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Nautilus Two | Single use cabins WITH NO surcharge

April 25th, 2016 Comments off

Nautilus Two | Special offer for single cabins

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Ari & South Summer Special

29 June – 07 July
8 nights
1376 EUR

Saving of 1000 EUR on usual single supplement

18 – 28 July
10 nights
1720 EUR

18 – 28 August
10 nights
1720 EUR

11 – 21 September
10 nights
1720 EUR

Saving of 1250 EUR on usual single supplement

Only valid on the mentioned dates

Too good to be true?
No, it’s for real! You get a cabin for single use on your own without a surcharge – paying just half the twin share rate. Of course, if you want to bring a buddy along then you can share the cabin!

Email our friendly, knowledgeable team today

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Pelagic Magic starts right now

April 18th, 2016 Comments off

Pelagic Magic from April – July

North Ari Atoll: Grey reef sharks, Maaya Thila night dive, Manta cleaning stations
South Ari Atoll: Whale sharks, Pinnacles

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This route takes you on a manta and whale shark expedition in the North & South Ari Atolls. Exact dive sites vary depending on diver experience levels, local conditions and where the best sightings have been.

Pelagic Magic gets you face to face with the famous whale sharks of Ari Atoll. As this itinerary devotes more time here, you are certain to get your whale shark fix. Then grab your snorkel and splash in to float feet away from whale sharks.

With around 17 dives, as well as the chance to snorkel, this is an action packed week. The sightings start right from the beginning. Manta Point (otherwise known as Lankan Finolhu) is a cleaning station with reliable manta sightings. Hafsa Thila and Maya Thila are yet more iconic dive site where sharks are plentiful. Look out for baby white tips under the large table corals. But it is at night that Maya Thila really comes alive.

Maamagili is the place to find whale sharks at this time as they follow the seasonal currents. Manta chase plankton trails too into the nearby lagoons. Discover the lush corals and schooling fish at the likes of Reethi Thila and Kuda Rah.

This is a great itinerary for everyone. No matter what your experience level this is a Maldives itinerary you can enjoy. There can be some drift diving so experience of diving in currents is advisable. Don’t forget to take your reef hook to make shark watching all the easier. Pelagic Magic runs when the pelagics sightings are at their optimum in North and South Ari.

Currents can be strong. All your diving is made from dhonis or zodiacs to give precise entry and exits points.

Find out more here

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Dive the Maldives! Great value happiness

April 7th, 2016 Comments off

Liveaboard diving on Virgo or Orion from just 1442 USD!

Come and enjoy 7 days’ diving on Virgo or Orion with a welcoming and wonderfully experienced crew!

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Virgo
Best of Maldives
17 – 24 April and 24 April – 1 May
1733.20 USD

8 – 15 May and 15 – 22 May
1442.00 USD  

29 May – 5 June
5 – 12 June
12 – 19 June
19 – 26 June
26 June – 3 July
3 – 10 July
10 – 17 July
1792.00 USD

Orion
Best of Maldives
24 April – 1 May
1876.00 USD

31 July – 7 August
Manta Madness
1876.00 USD

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Dive the ‘Best of the Maldives’ – what to expect!

March 31st, 2016 Comments off

Dive the Best of the Maldives with us and enjoy one of the most magical trips of a lifetime.

Here are some of the areas you will visit:

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North Ari Atoll: Grey reef sharks, Maaya Thila night dive, manta cleaning     stations
South Ari Atoll: Whale sharks, beautiful pinnacles
South Male Atoll: Grey reef sharks, eagle rays, pelagics, macro wreck
Vaavu Atoll: Channels with magical soft corals and pelagic delights. Action   packed night dive with nurse sharks and others
North Male Atoll: Pinnacles

Enjoy those channels, drifts and pinnacles where you’re likely to meet mantas, whale sharks and marine life galore. Get up close at the cleaning stations and dive one of the best known sites, Maaya Thila; approximately 30m in diameter and falling away to reveal sharks and fish a plenty.

A night dive from sheltered moorings here is a must! And the boat will also aim to find whale sharks so you can get in the water and snorkel with them.

There is no minimum number of dives needed here but it helps if you’re comfortable with drift dives.

Contact us today and start making those plans.

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SAVE Constellation Fleet Maldives 1 Night Free

June 10th, 2015 Comments off

Constellation Fleet Maldives

 

8D7N Cruise only Pay for 6 Nights!

