“Top-notch facilities, hotel-style staterooms and unmatched open-air comfort.”
About Carpe Novo
For most people the Maldives are known as one of the most beautiful and desired holiday destinations on earth. Where gin clear waters harbour abundant marine life that lazily swims amongst vibrant corals. Where beautiful people bathe on bright, white sand beaches at luxury resorts and sip cocktails.
For surfers, it’s all of this, but there’s the added bonus that the 26 atolls that make up the 90,000 square kilometre chain are also home to some of the funnest waves on the planet.
A well-appointed high-end surf charter through the Maldives is the best way to make the most of both these worlds. Not only do you get access to the waves, but there’s also enough luxury involved to keep a non-surfing family happy.
A vessel guaranteed to deliver all this and more is the Carpe Novo. Built in 2016, the Carpe Novo is a whopping 42-metre motor safari yacht featuring luxurious modern appointments, top-notch facilities, hotel-style staterooms and unmatched open-air comfort. A sure bet to deliver you a once in a lifetime surf experience.
Carpe Novo also offers experienced surf guides and operations manager to work alongside our trusted Skipper to get you to the best spots at the best times.
This includes the popular areas of the North Male atolls where big-ticket waves such as Cokes, Chickens, Honkeys, Sultans and Jails reside. The good news is that a charter with Carpe Novo also offers the option to escape to the more remote Central and Southern atolls, where uncrowded lineups and beautiful unspoiled scenery await.
The Carpe Novo also has a second fully crewed Dhoni to access the waves. It can power ahead to surf spots while the mother ship is anchored in a safe vantage point. There is also a 15-foot dinghy to deliver you right into the lineup.
Pricing & Packages
|Trip Duration||Max Guests||Prices USD From||Book|
|8 Days Private Charter||12||$2,765||Enquire now|
|10 Days - Single bookings||12||$4,450||Enquire now|
The Carpe Novo is an open boat so you can book any dates that suit you pending on availability.
- Full private charter, use of all 11 cabins including suites, follow boat and tender, fuel allowance
- Accommodation in air conditioned cabins with 70x60cm windows (in Suite, Deluxe and High Standard) or 20x15cm portholes (in Standard), ensuite shower (with hotwater) toilet, toiletries, towels and beach towels.
- Air conditioning in all enclosed areas.
- Full board meals, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
- Drinking water + drinking bottle with logo
- Tea and coffee (instant) available 24h.
- Surfing during day time with dingy and diving dhoni available in Central atolls up till including Meemu
- Snorkelling equipment
- BBQ on a deserted island
- Airport Transfer, Meet and Assist.
- GST (12% ) (Rates will be adjusted in case GST were to change)
- Local surf guide
- Alcoholic drinks, soft drinks .
- Diving Equipment & Fees
- 6 USD p/p per night Green Tax
- GST on all services sold on board
- Crew gratuities. We suggest 100 to 150 USD per client on a 10 night trip
Special #1 May 08 – 18 This charter is super special with James Casey (One of the world’s best stand up paddle surfers and down wind racers) along side Bert Burger, surfboard shaper of the year in tracks magazine and recently voted top three shapers of all time. He was instrumental in the technology development that made Fire Wire so famous and now heads one of the fastest growing high performance Surf and Stand Up Paddle brands on the planet. We’ll be there with a bunch of new designs for guests to test while taking tips from a surf industry icon. Guaranteed private cabin.
- Pro SUP, Surf and foil coaching from James Casey
- Exclusive 10 night / 11 days Moon Tours Stand Up Surf with James Casey & SUNOVA Surfboards owner and shaper Bert Burger
- Surf coaching, custom board design and tech talk sessions with Bert Burger
- Sunova Stand Up Paddle surf demo’s (range to be confirmed)
- Ultimate luxury, guaranteed private air conditioned cabins with en-suite
- Maximum 10 SUP surfing guests, non surfing partners and flat water paddlers welcome
- Excess fuel allowance to travel further, escape the crowds to find empty line ups
- Waves on this charter are carefully selected by our Surf guide and Moon Tours host, based on the groups criteria while keeping privacy in mind
- Flat water SUP’ing is equally exquisite in the lagoons, around the islands and inside the Atolls.
- The 140ft luxury Motor Yacht Carpe Novo equipped with specialist 13 crew, is locally built and owned, perfectly set up for Surf, Diving and Fishing charters.
- 2 follow boats, a 60ft boat (Dhoni) fully covered with showers and bathroom for surf and dive trips plus a smaller runabout
- Dive gear for 20 people, dive instructor and courses available on charter
PRICE = $4,450 USD pp ($500 OFF) or twinshare standard cabin option for $3950 USD pp
The general surf season in the Maldives is considered as being from about February to November. This is when storms in the southern Indian Ocean send clean swells rolling into the area.
This can further be broken down into three mini seasons. The best winds blow from March – May, while June – August is when you’ll find bigger swells hitting the Maldives. September and October can get big swell, but the winds during this time of year can be unpredictable.
