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Maldives Holidays 2009

November 29th, 2009 Comments off

Maldives Liveaboard Holidays for December 2009

Take advantage of the days that remain in 2009 and treat yourself to a Maldives liveaboard holiday!

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Last Minute Maldives Liveaboard Holidays in December 2009

MV Orion Liveaboard Holiday – December 7-14:

Escape to the Maldives for a pre-Christmas diving holiday to remember. MV Orion sets sail from Male on December 7 for a great tour of the Maldives’ finest dive sites.

This seven day liveaboard holiday is just USD $1,680 per person!

MV Orion Liveaboard Holiday – December 14-21:

MV Orion departs once again on December 14 for a seven day cruise of the Maldives. Treat yourself to the scuba diving cruise of a lifetime on MV Orion, the newest and most luxurious liveaboard on offer today.

Prices for this liveaboard holiday start at just USD $1,680 per person in a standard cabin!

MV Orion Liveaboard Holiday – December 21-28:

Spend Christmas 2009 in the Maldives! Get away from the cold weather with your friends or family and experience Christmas in the sun on the MV Orion.

MV Orion Christmas liveaboard holiday just USD $1,680 per person!

Book your Maldives Holiday on MV Orion now!

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MV Orion

Stingray Liveaboard Holiday – December 1-8:

Another seven-night cruise will begin on December 1 on Stingray Liveaboard. Take advantage of this great offer, righat at the beginning of the best scuba diving season in the Maldives. Early December is an excellent time to dive in the Maldives as you are beating the crowds but seeing the best marine life.

Stingray liveaboard holiday only USD$1,218 per person

Stingray Liveaboard Holiday – December 15-22:

On December 15, MV Stingray departs once again for another fantastic seven-night scuba diving holiday around the best diving sites in the Maldives. Space is limited on this pre-Christmas getaway, so reserve your spot today.

Stingray liveaboard holiday only USD$1,218 per person

Stingray Liveaboard Holiday – December 22-28:

Escape to the Maldives and spend Christmas in the sun! The Stingray Liveaboard is offering a 6-night scuba diving holiday from December 22-28. Spend your days scuba diving, snorkeling, suntanning and relaxing in this tropical island paradise and return home rejuvenated and ready for the New Year to begin.

Stingray liveaboard holiday only USD$1,044 per person

Book your Maldives Holiday on the Stingray now!

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Stingray

Black Pearl Liveaboard Holiday – December 8 – 14:

The Black Pearl kicks off for a scuba diving adventure at the beginning of December to take advantage of some of the best scuba diving conditions of the year. This seven-night cruise departs Male on December 8. This is a great opportunity to beat some of the high-season crowds.

Black Pearl liveaboard holiday only USD$1,188 per person

Black Pearl Liveaboard Holiday – December 21 – 28:

Another seven-night trip diving safari on the Black Pearl begins on December 21st, allowing you to experience Christmas in the tropics. This is the perfect time for a scuba diving holiday in the Maldives. Depature date is confirmed.

Black Pearl liveaboard holiday only USD$1,386 per person

Book your Maldives Holiday on the Black Pearl now!

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Black Pearl

Galileo Liveaboard Holiday – December 21 – January 2:

For the ultimate scuba diving holiday in the Maldives, book a space on this 12-night scuba diving expedition on Galileo and visit the largest variety of dive sites in hte Maldives. With 12 nights available for cruising, there is no doubt you will have the opportunity to visit atolls that shorter dive safaris simply cannot include in their itineraries.

Galileo liveaboard holiday only EUR€1,296 per person

Book your Maldives Holiday on the Galileo now!

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Galileo

Low Rates for Maldives Liveaboard Holidays in December 2009

Adventurer 2 Liveaboard Holidays

  • December 7 – December 14: Only USD$1,750 per person
  • December 14 – December 21: Only USD$1,750 per person
  • December 21 – December 28: Only USD$1,750 per person

Book your Maldives Holiday on the Adventurer 2 now!

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Carina Liveaboard Holidays

  • December 13 – December 20: Only USD$1,204 per person
  • December 20 – December 27: Only USD$1,204 per person
  • December 28 – January 4: Only USD$1,204 per person

Book your Maldives Holiday on the Carina now!