 

Join Maldives premier liveaboard diving fleet in August and September 2015 from as little as USD1500 per person for 8D7N with 17 dives, full-board accommodation, and all the comforts that diving with the best of Maldives entails.

For more information please contact us with any questions on info@maldivesdivetravel.com

The Constellation Fleet in Maldives is an Award winning provider of Diving and Liveaboard services, with a dedicated and professional team to take care of your every need while on your well deserved holiday.

The boats are all currently in for their annual 2 month rest and maintenance period. All 3 boats are being given a fresh lick of paint, and minor renovations. The boats will all be getting new air-conditioning systems this year which will add to the already high levels of client comfort.

Why not join Constellation Fleet in August and September to be the first few to experience the fresh feel of these wonderful Liveaboards?

For bookings and more information please contact us on info@maldivesdivetravel.com

Special Itineraries 1; Manta, Whaleshark & Wrecks – North

May 30th, 2015 Comments off

Manta, Whaleshark & Wrecks – North (outward trip)

Join Emperor Atoll for these awesome special trips to the North of Maldives:

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Atolls Visited

These special itineraries have been chosen to run when the manta are most prolific between August and October.

Boarding your liveaboard in Male, you head north to begin your safari ending in Baa Atoll (Hanifaru Bay) where you catch a flight back to Male.

Your journey begins with wreck diving at Gaafaru Atoll, continuing on to the northern atolls of Lhaviyani and Noonu with an abundance of grey reef sharks, exciting channel diving, beautiful coral formations and pinnacles brimming with life.

Baa Atoll is home to Hanifaru Lagoon where you can snorkel with the manta and whalesharks that come to feed on the plankton in this shallow lagoon. Of course, sightings can’t be guaranteed but joining us at this time of year means your chances are really high! Baa Atoll is also home to many pinnacles, overhangs and alternative manta sites.

You can combine this itinerary with the Manta, Whaleshark & Reefs – South itinerary, which is the return trip but calling at different sites, making an exciting two week safari covering eight atolls. Contact us for details and prices.

Please note: This itinerary is at the Cruise Director’s discretion based on the weather and current conditions to ensure you get the most possible interactions with manta and whaleshark.

You don’t need a minimum number of dives but you should be comfortable with drift dives. Currents can be strong. All your diving is made from dhonis or zodiacs to give precise entry and exits points. Experienced divers can dive in a buddy pair unguided.

10 things a diver should know

April 21st, 2015 Comments off

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10 things a diver should know:

  1. Don’t touch: Even if it feels tempting to touch the turtle’s back or the corals. Don’t. You have no idea how big damage you can cause
    You should read more about becoming a more sustainable diver.
  1. Buoyancy skills: This is one of the most important skills a diver can master. Breathe in to go up, out to go down. Only use the BCD to compensate for depth changes.
    If you want to master your buoyancy all you have to do is practice and practice on very dive. Here are a few buoyancy tips to help you on the way.
  1. Watch your fins: If you don’t have control of your fins, you have no idea what they are breaking or who you are kicking in the face. If you hit something: Stop, look and if necessary take a stroke with the hands.
    It’s all about your finning techniques and knowing where you are in the water. Spend some time training your possession and finning techniques. Preferably on a sandy bottom.
  1. Watch your air: Stating the obvious. Still remember to monitor your air, as often as you can.
    Managing your air is never a waste of time, in the long run you’ll get more dive time.
  1. Never exceed your limits: Even if there the best reason to goo that deep or do that dive. Don’t ever exceed what you feel you can dive, or what you are trained to dive.
    The only thing that can really result form this is DCI. This is the extreme, I know, but is it really worth risking, just to get a bit deeper. And if it’s that cool down there, why not get the proper training for that depth?
  1. Don’t follow peer pressure: This goes with point 5, don’t dive if you are not confident it’s the right dive plan for YOU. Don’t let anyone else say what is right for you. Always hold the right to call a dive.
  1. Keep blowing bubbles: It’s the most important rule in scuba diving, so by now you should already know it. There are plenty of other ways to extend your dive time, so don’t waste time holding your breath. It doesn’t give you more dive time and it can be very dangerous.
  1. Dive gear: take care of your dive gear, and your gear will take care of you. Don’t slack on the dive equipment maintains. If it has been a while since your last equipment checkup, here’s a great guide to getting your dive gear ready for the first dive.
  1. Listen to the briefing: There’s nothing worse than a diver who didn’t pay attention to the dive guides briefing, and ends up getting lost or spoiling the dive, because he didn’t know what to do. So just pay attention.
  1. Don’t touch: Yes we covered this already, but I don’t mind repeating. Don’t touching anything underwater. Take only pictures leave only bubbles.
    It’s really that important that I had to mention it twice. If all divers keep touching just one thing a dive, we’ll end up having nothing left.

