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Moon Tours’ private Maldives SUP Surf Charters have a huge fuel allowance for ultimate flexibility in the search for perfect uncrowded waves. The Stand-Up Surf Charter aboard the 38-meter motor yacht, Carpe’ Vita, is the perfect vessel for someone wanting all the bells and whistles and the best waves. Vita sleeps 20 guests but you can rest assured that half the boat will be empty with only 10 surfers for your comfort and privacy. SUP surfers, long boards, short boards, non-surfers, and flat water paddlers, welcome!
During this surf camp, you will stay in the Carpe Vita for nights one to seven. Single supplement rooms are available. The Carpe Vita is the upgraded sister ship of the Carpe Diem. The Carpe Vita meaning “seize life,” was built in the Maldives by the same person, Amir Mansoor, as the Carpe Diem. It started operations in 2011.
With her 38-meter length, the vessel is bigger than the Carpe Diem but still caters for a maximum of 20 people. With 10 cabins divided over three decks, it proves a lot more space. It caters for dedicated scuba diving, wave surfing, fishing, and tailor-made trips for both individuals, as well as private groups and families.
The different cabin types are the two VIP suites, two superior rooms, and six standard rooms. All cabins have individually controlled air-conditioning, safety deposit boxes, and en-suite bathrooms with hot water showers and toilet. Internet available onboard.
From the dining area, a staircase ultimately leads you to a spacious sun deck which is partially shaded and has a Jacuzzi and a sitting area in the middle and some lounge chairs to catch that nice tan. With a book in one hand and a cocktail in the other, it is the perfect place for some quiet rest and relaxation.
A total of six standard cabins, number five to 10 are located on the cabin deck below the main deck. All cabins have one queen size bed and a super single bed, desk or chair, dresser, and private en-suite bathrooms with showers. All standard cabins have portholes.
The two superior cabins, numbers three and four and located on the main deck, have king size beds which can be separated in two super single beds. The rooms have a desk, chair, a dresser, hanging closet, large windows, a private en-suite bathroom, and a shower cubicle.
The two spacious VIP suite cabins, numbers one and two, have king size California beds which can be separated in two super single beds or 39 inches. The rooms have a wide flat screen TV plus DVD or HD player, a desk, chair, and dresser, two hanging closets, windows throughout the side of the cabin, bathroom with a dual sink, bathtub, and a separate shower cubicle.
Upon arrival, you will have a meet and greet at Velana International Airport (MLE), in front of Burger King, before boarding the vessel at around 03:00 p.m. You will have a welcome briefing and an arrangement of documents.
Departing Male Harbor in the Maldives, you will find the island nation’s most famous waves in the North Male Atolls. The long breaks offer right and lefts for the beginner, intermediate, and professional surfer with waves ranging from one to three 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 around Mother Nature’s plans for the swell and wind. Because of that, Moon Tours will not finalize the charter itinerary with the captain and crew until closer to the departure.
With a generous mileage allowance, you will 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 knows the area very well.
They will try to get you to famous and amazing waves like Cokes, Jailbreaks, Honky’s, Sultans, and Tucky Joes. Departing the vessel, you will depart for Velana International Airport (MLE) at around 08:00 a.m. Due to the necessity of readying the vessel for the next cruise, the team must strictly enforce the early departure.
This surf camp will take place in North and South Malé Atoll, 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.
Surround yourself with palm-fringed islands with pristine beaches, turquoise lagoons, crystal clear warm water, and stunning coral reefs with abundant varieties of marine life. It hosts a massive variety of world-class waves that are 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 a sea with little pockets of corals dotted on top of an old volcanic mountain range. Only 202 of the islands are inhabited. There are no hills or river and almost no tides. The highest point above sea level is less than 10 feet.
During the last decade, surfing in the Maldives has attracted many surfers from all over the world. The same swells hitting Indonesia deliver the goods to the Maldives except that the latitude is a little higher and the SE exposure has less energy. There are three main surfing areas.
