The annual reef manta ray aggregation in the Maldives is a sight to behold, and marine conservationist and multimedia expert Danny Copeland leads Regaldive’s brand new trip where you can snorkel, witness and photograph this behaviour. In addition to snorkelling with manta rays, there is also time to dive the northern atolls where it’s possible to encounter whale shark, turtles, Napoleon wrasse and more.
The Maldive Manta Ray Extravaganza is a 10 night liveaboard safari that includes plenty of diving time around the Baa, Raa and Lhaviyani atolls, but the highlight is spending time snorkelling with manta rays in Hanifaru Bay during the annual aggregation. The trip is timed to take place around the time of the full moon when numbers of mantas and feeding activity are at their peak.
A passionate advocate for our oceans, Danny Copeland has visited Hanifaru Bay during the annual aggregation on several occasions, some as a member of the Maldivian Manta Ray Project team. Working alongside world-leading marine scientists, Danny’s experience and expertise lies in multimedia, creating digital content to aid marine conservation. A fantastic person to have on board, Danny will enthuse guests about the reef manta ray population of the Maldives as well as helping with photography and videography skills.
You will be encouraged to get involved as citizen scientists by uploading images to IDtheManta, an online database created to aid the research and conservation of manta rays throughout the world.
Join Danny tomorrow evening at 7pm (UK time) in the latest in Regaldive and Dive Worldwide’s online events where you can find out more about this exciting trip.
Register for the online presentation HERE.
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