What did we miss?

What is your top 10 list of important scuba knowledge? Did we miss any points? Tell us your best scuba advice in the comments below. All the other divers want to know as well.

Read more: http://www.dive.in/articles/10-things/#ixzz3XuwfhN98

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Experience Maldives Manta Rays

March 19th, 2015 Comments off

Dive the Maldives. Experience mantas like never before and take part
in key conservation research

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Manta feeding frenzy in Maldives

Constellation Fleet Maldives has teamed up with Manta Trust to bring guests the chance to dive with manta experts, Niv Froman and Guy Stevens. Not only will guests dive with the best, but there will be the chance to experience and take part in cutting-edge conservation research to protect these most majestic of animals as well as name new mantas.

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Orion on the way to a new diving cruise in Baa, Rhasdhoo and Ari Atoll

30th August – 6th September 2015
Manta Madness, Male, Baa Atoll and Ari Atoll
Trip leader: Niv Froman

Join Constellation Fleet’s MV Orion and the Manta Trust’s Niv Froman on this trip dedicated to sightings and interactions with manta rays, focusing on the Central Atolls of North Malé Atoll, Baa Atoll and North Ari Atoll.

27th February – 7th March 2016
Southern & Central Atolls Sharks & Mantas
Huvadhoo, Laamu, Thaa, Meemu, South Ari Atoll
Trip Leader: Guy Stevens

Join Constellation Fleet’s MV Orion and the Manta Trust’s Guy Stevens. Dedicated to sightings and interactions with manta rays, focusing on the Southern & Central Atolls with the chance to really understand the magnificent manta.

Manta Trust scientists will be collecting photographic identification images of all mantas encountered throughout the expedition, a task that guests are welcome and encouraged to take part in. Sightings of all the manta rays encountered will be added to the Maldives database and guests will be invited to name any new individuals. Every manta sighting, whether it’s a new manta or a re-sighting of an individual which is already known, is an important piece of a huge jigsaw puzzle, allowing the manta team to better understand the population size, composition, migratory routes, reproductive output, native ranges and areas of critical habitats; all of which is crucial information in developing effective management and conservation strategies for these increasingly vulnerable animals.

About The Manta Trust
Manta rays are among the most charismatic creatures that inhabit our oceans. With the largest brain of all fish their intelligence and curiosity make encounters with these creatures a truly amazing experience. However, despite their popularity with divers and snorkelers many aspects of these creatures’ lives remain a mystery, with only snippets of their life history understood. More worryingly, in recent years, a fishery for these animals has developed with devastating effects on populations of these animals globally.

The Manta Trust was formed in 2011 to co-ordinate global research and conservation efforts for these animals, their close relatives and their habitat. As charismatic megafauna, manta rays act as the flagship species helping to promote and engage the general public in the wider message of marine ecosystem conservation. Through this top down approach to conservation the manta ray becomes the catalyst for change, engaging and motivating the general public, governments and local communities alike. As a UK Registered Charity, the Trust brings together a number of projects from around the globe, both new and long-standing, including the Republic of Maldives, Sri Lanka, Mexico and Indonesia. By conducting long-term, robust studies into manta populations in these locations the Trust aims to build solid foundations upon which Governments, NGOs and conservationists can make informed and effective decisions to ensure the long term survival of these animals and their habitat.

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Trip Leader, Niv Froman
Join Niv’s entertaining talks on the highlights of manta lives and cutting edge research, and gain an insight into the life of a manta researcher.

Niv has been passionate about nature for as long as he can remember; his dream has always been living in close contact to the wilderness and to try to understand its fascinating mysteries.

After graduating summa cum laude in Natural Sciences at the University of Milan, Niv completed a Masters degree in Environmental Management focusing primarily on animal behaviour and evolution.

In 2010 he began work as a marine biologist in the Maldives, an experience that brought him closer to marine life and developed his passion for the underwater domain.

The complex and still poorly understood behaviour of manta rays particularly intrigued him from his first encounter. It was the desire to better understand their biology and help the conservation effort that introduced him to the Manta Trust. Since 2013, Niv has worked full time as Project Leader of the Maldivian Manta Ray Project, managing and coordinating the conservation and research of these majestic creatures.

