Carpe Novo, the newest boat in the fleet, started operations in March 2016. The Carpe Novo is the upgraded sister ship of the Carpe Diem and was built in the Maldives by the same person, Amir Mansoor who built the Carpe Diem and the Carpe Vita.

The Carpe Novo is bigger than the Carpe Diem and even slightly bigger than the Carpe Vita, catering for a maximum of 21 people in 11 cabins divided over 3 decks thus providing more space. The Carpe Novo like her two “sisters” caters for dedicated scuba diving, wave surfing and fishing trips for both individuals as well as groups.
The Carpe Novo like the Carpe Diem and Carpe Vita will provide 3 dives a day on her dedicated scuba diving trips and offers free Nitrox to qualified divers.

Carpe Novo will be doing special routings to the South and back to be able to get away from the crowd and offer clients, particularly repeat clients something different from the standard Ari Atoll routing.
These routings will take place during peak high season (February/March) when the currents are at its strongest and visibility at its best to see the abundance of shark life the Maldives has to offer.

Carpe Novo - schedule

Carpe Novo - Video

Carpe Novo - prices and what's included

Prices are per person per trip and in USD based on 2 persons sharing a cabin.
Exact pricing is available on the schedule here as prices vary dependant on the time of year, destination and the length of the trip and sometimes special offers are available.

The trip price includes:

Accommodation in air conditioned cabins with ensuite shower (with hot water) toilet, toiletries, towels and beach towels.
Air-conditioning in all enclosed areas.
Full board meals, breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.
Drinking water + drinking bottle with logo
Tea and coffee (instant) available 24 hours
DVD library and books Library
Audio and video entertainment centre
3 guided dives per day (depending on your arrival time in Male, weather conditions and 24-hours no diving before fly safety rule) including one night dive. The day before departure a maximum of 2 dives will be offered.
Tanks: 11.5 and 13.5 lt Aluminium DIN/INT, weights and weight belts
Professional English speaking dive guides. Guides to Divers max ratio 1:8
Snorkeling equipment for non-divers
BBQ on a deserted island
Airport transfer, meet and assist
GST (12%) – Rates will be adjusted in case GST were to change.

The trip price does not include:

Green Tax of USD 6 per person per nght
Alcoholic drinks and soft drinks
Wifi 20 USD+12% GST+10% Service Charge for 3 GB or 25 USD+12% GST+10% Service Charge for 5 GB
All what specified under Carpe Diems Holiday activities & services on board
GST on all services sold on board
Crew gratuities. We suggest US$75 to US$100 per client on a 7 night trp
Dive equipment rental
International and Domestic flights
Diving Experience and Open Water Course, in which equipment rental is included in the fee, but limited to the duration of the course).
Dive & travel insurance - we recommend Divers Alert Network (DAN)

Single cabin, non sharing cabin is +80% in the winter season (Nov-May) and +50% in the Summer season (June - Oct)
Non divers receive a 10% discount from the above prices
If you book 5 full paying guests you will receive the 6th free of charge!

Covid booking terms and conditions

Refunds will not be offered for trips that might need to be rescheduled due to the corona virus but you will be able to reschedule to a later date.
The rescheduling conditions are as follows:
1) You will receive a credit note for the value you have spent with us.
Rebooking is possible within 12 months from the date of the cancelled trip as long as the balance has been paid.
The credit note will be for the cruise but not extras such as flights, hotels etc.
We request wherever possible that the rescheduling take place before the end of 2020 but if not it can be extended for up to 12 months from the scheduled trip.
2) If you decide to book a more expensive cruise/boat, you will have to top up the payment and the same applies for all extras such as flights etc.
3) As our operating costs are going to be higher next year than this year, we can not apply our regular discounts of early bird etc and our unlocked down specials.
These are rescheduled bookings allowed within 12 months of the cancelled trip so can not profit from any other discounts.
4) There will be no refund for any payment made for the cruise. If the rebooking is then cancelled again by yourselves there will be no refund for the second cancellation nor will you be able to rebook a second time unless there are still bans in place.
5) In case of FIT's the credit note will be issued on the name of the guest only and they can not trade or sell the credit note, nor can it be substituted by another guest. In case of group bookings (half charters/full charters) we understand it will be difficult to have all participants to agree on a new date, hence we will allow the group leader to substitute if needed to members who can not make it by others.
However the rescheduling will stay for the same group size in one go and can not be split up.
6) Exceptions to point 5 and the 12 months are only taken into consideration in the case of front/key line workers (police, nurses, doctors, teachers etc) but they would need to show proof thereof.

