Holiday Reference: TRP 33791

Holiday information

  • 43m luxurious liveaboard new in March 2016
  • Beautiful standard cabins with excellent upgrade options
  • Al fresco dining & outstanding cuisine
  • Several sun & shaded seating areas for relaxing or dolphin spotting!
  • Average Water Temp: 27-28C
  • Average Air Temp: 30C++
  • Average Visability: 10-20m
  • Good for: Mantas, Whales Sharks, nurse Sharks
  • Suitable for beginners: Confident begninners upwards
  • The Maldives Seasonal Sensations itinerary wends its way between Male and Baa atolls, cherry picking the highlight dive sites and including snorkelling at Hanivaru Bay. Brilliant for divers and snorkelers.

Liveaboard Details

New for March 2016: 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. ...

New for March 2016: 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

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Itinerary Details

The Maldives Seasonal Sensations itinerary wends its way between Male and Baa atolls, cherry picking the highlight dive sites and including snorkelling at Hanivaru Bay. Brilliant for divers and snorkelers.

Maldives Seasonal Sensations Description

The Maldives Seasonal Sensations itinerary wends its way between Male and Baa atolls, cherry picking the highlight dive sites for that season. Timing is everything - dive the east side of the atolls, when sites that are at their seasonal hottest for sharks, manta and gorgeous coral reefs. Make this time of year stand out for all the right reasons. Though the visibility is often decreased, the increased plankton means it can be the best time and place in the Maldives to see manta rays and whalesharks... more than making up for the reduced viz.

There are two ways to experience these seasonal sensations. One is a looping itinerary, leaving from Male, heading right up to Baa atoll in the north, and then coming back to Male to end your trip. Alternatively, you can catch a domestic flight from the domestic airport at Dharavandhoo (Baa atoll)- only minutes away from Hanivaru. This itinerary has it all. Hunt for hammerheads at Rasdhoo. Speed through channels in Ari. Look for manta in Baa. Or dive the stunning coral reefs of Raa. There's even a small wreck dive in South Male! On a select number of dates, this trip will end in Maamagili as well as visiting Baa. This is a super location for whalesharks. There is a domestic flight linking Maamagili and Male.

This is also traditionally manta feeding season. Nowhere is this more evident than at Hanivaru bay. As the currents sweep plankton rich water into the shallow lagoons around the Maldives, manta and whalesharks follow in vast numbers to gorge on the feast. Due to it's protected status you can only snorkel at Hanivaru, but this normally allows you to get closer to the fast moving manta. We cannot of course guarantee manta sightings. However, our experienced boat operators run this itinerary only in the months when mantas are most likely to be in the lagoons. If the currents are running the wrong way, and manta are not in the lagoons, there are good chances that the rays will be found on nearby reefs, which will be offered as alternative dives. The exact areas visited are entirely at the boat operator discretion based on the weather and current conditions, to ensure you get the most possible interactions with manta and whalesharks.

You don't need a minimum number of dives but you should be comfortable with drift dives. Currents can be strong. All your diving is made from dhonis or zodiacs to give precise entry and exit points. It is entirely at the boat's discretion as to which sites and atolls they visit - the aim of this trip is to take you to the seasonal highlights and as such, the boat operators will pick the most productive sites possible from these atolls, but may not necessarily dive each and every atoll. Between them, our guides have decades' of experience diving the Maldives - whatever time of year! Allow them to show you a side of the Maldives that many people miss. Prepare to be blown away by the sensational seasonal dive sites!

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Your holiday details

Save £200 Wend your way between Male and Baa atolls, cherry picking the highlight dive sites and including snorkelling at Hanivaru Bay on board the sublime and spacious Carpe Novo (new in 2016). After landing in Male you will be taken to the boat and the adventure begins. You have 7 nights on board on a full board basis (twin/double share cabin) - cabin upgrades available. Tea, coffee and drinking water are included in your package. Carpe Novo offers 3 dives daily (except for on day of arrival and day before departure) including one or two night dives and all diving is from a dhoni tender, with 12lt tank and weights are included. All trips are fully guided with 2 expert guides. Flights are typically with Sri Lankan, Emirates or Qatar although we are able to book a variety of scheduled airlines. Depending on your itinerary you may require a 1 way domestic flight - your ticket will be given to you locally. Excluded are the Hanivaru entry fee (20 USD p/p for 45 minutes of snorkelling), alcohol, fruit juice, soft drinks, nitrox (7 night package $100), additional kit hire and any on board souvenirs. Please let us know if you would like to prebook any diving courses on board or have any dietary requirements.

* prices are subject to change according to availability at the time of booking


 

Your Personal Information


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