Carpe Novo | Maldives Liveaboard | Scuba Travel

Carpe Novo | Maldives Liveaboard - Indian Ocean

  • Guests 22
  • Rooms 4 Suites, 2 Single suites, 6 Standard Cabins
  • Restaurants al-fresco dining area on upper deck
  • Food and Drinks Western buffets meals served on the main deck
  • FacilitiesCamera room, sun deck, audio & video entertainment
  • Diving Large dhoni, 2 Guides, nitrox
  • Diving Extras Ask about rental gear and courses on booking
  • Internet Access Wifi network onboard - local charges apply

Carpe Novo | Maldives Liveaboard

Carpe Novo is a luxury liveaboard built by divers for divers. From the moment you step on board, you know you're in for an incredible trip, where your every whim is catered for. Lovingly crafted, no detail has been overlooked. Speed your way to dive sites on the huge 18m diving dhoni and then head back to Carpe Novo where the relaxation begins. Many of the staff have been with the fleet since the very beginning - your holiday is in safe hands with Carpe Novo.

Over a spacious 43m and 3 decks, you will find 12 tastefully finished cabins. Take your pick of the individually named cabins. Downstairs you will find Turtle, Dolphin, Barracuda and Napoleon, each with a queen bed and single alongside. Frogfish and Octopus are twin bedded. Single divers will love the 2 dedicated single cabins, Eagle ray and Manta ray, on the main deck. Move to the upper deck where you find the 4 junior suites. Thresher shark and Hammerhead have a comfy king size bed, whilst Whaleshark and Tiger shark can be arranged as a twin or double. The views from the main deck and upper deck cabins are sublime. No matter which rooms you pick, all have smart TV/HD linked to a media centre with plenty movies on offer, AC, storage space, desk and thoughtfully finished en-suite bathrooms. Wifi operates throughout. Please remember to discuss your cabin requirements at the time of booking - a specific cabin will be allocated so you know exactly where you will be on board.

As you move from the stern sitting area through towards the saloon, the sheer size of Carpe Novo hits you. The width is impressive and throughout rooms are generously proportioned. The cool, inviting indoor lounge area has a large flat screen TV and entertainment system and library. Just in front outside is a comfortable and relaxing outdoor shaded seating area - watch for dolphins! On the upper deck is the the al-fresco dining area where guests will be served delicious meals. The crew will keep your thirst quenched from the fully stocked bar and there's yet more space to relax with your book. The fly deck is one of the most popular hang out spots. The banked seating are shaded, whilst the loungers are ideal for sun lovers. Grab your sundowner and head here for spectacular views of the setting sun at the end of another fabulous day in the Maldives

Recreational nitrox mixes will be free of charge for all certified divers as of May 2019

If you require a PCR test to return to the UK: Carpe Fleet 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 6 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. Carpe Fleet can not organise PCR tests outside Male or during trips down South. Therefore we strongly advise to have at least a min of 6 to 12 hours between landing from your domestic flight back in Male and your international flight departure. Cost PCR: 90 USD for 12 hours and 180 USD for 6 hours to be paid on board end of the trip.

Junior Suite

There are 4 junior suite cabins the best cabins on the boat, located on the upper deck. Thresher shark and hammerhead have 1 king size double bed (200cm x 200cm), whilst Whalehark and Tiger shark can be arranged as either a double or twin. Picture windows flood the cabins with light and all have modern en-suite bathrooms with dual sink, bathroom cabinet and a spacious shower.

Single Suite

There are 2 dedicated single suites on the main deck - Manta ray and Eagle ray. Each has a queen size beds (150cm x 200cm) with bags of space around. The large picture windows give you a stunning view of the Maldives floating past. The cabins also feature a private en-suite, hanging closet and media system.

Standard Cabin

Carpe Novo has 6 standard cabins on the lower deck. 4 of these (Turtle, Dolphin, barracuda & Napoleon) have a queen size double as well as a separate single bed. The 2 forward cabins Frogfish and Octopus are twin beds only. All have a smart TV connected to central media system, private en-suite bathrooms and showers. All standard cabins have portholes.

Outdoor dining

From the outside as well as from the inside a staircase will lead you to the upper deck. Where you will find an open air restaurant, bar area and the 4 junior suites

The Carpe Novo has 12 comfortable cabins of different standards divided over 3 decks. Junior Suites (4), Single Suites (2) and standard cabins(6) all have individual controlled AC, saftey deposit boxes, TV screens connected to central media system amd there own private bathrooms. Plugs are multinational type.

