208 individual vessels were nominated by the readers of DIVE Magazine for the 2018 Travel Awards. 25 Liveaboards in the World have been put forward to vote amongst which Four Liveaboards from the Maldives have also been listed.
The Maldives Liveaboards listed among the top 25 by the magazine includes:
Carpe Diem Maldives
Carpe Diem Cruises offers an incredible, nature-packed adventure cruise over seven or ten nights exploring the Maldives' atolls on board the Carpe Diem. This is the original boat that the company began its operations in 2008. A familiar feeling to the vessel welcomes repeat guests and invites new ocean explorers to enjoy the ten cabins spread out over three decks, catering for a maximum of 20 guests.
Ideal for scuba diving, surfing, fishing or private charter trips, the Carpe Diem is accompanied by a diving Dhoni (tender) and a small speedboat. Local dive masters on board share their abundance of experience for all levels of divers. On dedicated scuba diving trips, the Carpe Diem offers a standard three dives a day. When its time to slide into a slower pace, the boat’s sundeck is the perfect spot to soak up the sun surrounded by the turquoise shades of the Maldivian waters. The friendly service of the crew and delicious cuisine are just two reasons guests return time and again for another Carpe Diem adventure cruise, ensuring a luxurious stay to fulfil their Maldivian dreams. Carpe Diem Cruises has received the Maldives Travel Awards for Leading Liveaboard Brand for several years.
Carpe Vita Maldives
Carpe Vita is a luxurious boat aboard which divers can explore the depths of northern, central and southern Maldivian atolls. Since 2011, Carpe Vita offers up to four dives per day over seven and ten day scheduled dive safaris. Catering to solo divers, couples, families or groups of friends, the experienced native Maldivian divemasters know the best sites for each time of year. The fully escorted dives include some of the best chances to see manta rays and whale sharks, early morning dives in search of hammerheads and night dives at feeding stations for nurse sharks.
With slightly more space than Carpe Diem, a maximum of 20 guests enjoy ten cabins spread out over three decks. Each cabin is convertible to twin beds, making it a perfect holiday choice for dive groups. Carpe Vita caters for scuba diving, wave surfing, fishing and tailor-made trips for both individuals as well as groups. When not enjoying the ocean water, the sundeck is the perfect place to work on a suntan and hop into the onboard jacuzzi.
Carpe Novo Maldives
A luxury bucket-list vessel for a relaxing diving, surfing or cruising holiday in the Maldives is the Carpe Novo. This latest and largest of boats within the Carpe Diem Maldives fleet, Carpe Novo took to the waters in March 2016, inviting ocean adventurers to enjoy 11 cabins spread out over three decks and catering for a maximum of 21 guests.
As is the tradition in the Maldives, Carpe Novo is accompanied by a diving Dhoni (tender) and a small speedboat. On board is a purpose-built camera equipment drying room, and on dedicated scuba diving trips, the Carpe Novo offers a standard three dives per day. When divers are not underwater, the boat’s sundeck with its jacuzzi is the perfect spot to work on a suntan and admire the view over the Maldivian waters.
Blue Voyager Maldives
Blue Voyager s a 37m, steel hulled vessel that boasts three roomy double cabins and ten twin cabins that can take 26 divers, providing one of the best Maldivian diving experiences. The boat features an indoor dining area, a bar and sky lounge, along with a jacuzzi. A shaded outdoor lounge area can be found on the mid-deck, plus four different sun decks: a viewing deck located at the front of both the mid and upper decks, an open-air top deck and an ocean deck at the stern of the boat, all providing comfortable seating and loungers.
The ocean deck is a unique feature allowing guests to relax in the open air while close to the water. On many evenings floodlights will illuminate the water just off the ocean deck to attract plankton which brings in manta rays and whale sharks.
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