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CARPE NOVO. An exceptional yacht experience. En-suite A/C luxury cabins. Bar, Wi-Fi, 5-star outdoor dining and easy access ladders for swimming. Dives from dhoni with separate camera rinse tanks. Nitrox available


  • 17 - 18 Dives
  • Languages spoken: English
  • Diving in the best locations of the Central and Southern Maldives
  • North Male, South Male, South Ari, North Ari, Baa, Raa, Baa (Male - Dharavandhoo)
  • Manta cleaning stations, whale sharks, hammerhead, reef, thresher & tiger sharks
  • Special manta itineraries in collaboration with
  • Free Nitrox
  • Highly trained and dedicated staff to ensure the ultimate diving holiday
  • Internet, nitrox, dive courses, rental equipment available
  • Single person staterooms available with queen size bed


  • Dives from Dhoni
  • Tanks With Int (Yoke) Valves Tanks With Din Valves Din/Int Adapters 15L Tanks Available Nitrox (free) Rental Equipment ($)
  • Battery Charging Station Warm-Water Showers Fish Id And Diving Books
  • Spacious Dive Deck 
  • Land Excursions Snorkeling
  • Buffet Fine Cuisine Vegetarian Food
  • Alcohol and soft drinks available to purchase on board
  • Air-Conditioning Wi-Fi ($) Lounge/TV Area Heating Power Socket Adapters Movies
  • Payments on board - Visa Mastercard Amex Cash
  • Fire Alarm Fire Extinguisher
  • Life Jackets Life Rafts
  • Emergency Oxygen Kit Emergency Positioning Radio Beacon
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This new modern vessel, part of the Explorer Ventures Fleet will provide you with an exceptional yachting experience, hotel-style Staterooms and unmatched open-air comfort! The Carpe Novo Explorer proposes 10-night, 7 Night and Speciality Cruises, each offering a unique Dive itinerary based on the season, current and Pelagic migration patterns. With over 26 Atolls spanning over 90,000 square kilometers in the Indian Ocean, the Maldives truly offers a unique experience. Let us be your guide through this magical land!


Built in 2016, the M/V Carpe Novo Explorer comfortably accommodates up to 22 passengers in 12 Double/Single cabins, all of which have private bathroom facilities and air conditioning. 10 Staterooms can be configured to accommodate a couple two or friends. Uniquely cabins featuring Queen size beds are for Single occupancy. HD Media Players along with a small selection of movies and music are available for guests to use in each Stateroom.


The Sun Deck offers both shaded and full-sun areas for you to relax between dives and at the end of the day, retire to the deck to watch the sunset and chat about your day of diving. The Upper Deck includes the al-fresco Dining area, the fully equipped main Bar offering you a wide variety of spirits, wines, liquors, cocktails and beer. In the restaurant you will be served buffet style meals prepared by our fine dining Chef. The large Main Deck contains the air-conditioned Lounge and Leisure area, TV viewing area with DVD/CD music system, forward outdoor seating area, Galley, and a dedicated Camera Station with charging station and tables. There are two sets of stairs accessing the Swim Platform where one in-water ladder hangs for easy access to and from the water for a refreshing swim when the vessel is at anchor. The Carpe Novo Explorer is also equipped with a wireless router providing internet connection (additional charges apply). A Cellular Phone and Internet access is available when in proximity to some of the Islands if your phone is so equipped. The Carpe Novo Explorer has two computers for guests to use as well as USB connections for a personal computer.


Evening meals and Lunches usually consist of vegetables, rice, pasta, soup, chicken, beef or fish with occasional local specialties offered as additional options. Breakfast is the usual fare of eggs, beef bacon, pancakes, French toast, potatoes, cereal and fruits. If you have any dietary restrictions or requests, please indicate them on your application form. On one of the evenings of the trip, a Barbeque on a deserted beach is offered. The crew prepares a remarkable feast for this very special evening, and if you’re lucky, may entertain you with some traditional songs and drum playing. Staffed by a crew of 13, the Carpe Novo Explorer is ideally sized and equipped for Divers. The crew, one of the most experienced and qualified in the Maldives, is ready to take you on an adventure to one of the most amazing diving destinations in the World, whether you are a first-time or repeat visitor!