Standard Booking and Cancellation Terms and Conditions.

Booking deposit: 30% of your invoice total is required within 7 days of booking to confirm your booking.
Final payment of 70% is due to 90 days prior to the departure date to complete your invoice payment.
Individual bookings made less than 90 days before the departure date will be payable in full upon booking to confirm your booking.
Cancellation at any stage involves forfeit of monies already payed.

Group charter:

Booking deposit:
10% - within 7 days of booking - non-refundable
Second deposit:
20% 180 days prior to departure - non-refundable
Balance due
90 days before departure - non-refundable

Course prices

Check dive 1 compulsary dive - for all certified divers coming on board Foc
Discovery scuba diving 1 dive in a house reef for
non-certified divers $ 100 Equipment
Refresher course 1 dive for certified divers that have not dived in a while $ 60
Scuba diver 3 theory lessons, 5 duves $ 400 Certificate, logbook and equipment
Open water 5 theory lessons, 4 dives $ 550 Logbook, Rdp and certificate
Scuba diver upgrade to Open water 2 theory lessons, 2 dives $ 200 Certificate and equipment
Adventures in diving Theory lessons, 3 dives $ 250 Certification
Advanced course Theory lessons, 5 dives $ 350 Manual, slate and certificate
Peak performance bouyancy Theory lessons, 2 dives $ 150 Certificate
Nitrox / Ean Theory lessons, 2 dives $ 170 Manual and certificate
Digital under water photography Theory lessons, 2 dives $ 300 Camera, Manual, slate and certificate
U / w videography Theory lessons, 3 dives $ 300 Camera, manual and cerificate
Emergency first responder 1 full day theory and practical lessons $ 250 Certificate
Diving equipment is free of charge for Dsd, scuba diver, Scuba diver upgrade and OW course during the course period

Equipment prices

Description - Per Dive / Per Week / 10 days
Complete set Bcd, Regulator, Computer, wetsuit and snorkel set N/A / $ 250 / $ 330
Regulator $ 5 / $ 60 / $ 90
Bcd $ 5 / $ 60 / $ 90
Dive lamp $ 8 / $ 30 / $ 40

Dive computer $ 10 / $ 75 / $ 100
Wetsuit $ 5 / $ 40 / $ 50
Snorkel set $ 0 / $ 0 / $ 0
15 Litre Air tank (large tank) N/A / $ 100 / $150


Description Time Price
Windsurfing 1 hour $ 30 per hour 2-5 hours $ 25 per hour > 6 hours $ 20 per hour
O ring ride or Knee board 10 minutes $ 25 15 minutes $ 30
Jet Ski 10 minutes $ 40 15 minutes $ 75

Carpe Novo - cabins

The Carpe Novo has 12 comfortable cabins of different standards divided over 3 decks. The different cabin types are junior suite (4), single suites (2) and standard (6). All cabins have individually controlled AC, safety deposit boxes and TV screens connected to a central movie system and their own private bathrooms. The electricity voltage on board is of 220V and the plugs are of multinational type.

Standard cabin

A total of 6 standard cabins are located on the lower deck below the main deck.
4 cabins have one queen size bed and a single bed and the two front cabins 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.

Junior suite cabin

The 4 junior suite cabins have king size (California) beds which can be separated in two single beds, whilst two are suitable for a couple with one double bed.
All cabins have a wide flat screen TV connected to central media system, desk/chair/dresser, two hanging closets, windows throughout the side of the cabin and bathroom with a spacious shower.

Single Suite

The two single suites cabins 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, these are for one person normally.

  • Carpe Vita suite

    Junior Suites
    The 4 junior suite cabins (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 cabins can be separated in two single beds (90 x 200 cm), wide flat screen TV connected to central media system, desk, hanging closet, windows throughout the side of the cabin, bathroom with sink dual cabinets and a spacious shower.

  • Carpe Vita suite

    Single suites
    The two single suites cabins (Eagle ray and Manta ray), located on the main deck have queen size beds (150 x 200 cm) and desk, TV connected to central media system, hanging closet, large windows, private ensuite bathroom and shower.

  • Carpe Vita standard room

    A total of 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) 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.

