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Watch this fab video of sharks from Emperor Serenity

February 6th, 2017 Comments off

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Sharks & macro life!

Watch this super video of dives at Vaavu Atoll just the other day from Emperor Serenity.

Click to watch here or click the picture.

Dive into 2017 and be happy! BOOK today

December 23rd, 2016 Comments off

1216 Emperor Maldives boats look no further 300x204 Dive into 2017 and be happy! BOOK todayWe can help!

Here’s a little overview of the Emperor Divers fleet – the largest in the Maldives – and some of the routes you can choose to see those mantas, whale sharks and so very much more.

Emperor Serenity
Best of Maldives from 1848

Emperor Orion
Best of Maldives from 1743
Choice of special trips:
South Central 7 Atolls 10 nights 3220

Emperor Virgo
Best of Maldives from 1575
Specials: South Central 7 Atolls 10 nights 3190

Emperor Voyager
Best of Maldives from 1526

Emperor Leo
Best of Maldives from 1225

Emperor Atoll
Manta Madness, Pelagic Magic, Best of Maldives from 1393

Email us today and book info@maldivesdivetravel.com

Escape after Christmas! BOOK today and dive the South Central 7 Atolls

December 16th, 2016 Comments off

1216 7 atolls shark pic 300x200 Escape after Christmas! BOOK today and dive the South Central 7 AtollsJanuary to March is THE time to do this trip with when the current is mainly incoming.

Book this action-packed itinerary with speedy drift dives, mantas, sharks and diving seven atolls. Choose from either Emperor Leo or Emperor Orion.

Here’s where you’ll dive:
North Male Atoll: Beautiful pinnacles
South Male Atoll: Grey reef sharks, Eagle rays, Other pelagics, Beautiful macro wreck
Vaavu Atoll: Beautiful channels with magical soft corals and pelagic delights. Action packed night dive with nurse sharks and others
Vattaru Atoll: Pristine coral reefs
Meemu Atoll: Beautiful channels with pelagic action, sailfish, grey reef sharks, eagle rays and beautiful soft coral. Manta cleaning station
Thaa Atoll: Hammerhead sharks, whale sharks, dolphins, traditional Maldivian channel diving
Laamu Atoll: Beautiful fish filled channels with great shark encounters

There are few, if no, boats and you visit atolls that have very few resorts.

Hammerheads are often found in Thaa as well as whale sharks who visit the boat at night attracted by the lights.  And there’s a wreck diveat Kuda Giri wreck, famous for its rare black corals and macro life.

This itinerary has a lot of drift diving so it’s best suited to more advanced divers.

Emperor Leo
19 – 26 February
Starts Male, ends Kooddoo
2219 pp

20 March – 2 April
Starts Kooddoo, ends Male
2240 pp

Emperor Orion
3 – 12 February
Start Koodhoo, ends Male
3123 pp

19 – 26 February
Starts Kadhdhoo, ends Male
2464 pp

5 – 12 March
Starts Kadhdhoo, ends Male
2464 pp

Email us today and book info@maldivesdivetravel.com

Come and meet Emperor Orion

November 14th, 2016 Comments off

1116 emperor orion collage with new pics bm 300x300  Come and meet Emperor OrionDesigned and built with the diver in mind and yet just as attractive to the non-diver. At a super-spacious 39 metres, Emperor Orion delivers hotel standards in every aspect. She has an executive suite, 3 twin/double mini suites, 1 junior suite, 3 double and 4 twin/double cabins taking 24 guests in comfort.

A complimentary glass of wine is served with dinner and there’s a spacious lounge and dining areas, Jacuzzi, massage room (paid locally and subject to availability) and a well-stocked bar. The fly deck is incredibly roomy with lots of sunny sunbeds. Wi-Fi is available, when in range, at an additional charge.

Emperor Orion is a super cruiser happily taking you to some of the most alluring dive sites of the Maldives.

All diving takes place from her impressive 19.8m dhoni, which gives you more living space on board and gets you to the perfect dive spot every time. Emperor Orion is rebreather-friendly and offers free Nitrox, all diving and safety equipment as well as a photography charging station and four dive guides.

Non-divers are welcome and get a free snorkelling kit + $50 voucher to spend on board.

As with all Emperor Maldives boats, there is FREE Nitrox.

Dive routes includes Best of Maldives, Manta Madness, South Central 7 Atolls and Deep South and Southern Sharks.

Save money as a group!
When 10 pay, 1 goes free!

How about these to tempt you?
27 November – 4 December 2016
AND
11 – 18 December 2016
Best of Maldives
Each trip €1883

27 December – 5 January 2017
9 nights
South Central 7 Atolls
€2997
(Please note, this trip starts in Male and ends at Laamu. Price doesn’t include domestive flights.)

3 – 12 February 2017
9 nights
South Central 7 Atolls
€3123
(Please note, this trip starts at Koodhoo and ends in Male. Price doesn’t include domestive flights.)

