Carpe Novo

The Carpe Novo anchored up in the Maldives at dusk (Explorer Ventures)

Introducing the M/V Carpe Novo, beginning service in March 2016! This new modern vessel, sister ship of Carpe Vita and Carpe Diem, is the newest member of the Carpe Diem Fleet expanding our itinerary offerings to include longer trips to more remote areas in the Maldives. This new 22-passenger, 140-foot wooden-hull safari yacht, along with her 60-foot custom matching dhoni (dive tender), was built by one of the Maldives most accomplished boat builders. It provides guests with an exceptional yachting experience, hotel-style staterooms and unmatched open-air comfort!

When you board the vessel you’ll be on the main deck where you’ll find an indoor salon that includes a lounge and TV area. This inviting area features a large flat screen TV, DVD/MP3 player, sound system, sitting/library area including tables and refrigerators.

Just forward of the salon area there is an outdoor shaded sitting area complete with comfortable cushioned benches. This is a peaceful place where you can sip your afternoon tea while the vessel is cruising and take in the beautiful colors of the Indian Ocean. The main deck also includes a galley equipped with spacious commercial refrigerators/freezers; the office, common restroom, dive equipment rental/storage area and the swim platform aft (with two fresh water showers). There is also a specialized camera table in the outdoor area and a power charging station at the entrance. Single Occupancy Staterooms 5 & 6 are found on this deck as well.

From the main deck, you can access the upper deck via indoor or outdoor staircases. The upper deck includes staterooms 1- 4 (the Junior Suites), the bridge and an aft al-fresco dining area with a 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. There is a stairway from the upper deck to the beautiful Sun deck where you can choose a chaise in the sun or in the ample shaded area.

Also from the main deck, you can take a stairway downstairs to access the large lower deck staterooms (number 7-12). All 12 cabins offer a private bath and shower, separately controlled air-conditioning and plenty of storage space.

The Carpe Novo offers 11/10-night, 7-night and specialty itineraries which change depending on the season. Each offers a unique dive itinerary based on the seasons, current and pelagic migration patterns.

Staffed by a crew of 13, the Carpe Novo is ideally sized and equipped for divers. Three dives are conducted daily directly from a 60-foot dhoni, which is fully equipped with a bathroom, hot-water showers and air and nitrox compressors. The vessel is well-stocked with quality diving gear for those who choose not to bring all or some of their own. The crew, one of the most experience 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!

Price: From about £1841 (US$2540, about €2117) 


  • Return airport transfers
  • 7 nights cruise on Carpe Novo Explorer on a twin/share basis in a Lower Deck cabin
  • Full board (breakfast, lunch and dinner) daily, including tea, coffee & water.
  • 6 or 9 full days of diving (up to three a day).
  • Nitrox for nitrox certified divers

Reduced Rates:  Available for non divers and additional weeks

Cabin Upgrades:  Available

Please Note:  If your log book shows that you have not dived for over a year you will have to take a short scuba review course on the first day which costs US$75, payable on board.  A USD$6 per person per day Green Tax is due on board.

Single occupancy supplement: Please contact us.

Air Travel: Our in-house IATA ticket agency can arrange your air travel in connection with your holiday from a departure point anywhere in the world, or you may arrange your own air travel if you prefer. We can tailor-make your itinerary to your personal requirements, so if you would like to make a stop-over or two, make a side trip to some other destination, or travel business class rather than economy, we will be happy to assist. Please contact us about your air travel requirements.

The bright and breezy sun deck on Carpe Novo (Explorer Ventures)

Main Deck cabin interior (Explorer Ventures)

The dive dhonis of Carpe Novo are some of the most well equipped and modern dhonis in the Maldives (Explorer Ventures)

The boat shaped buffet table on Carpe Novo (Explorer Ventures)

Carpe Novo (Explorer Ventures)

Inside a Junior Suite on Carpe Novo (Explorer Ventures)

Carpe Novo is the newest vessel in the Explorer Ventures fleet (Explorer Ventures)

Lower Deck Twin Share Cabin (Explorer Ventures)

Carpe Novo Sun Deck (Explorer Ventures)

Lower Deck bathroom (Explorer Ventures)

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