Exclusive Moon Tours & SUNOVA luxury SUP Surf charter in the Maldives
with Bert Burger & James Casey
Guaranteed perfect SUP waves! Fuller waves, deeper water, uncrowded, long rides. We know what you want and where to find it
Our luxury Carpe Novo SUP Surf charter can sleep 24 with a max 10 surfing guests, additional non surfers welcome.
The 140ft Carpe Novo with her 60ft follow boat (Dhoni), smaller tender and 13 crew, is locally built and owned, perfectly set up for Surf, Diving and Fishing charters. Your Captain, local Surf guide, Moon Tours host and massive fuel allowance to escape the crowds and find you the perfect waves in the perfect location.
Sit back, relax, surf, flat water paddle, dive, fish or drink cocktails from one of two bars on board.
The ultimate in luxury surf charters specifically designed to cater for Stand Up Paddle surfers and long boarders. Carpe Novo has been voted ‘Best Charter Boat in the Maldives’ and when you step on board you can see why. Impeccable suite layouts, fully stocked hardwood bar with beer on tap, multiple outdoor and indoor communal areas, large sundeck, swim platform and restaurant quality galley that produces incredible fresh food and snacks throughout the charter.
Professional and attentive crew, nothing is too much trouble, use of the 60ft Dhoni and speedy tender for surf, diving, fishing and island excursions. Enjoy exquisite beach BBQ’s lit up with dozens of candles, beach bonfire and delicious food.
ABOUT SUNOVA SURFBOARDS
Sunova Surfboards are the manufacturers of high performance composite sandwich surfboards. Under the tutelage of Shaper of the Year, and legendary shaper Bert Burger, Sunova have been pioneering the use of parabolic balsa rails and veneer skinned surfboards for over 20 years. Originating out of Mandurah, Western Australia, Bert has been leading the way in lightweight surfboards built with an emphasis on strength and flex to create epoxy surfboards which are not only strong surfboards lasting much longer than the industry standard PU boards, but high performance surfboards.
With the development in the sport of surfing by surfers such as Kelly Slater, Mick Fanning, Julian Wilson andDane Reynolds, Sunova Surfboards is leading the trend in modern surfboard design.
Bert Burger has been pioneering the design of durable surfboards for over 20 years with an emphasis on parabolic rail surfboards, with advancements in materials, and construction methods, which are industry standards these days.
In recent years Sunova has become a leader in the growing Stand Up Paddle market, producing high performance surf and race SUP’s that have become the most sort after boards on the market today.
Sunova – 20 years of advanced composite construction you can trust.
Scattered across the equator in the middle of the Indian Ocean, the gem like islands of the Maldives depict the rare vision of a tropical paradise. Palm fringed islands with pristine beaches, turquoise lagoons, crystal clear warm water and stunning coral reefs with abundant varieties of marine life and hosting a massive variety of world class waves that are now accessible to the travelling surfer.
There are over 1,192 islands in the Maldives Republic, measuring 820 km’s north to south and 120 km’s east to west, the closest neighbors are India and Sri Lanka. People who have never been to the Maldives often have trouble comprehending that there is almost NO land. It is sea with little pockets of coral dotted on top of an old volcanic mountain range. Only 202 of the islands are inhabited; there are no hills or rivers: almost no tides, the highest point above sea level is less than 10 feet.
About the Waves
The most famous breaks are in North Male Atolls. These long points breaks offer rights and lefts, wave selections for beginner, intermediates to professional surfers, with waves ranging from 1 to 3 meters. This area can be very crowded, particularly due to budget charters not having the allowance to travel long distances.
South Male Atoll is less visited, generally a bit smaller and not as heavy as waves in the North when the swells up, perfect for Stand Up and longboard waves. In this area you also have the best chance to surf empty line ups!
Surf spots can be accessed a number of ways; by surf charter boat, point breaks straight off the resort or by Dhoni transferring surfers from the resorts and camps. Not all surf breaks are accessible from land.
A lot of surfers prefer surf charter boats to access the many different points in the North and South Male’ Atolls. On a boat there are no constraints and surfers can choose from a wide range of wave options! They are amazing waves!
During the last decade, surfing in the Maldives has attracted many surfers from all over the world. The same swells hitting Indonesia deliver the goods to the Maldives except that the latitude is a little higher and the SE exposure has less energy.