The 4 Junior suite (Whale shark, Hammerhead, Tiger shark and Thresher shark cabins), have king size (200 x 200 cm) beds which in the Whale shark and Tiger shark 1 & 4 cabins can be separated in two single beds (90 x 200 cm). All the cabins have 2 hanging closets, chair/desk/dresser, large windows, flat panel TV/HD player, private ensuite bathroom with spacious shower and sink dual cabinets.

  • Size: 20 m²
  • Beds: 1 king or 2 twin beds
  • Max occupancy: 2
  • Shareable: Yes
  • Private bathroom: Yes
  • Air Conditioning: Yes



The two single suites cabins (Eagle ray and Manta ray) 5 & 6, located on the main deck(150 x 200 cm) have queen size beds, desk/chair, dresser, hanging closet, large windows, TV/HD player, private en-suite bathroom and shower.

  • Size: 8 m²
  • Beds: 1 Queen
  • Max occupancy: 1
  • Shareable: No
  • Private bathroom: Yes
  • Air Conditioning: Yes



6 standard cabins (Turtle, Dolphin, Barracuda, Octopus, Frog fish and Napoleon) are located on the cabin deck below the main deck. 4 cabins (Turtle, Dolphin, Barracuda and Napoleon) have one queen size bed and a single bed and the two front cabins (Frog fish and Octopus) 11 & 12 have two single beds. All cabins have a smart TV connected to central media system, desk, private ensuite bathrooms with showers. All standard cabins have portholes.

  • Size: 10 m²
  • Beds: 2 Twin
  • Max occupancy: 2
  • Shareable: Yes
  • Private bathroom: Yes
  • Air Conditioning: Yes



  • The trip begins in Male and ends in Dharavandhoo
  • The nearest airport for the start of your trip is Male (MLE)
  • The nearest airport for the end of your trip is Dharavandhoo (DRV)
  • You need to take a domestic flight back to Male


  • Pickup time at the airport is around 14:30.
  • Give yourself enough time to go through immigration and pickup your bags
  • You can check in on the boat as of 15:00
  • The boat departs Male in the afternoon on the same day 
  • The vessel is equipped with Power socket adapters
  • Accepted payment methods on board: VISA, Mastercard, AMEX, Cash
  • DIN/INT adaptors are available on board
  • Towels and soap are included


  • Your last dives will be on the second to last day in the morning
  • It is your responsibility to ensure you respect the 24 hour no-fly time after your last dive!
  • The boat docks back in Dharavandhoo in the afternoon on the second to last day
  • Check out and disembarkation is around 08:00 on the last day.
  • Transfer back to the airport


  • You will be met upon arrival by a representative of Carpe Diem Maldives, who can be identified by a crew polo or t-shirt and sign board with the Carpe Diem Maldives logo
  • If you already stay in Male you will be met at the airport help desk at 14:30
  • Usually the vessel is moored offshore and there will be a check dive on day 1
  • The wireless router on board works on 3G basis. The internet connection will be good enough to read emails but not fast enough for large downloads. Connection speed depends on location of the boat
  • In the Maldives, seaplanes are commonly used to transport you from Malé International Airport (where your international flight lands) to your resort. Seaplanes are strictly limited to flying during daylight hours and we advise you to arrive in Malé as early as possible to ensure that any potential delays to your international flight do not put your seaplane transfer at risk. If you miss the last seaplane transfer, you will need to book an overnight stay in Malé (at your own cost) and take your seaplane transfer the next day
  • The maximum depth for diving in the Maldives is 30m
  • Decompression diving is not allowed in the Maldives
  • Diving within 24 hours of flying is strictly prohibited


