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Dive Worldwide introduce new Maldives trips

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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.

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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.

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Introducing two new Colours of OBLU resorts in the Maldives

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COLOURS OF OBLU, a brand by Atmosphere Hotels & Resorts, has opened two exciting new resorts in Male Atoll in the Maldives this year.

OBLU XPERIENCE Ailafushi opened in June. Translating from the Maldivian dialect of Dhivehi, ‘Aila’ means family and ‘Fushi’ means island, in essence, the Family Island. A 15-minute speedboat ride from Velana International Airport brings guests to this beautiful tropical island.

The four-star resort’s 268 villas and rooms are designed to experience nature at its best. A striking fleet of water villas shaped like dhonis are lined up along the jetty – a perfect spot for snapping some selfies. From the moment of arrival, a carefree and relaxed holiday unfolds with the generous Fushi Plan™. Dining, activities, a multi-level kids club with a pool and food corner, overwater gym, and live entertainment are all blended within the stay for a hassle-free holiday.

Sumptuous all-day dining options are available at the Element X Restaurant which serves modern Western, Central Asian, and Far Eastern cuisines. X360 Bar features a 1000 sqm infinity pool – one of the largest in the Maldives. Guests can enjoy unlimited orders of refreshing spirits, wines, and beer from the grab and go bar counter. Evenings come alive with enthralling music and party vibes at the bar’s dance floor. The Copper Pot Food Truck parked on the beach is perfect for an open-air dinner of choicest fresh seafood and meat grills that can be relished on the soft sandy beach beneath the starry sky.

Walk up to La Promenade located beside a channel that meanders across Ailafushi island. This picturesque walkway has cosy seating corners along with a wine boutique, souvenir shop, and café. There is so much to do here — lounge at the scenic overwater deck, sip a cup of coffee, and socialise with like-minded travellers. Experiential highlights also include The Dome, a futuristic 15-meter theatre and entertainment centre.

Sister resort OBLU SELECT Lobigili is an adults only property that opened in March. In the Maldivian language of Dhivehi, ‘Lobi’ means love and ‘Gili’ means island. Lobigili is, in essence, the island of love.

Blessed with verdant foliage, this five-star resort features 68 contemporary beach and water villas – all assuring gorgeous views of the turquoise-blue lagoon. With the resort’s exclusive Lobi PlanTM guests can immerse in a blissfully carefree stay. This generous plan includes specialty fine-dining, unlimited beverages, spa services, Indian Ocean excursions, a selection of non-motorised watersports as well as a fully stocked minibar replenished daily.

OBLU SELECT Lobigili continues with the brand’s tradition of exceptional fine dining, elevating the mealtime experience with playful and fun touches. At Ylang-Ylang, the All-Day Dining Restaurant, delectable world cuisine with intimate nooks for couples and a unique book corner are unmissable. The Swing Bar with itschilled out beachside vibe features chic hammocks, swings and a stunning infinity pool that is one of the largest in the Maldives. Evenings come alive with handcrafted, aromatised cocktails and hypnotic DJ and Live Band performances.

That is not all. There is Gaadiya 17 Food Truck serving grab-and-go game meat grills to be relished in a fun, open-air setting on the beach under starry skies. And an exotic ONLY BLU Underwater Restaurant, one of the largest underwater restaurants in the country, where guests can experience impeccable modern gourmet cuisine.

A standout experience is ELE | NA The Spa – designed exclusively for couples and adults – featuring locally inspired spa treatments including  Lobi Dhooni (Love Bird) Hithun Hithath (Heart To Heart) and Dhekanbalun (You & Me).

Scuba Diving from both resorts is with OBLU’s partner dive centre, TGI Maldives, one of the best-known in the country. The dive centre teaches a variety of PADI and SSI courses. The island’s house reef is perfect for relaxed dives, snorkeling and training, whilst many of North Male Atoll’s best dive sites are just a short boat ride away. In particular, the atoll is well-known for its manta ray sightings from May to October.

Discover more at www.coloursofoblu.com

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Dive RAID now open in Maldives

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Dive RAID International has announced the opening of its new Maldives Regional Office.

RAID Maldives is the newest RRO (RAID Regional Office) and is ready to introduce instructing and diving The RAID Way™ to a beautiful new region.

This is the first time that Dive RAID International has had dedicated RAID ITs and Examiners “on-site” able to service Maldivian businesses quickly and with experience in the local market.

Having a RAID regional office and onsite Instructor-trainer and Examiner is a first for the Maldives.

RRO MALDIVES owners, Mohamed Rifshan Shaheem and Peter Black, will be offering local dive operators, resorts, instructors, and dive centers all the benefits of RAID membership including Zero FEe-Membership, online education and academics, and a fresh approach to recreational, technical, and freediving business.

RAID Maldives will also be offering visiting divers (RAID certified and others) full service and support at their existing RAID dive centres at Scuba Divine Maldives, Huraa, Diffushi, and Dhangethi.

The Maldives has been known as one of the very best diving destinations in the world and welcomes thousands of tourist divers annually. The islands offer pristine beaches, clear water, and great visibility. Its extensive, unspoiled coral reefs are packed with diverse marine life meaning conditions are perfect for underwater photography and unforgettable underwater adventures. Topside support and facilities are world-class.

Rifshan has worked in the dive industry for over 15. He is a RAID Master Instructor and Crossover Instructor Trainer. Rifshan is Maldivian and currently based on Diffushi, North Male Atoll.

Peter, who many UK divers will know, founded Deep Blue Pirates Dive Club in 2010. He is a RAID Instructor Trainer, Examiner, Deco 40 Instructor trainer, Hollis Prism 2 Instructor, and has been an active RAID member for more than eight years.

Both Rifshan and Peter look forward to seeing you in the Maldives.

Find out more at www.diveraid.com

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