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M.V Carina a cruiser that will make your Maldives Holiday a perfect one. One of the top live-aboard in the Maldives Carina offers you Diving, Sailing, Fishing and Cruising Holidays to some of the best dive sites in the Maldives. The Maldives have never been more open to you. Facilities on board include air-conditioned cabins, attached toilets and fresh hot and cold water showers, a well-stocked bar, a certified dive instructor and a dive master. A live-aboard that offers enough comfort and space to be alone.

Not only that the boat also offers a spacious air conditioned lounge with restaurant and bar, open air sun deck, library, video and music collection, wireless internet (US$ 20 per week), board games., etc. Guests will always find a good place on one of the decks or in the comfortable saloon.

All 10 cabins onboard are located on the upper deck. There are 8 cabins with one double and a single beds, one cabin with double with Queen size bed and one twin cabin with 2 single beds. All cabins are equipped with private shower, toilet and air condition facing a superb view on the Indian Ocean.

Carina - prices

Prices are per person in USD based on 2 persons sharing a cabin.
Exact pricing is available on the schedule here as prices vary dependant on the length of the trip and the time of year and sometimes special offers are available.

Included in the price is

  • Meeting guests on arrival at Male International Airport (on cruise start days)
  • 3 meals per day, afternoon snacks
  • 17 dives per week in total (2-3 dives per day, but no diving on the first day of the trip)
  • Tanks, weights, Nitrox
  • Dive guides service
  • Special barbecue dinner on the beach of a sand bank or inhabited island – once a week (if weather permitting)
  • $6 per night per person green tax
  • Sightseeing visit to Capital of Maldives – last day of the cruise (upon request)
  • Unlimited drinking water, tea, coffee

Price does not include:

  • International and domestic flights
  • Alcoholic beverages and soft drinks
  • Diving Courses and Diving Equipment Rental
  • Travel and dive insurance (compulsory)
  • Possible fuel surcharge
  • Crewgratuities
  • GST 12% taxes applicable to all services sold on board
  • Other services that are not listed here or above and might be requested by the guest

Terms and conditions:

Individual bookings:
Booking deposit:
30% of booking is required within 7 days of booking - non refundable
70 % is due to 90 days prior to departure - non refundable.
Balance due 90 days before your trip departure date - non-refundable.
Individual booking made less than 90 days before the departured ate are payable in full at the time of booking.
Cancellation at any stage involves forfeit of monies already payed.

Group charter:

Booking deposit:
10% - within 7 days of booking - non-refundable
Second deposit:
20% 180 days prior to departure - non-refundable
Balance due
90 days before departure - non-refundable

Diving Equipment Rentals (USD) Per week
Full Set (regulator, octopus, BCD, wetsuit, mask, fins, dive computer) $ 225
Regulator with octopus $ 100
Computer $ 75
BCD $ 75
Wetsuit (shorty 3mm) $ 50
Mask, snorkel, Fins $ 60
Torch $ 75

All divers must carry a Surface Marker Buoy (SMB), and a Dive Computer on every dive
Additional guided dives USD35 per dive (4th dive a day)

Carina - cabins

There are 8 rooms 1 double and a single, 1 Double with Queen Size bed and 1 Room with 2 double beds.
All equipped with private shower, toilet and air condition. All cabins are with a superb view on the Indian Ocean.

  • Double / twin cabin

  • Double / twin cabin

  • Double / twin cabin

  • Double / twin cabin

  • Bathroom

  • Bathroom

Carina - itinerary

A dive safari gives you the opportunity to experience some, if not all the well-known dive sites in the Maldives. Divers cruise the atolls diving the best in comfort, stopping to enjoy the peace and tranquility that is truly Maldives.
MV Carina Diving Safari does not follow a fixed route or itinerary, as the Carina Captain and Dive Guides will change the route to best fit the prevailing weather conditions, to maximize your diving experience.
Dive routes are planned based on the divers experience and the duration of the safari. Some of the standard routes can include the following:

A 7-day Safari: (1)
a. South Male Atoll & Felidhoo: Dive sites includes: Emboodhoo Express, Guraidhoo Kandu, Miyaru Kandu, Fotheyo, Ambara thila, Dhevana Kandu, Kudhiboli and to Mulaku Kandu and Vattaru Kandu, Madivaru Kandu some sites in Mulaku Atoll
b. North Male and Rasdhoo: Banana reef, Sunlight Thila, Bodu hithi Thila, Rasdhoo, Hammer head point, Maya Thila, Ukulhas Thila, Halaveli wreck, Fish head and many more sites and come back to North Male

A 10 day route: (2)
a. Ari Atoll: Can cruise from north to south Ari Atoll and do the most well known sites from Hammer head to Broken Rock.

A 14 day route: (3-4)
You will be able to do North Male and Ari Atoll, or South Male and Ari or Felidhoo and South Ari Atoll or any combination.
All these routes are weather permitting and subjected to changes due to weather or group request For group charters we can make the route based on experience and on the request of the group upon arrival based on weather and other conditions.