  • For this itinerary you must possess Open Water certification with 100+ logged dives or AOWD with no restriction on minimum dives.
  • Strongly recommend experience in deep dives (up to 30 m), current and night dives in order to be able to participate in all the dives offered during an itinerary.
  • The dive instructor on board is responsible for everyone’s safety and can ask people to sit a certain dive out if he believes they are not experienced enough for a particular dive. It is also possible for AOWD courses to be done on board, we just need advance notification to ensure the appropriately qualified crew is onboard to train the guest.
  • Discover some of the highlights of the Central Atolls, including the North and South Male Atolls, Baa Atoll and more. This is the place to go for big and plentiful marine life and a top-side view of picture-perfect deserted islands, their white sandy knolls rising only a meter or two from the lapping waves, dotted with swaying palm trees.
  • Big pelagics, sharks, mantas, channels, pinnacles, and colourful coral gardens. Divers will be astonished by the variety of marine life. From nudibranchs and eels, through schools of reef fish, eagle rays, sharks and turtles to manta rays and whale sharks.
  • Exciting drifts through the channels in the fringing reef
  • Night dives available during the trip



  • Safety Briefing, Crew Introduction, Necessary Dive Paperwork, Cabin allocation and ship orientation will take place before departing the Harbour.
  • During the journey to our first dive site for a check dive, please take this opportunity to familiarize yourselves with the vessel and make yourself comfortable.

DAY 2 - 7

  • Within the Maldives, the Central Atolls preside over the country’s dive scene. This area’s underwater treasures were the first-discovered and remain some of the best-loved. You can find everything here whale sharks, reef sharks, mantas, coral, swarms of fish, and macro-critters Maldives North Male Atoll is perhaps the best known and most explored Atoll of Maldives due to its proximity to Male International Airport and thus its accessibility. Its location also makes it an ideal starting point for diving cruises. Still a place to be discovered in Maldives, especially for its shipwrecks (some of which are amongst the most exciting in the Maldives), its famous “Manta Point” and its several “Thilas” (Dhivehi name given to pinnacle reefs). North Male Atoll offers fantastic underwater sceneries and all types of marine species, ranging from the most colorful to the most impressive ones The atoll is known to be an ideal spot to dive with large species such as sharks and manta rays, which are at the top of the list. In South Malè Reef and drift diving, very few wrecks You can spot Hammerheads, grey reef sharks, white tip reef sharks, eagle rays, manta rays, turtles, frogfish, triggerfish, surgeonfish, jacks, trevallies, snappers, napoleon wrasse, barracudas... the list is almost endless!
  • Vaavu Atoll is more isolated and less-developed in terms of tourist infrastructure, but at the same time is known to be one of the best sites with great snorkeling and diving. Another particularity that makes this atoll different from others is that instead of thilas (pinnacles), Vaavu Atoll mainly consists of kandus (channels) that are well-suited for diving. One of the most famous dive sites in Vaavu Atoll is Fotteyo Kandu, a channel with many caves and large overhangs, which is often referred to as one of the world's top dive sites. Another must-see diving spot here is Fushi Kandu, which has magnificent colorful coral blocks and many reef sharks in its waters. Miyaru Kandu, which is also a site for shark visits, consists of caves and fields of black and bizarre whip wire corals. In contrast to many other dive sites, night diving at Alimathaa Kandu (another site in Vaavu Atoll), is full of interesting and easy-to-spot fauna. Ari is considered the atoll most open to tourism and this is thanks in no small part to the high quality of the scuba diving. Manta Rays elegantly swim through the warm clear waters surrounding the many tranquil atolls and islands. With waters packed full of life and plenty of large pelagic species it is one of the most exciting places in the underwater world to dive. Hammerhead sharks, manta rays and other pelagic fish are more commonly encountered around Ari Atoll and even the mighty whale shark regularly puts in appearances, especially in its marine protected areas.
  • Baa Atoll is home to the famous Hanifaru Lagoon where huge numbers Manta Rays and Whale Sharks congregate to mass feed! Huge schools of fish compete with adorable honeycomb morays for attention. There are mantas and turtles on some dives and a lovely little wreck or two. Dives tend to be on small, undersea mounds – called thilas – with many caverns and overhangs that are plastered with pretty, pastel soft corals. The dives are colourful and the fish use the caverns for shelter. Smaller critters seen regularly include frogfish and lobsters, popcorn and mantis shrimp and some pretty nudibranchs.