In terms of where you’ll be surfing, Carpe Novo services the entire Maldive chain and gives guests the option of deciding where they’d like to focus their charter. On hand to help you with this decision will be the experienced Carpe Novo surf guides, operations manager and Skipper. Working together, they’ll ensure you’re on course to the best waves available at that particular time. The best part is that you’re on a boat, so it’s not hard to up anchor and keep searching when conditions change.
The North Male Atolls
North Male is the surfing hub of the Maldives and houses the majority of waves you’ll have heard of, including:
Named after a now defunct Jail on the Island. Jails is a right-hander which offers one of the longest rides in the Maldives, and can also dish up multiple tubes.
One of the best waves in the Maldives, Sultans is a right that begins with a behind-the-peak take off into the tube followed by a highly workable wall. It’ll also handle whatever swell the Indian Ocean can throw at it.
A high quality left that breaks off the same island as Sultans. The wave bends and refracts around the island as you ride, generally increasing in size as you do so.
Named after a soft-drink factory located on the Island, Cokes is where you’ll get your barrel quota in the North Male atolls. One of the hollowest waves available, and for experienced surfers only.
A hollow left, Chickens can reward guests with a beautiful tube, however it is known as being highly tide dependent.
The Central Atolls
The advantage of the Central Atolls is the lack of surfers you’ll encounter compared to the northern atolls.
They also offer some of the best waves you’re likely to find in the Maldives and the surrounds, minus the heavy tourism, are nothing short of breathtaking.
There are waves here for all abilities, from shallow reefs and tropical tubes to fun set-ups that welcome some high-performance surfing or even a relaxed fun-board session.
The Central Atolls also offer waves on both the eastern and Western sides of the archipelago, which means that no matter what wind and swell combination, there’s bound to be a spot working somewhere.
The Southern Atolls are the most remote in the Maldives. Here the crowds thin even more and empty lineups await the adventurous. This is the place to be if you want to achieve the sensation of surfing in a pristine untouched paradise.
There are a host of waves on offer, and being the most southern of Atolls, it is more exposed to the power of the Indian Ocean swells that sweep up from the lower latitudes.
This equates to consistent size, but can also be less friendly to beginner and intermediate surfers.
The accommodation on board Carpe Novo is exactly what you’d expect from a luxury charter in the Maldives. In one word … opulent!
The Carpe Novo offers guests a choice of 12 cabins, of three different standards, spread over the vessel’s three spacious decks. These include:
Junior Suite Cabins
There are four junior suite cabins, each features a luxurious king size bed – which in two of the cabins can be separated to form single beds. There’s also a wide flat screen TV connected to central media system, writing desk, hanging closet, large windows, modern bathroom with sink, dual cabinets and a spacious shower.
Single Suite Cabins
The two single suite cabins are located on the main deck and feature lavish queen size beds, desk, TV connected to central media system, hanging closet, large windows, private ensuite bathroom and shower.
There are six standard cabins, which are located on the cabin deck. Four feature a queen plus single bed combination, and the two front cabins have two single beds. All feature a smart TV connected to central media system, desk, and private ensuite bathrooms with showers. All standard cabins have portholes.
All cabins on board Carpe Novo have individually controlled AC, safety deposit boxes and TV screens connected to central media system.
The luxury on board Carpe Novo doesn’t end in your quarters however. Throughout the boat you’ll find every convenience required for a comfortable journey through the Maldives.
There are a host of spaces on deck to enjoy the open air, including the sun deck, which is appointed with plush and comfortable sunbeds and shaded areas. It’s the perfect spot for sunset drinks or just relaxing as the incredible scenery drifts by.
The main air-conditioned lounge area offers guests coffee, tea and drinking water 24 hours a day. It also has a wide flat screen TV and Full HD Media Player.
Take the stairs to the upper deck and you’ll find Carpe Novo’s open-air restaurant and bar. The perfect place to top off a day filled with epic waves and to socialise with other guests.
Your dining on board Carpe Novo is taken care of by their Sri Lankan Chef Iresh. Iresh is well experienced and has been with the company for years. Assisted by a local chef they work together to add wonderful local flavors to a wide range of delicious international cuisines. There’s not a starving surfer they’ve not satisfied!
With prior notice, special dietary requests can be catered for as well as any special occasion packages like birthday celebrations and anniversaries.
Although surfing is at the top of most guests’ lists, you must remember that you are sailing through one of the most beautiful areas on the planet, so Carpe Novo offers a wide range of activities to help make the most of this fact.
Carpe Novo normally provide one or two dive guides and instructors during surf trips, so swap your surfboard for a scuba tank and take advantage of the abundant marine life that people travel from all over the world to see. In these pristine waters it is not uncommon to see Manta Rays and Whale Sharks.
If you’re not certified to dive there’s no worries. You can still enjoy yourself just as much with a trusty snorkel and mask.
Please contact one of our friendly consultants at Soul Surf Travel for information on the best way of getting to the Maldives from your destination. Ph 1300 499 262 or from outside of Australia +61 755260451.