With travel now looking a sunnier prospect for 2022, specialist operator Dive Worldwide is thrilled to introduce a raft of new diving trips to the Maldives. As divers look to resume their underwater adventures, the Indian Ocean idyll, home to an array of world-class diving locations, is the perfect choice. From an expert led trip to coincide with the peak aggregation of manta rays to a selection of new liveaboards and a beautiful new resort on the island of Innahura, there is something for everyone, from beginners to well-seasoned divers.
NEW DIVING ADVENTURES FOR 2022
Maldives Manta Ray Extravaganza: Join marine conservationist and cameraman Danny Copeland on a 10-night liveaboard journey to the northern atolls of the Maldives. Timed to visit Hanifaru Bay when the reef manta ray aggregation is at its peak, this spectacle makes for a once-in-a-lifetime dive adventure. Guests will have the opportunity to snorkel with these majestic creatures as well as learn about the ecology, behaviour and conservation of the Maldivian reef manta rays. They will also be encouraged to become a citizen scientist by uploading images and sighting information to the IDtheManta database, contributing to research and conservation efforts. There is also plenty of time to discover and dive the little-visited Baa, Raa and Lhaviyani atolls where they will encounter plenty of big fish action, green and hawksbill turtles, Napoleon wrasse, and a huge variety of reef fish and critters.
Price: from £2,995pp sharing, including return flights from the UK, transfers, 10 nights’ full-board liveaboard accommodation, 2-3 dives a day, tanks and weights, manta ray snorkelling and expert guide. Max group size: 18. Departs: 3 September 2022.
Blue Shark One Liveaboard: Newly offered by Dive Worldwide, Blue Shark One is a traditional Maldivian safari boat which spends most of the year operating Central and Southern Atoll itineraries as well as special tiger shark adventures for experienced divers. At 30 metres in length, the spacious liveaboard boasts nine cabins, all en-suite and air-conditioned, and can accommodate a maximum of 16 guests. The PADI affiliated boat is accompanied by a dive dhoni and divers can discover the biodiversity of marine life found amongst the beautiful reefs, wrecks, cleaning stations, and on drift dives. Expect to see colourful reef fish, schools of larger species such as barracuda and jacks, as well as batfish, turtles, grouper, and squadrons of rays. There is also the chance to witness grey reef, nurse and white-tip sharks plus manta rays and whale shark. Blue Shark One is available for full charter, or join a Southern Maldives Liveaboard departure to travel with a group of likeminded divers to escape the crowds and experience plenty of shark encounters.
Price: from £3,295pp sharing, including return flights from the UK, domestic flights and transfers, 7 nights’ full-board liveaboard accommodation, up to 3 dives a day, tanks, weights and Nitrox.
Horizon III Liveaboard: The Horizon III offers exceptional diving cruises to some of the best diving regions in the Maldives with its experienced crew being among the most respected in the Maldives. Accommodating up to 24 divers, the generous 36-metre-long fibreglass vessel features nine standard, two deluxe and one master deluxe cabins – all offering en-suite facilities and air-conditioning. Facilities includes a bar and restaurant area, a jacuzzi and the opportunity to book an ayurvedic massage with a trained therapist. Opt for itineraries focussing on the South Ari & Faafu atolls or head further south in search of thrilling shark encounters with all diving conducted from the spacious dive dhoni. Join a 7-night Best of Maldives trip aboard the Horizon III departing from Male and offering some of the finest sites in the central atolls and the chance of whale shark encounters.
Price: from £2,045pp sharing, including return flights from the UK, transfers, 7 nights’ full-board liveaboard accommodation, up to 17 dives, tanks, weights and Nitrox.
Eco Blue Liveaboard: The Eco Blue liveaboard offers diving adventures for all throughout the year, with marine protection and education at the forefront of all operations. This traditionally built Maldivian liveaboard accommodates 20 guests in ten en-suite cabins (three deluxe and seven standard) and at 32 metres long, she is spacious and comfortable. Environmentally friendly and sustainable measures are in place, with the boat producing its own drinking water and offering biodegradable bathroom amenities. In addition, the crew are often involved in helping local marine partners with research and beach clean-ups – this includes coral breeding projects, manta and whale shark reporting and collecting any plastic waste found. Eco Blue spends most of the year in the Central Atolls, with all diving from the accompanying dhoni. Among the special departures are a Family Tour, Deep South Adventures and Hanifaru Bay trips. Non-divers and snorkellers are welcome on board. Stay on Eco Blue as part of a Maldives Dive Safari which combines the liveaboard with three nights at the Bandos Island Resort.
Price: from £2,795pp sharing, including return flights from the UK, transfers, 7 nights’ full-board liveaboard accommodation, up to 17 dives, tanks, weights and Nitrox and 3 nights’ resort accommodation.
