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 will provide 3 dives a day on her dedicated scuba diving trips versus 4 on the Carpe Vita.

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 - Video of Carpe Novo

Carpe Novo - prices

Prices are per one week trip per person in Us$ based on double or twin sharing occupancy.

Exact pricing is available on the schedule here as prices vary dependant on the time of year and the length of the trip and sometimes special offers are available.

Cabin type 2018 2019
Junior Suite from US$ 2,163 from US$ Tba
Single Suite from US$ 2,163 from US$ Tba
Standard from US$ 1,863 from US$ Tba

Terms and conditions:

Individual bookings:
Booking deposit:
30% of booking is required within 7 days of booking - non refundable
70 % is due to 90 days prior to departure - non refundable.
Balance due 90 days before your trip departure date - non-refundable.
Individual booking made less than 90 days before the departured ate are payable in full at the time of 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

Courses Description Price Included
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 Day Per Week 9 days Per 2 weeks
Complete set Bcd, Regulator, Computer, wetsuit and snorkel set $ 220 $ 300 $ 440    
Regulator $ 5 $ 10 $ 50 $ 70 $ 100
Bcd $ 5 $ 10 $ 50 $ 70 $ 100
Dive lamp $ 8 $ 30 $ 40 $ 60  
Dive computer $ 10 $ 15 $ 50 $ 70 $ 100
Mask $ 4        
Snorkel $ 2        
Fins $ 4        
Wetsuit $ 5 $ 10 $ 40 $ 50 $ 60
Snorkel set (mask, fins, snorkel) $ 10 $ 30 $ 40 $ 60  
Marker bouy $ 1 $ 2 $ 8 $ 10 $ 16
Nirox tank $ 10 $ 20 $ 100 $ 130 $ 200
Extra dive $ 25        
Air tank Foc        
Weight Foc        
Belt Foc        

Activities

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      
Salsa lessons Group lessons Per person 5 lessons $ 120 8 Lessons $ 175 10 Lessons $ 200
Salsa lessons Private Lessons Per person 1 person $ 40 2 person $ 50  

Carpe Novo - schedule

24Feb18
07Mar18
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North Male - South Ari - Vaavu - Meemu - Thaa - Laamu - Huvadhoo - Foammulah - Gan
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07Mar18
17Mar18
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21Mar18
31Mar18
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31Mar18
07Apr18
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07Apr18
14Apr18
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14Apr18
24Apr18
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North Male - Lhaviyani - Noonu - Shaviyani - Raa - Baa - Rasdhoo - Ari - North Male
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28Apr18
05May18
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North Male - Ari - Vaavu - South Male
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08May18
18May18
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Central Atolls
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19May18
26May18
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North Male - Ari - Vaavu - South Male
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26May18
02Jun18
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North Male - Ari - Vaavu - South Male
9 spaces available
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14Jul18
21Jul18
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North Male - South Ari - Meemu - Vaavu - South Male
20 spaces available
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21Jul18
28Jul18
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North Male - South Male - Vaavu - Ari - Rasdhoo - Baa - Raa - Baa
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28Jul18
04Aug18
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Baa - Raa- Baa - Rasdhoo - Ari - Vaavu - South Male
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04Aug18
11Aug18
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North Male - Ari - Vaavu - South Male
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11Aug18
18Aug18
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North Male - South Male - Vaavu - Ari - Rasdhoo - Baa - Raa - Baa
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18Aug18
25Aug18
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BAA - NORTH ARI - SOUTH ARI - VAAVU - SOUTH MALE
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25Aug18
01Sep18
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North Male - Baa - Raa - Baa - Rasdhoo - Ari
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01Sep18
08Sep18
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South Ari - Rasdhoo - Baa - Raa - Baa - North Male
13 spaces available
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08Sep18
18Sep18
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North Male - Baa - Raa - Baa - Rasdhoo - Ari - Vaavu - South Male
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19Sep18
26Sep18
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North Male - Ari - Vaavu - South Male
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29Sep18
06Oct18
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North Male - South Male - Vaavu - Ari - Rasdhoo - Baa - Raa - Baa
4 spaces available
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06Oct18
13Oct18
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Raa - Baa - Lhaviyani - Noonu - Raa - Baa - Ari
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13Oct18
20Oct18
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South Ari - Rasdhoo - Baa - Lhaviyani - Noonu - Raa
17 spaces available
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20Oct18
27Oct18
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Baa - Raa- Baa - Rasdhoo - Ari - Vaavu - South Male
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27Oct18
03Nov18
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03Nov18
13Nov18
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14Nov18
24Nov18
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24Nov18
01Dec18
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North Male - South Male - Vaavu - Ari - Rasdhoo - Baa - Raa - Baa
19 spaces available
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01Dec18
08Dec18
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BAA - NORTH ARI - SOUTH ARI - VAAVU - SOUTH MALE
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08Dec18
15Dec18
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North Male - Ari - Vaavu - South Male
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15Dec18
22Dec18
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22Dec18
02Jan19
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05Jan19
12Jan19
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12Jan19
19Jan19
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19Jan19
26Jan19
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North Male - Ari - Vaavu - South Male
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26Jan19
02Feb19
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North Male - South Ari - Vaavu - Meemu - Thaa - Laamu
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02Feb19
09Feb19
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LAAMU - HUVADHOO - FUVAHMULAH - ADDU
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09Feb19
16Feb19
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16Feb19
27Feb19
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HUVADHOO - FOAMMULAH - HUVADHOO - LAAMU - THAA - MEEMU - VAAVU - SOUTH ARI - NORTH MALE
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02Mar19
09Mar19
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North Male - Ari - Vaavu - South Male
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09Mar19
16Mar19
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NORTH MALE - SOUTH MALE - VAAVU - SOUTH ARI - NORTH ARI - BAA
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16Mar19
23Mar19
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Baa - Raa- Baa - Rasdhoo - Ari - Vaavu - South Male
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26Mar19
06Apr19
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North Male - South Ari - Vaavu - Meemu - Thaa - Laamu - Huvadhoo - Foammulah - Gan
6 spaces available
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06Apr19
16Apr19
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06Oct19
13Oct19
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19Oct19
26Oct19
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02Nov19
12Nov19
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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.