Carpe Novo - itineraries

Carpe Liveaboards runs 7, 10 and 14 night cruises.
There are 3 guided dives per day (depending on your arrival time in Male, weather conditions and 24-hours no diving before fly safety rule, 1 check dive on day of arrival around 4 pm after finishing paperwork (if you arrive later you loose this dive, followed by 5 days of 3 dives a day and a maximum of 2 dives on the day before departure - normal total 17/18) including one night dive.

Carpe 8 day/7 nights Southern Cruise

This cruise will take you to the most popular dive sites in South Male Atoll and Ari Atoll, weather conditions permitting of course.
This route is renowned for spotting big pelagics like Mantas, Sharks and Whale sharks. Famous dive sites included in our itinerary are Kudarah Thila, Manta Point, Maaya Thila and Fish head which are well known for this.

Carpe 15 day/14 nights Cruise

This cruise will take you to the beautiful dives sites of North and South Male Atoll, North and South Ari Atoll apart from Rasdhoo and Felidhu Atoll. Not only are you likely to see Mantas, Sharks and Whale sharks but there is a good possibility for spotting Hammerhead sharks as well.
Carpe boats do not require a min. amount of dives as that does not always tell enough.
They do require min. of AOWD certification to be able to join for all the dives offered during a trip.
Nitrox certification with the multiple dives per day we offer is highly recommended as well, but can be done on board as well in case you do not have it yet.
OW Divers are welcome, but will be asked to do their AOWD during the trip as otherwise the person will be limited to 18 M depth and hence just a few dives.
The dive instructor on board is responsible for everyone’s safety and can ask people to sit a certain dive out if he thinks they are not experienced enough for it.
On the special South routings with lots of current, they do require a minimum of 100 dives experience and experience with currents.

Different routings upon request

Although the above mentioned itineraries are our so called classical dive routes followed by most of the safari boats in the Maldives, the cruise director is flexible and will adjust the route depending on the main activity and interest of the group like in case of fishing groups or surf groups.
Apart from that the Carpe Liveaboards can take special requests for different itineraries like North Male, Baa and Raa Atoll or South Male and Felidhu Atoll.
Even trips to Gaafu Thaalu or Alifu or the equator down south are possible with guests taking a domestic flight to join the boat or leave the boat.
Depending on the length of the routings there might be an extra surcharge for the fuel cost.

No matter which trip route you choose all the cruises are spectacular fun and during which, if not a certified diver yet, you could learn how to dive or improve your diving skills by adding more advanced/expert courses at our diving centre on board. When fishing we guarantee you experienced staff, the best fishing spots and opportunities and when simply cruising a unique combination of activities.

There is a fixed boarding time and it is not possible to take guests earlier to the boat nor take luggage earlier to the boat, the boarding time for Carpe Novo is 14.30 pm and the pick time and place is the airport information desk at 14.15pm.
For your flight arrival times ideally you should aim to arrive before this if possible or before on the day of departure as due to a same day turn around of the boat the guests from the trip before will be departing in the morning. The rest of the morning the boat will be being cleaned and prepared for your arrival.
You will be met off your flight at the arrivals area by the boat representatives and taken to the boat, about 10 minutes from the airport.
Any transfers outside of the normal 14.30pm transfer will be charged and you may miss the check out dive on the arrival day.
In case of early arrival guests will be met by the representatives at the airport and will have the option to wait at the airport or arrangements could be made to use the facilities of the nearby airport hotel for a small extra charge until check-in time for the boat.

Check out time will be latest by 8 am on the day of departure but an early departure is available if needed. This is included in the price.
Any transfer outside the above will be charged at 10 USD p/p and if the dhoni has to go out at night for additional pick up or departure for 2 persons or less it will be 25 USD p/p. For more than 2 people or more it will again be 10 USD p/p.
Later arrivals are possible. Clients will be picked up separately but will not be able to participate in the check dive.
If you would like to arrive the day before it is possible to stay in the airport hotel or stay in another guesthouse on Hulhulemale Island for the night, we don’t recommend booking somewhere in Male as this involves a ferry ride to the next island. If you stay on Hulhulemale island your hotel will then deliver you back to the airport the following day (the day of departure) where you will be met by the boats representatives and taken directly to the ship.
Please check with your hotel / guest house if this is a free transfer as some of them charge for this service.
Planes do not fly late into the night so you will be able to sleep.

