Coral Conservation

Explore. Rescue. Protect.


At the heart of everything we do, Carpe Diem Maldives is committed to our reducing our global footprint within a community and dedicated to preserving the reef and marine life of The Maldives. We understand that travel matters; it broadens the mind and enriches our lives. It also challenges us out of our comfort zone and into new and unknown environments. Every day presents new opportunities and it is for us to embrace these and, literally seize the day! It is then up to us, to also protect these places we set out to explore. The threat posed by climate change and the need to preserve coral reefs globally is one of the most important issues facing us today. In the Indian Ocean, the Maldives falls outside of the territory covered by most globally recognised environmental organisations, making global funding for reef restoration projects all the more challenging to secure. Throughout our company we implement a number of measures, which vary from large-scale initiatives – such as a clear policy on providing all our guests with reusable water bottles, recycling, energy conservation and dimmer switches, and finding ways to reuse waste water for watering plants – to everyday operational awareness such as reusing scrap paper as notepaper. Most significantly though, Carpe Diem Maldives takes a concerted approach towards protecting and restoring the health of coral reefs and marine life in the Maldives. Our “Rescue a Reef” CSR programme incorporates voluntary donations from our guests towards funding reef restoration projects, as well as an annual series of “Dive with a Purpose” marine expeditions through our three cruises vessels. We partner with expert scientists and marine organisations to assist in their research and tackle problems such as Crown of Thorns Starfish outbreaks. Since 2015, together with visiting international conservation organisations, our crews and guests have removed over 10,600 starfish from reefs in the Maldives. In 2018 five “Dive with a Purpose” marine expeditions will see divers take a hands-on role in documenting the marine life, assessing and cleaning reefs, and assisting scientists in collecting valuable data to better understand the ongoing changes, where they originate  and what we can do in the future. In the Maldives we are blessed with wonderful unique reef environments, including submerged farus and giris to explore the invertebrate life as well as diverse and colourful reef fish communities and larger megafauna such as sharks, whale sharks, manta rays and turtles.  If you would like to participate in the Dive with a Purpose marine expeditions, please visit

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