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Join the Maldives Dive Travel Affiliate Program

April 12th, 2010 Comments off

Become an Affiliate Today and Start Earning Great Commissions!

Maldives Dive Travel is the first provider of Maldives liveaboard holidays to offer an affiliate program.  By signing up as an affiliate, you can earn great commissions simply by placing banners or text links on your website or social media profiles.

How Does the Maldives Dive Travel Affiliate Program Work?

Becoming an affiliate for Maldives Dive Travel is completely free and it takes only a few minutes to sign up.  Simply visit our affiliate program web page, where you will be invited to join the program.  Once you have confirmed your account, you will be able to take numerous online tutorials that will tell you everything you could need to know about becoming a successful affiliate.

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Options for Maldives Dive Travel Affiliates

Once you are inside your affiliate program account, you will find a number of different options that you can use to promote our diving holidays.  Traditional options include putting text links or banners on your website.  Once you select a banner or text ad, you will see your specific affiliate code.  It’s this code that tells us the customer came to our site from yours, and that’s how we know when to pay you a commission.  There are other, less traditional options, such as the light boxes, that will add an eye-catching and stylish touch to your site.  There are also email templates, links for including on your social media profiles and so on.

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Maldives Dive Travel Affiliate Program Commissions

Commissions in the Maldives Dive Travel affiliate program are paid on a per sale basis.  When a customer comes to our website from your site and proceeds to make a purchase, your commission will be recognized as soon as the customer completes payment.  Affiliates are paid 8% of the value of the sale.  You must accrue $250.00 of commissions before receiving your first payment, and from then on, commissions will be paid once a month.

Who Can Be a Maldives Dive Travel Affiliate?

The great thing about the Maldives Dive Travel affiliate program is that ANYONE can join!  It’s ideal for people with a website about scuba diving, the Maldives or international travel, but it’s also a viable option for people who don’t have a website.  Perhaps you’re an avid scuba diver, and you have a lot of scuba friends on Facebook – you can put your affiliate links on Facebook or Twitter or any other social media profile, and we will see when customers come from your site.  Maybe you have a massive email address book, filled with people who love travel and scuba – send them an email using one of our email templates and all they have to do is visit the site via the link you provide.  There are many ways you can make money with our affiliate program, starting today, and it’s totally free to join, so you have nothing to lose!

Maldives Dive Travel is the first provider of Maldives liveaboard holidays to offer an affiliate program.  By signing up as an affiliate, you can earn great commissions simply by placing banners or text links on your website or social media profiles.

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Theia Liveaboard Cruise Update

March 17th, 2010 Comments off

Theia Liveaboard Cruise Update

Theia set sail again on Monday, March 15 for another stunning cruise of the Maldives.  Weather forecasts for the week were good with an average temperature of 31C, but a few thunderstorms and light winds expected.

To book a space on a Theia dive cruise, contact Maldives Dive Travel today!

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Theia Liveaboard Cruising the Maldives

Theia Diving

Divers will enjoy two or three dives each day.  So far, they have enjoyed some awesome dives, including a dive at Boduhithi Thila in the North Male Atoll, where they saw a variety of sharks and some stingrays.

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Grey Reef Shark seen at Rasdhoo Madivaru

The next dive was at Rasdhoo Madivaru in the Rasdhoo Atoll, where they saw three manta rays, white tip, black tip and grey reef sharks and enjoyed excellent visibility.  Several dives were held at the Rasdhoo Madivaru since it is such a spectacular dive site, and during a morning dive at the site, the group was lucky enough to see a group of mobular rays.

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Theia Liveaboard Manta Ray

After the Rasdhoo Madivaru, Theia moved on to Bathala Maaga Kan Thila where divers were treated to an amazing grey reef shark show!

Theia Liveaboard

Theia is definitely one of the most spectacular boats in the Maldives today.  These photos show some of her characteristics and amenities.

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Sunset from Theia's Deck

Theia, like all liveaboards in the Maldives, is accompanied by an additional dive boat, known as a dive dhoni, from where all the dives are carried out.  All equipment is stored on this boat, making the guest experience on board even more comfortable since there is no need to carry dive gear from the main ship on to a secondary boat.  The dive dhoni also carries first aid and emergency equipment in case something should go wrong during the dive.  The compressor is also kept on the dhoni, so there is never any noise from the compressor on the main boat.

