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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.

Where do you look? So much going on in this video

November 22nd, 2016 Comments off

MV Orion grey reef shark 300x225  Where do you look? So much going on in this videoAn EXPLOSION of grey reef sharks, red tooth triggerfish, tuna and even a passing eagle ray!

This increcible video was taken on a dive last week on Emperor Leo at Maaya Thila captured by Emperor Maldives’ guest Tony.

>> Watch it here and enjoy.

 

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Maldives happiness on Nautilus Two. Treat yourself to a 10% discount AND NO single surcharge

October 5th, 2016 Comments off

How do you fancy 10 days on a beautiful liveaboard?

Nautilus Two has room to relax, a modern interior and she welcomes 24 guests in 12 high-end cabins.

You can enjoy a Jacuzzi or enjoy a little tipple from the bar. Read more below to find out what more she has to offer.

She’s on Special Offer from 12 – 22 October
10% discount AND NO single surcharge!

Normally 2.460 Euros
You pay 2.214 Euros
and that’s for a 10-night safari – fabulous value.

Here’s where you visit and dive:
Male – North Ari Atoll – South Ari Atoll – Felidhoo Atoll – South Male Atoll – Male

Male – Check Dive North Male – North Ari – Night Dive at Maya Tila- sleep Lagoon – Dive Hafsaa Tila – Fish Head- Fesdhoo Wrack – sleep Fesdhoo Lagoon – Maahlos Tila or Moohfushi Rock – Penaton – Emas Tila – sleep Eboodhoo – Dega Tila – Radhiga Tila – Machafushi Wrack – sleep Machafushi – Dhigurah Channel – Mamingili – Dhigurah – sleep Dhigurah – Dhigurah Kandu 2 Dives – Alimata Night Dive – sleep Alimata – Golden Wall – Fushi Kandu – Fotheo – sleep Fotheo – Alimata – Endheri Tila – sleep Fulidhoo – Farikholu – Guhraidhoo – Kandoma – Losfuhsi Kandu – sleep Guraidhoo – Guraidhoo – Male – sleep Hulule Male

Email us today and book info@maldivesdivetravel.com

More information on Nautilus Two here

Brand new and setting sail this July. Meet Emperor Serenity

May 18th, 2016 Comments off

Brand new for 2016 and bringing a class of her own to the Maldivian waters, Emperor Serenity is a contemporary, spacious liveaboard where fine accommodation and service is standard. This 40 metre boat easily accommodates 26 guests in 13 well-appointed ensuite cabins all with air-con.

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High quality, contemporary liveaboard
Choice of spacious dining and relaxation areas
Visit a local island for a BBQ under the stars
Dive with manta, man-sized nurse sharks & whale sharks
FREE Nitrox
4 dive guides
Non-divers are very welcome and get a free snorkelling kit + $50 voucher to spend on board

Enjoy open air dining area at the stern of the main deck. Several sofas and tables await you inside the air-conditioned saloon for relaxing or watching TV.
The Upper deck boasts a covered and open area ideal for watching photos and footage from your diving or just relaxing, star gazing and soaking up the wonderful Maldivian atmosphere.
The sundeck is perfect for catching those sunrays or having a nap.

All diving is done from Emperor Serenity’s large dhoni tender, giving you more living space on board and getting you to the perfect dive spot every time. She is rebreather-friendly and offers free NITROX, all diving and safety equipment as well as a photography charging station and four dive guides.

Entertainment: There is a variety of nightly entertainment ranging from night dives, a BBQ on an inhabited island (subject to weather conditions and the route), watching films or simply relaxing on the sundeck comparing fish stories. A Male city tour is also included with a local guide upon request.

Book your dream diving holiday today!
Prices are per person for 7 nights sharing a twin/double cabin
30 Jul – 06 Aug         Manta Madness     1799  EUR 
06 Aug – 13 Aug        Best of Maldives    1799  EUR 
13 Aug  – 20 Aug       Manta Madness     1799  EUR 
20 Aug  – 27 Aug       Best of Maldives    1899  EUR 
27 Aug  – 03 Sep       Manta Madness      1799 EUR
03 Sep  – 10 Sep       Best of Maldives     1799  EUR

All sailings are Saturday to Saturday.

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 19.8m 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 Emperor Serenity
or email our friendly, knowledgeable team today

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

Email our friendly, knowledgeable team today 

 

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Emperor Maldives: 99 years’ experience of Maldives dive guiding

March 22nd, 2016 Comments off

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Chris Tricky, Mario and Alex Bryant know this area like the back of their fins. Find out more…

Meet some of the Emperor Maldives team who know where to find the best dive sites, the best marine life and to help make your holiday one to remember.

Click here to meet them.

Then click here to book!

Super Summer Promotion at Casa Mia Maldives

March 16th, 2016 Comments off

Enjoy 30% off room rates for all trips from 1 May to 30 September!

Please note, discount does not apply to the transfer cost and all bookings with summer discount must be booked with a sea plane transfer.

Contact us today!

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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.

New Year Cruise of the Maldives

May 7th, 2010 Comments off

Enjoy a New Year Cruise on Theia Liveaboard

This year, bring in the New Year in the Maldives on the scuba diving holiday of a lifetime on Theia liveaboard.  This unique scuba diving trip will combine world-class scuba diving with a great party atmosphere on the most luxurious and stylish dive vessels in the Maldives.

Places are limited on this special New Year’s cruise so book your place today!

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New Year's Eve Dive Party on Theia

New Year Dive Holiday: December 27 2010 – 8 January 2011

Places are limited on this special New Year’s cruise so book your place today!

