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11 Days Carpe Diem Sunny Coast Boardsports Luxury SUP Surf Camp in Male Atoll, Maldives

Exclusive Surf Camp Maldives with Sunny Coast

Join Pauly from Sunshine Coast SUP Centre and local SUP surfers on a trip of a lifetime! Being a private charter means that it’s essentially a bunch of mates traveling on an incredibly great value surf trip. This surf charter will allow you to have an ultimate flexibility in the search for perfect uncrowded waves. This semi-luxury 115-foot motor yacht, Carpe’ Diem, which you will board, is the perfect vessel for someone wanting all the bells and whistles while being an exceptional value.

Highlights

  • SUP on the best waves
  • Searching for uncrowded waves
  • 2 stand up paddle boards for non-surfers
  • Local surf guides and dive masters and instructors
  • Full board meals, snacks, tea, and coffee
  • Transfers from and to the airport
  • 10 nights' accommodation

Styles


10 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
The maximum participants in the group is 12

Airport transfer included: Malí© International Airport

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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Dining area
  • Lounge
  • Special menu request
  • Internet access

Motor yacht Carpe Diem was hand built in 2008, completely out of wood in the Maldives. She’s 35-meter long motor safari yacht, has three decks, 10 cabins, and can cater for up to 20 guests with two tenders to get in close to reefs, waves, and the islands or for trips. Carpe Diem is also kitted out for diving and will be an optional extra for you. With 10 - 13 experienced crew, you can rest assured that every detail is taken care of.

The 10 guest cabins include one suite, one deluxe cabin, two double cabins, and six standard cabins. All cabins have individually controlled AC, safety deposit boxes, and en-suite bathroom with shower and toilet. Power on board is 220 Volt with UK 3 pin types. Internet available on board.

Standard cabins

A total of six standard cabins, Salsa, Scuba, Surf, Smile, Snorkel, and Ski are located on the cabin deck below the main deck. Four of these standard cabins are very spacious having a queen double bed and bunk bed. The two other standard cabins each have a twin bed and bunk bed and can only take twin sharing occupancy. All standard cabins have portholes.

Moon Tours Maldives Surf Camp Program

Departing Male Harbour in the Maldives, you will find the island nations most famous waves in the North Male Atolls. The long breaks offer right and lefts for the beginner to the intermediate surfer to the professional with waves ranging from 1 - 3 meters. In general, SUP surfers may prefer the South Male Atolls depending on the size of the swell. A surf charter should be flexible, not locked into strict daily miles and locations.

Rather, it should be based on mother natures plans for the swell and wind. Because of this, you will not finalize the charter itinerary with the captain and crew until closer to departure. With a generous mileage allowance, you have the luxury to travel further than any standard charter to get away from the crowds and into the best waves. Rest assured, you will get what you are looking for with a boat and experienced crew that know the area very well.

Surfing and paddling in Maldives

During the last decade, surfing in the Maldives has attracted many surfers from all over the world. The same swells hitting Indonesia and deliver the goods to the Maldives except that the latitude is a little higher and the Southeast exposure has less energy. Your Captain, on board surf guide, Moon Tours host, and Pauly will get you on the best waves in the area depending on the weather conditions. The flat water stand-up paddleboarding is equally exquisite in the lagoons, around the islands, and inside the atolls.

Surfers, non-surfers, family, and friends are all welcome on this surf charter. If you are a non-surfer, you will love cruising the Maldives onboard Carpe Diem with plenty of opportunities to relax, wine and dine, swim, snorkel, dive, or fish. Children upon request depend on group demographic, grandparents, the whole family, or a group of friends.

Instructors

Paul Rogers
Pauly from Sunshine Coast SUP Centre will be your instructor and host in this surf camp.

Location

Maldives

Scattered across the equator in the middle of the Indian Ocean, the gem-like islands of the Maldives depict the rare vision of a tropical paradise. Palm fringed islands with pristine beaches, turquoise lagoons, crystal clear warm water, and stunning coral reefs with abundant varieties of marine life host a massive variety of world-class waves that are now accessible to the traveling surfer.

There are over 1,192 islands in the Maldives Republic, measuring 820 kilometers north to south and 120 kilometers east to west. The closest neighbors are India and Sri Lanka. People who have never been to the Maldives often have trouble comprehending that there is almost no land. It is the sea with little pockets of coral dotted on top of an old volcanic mountain range.

Only 202 of the islands are inhabited; there are no hills or rivers, almost no tides. The highest point above sea level is less than 10 feet. Waves on this charter are carefully selected based on the Moon Tours group criteria of suitable SUP waves and the privacy of empty lineups wherever possible.

It is no secret the Maldives have built a reputation as one of the best places to surf on the planet. It’s lush green rainforests meet white sandy shores with lapping crystal clear blue water over reefs abundant with sea life and world-class waves crashing overhead. There are three main surfing areas:

  • The North and South Male Atoll, the surf season runs from April to October during the South-West Monsoons. The bigger swells run from May to August with two to eight feet waves on offer all season.
  • Central Atoll standard waves are long and clean with size varying between 2 and 8 feet as well. During southern hemisphere winter (April - October), it’s pretty much never flat.
  • Southern Atolls, right at the southern point of the Maldives, are best for surf from February to April and from September to November, there are always waves in the area but the winds become very strong at other times of the year.