Carina - specs

M.V Carina a cruiser that will make your Maldives Holiday a perfect one. One of the top live-aboard in the Maldives Carina offers you Diving, Sailing, Fishing and Cruising Holidays to some of the best dive sites in the Maldives. The Maldives have never been more open to you.
Comforts on board includes air-conditioned cabins, attached toilets and fresh hot & cold water showers, a well-stocked bar, a certified dive instructor and a dive master.
Spacious air-conditioned rooms with attached toilet and showers
Buffet meals and a well-stocked bar

Technical Details: 
Cruising Speed: 10 Knots
Lenght : 33.00 Meters
Width: 9.01 Meters
Engine: 385 HP Yanmar Marine Diesel
Generator: Two sets of 35 Kva Sound proof Onan
Water: Two sets of three ton Desalination Plants

Carina - diving

The Maldives offer the best that diving and snorkelling has to offer, Manta rays are guaranteed on pretty much every trip and there are a myriad of sites where you can see these beautiful creatures of the sea.
All of our liveaboards will do the best to give you the best experience possible dependant on the current conditions on the date of your trip and our boats are liveaboards for people enthusiastic or serious about their diving but also welcome snorkellers and non-divers who will have their own separate itinerary.
One of the highlights of any Maldives safari is the possibility to see one of the gentle giants of the ocean. Whale sharks are unusually common in the Maldives and are seen nearly year round in some areas and all our liveaboards will do their utmost to give you this chance encounter of a lifetime.
Diving from a liveaboard in the Maldives is without doubt one of the cheapest and easier ways to experience the best that the Maldives has to offer and these are, in our opinion, the best liveaboards in the area in terms of value for money, comfort and quality of service.

Maldives dive sites

Ari Atoll - Some of the popular dive sites

Kudarah Thila

Type of dive: Reef dive
Description: One of the best dive sites for soft coral and fish life.
The marine life here is so abundant, that the divers have named it ‘fish soup’. The thila is in a circular shape and can be covered in a single dive at different depths, if the current is not very strong.

Maaysa Thila

Type of dive: Reef dive / Night dive
Description: The thila is about 80mters in diameter.

The whole thila can be done at different depths in a single dive. There are manycaves and overhangs around the thila. The large rocks on the north eastern side have large black coral trees growing on them. The site is famous for the sharks and a great barracuda which reside here. The site can be dived at any time of the day, each with different activity going on the reef. The best chance to get close to these creatures is at night time, when they are hunting. You will see sharks, barracudas, rays and eels trying to grab a morsel.

Bathala Maaga Kanthila

Type of dive: Drift dive
Description: The northern tip of Magaa reef extends into Bathalaa Kandu and is home to a number of grey reef sharks and white-tip reef sharks. They can be seen patrolling along the reef looking for food.

Maalhos Thila (Blue Curves)

Type of dive: Drift dive / Reef dive
Description: The thila is known for the abundance of soft coral growth on the thila, particularly the blue/violet colored variety that grows on the ceiling of the caves and overhangs, thus the name ‘blue caves’. In addition a large variety of fish life can be observed here.

Rasdhoo Madivaru

Type of dive: Drift dive / Channel dive
Description: The reef on the southern side of Rasdhoo drops vertically to the ocean depths. The site is home to a school of Scalloped Hammerhead sharks (sphyrna lewini). In the early hours of the morning they rise from the deep waters off the atoll into the shallower depths, accessible to divers.

South Male Atoll - some of the more popular dive sites

Guraidhoo Kandu South

Type of dive: Drift dive / channel dive
Description: Since the eastern side of the channel is Open Ocean, large predatory fish can regularly be spotted here. This site is famous for sightings of sharks, schools of eagle rays and the occasional Sail fish and Hammerheads. The best condition to do the dive is when the current is flowing into the Atoll. The dive begins on the outer reef following the current into the atoll. Most of the pelagic species can be observed on the eastern side, where the reef drops off into the deep ocean. At the end of the dive in the channel, along the reef you can find overhangs with plenty of soft coral growth and small fish.

Kandooma Thila

Type of dive: Drift dive / reef dive
Description: Located in a channel, the reef is subject to strong currents at times. The ocean currents carry lot of nutrients to the reef, supporting an abundance of sea life. The site is well renowned for the soft coral growth, turtles, diverse fish life and invertebrates found on the reef. At the reef slope you may find sharks and eagle rays.

Embudu Kandu (Express)

Type of dive: Drift dive / channel dive.
Description: Similar to Guraidhoo Kandu, but more sharks are likely to be spotted here. The currents can be very strong at times. The stronger the current however the better chance of seeing sharks. Under the guidance of an experienced dive guide, the dive can be managed done easily.

Carina - faqs

Where is the pick up for the boat?
In the Maldives the default meeting point for all hotels and liveaboards is the airport so whether you are arriving from an international flight or transfering from another resort you will arrive and depart from the airport which is 100 metres from the port where the dhoni will transfer you to your liveaboard.

Will I be met when I arrive?
You will be met off your flight or resort transfer as per your details you provide to us at the time of booking your trip and returned to the airport at the end of your liveaboard.

Can I buy a local phone card?
Phone cards are available for sale at the airport. They are gprs enabled so you can pick your email on your phone nearly anywhere on the trip at very reasonable rates. Please make sure you tell you guest rep that you want one before you leave the airport.

What time will we arrive at the boat?
The boat stays in Male for the first day so dependant on what time you land and we transfer you to the boat.

Carina - schedule

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