Please note these prices may not include flights. Click select for the full holiday details

Paul Colley

2022-08-30 17:33:05

Maldives was our best trip there yet (out of 4 visits), thank you. †Amazing manta & shark action. †Loved it.


2022-02-21 09:33:05

Everything went smoothly and diving was great. Boat is spacious, food was good, the whole crew was very friendly. Thank you.


2021-10-11 10:33:05

Had a great time on Carpe Novo, the diving was fantastic Iíve attached a couple of videos of what we saw, let me know if you get them okay. Boat was very swish, food excellent as was the crew. Saving my pennies for another trip possibly next year Regards Trefor

Sue Berry

2018-01-09 10:33:05

I had the most fantastic diving holiday with Scuba Travel on their boat Carpe Nova in the Maldives. It was my first time on a Liveaboard - and I was travelling alone - so I was a bit nervous! I had loads of questions before I went but everyone was so helpful that by the time I went I felt confident and excited. The boat itself is amazing! And the food incredible. All the staff were so friendly and could not do enough to make my trip perfect in every way. I learnt so much about diving in that week and made some lifelong friends. I am now booking up to go back in March and I cannot wait!!

Daniel Stock

2016-07-31 23:40:44

Very simple easy process to book with scubatravel I would definitely recommend them, as for the boat and the trip, I couldn't ask for more, great food, great diving, 2 Manta Rays on the try out dive says it all really !


2016-07-19 10:39:07

Amazing boat, diving and food. Still buzzing from the night dive with nurse sharks and sting rays. A huge thank you to all the crew of Carpe Novo.

Pippa Carte

2016-07-19 09:34:22

A huge thank you to you and the team at Scuba Travel for a fabulous trip on Carpe Novo. Great company and great diving.

MIles Barry

2016-05-18 10:15:12

Just came back from a 7-day live-aboard and can't find a thing to fault. Organisation, accommodation, equipment, food and the boat itself were all first rate. Similarly, the dive leaders were all highly skilled and experienced, and knew their dive sites intimately to bring us excellent diving wherever and whenever we went. Finally, the on-board crew couldn't have looked after us better. Highly recommended.

Katharina Nowak

2016-05-18 10:14:35

My second time with you guys... this time on carpe novo. It was again amazing... everything... especially the crew. Special thanks to Alto and Zinah. Hope to dive with you soon...

Covid Information for Carpe Novo

Please ask about the latest covid requirements, where applicable.

Country Covid Travel Information

View entry requirements here on UK FCDO

A PCR test is no longer required to enter Maldives.

Entry requirements for Maldives are the same for all travellers, regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status.

All travellers must submit a self-declarative health declaration within 96 hours prior to travel online portal of Maldives Immigration, "Imuga",

All tourists will undergo non-intrusive temperature checks and screening on arrival, are required to wear face masks, social distancing at the airport, during domestic travel and in all enclosed public spaces. Most resorts have their own additional protocols

View the Maldives goverment guidance for travellers

From 18th March, when you travel to England from abroad you:
do not need to take any COVID-19 tests before you travel or after you arrive
do not need to fill in a UK passenger locator form
do not need to quarantine when you arrive
This applies whether you are vaccinated or not.

It includes people who are transiting through England.
Updated 8 JUL 2022

Frequently Asked Questions


The Maldives is in the Indian Ocean, a 10-14hr flight from the UK, around 370 miles southwest of Sri Lanka. It is made up of 1200 islands, stretching over 500 miles from north to south. The main arrival airport for all flights to the Maldives is Male's airport island (MLE). The Maldives is famous for its great snorkelling, manta cleaning stations, whalesharks, shark dives and fast drift dives through channels. The water remains a constant 27-28 C year round.

Covid Travel Information

View entry requirements here on UK FCDO

A PCR test is no longer required to enter Maldives.

Entry requirements for Maldives are the same for all travellers, regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status.

All travellers must submit a self-declarative health declaration within 96 hours prior to travel online portal of Maldives Immigration, "Imuga",

All tourists will undergo non-intrusive temperature checks and screening on arrival, are required to wear face masks, social distancing at the airport, during domestic travel and in all enclosed public spaces. Most resorts have their own additional protocols

View the Maldives goverment guidance for travellers

From 18th March, when you travel to England from abroad you:
do not need to take any COVID-19 tests before you travel or after you arrive
do not need to fill in a UK passenger locator form
do not need to quarantine when you arrive
This applies whether you are vaccinated or not.

