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Dive Review of Explorer Ventures Carpe Vita in

February, 2012, an Instant Reader Report by Marcia Wilson, CA, US (1 report)
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
51-100 dives
Where else diving
We have been diving in most Caribbean islands and the Quirimbas and
Bazaruto archipelegos off the coast of Mozambique, Africa.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, rainy, cloudy  
calm, currents  
Water Temp
82   to 85    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 75    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
The Maldives restrict diving to 30 meters and 60 minutes and we stayed
within these limits.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or  
1 or  
Whale Sharks
1 or 
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
2 stars   
4 stars    
This was my husband's and my first liveaboard and we have been told that we
are now forever spoiled and will have a hard time finding other boats that
will live up to the Carpe Vita.  It is a beautiful, spacious boat that is
only 1 year old.  We stayed in suite #1 on the upper deck and enjoyed all
the space and especially the large bathroom with double sinks and large
bathtub.  I know these things are too important for most divers, but for
your wives, it might be!  We are Americans living in Angola, so our travel
was shorter than from the US.  It was an easy connection through Dubai on

 We unfortunately encountered rain the first four days with not much sun. 
The sun would have been nice to brighten the coral but it seemed to also
change the currents which affected the dives.  The currents were sometimes
miss judged in direction which caused a couple of the channel dives to not
be as described during the briefing.  Not having a lot of experience with
those fast currents was challenging but good experience.  The sharks didn't
make themselves seen on the channel dives disappointing some.  Normally
only one or two and with poor visibility for this time of year.  We were
fortunate to see a couple of whale sharks, one while snorkeling and the
other at the beginning of a dive.  We were also fortunate to have mantas at
one of the manta cleaning stations in South Ari atoll on two dives.  These
encounters were spectacular and I'm looking forward to seeing them again. 
Once we arrived in South Ari atoll we all realized how wonderful diving in
the southern atolls had been.  There are way too many boats near Male and
we had over 100 divers on a pinnacle one morning!  It was crazy and
horrible and something I hope to never encounter again.  Because we had
taken the 10 night trip, we did not encounter other dive boats until we
arrived nearer to Male.  

There were only 3 of us who were not nitrox certified so all three of us
took the course from the dive instructor and were certified on this trip. 
It would be almost impossible to dive 4 dives per day without nitrox.  Most
days they scheduled 4 dives but only 2 were true night dives.  The dhoni
was beautiful and very well laid out and the staff were all extremely
helpful and friendly.  

A couple of negatives was the number of divers.  Capacity was to be 20, but
we had 21.  The groups were too large and would have been much better with
only 4-6 divers per group.  This was especially irritating with too many
"professional photographers"!  They didn't always respect the
environment or other divers!   Overall, it was a great trip that we enjoyed
but with so many dive destinations on our list, we probably won't get back
to the Maldives but you won't be disappointed with the Carpe Vita.
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