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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.

Whale Sharks in the Maldives

January 8th, 2010 Comments off

Whale Sharks in the Maldives

Whale sharks, the largest fish in the world, can reach up to a massive 12 metres in length, and are common in the Maldives.  Historically, they were only to be found in the Maldives during the southwest monsoon season, but now, due to several changes in the environment including higher water temperatures and increased levels of plankton, whale sharks can be found swimming around the Maldives and in particular, the Ari and Baa Atolls throughout the year.

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Maldives Whale Shark Encounters

Generally speaking, whale sharks are not spotted while scuba diving.  Instead, the dive boat, or liveaboard, will travel around an area known for whale sharks looking for signs of the sharks lurking underwater.  Meanwhile, the divers are ready in their snorkel – not scuba – equipment and once the whale shark is located, they jump into the water with their snorkel gear on, and swim with the whale shark.  Despite their massive size, whale sharks are very peaceful, curious creatures that present no real threat to humans.

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Best Place to Find a Whale Shark in the Maldives

Whale sharks move around the islands of the Maldives depending on the season. In the drier, northwest monsoon season, which lasts from May to December, Whale Sharks are generally seen around the islands on the western side of the Maldives, whereas in the southeast monsoon season – the rainier of the two seasons – which lasts from December to April, the best whale shark spotting opportunities are found around the eastern side of the Maldives.

You don’t have to be a Scuba Diver to Swim with a Whale Shark!

The great thing about whale sharks is you don’t have to be a certified scuba diver to enjoy a whale shark encounter.  Anyone of any age can jump in and snorkel around with these amazing creatures.  The only requirement, of course, is that you can swim.  This is great news for non-divers enjoying a liveaboard holiday in the Maldives.

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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.

 Galileo Reports Seeing 17 Dolphins in South Male Atoll
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.

Liveaboard Scuba Trips

October 29th, 2009 Comments off

Liveaboard Scuba Trips

Liveaboard scuba trips are a great holiday idea for scuba diving enthusiasts around the world.  Liveaboard scuba trips are a kind of cruise in a popular scuba diving destination like the Maldives, Thailand, Malaysia or Australia, which take place on a power boat or yacht that has been furnished to accommodate groups of scuba divers and equipped to carry all the necessary items required for an excellent liveaboard scuba trip.

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Liveaboard Scuba Trips on Dream Catcher II

Liveaboard Scuba Trips in the Maldives

Liveaboard scuba trips are among the best ways to experience the Maldives.  Known all over the world for the amazing scuba diving, the islands cover a large territory, across which there are just hundreds of fantastic scuba diving sites.  By going on a liveaboard scuba trip in the Maldives, scuba divers have the opportunity to cruise around this spectacular country and visit a greater variety of scuba diving sites than scuba divers who choose to stay at one of the many resorts in the Maldives.

 Liveaboard Scuba Trips

Liveaboard Scuba Trips on MV Orion

Liveaboard Scuba Trip Prices

Liveaboard scuba trips are surprisingly reasonably priced considering the quality and service offered on these trips.  Most liveaboard scuba trips are sold on an all-inclusive basis, which include all meals, snacks, non-alcoholic drinks and most importantly, all scuba diving.  Considering that in many scuba diving destinations around the world, a single dive can cost around USD $50, paying between USD $150 and USD $250 per day on a liveaboard scuba trip seems very reasonable.  Maldives Dive Travel offers the widest selection of liveaboard scuba trips in the Maldives and, depending on the liveaboard boat you choose, prices range between USD $168 on the Stingray Liveaboard and USD $380 on the MV Orion Liveaboard.

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Liveaboard Scuba Trips on Galileo

Last Minute Deals on Liveaboard Scuba Trips

As with all kinds of holidays, the best prices for liveaboard scuba trips can be found on last minute deals.  There are several last minute deals on liveaboard scuba trips being offered at the moment.  Take advantage of great prices on liveaboard scuba trips on Stingray Liveaboard, Black Pearl Liveaboard, Galileo Liveaboard and Dream Catcher II Liveaboard with Maldives Dive Travel.

350 Divers to perform 24-Hour Scuba Relay in the Maldives

October 23rd, 2009 Comments off

350 Scuba Divers to Participate in Relay with President Mohammed Nasheed

An organization by the name of 350.org has been created to raise awareness about climate change around the world.  The number 350 was chosen as climate change experts have stated that the concentration carbon dioxide in the air must be reduced to 350 parts per million, in order to avoid irreversible damage to the world.

