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The newly built Carpe Novo deliver fantastic diving trips in the Maldives. Catering for a maximum of 22 guests, the 12 cabins are each equipped with en-suite bathrooms, AC units, storage space, and TV/HD player. The inviting indoor lounge area, located on the main deck, has an entertainment system, large flat screen TV and library. This is accompanied by a comfortable and relaxing outdoor shaded seating area. Last but not least, the upper deck is home to a fully stocked bar and the al-fresco dining area, where guests are served delicious.

Our Overall Review


Reasons to buy:

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    Many people were happy with the night dives as the mantas were attracted to the lights of the boat.
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    Divers said that the soft corals was healthy and filled with lots of reef life.
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    Many people noted that the boat is new and spacious, silent, clean and comfortable giving passengers onboard a top notch experience.
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    Some people stated that the crew was hands on and made the trip more enjoyable with their banter and interactions.
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    Many people said that they enjoyed their dives and would return for more awesome experiences.

Reasons NOT to buy:

  • check-markSome people noted that they didn't get the opportunity to visit the islands.
  • check-markPeople said that the weather played apart in hampering the mood as it was raining season in August.
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Diving on the Carpe Novo in the Maldives

Carpe Novo Features and Interior

The Carpe Novo Explorer is a 43m (141 feet) long and 11m (36 feet) wide new modern liveaboard. It is offering 10-nights, 7-nights, and specialty cruises year-round. Based on the season, each one is offering a unique dive itinerary, currents, and pelagic migration patterns.

Carpe Novo is catered for up to 22 guests, hosted in 12 single/double cabins. 10 cabins can be configured to accommodate either two friends or a couple. The single cabins feature queen-size beds but can be used for single occupancy. All cabins have private en-suite bathrooms, air conditioning units, and storage space. HD media players with a selection of movies and music are available in each cabin.

The sun deck on the Carpe Novo offers both shaded and full-sun areas so guests can relax between dives or enjoy the sunset at the end of the day. In addition, the upper deck includes an al-fresco dining area, as well as a fully equipped bar offering a wide variety of spirits, beer, wines, liquors, and cocktails. The large main deck is also fully accustomed for the guests of Carpe Novo. It has an air-conditioned lounge and leisure area, TV viewing area equipped with a DVD/CD music system, forward outdoor seating area, and a galley.

A wireless router providing internet connection is also present on the liveaboard, though some additional charges may apply. Cellular coverage and internet access are available when in proximity to some of the Islands the liveaboard is visiting. The Carpe Novo Explorer has also two computers for guests to use, as well as USB connections for any personal devices. In addition to all this, Carpe Nova has also special facilities to help divers maintain their photo equipment. There is a separate room with great lights and a big camera table. With big mantas, whale sharks, blue lagoons and colorful coral reefs, the Maldives can be a true paradise for photo enthusiasts.

Carpe Novo Food

Great attention is paid to the food as well. In the restaurant, guests are served with buffet style meals prepared by our fine dining chef. Breakfast plates would normally have eggs, beef bacon, French toast, potatoes, pancakes, cereal, and fruits. Lunch and evening meals usually consist of chicken, beef or fish, accompanied by vegetables, rice, soup, or pasta. There are also occasions where certain local specialties are also offered as additional options.

On one of the evenings of the trip, a BBQ on a deserted beach is offered. The crew prepares a remarkable feast for this special evening, and if guests are lucky, they may be entertained with some traditional songs and drum playing.

Carpe Novo Diving Experience

The Carpe Novo is ideally sized and equipped for divers. Diving takes place from a 18m fully equipped dedicated dive dhoni, offering maximum space for kitting up. There are storage facilities for the gear. Divers with certifications can use nitrox for filling their tanks. The boat has an LW membrane system. The Carpe Novo has also all necessary facilities to ensure safety on board. The liveaboard is equipped with fire extinguishers, life jackets, emergency alarm, etc.

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