Carpe Novo, Maldives


The newly built 43m MV Carpe Novo now joins sister ships Carpe Vita and Carpe Diem to deliver fantastic diving trips in the Maldives. The M/V Carpe Novo has 12 cabins, each with TV/HD player, AC, storage space and en-suite bathrooms, catering to a maximum of 22 guests. Located on the main deck the inviting indoor lounge area has a large flat-screen TV and entertainment system and library, and forward of this is a comfortable and relaxing outdoor shaded seating area. On the upper deck is the al-fresco dining area where guests will be served delicious meals and a fully stocked bar. For further relaxation aboard the MV Carpe Novo, guests can enjoy the partially shaded sundeck and enjoy the fantastic Maldivian scenery.

Diving takes place from the 18m fully equipped dedicated dive Dhoni, ensuring maximum space for kitting up and gear storage. The experienced and professional crew of the MV Carpe Novo will take you to the stunning dive sites of the Maldives, with crystal clear waters and abundant marine life.

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

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

Optional Extras: Gratuities (75-100 USD), Local Flights, Alcoholic Beverages, Soft drinks, Nitrox Course (180 USD), Rental Gear, Scuba Diving Courses (60-550 USD), WiFi internet (15-20 USD per trip).

Book now, pay later: You can easily place your booking online. We will then hold the spaces for you and you can confirm with a payment later.

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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

  • 9.3 Superb
  • 56 Verified Reviews
  1. Vessel
  2. Crew
  3. Food
  4. Diving
  5. Value
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Florian H
  • Germany Germany
Wonderful week on Carpe Novo

This was my first liveaboard trip, so I have little to compare against. But I was pleasantly surprised by the comfort of my single suite and the entire boat really; by the great food 3 times a day, plus the occasional snack in between (!); the great dive sites and how reliably we found mantas, sharks, sting rays, eagle rays, and all sorts of fish life plus healthy coral reefs. There is literally nothing negative to say about this trip (ok, was not lucky enough to see whale sharks, but that is clearly nobody´s fault)

Recommended for
Very comfy room (single suite) - very good food every day - felt well taken care of in all aspects of the trip.
  • 8.4 Very good
  • Michael P
  • Canada Canada
Maldives was on my bucket list, ... check !

I have been diving now for 43 years and have gone on many liveaboards. This was a good trip with no incidents.

Recommended for
Crew was very attentive to guest. Food was good and plentiful. The weather was excellent !
  • 8.0 Very good
  • katherine S
  • Malaysia Malaysia
Great boat with an awesome crew

Unfortunately diving was not as good so can’t say there were any highlights

Recommended for
Boat, crew and food
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Guy R
  • United States United States
Very good indeed: Very comfortable, friendly staff, well run boat.

The channel diving was a new experience for us. We have not done a long trip like this before, and we have really enjoyed ourselves. We really enjoyed being with other divers who shared the same interests as us. The crew really made us feel conformable and the trip very enjoyable to be on.

Recommended for
Diving, food, and the company of the other divers.
  • 8.0 Very good
  • Benjamin L
  • Hong Kong Hong Kong
Amazing diving thanks to a fantastic crew / dive guides to make our trip unforgettable!

Overall, we absolutely LOVED our trip & had cracking time. Positives: 1) The choice of dive site is amazing - From deep channel dives to meet sharks/rays to macro reef dives through discovery dives (whale sharks, mantas, hammerhead) 2) Crew & people on board. Had a great time with a great atmosphere. 3) Unlimited Nitrox 4) We had to postpone our trip last minute due to unfortunate events & the Carpe team changed our dates the day before arriving. We were impressed & extremely thankful for their efforts! 5) are an incredible service! -- Downsizes: 1) Don't come on this trip if you don't have Nitrox. Everyone on board was diving with it & without it, your diving experience will be severely impacts (note: Nitrox qualification on board = 190 USD) 2) Food waste particularly affected me. Although the food is amazing & the chef works with care on quality meals, there was a lot of food waste which I believe can be easily corrected. 3) 15 USD for internet on board is too much. The cost of the boat is already very high, I believe internet ought to be included (personally, refused to pay 15 USD)

Recommended for
Quality diving with hundreds of sharks including a Whale Shark encounter, the crew's genuine care for our well-being during the trip & the CARPE DIEM services
  • 8.4 Very good
  • Ozgur T
  • Canada Canada
Very nice boat,very professionnal dive team, but not best itinerary in Maldives

Night dive with nurse sharks and sting Ray's,guitar sharks at the north atoll

Recommended for
Comfort of the boat ,camera room,dive team
  • 10 Exceptional
  • John H
  • United States United States
A truly awesome experience

We had an amazing time on the Carpe Novo. The diving was incredible. We saw a whale shark, guitar fish, leopard shark and just about everything in between. The dive crew - Hussein, Kooky and Fish made us feel safe and we had a great time. The crew on board the dhoni were also wonderful. We were never hungry on the boat and the food was consistently good. Our cabin (Thresher Shark) was spacious and the a/c worked well for us. We also had good wifi throughout the trip. Thank you Carpe Novo! We can't wait to come back!