It includes people who are transiting through England.
Updated 8 JUL 2022

Weather and Climate

Whilst there are 2 monsoon seasons (Nov-Apr & May-Oct), the diving remains excellent year round. Diving operators will changes their dive sites in each season to find the best hot spots for the big fish! Traditionally, our summer months tend to be windier with a higher chance of rain, whilst the winter months are flatter. However, the seasons are much less predictable in reality and its a fabulous place to dive whatever time of year!


Flight options

Our holidays to the Maldives can be quoted with most major airlines. If you would like to depart from a regional UK airport (eg. Glasgow/Edinburgh, Manchester, Birmingham or Gatwick) or have a specific airline you prefer to fly with, simply let us know in your booking request. Times and any applicable supplements will be confirmed by your travel consultant before you finalise your holiday. We are unfortunately not able to redeem airmiles on your behalf. If you make your own flight arrangements to Male, please check the transfer arrangements before confirming your flights. Please do not finalise any flight arrangements yourself before your liveaboard space is confirmed as being held.


As most flights are not direct, it is simple to add a stop over en route - simply ask your travel consultant for a quote. Sri Lanka is our most popular, up coming destination - with beautiful beaches, it's a great alternative to staying in the Maldives resorts. If you are feeling a bit more adventurous, why not head into the jungle for look for elephants and leopards. Or if you are a culture vulture, we highly recommend a Kandy city tour. The choice is yours! As we are able to book most major airlines to the Maldives, you can also add a stop to break up your flight. Popular locations include Dubai, Doha and Abu Dhabi.

Arrange before you go

Visa requirements

UK passport holders are able to obtain a free 30 day visa on arrival. Do ensure your passport has 6 months validity from your return date to prevent any issues with immigration. It is your responsibility to ensure your passport is valid and you fulfil entry requirements. Regulations can change: please review current FCO advice: click here . If transiting via Sri Lanka you must have a visa prior to travel click here


Scuba Travel requires all of our customers to have diving insurance. Please make sure that you have appropriate cover for your diving activities. We also strongly recommend you have travel insurance. It's worth taking out travel insurance once you have paid your deposit to ensure you are covered for unforeseen events and cancellation. Find out more about our combined dive and travel policy click here


Your covid proof of vaccination must match your passport name and flight ticket name. Please speak to your local GP or check out the latest NHS advice on updating your NHS details or for other travel immunisations: click here

Preparing to fly


You will be able to manage your booking online once you have been ticketed (after you have paid your holiday balance). Most airlines will now enable you to select your seating at this point. There may be a small charge for prebookable seating before online check in opens. Please speak to the airline for more information about charges.

Check in

As you are flying with a scheduled airline, you will be able to check in online with your airline. Please visit their website for more information about when online check in opens.


An airport lounge is a great way to start your holiday or to while away flight connections in comfort. Scuba Travel works with Lounge Pass to offer a huge range of affordable airport lounges around the world. click here


Prebook your airport parking to save money! If you have a long way to travel, why not also look at booking an airport hotel. These aren't as expensive as you might think. click here

What happens when I arrive?

On arrival in the Maldives, you will need to clear immigration and collect your baggage. You will then be met outside of arrivals by a representative from your liveaboard or resort. They will be holding a board with either your destination or your name on it. If you have any issues at all locating your rep, please turn left from arrivals and go to the information desk at Male airport. We have an emergency contact, manned by a member of the team here in the UK. Please call 0044 7747 488 002. We will be able to help your rep locate you in the airport.


If your holiday begins in Male you will be met and taken to your boat. The transfer takes around 20mins. Many of our Maldives holidays will include either a domestic flight or seaplane transfer. It takes approx 45mins -1 hour to clear immigration and collect your baggage at Male airport. We endeavour to keep the transit between flights as short as possible and your transfer will normally take place within 3 hours of your international arrival, but please be aware, you may have to wait at the airport between flights. The domestic terminal is right next door to arrivals. This has AC, bathrooms and a small cafe. You will usually be met by a rep, who will assist you in moving between the terminals. The baggage allowance on domestic flights is typically 20kgs hold and 5kgs hand baggage. Excess baggage is charged locally $2-$5/kg. The seaplane check in desk is to your right on exiting the arrivals hall. You will check your bag in here and then be transferred to the seaplane terminal by bus. This has AC, bathrooms, a small cafe and shop. The seaplanes run regularly throughout the day and due to the way the scheduling is organised, the exact time of your seaplane cannot be confirmed prior to arrival in Male. Seaplanes do not run in the dark - the fist seaplane is around 06:00 Male time and ends around 16:00 Male time. The baggage allowance on seaplane flights is typically 20kgs hold and 5kgs hand baggage. Excess baggage is charged locally $2-$5/kg.