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Trip Leader, Guy Stevens
In 2005 Guy founded the Maldivian Manta Ray Project (MMRP) with the aim of helping to conserve the Maldives’ manta population through active research and education.  In 2011, Guy formed The Manta Trust along with a collaboration of scientists, conservationists, photographers, filmmakers and communicators. His work with manta rays now takes him to other corners of the world, but the Maldives for him will always be the best place to see and study these amazing animals.

The research that Guy has conducted on the manta rays of the Maldives, especially in the famous Hanifaru Bay, has been featured in dozens of articles including a National Geographic Magazine feature and numerous television documentaries (BBC, ITV, National Geographic, Animal Planet, ABC, etc). Guy’s research at Hanifaru and his work with The Manta Trust contributed to the declaration of the Maldives’ Baa Atoll as a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve in 2011. In March 2013 Guy and the rest of the Manta Trust team were key players in a coalition of NGOs which were instrumental in the successful campaign resulting in manta rays being listed on Appendix II of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), greatly improving the global protection for these vulnerable species.

Guy is now working towards the completion of his PhD focusing on manta rays at the University of York in the United Kingdom. Throughout the expedition, Guy will be providing lectures and informal talks on manta ray and whale shark research and conservation, general marine biology and highlighting the diverse and productive marine ecosystems of the Maldives.

Manta Rays Where and When in Maldives?

March 12th, 2015 Comments off

The Maldives is blessed to be one of the few places in the world where you have a permanent resident population of Manta Rays which move around the Maldives following the their food, the plankton around.  There are believed to be around 5,000 Manta Rays living in Maldivian waters, with the Maldives Manta Ray Project having already identified over 3,000 individuals, constantly increasing with new sightings from their team of Marine Biologists, volunteers and many ordinary tourists such as yourselves. If you would like to assist the Manta Trust and the Maldives Manta Ray Project with their research you can log on to http://www.mantatrust.org/make-a-difference/id-the-manta/ and upload your pictures. Its a great way to find out more about the Manta Rays you have seen, as well as help a worthy cause to help us all better understand the habits of Manta Rays, which should help with their continued protection.

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Manta feeding frenzy in Maldives

So where will you find our beloved Manta Rays in the Maldives you might ask? Well the simple answer is it depends on what time of year it is. As mentioned previously, the Manta Rays migrate following their food. Plankton is moved around by the winds and the currents, so its position is determined by the Monsoons that affect the Maldives each year. The Maldives has 2 Monsoons, the South-west monsoon from May to October, and the North-east monsoon from December to March. April and November act as transitional months where the predominant winds can be pushing from either direction.

So what does this mean for your Holiday in the Maldives?

Liveaboards:
Well if you are wanting to stay on a Liveaboard it usually does not matter as they will alsways try to find you as many Manta Rays & Whalesharks as possible. However as a rule of thumb if you want to see Manta Rays, June to November look for cruises that take you to North Male, Baa Atoll, or South-west Ari Atoll.

If you are looking for Manta Rays December to May, then your best best is to find cruises that will take you to Ari Atoll, which has Manta cleaning and feeding sites year round, which are however most active in the North East Monsoon.

Guesthouses:

South West Monsoon May – October
Aveyla Manta Village
 Baa Atoll is one of the best value for money / budget land based options for finding Manta Rays in the South West Monsoon, with its close proximity to Hanifaru Bay, and surrounding Manta cleaning stations. A brand new establishment with an experienced dive team and fun friendly atmosphere.

North East Monsoon December – March
Casa Mia @ Mathiveri Dive Retreat in North Ari Atoll is a great year round diving destination, and is perfectly situated on the West coast of the Maldives during the North-east monsoon from December – March. In this period Mantas can be seen outside the harbour feeding, and there are numerous great Manta dive sites where you can sit with the Manta Rays for up to an hour while the cleaning wrasse clean then. Like a Manta car wash!

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Manta Cleaning @ Lankan Manta Point, North Male

What to Expect During a Liveaboard Scuba Diving Trip in the Maldives

January 27th, 2015 Comments off

Once you dive abroad, there’s no other way to travel. Ordinary cruises or beach holidays no longer seem to cut it after taking a scuba diving vacation.

