Carpe Novo, Maldives

Excellent food and drinks

“This was a the Deep South Itinerary which was a truly memorable experience. Numerous Shark, Manta and Turtle encounters. Carpe N…”

Jeremy W, United Kingdom United Kingdom
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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

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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
  1. Vessel
  2. Crew
  3. Food
  4. Diving
  5. Value
  • 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
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Betina W
  • Germany Germany
Wonderful cruise with a perfect service

Diving with nurse sharks, Manta and Whaleshark feeding at the back of the boat.

Recommended for
Outstanding crew service, fantastic crew and spacious boat.
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Maria T
  • Germany Germany
We enjoyed the trip a lot!

We did a 10 day trip with Carpe Novo, and we really satisfied! The diving was mostly amazing - we saw mantas, sharks on every dive, a whale shark. We also visited some beautiful reefs to look for macro life, but that wasn’t the focus. The dive guides and the whole crew were very friendly and made our experience on board really wonderful. The food was amazing, with a good combination of local and international dishes. We had some divers who were on that boat a couple of years ago, and they pointed out that everything was renovated and is brand new. We would recommend that boat and that company for sure, as we had a great time with them 🤩

Recommended for
Pelagic life, food, comfort of the boat
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Simon T
  • Switzerland Switzerland
Awesome dive trip on Carpe Novo!

We did the 7 days Male-Male cruise and had such a great time on Carpe Novo with awesome dives! Our dive guide Maazin was brilliant and also the whole crew on board! We highly recommend to go on Carpe Novo, it was perfect!

Recommended for
Diving, Hospitality, Food
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Karin R
  • Germany Germany
Rundum prima

Mit nur 10 Gästen waren wir eine sehr überschaubare kleine Gruppe. Ich fand es wahnsinnig toll, dass bei den Mahlzeiten dennoch eine riesen Auswahl vorhanden war und das in einer wirklich traumhaften Qualität. Sowohl die Tagesabläufe als auch die Tauchgänge waren gut geplant und wir immer ausreichend informiert. Die Crew war stets bemüht uns alle Wünsche von den Augen abzulesen. Die Kabinen geräumig und wie auch der Rest des Bootes super gepflegt und sauber. Vor allem der Nachttauchgang mit den Ammenhaien war für mich besonders schön, da er nicht wie auf anderen Booten am Steg der Resortinsel statt fand und man so in aller Ruhe die am Sandboden liegenden Haie aus allernächster Nähe betrachten konnte. Für mich als UW Fotografin war es Hammer, dass mein Guide ein scharfes Auge für Macro Lebewesen hatte und ganz genau wusste, wo er suchen muss, um mir Motive zu zeigen. Ich würde jederzeit wieder kommen.

Recommended for
Gut geplante Tage, traumhaftes Essen, mega Kabinen
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Arjun M
  • India India
Hard to summarize the EPIC-ness in a sentence!

We really enjoyed our stay on this liveaboard. Crew was super attentive and addressed any requests or concerns raised almost immediately. The knowledgeable crew took us to cool spots and we saw almost everything on our wish list and quite a few more surprises. We were also super lucky to meet like minded and fun divers who we can now call friends. Food was pretty decent and they kept it interesting each day.

Recommended for
(1)The dive spots chosen and the life we saw underwater (2) the crew was very sweet and accomodating.(3) the new friends we made during our adventure