  • 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

    Standard
    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 - itinerary

For your flight arrival times ideally you should aim to arrive around 12-2pm 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 around lunchtime.

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. Check in on the boat is at 2.30pm on the day of arrival but guests will start to gather around 12.30pm at the info/arrivals desk. There will be a second transfer about 4pm. Any transfers outside of these times will be charged.

Check out time will be latest by 8 am on the day of departure but an early departure is available if needed.

On day of arrival - Two transfers will be organized, 1 for check in time and 1 for afternoon international arrivals

On day of departure - One early morning if needed and 1 at check out time.

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.

If you would like to arrive the day before it is possible to stay on the same island as the airport (Hulhule island, NOT Male island). Your hotel will then deliver you back to the airport the following day (the day of departure) by noon where you will be met by the boats representatives and taken directly to the ship.

Carpe Novo runs 7, 10 and 14 night cruises. The cruises leave every Sunday or in the case of 2 consecutive 10 day trips on Sundays and Wednesdays.

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 they 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 18) including one night dive. The boat can be boarded any time after 12pm on the day of departure and will not depart until the afternoon so you can arrive anytime before then. Upon arrival you will be met at the arrivals area in the airport by Carpe Diems representative and transported to the boat free of charge.

Check in time will be at noon. In case of early arrival guests will be met by our 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.On your return to Male on the 2nd you will depart the boat at 8am.and on your departure you will taken back to the departures at the airport to meet you outgoing plane. This is included in the price.

High season will run from November 1, 2009 till April 30, 2010. Low season lasts from May 1 till November 1, 2009.

Carpe Novo 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 Novo 15 day/14 nights Cruise

This cruise will take you tothe 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.

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 Carpe Novo 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 Diem 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 PADI 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.

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.
LOWER DECK/CABIN DECK

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

MAIN DECK

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

UPPER DECK
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

SUN DECK
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 equipment Smoke 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 Novo does not require a min. amount of dives as that does not always tell enough. They do 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 the special South routings with lots of current, they do require a minimum of 100 dives experience and experience with currents.

For our experienced team working at the fully equipped PADI Dive Centre on board your safety comes first.
We use a 55 foot (18 meters) diving dhoni built by the same company as the Carpe Diem 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 Diem 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 (R) Membranes, Coltrisub and a Bauer Compressors);

Included also is 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;

Maldives dive sites

Some useful translations of commonly used Maldivian terminology

  • Atoll: A group of islands surrounded by a common reef formation
  • Etherevari: Sheltered area inside an Atoll
  • Falhu: Lagoon encircled by a reef sometimes with one or more islands inside
  • Faru: Large reef partially exposed at low tide
  • Finolhu: Island with few or no coconut trees
  • Futtaru: Reef where waves break
  • Giri: Small patch of coral a couple of meters below the surface
  • Kandhu: Sea inside Atoll Kandu
  • Kandu Olhi: Channel
  • Maa Kandu: Sea outside Atoll
  • Thila: Coral reef a few meters below the surface

ARI ATOLL - Some of the popular 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.

MAAYA 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, 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.

SOUTH MALE ATOLL - some of the more popular dive sites

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.

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.

Nitrox or EANx - Main Info:

Why should I dive with it? What is it? Where does it come from?

Nitrox breathing mixtures have become a must in the current diving industry because they provide the diver extended bottom time, compared to the air ones. There are many others reasons why divers that have tried it do not want to dive with normal air anymore: one reason particularly is the increased muscular power experienced during and after the dive. As for the other reasons we suggest you try it out and experience it yourself.. or feel free to contact us for additional information.

The Nitrox (or EANx) breathing gasses have the very same components as the normal diving air tanks, however the Oxygen (O2) content is increased. Normal air contains 21% of O2 (in volume), while Nitrox gasses have an O2 percentage that varies from 32% up to 40%. Normally the most frequently applied mixture is 32% (or EAN32). The compulsory need for a specific course, available on the Carpe Novo, result from the fact that the higher the O2 percentage in the breathing mixture the more shallow you can dive. Only diving professionals can teach you how to enjoy and make Nitrox a special scuba diving experience.

Carpe Novo - faqs