If your trip involves a domestic flights in the Maldives…

Your name in the application form MUST be as EXACTLY as in your passport.
Otherwise we have to change it and will charge 50 USD per change at the airport
Your baggage allowance is 25 KG per person (2 USD per kilo extra charge).
Hand luggage MUST be very small otherwise the airlines company will ask for it to be checked in.
A lot of clients want to carry their cameras in big boxes as hand luggage but these will not fit in the small holds inside the aircraft neither underneath the seats in front of the person so it is not possible and they will need to be checked.
As domestic flights may be delayed, Carpe will keep the guests updated about the final timing when they receive them at the airport or by calling the hotel in which you are stay the previous evening, therefore it is important to inform us so we know where you are staying before the trip and your exact flight details if you are arriving the same day.

Carpe Novo - specs

The MV Carpe Novo is a 43 m long motor safari yacht with a wooden hull. It has 3 decks plus a sundeck.

The lower deck provides for 6 standard cabins, 2 separate staff cabins in the front, the engine room and crew quarters.

The main air conditioned briefing area and lounge area, 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 area there is another sitting area in the shade with comfortable cushions. Furthermore the main deck has two comfortable junior single suites, a galley, dive equipment room, luggage storage room, camera room with good lighting and camera table, wine storage and linen storage, common toilet, office, outside sitting area

From the outside as well as from the inside a staircase will lead you to the upper deck. There you will find Open air restaurant , Bar, 4 junior suites, bridge area

From the upper deck restaurant area a staircase will lead you to the sun deck. On the sun deck you will find plenty of sunbeds and a shaded sitting area, which is also excellent for having your sunset drinks.

Built :2016
Port of Registration :Male’ / Republic of Maldives
Length (m) :43 (140 feet)
Width (m) :11 (36 feet)
Maximum Guests :22
No. of Cabins :12 (4 Junior Suites, 2 Single suites, 6 Standard)
No. of Bathrooms :15
Air-Condition :In any enclosed area of the Boat and in each Cabin
No.of Crew :10 + 3 on the diving dhoni
Engine :Doosan Daewood Marine Diesel (Model No: V1 80219), HP 800
Fuel Tank Capacity :2 x Tanks of 6,000 liters per Tank (Total 12 tons)
Navigation :GPS, Sounder
Communication :VHF Radio, Internet, GSM
Generators :2 x Zenith Isuzu 65 KW Marine-Gen set
1 x Zenith Isuzu 25 KW Marine-Gen set
Electric Voltage :220 / 50 Hz, 3 Phase, 24 hrs / day
Fresh Water capacity :13,000 Liters (10 Tons)
Water Maker : 1 x WASCO Desalinator 700Liters / hr. 15 tons / day
1 x WASCO Desalinator 900 Liters / hr. 18 tons / day
Safety equipmentSmoke detectors, fire extinguishers, life jackets, emergency alarm
Laundry Service :NO
Diving Dhoni :YES (L: 61 feet/ W: 20 feet)
Nitrox on Board ?YES
HP Compressors :L&W
Nitrox Gen :Nitrox L&W Membrane System
FA Oxygen on board :YES, 10,500 Liters
Dive Gear Rental :YES – Scubapro brand
Diving School :YES – PADI

Carpe Novo - diving

Carpe does not require a min. amount of dives as that does not always tell enough.
They require minimum of Advanced open water certification OR an Open water certification (OW) with 100 looged dives to be able to join all the dives offered during a trip.
Nitrox certification with the multiple dives per day they offer is also highly recommended as well, but can be done on board as well in case you do not have it yet.
If you do not have an Advanced certificate and less than 100 logged dives you can take the Advanced open water course on board also.

The dive instructor on board is responsible for everyone’s safety and can ask people to sit a certain dive out if he thinks they are not experienced enough for it.
On ther special South routings with lots of current, we do require a minimum of 100 dives experience and experience with currents. For the experienced team working at the fully equipped PADI Dive Centre on board your safety comes first.
They use a diving dhoni built by the same company as the Carpe itself with the best facilities, including hot water shower/ toilet, 2 fresh water showers at the back and a fresh water tank for cameras. All the diving equipment will be installed on the dhoni, giving more space to the Carpe itself plus enhanced safety.
Additional benefits will be fast and safe transfers to the dive sites and extra comfort for putting on your gear.
Nitrox (EANx) breathing mixtures are available and prepared with the best quality equipment available on the market (Nuvair ® Membranes, Coltrisub and a Bauer Compressors);
Included also is the Carpe snack bar.
A very experienced PADI Instructor (more than 5000 dives) and Dive Master (more than 2000 dives).
Guide/Divers ratio 1:8;
First Aid and Oxygen Tank on board;