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Theia's Additional Dive Boat

Theia Cruise Special Offers

Theia is currently running a special introductory price of only $192 per person per night, which includes all dives and meals.  Flights to the Maldives are not included and neither is scuba gear, although this can be rented (just let the boat know in advance).  There are regular cruise departures on Theia and they usually last for 7 – 10 nights.  There are several cruises this year that are scheduled to visit renowned Hanifaru Bay, home to the manta ray “feeding frenzy”.  These cruises are scheduled for: July 19 – 26, August 2 – 9, August 9 -16, August 23 – 30 and September 6 – 13.

To book a space on a Theia dive cruise, contact Maldives Dive Travel today!

5 Year Record for Tourist Arrivals in January

February 25th, 2010 Comments off

Despite the recent economic crisis, the Maldives tourist industry is going strong!

The Maldives President’s Office has reported that 67,478 tourists arrived in the Maldives during January 2010, making it the country’s strongest January in five years.

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Moosa Zameer, Head of Planning and Statistics for the Maldives Ministry of Tourism, said that January 2o1o was “the best [January] we have ever had.”

Tourists Arrive in the Maldives on Cruise Ships

Sim Mohamed from the Maldives Association of Tourism Industry (MATI), added that many of these tourists are “surface arrivals,” such as passengers on a cruise ship who arrive for a day or two.

Sim Mohamed noted that a number of services have begun bringing tourists regularly from India and Sri Lanka.

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Under normal circumstances, most tourists coming to the Maldives are at “the high end of the market – those who have the disposable income to go wherever they want to go,” he says.

Airlines and Resorts Have Cut Rates

However, in light of the recent economic crisis, many resorts and airlines have reduced their rates significantly, he explained, with some resorts cutting their rates up to 30-50 percent. More airlines opening their routes to the Maldives also means more competitive air fares. Get more information about flights to the Maldives here, like flights from Germany to the Maldives!

Because resorts are operating at lower rates, “there isn’t a significant rise in financial activity in Malé or even in other islands,” Sim said, but “it’s still a win for the government since they get bed rent.”

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Zameer believes that the rise in tourist arrivals is not only accredited to cheaper rates at resorts, but to all the “work in promotions carried out after the [economic] crisis at the end of 2008.” He believes both the private sector and the ministry have put a lot of work into promoting the Maldives as a tourist destination, even for those who are more budget conscious.

Shift in the Tourism Market in the Maldives

Traditionally, the key markets for tourism in Maldives have been the UK, Italy, Germany, France, Russia, China and Switzerland, according to MATI. But this trend has already seen a change this year.

Zameer says there has been a “shift in the market,” as European seasonal tourist numbers are dropping and the Chinese and Indian markets are emerging. Kuwaitis have also helped the market “enormously,” he says.

Zameer believes people are starting to realise this is the right time to travel, and they can “go to the destination they have been waiting to go to.”

Sim agrees “there has been a big rise in tourists coming from India. There is also a very sharp rise in Chinese arrivals after Chinese New Year, and there will be another one towards Easter, mostly Italians.”

He added that MATI is “feeling good vibes” from the market, especially from Germany and the UK.

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Theia Liveaboard takes Maiden Cruise

January 18th, 2010 Comments off

Long-Awaited Theia Sets Sail on Maiden Cruise

Luxury liveaboard safari ship, Theia, made her maiden voyage on January 11.  The long-awaited super cruiser is a beautiful ship reminiscent of private yachts often seen cruising the Mediterranean or Caribbean.

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Theia Liveaboard

Theia Liveaboard Features

Theia has 8 cabins on board, of which 2 are luxurious ocean view suites located on the upper deck and 6 are cabins on the lower deck.  In total there is accommodation for 18 people.  All rooms have air-conditioning, hot water, en-suite bathrooms and exterior windows.  They are all stylishly decorated with dark woods and fresh green and white colours.  Internet access is available on board, as well as a TV and Hi-Fi system in the lounge area.

