Carpe Novo, Maldives

Excellent food and drinks

“(1) This was my ninth LiveAboard dive trip... and this boat was different because it had no cruise director. The Carpe Novo is l…”

David P, United States United States
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  • Dive the ‘Deep South’ where Mantas, Hammerheads, and Eagle Rays are frequently seen
  • Al-fresco dining with incredible views and delicious cuisine prepared by the onboard chef
  • En-suite cabins with TV and AC
  • 2 single cabins onboard, ideal for solo travelers

The Carpe Novo is the largest yacht of the Carpe Diem fleet offering year-round diving in the Maldives. 12 comfortable cabins spread over 3 decks cater to 22 guests onboard. The Junior Suites, located on the upper deck, have double or twin beds and ocean views. The 6 standard cabins located on the lower deck have either one queen-size bed and a single bed or two single beds. There are also two single suites located on the main deck, ideal for solo travelers. Also on the main deck is the large air-conditioned salon with panoramic views, flat screen TV, entertainment system and library. The upper deck serves freshly prepared dishes at the al-fresco dining table so guests can enjoy the stunning views and sea air. The sun deck has plenty of padded loungers and a partially shaded seating area for tanning in between dives or enjoying a sunset cocktail.

Itineraries on Carpe Novo cover some of the Maldives' best dive sites. The classical routes are 7-10 nights long and explore the Male, Ari, Vaavu and Rasdhoo atolls to name a few. The Deep South trips are for more experienced divers who will be rewarded with hammerhead encounters and thrilling channel diving. Diving takes place from the dedicated dive dhoni (boat) which is fully equipped to give divers all the space they need for kitting up, gear storage, and rinsing. There is also a dedicated camera room with charging ports and a dry area for changing batteries and memory cards, so you don't miss out on the action.

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Included: VAT, Fuel Surcharge, Gratuities, Airport Transfer, Drinking Water, Tea & Coffee, Beach BBQ, Full-Board Meal Plan (All meals), Snacks, Diving Package, Nitrox, Snorkeling Guide, Cabin Towels, Deck Towels.

Required Extras: Environment Tax (6 USD per day).

Optional Extras: Local Flights, Alcoholic Beverages, Soft drinks, Nitrox Course (200 USD), Rental Gear, Scuba Diving Courses (130-700 USD), Stand Up Paddleboard (25 USD per day), WiFi internet (40 USD).

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Boat features

  • Camera Station
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Audio & video entertainment
  • Library
  • Air Conditioned saloon
  • Aircon Cabins
  • Sun Deck
  • Indoor Saloon
  • Non-Diver (Snorkeler) Friendly
  • Warm Water Showers
  • Outdoor Dining
  • Custom built for diving
  • Charging stations
  • En-Suite bathrooms
  • Paid Internet
  • Separate Rinse for u/w Camera
  • Leisure Deck
  • Bar
  • Available for Charter

Food & Drinks

  • Western Food
  • Local Food
  • Vegetarian Options
  • Buffet style
  • Beer available
  • Snacks All Day
  • Wine Available
  • Fine Cuisine
  • Beach BBQ
  • Full-board Option
  • Al Fresco Dining

If you have any specific dietary requirements whilst on-board your cruise, you can add this to your special requests on step 2 of the booking form. We advise limiting these requests to religious beliefs or food allergies.


  • DIN Adaptors
  • Nitrox available
  • Dive deck
  • Tenders for diving
  • Shaded Diving Area
  • Free Nitrox

The crew speaks English.

Gear Rental

There is diving gear available on this boat. Please provide your rental needs on the booking form. See below for further details on inclusions and pricing. Show prices.

Drawings & Vessel Layouts

#deckplan floorplan

Boat Specifications

  • Year built 2016
  • Length 43m
  • Beam 11m
  • Engines Doosan Daewood Marine Diesel (Model No: V1 80219) HP 800
  • Max guests 22
  • Number of cabins 12
  • Number of bathrooms 15
  • Tenders Diving Dhoni (18.5mx6m)
  • Water capacity 1 x WASCO Desalinator 700Liters /hr. 15 tons/day & 1 x WASCO Desalinator 900 Liters / hr. 18 tons/day
  • Fuel capacity 2 x Tanks of 6000 liters per Tank (Total 12 tons)
  • Freshwater maker 13000 Liters (10 Tons)

Boat Navigation and Safety

  • GPS
  • Radio VHF/DSC/SSB
  • Life Vests
  • Fire Alarm & Fire Extinguishers
  • Oxygen
  • First Aid Kits
  • Satellite & mobile phones
  • Crew trained in first aid

Carpe Novo Reviews

  • 9.1 Superb
  1. Vessel
  2. Crew
  3. Food
  4. Diving
  5. Value
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • David P
  • United States United States
Great Boat that needs Leadership