Innahura Maldives Resort: This laidback resort on the Lhaviyani Atoll boasts 78 bright and spacious beach bungalows, some of which line the white sand beach, while others overlook the magnificent lagoon. This 4-star resort, the only hotel on the island of Innahura, is the perfect spot to unwind and soak up the relaxed pace of Maldivian life. There’s a restaurant, two bars, a freshwater pool, a kids pool, a games room, badminton, beach volleyball, tennis, a spa and water sports centre to entertain all ages. However, the pride of Innahura is its Prodivers Dive Centre, considered one of the Maldives’ finest, with daily boat trips offered to explore the exceptional diving of this quiet Maldivian Atoll. A 5-star Instructor Development Centre (IDC) offers modern teaching facilities and equipment for new and experienced divers alike, plus avid snorkellers. Divers can look forward to an abundance of fish life in the Lhaviyani Atoll as well as some of the most varied dive sites and reef formations in the Maldives. Enjoy the adrenaline-rush of a channel dive promising big fish action, float over underwater islands or coral gardens adorned with life, explore overhangs and caves or enjoy some thrilling drift dives. Marine life highlights include dolphin, several species of shark, eagle and stingrays, Napoleon wrasse and plenty of hawksbill turtles.
Price: from £2,345pp sharing, including return flights from the UK, transfers, 7 nights’ full-board resort accommodation, 10 shore dives, tanks, weights and Nitrox.
For further information visit Dive Worldwide – www.diveworldwide.com – or call 01962 302087.
Diverse Travel expand Maldives programme with Boutique Beach
Dive holiday experts Diverse Travel have added Boutique Beach to their Maldives programme.
Designed specifically with divers in mind, Boutique Beach is a charming boutique hotel, perfect for those who want a taste of the real Maldives without compromising on incredible diving. This award-winning hotel is situated just steps away from a spectacular 2.5km stretch of white sandy beach on the ‘local’ island of Dhigurah in the famous Whale Shark area of South Ari atoll.
The waters surrounding South Ari atoll are renowned in the Maldives for their unique, year-round sightings of Whale Sharks, and the area attracts many divers and snorkellers involved in Whale Shark conservation and research. There are over 50 dive sites within close reach of the island of Dhigurah including many of the most famous and exciting thilas – deep channel reefs full of marine life – in the Maldives. Spectacular sites such as the marine protected reef of Kudarah Thila are just minutes by boat from the island. Mantas regularly feed in the lagoon directly in front of Boutique Beach, as well as at the cleaning station at Rangali, which is within easy reach of the hotel.
With six large double / twin guest rooms, each with balcony or private garden, Boutique Beach is the perfect base for a small group of divers or snorkellers. In-room camera workstations also make this hotel an ideal choice for underwater photographers. The PADI 5* dive centre specialises in guiding in small groups with an emphasis on safety, personal service and maximising marine life encounters.
As well as boasting excellent diving and snorkelling, Boutique Beach’s location on Dhigurah adds another interesting dimension for visitors. One of the longest islands in the Maldives, Dhigurah is home to a population of around 600 Maldivians who are happy to share their way of life with international guests. Boutique Beach supports many community initiatives on the island, and visitors staying at Boutique Beach are able to partake in local activities such as cooking, crafting and sports, allowing for a unique travel experience.
Diverse Travel Product Manager Phillip Connor says:
“Adding Boutique Beach to our programme is an exciting move for Diverse Travel. The Maldives is one of our top destinations, and it’s great to be able to offer our guests truly spectacular diving, alongside the chance to experience a little of real island life, at an excellent price. We’re confident that this unique, British diver designed and managed hotel will become one of our most popular holidays, and look forward to hearing about all the tremendous marine encounters from our guests.”
Introductory Special Offer
Diverse Travel are currently offering an introductory saving of up to 25% on holiday packages to the Maldives staying at Boutique Beach. Dive holiday packages start from just £2575pp (based on November 2022) and include return flights London to Male with 30kgs baggage + extra 15kgs for dive baggage, 7 nights at Boutique Beach in a double / twin room with a ‘soft’ all-inclusive meal plan, up to three dives per day with boat trips, tanks and weights, return speedboat from Male (sea plane at an additional charge), local taxes and green tax, plus ATOL and full financial protection as standard.
Discover more about Boutique Beach on the Diverse Travel website at www.diversetravel.co.uk/dive-resorts/maldives/boutique-beach
Euro-Divers celebrates 50 years! (Watch Video)
Euro-Divers is celebrating its 50th anniversary! October 1972 marked the beginning of the Maldives’ tourism industry and the opening of the country’s first resort, with the first Euro-Divers dive centre providing scuba diving activities. A great passion for diving brought the right people together in the right place, which has developed over the years.
Euro-Divers would like to say a big THANK YOU to all their clients to all their partners who gave them the trust and opportunity to provide diving services throughout all those years.
The Euro-Divers team look forward to continuing to provide world-class diving, watersports, and excursions, giving clients access to the best locations in the world in a safe, friendly, and professional manner.
Congratulations Euro-Divers on five decades of incredible diving with friends!
Find out more at www.euro-divers.com