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President Nasheed of the Maldives

350.org to Hold a Series of Awareness-Raising Events around the World

As a part of its new climate change-awareness campaign, 350.org will hold around 4,000 events around the world in an effort to increase awareness about climate change and the danger it presents to all of us.

Maldives 24-Hour Scuba Diving Relay to be held as part of 350.org

The Republic of the Maldives is thought to be the most endangered nation of all, and as such, the Maldives’ contribution to 350.org is a significant one.  Scuba diving President Nasheed of the Maldives, who held the world’s first underwater meeting earlier this week, is to lead a 24-hour scuba diving relay in the world’s largest recorded scuba diving event ever recorded.

350.org Significant Events Around the World

Other remarkable 350.org events include Chinese students who will hold 350 banners along the Great Wall of China and a “human 350″ that will be created by Israelis, Palestinians and Jordanians, who will congregate at the Dead Sea.

350.org Campaign to Take Place on October 24, 2009

All of the above events are scheduled to take place on October 24, 2009, but 350.org doesn’t end there. You can schedule your own events for any day of the year to raise awareness. Why not tell us about your special 350 event in the comment box below?

President and the Ministers to hold the world’s first underwater Cabinet meeting tomorrow

October 16th, 2009 Comments off

A report from the Maldives News / Dhivehi Observer, October 16, 2009

The President of the Maldives, Mohamed Nasheed, and his ministers will be holding the world’s first underwater cabinet meeting tomorrow, Saturday 17 October, to draw global attention to the pressing issue of climate change.

Famed for its first-rate diving, the Maldives stands at the frontline of the climate change battle. To call attention to their country’s plight, ministers will use hand signals and slates to communicate to ratify a statement calling for rapid greenhouse gas reductions. The statement will be presented at the landmark UN climate change talks in Copenhagen this December.

Ministers have been taking scuba diving lessons with help from Divers Association Maldives (DAM) and will be awarded a PADI Discover Scuba certificates at the end of their sessions. President Nasheed is already a PADI Advanced Open Water diver.

“The ministers are fairly comfortable in the water particularly given that they’ve just started diving,” said Zoona Naseem, president of DAM and a PADI staff instructor. “None of ministers have ever been diving before except the defense minister and all of them are very enthusiastic.” Three of the ministers have expressed an interest to train for their PADI Open Water diver certificates.

The underwater meeting is part of a wider campaign by international environmental NGO 350.org.

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350.org is calling on political leaders to commit to deep cuts in greenhouse gas emissions at Copenhagen. The world’s top climatologists, such as James Hansen of the NASA/Goddard Institute, caution that atmospheric levels of carbon dioxide must return to the safe threshold of 350 parts per million if catastrophic global warming is to be avoided. Levels currently stand at 385ppm.

The 350.org campaign will cumulate in a global day of environmental action on 24 October. In the Maldives, 350 divers will stage a 24-hour, underwater climate protest in the Male’ lagoon. Local Maldivian NGOs will send 350 ‘Postcards from the Frontline’ to world leaders and an environmental activist will sail from Male’ to the airport island in a raft made from 350 empty plastic bottles.

After the underwater cabinet meeting on 17 October, President Nasheed will hold a press conference, where he will call for carbon dioxide reductions commensurate with the 350 target.

President Nasheed has often warned of the dangers climate change poses to the Maldives – a country so beautiful it has reached the final of the ‘New 7 Wonders of Nature’ competition.

As the President recently remarked: “If we can’t save the Maldives today, we can’t save London, New York or Hong Kong tomorrow.”

Mythbuster – SCUBA-style!

September 2nd, 2009 Comments off

Scuba Diving Myths Exposed

Scuba diving is one of the most thrilling and enjoyable activities on the planet today. According to scuba divers, it is an experience of a lifetime, something that no one should miss! The only way you can fully appreciate marine life is by putting on your gear and diving down into the mysterious waters.

Despite its beauty, the thrills and the challenge of scuba diving, some people are scared of giving it a try because of the myths that surround it. Here is a look at some scuba myths and realities!

SCUBA DIVING MYTH: Diving is a very dangerous activity
SCUBA DIVING TRUTH: Actually, diving has an extraordinary safety record! All you have to do is to follow certain guidelines that you’ll learn in your open water certification course. The scuba diving safety record is comparable to that of Ten-Pin Bowling!

SCUBA DIVING MYTH: Diving is complicated and difficult to learn
SCUBA DIVING TRUTH: These days learning to dive is simple and at the same time fun. Diving instructors are equipped with proper learning materials and strategies that will make you a certified scuba diver in no time!

