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Dive Review of CARPE NOVO liveaboard in
Maldives

CARPE NOVO liveaboard: "Great Diving, Poor COVID EXPERIENCE", May, 2021,

by Terry H Anderson, TX, US (Sr. Contributor Sr. Contributor 25 reports with 10 Helpful votes). Report 11531 has 1 Helpful vote.

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Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 3 stars
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Comments First the Diving. We took the southern route, since our last trip to the Maldives 19 years ago we took the Best of the Maldives central route. The first evening at 5 pm we were taken to the "nurse shark" dive, where dozens of sharks circled us in 30 feet of water--outstanding. Over the next days we were taken to areas for large schools, a Manta cleaning station, a Whale Shark area, and the last two days to a site off Ari atoll tha ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Indonesia, Maldives, Caribbean, Galapagos, all over the world.
Closest Airport Male Getting There Long layover, so a 36 hour flight.

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, rainy Seas choppy
Water Temp 80-83°F / 27-28°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 80-120 Ft/ 24-37 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Few. Most dives were an hour.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins None Whale Sharks > 2
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments Room for cameras and equipment, very nice, especially with only 10 divers, so lots of space. ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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Subscriber's Comments

By Ms Lynda Durfeein VA, US at Jun 09, 2021 17:07 EST  
Do you know for a fact that one of the crew was a carrier? Had they all been vacinnated. More likely, it was a false-positive test result. Several reports of this happening in Aruba (which I visited in Feb) when people are tested 3 days before departure to the US and no one else in their family tested positive.
By report author: Terry H Anderson in TX, US at Jun 10, 2021 10:00 EST  
Certainly could have been a false positive, but my dive buddy was tested two more times, positive, and then here in Texas--negative. The fact is, the Carpe Novo owner was not honest with the divers, and did not insure that all the crew and all the divers were vaccinated. Liveaboard.com also MUST demand that all divers and crews have been vaccinated.
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