You will be taken back to Male airport in time for your international flight. Domestic flights and seaplanes will arrive in time for you to make your connections. Typically you will arrive at the airport 1 1/2- 2 hours before your flight time. There is currently no departure tax when leaving the Maldives.



Tipping is entirely at your discretion. We do not make recommendations as to how much to tip. Should you wish to leave a tip for the guides and crew, it should reflect the level of service you have enjoyed.


The official currency of the Maldives is the rufiyya. However, we generally recommend you take USD as this is the preferred currency for most transactions. Do ensure you have smaller denominations handy as larger notes can be difficult to use. Notes should be in good condition. Credit and debit cards can be used, but do be aware of currency conversions and card surcharges. There is a 16 %GST (sales tax) applied to all local payments.

Phone coverage

The Maldives has good mobile phone coverage throughout. You can purchase a local SIM card at the airport if you prefer. Carpe Novo offers free wifi (where there is phone coverage) but this can be slow. If you need internet, we recommend you make arrangements with your provider in the UK.

Plugs and electricity

Electricity is 240V - UK 3 pin plugs are commonplace, although some plugs may have 2pin European connections. Please do not leave batteries charging unattended in your cabins at any time.


Hire equipment

Kit hire must be prebooked but is paid for locally onboard. Reg: $50 per week, BCD: $50 per week, computer: $65 per week, wetsuit: $40 per week and complete dive kit $220 per week


Carpe Novo can teach a wide range of courses on board. These must be prebooked and are paid for on board. Please speak to your travel consultant for current course prices and options


There is an on board boutique selling a wide range of souvenirs including tshirts, jewellery and marine art. All stock items are subject to availability.


Free of charge for certified divers, subject to fill availability on board


Deposits and Balances

This holiday is a boat and Male airport transfer package only. Where needed, domestic flights are also included as part of your transfers. A typical deposit for a Maldives liveaboard is 30% of your holiday cost. This will be due once your holiday has been confirmed. Your balance will then be due 90 days before travel. Depending on your flight option and ticketing deadline, you may need to pay in full for your flight. From time to time, promo trips with lower deposits on boat only spaces may be on sale as a special offer. Your travel consultant will outline the flight payment structure at the time of booking.

Ways to pay

We accept mastercard and visa debit or credit cards. If you would like a pay by link to complete check out via email please let us know and it can be set up for you. We do not take AMEX. All non sterling card payments and UK business debit cards will be subject to the 3% surcharge. Alternatively, you are welcome to pay via bank transfer. Overseas bank transfers must add £8 to the sterling total to cover international handling fees. We are not able to accept PayPal transactions or personal cheques.

Group Payments

If you have booked as part of a group, you can still call and pay directly without needing to go via your group leader. Please have your trip reference number to hand to help us locate your holiday as quickly as possible. You will receive a transaction receipt - your group leader will forward your ATOL certificate and booking confirmation


Repeat Guests

Are you one of Scuba Travel's repeat customers?
Over 60% of our customers trust Scuba Travel to book their next diving holiday, time after time.

And we believe you deserve a huge thanks for your ongoing support over the years, which is what our repeater discount is all about! Travel with us again in either 12 months or 24 months and you will qualify for a discount. That's all you have to do. No forms, no numbers to remember, no fuss, just a good honest price reduction.

5% off for repeat customers travelling with Scuba Travel within 24 months
Carpe Fleet offer repeat divers a 5% discount on their boat package, but you must mention this at the time of booking and it cannot be combined with special offers.
Repeat discounts are not cumulative and cannot be applied to special offer prices


Standard cabin on a full board basis (twin/double share cabin), with tea, coffee and drinking water.

There are 3 dives daily (except for arrival and departure) including 1 or 2 night dives with 12ltr tank, nitrox and weights. All trips are fully guided.

The local green tax has been prepaid

Airport transfers will be provided and run at fixed times between the boat and airport (visa versa). When required domestic flights are also included as part of your transfers


You can elect to add international flights to your boat package. If you prefer to make your own flight arrangements, you must notify us of your flight arrangements at least 4 weeks prior to travel so we can make local arrangements as required. It is your responsibility to ensure your flights are booked correctly to match your land arrangements. If you are continuing your holiday in the Maldives at a resort, hotel or another liveaboard, your on-going transfers need to be arranged by you from the airport.

Additional kit hire and any on board souvenirs

16% GST is applied to all local purchases in the Maldives. Credit and debit card payments carry a further surcharge.

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