Amazing waves

The most famous breaks are in North Male Atolls. These long point breaks offer rights and lefts, whether for low intermediates, intermediates, or for professional surfers, with waves ranging from one to meters. For beginners, South Male Atoll is better suited

Surf spots can be accessed a number of ways; by surf charter boat, point breaks straight off the resort, or by Dhoni transferring surfers from the resorts and camps. Not all surf breaks are accessible from land.

A lot of surfers prefer surf charter boats to access the many different points in the North and South Male Atolls. On a boat there are no constraints and surfers can choose among the most famous breaks. But try to ensure you surf Cokes, Jailbreaks (Himmafushi), Honky’s, Sultans, and Tucky Joes! They are amazing waves!

Features

Activities

  • Diving
  • Scuba diving
  • Snorkeling

General

  • Barbeque facilities
  • Dining area
  • In-room safe
  • Lounge

Services

  • Internet access

Food

All meals, snacks, filtered water, tea, and coffee are included. After a short leave of absence, the Sri Lankan chef cook, Iresh, is back on the Carpe Diem. He is a well-experienced chef and knows how to make those buffets special, extra tasty, and high standard. He is assisted by a local chef, Rakeeb, to add some local flavor to the menu.

Both of them have been working on the Diem for many years. The menu covers a wide range of different international cuisines blended together for you to enjoy. With prior notice, special dietary requests can be catered for as well as any special occasion packages like birthday celebrations and anniversaries to name a few.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

Diving

Although the Maldives are known for the stunning beaches and azure waters that typify the tropical idyll, there's life beneath the water’s surface which is becoming ever more respected by scuba divers. The Maldives islands have some good coral reefs, but it’s the abundance of marine life throughout the country that sets it apart from other dive destinations. The water temperatures remain 27 to 28 degrees Celsius throughout the year.

All of the vessels are accompanied by spacious diving dhonis (tenders) which are equipped with the latest to meet the ever-growing demands of the divers today. The dhonis have Nitrox membrane systems providing 32 percent, a toilet, hot water shower, fresh water showers, and camera rinsing tank. Snorkelers are welcome too. Apart from some dedicated snorkel trips, the boats all have a small speedboat (dingy) available for snorkelers to go snorkeling with the crew when the divers are out diving.

Diving fees / rental gear is not included. There is diving gear available to rent on this boat. Please provide your rental needs. You will need to pay for the rental gear on board of the boat.

  • 15-liter tanks: 100 USD for a week / 150 USD for 10 days
  • BCD (buoyancy control device): 50 USD for a week / 70 USD for 10 days
  • Full equipment: 220 USD for 7 days / 300 USD for 10 days
  • Nitrox refills: 100 USD for a week / 150 USD for 10 days
  • Nitrox tank: 100 USD for a week / 150 USD for 10 days
  • Regulator: 50 USD for a week / 70 USD for 10 days
  • Scuba dive insurance DAN: Available on board at 15 EUR per person for 7 nights
  • Wetsuit: 40 USD for a week / 50 USD for 10 days

Other activities

There is plenty to offer non-surfing partners:

  • Island exploring off the small tender
  • Relaxing on the sundeck with a book and cocktail in hand
  • Stand up paddle board for non-surfer
  • Yoga practice on the sundeck (please pack a yoga mat)

What's included

  • Stand up paddling on the best waves
  • Local surf guide to get you on the best waves
  • 2 dive masters (Dives and Padi certified courses cost extra)
  • Dive master and instructor on board
  • 60 feet Dhoni, enclosed with showers and toilet for surf trips and diving
  • 15 feet tender for additional support, snorkeling, etc.
  • Snorkeling gear
  • 2 stand up paddle boards for non surfers
  • DVD library and books library
  • Air-conditioned cabins with 70 x 60 centimeters windows (suite, deluxe, and high standard) or 20 x 15 centimeters portholes (standard) with en-suite shower and hot water
  • 10 nights' accommodation
  • Toiletries, towels, and beach towels
  • Full board meals including breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks
  • Beach barbecue and bonfire on a deserted island
  • Tea and coffee (instant) available 24 hours
  • Drinking water and drinking bottle with logo
  • Meet and greet and transfers from and to Velana International Airport (MLE)
  • Local taxes
  • Guaranteed exclusive charter (small group of 10 - 12 surfers)

What's not included

  • Airfares
  • Alcoholic drinks and soft drinks
  • Diving equipment and fees
  • 6 USD per person per night of green tax
  • All that is specified under Carpe Diem S Holiday activities and services on board
  • GST on all services sold on board
  • Crew gratuities (Moon Tours suggests 100 to 150 USD per client)

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Velana International Airport (MLE). Transfer from and to the airport is included. The organizer will pick you up from the airport.

If you are from Australia, you have a few options but if it’s surfboards and surf SUP that you want to bring, then Moon Tours recommends flying with Singapore Airlines to Male where you will meet Carpe Diem crew and chauffeured to the boat. If you are booking your own flights, make sure you check your airline guidelines and luggage allowance.

Airport: Malí© International Airport Airport transfer included: Malí© International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 90 days before arrival.
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Availability

Arrival: Saturday May 4, 2019
Departure: Tuesday May 14, 2019

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