Summer savings for trips with manta rays in the Maldives

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Summer savings for trips with manta rays in the Maldives

July to September 2018 is one of the best diving periods to see manta rays and whale sharks in the Maldives. The monsoon season in the Maldives presents one of the best times of the year to dive amongst manta rays feeding off the plankton. Numerous travel accolades pronounce the destination as one of the best diving destinations in the world, and the summer months are when manta rays and whale sharks are just a few of the megafauna and pelagic ecosystem that appear in larger numbers.


When it comes to lifetime experiences, diving with manta rays and whale sharks is high on the ratings for most aquatic travellers. While visibility isn’t as clear as the dry months, many divers prefer the monsoon season because there are fewer divers and more underwater life to see. Rain can sometimes be heavy but often brief – and underwater it really doesn’t matter. You’re wet anyway and the marine life always turns up on time. Many times the visibility is as good as in dry season and when not, the encounters with mantas, whale sharks and napoleon wrasse more than makes up for it.


To make the most of the opportunity, Carpe Vita is offering 10% savings from July to September on dive safaris with four dives a day, including nitrox.

Carpe Vita is the second vessel in the fleet of three luxury liveaboards under Carpe Diem Cruises. After her annual maintenance and makeover in June this year, guest divers on Carpe Vita can enjoy lighter wooden interiors and refreshed colours in line with her two sister vessels Carpe Diem and Carpe Novo. To celebrate the new look, as well as the summer months of active marine life, the Carpe Vita Super Summer Sale offers 10% savings and complimentary nitrox on four dives a day. The 7-day cruises from July to end of September also include three meals per day and begin from $2,088 per person.


Agnes van Linden, Assistant Managing Director for Carpe Diem Maldives, says, “The Maldives is home to some flourishing coral reefs despite recent bleaching events. There are wall dives and deep blue dives teaming with abundant marine life to feast your eyes on. Our team of experienced Maldivian dive masters draw on their local knowledge and connections across the atolls to take our guests on dive sites that are easily accessible and varied, providing experiences for every level of scuba diver. From its awe-inspiring wreck dives to its impressive walls, manta ray cleaning stations, Napoleon wrasse and numerous renowned dive sites, the Maldives dive destination has so much to offer. At Carpe Diem, we believe great experiences shouldn’t cost the earth, so our Super Summer Sale is just another reason to enjoy our diving adventures.”

Voted one of the Top 10 Dive Liveaboards in the World by the readers of Dive magazine in the United Kingdom last year, Carpe Vita is enjoying her eighth year cruising around the Maldives. With 10 cabins, each cruise can cater for a maximum of 20 passengers, who can also enjoy the time onboard snorkelling, paddle boarding or surfing, if not diving. Other unique cruises planned for Carpe Vita include marine expeditions under the Dive with a Purpose programme, as well as the first week in July when 20 complete novice divers can have the experience of a lifetime obtaining their PADI Open Water certification while enjoying the Maldives destination.