Important rules for your Scuba Diving experience

(compulsory safety equipment required, dive insurance coverage required, mandatory dive briefings, check dives FOC);
Dive Insurance available on board;
PADI Dive Centre able to cater for beginners (from PADI Discover Scuba Diving up to several PADI Specialty Courses), as well as for very experienced divers ;
Dive gear rental services are available as well as SONY quality underwater video-cameras and cameras.


Every guest wanting to dive has to declare his/her physical ability to support diving exercise and physical stress. Once on board, the student has to fill in the PADI Medical Statement Form without any areas being marked as a YES. If there are questions answered with YES, feel free to consult your physician or Carpe Staff or both for any clarification you may need. Just note that if there still is a question answered with YES you need to have the form compiled and signed by a Physician, who will declare “I find no medical conditions that I consider incompatible with diving”. Diving will not be possible without the form properly signed. A visit to a local physician (at the student expenses) cannot be guaranteed during the cruise trip.

The Maldives offer the best that diving and snorkelling has to offer, Manta rays are guaranteed on pretty much every trip and there are a myriad of sites where you can see these beautiful creatures of the sea.
All of our liveaboards will do the best to give you the best experience possible dependant on the current conditions on the date of your trip and our boats are liveaboards for people enthusiastic or serious about their diving but also welcome snorkellers and non-divers who will have their own separate itinerary.
One of the highlights of any Maldives safari is the possibility to see one of the gentle giants of the ocean. Whale sharks are unusually common in the Maldives and are seen nearly year round in some areas and all our liveaboards will do their utmost to give you this chance encounter of a lifetime.
Diving from a liveaboard in the Maldives is without doubt one of the cheapest and easier ways to experience the best that the Maldives has to offer and these are, in our opinion, the best liveaboards in the area in terms of value for money, comfort and quality of service.

Maldives dive sites

Kudarah Thila

Type of dive: Reef dive

Description: One of the best dive sites for soft coral and fish life.

The marine life here is so abundant, that the divers have named it ‘fish soup’. The thila is in a circular shape and can be covered in a single dive at different depths, if the current is not very strong.

Maaysa Thila

Type of dive: Reef dive / Night dive

Description: The thila is about 80mters in diameter.

The whole thila can be done at different depths in a single dive. There are manycaves and overhangs around the thila. The large rocks on the north eastern side have large black coral trees growing on them. The site is famous for the sharks and a great barracuda which reside here. The site can be dived at any time of the day, each with different activity going on the reef. The best chance to get close to these creatures is at night time, when they are hunting. You will see sharks, barracudas, rays and eels trying to grab a morsel.

Bathala Maaga Kanthila

Type of dive: Drift dive

Description: The northern tip of Magaa reef extends into Bathalaa Kandu and is home to a number of grey reef sharks and white-tip reef sharks. They can be seen patrolling along the reef looking for food.

Maalhos Thila (Blue Curves)

Type of dive: Drift dive / Reef dive

Description: The thila is known for the abundance of soft coral growth on the thila, particularly the blue/violet colored variety that grows on the ceiling of the caves and overhangs, thus the name ‘blue caves’. In addition a large variety of fish life can be observed here.

Rasdhoo Madivaru

Type of dive: Drift dive / Channel dive

Description: The reef on the southern side of Rasdhoo drops vertically to the ocean depths. The site is home to a school of Scalloped Hammerhead sharks (sphyrna lewini). In the early hours of the morning they rise from the deep waters off the atoll into the shallower depths, accessible to divers.

Guraidhoo Kandu South

Type of dive: Drift dive / channel dive

Description: Since the eastern side of the channel is Open Ocean, large predatory fish can regularly be spotted here. This site is famous for sightings of sharks, schools of eagle rays and the occasional Sail fish and Hammerheads. The best condition to do the dive is when the current is flowing into the Atoll. The dive begins on the outer reef following the current into the atoll. Most of the pelagic species can be observed on the eastern side, where the reef drops off into the deep ocean.
At the end of the dive in the channel, along the reef you can find overhangs with plenty of soft coral growth and small fish.

