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Carpe Novo Review

Diving Squad Rating:


8.8 / 10

A great Maldives liveaboard for singles and couples alike, Carpe Novo runs exciting tours around the more off the beaten track dive sites.

On some trips, she travels as far as Addu atoll; at the southern outskirts of the Maldives, a region where pristine coral reef and rare apex predators like thresher, tiger and oceanic whitetip sharks await. 

Great for: Off the beaten track dive sites in the Maldives, Singles, Taking Scuba Diving Courses

Trip Lengths: 8 – 15 days

Max Guest Capacity: 22

Operates: July – April

Carpe Novo at Sea


Carpe Novo operates several dive safaris around Addu, Fuvahmulah, Huvadhu and Lamuu atolls, which comprise the deep south Maldives regions. Diving areas here are still unexplored with new dive sites still being discovered! Only a handful of liveaboards visit here. 

Consequently, this is one of the final frontiers for scuba divers in the Maldives, and one can expect to see many large pelagic fish, reef and oceanic sharks across a varied and exciting array of underwater landscapes. 

Other safaris run by Carpe Novo explore the iconic central regions of Male and Ari atolls and / or travel north towards Raa and Baa atolls. 

Baa atoll is a designated UNESCO biosphere region on account of it’s large gatherings of whale sharks and manta rays, whereas Raa atoll is mostly known for it’s pristine coral and high numbers of reef fish. 

Although advanced open water certification is required for most dive trips, the diving courses can be undertaken by guests during dive safaris. 

This liveaboard has 12 each cabins, each of which sports a TV/HD Player, storage space, ensuite bathrooms and AC. There are two single suites (with double beds), perfect for single divers!

The indoor lounge features a large flat screen TV, entertainment system and library, whilst forward of this is a comfortable and relaxing outdoor, shaded seating area. 

The al-fresco dining area is located on the upper deck – the same location of the bar.  Finally, there’s a partially shaded sundeck where guests can soak in the stunning panoramic views of the Maldives.

Overall, the common area facilities of Carpe Novo don’t quite as modern or stylish as on some other liveaboards, but there are some genuinely awesome cabin options. 

Also, the dive itineraries are some of the absolute best when it comes to featuring off the beaten track dive destinations, especially for those who want to travel to the deep south, one of the final diving frontiers of the Maldives.

al fresco dining carpe novo
master cabin of carpe novo

Guest Reviews:

Yevgeniya MUnited Kingdom
"This was my first liveaboard, but everything was fantastic! The crew and the dive guides were great. Food was delicious. We've had a really good group of divers as well, so overall a wonderful experience, would definitely recommend Carpe Novo".
Michael RUnited States
"Whale sharks and manta rays. Plus a night dive with 30 large nurse sharks all around us".
Kota IAustralia
"Everything was well organised to make a week trip so comfortable and do diving. Delicious meals are always ready when we come back from each dive and staff were all professional and dedicated to what they do. We are so happy that we chose this liveaboard. If we come back, we will definitely look no further".
  • Camera Station with separate rinse for u/w cameras

  • Warm water showers

  • Charging stations

  • Daily housekeeping

  • Paid internet

  • Beach BBQ Party

  • Western and local food with vegetarian and vegan options available on request

  • Wine and beer available 

Anita P from Australia said:

“I loved this trip! Absolutely everything was organised and the communication prior to the trip (as well as during) was always prompt and included the necessary information.

The highlights the trip for me where see a whale shark, many many manta rays, lots of different types of sharks I hadn’t yet seen and octopus. The dive masters were quality.

They took us to good sites and had a good knowledge of the areas we would be diving and what we could expect to see. I enjoyed that the tanks were always changed for us when it was time to do the next dive.

There was a great variety of food served throughout the day. It was very hard to be hungry on this trip”.

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