>> Watch a super video here of the boat and diving

>> Find out more about Emperor Orion here

Or email us today and book info@maldivesdivetravel.com

Autumn Sale! Seriously super savings on Emperor Maldives liveaboards

October 19th, 2016 Comments off

0816 Emperor Serenity collage 300x300 Autumn Sale! Seriously super savings on  Emperor Maldives liveaboardsThe Autumn Sale is open – but only until 30 October – hurry!

Choose from their super offers available to book from now until 30 October. So be quick!

EMPEROR SERENITY
Brand new, 4 dive guides, complimentary wine with dinner
Best of Maldives: August from €1,649  May & October – November from €1,819
Save up to €200 per person

EMPEROR ORION
A firm favourite, 4 dive guides, complimentary wine with dinner
South Central 7 Atolls* from €2,263
Best of Maldives from €1,669
Save up to €200 per person

EMPEROR VIRGO
Stylish, 3 dive guides, limited to only 18 guests
Pelagic Magic: June from €1,579
Best of Maldives: August from €1,374  May & December from €1,749
Save up to €150 per person

EMPEROR LEO
Good value liveaboard luxury, spacious saloon, 24 guests
Deep South & Southern Sharks* from €2,328
South Central 7 Atolls* from €2,078
Best of Maldives: June – September from €1,349  October – December from €1,469
Save up to €200 per person

EMPEROR VOYAGER
Modern liveaboard with home comforts, large outside areas
Best of Maldives from €1,399

EMPEROR ATOLL
The ‘Divers’ boat, just 12 guests, two dive guides
Best of Maldives from €1,299

*Includes one or more domestic flight to/from Male

Email us today and book info@maldivesdivetravel.com

Emperor Orion trip report | 24 September – 2 October

October 10th, 2016 Comments off

0516 Orion collage 300x300 Emperor Orion trip report | 24 September   2 October“Our attention was soon taken away … as a perfect squadron of 10 EAGLE RAYS passed over our heads.”

This week’s guides on board Emperor Orion were the well-seasoned Boat Managers, Russ and Chris, local expert Sakeel, and relative new-comer to the Fleet, Jacky. Our discerning guests hailed from around the world including from America, Russia, UK, Australia, Czechoslovakia and Slovakia…a powerhouse of nationalities!

We started this trip on an absolute high, jumping in at LANKAN MANTA POINT and encountering 11 MANTAS! The underwater atmosphere was electric as we watched in awe as these grandiose creautures swooped and barrel-rolled in the waters in front of us whilst waiting their turn to be cleaned. For those ahead in the cleaning queue, it was impressive to watch just how quickly the little army of cleaner wrasse picked and nibbled these mammoth creatures clean. Equally interesting was to see just how sensitive these sizeable mantas are, as they twitched and trembled as the wrasses nibbled too hard. Yet again, the Orion Team set the diving bar high for the rest of the trip.

MAAYA THILA
A confirmed favourite spot amongst the entire Emperor Dive Team, Maaya Thila is host to a plethora of incredible corals, a guide-book’s worth of marine life and currents that can either be of rollercoaster speed to absolutely zilch. Today at Maaya we smiled our way through the dive as the site showed us just why it is a favourite. The giant trevallies were making the rounds of the reef and stayed away from the edge of the thila keeping an eye on all the smaller prey in the vicinity. There were, in turn, a few dogtooth tunas keeping a hungry eye on the trevallies. There was plenty of shark action in the blue as the large grey reef sharks, accompanied by white tips and a few black tips, swam back and forth in the medium current. For those diving with Chris at Maaya, they had the incredible encounter with two silvertip sharks who came racing towards the reef and then back into the blue at lightning speed. A few hearts beat a little faster for those few seconds!

Russ is a man who can describe each dive location to perfection; where you’ll jump, what you’ll see, which fish reside where but when it comes to diving at FISH HEAD his briefings are slightly shortened as he describes what we will see, “Nothing needs to be explained about this site. The name says it all. An all-time favourite with the guides.” We saw huge schools of everything, great visibility, a little current…FANTASTIC. Russ was of course, totally right!

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Another firm favourite is the delightful little wreck at Fesdu. Today’s conditions were near perfect and allowed us to thoroughly explore the structure before moving finishing the dive on the nearby reef. The two resident mantis shrimps are still burrowing their holes in the sandy bottom on the starboard side and don’t seem to mind the presence of the juvenile ribbon eel who has taken up residence a few feet away. The hordes of fish swarming around the wreck create a shimmering effect of tones of silver as the sunlight dances on their scales, really quite mesmerizing. The multitudes of glassfish are quite spectacular, and despite having a good look we cannot find the secret creatures whom they are hiding! Best of all today was seeing the recently-spotted tiny frogfish, as he tried his best to camouflage himself against the soft sponge.

