Carpe Novo, Maldives

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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 flat screen TV and AC
  • 2 single cabins onboard, ideal for solo travellers

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 travellers. Also on the main deck is the large air-conditioned salon with panoramic views, flat screen TV, entertainment system and library. The upper deck is where freshly prepared dishes are served 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 best dive sites the Maldives has to offer. 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 dhoni 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 on board 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, 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 (25-30 USD per item).

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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.


Diving

  • 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

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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
  • 102 Verified Reviews
  1. Vessel
    9.3
  2. Crew
    8.9
  3. Food
    9.6
  4. Diving
    9.0
  5. Value
    8.6
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Andrey P
  • United States United States
Will definitely go back!!

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

Recommended for
Friendly, comfortable, quiet
  • 9.2 Superb
  • MICHAEL R
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Donald L
  • United States United States
Extraordinary lily vivacious and diverse ecosystem that is worth traveling half way around the 🌎

Majestic manta vivacious healthy overall diverse fauna that is present in awesome abundance

Recommended for
Diving the savory food and the stunning grace and majesty of manta magic
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Julie C
  • United States United States
Fantastic boat, crew, divemasters and dive trip.

We thoroughly enjoyed it. A lot of sea life. Divemasters were very capable and knowledgeable and extremely personable. Staff worked very hard to make the passengers comfortable and enjoy the trip. One staff member I really appreciated was an individual on the dive boat who was constantly helping everyone with their equipment and had an eagle eye for any potential equipment malfunction.

Recommended for
Excellent diving, great divemasters and crew, very comfortable boat
  • 8.0 Very good
  • stephen wayne M
  • United States United States
the best boat ever

meeting so many great people , the staff was great , the bathroom the best ever

Recommended for
the cabin , diving , food
  • 10 Exceptional
  • david W
  • United States United States
Outstanding crew and once in a lifetime experience!

The diving was unmatched!

Recommended for
Marine life, friendly crew, comfortable accommodation
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Teresa B
  • United States United States
Great trip....few suggestions

Our trip was during a full moon and some windy conditions so the viz was not that good. But we did see 2 whale sharks and a few mantas. Folks that had gone a few weeks earlier had beautiful conditions and saw many more manta than we did. Lots of fish and fun macro life. Current was manageable but strong on a few dives. Crew was fantastic. A few suggestions. Replace the top deck furniture. No reason to have broken chairs on the boat. The night dive is chaos. Yes, the nurse sharks are plentiful and huge but there are too many boats and divers there to really enjoy it. There has to be another site.... and I would say that repeating the channel dives to watch the sharks go by was not my favorite thing. I would prefer to dive a wall etc. Just seems like it is a big ocean and plenty of dive sites so that we could avoid the crowds. I did appreciate that we left the area where all the boats go to snorkel with the whale sharks. That place was a zoo with all the people in the water. Our captain took us further away and we were able to snorkel with a whale shark with just our group of divers. That was awesome. Overall it was a great trip. We just felt that there might be a few sites away from all the other boats. We were in the whale shark cabin and we enjoyed it. The folks in the tiger shark cabin had trouble with their a/c and an odor from the bathroom. Oh, one more suggestion. Give the guests some free WI FI the last day so that they can check in for their flights etc.

Recommended for
crew, whale sharks, cabin comfort
  • 8.0 Very good
  • Kimberly B
  • United States United States
Great dive experience in the Maldives

Due to the remote location our expectations for food on the boat wasn't that high but we were pleasantly surprised by the abundance of fresh fruit & vegetable options available to us at every meal. The boat rooms are spacious with a large shower & bath. They are kept clean with daily service & fresh towels are provided. The true star of the show is the abundance of underwater life. Even though it wasn't the season (April), we had whale sharks along with many other kinds of shark, Manta rays, octopus, cleaning stations, macro life & a ton a reef fish. The underwater life is amazing & prolific. If I had the time I would have stayed another week like 4 other guests did! Thanks to Carpe Novo for a great experience.

Recommended for
Diving, Food, Underwater Life
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • JOHN C
  • United States United States
Excellent crew and Dive Masters. Staff is so friendly, helpful, happy, hard working.