  • After a leisurely breakfast, check out and transfer to airport


  • Full board, including water, tea, coffee, snacks between meals and after dives
  • Dive guides
  • Night dives
  • Nitrox
  • Airport transfers on the days of embarkation/ disembarkation
  • Harbour fees
  • 12% Maldivian government sales tax (GST)


  • Green fees: (USD 6 per night)
  • Fuel surcharges
  • Hanifaru Bay Snorkeling Permit (only if visited on your trip) (USD 20 per trip)
  • Private dive guide
  • Wifi (USD 15 per trip)
  • Tips for the crew (recommended)
  • 12% GST on any onboard purchases and charges (rental equipment, courses, etc.)
  • Full set of equipment (BCD, regulator, wetsuit, computer and ABC) (220 USD per trip)
  • Rental equipment Courses
  • Juices, soft drinks, alcohol 
  • Domestic flights


What happens if I need to cancel my reservation? Your reservation request is free and can be canceled at any time within the first 72 hours. At this time, we can find matching flights and get answers from our reservations team for any questions you may have. Once you have confirmed and paid for your reservation, the following cancellation policy will apply:

  • You will be given a full refund if you cancel more than 365 days before arrival
  • 10% of the price of the trip is charged without discount if you cancel between 365 and 240 days before the arrival date.
  • 20% of the price of the trip without discount is canceled between 240 and 180 days before the arrival date.
  • 30% of the price of the trip without a discount will be charged if canceled between 180 and 90 days before the arrival date.
  • 100% of the price of the trip will be charged without a discount if you cancel less than 90 days before the arrival date.

In case of cancellation, the refund will be transferred to your bank account, credit card or PayPal account within 10 business days


  • Make sure you meet the requirements for your nationality and entry into the country you are visiting,
  • Make sure your passport is valid for at least six months after the date you plan to leave the country
  • Dive insurance is mandatory for divers of all ages on all our trips: bring your certificate as proof
  • It is strongly recommended to take out a travel insurance that is appropriate for the type of dive vacation booked
  • Check the electrical standards (such as what plugs are used) in your destination country before you travel and bring the appropriate adapter if necessary.
  • Itinerary and number of dives are indicative and subject to weather and conditions: safety always comes first
  • The operator of the vessel is not responsible for civil unrest, terrorism, strikes, illness, epidemics, accidents, injuries, damage, loss and theft, quarantine, customs regulations, changes to flight schedules, delays, deportation or refusal of entry by immigration authorities and other circumstances beyond our control.
  • In the event of a change in the cruise itinerary due to a major cause there is no refund, if there would be a refund if the duration of a cruise were to change, the affected passengers will be offered a credit or refund of the cruise fare pro-rated for the number of days of reduction of the cruise itinerary that was scheduled.
  • In the event that a cruise is cancelled, the ship will make every effort to provide a suitable alternative including, the option to participate in another available ship.
  • If no alternative offered is accepted by the affected cruise passengers, the ship reserves the right to provide a refund of the amount of the cruise fare paid or not.
  • All divers must provide their dive certification card
  • Dive computers are mandatory
  • Local rates, fuel surcharges, distance rates, port fees, etc. may change without notice due to changes in government policy, changes in oil prices, etc. Changes are beyond our control and increases must be paid upon request. We will endeavor to inform you of any changes as soon as possible. A change in these rates does not give you the right to cancel the trip.

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