(1) This was my ninth LiveAboard dive trip... and this boat was different because it had no cruise director. The Carpe Novo is led by the 4 Maldivian Dive Guides. Maldivians are (by nature) a very quiet people that, in this case, lack energy and leadership skills. I didn't even know who was in charge after my first 5 hours on the boat. I don't think a head count was taken at the beginning... because I was in my room and missed the initial Boat Safety/ Familiarization/ Welcome Brief. When everybody was leaving at the end... the Guides were nowhere to be found. After a guest asked about them to say goodbye, a crew member found them in their room and brought them out. (2). The first couple of dives were chaotic because the dive guides insisted on keeping 22 divers in the water at the same location! We scared away potential sharks and swam on top of each other! TOTAL frustration! After A LOT of complaining... the guides finally did a better job a separating the groups. (3). This was a great trip overall... We saw Tiger Sharks, Whale sharks, Manta Rays, Sting Rays, Dolphins, Eagle Rays, Nurse Sharks, and White-tip Sharks. (4). The food was awesome! (5). Will I come to Maldives again? Definitely! Will I cruise Carpe Novo? Probably not.

Recommended for
Comfortable Boat, Great Food, Good Dive Sites - A Cruise Director is Needed!
  • 8.4 Very good
  • Saeid F
  • Iran Iran
Every thing was good

Dive leader was good but not for underwater photographer

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  • 8.4 Very good
  • Werner B
  • Austria Austria
Tolles Preis-Leistungs-Verhältnis

Siehe oben! Konstruktive Kritik: ● kein Boots-Briefing: KEINE (!) Information über Toilettenbenützung, Notfallplan (Fluchtwege,Treffpunkte,Evakuierung, etc.), Sauerstoff und Erste Hilfe Produkte (wo?), grundlegende Sicherheitshinweise; auch nicht am Dhoni --> grob fahrlässig (!!!) ● Nitrox Messung sehr unprofessionell ● Dive Briefings aufgrund mangelnder Englischkenntnisse oft nicht gut verständlich ● kein Tour-Guide am Boot: Koordination, Information, Kommunikation grundlegend nicht gut ● Tauchguide-Leader nicht sehr professionell (Briefings tw unverständlich, unzureichende allgemeine Informationen)

Recommended for
Manta Nachttauchgang; Ammenhaie beim Nachttauchgang und auch amTag, Essen sehr gut und abwechslungsreich - ein ganz großes Lob an die Küche und das Service!
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Michael V
  • Denmark Denmark
Great trip lots of good dives with lots of animals. Excellent food.

Tiger sharks

Recommended for
We saw a tiger shark, whale shark and lots of other sharks.
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Hyunju K
  • South Korea South Korea
Great experience

Boat condition was really great, even we got the under deck room, room was spacious and especially toilet was super clean and big. Staffs were all friendly and remember each divers taste and needs and gave service accordingly. Food was fantastic! Chief is always caring about how the guests think about food! Diving was fantastic! Diving guides hears about what guests want to see and plan accordingly ! Definitely recommend the trip with Carpe Novo team.

Recommended for
Food/ Boat Quality/ Staff
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Jeremy W
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
Excellent Liveaboard

This was a the Deep South Itinerary which was a truly memorable experience. Numerous Shark, Manta and Turtle encounters. Carpe Novo is an excellent boat which really feels spacious. I had a standard bedroom which was huge and had an equally large bathroom. The crew really make the trip special. A variety of delicious food with lots to choose from including an island BBQ on one of the nights. The dive guides are very knowledgeable and take you to the best spots. All in all a truly memorable week and I will return.

Recommended for
Dive Sites, Crew, Boat Quality
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Daehee K
  • South Korea South Korea
Amazing trip

What an amazing trip! Maldives is always the best, and Carpe Novo was best choice for me. There are very well experienced guides and friendly crews on the board👍they are all Madivians, so they know the ocean of Maldives really well, guess this is so important fact to take a trip with Deep south in Maldives. Foods were so nice. I will choose Carpe series again for next Maldive trip.

Recommended for
Well experienced guides, friendly crews, food
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Julia H
  • Germany Germany
Great dive safari - highly recommended, I hope to be back

Small and international group of like minded divers, excellent dive guide (Maazin), impressive oceanic life (mantas, rays, sharks, macros, beautiful corals), helpful staff, clean boat, good and plenty food. Wifi only available sometimes. Personally I prefer to have one designated buddy than a group buddy system but it worked out well for our group:)

Recommended for
I appreciated the variety of dive sites, well-run operations, spacious cabin and boat in general
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Sandra L
  • Australia Australia
Very good liveaboard

Seeing sharks, mantas and whale shark

Recommended for
Great dive sites, wonderful room and boat and yummy food
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Amit K
  • Hong Kong Hong Kong
Having dived for many years and specially in Maldives, this was my 9th trip for diving there I was very happy with this trip and it went beyond my expectations

Several great sightings from Manta Rays, Whale Sharks, Eagle rays and many reef sharks. Each dive was well planned with safety in mind

Recommended for
Quality of service, specially the dive guides and their attention to details, the quality of cabins and how spacious the boat is