There are three main surfing areas;
- The North and South Male Atoll, the surf season runs from April to October during the South-West Monsoons. The bigger swells run from May to August with 2 to 8 ft waves on offer all season.
- Central Atoll standard waves are long and clean with size varying between 2 and 8ft as well. During southern hemisphere winter (April-October), it’s pretty much never flat.
- Southern Atolls right at the southern point of the Maldives are best for surf from February to April and from September to November, there are always waves in the area but the winds become very strong at other times of the year.
With dive masters and an instructor on board you will have the opportunity to complete a dive course in paradise or the freedom to dive to your limits. Carpe Diem is also setup with Nitrox diving facilities. If diving isn’t your thing then one of the dive team can take you on a guided snorkelling tour.
Although the Maldives is known for the stunning beaches and azure waters that typify the tropical idyll, its life beneath the water’s surface, which is becoming ever more respected by scuba divers in the know. The Maldives islands have some good coral reefs, but it’s the abundance of marine life throughout the country that sets it apart from other dive destinations. The water temperatures remain 27 to 28 degrees Celsius throughout the year.
The diving Dhoni (tenders), which are equipped with the latest to meet the ever-growing demands of the divers today. The Dhoni have Nitrox membrane systems providing 32%, a toilet, hot water shower, fresh water showers and camera rinsing tank.
Snorkelers are welcome too, apart from some dedicated snorkel trips; the motor yachts all have a small speed boat (dingy) available for snorkelers to go snorkelling with our crew when the divers are out diving. For private charters, itineraries and activities will be completely tailored for you.
Fishing has always been the lifeblood of island nations and the Maldives is no different, this place has been dubbed the ‘fishiest’ places on the planet. Pelagic species are often the favourite target although there are a lot of reef and shallow water species that will give you a run for your money like Bonefish, Barracuda, Groper, Snapper and the king of fish, the Giant Trevally. Traditional hand lines onboard, or pack your own rod.
10 nights, 11 day
Departing Male harbour in the Maldives you will find the island nations most famous waves in the North Male Atolls. The long breaks offer right and lefts for the beginner to intermediate surfer to the professional with waves ranging from 1 – 3 metres. In general SUP surfers may prefer the South Male Atolls depending on the size of the swell.
A surf charter should be flexible, not locked into strict daily miles and locations. Rather it should be based around mother natures plans for the swell and wind. Because of this we will not finalise the Charter itinerary with the Captain and crew until closer to departure. With a generous milage allowance we have the luxury to travel further than any standard charter to get away from the crowds and into the best waves. Rest assured, you will get what you are looking for with a boat and experienced crew that know the area very well.
Picture perfect paradise abounds on board this luxury SUP Surf charter, beautiful islands, sandy beaches, untouched reefs and protected seas perfect for cruising.
May 8 – 18, 2018
Trent & Steph
Luxury Motor Yacht – Carpe Novo
Have a look inside the MY Carpe Novo
MY Carpe Novo was hand build in 2016 completely out of wood in the Maldives. She’s a 140ft / 40m long motor safari yacht, has four decks, 12 cabins and can cater for up to 22 guests with two tenders to get in close to reefs, waves and the islands or for fishing trips. Carpe Novo’s 60ft Dhoni is fully stocked for diving and will be an optional extra for our clients. With a total of 13 experienced crew you can rest assured that every detail is taken care of.
Carpe Novo cabins
The Carpe Novo has 12 comfortable cabins of different standards divided over 3 decks. The different cabin types are junior suite (4), single suites (2) and standard (6). All cabins have individually controlled AC, safety deposit boxes and TV screens connected to central media system and their own private bathrooms. The electricity voltage on board is of 220V and the plugs are of multinational type
All Cabins have individually controlled A/C, safety deposit boxes and en-suite bathroom with shower and toilet.
Power on board is 220V with UK 3 pin types.
Internet available on-board.
A total of 6 standard cabins (Turtle, Dolphin, Barracuda, Octopus, Frog fish and Napoleon) are located on the cabin deck below the main deck. 4 cabins (Turtle, Dolphin, Barracuda and Napoleon) have one queen size bed and a single bed and the two front cabins (Frog fish and Octopus) have two single beds. All cabins have a smart TV connected to central media system, desk, private ensuite bathrooms with showers. All standard cabins have portholes. Images below.
