Diving Squad Rating:
Of all the Mid Price Raja Ampat Liveaboards, the Carpe Diem is possibly the most beautiful we’ve ever had the pleasure to review.
It is specially designed for small groups and individuals looking for a more personalised service, taking no more than 8 guests.
Great For: Small Groups, Couples, Short Trips.
Duration of Trips: 6 – 10 days
Max Guest Capacity: 8
Tours Raja Ampat: October – April (Tours other parts of Indonesia for rest of the year).
The visually stunning Carpe Diem, has just 4 pristine Cabins, all of which include AC and ensuite bathrooms.
The Nutmeg cabin spans almost the entire width of the boat and has a skylight & ocean view windows.
The other 3 cabins have the option for double beds or two singles, perfect for couples or friends.
Delicious, locally sourced meals are served at the Al fresco dining table, with vegetarian and vegan options being available.
The immensely knowledgeable and friendly dive staff love sharing their impressive knowledge of the local marine ecosystems.
There are also kayaks and paddle-boards available, plus snorkelling equipment.
In between dives and catching rays on the sun deck, guests can relax in the AC saloon.
This is decked out with comfortable furniture, a library plus audio and video entertainment system.
“I had a fantastic time on Carpe Diem. It really exceeded all expectations. (except maybe the diving, because I knew that would be incredible). We ate like 5 meals a day so were never want for food.
I had a room to myself because there were only 2 guests on board. (out of a possible 8; Cecile has a policy of not cancelling on guests, which helps show how much she cares about clients). The room was actually not cramped at all, which surprised me given past liveaboards.
Dive equipment was top notch and Cecile and Agus were fun and informative divemasters and were great at finding amazing stuff for us. (2 Spanish dancers, tons of manta, tons of turtles, nudibranchs, whitetips, etc).
A typical day looked like: wake up, have a small pre-dive breakfast, dive, have a real breakfast, dive, hang out for a bit, lunch, dive, have a snack and hang out, night dive, have dinner, hang out or head to rooms.
The last few days we swapped the evening diving for Komodo dragons and sunsets and stuff so we always had full days.
Overall, the whole crew was so friendly and great to be around and it was really a fantastic experience and hit every mark I had”.