Dream Catcher II Liveaboard Holidays

  • December 6 – December 13: Only USD$1,463 per person
  • December 19 – December 26: Only USD$1,498 per person

Book your Maldives Holiday on the Dream Catcher II now!

Nautilus I Liveaboard Holidays

  • December 1 – December 7: Only USD$1,206 per person

Book your Maldives Holiday on the Nautilus I now!

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Nautilus II Liveaboard Holidays

  • December 1 – December 7: Only USD$1,320 per person
  • December 8 – December 21: Only USD$2,860 per person

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Adventurer 2 dive and snorkel with whale shark at Sun Island Beyru.

April 15th, 2009 Comments off

On the morning of April the 14th we did our first dive at Kuda Rah Thila. The Adventurer 2 started sailing from Raidhigaa lagoon very early in the morning, and while the divers were still asleep it arrived to Kuda Rah Thila at around 6:00 am.

Whale shark searching began after the first dive. We spotted the first whale shark near Sun Island Beyru and took the guests out snorkeling for almost 40 minutes, but were unable to swim with the giant. The second dive was at the outer reef of Maamingili and we were lucky enough to see another whale shark while diving.

For the third dive we went further inside the atoll to Vilamendhoo Thila, but there wasn’t much there beyond the ordinary fish and coral species that one would expect to find in the Maldives.

Varicose Phyllidia nudibranch Adventurer 2 dive and snorkel with whale shark at Sun Island Beyru.

Today’s first jump was to the Kudhi Maa Wreck also called Machafushi Wreck. The current was mild and the visibility remained poor but everyone had an enjoyable dive.

The second dive was to a site called Omadhoo Thila where there were strong incoming currents. We experienced one of the best assortments of fish life on this dive. We spotted lots of snappers, jack fish, 3 eagle ray, 6 white tip reef sharks and lots different colored soft corals.

After the dive we sailed to north Ari atoll to a place called Faanu Mudugau.

Adventurer 2 reports Manta Ray at Boduhithi Thila north Male’ atoll.

April 13th, 2009 Comments off

On the 12th we made our first dive at Nassimo Thila. At 6:30 we began with good visibility and strong current. This week our divers got to witness this oval shaped Thila (reef that rises sharply to the surface of the water) located in the north Male’ atoll. Rising up to 10 – 12 meters from the surface, the main attraction of Nassimo Thila is the series of scattered coral chunks in deeper depths.

These coral blocks are covered with pastel colors of soft coral. The abundant fish life, like lagers pelagic and the invertebrates makes this Thila one of the top dive sites in Maldives.

Nassimo Thila Adventurer 2 reports Manta Ray at Boduhithi Thila north Male atoll.

For the second jump we took the divers to Boduhithi Thila at 10:30, which is located on the western side of the north Male’ atoll. The thila rises up to 8 meters below the surface of the water while the sides of the Thila slope down to a sandy bottom at 30 meters deep. The sand bays on the top reef provide cleaning stations for manta rays. We were lucky and saw seven manta rays during the dive.

After returning to the Adventurer 2 we started to cross the channel heading to the north Ari atoll. We aimed for Maayafushi lagoon and were able to take a night dive at Maaya Thila.

With almost no current and a notoriously amazing fish life during the night, Maaya Thila once again held its reputation.

Adventurer 2 concluded their week after early morning Hammerhead dive.

April 11th, 2009 Comments off

The Adventurer 2 liveaboard concluded its week of diving after the Rasdhoo Madivaru early morning Hammerhead shark dive.

With strong incoming current at 06:00 in the morning we began the dive as usual near the reef and swam out to the blue until the reef disappeared behind us.

adventurer 2 Adventurer 2 concluded their week after early morning Hammerhead dive.

About 20 minutes in to the dive we saw the first hammerhead shark. By the end of the dive the total number of hammerhead sharks we saw was close to 10 if not more.
After the eventful dive, we sailed back to Hulhumale’ and at 16:00 all passengers went off to Male’, the capital city.

The Departures: After a week of quality diving, with tons of sightings, the guests departed in high spirits.
The Arrivals: At 11:00 am the new group of divers arrived, which comprised of 17 Italians by Euro Fly.

