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Dive Review of Carpe Vita Explorer in
Maldives/Central Atolls

Carpe Vita Explorer , Dec, 2013,

by Jeremy Cohen, IL, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 8 reports with 7 Helpful votes). Report 7468 has 1 Helpful vote.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Alor, Bahamas, Belize, N&S California, Couzmel, Fiji, Flores, Florida, Galapagos, Kauai, Komodo, Little Cayman, Maui, Niihau, Oman, Papua New Guinea, South Sulawesi Puget Sound, Roatan, Sea of Cortez, Socorro Islands, Utila
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, rainy, dry Seas calm, currents, no currents
Water Temp 83 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 40 to 80 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions Maldives sets 99 foot depth max. Sometimes follow guide, others buddy diving dependent on dive site.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas Squadrons
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks 1 or 2
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals N/A Tropical Fish For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments Small camera table, LP air only reached one corner, same as smoking area - a cloud of cigar and cigarette smoke and sometimes ashtrays and other non-photo gear on table. ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food N/A
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling N/A
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Beginners 2 stars
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Comments A short 4-hour hop on Qatar Air from Qatar (where we are living), the Maldives is a favorite of divers from Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Of 20 guests, only 4 were Americans. The crew was always helpful. Good buffet meals, especially the local curries - portions sometimes in short supply. The cabins are very roomy, beds comfy, bathrooms clean, hot water never in short supply. Reef and Rain Forest did their usual professional job making our arrangements - arriving a day early we stayed in the Huhulee Hotel five minutes from the airport - the only alternative if you want wine with dinner - Male is dry. Clean, good food, brkfst included at the hotel with a nice view of the Indian Ocean. A nice pool. We watched local young men playing soccer below our room (they gave us a free upgrade). An interesting 90 minute walking tour of Male at end of charter.

Carpe Vita is a very comfortable steel hulled vessel that rides the sea well. The Dhoni moves off from the mother ship for tank filling. We never had to listen to the twin compressors rumbling. Lots of nooks and crannies to sit, indoors or out, between dives to read, log the reefs, or simply gaze at impossibly beautiful seascapes. Two glasses of wine or beer with dinner included each night. Full b ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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By Laura A. Sonnenmark in VA, US at Jan 03, 2014 11:10 EST  
Thanks for your thoughtful review! We had a fantastic whale shark experience in the Sea of Cortez (Rocio del Mar) this past September, but later a fellow passenger showed me photos of a place where people sit in the boat and the crew have some sort of sieve feeder so the whale sharks come right up to the bow! No, I wouldn't like that, either.
By Graham McGregor in ZZ, GB at Nov 04, 2014 18:39 EST  
Jeremy I've dived in the Maldives several times both liveaboard and resort based. I must say I've never seen or heard of the "contrived" dives you mention (lights to attract manatas at night or shark feeds). I have been fortunate to have a good few manta encounters, generally well briefed and well led dives. I've also snorkelled a couple of times with whale sharks. You are right it can get crowded and unfortunately the odd idiot will dive down and get too close to the animal, when that happened the shark dived down into the depths and disappeared. I'm not saying what you experienced doesn't happen, nor am I condoning it, I haven't experienced it.
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