Carpe Novo, the sistership to Carpe Vita and Carpe Diem, started its operation in the Maldives in March 2016. Carpe Novo is 43m (140ft) in length and is bigger than its 2 sister boats. She has a capacity for max. 22 divers in 12 cabins and is providing more space. She operates 7 and 10 night trips, with the occasional longer trips of 11 and 14 nights.
Carpe Novo has 12 comfortable cabins of different standards divided over 3 decks. The different cabin types are Junior Suites (4), Single Suites (2) and Standard Cabins (6). All cabins have individually controlled AC, safety deposit boxes and TV screens with HD media players and their own private bathrooms. The electricity voltage on board is of 220V and the plugs are of multinational type.
For full boat charters, max. capacity is 20 divers and for individual bookings max. capacity 21 divers in 11 cabins.
Junior Suites: The 4 spacious Junior Suite cabins (named Whale Shark, Hammerhead, Tiger Shark and Thresher Shark cabins) are located on the upper deck and have king size beds. 2 of the Junior Suites king beds can be separated in two super single beds. 2 Junior Suites are suitable for couples only with the king bed. Each cabin has a wide flat screen TV connected to central media system, desk, chair, dresser, two hanging closets, windows throughout the side of the cabin, bathroom with single sink & cabinet and a spacious shower. Max. 2 guests per cabin.
Single Suites: The 2 Single Suite cabins (named Eagle Ray and Manta Ray), located on the main deck have queen size beds and desk, chair, TV connected to central media system, hanging closet, large windows, private ensuite bathroom and shower. Max. 1 guest per cabin.
Standard Cabins: A total of 6 Standard cabins are located on the lower deck. 4 cabins (named Turtle, Dolphin, Barracuda and Napoleon) have one queen size bed and a single bed. The 2 front cabins (named Frogfish and Octopus) have two single beds each. All cabins have a smart TV connected to central media system, desk, private ensuite bathrooms with showers. All standard cabins have portholes. Max. 2 guests per cabin.
The main air-conditioned briefing area and lounge are located on the main deck, with a coffee/tea table offering you coffee, tea and drinking water 24 hours a day. It also has a wide flat screen TV and full HD media player. Outside of the lounge are is another shaded sitting area with comfortable cushions. Also located on the main deck are the galley, dive equipment room, luggage storage room, camera room with good lighting and camera table, wine storage, linen storage, office and common toilet.
From the outside as well as from the inside, a staircase will lead you to the upper deck. Here you will find an open air restaurant, bar and the bridge area. From the upper deck, you can access the sun deck, where you will find plenty of sunbeds and a shaded sitting area, which is excellent for having your sunset drinks.
Diving is done always from a separate dive Dhoni which is very spacious. The Dhoni has a toilet, two warm deck showers, first aid equipment and oxygen on board. The complete dive equipment is stored on the Dhoni, and so is the Nitrox system (32-40%) and the compressors. Nitrox is at extra cost. The dive Dhoni moves far away from the mother ship when they re-fill the tanks. This is an additional bonus, as you don't hear the noise of the compressors. Tanks can be set up for DIN or INT use; no adapters are required. 11.5L and 13.5L aluminium tanks are available; 15L steel tanks can be hired at an extra charge (limited availability; advanced notice must be provided). Scubapro rental gear is available for hire on board. Charges apply.
On board of the Dhoni is an experienced PADI Instructor. Three dives per day are possible except on the day of arrival and the day prior to departure where they offer no diving. A night dive is offered once a week. Various dive courses are offered as well on board.
During the 7 night trips they usually visit dive sites in the South & North Male Atolls and Ari Atoll. The 10 night trips visit those and additional dive sites in Vaavu, Meemu, Thaa, Laamu and Huvadhoo Atolls. Some 10 night cruises may also dive Lhaviyani, Raa, Baa and Rashdoo Atolls. Schedules can of course change according to weather and sea conditions or special customer requirements.
All guests will be met at the info/help desk in the arrivals hall of Male Airport at 2.30pm on embarkation day followed by a transfer to the vessel. Guests will disembark by 8.00am at the latest on disembarkation day. A transfer is provided back to Male Airport.
Wireless routers are on board that work 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. The following charges apply to use the internet: 7 night trip USD 15.00/person + 12% GST; 10 night trip USD 25.00/person + 12% GST.
You should know...
Diving conditions in the Maldives can be challenging, especially on certain itineraries. We therefore strongly recommend an AOW certification and/or a minimum of 100 logged dives with experience in deep dives (up to 30m/100ft), current and night dives in order to be able to participate in all the dives offered during an itinerary and to have the best chance of being comfortable with all of the diving conditions you’ll encounter. 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. PADI courses are available on board and can be done during the trips.
Carpe Novo is another successful dive liveaboard in the Maldives like her sisterships Carpe Vita and Carpe Diem.