After lunch we began the orientation dive at Lankan Outer Reef and final anchorage for the day was at Himmafushi lagoon.

Adventurer 2 unveils Maaga Thila for their divers.

April 11th, 2009 Comments off

The first dive site on the morning of April 9th was not far from the Adventurer’s final anchorage.

Orimas Thila: A protected marine area located in north Ari atoll near Ellaidhoo Region. Sometimes called Maaga Thila after the island Maaga to the north.

This beautiful Thila has many distinctive features that made it one of the top ranking Thilas until El Nino hit. This 100 meter long Thila has stunning accents on both sides and all along the length of the Thila. The north side of the Thila offers caves with spectacular coral growth and on the southern side the Thila slopes down to a sand bank.

Sadly, Maaga Thila was one of the most effected Thilas from El Nino, which basically left the beautiful hard coral garden on the top reef completely bleached.

White Mouth Moary Eel Adventurer 2 unveils Maaga Thila for their divers.

Regardless of the bleaching, the reef remains intact in deeper waters with huge black coral bushes, sea fans and many other sights. Here you will find almost every fish that you can possibly find in the Maldives. From Gray reef sharks to white tip reef sharks, napoleons to jacks and tuna. Caves and overhangs offer the smaller invertebrates from Nudibrach to clear shrimps.

The second dive was to Bathalaa Maaga Kan Thila, and was one of the favorites and most likely best Thila to see Gray Reef sharks. The Thila is located just right of the eastern edge of the atoll, eastern side exposed to the ocean side, giving plenty of opportunities to find lager pelagic, while leaving the western side to a sand bed for the bottom feeders. On this dive we saw 2 gray reef sharks, white tip reef sharks and eagle rays.

We moved to Rasdhoo atoll, Rashdoo Madivaru dive site for the third dive, under very poor visibility and a mild current, but we still had an enjoyable dive.

Adventurer 2 facing poor surface conditions at north Ari atoll

April 9th, 2009 Comments off

Yesterday morning the weather turned out to be really bad and due to poor surface conditions we decided to dive in a protected reef.

We jumped in to the Radhdhigaa Outer Reef at 07:00 am with no current at all, the visibility was good and reef was very healthy.

Baracuda at Maaya Thila Adventurer 2 facing poor surface conditions at north Ari atoll

Our second jump led us to Maaya Thila at 11:00 AM with a light current and poor visibility. Despite the poor surface and underwater condition we had an enjoyable dive at Maaya Thila.

Last dive was at fish head at 15:00, the surface condition remained almost the same as in the morning; gusty wind and an unsettling sea. With medium current and good visibility we saw five Gray reef, two white tip reef sharks, the ever-so-friendly and curious napoleon wrasse and an eagle ray.

Our final anchorage was at a lagoon at the eastern edge of the atoll close to mushimasmigili Thila called Faanu Mudugau.

Adventurer 2 trades barbecue for a night dive at Raidhigaa Island House Reef.

April 7th, 2009 Comments off

Our first jump yesterday was to Bodufinolhu Thila at 7:30 AM under mild current and good visibility.

The second dive took us to Rangali Madivaru Manta Point, just to try and see if we get lucky enough to spot more mantas. After about 10 minutes of drifting we saw our first manta of the day, and about 5 minutes later came the second one.

Third dive for the day was at Kudimaa Wreck (also known as Machafushi Wreck). The weather turned took a turn for the worse at 15:00, but we were able to dive.

Overall the 3 dives were enjoyable regardless of not seeing many mantas or much of a big fish life.

White Tip Reef Sharks resting on the bottom. Adventurer 2 trades barbecue for a night dive at Raidhigaa Island House Reef.

Today’s first jump was at 6:45am to 5 Rocks. With a light outgoing current and good visibility, everyone got to explorer 5 rocks under very easy and calm conditions.3 White Tip Reef Sharks, 1 Sting Ray and tons of tunas were spotted.

Second jump was at Kunburudhoo Thila with excellent visibility and medium current.3 Grey Reef Sharks, several white tip reef sharks resting on the sand bed and heaps of other reef fish were on display for us.