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Theia Guest Room

Theia Diving Holidays

The first diving holidays on Theia are scheduled to begin in February 2010.  You can reserve your space here.  All diving holidays on Theia are different, but they all promise to show guests the most pristine, untouched areas of the Maldives, finest scuba diving sites and most spectacular scenery.

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Whale Sharks are Often Spotted in the Maldives

Food and Activities on Theia

All diving trips on Theia include three meals a day, snacks and all dives (2 or 3 dives each day).  Meals are prepared by well-trained chefs and highlight many of the local, fresh ingredients you can find in the Maldives, including a lot of fresh fish and tropical fruits.  The kitchen creates many great meals, combining local flavours with western favourites.  There is a full bar on the ship, but alcoholic drinks are charged additionally at the end of the trip.

For more information about Theia, and to reserve your space on this amazing liveaboard, click here.

January 2010 Holiday in the Maldives

December 31st, 2009 Comments off

January 2010 Holiday on Stingray

Maldives Dive Travel has just announced another great special offer on the Stingray liveaboard, so you can enjoy a great January 2010 holiday at an unbeatable price.

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January 2010 Diving Holiday

The Stingray liveaboard is confirmed to depart from Male, the capital of the Maldives, on January 25th, for a seven-night scuba diving safari, stopping at the best dive sites in the Maldives. The Stingray liveaboard has long been one of the most popular liveaboard safari ships in the Maldives.

Stingray Liveaboard Features

The Stingray liveaboard has 9 comfortable cabins, offering accommodation for up to 18 people per cruise.  All cabins have air-conditioning and a private, hot-water, en-suite bathroom.  Towel service is provided regularly throughout the cruise.  As well as amazing scuba diving, Stingray liveaboard cruises also include several other activities, including snorkeling, island visits, beach barbecues, fishing and simply relaxing on board.

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January 2010 Diving

January is one of the best months in the year for scuba diving in the Maldives, since the weather is dry and warm and the visibility is great.  Divers at this time are likely to encounter whale sharks, manta rays, grey reef sharks, eagle rays and many other, smaller marine life.  The Maldives really is one of the world’s finest scuba diving destinations and this great opportunity should not be missed!

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What’s included in this January 2010 Holiday?

This January 2010 holiday aboard Stingray includes transfers from the Male airport to the Stingray liveaboard, three meals and snacks each day and all scuba diving.  There will be 2 or 3 dives each day.

All of this is included at a price of just USD 1,246 per person.  There are limited places, so book yours today!

Marine Biology Tour Special Offer

December 19th, 2009 Comments off

Marine Biology Tour Special Offer on Carina Liveaboard

There is currently an amazing special offer on the Carina liveaboard to participate in a one-of-a-kind marine biology cruise of the Maldives in the company of two marine biology experts, Mary Eichler-Bilek & Leo Bilek, who are also certified PADI instructors and naturally very experienced scuba divers.

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Marine Biologists Mary Eichler Bilek and Leo Bilek lead Maldives Diving Safari

Carina Liveaboard at a Special Price

This special, marine biology focused cruise of the Maldives is now on offer at a special, last minute price of just USD $190 per person per night, including all scuba diving, meals and accommodation.  There are just 8  places left, so hurry and book your space today.

Maldivian Marine Life has Never Been so Interesting

To explore the stunning coral reefs of the Maldives in the company of these two experts is guaranteed to be an amazing experience for even the most seasoned scuba diver.  The knowledge that will be imparted during the cruise is more than any of us can imagine.

Explore the Maldivian reefs under the expert guidance of two marine biologists and PADI-Certified Dive Instructors: Mary Eichler-Bilek & Leo Bilek, Marine Biologists and PADI Instructors on board Carina from 8 to 22 February, 2010.

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Carina Plays Hose to Marine Biology Cruise in the Maldives

Galileo Reports Seeing 17 Dolphins in South Male Atoll

December 14th, 2009 Comments off

Galileo Reports Seeing 17 Dolphins in South Male Atoll

Galileo Liveaboard, one of the Maldives’ most well-equipped scuba diving liveaboard ships has been experiencing some amazing scuba diving in the last few days.  After seeing 72 grey reef sharks yesterday at Kandooma Thila in the South Male Atoll, the boat went on to also see 17 dolphins at Bodo Kandu dive site, also in South Male Atoll. So far, the Galileo cruise has been amazing, and the guests on board, who are from all over the world, have been extremely happy with their diving holiday in the Maldives.

