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Carpe Novo, Maldives

  • Rating 9.1 out of 10 9.1 Superb
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    • Free Nitrox
  • from $ 248 / day
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“School of mantas, bull sharks near Male, whale shark”

Renato J, Flag of United States United States

Highlights

  • 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.

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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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Carpe Novo Reviews

  • Rating 9.1 out of 10
  • 9.1 Superb
  1. Vessel
    9.3
  2. Crew
    9.0
  3. Food
    9.6
  4. Diving
    9.0
  5. Value
    8.7
  • Rating 10 out of 10
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Renato J
  • Flag of United States United States

Absolute excellent!

School of mantas, bull sharks near Male, whale shark

Recommended for
Great space onboard, clean, additional large boat for diving
  • Rating 8.8 out of 10
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • David P
  • Flag of 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!
  • Rating 9.6 out of 10
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Danya C
  • Flag of United States United States

Fantastic vessel and diving!

The carpe novo is an exceptional liveaboard vessel. It is well kept, comfortable, and the rooms are spacious. The crew was extremely helpful and friendly. they did a great job with explaining each dive site and briefing, and they were very thorough with terrain and dive planning. The food was not as diverse as I would've liked, but I also assume its difficult to get things there and we went during covid, so that wouldn't really stop me from recommending this ship! I would return to the maldives and the carpe novo in a heartbeat. Wonderful experience all around, even during challenging times.

Recommended for
dive spots, accommodations, helpfulness of crew

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