Interested divers have the unique opportunity to contribute to the conservation and restoration of Maldivian coral reefs. Join our conservation team on an alternative dive experience on board the Carpe Diem Maldives Fleet.
Our scientists provide daily seminars and training sessions for conservation minded divers while simultaneously involving them in reef conservation projects. Through a 7 or 10 day excursion, you can learn from a coral reef expert who has over 25 years experience working on coral reefs. You will receive training in coral reef ecology, species identification, reef threats, and conservation strategies while also becoming citizen scientists where you conduct reef assessments and fish surveys, remove coral-eating starfish, or plant new corals onto a damaged reef.
Depending on diver interest, individuals can specialize and focus on fish, corals or invertebrates for more in-depth learning. Divers are responsible for flights to the Maldives and the cost of the live-aboard (varied depending on cabin choice) and a contribution for the conservation workshops and experience with Coral Reef CPR scientists that supports the ongoing research program in the Maldives.
The spacious Carpe Diem Fleet's boat includes single and double occupancy cabins, each with an ensuite, a large shared lounge area with WI-FI and television, outdoor restaurant and bar and a sundeck with ample sunbathing areas. One of the fleet’s boats even has a hot tub. A separate traditional Maldivian diving dhoni holds all dive gear and tanks, making all diving activities smooth and hassle free. Packages include 3 to 4 dives a day. Prices start from USD 2000 / 7 days on Carpe Diem, and USD 3000 on Carpe Vita. Note that prices vary depending on boat, trip length and season.
Collect valuable data on the state of coral reef ecosystems in the Maldives;
Address threats to corals through removal of pest species;
Learn how to conduct scientific assessments and surveys and how to identify fish, coral and benthic life;
Experience the iconic reef ecosystems and marine life that inhabit the Maldives.
The course will be led by the founder and lead scientist of Coral Reef CPR, Dr Andrew Bruckner. He has over 25 years experience on reefs around the world, and has logged over 12,000 dives!
You will leave the live-aboard trip with a new perception on coral reefs, an insight into scientific diving and a comprehensive knowledge on the marine life in these waters- you will never dive the same way again!
Live-aboard excursions include 7 and 10 day explorations with separate routes targeting northern and central atolls, and central and southern atolls. Each day includes the opportunity for up to 4 dives in different locations, training session and an evening seminar, with time to relax and enjoy local Maldivian and international cuisine!
Divers can opt to just participate in the seminars and workshops and they can do observational dives, or look at a specific animal or aspect of reef ecology as an alternative to running the transects. Each of these will provide valuable insight on the reef condition, ecology and behaviors that help achieve our conservation goals. The in water activities will be tailored to each individual based on their interests.
Coral Reef CPR Corp. is a registered 501c(3) in the USA.