The sleek and contemporary M/V Carpe Novo is a large 43m wooden monohull Maldives liveaboard. You can choose among a variety of 7 and 10 night itineraries in the northern, central and southern Maldivian atolls.
22 guests can socialise with their fellow divers or find a quiet spot at one of the seating options across the 3 upper decks. The air-conditioned saloon/ dining area is located on the main deck. Here you can take in a movie on the large flat screen TV, play your favourite playlist through the sound system, or take some time out and enjoy the idyllic island scenery from the curved seating area with panoramic views across the bow. There is an open-air sitting area just off the saloon, where you can sip a refreshing drink, with a gentle cruising breeze maintaining the perfect outdoor temperature. When the Carpe Novo is at anchor, head to the stern of the liveaboard for a refreshing dip in the Indian Ocean off the swim platform. The swim platform features 2 freshwater showers and a bathroom for your comfort. The dedicated camera room, camera table and charging area are also on the main deck.
The upper deck offers spectacular views from the spacious Junior suite's picture windows. Waking up in a suite onboard the Carpe Novo, one would think that you were in a hotel, and not on a diving cruise liveaboard. Unusual for liveaboards, the Carpe Novo has 2 main deck suites allocated specifically for single occupancy. 6 Standard cabins offer two different bed options. All accommodations have private bathrooms, flat screen TVs and entertainment systems, safety deposit boxes and wireless internet.
Dining is a significant aspect of your diving safari. Your buffet style meals are served in the open-air dining area that is aft on the upper deck. The bar is conveniently located here to ensure that you are well hydrated during the day, and can share the delights of your day's sightings with fellow divers in the evenings over cocktails, beer or wine. When it’s time to ensure you return home with a golden hue, the sun deck provides the perfect combination of sun loungers and ample shaded seating.
The most important component of your cruise is the diving. Your Maldivian diving dreams come true from the Carpe Novo’s 18m dhoni. Here your tanks are filled with air or complimentary nitrox for certified divers, all your equipment is stored, prepped and ready for your next dive. The dhoni also features 2 hot water showers and a bathroom. What more could you wish for, besides a second or third Maldivian diving safari vacation?
Notes: Additional COVID rules from 22 January 2022 until further notice:
1) Clients are recommended to have insurance to cover hotel expenses if they are placed under quarantine in a government-appointed facility should they test positive or in case they have been identified as a direct contact and need to quarantine.
2) On Deep South cruises, due to a lack of adequate facilities that are able to provide test results in time for those who need a COVID test result in order to return home, tests will be arranged in Male after their return by domestic flight. Tests are available with results within 2 or 6 hours, which in most cases should be sufficient time before the night flights home.
Dive experience: Participants should be at least Advanced Diver certified, or Open Water Diver certified with a minimum of 100 logged dives and experience with current dives. Divers with less experience will be able to join trips but may have to sit out some dives if dive certifications are not sufficient for the planned dives, unless they take the Advanced Open Water Diver course onboard.
Cruise price per person includes: Cabin accommodation with air-conditioning, breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinking water, hot drinks, return transfers to the boat from Male Airport at scheduled times, dives (as detailed in the trips above), nitrox fills for enriched air certified divers, experienced English-speaking divemaster(s) (7 divers per guide), reef hook, SMB, tanks (11.5 and 13.5 litre), weights and weight belt, 12% GST on cruise price.
Cruise price per person excludes (mandatory, unless customer provides own): Scuba equipment (incl. dive computer US$ 225 for 7 nights), dive insurance, Green tax (US$ 6 per night). Hanifaru Bay (park fee of US$ 20 per person, if applicable). Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival (cash: USD or EUR, or credit card).
Optional extras: Alcoholic drinks, soft drinks, torch (US$ 30 per week), airport transfers outside of scheduled times. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.
How to get there: MV Carpe Novo liveaboard usually departs from Male. Other ports include Baa and Ari for more northern routes and Laamu for more southern routes. Airport transfers are provided on the day of check-in at 2 pm from the tourism information desk in the airport. The boat will spend the first night of the cruise in the harbour. For more information see our How to Get to the Maldives section. The last dive of the trip will be at around 11 am on the second last day of the trip. The last night of the cruise the boat is moored in the disembarkation harbour/port. Please wait at least 18 hours before flying after diving.
Domestic flights are needed only for some southern and northern itineraries. You can buy the tickets online yourself or through us. If you buy a flight through us, please be aware that you should collect the ticket(s) upon arrival if on the same day as embarkation, or on the boat if the ticket is for departing at the end of the trip. We will need full passport details and international flight details in a timely manner in order to reserve flights. Only a passport is required to check in.
Non-diver rate: 10% off the published price.
Single supplement (if you do not want to share accommodation): This is optional - single travellers may choose to share a stateroom or pay a supplement of the published price for their own cabin (50% low season, 80% high season).
Dive clubs and group discounts: Pay for 5 guests and 1 extra person can join in a Lower deck stateroom free of charge (total 6+ guests). Cannot combine with other special offers.
Whole boat charter rate (per night): Pay for 18 guests and 4 extra persons can join in a lower deck staterooms free of charge.
The MV Carpe Novo offers you a range of en-suite accommodations. 12 cabins are located across the upper, main and lower decks. The 4 spacious Junior suites on the upper deck have large picture windows; 2 have a king bed and 2 are convertible double/twin bed. The 2 main deck Suites are reserved for single occupancy guests and have windows and a queen bed. There are 6 lower deck Standard cabins, 4 feature a queen and a single bed and 2 have twin beds.
All the cabins have:
Individual control air-conditioning
Windows, except Lower deck staterooms which have portholes
Private bathroom with built-in hot water shower cubicle, hand basin, toiletries and towels
Smart TVs connected to a central media system
Wardrobe, shelves and mirror
Reading lamps and bedside cabinets
Safety deposit box
Desk and chair
International mains outlet 220V - 24 hours per day