SCUBA DIVING MYTH:
You have to be in top physical condition to dive
SCUBA DIVING TRUTH: It is more enjoyable if you’re physically fit and it requires basic swimming skills but nothing extreme. If you’re comfortable in the deep end of a pool, can swim and can walk for several minutes without getting winded then it will be just be easy for you to learn how to dive.

SCUBA DIVING MYTH: The ocean is full of dangerous animals like sharks
SCUBA DIVING TRUTH: For the professional divers, seeing a shark is considered a special occasion because it is rare to sight them. Yes, sharks and barracudas are wild animals but the majority of them survives on a diet of things considerably smaller than scuba divers. Oh, and one more thing, sharks and barracudas are intimidated by divers! The long fins and other equipments appear big to them! It’s also a myth that sharks are always hungry and on the attack! As a matter of fact it’s not uncommon for them to go two weeks without hunting. In one documented case, a healthy shark did not eat for about a year! So there is nothing to worry about! Don’t believe everything you saw in Jaws – it’s only a movie!

SCUBA DIVING MYTH: It’s expensive
SCUBA DIVING TRUTH: Owning a mountain bike, golfing, boating, or skiing can be just as expensive as scuba diving! Oh yes! Diving gear can last for years and years and after a short while the cost of it can work out to just a few pennies per dive.

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The new Alert Diver Magazine is online!

September 2nd, 2009 Comments off

ALERT DIVER is DAN Europe’s quarterly magazine. It brings news from the dive world about events organized by DAN Europe, and contains interesting articles about diving medicine and research, training and diving safety.

Why a digital version of our magazine?

As Dr Alessandro Marroni (Editor-in-Chief of the Alert Diver Magazine) points out in the first Editorial of the new e-version, “our magazine became more environment friendly, saving tons of paper every year”.

Thanks to the digital transition, DAN Europe is now able to publish the Alert Diver Magazine in 13 languages: English, French, Italian, Dutch, German, Spanish, Polish, Finnish, Croatian, Czech, Slovenian, Turkish, Hungarian…Many more languages will be available with the next issues!

Discover how the e-Edition pairs the convenience & interactivity of online content with the familiar feel & design of a hard-copy magazine.

Choose your language from the ones listed below and read now your copy of AD Magazine!

** Download times vary depending on broadband connection speed and Network traffic. For offline reading, please try the pdf document

Aquarium to Open in Arizona

August 26th, 2009 Comments off

New Scuba Diving Aquarium to open in Arizona

UK group, Merlin Entertainment has announced plans to create a 26,000 sq. ft aquarium in Arizona Mills, Tempe, Arizona, at an investment of USD 15 million.  The company is already the owner of Legoland Arizona, plus 29 other Sea Life Aquariums, so it is well-positioned for this creation.

Arizona Aquariums

Another aquarium opened in the area a year ago, with a three-building aquarium at the World Wild Life Zoo, where a fourth building is planned.

Scuba Divers and Aquariums

Scuba divers love aquariums because they get to develop skills and practice the sport without having to travel far.  Also, diving in an aquarium gives the divers guaranteed sightings of certain animals, that they may never see in the wild.  Scuba divers also help the aquariums by getting involved in maintenance and cleaning.

Tempe Arizona Aquarium

There is no fixed opening date set for Merlin Group’s new aquarium, but it has been approved by the City.

Hurricane Bill Scuba Diving Update

August 24th, 2009 Comments off

Scuba Update on Hurricane Bill

As Hurricane Bill continues to pound the northeast coast of the United States, and 12-foot waves crash against Boothbay Harbor in Maine, it is topical to think about if it is possible to scuba dive during a hurricane.

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12-foot waves produced by Hurricane Bill.

Scuba Diving during a Hurricane

A hurricane is a very severe wind that occurs above water, so causes a strong natural disturbance to the ocean.  So, the visibility during a hurricane is terrible, making it one of the reasons not to scuba dive during a hurricane, plus the fact that there are strong currents and rip tides during the hurricane, making it quite dangerous.  Hurricane Bill is no exception.  One 7-year-old girl was killed over the weekend.

Scuba Diving in Maine during Hurricane Bill

All along the Northeast coast of the United States, including the coasts of New Jersey and Maine, the waves have been enormous, making it unsafe for swimmers and scuba divers alike.  In fact, the only people out there in the ocean at the moment, risking their tails in Hurricane Bill are those crazy surfers!

How long will Hurricane Bill last?

At this point, it is not known exactly how long Hurricane Bill will continue affecting scuba diving along the Northeast Coast of the US.  However, scuba dive companies in the area are optimistic it will not affect their diving plans for the coming weekend, although visibility is expected to be reduced.