Recommended for
Dive master, food, cabin
  • 9.2 Superb
  • United States United States
Great boat and fabulous dive sites.

Whale sharks and manta rays. Plus a night dive with 30 large nurse sharks all around us.

Recommended for
Whale sharks. Manta rays. Warm water.
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Andrey P
  • Russia Russia
Will definitely go back!!

Hanifaru Bay, night dive with sharks, swim with whale sharks, ornate Eagle ray encounter

Recommended for
Friendly, comfortable, quiet
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Liana B
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
Great trip all round

Prolific fish life particularly at Fish Head dive site, good food and a great group of fellow divers.

Recommended for
Relaxed diving, delicious food and well maintained boat
  • 9.2 Superb
  • United Arab Emirates United Arab Emirates
Amazing Trip on Carpe Novo

The Diving

Recommended for
Cleanliness& Amazing food
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Yevgeniya M
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom

This was my first liveaboard, but everything was fantastic! The crew and the dive guides were great. Food was delicious. We've had a really good group of divers as well, so overall a wonderful experience, would definitely recommend Carpe Novo.

Recommended for
the dive sites, dive guides, food was great
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Doug S
  • United States United States
Great Boat...Great Trip!

Sharks, Mantas, eels.

Recommended for
Boat and dive boat setup. Tina and Crew were great. Dives were terrific
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • moises D
  • Spain Spain
Great boat, good and crew. Nice divesites in general, but fea dives in channels or currents, may be the reason why se saw much leas pelagic life than expected.

The Night dives, both at the jetty with the nurse shark and with the Manta. The healthy and numerous soft corals and reef life, the hard corals not in that healthy conditions as the soft. The rich and diverse reef life, de Mantas though ir big pelagic life, probably because of the weather, ir is the rainy season in August.

Recommended for
The boat itself is new, spatious, confortable, clean, long far the Best Liveaboard I have been to. The good esa delicious, fresh, diverse, the fruit specially. The crew was very polite and helpful, and the dive guides were very professional.
  • 8.0 Very good
  • Francesco F
  • Italy Italy
Relaxing and pleasant

The dives were great the crew professional and friendly.

Recommended for
Dives boats food
  • 7.2 Good
  • simon M
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
A Great weeks Diving with a good mix of people from all countries!

The Crew, The Diving, The Food. This is my 4th livaboard and to be honest and give constructive criticism. To compare to the Scubaspa that I done last year I would say that your competition have the edge with the small details such as, fresh fruit and juice after every dive, more relaxation areas with a separate bar from the dining lounge which made for good socialising in the evening, a selection of free fresh fruit and soft drinks throughout the day (not just instant coffee, tea and biscuits) A shame we didn't get to go on to the island for a BBQ that's always a nice change and a chance to socialise with new people. Also would be nice to have a Jacuzzi!

Recommended for
My Daughter passed her Open Water Diving & Nitrox Course, Food, Diving & Crew
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Britta J
  • Germany Germany
It was amazing

Diving, Iland bbq, Food, Group, Service, Crew and no additional charge for Single traveller

Recommended for
Diving, Service, Places
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Isidoro Luis F
  • Argentina Argentina
Great Experience.

Mantas and Sharks, diving in general.

Recommended for
Organization, service and professionalism.
  • 8.4 Very good
  • David S
  • Australia Australia
Absolute luxury, the whole experience was fantastic.

Diving was great, although the visibility was limited - that can’t be helped at this time of year. Beach Bbq was good fun, and there was a great group of guests on there boat making it a super fun experience.

Recommended for
Spacious boat with a glorious sundeck. Great food variety and quality. Amazing staff catering to all your needs.
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Caroline D
  • France France
Super Comfort safari

Padi nitrox certification with old system paper to send :( Very Nice boat and friendly people met ! Amazing dives with bad visibility and water not so hot

Recommended for
The boat - Mantas - Wale Shark
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Stefan S
  • Slovakia Slovakia
Great time with Carpe Novo

Everything worked well starting from the pickup @ the airport, transfer, boarding, diving until the sad moment we had to leave... :( I wish the time would flow slower... We really had great experience with Carpe Novo. Diving met most of our expectations. Sadly we could not spot any whale shark. The reef & corals are not as rich as some other areas in SE Asia. But you get mantas.... a lot of them in exchange! I would very much recommend Carpe Novo.

