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Dive Review of Explorer Ventures/Carpe Vita in
Maldives

Explorer Ventures/Carpe Vita, Jul, 2011,

by Eric Schindler, AZ, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 10 reports with 9 Helpful votes). Report 6164.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Indonesia, Australia, Malaysia, Costa Rica, Caribbean, etc
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, cloudy Seas calm
Water Temp 82 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions 100 foot depth limit is Maldivian law. One hour maximum bottom time sporadically enforced
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas Squadrons
Dolphins None Whale Sharks 1 or 2
Turtles > 2 Whales 1 or 2
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 5 stars
Large Pelagics 4 stars

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments While I am not a photographer, majority of group were highly experienced experts and seemed quite pleased with facilities and attentiveness. Lots of space for equipment

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments The Carpe Vita is a brand new luxury boat that will spoil you forever. Huge cabins, highly attentive crew and spectacular diving. I had hesitated about going to the Maldives in monsoon season, but this was not a real limitation. Some days of clouds and short showers and mostly sun. Highights: 100 mantas at one dive site. Schools of fish on most dives. Healthy colorful coral both hard and soft. Opportunities for macro finds as well, though my interest is in pelagics and other larger fish. Well run operation of this boat and the Carpe Diem in service for several years.
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