For the North and South Male Atoll, the surf season runs from April to October during the southwest monsoons. The bigger swells run from May to August with two to eight-foot waves on offer all season. The Central Atoll standard waves are long and clean with size varying between two and eight feet as well.
During the southern hemisphere winter from April to October, it is pretty much never flat. The Southern Atolls right at the southern point of the Maldives is best for surfing 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.
During this surf camp, you will be provided with all meals such as daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner, snacks, filtered water, tea, and coffee. You will get to enjoy a barbecue on a deserted island. The Sri Lankan chef and cook, Iresh, is a well-experienced chef and has been with the company for years. He knows how to make those buffets special, extra tasty, and of a high standard.
He is assisted by a local chef to add some local flavor to the menu. 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. A selection of beer, wine, and spirits can be purchased onboard.
With dive masters and an instructor on board, you will have the opportunity to complete a dive course in paradise or the freedom to dive to your limits. Carpe Diem is also set up with Nitrox diving facilities. If diving is not your thing, then one of the dive team can take you on a guided snorkeling tour.
Although the Maldives is known for the stunning beaches and azure waters that typify the tropical idyll, its life beneath the water’s surface is becoming ever more respected by scuba divers in the know. The Maldives Islands have some good coral reefs but it is the abundance of marine life throughout the country that sets it apart from other dive destinations.
The water temperatures remain from 27 to 28 degrees Celsius throughout the year. All of the vessels are accompanied by spacious diving Dhoni or tenders which are equipped with the latest to meet the ever-growing demands of the divers to the present day. The Dhoni have Nitrox membrane systems providing 32 percent, a toilet, hot water shower, fresh water showers, and camera rinsing tank.
The Carpe Diem and the Carpe Novo provide a standard up to three dives a day versus the Carpe Vita with up to four dives a day. You may rent a full equipment for 220 USD for seven days, 15-liter tanks, a Nitrox tank, or Nitrox refills for 100 USD, a wetsuit for 40 USD, a regulator or BCD for 50 USD, and scuba dive insurance DAN for 15 EUR per person.
The flat water paddling in the lagoons and around the islands is just picturesque. It is the perfect activity for non-surfers. It will entertain you for hours and give you a fitness work out at the same time. The boat does not provide the activity aboard but a hire can be arranged in Male by the boat prior to your arrival. Please ask Moon Tours if you would like them to arrange it for you.
Fishing has always been the lifeblood of island nations and the Maldives is no different. The place has been dubbed the “fishiest” places on the planet. Pelagic species are often the favorite target although there are a lot of reef and shallow water species that will give you a run for your money like the Bonefish, Barracuda, Grouper, Snapper, and the king of fish, the Giant Trevally.
You will need some heavy duty gear to get the big GTs found out there onto the boat. Cruising the deep waters along the outside of the reef, the Yellow-fin and Dogtooth tuna, Dolphin fish, Wahoo, Sailfish, and Marlin all cruise the waters. With the freedom to fish off all three boats along with experienced fishing guides, make sure you bring plenty of your favorite lures.
Snorkelers are welcome too. Apart from some dedicated snorkel trips, the motor yachts all have a small speedboat or dingy available for snorkeling with the crew when the divers are out.
Malí© International Airport
Please book your flight to arrive at Velana International Airport (MLE). Transfers from and to the airport are included. Moon Tours will pick you up from the airport. From Australia, you have a few options but if it is surfboards and surf SUPs, you want to bring then, Moon Tours recommends flying with Singapore Airlines or Air Asia to Male who will both takes boards up to 9’6.
You will be met by your Moon Tours host and the crew to chauffeur you on to the waiting boat at the airport. Singapore Airlines leaves regularly from Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane to Male via Singapore from a 1,200 AUD return flight. Air Asia leaves regularly from Sydney and Melbourne via Kuala Lumpur from a 600 AUD return flight.
From the US, the easiest way to get there is through Dubai on Emirates who take boards up to 10 inches. Emirates Airlines flies regularly from Los Angeles to Dubai to Male. The shortest route takes about 27 hours including stops from 1,200 USD.