The two single suites cabins (Eagle ray and Manta ray), located on the main deck have queen size beds (150 x 200 cm) and desk, TV connected to central media system, hanging closet, large windows, private ensuite bathroom and shower. Images below.
JUNIOR SUITE CABIN
The 4 junior suite cabins (Whale shark, Hammerhead, Tiger shark and Thresher shark cabins) have king size (200 x 200 cm) beds which in the Whale shark and Tiger shark cabins can be separated in two single beds (90 x 200 cm), wide flat screen TV connected to central media system, desk, hanging closet, windows throughout the side of the cabin, bathroom with sink dual cabinets and a spacious shower. Images below.
WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING ?
Pack your favourite swimwear and most comfortable clothes, dress for the tropics and get ready to relax.
If you are planning on surfing or SUP’ing you need to bring your own board! It’ll have to be around 9’2 max with some airlines claiming up to 9’8. Check with your chosen airline before booking your flights.
SUNOVA SUPS AVAILABLE
We have a limited number of boards between 120L – 150L available for early bird bookings at no charge.
Subject to availability. If you’re a surfer riding a smaller board or have your favourite there is no problem bringing your own and it’s pretty easy travelling with airlines like Singapore and Air Asia for example.
Creek 8’10 – 9’1 – 9’4
Flash 8’9 – 9’0 – 9’3
Some T’s & C’s – Supplied boards are subject to availability and may change without notice or become unavailable. When someone is allocated one of our boards that board will be allocated to you for the entire trip. If you decide to let others use the board or swap boards around that is up to you. Consider the board your own for the charter. When it comes to damaged boards the person who has been allocated the board for the trip is responsible regardless of who or how the board is damaged. Allocated surfers will be responsible for any professional repairs that need to be carried out at a later date in Australia regardless of who or how the board is damaged. It is your board for the trip and you will be responsible for it. If you believe someone else is responsible for damaging the board allocated to you Moon Tours will seek repair costs from the person the board is allocated too and it will be your responsibility to seek compensation from third parties if choose. Unfortunately we do not have the ability to make professional repairs in the Maldives. If the damage is minor and we can patch the board up to keep you on the water that does not constitute a professional repair. If the board is a write off, i.e. creased or snapped the allocated surfer will be responsible for the full second hand market value of the board.
Minimum repair cost $100AUD.
FLYING WITH YOUR OWN BOARD
Pack your favourite SUP, it’ll have to be around 9’6 max with some airlines claiming up to 9’8. Check with your chosen airline before booking your flights.
Inflatable SUPs are great for some casual paddling & SUP yoga. We will have a couple on board for free use.
Spare leg rope & spare fins and feel free to throw your game rod, lures and the short board or mini mal if you have room.
Bath and beach towels provided.
If you are booking your own flights make sure you check your airline guidelines and luggage allowance.
Pack your favourite swimwear and most comfortable clothes, dress for the tropics and get ready to relax.
We will give everyone the chance to visit local and resort islands. On local islands it is respectful to cover your shoulders and knees while walking the streets and visiting local establishments. Resort islands usually charge a visitors fee of $100USD depending on the level of luxury which may also be used at the restaurant and bar, a way of making sure your spend at least $100 at the resort. Dress code depends on the resort and the level of luxury; in general you do not need to cover your shoulders and knees inside a resort but it might be a good idea to dress appropriately should you wish to have dinner at a five star resorts restaurant.
The sun is HOT. We would be very very surprised if anyone needed any kind of wetsuit or neoprene tops while surfing, paddling, swimming and snorkelling. Should you like a wetsuit for diving we can provide one on the boat.
Sun protection and keeping hydrated is important. You will be given your own reusable water bottle on board with access to unlimited filtered water and ice. Water tee’s, long and short sleeve, surf hats, sun glasses, lots of sunscreen as a minimum.
WHO CAN GO ON A MOON TOURS CHARTER?
Surfers, non surfers, family and friends are all welcome. As a non surfer you will love cruising the Maldives on board Carpe Novo with plenty of opportunity to relax, wine and dine, swim, snorkel, dive or fish.
