In this ongoing series, we speak with the people who run dive centres, resorts and liveaboards from around the world about their businesses and the diving they have to offer…
What is your name?
What is the name of your business?
What is your role within the business?
Dive Centre and Watersports Manager
How long has the business operated for?
How long have you dived for, and what qualification are you?
15 years, PADI IDC Staff Instructor and Freediving Instructor
What is your favorite type of diving?
Wreck diving and drift dives
If you could tell people one thing about your business (or maybe more!) to make them want to visit you what would it be?
We are based on a brand new luxury resort in an untouched area of the Maldives. 1 hour away we have the world famous UNESCO Biosphere Reserve of Hanifaru Bay where you can find manta rays and whale sharks feeding together, and dive some of the most unexplored reefs in South East Asia.
What is your favorite dive in your location and why?
Kinolhas Reef – because it splits into two sections so is suitable for both experienced and beginner divers depending on which section of the reef you choose you dive. You have a great chance of spotting reef sharks, octopus, eagle rays, napoleons and much more.
What types of diving are available in your location?
Drift dives, channel dives, thila dives, house reef, manta spotting and whale sharks.
What is your favorite underwater creature?
Any kind of ray or shark.
As a center what is the biggest problem you face at the moment?
Inclement weather during monsoon season!
Is your center involved in any environmental work?
Every day! We are always cleaning up the reef and surrounding area.
How do you see the SCUBA / Freediving / snorkeling industry overall? What changes would you make?
Full of exciting possibilities. More young people are starting to get involved and with all the new innovations in comfort and luxury, people are continuing diving later in life. I would consider making learning to dive a little less theory-based and more practical, with longer in-water sessions to achieve greater levels of mastery before certification.
What would you say to our visitors to promote the diving you have to offer?
Diving here is a unique opportunity to experience some of the best and most untouched diving the Maldives has to offer. Try fluo night diving or snorkeling, ride at top speed on a diver propulsion vehicle, snorkel with mantas and whale sharks, all on a world class made to measure high speed dive boat.
Where can our visitors find out more about your business?
Introducing the NH Collection Maldives Havodda Resort
Amari Havodda Maldives has rebranded as NH Collection Maldives Havodda Resort.
Whether celebrating a honeymoon or planning a memorable family vacation, NH Collection Maldives Havodda Resort is a five-star resort offering an enhanced experience that will mesmerize you.
The island is located in the deep south of the Maldives, in Gaafu Dhaalu Atoll, accessible by a 55- minute flight from Velana International Airport to Kaadhedhoo Domestic Airport, followed by a 10- minute scenic speedboat transfer to the resort.
The resort features 60 beach villas and 60 overwater villas, each designed to provide the utmost comfort. Experience pure bliss as you wake up to stunning ocean views and explore the pristine house reef at your own pace.
Euro-Divers Havodda offers scuba diving courses and dive trips tailored to all levels. The team of experienced instructors will guide you every step of the way, ensuring a safe and enjoyable learning experience from mastering the basics in beginner courses to advancing your skills.
Whether you’d like to glide along the surface on a paddleboard, travel at speed on a jet ski, snorkelling or scuba diving, you will find an option that matches your needs.
Don’t miss out on experiencing this slice of paradise!
Find out more here: https://www.euro-divers.com/havodda-maldives/
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