Kandooma Thila

Type of dive: Drift dive / reef dive

Description: Located in a channel, the reef is subject to strong currents at times. The ocean currents carry lot of nutrients to the reef, supporting an abundance of sea life.
The site is well renowned for the soft coral growth, turtles, diverse fish life and invertebrates found on the reef. At the reef slope you may find sharks and eagle rays.

Embudu Kandu (Express)

Type of dive: Drift dive / channel dive.

Description: Similar to Guraidhoo Kandu, but more sharks are likely to be spotted here.
The currents can be very strong at times. The stronger the current however the better chance of seeing sharks. Under the guidance of an experienced dive guide, the dive can be managed done easily.

Carpe Novo - faqs

What can I do in preparation for my trip?

Complete the following documentation required for check in in advance and hand the paperwork over to the airport representative upon arrival.
On line registration forms provided by agency or directly in full
Liability release (additional one in case of American/Canadian nationals)
DAN Medical declaration in case of joining a course
Copy of dive certification cards/insurance
Rental equipment /dive insurance form if required
In accordance to health requirements from the Maldives authorities, all travellers travelling to and from Maldives are required to submit a self-declarative health declaration within 24 hours prior to their departure.
Effective from 10th September 2020, all tourists travelling for short term are required to present COVID-19 Negative PRC test result issued not more than 96 hours prior to departure, counting from the first port of embarkation enroute to the Maldives.
If you have 14 days after your second vaccine shoot then this will not be necessary but please check with your airline as they may still require the PCR negative result.

What are the arrival procedures and check in timings for your boats?

When you fly in, you will be met upon arrival by a representative of Carpe Diem Maldives, who can be identified Carpe Diem Cruises crew shirt and sign board with the companies’ logo. (logo)
The representative will then confirm the below check in timings or inform you in case of any changes. In case you can not find anyone please contact +9607950883 or report to the information desk.
Please ensure you are in the possession of face masks as per local requirement when in public spaces.
We will meet you at the info/help desk arrivals hall at below check in timing. Due to the necessity of disinfecting the boat after departure of previous guests more time will be need to ready the boat for new arrivals.
We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this may cause and hope for your understanding while complying by the guidelines set out by the local government.
Carpe Novo / Carpe Vita : 2 pm
Carpe Diem : 12:30 pm

Can I get a PCR test done before my return home ?

For those who require a PCR test to be able to return home, we can organise this for you with a hospital in Hulhumale at the end of your trip when the boat returns to port. Results can be obtained within 8 hours or 12 hours.
Once you check in on board, please indicate to the crew you will need PCR test and give a copy of your passport to them after which they will coordinate with our office to get the appointments made.
We can not organise PCR tests outside Male or during trips down South. Therefore we strongly advise to have at least a min of 8 hours to 12 between landing from your domestic flight back in Male and your international flight departure.
Cost PCR: 60 USD for 12 hours and 140 USD for 8 hours to be paid on board end of the trip.

Can I combine a liveaboard stay with a resort/guesthouse stay?

It is possible to combine our liveaboard trips with a resort stay prior and or after your liveaboard stay.
This will be subject to approval however from Ministry of Tourism for which a split stay form needs to be filled out by both parties together with copies of the passports.
If you are staying at a resort/guesthouse prior to boarding one of our cruises please ensure that your resort contacts us and initiates the process and submits the form to MOT 48 hours before the transfer.
If you are going to a resort/guesthouse after your cruise with us, we will initiate the process and would need to contact the resort.
Please provide us with booking ref numbers in such cases and contact details for the resort. These you can add to your on line registration forms sent by us.

Will there be a check dive on day of arrival?

Due to the late check in NO check dives will be offered on the day of embarkation itself. Check dive will take place the following morning and we will request our teams to provide an extra dive during the trip if circumstances permit.

What options do you have when you arrive early morning before check in or have late departure flight?

Possibilities are to store your luggage at the airport and visit Male city. There is a ferry going every 10 minutes from the airport to Male’city which costs 1 USD p/p one way When arriving early morning, you can either choose to wait at the airport and use their facilities or spend a few hours in a guesthouse day room use at the airport hotel.
Our representative meeting you upon arrival will be able to assist you on this and organise if required.
Prices range from 90 to 110 USD for a room plus transfers to and from the airport.

What time does the boat get back to port?

The day before disembarkation the boat usually comes back to port between 3 and 4 pm after which guests will be offered a visit to Male city, which will take around 1 1/2 to 2 hours.