One way to dive abroad is to book a liveaboard or dive safari package, in which divers stay on a custom cruiser, whose itinerary revolves around hitting selected dive sites in the region. Liveaboards combine the benefits of a cruise and the facilities of a scuba dive centre all in one. In the Maldives there are also guesthouses that offer dive centres, as well as resorts, but here we will focus on the Maldives liveaboard option.

 

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Left to right: Scubaspa cabin, Maldivian Dream cruiser, MV Orion Jacuzzi


 

Arrival and meet & greet in Male
Well, it will actually be at the airport in Hulemale, but the main arrival port of the Maldives is referred to as Male International Airport, where almost all visitors to the Maldives will arrive and depart from. Some may hop onto a connecting domestic flight to start liveaboard tours in a more remote atoll, but majority of itineraries start from this transport hub.

Most liveaboards will arrange for a representative to meet guests at the arrivals area, from where they will be guided and transported to the liveaboard cruiser at the designated time. Once aboard, guests are welcomed and are encouraged to settle in.

An obligatory check dive is carried out at the first dive site to check gear, skill levels of the group and get a refresher on dive essentials.

 

Multiple daily dives
Depending on the day and dive boat, this will range from 2-3 dives per day. This count doesn’t generally include the arrival and departure days, when no dives take place for safety reasons. There needs to be an adjustment period for the body between flying high and diving deep.

Night dives and/or early morning dives will be mixed in for certain dive sites that are best seen at those times.

 

Flexible diving
In the disclaimer of many dive boat itineraries you may see a notation that exact sites could vary depending on local conditions, and even diver experience. Liveaboards have the flexibility to choose a different dive site if the conditions are not favourable at the planned site. Fortunately, this means divers can still hit the water when weather doesn’t cooperate at one particular site. The dive guides know the areas well, and can make the best decisions to ensure divers get a great experience.

 

Focus on safety
The impeccable safety records of liveaboard companies in the Maldives have come thanks to diligence of crew, guides and guests themselves. In addition to accompaniment by professionally trained and highly experienced dive guides, every ship is fully equipped with emergency equipment as required – oxygen, first aid, fire alarms and extinguishers, and life preservers. Additional safety equipment available can include safe air analysers and lost diver tracking systems.

 


 

Geared towards diving
In the Maldives the traditional boat is called a dhoni. There are smaller and larger versions, and a custom equipped dive dhoni is used by the liveaboards to get divers up to dive site entry points and to store dive gear and compressors. The liveaboard itself is usually a cabin cruiser yacht with 2-12 cabins, chartering 14-24 guests at a time.

All the conveniences for divers will be there, and all is tailored to ensure maximum dive time. Divers unpack gear only once and a dedicated dive dhoni transports the eager group to the selected dive locations where conditions are at their best. There are camera rinse stations and battery charging stations on board, as well as wet and dry storage areas and staff available to refill tanks.

 

Diverse dive sites
One of the best and adventurous elements of liveaboard diving has to be the access to dive sites across several atolls within just one trip. It’s not uncommon for itineraries to hop from North and South Ari to North and South Male and to others like Vaavu and Rasdhoo all in a 7-day trip. The same experience can’t be achieved when staying at one island base location.

Some dive boats will also start in an outer atoll working its way back to Male, or vice versa, making for an even more unique and varied itinerary.

 

Constant temperatures in the air and water.
While air temperatures average around 27 degrees Celsius, the water moves around the 28-29 degree mark. There are wet and dry seasons but, so close to the equator, it stays within a narrow temperature range throughout the year.  Not to mention, the sunrise and sunset take place at about the same time year-round, keeping the number daylight hours remaining constant too.

 


 

A range of other activities
More than diving is on the menu for liveaboard tours. While scuba addicts would like to stay submersed all day long, it’s just not possible. Fortunately, guests of liveaboards are given facilities and activities to keep themselves active (or not so active depending on their wishes). Lounge chairs and jacuzzis are now a staple of most liveaboards in this region. As for activities, guests can enjoy evening and daytime excursions, such as a beach BBQ dinner or picnic on an uninhabited island, a guided Male visit, a local island visit and fishing. These activities are often included in the package price.

 

Luxury
Air-conditioning and ensuite bathrooms are standard for Maldives’ liveaboard safari boats. Depending on the cruiser, spa facilities and fitness classes like yoga and pilates may also be on offer.

 

This is the liveaboard holiday in a nutshell, in the Maldives. But of course, to put into words the real experience is impossible. Get yourself into the warm waters of the Maldives this year. A spring holiday is in the cards for you, as Theia’s April deal is now on – Click for more info here

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