Whale Shark! Night dive with nurse sharks and rays. The entire experience was fantastic.

Recommended for
Ease and convenience of being able to dive 3x day, staff & divemasters, gathering together at meals with old and new friends.
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Chris P
  • United States United States
Great dive boat

Manta rays and nurse sharks feeding behind the boat for hours

Recommended for
Roomy stateroom, huge bathroom, great food
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Sven B
  • Germany Germany
Simply great!

Perfect!

Recommended for
Staff-Comfort-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.
  • 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
  • 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 liveaboard.com. Best regards, Maxim Yakov

Recommended for
Boat and cabin comfort - better than a 4 star hotel. Service!! Dive guides!!
  • 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.
  • 9.2 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
  • 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
  • 9.6 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
  • 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
  • 9.2 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!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Nadya M
  • Bulgaria Bulgaria
Excellent

Diving was great!

Recommended for
Diving, boat and 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
  • 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
  • 9.2 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 9.6 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
  • 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..
  • 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
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Jia F
  • China China
Great

Deep South trip is great line

Recommended for
DM Ibbe is great guy, service,food
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Isidoro Luis F
  • Argentina Argentina
Great Experience.

Mantas and Sharks, diving in general.

Recommended for
Organization, service and professionalism.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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, silent.....by 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.
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Yevgeniya M
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
Great!

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
  • 9.2 Superb
  • ALWYN D
  • India India
Amazing Trip on Carpe Novo

The Diving

Recommended for
Cleanliness& Amazing food
  • 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
  • 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
  • 8.0 Very good
  • Benjamin L
  • France France
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) Liveaboard.com 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
  • 8.0 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
  • 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 !
  • 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.
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Lars S
  • Denmark Denmark
Incredible Tour

It is difficult to find highlights in a trip that was enchanting as this, so I let my guts do the talk: 1. Hanifaru Marine Park - after a "no-Manta-to-be-seen day" we got hit by 100-plus-Manta's news. Immediately hit the dinghy and jumped near a 30+ group of Mantas in the water.... The Mantas made the water boil, didn't know where to look. Guess a once in a lifetime experience 2. First experience with a group of silver tips just off the channel dive we were heading for. 3. First experience with some "playful and curious" nurse sharks. 4. Manta cleaning stations: We were not always lucky with the Manta's, but this is nature and no zoo. Once they were present, oh boy, what an overwhelming experience to watch these "carpets" fly by or simply hover over the cleaning station to get their cleaning treat. So many experiences leaving their imprint in my mind.... Difficult to resist the urge of immediately planning the next trip here. Highly recommend !!!!

Recommended for
Best three things? All! Great crew, great boat, great dive spots
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Vytautas R
  • Lithuania Lithuania
Great experience!

We had a great time on Carpe Novo. Unfortunately, we have to skip some of the atolls due to bad weather, but the dive guides made sure we got our dives in anyway. Great local dive guides, high quality food and very comfortable vessels made this trip memorable!

Recommended for
Boat comfort; crew; food
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Abdulkarim
  • United Arab Emirates United Arab Emirates
It was unforgettable Safari

Diving.. Food.. Crew

Recommended for
Diving.. Food.. Crew..
  • 8.0 Very good
  • Hazleen Z
  • Malaysia Malaysia
Fantastic dive holiday

1 - food was really good, so easy to overeat 2 - diving was great and well organised 3 - the boat is huge, everyone will find a favourite private spot to lounge 4 - showers on the dhoni 5 - the rooms were really comfortable

Recommended for
The boat was huge, so no worries about social distancing; the curries were amazing; the service was fabulous!
  • 8.4 Very good
  • James B
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
A fun trip

seeing a whale shark, two great night dives

Recommended for
good dive sites, great food, great boat
  • 8.0 Very good
  • Gennaro S
  • Sweden Sweden
generally good

sharks

Recommended for
boat is very comfortable; sharks many times; dive guides were experienced
  • 7.6 Good
  • Alan S
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
Enjoyable 10 night trip

No doubt the best aspect of the liveaboard was the quality and variety of food served for each meal. Dive guides and Dhoni crew were friendly, accommodating and helpful. Everything else was very good but not outstanding. Although the newest boat to the fleet, it had seen better days in terms of maintenance/upkeep (we had trouble with the aircon in our cabin on arrival day).