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Galileo Liveaboard Reports Seeing 17 Dolphins

Galileo Diving Holidays

The Galileo Diving Holiday guests still have a few more days of diving and hopes for seeing more amazing marine life are high. There are some great special offers on diving safaris on the Galileo Liveaboard, making your dream scuba diving holiday in the Maldives more accessible than you might have thought.  All prices include scuba diving, meals and accommodation, as well as a selection of other activities.

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Galileo Liveaboard Special Offers

* January 4 – 18 2010 – 14-night Galileo Diving Safari – EUR 1,764 per person

* January 18 – 25  – 7-night Galileo Diving Safari – EUR 756 per person

* February 25 – March 4 – 7-night Galileo Diving Safari – EUR 882 per person

Note: This safari starts and ends in the Laamu Atoll (south Maldives), so you need to purchase a return flight from Male International Airport to Kaddhoo.  This will cost approximately USD 250 and is not included in the price of the safari.

* March 4 – 11 – 7-night Galileo Diving Safari – EUR 882 per person

Note: This safari starts and ends in the Laamu Atoll (south Maldives), so you need to purchase a return flight from Male International Airport to Kaddhoo.  This will cost approximately USD 250 and is not included in the price of the safari.

Galileo Liveaboard Information

For more information about the Galileo Liveaboard ship and the dive safaris operated around the Maldives, visit the Galileo Liveaboard information page.

Maldives Diving on Galileo Continues to be Excellent!!!

December 13th, 2009 Comments off

Unbelievable Scuba Diving in Maldives on Galileo

The Galileo Liveaboard reported more spectacular scuba diving in the Maldives today, Sunday, December 13th, 2009.  Cruising around South Male Atoll, guests on board were treated to some amazing sights.

72 Grey Reef Sharks Seen at Bodo Kandu Dive Site

Grey reef sharks are common in the Maldives, and are a major attraction, especially since you can get really close to the sharks here, and they are surprisingly friendly.  Today, at Kandooma Thila Dive Site in the South Male Atoll, guests of the Galileo Liveaboard were treated to a spectacle of 72 grey reef sharks.  This was an amazing experience for all guests on board.

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Grey reef sharks at Bodo Kandu

Galileo Scuba Diving Safaris

There are some great special offers on diving safaris on the Galileo Liveaboard, making your dream scuba diving holiday in the Maldives more accessible than you might have thought.  All prices include scuba diving, meals and accommodation, as well as a selection of other activities.

  • January 4 – 18 2010 – 14-night Galileo Diving Safari – EUR 1,764 per person

  • January 18 – 25  – 7-night Galileo Diving Safari – EUR 756 per person

  • February 25 – March 4 – 7-night Galileo Diving Safari – EUR 882 per person

Note: This safari starts and ends in the Laamu Atoll (south Maldives), so you need to purchase a return flight from Male International Airport to Kaddhoo.  This will cost approximately USD 250 and is not included in the price of the safari.

  • March 4 – 11 – 7-night Galileo Diving Safari – EUR 882 per person

Note: This safari starts and ends in the Laamu Atoll (south Maldives), so you need to purchase a return flight from Male International Airport to Kaddhoo.  This will cost approximately USD 250 and is not included in the price of the safari.

Galileo Liveaboard Information

For more information about the Galileo Liveaboard ship and the dive safaris operated around the Maldives, visit the Galileo Liveaboard information page.

Galileo Dive Safari Gives Guests Amazing Diving Experience

December 11th, 2009 Comments off

Galileo Gives Guests Great Diving Experience in the Maldives

The Galileo liveaboard, a true explorer-style vessel regarded as one of the most well-equipped scuba diving safari boats in the Maldives, is currently cruising around the northern part of the Ari Atoll.  There are 13 guests currently on board Galileo, from countries around the world, including Estonia, Italy, Spain, Germany and Singapore, making this a true “United Nations” style adventure.