Recommended for
Nice & clean vessel, perfect service on board, relaxed dives.
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Jia F
  • China China

Deep South trip is great line

Recommended for
DM Ibbe is great guy, service,food
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Kota I
  • Australia Australia
Everything was 5 stars!!

Everything was well organised to make a week trip so comfortable and do diving. Delicious meals are always ready when we come back from each dive and staff were all professional and dedicated to what they do. We are so happy that we chose this liveaboard. If we come back, we will definitely look no further.

Recommended for
Helpful, professionalism and great food
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Sindy D
  • Netherlands Netherlands
Excellent (first)live aboard.. will definitely do this again.

Some great dives with lots to see.. manta rays.. sharks.. whaleshark.. macro life... honey comb eels... turtles.. eagle rays... sting rays... fish species galore.. etc etc.. too much to mention. Super staff members.. excellent dive guides.. great food... and some of the other guests too. Made dive friends for sure.

Recommended for
Staff... dives... boat..
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Sean H
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
All round great experience!

Whale sharks, mantas and rays, and the night dive. The variety of sea life was stunning .

Recommended for
Truly amazing diving, lovely on board team, all happy to help with anything,
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Charles L
  • United States United States
Excellent from beginning to end!

The crew went out of their way to make this a great experience. The food was excellent and plentiful and always ready when we were hungry from diving. The dive crew made sure we had great dives. We had a comfortable and well equipped boat for the diving.

Recommended for
The crew, the dives, the boat.
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Flemming B
  • Denmark Denmark
Excellenet diving in the Maldives

Mantarays, lots of them! I have seen mantarays many times but on this trip we saw them all the time. By now I think I have seen all the mantarays I deserve for the rest of my life! :)

Recommended for
Divng, ship & food
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Raphaël N
  • Switzerland Switzerland
Wonderful diving trip in Maldives

Snorkling with Mantas

Recommended for
Great boat, Great staff and crew members, Very nice itinary
  • 8.4 Very good
  • Darren R
  • Australia Australia
It was a great way to dive around Maldives and we were spoilt by the crew

Snorkelling with mantas Finding our bed decorated by the crew for our honeymoon and a cake made for us Diving with sharks (no whale shark though:(

Recommended for
Snorkelling with mantas, bbq on the beach and seeing sharks at almost every dive
  • 8.4 Very good
  • Steven R
  • Germany Germany
Spectacular vacation

The diving was out of this world, the crew and chef's could not have been any better and the boat is magnificent. Unfortunately the lower deck cabins are not very well ventilated and had strong diesel and cigarette fumes whenever the boat was not underway. When we requested a change of cabins the crew kindly agreed, unfortunately the second cabin was much the same.

Recommended for
Diving, service & food
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Christopher B
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
First rate boat and crew, with excellent cuisine and super diving.

We hadn't dived before in strong currents - those are of course the norm here but the dive crew managed our three groups very well. Overall the approach of the dive and boat crew was that nothing was too much trouble. I can't think of anything to criticise or suggest could be improved. The mixture of coral life and the bigger creatures of the 'blue' dives was magical.

Recommended for
excellent accommodation on board; very good food; first rate service from a very enthusiastic and dedicated crew
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Natalie H
  • Germany Germany
Awesome trip!

We had an awesome time on the Carpe Novo and would repeat in a heartbeat! Our first time in the Maledives and definitely not the last time, great diving! Service was incredible, you didn't even notice how and when they did it but everything you could think of was always prepared. You come back on board after the early morning dive and they are just carrying out of the kitchen the first plates of scrambled eggs :-) Dive guides really nice and knowledgeable and we were lucky to have awesome fellow guests, really good group of people. The standard of the boat is really high, cabins extremely spacious and the bathroom as luxurious as in a hotel - you wouldn't even think you're on a boat when you enter your cabin. The food was great, there was always a good mix of european and local cuisine and everything well prepared. They frequently caught fishes during the day and prepared sashimi for dinner - just awesome! Prices for drinks very reasonable (not like what I've heard from the Maledive resorts). All in all we had the best time and can only recommend! Big thumbs up!

