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Dive Review of Carpe Novo/Kiha Beach in
Maldives/North Atolls

Carpe Novo/Kiha Beach: "Whale Sharks and Mantas!!", Oct, 2021,

by Carl Belles, FL, US ( 1 report with 2 Helpful votes). Report 11688 has 2 Helpful votes.

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

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling 4 stars
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Beginners 2 stars
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Comments Combo land-based and liveaboard trip postponed due to COVID. We spent 3 nights land-based with the express purpose of snorkeling with mantas and whale sharks, before joining the Carpe Novo liveaboard for a week of diving. Overall, a great trip, with some cautions/criticisms.

Travel to the Maldives was pretty uneventful. We got our Maldives-mandated PCR test 48 hours before departure from our first airport (must be within 72 hrs per Maldives entry requirements) at our local urgent-care clinic. Maldives health declaration was relatively easy to complete on mobile devices. NOTE: Maldives government requires that form be completed within 24 hrs of arrival to Maldives, and some airlines were checking for completed form before departure from US. We completed form once in US before check-in with airline, and then completed it again during layover to comply with entry requirement.

Flew Qatar Airways MIA-ORD-DOH-MLE using AA miles for Business Class. Aircraft were equipped with QSuites on both international legs; well worth it if possible, and an excellent value if redeeming AA miles. Check-in took longer than usual due to the agent checking all of our documentation; have everything printed out or already up on your mobile to speed the process. Crew were friendly and charming, food and beverage service were excellent as always, and QSuites are super-comfortable and well-appointed. We had individual window seats on the way to MLE; we switched to middle, rear-facing seats for the return as the barrier between these seats can be lowered to create one larger space. Excellent choice for couples, and being rear-facing didnít bother either of us.

Transfer in Doha was as easy as ever. Our layover was long enough that we opted to get a room at the in-airport Oryx Hotel. Not cheap, but no ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
Websites Carpe Novo   Kiha Beach

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Primarily Caribbean and East Coast US, with forays to Fiji, Hawai'i, and the US Pacific Coast.
Closest Airport MLE Getting There Easy connections through Middle Eastern and European gateways (we flew Qatar through Doha).

Dive Conditions

Weather cloudy Seas choppy, currents
Water Temp 80-83°F / 27-28°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 40-100 Ft/ 12-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Max. depth
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas Squadrons
Dolphins 1 or 2 Whale Sharks > 2
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

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Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
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