After lunch we made our third dive at 14:45 to Radhdigga Thila (also called Dhigaa Thila). To our surprise the visibility on the western side was poor in comparison to the 2nd dive on the eastern side of south Ari atoll.

We surfaced to very bad surface conditions, strong gusty wind and rain. After getting back to boat from the third dive we decided to do a night dive since we cannot do the barbecue on the island, due to adverse weather conditions.

After agreeing on skipping the BBQ and diving instead, we managed to go out for our last dive at 18:00 with improved surface conditions. We wanted something to make up for the poor 3rd dive, so we chose Raidhigaa Island House Reef. This house reef is really nothing fancy, just a simple reef, but during the night it turns into a majestic experience.

Adventurer 2 locates whale shark under rainy conditions at Holiday Island Beyru.

April 5th, 2009 Comments off

Adventurer 2 Divers Experience Calm Seas

Diving started at 07:00 am from Kuda Giri, south Male’ atoll, from a mild current to average visibility this dive was a good introduction dive.

After the first dive we sailed to south Ari atoll. We jumped to Kuda Rah Thila at 12:00 under mild current and good visibility had so far the most enjoyable dive with an abundant fish life.

whale shark with fish. Adventurer 2 locates whale shark under rainy conditions at Holiday Island Beyru.

Rainy Weather Slows Whale Shark Search

Whale Shark search began after the dive, half hour into the search we had to shorten the search due to rainy weather and decided to make the second dive at Maamigili Faru. In general the dive was great and it ended having seeing more than 6 mantas.

Whale Shark Spotted!

After the dive we decide to make another go at whale shark searching despite the rainy weather. The divers were really lucky, and at 17:20 they saw one whale shark at Holiday Island Beyru. The guests snorkeled for more than 15 minutes with the whale shark while it was raining. Despite inclement weather it was a great chance to swim with the whale shark because we were the only boat there.

Adventurer 2 concluded last week diving after seeing more sharks and begins the new week today.

April 4th, 2009 Comments off

Shark Craze at Cocoa Corner

Yesterday, the first dive was at Cocoa Corner, and after having a great time, we repeated our second dive at Cocoa Corner. In total from both dives we saw 15 to 16 Gray reef sharks and many various fish species.

Embudhu Delights Divers in Fish Diversity

The third and the last dive of the trip was done at Embudhu Canyon (also spelled as Embudhoo). On the north east side of the outer reef is a large chunk of reef that has collapsed making a 20 to 30 meter gap in the reef. Exposed to the ocean side fish life here is prolific. Often different species of fish congregate at this point and during north east monsoon there can be a high concentration of fish including white tips, bat fish, shoals of fusiliers chased by trevally, jacks and tunas.

Embudhu Canyon Adventurer 2 concluded last week diving after seeing more sharks and begins the new week today.

Trading in the Old for the New

Once our dhoni returned us back to the liveaboard, we anchored at Hulhumale’, where everyone went off to visit Male’, the capital city of the Maldives.

All of last weeks’ divers checked out in the afternoon and all new arrivals were checked in by 16:30. Out of 14 Italians, 12 are divers and 2 are non-divers. We will begin our week of diving tomorrow morning with the orientation dive first.

Adventurer 2 seeks for more sharks at Guraidhoo Corner.

April 3rd, 2009 Comments off

Goodbye Ari Atoll

Our last jump at South Ari atoll for this week was Kuda Rah Thila at 7am, with medium current and good visibility we managed to have a great dive to finish up our tour of the Ari atoll.

After the dive we crossed over to south Male’ atoll, specifically to the Guraidhoo Region and at 11:30 we made our second jump at Guraidhoo Corner. With a mild current we began the dive from the corner and swam to the entrance of the channel. Gray Reef Sharks, White Tip Reef Sharks and lots of other fish made for a great dip.

Gray Reef Shark Maldives Adventurer 2 seeks for more sharks at Guraidhoo Corner.

Double Up on Guraidhoo Corner

At 15:00 we repeated Guraidhoo Corner with the hopes of seeing more sharks. The current at this time had picked up a bit from earlier and we managed to see more sharks.

Our tally was 8 Gray Reef Sharks, 6 White Tip Reef Sharks and various fish species were among the highlights. Our final anchorage for the day is Guriadhoo.