Recommended for
Food, Crew, Dives
  • 6.8 Review score
  • Silvia S
  • Switzerland Switzerland
Standard Tour, unfortunately no tour from Laamu to North Male

LiveAbord Carpe Diem from May 22nd - May 29, 2021 The Carpe Diem is a good functional ship. The food is good and always sufficient in terms of quantity. The diving on the ship was good and the guides tried hard to make everything possible for the guest. Unfortunately, there is a lack of comfort for the time between dives. Even if you would like to have a little more comfort and a little more service, you also have to pay a little more. The Carpe Diem gets 3 out of 5 stars.

Recommended for
boys on Dhoni, leading Dive Guide, Sharks more than enough
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • ADRIA G
  • Spain Spain
Excellent crew & dive guides

Everything

Recommended for
Crew, guides, boat
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Andre L
  • Germany Germany
It was once again a very great experience, nice Boat, great Staff

We had a very nice 11 Days Trip on the Carpe Novo Once again. The Staff, Diveguides and Msrine Life in the Maldives is great. There is nothing to complain. I will hopefully come back soon. Kind regards Andre

Recommended for
Boat, Staff, Diveguides and Marine Life
  • 8.0 Very good
  • Fleur B
  • France France
Memories for ever !

A really amazing experience. The reality was better than my expectations. We had everything, mantas, sharks, whale shark… Maldives are amazing. The crew is super friendly, my single room was very comfortable with an amazing panoramic window. Everything is very clean. I really recommend. And the evening on the beach is also a super memory. Thank you Carpe Novo !

Recommended for
Diving / Scenery / Confort
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Brynjar H
  • Norway Norway
Excellent trip

Whale shark, mantas, smaller reef shark and nurse sharks, octopus and alot more.

Recommended for
dive sites, cabin size, space
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Greg R
  • South Africa South Africa
Great experience with fantastic diving

Diving with mantas and sharks

Recommended for
Diving, crew, room
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • MOHAHMED H
  • Sudan Sudan
excellent experiance i highly recommended

every thing was almost perfect except the highlight on the trip wasn't that accurate on the liveaboard.com website , the deep south it wasn't among the trip root.

Recommended for
cabin was comfortable - crew was nice - food was delicious
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Bjoern L
  • Switzerland Switzerland
Very good experience

We saw a Whale shark, diving with a lot of mantas staying over 60 minutes, lots of grey reef shark on several dives and night dive with plenty nurse sharks. Just amazing!

Recommended for
Modern boat, good crew and amazing food
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Kartik M
  • India India
All star experience

Great crew which was able to guide divers of various experiences and able to ensure everyone has a great time The whole crew was always friendly and able to put up a great show! Nothing short of perfect! Exceeded my expectations in terms of safety, food quality and diving! Would recommend this liveaboard to all.

Recommended for
The diving places, crew experience and comfort of stay
  • 8.0 Very good
  • Carlos V
  • Spain Spain
Efficient, well organized, great staff

Manta Ray during dive and at night Flexibility to adapt by crew Great diving colleges

Recommended for
Friendliness of staff, good service, dive guide
  • 6.0 Review score
  • Suikai L
  • Austria Austria
Was OK

Crew was friendly but seems not very motivated Boat needs to be rennovated, or cleaned (had fungees in my room) No BBQ has been done, why so? By asking, it was mentioned that the island is already occipied?? Why, if it is written in the itenary, the island BBQ didnt took place? How could it be, that the island is not reserved by Carpe Novo?? By asking to do extra night dive instead, it was mentioned, that therefore it will be charged extra -> what will we get for the not organised BBQ (cause the island is occupied by others???) Food: generally was good and frehs, but in 7 days, 3 times Spagetthi Bolognese is not very much variants Its my 4th liveaboard at the Maledives with different companies, always a nice highlight, an island BBQ was organised. Never heard, that sorry, the island is occupied by others and therefore BBQ cannont take place. If something is written in the intnenary, and has also been charged for (we payed for that), this is no excuse