Children upon request depending on group demographic, grand parents, the whole family, a group of friends or book Carpe Novo for business trip to impress clients or to reward your staff. They’d appreciate it. As Richard Branson says. ‘look after your staff and they will look after your clients’.
MEALS & DINING
All meals, snacks, filtered water, tea & coffee are included
Our Sri Lankan Chef Cook “Iresh” is a well experienced chef and has been with the company for years. He knows how to make those buffets special, extra tasty and of high standard. He is assisted by a local chef to add some local flavor to the menu. The menu covers a wide range of different international cuisines blended together for you to enjoy. With prior notice, special dietary requests can be catered for as well as any special occasion packages like birthday celebrations, anniversaries to name a few.
Not included: Alcoholic beverages – a selection of beer, wine, spirits can be purchased on board. Bar menu
From the dining area a staircase ultimately leads you to a 115 sqm sun deck, which is partially shaded and has a sitting area in the middle and some lounge chairs to catch that nice tan.
With book in one hand & a cocktail in the other this is the perfect place for some quiet rest & relaxation.
DIVING & SNORKELLING MALDIVES
All of our vessels are accompanied by spacious diving dhonis (tenders) which are equipped with the latest to meet the ever growing demands of the divers today. The dhonis have Nitrox membrane systems providing 32%, a toilet, hot water shower, fresh water showers and camera rinsing tank.
Snorkelers are welcome too, apart from some dedicated snorkel trips, the boats all have a small speed boat (dingy) available for snorkelers to go snorkeling with our crew when the divers are out diving.
You will need to pay for the rental gear on board of the boat.
Rental Gear Prices
- Full Equipment:USD 220 for 7 days / USD 300 for 10 days
- 15L tanks:USD 100 for a week (USD 150 for 10 days)
- Nitrox tank:USD 100 for a week (USD 150 for 10 days)
- Wetsuit:USD 40 for a week (USD 50 for 10 days)
- Regulator:USD 50 for a week (USD 70 for 10 days)
- BCD:USD 50 for a week (USD 70 for 10 days)
- Snorkel equipment:USD 30 for a week (USD 40 for 10 days)
- Nitrox Refills:USD 100 for a week (USD 150 for 10 days)
Scuba dive insurance DAN. (Available on board 15 euros p/p for 7 nights)
- DISCOVER SCUBA DIVING
- REFRESHER / SCUBA REVIEW
- OPEN WATER DIVER COURSE
GETTING THERE AND AWAY
From Australia you have a few options but if it’s Surfboards and Surf SUP’s you want to bring then we recommend flying with Singapore Airlines to Male where you will be met by Carpe Diem Crew and chauffeured to the the boat.
Flights with Singapore Airlines leave regularly from Sydney or Melbourne – Male via Singapore or with QATAR via Doha and Emirates via Dubai.
Flying with Surf and Stand Up Paddle Boards.
Pack your favourite surf board or SUP, it’ll have to be around 9’2 max with some airlines claiming up to 9’8. Check with your chosen airline before booking.
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Regular flights with Emirates depart Male (Maldives) to Nairobi (Kenya) via Dubai or QATAR Male – Nairobi via Doha
For Australian residents; take the hassle out of finding the best flights, the right arrival time, board allowances ect, let our agent take care of your flights at a small ticketing fee of $25.
As at January, 2019 – two surfing spots available.
Based on 10 night, 11 day charter. Guaranteed private cabin with ensuite, no extra for single supplement.
– Standard cabin 6 AVAILABLE $4150USD per surfer ONE AVAILABLE (Non surfing partner or friend sharing $2910USD ALLOCATION SOLD OUT please enquire for price and availability)
– Mid deck Suite cabins 4 AVAILABLE $4850USD per surfer ONE AVAILABLE (Non surfing partner or friend sharing $2910USD ALLOCATION SOLD OUT please enquire for price and availability)
-Top deck suite cabins 2 AVAILABLE $4850USD per surfer SOLD OUT Non surfing partner or friend sharing $2910US SOLD OUT
*A surfer is anyone who intends to surf regardless of their level of experience.
*A Non surfer is anyone who intends to do no surfing at all but can take part in all other activities. Paddle boarding flat water, kayaks, snorkelling, diving, fishing etc.