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Galileo Liveaboard

Galileo Liveaboard Guests Enjoy Amazing Diving

Today, December 11 2009, the guests were treated to an amazing dive at the Woshimas Thila dive site where they saw seven enormous grey reef sharks.  Later on in the day, the guests enjoyed an hour-long manta ray “show” at the cleaning station Donkalho and to top off the incredible day, they dove at Hafza, where they saw not one, but three leopard sharks!

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Leopard Sharks in the Maldives

Galileo Dive Safari Itinerary

This seven-night safari on Galileo gives guest the opportunity to have incredible diving experiences like this every day of the trip.   2 or 3 dives are held each day, including one night-dive a week.  The trip also includes a beach barbecue party and many other activities on the boat including snorkeling, sunbathing, swimming and fishing.  One of the coolest experiences of a diving safari in the Maldives, besides the diving of course, is when a freshly caught tuna is served up sashimi-style as the afternoon snack!

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Grey Reef Shark at Woshimas Thila

Galileo Liveaboard Special Offers

Galileo liveaboard, the most high-tech safari ship in the Maldives, currently has some great special offers that make an amazing scuba diving holiday in the Maldives much more affordable than you had probably expected.  The following cruises all include accommodation, meals and all scuba diving.  Alcoholic drinks are charged at additional costs and you will receive a bill for them at the end of your holiday.

  • January 4 – 18 2010 – 14-night Galileo Diving Safari – EUR 1,764 per person

  • January 18 – 25  – 7-night Galileo Diving Safari – EUR 756 per person

  • February 25 – March 4 – 7-night Galileo Diving Safari – EUR 882 per person

Note: This safari starts and ends in the Laamu Atoll (south Maldives), so you need to purchase a return flight from Male International Airport to Kaddhoo.  This will cost approximately USD 250 and is not included in the price of the safari.

  • March 4 – 11 – 7-night Galileo Diving Safari – EUR 882 per person

Note: This safari starts and ends in the Laamu Atoll (south Maldives), so you need to purchase a return flight from Male International Airport to Kaddhoo.  This will cost approximately USD 250 and is not included in the price of the safari. To find out more about the Galileo Liveaboard ship and the dive safaris operated around the Maldives, visit the Galileo Liveaboard information page.

Best Price Guarantee makes Maldives Scuba Diving more attractive!

December 3rd, 2009 Comments off

With the Best Price Guarantee, Maldives Dive Travel promises to beat any competitor’s price!

Maldives Dive Travel an online travel agency for Maldives liveaboards, is proud to announce the first ever Best Price Guarantee, making the world’s most exclusive scuba diving destination accessible to everyone. Maldives Dive Travel is promising to beat any competitor’s price for the same holiday on any ship featured on http://www.maldivesdivetravel.com.

Maldives Dive Travel is the first company in the Maldives to offer a Best Price Guarantee for liveaboards. The long hours of searching for the best prices are a problem of the past. Now scuba divers can rest assured that they are getting the best deal.

“Our goal is to give scuba divers the ultimate experience at affordable prices. You don’t have to be a millionaire to enjoy the beauty of Whale Sharks, Manta Rays and Hammerheads”, said Gundi Holm, CEO of Maldives Dive Travel. “Just show us a lower price, and we’ll beat it”.

The Maldives is known for its beautiful resorts that often leave the adventurous scuba diver unsatisfied. A liveaboard not only offers its guests 2 or 3 dives a day but the freedom to explore a new site everyday. Unbeknown to most, liveaboards in the Maldives are a much better deal for scuba divers. Liveaboard package prices range from USD $150 to USD $300 per day and include all diving and meals, whereas a single land-based dive trip from a resort costs a minimum of USD $50.

When considering a scuba diving holiday, liveaboards are a refreshing alternative, there’s just no other way to pack so many of the world’s most remote and pristine dives sites into one trip. Why limit yourself to dive sites close to a land-based resort, when there is a safari ship waiting to take you to discover underwater landscapes all over the Maldives.

About Maldives Dive Travel:
As a leading provider of scuba diving holidays in the Maldives, Maldives Dive Travel is committed to offering the widest range of liveaboard scuba diving trips at the best prices. Maldives Dive Travel works closely with all the scuba diving liveaboards featured on Maldives Dive Travel to ensure they offer the levels of service and safety that their customers both deserve and expect.