Recommended for
Dives and Diving
  • 4.4 Review score
  • Patrick M
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
Not worth the money

Not many highlights sadly as the vis was terrible. OK not their fault. The diving was unsafe with no regards to safety guidelines as in one guide losing his group and returning to the dhoni. Our guide didn't check air on the dives I did and I returned with very low air (20 bar) twice. I stopped diving as I didn't feel safe or confident with them. Its the only time I have ever dived and they didn't record the air you had left at the end. They also fudged the depths in their records by only ever recording 30m despite our group going to 35m following the guide who couldn't find the pinnacle despite the briefing stating it was at 18m. No Fun or Safe diving when you are constantly swimming against the current and in poor visibility. The extra days to reach Baa & Raa Atols were not worth the time or effort. A very high price for mediocre food. I'm sorry but chicken nuggets are not acceptable. We were also disappointed to not be given a beach BBQ.

Recommended for
The curries were ok but repetitive. Food budget was clearly cheap.
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Aimeric W
  • France France
Very good week, very good crew, very comfortable boat ; I would have appreciated more diversity with the food.

Everything went smootly according to the plan. Good dives although the visibility wasn't great this december 2021 (10 meters) but there's nothing that could be done, it was a global situation in the Maldives at that moment. Very nice meals for christmas eve. Fantastic raw fish but served only one evening because we asked. It should be put on the menu more frequently during the week as the crew is fishing a lot.

Recommended for
The double room was very comfortable. The divings are very well organized. Possibility to snorkle with a guide at least once a day for the ones who don't dive. Everything is well organized.
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Peter S
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
Just brilliant that's it

Oceanic mantas without a doubt followed by the tiger sharks.

Recommended for
Dive locations,the crew and the boat
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Stephen W
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
Stunning boat and diving

The boat is one of the best I have undertaken a trip on. Cabins are huge and the general areas are all well appointed and spacious. The dive itinerary was excellent and the dive guides were very impressive with the briefings and general support. Crew on the boat are 5 star.

Recommended for
quality of the diving, beautiful boat, dive team
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Raymond M
  • Ireland Ireland
Fantastic experience really enjoyed it

Seeing tiger sharks close up

Recommended for
Some of the dive sites best I’ve seen
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Fabiana R
  • Brazil Brazil
Beautiful boat, great service

Thank you dive masters and staff of Carpe Novo for an amazing trip! Accommodations and food were amazing on this boat. We were very well taken care of :) The marine life in Maldives is amazing - I highly recommend this trip.

Recommended for
Dives and diver master quality, comfort, food
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Ahmad B
  • France France
A memorable and awesome experience!

Each dive was a different adventure and the guides made sure that we got the most out of each experience. The crew was very friendly and helpful. The food was excellent.

Recommended for
Crew friendliness, Confort and adventure.
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Henrik S
  • Sweden Sweden
Great diving holiday

Had a wonderful week of diving on Carpe Novo at end of March and the beginning of April 2022. Fantastic diving in the central atolls, with great company, beautiful weather, and top-notch service onboard the Carpe Novo. Our very professional dive guides showed us some of the best dive sites in the central atolls, with plenty of sharks, mantas, eagle-rays, turtles, and much more! I clearly recommend this trip and hope to come back one day soon!

Recommended for
The diving, the company and the service!
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Andre V
  • Netherlands Netherlands
great diving and a comfortable boat!

ALimatha night dive, Rashdoo Atoll dives and Manta Night diving

Recommended for
Food, Manta dives and a suite cabin for myself!
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Karen W
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
Amazing experience so many sharks 🦈❤️

Seeing big groups of sharks and mantas super close feeding for ages. A great group of like minded divers. Excellent dive guides and lovely crew with superb knowledge. Boat was luxurious and spotlessly clean . The food was also great . Fantastic experience . We will be back xx

Recommended for
Sharks , mantas , crew
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Stefan G
  • Germany Germany
Great crew and great diving!

The boat is very spacious. The single cabin is huge. The crew is amiable and competent. I recommend bringing your own fins as the rental gear is not the most comfortable.

Recommended for
Diving spots, nurse sharks night dive, manta cleaning station.
Origin: US