrical Information:

Universal electrical sockets using 220 volts AC at 50Hz are provided in all cabins and public areas on the vessels. If needed, kindly bring your own transformers and plug converters.

Currency Information:

All prices are quoted in US dollars. We accept cash payments in Euros, Sterling, and US dollars. Visa, Mastercard, and American Express are also accepted on board, subject to a 3% surcharge. Please consult with your bank regarding international charges and exchange rates. Please note that debit cards are not compatible with our machines.


If this is your first time on a liveaboard, be prepared for a few adjustments from your usual routine to fully enjoy your week. If any issues arise during your stay, please promptly inform the Captain and/or the dive team so that they can address them on board. In most cases, the Captain and his team can resolve problems on the spot. If any concerns remain unresolved, please bring them to the attention of the representative at the end of your week. We value your feedback and aim to address any concerns promptly to enhance your experience.


Our cabins are designed to accommodate two guests comfortably, offering both double-bed and twin berth options. To ensure a smooth experience, cabins are pre-assigned prior to your arrival.

En-suite Bathrooms:

All our cabins come equipped with en-suite bathrooms, complete with a shower, sink, and toilet for your convenience. We kindly request that you exercise caution in the bathroom areas to prevent slipping. You may dispose of toilet paper in the toilet bowls, but please be aware that all other waste, including sanitary products, should be placed in the waste bins provided. Rest assured, these waste bins are regularly emptied.


For your comfort, all Carpe Diem Maldives liveaboards feature air-conditioned cabins. While we strive to provide a comfortable environment, it's essential to be mindful of our environmental impact. We kindly request that you turn off the air conditioning in your cabin when you are not present to conserve power and energy.


We provide you with a comprehensive set of towels, including bath towels, hand towels, and beach towels for outdoor use. Our commitment to your comfort extends to daily changes of beach towels.

Plug Points:

To ensure compatibility for our international guests, all Carpe Diem boats are equipped with international plug points and/or Type C and G operating at a voltage of 220 V. If you require a transformer, please bring your own, as they are not available on board.


Stay connected with our optional unlimited data service, available at a cost of US$40 per person. You can obtain the wifi password from the captain or the dive team leader on board. Please note that connectivity may experience intermittent disruptions, especially during cruising and transitions between atolls.

We hope this information enhances your experience on board and ensures your comfort throughout your journey with us.

Food & Beverage:

Enjoy a delightful buffet-style dining experience on board, offering a diverse selection of local and international dishes to cater to various tastes. Traditional local cuisine tends to have a spicy kick, and our menu reflects this cultural influence. While most of the fish served on board is frozen, we occasionally feature fresh catches to enhance your dining experience.

Complimentary water, tea, and coffee are provided. However, all other beverages, including soft drinks, fresh juices, specialty coffees/teas, and alcoholic drinks (such as cocktails, liquors, wine, and beer), are available for purchase by divers.

If you have any special dietary requirements, such as vegetarian preferences or food allergies, please inform Carpe Diem Maldives well in advance to ensure we can accommodate your needs.

Please note that while we source many items locally, certain specialty items like wholemeal pastas, gluten-free products, or soya substitutes may not be readily available.

Should you wish to arrange a birthday cake, this can be accommodated for an additional cost. Please notify Carpe Diem Maldives in advance, preferably before your arrival.

Alcohol Policy:

It's important to be aware that the importation of alcoholic beverages is prohibited by Maldivian law. Any bottles containing alcoholic beverages will be confiscated by Customs upon your arrival and returned to you upon departure.

Alcohol is available for purchase on board; however, we have a strict policy that prohibits diving after consuming alcohol or while under the influence of a hangover. This is crucial for your safety, as it impairs judgment and increases the risk of decompression sickness. Our guides prioritize your safety and well-being, and should the need arise, they will advise divers to sit out a dive if it is deemed necessary. Your safety is our top priority.


US$40 per person unlimited 

Repeat client get free Wifi on all trips with Carpe Diem Fleet.

You can also purchase a SIM card of course at the airport upon arrival if you prefer.

Enhanced Vigilance and Caution During Diving and Boat Operations:

Diving, as well as operating and residing on boats, demands heightened attention and care due to the inherent challenges, which may include, but are not limited to, the movement of vessels in rough seas, wet deck surfaces, and the shifting of equipment. Divers acknowledge their responsibility to exercise increased caution while aboard a boat and understand that Carpe Diem Maldives (CDM) cannot be held liable for any damages arising from standard boating risks.

Divers also acknowledge the elevated risks associated with diving near and from boats and dhonis. They accept that maintaining a state of extra care and vigilance is imperative at all times to ensure their safety and the safety of others.

All prices are in US$. We accept cash payment in Euros, Sterling and US$. Visa, Mastercard and American Express are also accepted on board with a 3% surcharge.

Please check with your bank regarding international charges and exchange rates. Debit cards do not work on our machines.