FULLY BOOKED. “The Maldives has a special place in my heart. I learned to dive there and I won my first major photo competition (Young Amateur Photographer Of The Year!) with a photo taken in the Maldives, so returning is always special. This trip promises to be even more so, because we are doing the Maldives in Style. We’ve chartered the luxurious Carpe Diem liveaboard, but I am only taking 12 guests on a boat that sleeps 20. That means loads of space aboard, and most importantly lots of photographic space underwater.” says Alex.
Join Alex Mustard for a special Workshop about the luxurious Carpe Diem exploring the atolls of the Maldives from 16th to 24th March 2018 (London to London dates). The itinerary will take in the very best photographic dive sites in North Male, South Male, Ari and Vaavu (Felidhu) atolls, focusing on classic Maldivian subject matter, including mantas, reef/nurse sharks, whale sharks, masses of schooling snappers, fusiliers, jacks and more.
Alex is also debuting a new workshop on this trip called Wet And Dry, that is divided 50:50 between underwater and post processing techniques. “The workshop will cover the photographic techniques to capture the subjects we’re focused on as well as a detailed Lightroom post processing workflow to help get the most from your shots,” adds Alex.
I am really excited to go back and shoot these atolls again,” says Alex, “as so many great new dives have come up in the last few years. Opportunities such as the night snorkelling with mantas and whale sharks in Ari, the nurse shark aggregation at Alimatha and the 100 strong stingray aggregation at the Fish Factory at Kanduoiy Giri, that have really super charged the classic Maldives itinerary of fishy, colourful reefs.” The diving conditions in the Maldives can be unpredictable and the exact itinerary will be only be decided on board in collaboration with the latest information from the guides. “As always on my trips, the aim will be to focus on the most productive dive sites, rather than try and dive as many different sites as possible.”
The Carpe Diem is a multi-award-winning liveaboard vessel and will feel extra special with so few divers on board. Given the low number of divers, single room supplements are very reasonably priced. “March brings flat seas and warm water to the Maldives,” says Alex, “for me this will be a neoprene free trip, I will be diving in shorts and a rash vest!” The trip is timed during the dark phase of the moon, to minimise currents and to increase chances of attracting mantas and whalesharks at their special spot.
London to London. 16th – 24th March 2018. £3495 GBP for standard cabin accommodation, based on two people sharing. Full board on liveaboard, including flights with Qatar Airways (30kg hold allowance).
Includes: International flights (with Qatar). Transfers to boat. Full board package (excludes alcohol and soft drinks). Diving (nitro not included). Alex Mustard Wet & Dry Workshop.
Also available as Maldives only package (make on flight arrangements) 17th – 24th March 2018. £2945 GBP.
Group size: Max. 12 Photographers + Alex.
For reservations and further information, please email Caroline@scubatravel.com (email allows Caroline to deal with enquiries in the order that they arrive). A deposit of £800 GBP is required to hold your place.
Cabin Options (you can see the different cabins in the video below):
Single supplement in standard cabin – £195 GBP
Deluxe Cabin upgrade £295 pp.
Deluxe Cabin upgrade with single supplement – £495
Suite upgrade £395 pp.
Suite upgrade with single supplement – £650
More details on Scuba Travel’s Website
For reservations and further information, please email Caroline@scubatravel.com
Below is short video about the Livevaboard (you may need to click Watch On YouTube for playback):
Finally you must also watch this beautiful video by my talented friend Kay Burn Lim taken on a 6 day trip on the liveabaord MY Velaa this spring in the Maldives – its enough to make anyone want to dive there!