There are several fish who, despite having the most intricate and beautiful colourful markings, appear to be ungainly in the water and blunder their way across reefs but still manage to raise a smile with our guests. The Napoleon wrasse. For some reason today at HIMENDHOO THILA there seemed to be a Napoleon wrasse convention as there were at least six counted throughout the dive! One group of divers were followed for almost the entire dive by one such fish who lumbered alongside them, keeping his boggly eyes trained on each guest. We also saw a few Napoleons in the deeper waters but our attention was soon taken away from these inelegant creatures as a perfect squadron of 10 EAGLE RAYS passed over our heads. This was a wonderful sight as they were beautifully silhouetted against the blue tones of the ocean.

MIYARU KANDU
What started out as a small current gradually increased in strength as the minutes ticked by all too quickly at the Kandu this morning. With the faster current came the bigger boys, including some very sizeable grey reef sharks and some aggressive looking dogtooth tunas. We hooked in in order to watch the shark show in comfort and soon saw some white tip sharks joining the group. It is always amazing to watch sharks in their natural habitat and to see how they use the water columns and current sot their advantage. Watching them today it was very obvious as to why they are the apex predator on the reef – their nonchalant demeanour is actually hiding the fact that they are watching every single movement that every marine creature is making, both on and off the reef. Their bearing is very imposing and they are simply a joy to watch. As the dive continued a few eagle rays passed swiftly overhead and, as one group were preparing to unhook and finish their dive, they were treated to the appearance of a lone manta swimming slowly by.

All too soon or trip came to an end and it was hard to believe that another week had passed. The diving was superb and all guests were extremely happy with what they had seen; a few first encounters with mantas which made for unforgettable memories. With the perfect combination of a fantastic boat, an extremely knowledgeable and personable Dive Team, delicious cuisine and an array of well-chosen beverages, another week on board Emperor Orion was a resounding success!

Find out more about Emperor Orion here.

Orion – Best of Maldives Super spacious boat at great rates

August 5th, 2016 Comments off

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Rates as low as $225 per night including meals and diving

MV Orion
Standard cabin
7 nights JUST 1575 USD
Usual retail price: 1879.50 USD for 7 nights

 

7 – 14 August Best of Maldives
14 – 21 August Manta Madness
21 – 28 August Best of Maldives

Space! There’s lots of it because all your diving takes place from her 19.8m dhoni. So your liveaboard is all yours and free of diving equipment.

On board is the sitting area and reception room, dining area and bar. The choice of food is international but look out for the curries by Orion’s Sri Lankan chef – really tasty! And from this September you can enjoy a complimentary glass of wine with your evening meal. On the upper deck is the jacuzzi, a seating area and massage room (paid locally subject to availability).

Best of Maldives is perfect for first time visitors to the Maldives – both divers and non-divers. If you’re a diver then ideally you will be happy with drift diving but there’s no minimum number of dives needed. Night diving is well worth jumping in for in the sheltered areas. There is always something new to see and dive so this route can be done lots of times and never become mundane. With such a big fabulous marine life going on, it’s a case of taking it all in. Time after time!

Email our friendly, knowledgeable team today 

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Spotlight on Orion – come and meet her

May 24th, 2016 Comments off

0516 Orion collage 300x300   Spotlight on Orion   come and meet herHaving been a firm favourite with Constellation Fleet, years of experience culminates in the design of this liveaboard, built with the diver in mind and yet equally attractive to the non-diver. And at a super-spacious 39 metres in length, Orion delivers hotel standards in every aspect.

• Upper deck cabins: 1 executive suite, 3 twin/double mini suites
• Lower deck cabins: 1 junior suite, 3 double, 4 twin/double

At a glance
• 5 star luxury liveaboard
• Cabins with twin or double bed options
• Suites available
• Jacuzzis
• Executive suite with private Jacuzzi
• WiFi and massage services (paid locally)
• Exceptionally large and spacious diving dhoni
• FREE Nitrox
• Small group discounts (and for large groups too!)

Non-divers are very welcome and get a free snorkelling kit + $50 voucher to spend on board

The main deck has a large lounge with sofas and equally large dining room with bar and TV whilst on the upper deck is the Jacuzzi, massage room (paid locally and subject to availability) and the main bar. The fly deck is incredibly roomy with lots of sunbeds. Wi-Fi is available, when in range, at an additional charge.
All diving takes place from her impressive 19.8m dhoni, which gives you more living space on board and gets you to the perfect dive spot every time. Orion is rebreather-friendly and offers free Nitrox, all diving and safety equipment as well as a photography charging station and four dive guides.

What’s included?
• Shared cabin; 7 nights; 6 days’ diving, 3 meals a day; afternoon snacks; 1 BBQ dinner on uninhabited island (weather allowing); unlimited drinking water, tea, coffee; total of 17 dives (inc 1 night dive); guide, tanks, weights. Free Nitrox; return airport transfer; Government taxes and bed tax; Male city tour (on request); separate diving dhoni
• Not included: Flight, diving equipment, alcohol, soft drinks, juices. WiFi – 20 USD per week, payable on board

Click here to discover more on Orion
or email our friendly, knowledgeable team today

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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

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.