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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


  • 7 nights 18 Dives
  • Languages spoken: English
  • North Male, South Ari, Vaavu, Meemu, Thaa, Laamu (Male to Laamu)
  • In Thaa Whale sharks visit our boat at night attracted by the lights
  • Diving in the best locations of the Central and Southern Maldives
  • 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 Laamu Atoll.
  • The nearest airport  is Male (MLE) and Kadhdhoo Airport (KDO)


  • 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 Kadhdhoo 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

  • 2 to 3 dives per day
  • Exhilarating dives with sharks
  • Dive & snorkel with mantas and whale sharks.
  • Speedy drift dives, mantas, sharks and diving several atolls
  • Tiny shrimps, nudibranch and ghost pipe fish
  • There's a good variety of diving from thrilling channel dives to more relaxed diving inside the atolls on Thilas 
  • Very few resorts and lots of uninhabited islands 
  • In Thaa Whale sharks visit our boat at night attracted by the lights.
  • When the currents are running well, the channel dives have abundant schooling snappers, jacks, barracuda, white tips and greys, grouper, Napoleon wrasse, turtles, eagle rays and more.
  • Expert dive guides on board


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


  • This is the best of the Maldives. This is where you dive at the best and most famous dive sites in the Maldives in a week of wonderful dives aboard through the Male and Ari atolls.
  • Enjoy a diving vacation that offers everything you could wish for from the landmarks of North Male, South Male and Ari Atoll. Channels, drifts and pinnacles await you where you have every chance to meet manta rays, whale sharks and a fascinating marine life of so many varieties. We don't follow an exact itinerary; flexibility is the word so no matter what time of year you visit, this underwater world is yours (and ours) for exploration.
  • This itinerary offers you a marine mix of large fish such as sharks and manta, as well as reef dives, reef fish, moray eels and abundant macro life. Get close to the cleaning stations without disturbing the locals! One of the best known dive sites is Maaya Thila; this pinnacle is approximately 30m in diameter and is far away to reveal sharks and fish in abundance.
  • A night dive from protected moorings is a must! And the boat will also try to find whale sharks so you can get in the water and snorkel with long as they stay long enough!


  • 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) (300 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:

  • 30 % non refundable
  • Between 120 days and 90 days before trip = 70 % refundable
  • Less than 90 days before trip = no refund

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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