The Theia 12-night “Dive ‘n’ Party” Cruise kicks off on December 27 and lasts until January 8th, giving you the perfect winter getaway and great New Year’s Eve party in paradise.  Expect an incredible dive holiday with delicious cocktails at sunset with the best chill music and then, after dark each night, be prepared to party with sounds of Ibiza and best in house music.  The provisional schedule of events for the dive safari is as follows: (This is subject to change.)

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Enjoy the Island Paradise of the Maldives on the New Years Cruise on Theia

Theia New Year Cruise: December 27

Arrive and check-in on Theia.  Theia departs for the North Male Atoll and guests enjoy lunch on-board followed by some snorkeling, a general briefing about the safari and have the opportunity to get to know each other over some sundowner cocktails at Theia’s Sky Bar.

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The Skybar on Theia is Great for Sundowners!

Theia New Year Cruise: December 28

Guests begin the day with the orientation dive, which allows the staff to acquaint themselves with everyone’s diving ability and allows guests who have not dived for a while to refresh their skills.  The dives will take place at Nassimo Thila and Manta Point dive sites.  The evening will play host to a Poker Night on board.

Theia New Year Cruise: December 29

Dives on the third day of the cruise will take place at HP Reef, widely considered to be one of the very best dive sites in the Maldives – a great place for spotting eagle rays and Lankan Manta Point, a cleaning station for many enormous manta rays.  After a day of great diving, guests will enjoy some relaxing sundowner cocktails to the sounds of great house music.

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Diving with Manta Rays at Lankan Manta Point

Theia New Year Cruise: December 30

On December 30, the New Year Theia liveaboard cruise will move to the South Male Atoll after first completing a dive at the amazing Okobe Thila, where you are likely to see eagle rays, napoleon wrasse, and schools of smaller reef-dwelling fish.  Once in the South Male Atoll, divers will enjoy an afternoon dive at Kandooma Thila and then in the evening will play a great Fishing Game, before getting a good nights’ rest before the highlight of the cruise, tomorrow’s New Year’s Eve party!

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Theia Liveaboard is the Maldives' Most Luxurious Dive Boat

Theia New Year Cruise: December 31

Before beginning the New Year’s Eve celebration, Theia will stop off for a morning dive at Guraidhoo Corner, a great place for spotting grey reef sharks and eagle rays.  Then, the boat heads to Maadhoofinolhu, where the New Year’s Eve celebrations will begin with a beach buffet and relaxing on the beach all afternoon.  Later, pre-dinner cocktails and chill-out music before a stunning New Year’s Eve dinner on the beach and beach party.  Dress code: white.

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Grey Reef Sharks at Guraidhoo Corner Dive Site

Theia New Year Cruise: January 1

Happy New Year!  After an amazing New Year’s Eve party under the stars, it’s time to get back to the water.  Theia will begin traveling to the South Ari Atoll and along the way will search for whale sharks, one of the prime attractions of the Maldives.  The dives today will be held at Kudarah Thila.  In the evening, guests will enjoy a Black-themed evening with Sangria and a crab race, a quirky event that is often the highlight of a Maldives’ dive holiday.

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Whale Sharks in the Maldives

Theia New Year Cruise: January 2-4

Great scuba diving continues on January 2 with dives at 5 Rocks,  Thinfushi Ethere Thila and the cruise continues for the whale sharks.  The next two days will include dives at Broken Rock, Dhigurah Thila, Vilamendhoo Thila and Dhigaa Thila.  Guests will also enjoy a unique island visit to a secluded island where there will be a visit with a local community.  The evening on January 4 will include a Margarita party and a beach dinner on Raidhigaa Island.

Theia New Year Cruise: January 5-8

The last few days of the New Year’s Eve 2010 diving holiday on Theia liveaboard include some of the finest dive sites in the Maldives, including Pannettone, a wreck dive at Fesdhu and the legenday night dive at Maaya Thila, where grey reef sharks can be found prowling the reef for their evening meal.  A stunning daytime dive at Maaya Thila will also feature among the activities of the last few days as well as several dives at the manta ray cleaning station at Rangali Madivaru dive site.  The cruise ends on January 7th in Male with a shopping trip in Male and a visit to the historical sites in the city.

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Ocean View Guest Suite on Theia

Theia New Year Cruise Package

This amazing New Year 2010 Dive Holiday on Theia includes the following:

  • Total 24 dives
  • All meals
  • Island visit
  • Beach Barbecue
  • Sunset and Night Fishing
  • Island visit
  • Whale shark search
  • Traditional music on Local Island with Maldivian Bodu Beru Band

All activities, dive sites and routes can change without prior notice.

The total cost for the USD $3,480 per person.

Places are limited on this special New Year’s cruise so book your place today!

German Ambassador Ploetner Pays Courtesy Call on President Nasheed

March 4th, 2010 Comments off

Ambassador of Germany, Jens Ploetner, Pays Courtesy Call on Maldivian President Mohamed Nasheed

Ambassador of Germany to the Maldives, Mr. Jens Ploetner, has paid a courtesy call on President Mohamed Nasheed. The meeting was held this afternoon at the President’s Office.

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Meeting between German Ambassador Ploetner and Maldives’ President Nasheed

In the meeting, President Nasheed and Ambassador Ploetner discussed the friendly relationship between the two countries and ways to strengthen the current relationship between the Maldives and Germany. Mr. Ploetner gave additional details on the President’s upcoming official visit to Germany.

The President was joined at the meeting by Vice President Dr. Mohamed Waheed, Special Envoy to the President Ibrahim Hussain Zaki and Political Advisor to the President Hassan Afeef.