Recommended for
diving, service, food
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Heejoo G
  • South Korea South Korea
Amazing Maldives

Boat was very well organized and comfortable. Also the crew and guide was kind and nice. The wide window of suites i stayed is unforgettable!

Recommended for
Sites, Crews, Boat
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Nadya M
  • Bulgaria Bulgaria

Diving was great!

Recommended for
Diving, boat and food
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Chris L
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
Excellent trip, great crew and good times!!!!!!!!!!!

3 whale sharks on the light at the back of the boat at 3am!!!!!!!!!! Being towed across the equator at 2:30am!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Recommended for
The crew, the food, the diving!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Wolfgang W
  • Germany Germany
Great diving, demanding.

Whale Shark, groups of Silk Sharks circling in the Big Blue

Recommended for
sharks all over the place
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Bruno P
  • Portugal Portugal
Great fish life

Everything went smooth. We rented the diving gear and it all worked fine. The dive guides adjusted the dives to the experience of the divers The diving was great with lots of fishlife but no whale shark. The corals were in a very bad condition

Recommended for
The confort aboard;The diving ;The fishlife
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Frank W
  • Germany Germany
It's a Divetrip completely succeeded

- Mantas without end - Gostpipefish

Recommended for
Diving-Organisation, Space/Practicality from Rooms, versatile Divesites
  • 9.2 Superb
  • james W
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
Very friendly and passionate staff , a fantastic week

Very knowledgable dive masters who knew each dive site very well. Very good quality of food and staff always wanting to please you and help you out .

Recommended for
Staff , diving , other customers
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Wojciech K
  • Poland Poland
Great boat, service and food

The organisation was very efficient. I felt very well looked after. Enjoyed the boat and the amenities. The diving was good, but could do with a bit more extensive dive briefings

Recommended for
Well appointed cabins with big windows and lots of space. Very friendly service on board. Great food.
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Andrey K
  • Russia Russia
Was lucky to catch real discount on low dates.

* 9 divers onboard, and 4 dive guides; * The cook never repeated the dishes; * Fresh fish sashimi; * Beautiful drifts; * Only one "rusty metal" :)

Recommended for
9 divers on big boat, free nitrox, good meals
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Maxim Y
  • Bulgaria Bulgaria
Absolutely superb!!!

Everything was perfect, everything was exactly as offered, even better. We saw everything we wanted and the staff did their best to help us. My next destination is in December in Raja Ampat again with Best regards, Maxim Yakov

Recommended for
Boat and cabin comfort - better than a 4 star hotel. Service!! Dive guides!!
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Marcos D
  • United States United States
First liveaboard and a benchmark

We dove with over 15 manta rays and snorkeled with a whale shark. Bucket list experiences. On top of it, the crew did everything in their power to please us and the brand new boat is a beauty. I couldn't ask more from my first liveaboard and believe that I will struggle to find anything this good elsewhere.

Recommended for
Great dive, food and people
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Nina H
  • Germany Germany
Very comfortable trip

Diving with mantas, whale sharks, nurse sharks and turtles

Recommended for
Comfort on board, friendliness of crew, easy diving
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Anita P
  • Australia Australia
Great Location & Luxury Yacht

I loved this trip! Absolutely everything was organised and the communication prior to the trip (as well as during) was always prompt and included the necessary information. The highlights the trip for me where see a whale shark, many many manta rays, lots of different types of sharks I hadn't yet seen and octopus. The dive masters were quality. They took us to good sites and had a good knowledge of the areas we would be diving and what we could expect to see. I enjoyed that the tanks were always changed for us when it was time to do the next dive. There was a great variety of food served throughout the day. It was very hard to be hungry on this trip.

Recommended for
Everything was organised, Didn't have to change our tanks over ourselves, Staff really helpful.
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Sven B
  • Germany Germany
Simply great!


Recommended for
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Mark R
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
Outstanding liveabord experience.

The Whaleshark dive is right at the top, not only did it fulfill a tick on our bucket list, it was an experience of 30 odd minutes that normally only lasts 3 or 4. All dives for us offered something different and this is what we came to do - loved every minute. Diving always makes you hungry. The food on board was excellent at every mealtime and we were very well looked after. Diving makes you tired and our cabin was a comfortable, spacious and welcome retreat with perfect view 😎

Recommended for
The Diving and it's very organised set-up, food and cabin comfort, friendliness of the staff and crew.
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Maria Fernanda P
  • Netherlands Netherlands
Great experience

Night dive with Nurse Sharks, night dive at Manta "Highway", BBQ at the beach, Snorkeling with Whale shark.

Recommended for
Diving sites, service on board, boat
Origin: US