What are the check out times for the boat?

Guests need to depart the vessel by 8 am latest. Due to the necessity of readying the vessel and completely disinfecting for our next cruise, we must strictly enforce this early departure What is the earliest time of departure on the day of disembarkation?
Early flight departures on the day of disembarkation are possible but will limit the amount of dives the day before due to 24 hours no diving before flying.
We offer a maximum of 2 dives on the day before disembarkation. Sometimes this may vary however depending on the itinerary.
If the boat still has to cross a long distance then only 1 dive will be offered.

What other measures are in place that I need to be aware of?

Depending on the total number of guests you might be split into 2 groups for meal timings and dive briefings.
Meals will still be prepared in buffet style, but will be served by the chef and other crew members if required.
We further request each and every one on board to keep a safe distance of at least 1 meter whenever possible. Crew will be wearing masks when in contact with clients in enclosed spaces.

What is the earliest time of departure on the day of disembarkation?

Early flight departures on the day of disembarkation are possible but will limit the amount of dives the day before due to 24 hours no diving before flying.
We offer a maximum of 2 dives on the day before disembarkation. Sometimes this may vary however depending on the itinerary.
If the boat still has to cross a long distance then only 1 dive will be offered.

What kind of plug type do you have on board?

We have 3 pin UK type power sockets on the boat and provide adapters for other plug types.
The voltage is 220 V. We recommend our American clientele to bring their own transformers if needed.

What is the minimum of dives required to join your trip?

Diving conditions in the Maldives can be challenging, especially on Deep South itineraries.
We therefore strongly recommend an AOW certification or OW with a minimum of 100 dives with experience in deep dives (up to 30m), current and night dives in order to be able to participate in all the dives offered during our regular itineraries and to have the best chance of being comfortable with all of the diving conditions you’ll encounter. For our seasonal Deep South itineraries however we require min of AOW certification and 100 dives.
Our 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 our trips.

Can I pay the extras by credit card on the boat?

Payments for extras taken on the boat can be settled in either cash (USD or EUROs) or by credit card. We accept all major credit cards (VISA, MASTER and AMERICAN EXPRESS).

How many dives do you offer during your trips?

Depending on check in timings and flight departure timings we will offer 17 to 18 dives during a 7 night trip on all of our boats if weather permits.
Meaning a check dive on day of arrival if check in takes place before 2.30 pm followed by 5 x 3 dives a day and 1 or 2 dives on the day before disembarkation.
The amount of dives offered on the day the boat returns to port depends on your flight departure time and applying the 24 hour no diving before flying rule, but can also be limited depending on where the boat is located on the last day and the crossing that still has to be made before returning to port

Do you have DIN/INT tanks?

We can provide for both connections, so no need to bring adapters

What size of tanks do you provide?

We provide 11.5 and 13.5 liter aluminium tanks FOC and have 15 liter steel tanks upon request and at an extra charge. As we only have a limited number of 15 liter steel tanks it is important to reserve them in advance.
Extra cost for 15 liter steel tanks:
Carpe Diem/Carpe Novo 100 USD for 7 nights trip and 150 USD for 10 night trips
Carpe Vita 150 USD for 7 nights and 200 USD for 10 nights
All rates are subject to 12% GST surcharge.

Do you have Nitrox?

Yes we do supply Nitrox 32% free of charge on all of our boats.
Nitrox courses can be taken on board at a cost of 180 USD + 12% GST

What is the average water temperature?

Average water temperature all year round is 27/28 degrees Celsius (81/82 Fahrenheit)

Do you provide hair dryers?

We do but are not standard available in each cabin. We have a few on board which you can ask from the room boy.

Do I need a reef hook?

Reef hooks can be useful particularly on channel dives with strong current. Read our article here. In case you do not have one, they are available for rent or to buy (35 USD + GST) on our boats.
This multifunctional hook is designed by our own Carpe Diem Maldives team and can be used as a reef hook, but also as a pointer stick and tank banger.

Do you have Wifi on board?

We have wireless routers on board that work on 4G 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. Fee will be of 15 USD p/p + GST for 7 night trip and 20 USD p/p + GST for 10 night trips.

Do I need insurance?

A dive insurance is mandatory. Short Term insurance can be arranged on board valid for 7 or 14 days at a cost of 20 USD + GST or 30 USD + GST respectively.