Maldives LiveAboard & Island Spa Resort

17th May – 1st June 2019 : £3390

Philippines Scuba Diving 2015

DIVING IN THE MALDIVES

Widely regarded as one of the world’s most fascinating scuba diving destinations with hundreds of unique diving sites for enthusiastic scuba divers to explore; The Maldives offer a myriad of possibilities for amazing scuba diving holidays. There are so many dive sites to explore that even divers who live here full-time never get to see all the underwater marvels of the Maldives, so those visiting these magical islands hungry for varied scuba diving experiences, will never be disappointed.

The Maldives have some outstandingly beautiful coral reefs, but it’s the abundance and colourfulness of fish life that can be found throughout the atolls that sets these blessed islands apart from other scuba diving destinations in the world. And it is due to the myriad channels and passages between the atolls, that the currents sweep and play throughout the island chain so that nutrients for colourful species are always on the move. This accounts for the vast numbers of fish enjoying the passing feast and divers can expect to spot Napoleon wrasse, parrotfish, snappers, barracudas, jacks and sweetlips in every site where the water flows.

In the channels there are caves, caverns and overhangs to explore, all teeming with soft corals, and there is a riot of colourful sponges, invertebrates and gorgonian fans all profiting from the nutrient-rich water. There are also plenty of cleaning stations where cleaning wrasses and shrimps service the larger marine species. Inside the atoll lagoons one can often find pinnacles of rock vaulting up almost to the surface. These are known locally as ‘Thilas’ and are often bejewelled with sessile life forms. These formations bring water up from the ocean floor against their walls, feeding the sponges and soft corals that cling to its sides as well as creating an environment that supports a plethora of crustaceans and schools of resident fish.

Slightly removed away from the reefs, divers are likely to encounter the pelagics that frequent the Maldives, including manta rays, eagle rays and a variety of sharks including the mighty whale shark. Wherever you look there is likely to be something of interest going on and for many it is in the shallows where the best of the action takes place. Here the clear water, brightly illuminated by the sun’s rays and playing host to great numbers of fish, provides an ideal environment both for photographers and scuba divers alike.

For scuba diving there are two distinct seasons in the Maldives, the North East Monsoon which runs from December through to April during the Maldivian summer and the South West Monsoon which runs from May to December and during which the focus is shifted to diving on the western side of the atolls. Both seasons offer equally amazing and different diving opportunities. On both seasons water temperatures remain fairly consistent and warm at a temperature of around 27° – 30°C.

SACHIKA LIVEABOARD

The Sachika is a luxury liveaboard based in the Maldives offering itineraries in the Central and North Atolls. Ten spacious cabins, all ensuite with individual air conditioning and a mini- bar can accommodate 20 guests. Meals are served buffet style on the main deck with coffee, tea and bottled mineral water available at all times.

Sachika is a fully equipped cruiser with a large salon, spacious sun deck with a jacuzzi, lounge area at the bow and on the Captain’s deck, a lounge bar with panoramic views. A professional massage therapist is also on board.

Diving takes place from a traditional Maldivian Dhoni providing ample space for divers. Your dive kit and compressors are kept on board the dhoni, making the diving easy and keeping the noise on board the Sachika at a minimum.

PROPOSED ITINERARY

The Best of the Central Atolls: North and South Male, Felidhoo and Ari

This itinerary is an exciting mix between submerged landscapes and breath-taking views. At the centre of this long archipelago, which is situated from east to west, lie three of the most famous atolls of Maldives: North Male, South Male and Ari.

The cruise sets out to the south, letting divers get used to the comfortable water temperatures with the exploration of a trawler which sank over 30 years ago and turned into a house for the typical micro fauna of these waters. You’ll find needle fish and scorpion fish inhabiting the outside decks along with clefts full of glassfish.

The fishermen island of Gurahidoo is surrounded by dive sites that have rivers of currents in the pass, which in turn bring large predators like white tip and grey reef sharks. It is not unusual to encounter large schools of napoleon wrasse and green turtles between the protrusions of Kandooma Thila.

The crossing to the west of South Ari atoll is often accompanied by large groups of dolphins. These waters are characterised by rowley shoals dives. They are unique because of the abundance of fish and both hard and soft coral gardens. In fact, the area is famous for its spectacular dive sites such as Five Rocks with its blue sea fans and Kuda Thila Raa with its schools of squirrelfish and yellow striped blue snappers, soft corals and long black coral whips.

Before sailing back to the central areas is a must to look for, in true “safari” style, the great lord of this area, the whale shark.

In the western part of the atoll, when dry winds blow from the northeast, there are several points where you might meet the great manta rays that come close to the reef to enjoy the many cleaning stations that are rich with plankton.

KUREDU ISLAND RESORT & SPA

Kuredu Island Resort is one of the larger resorts in the Lhaviyani Atoll, an area famous for its abundant fish life. Situated 80 miles north of the International Airport and 35 minutes by seaplane, Kuredu Island is protected by one of the best house reefs in the country and has more than 3km of white beaches and lagoons.

Guests can enjoy a variety of excursions from the island, such as island hopping, night fishing and a wonderful sunset cruise on a local dhoni. With a glorious setting and a range of facilities there is something for everyone.

Accommodations options include Garden Bungalows, Beach Bungalows or Beach Villas. All feature tropical décor, a king size bed, tile or wood floors, porch with furniture, air-conditioning and overhead ceiling fan, minibar, Nespresso machine with tea and coffee, CD player, personal safe, bath accessories, hair dryer, nightly turndown service and complimentary use of chaise lounges at the pool and beach and beach towels. Electricity is 220VAC, 50HZ

DIVING AT KUREDU

The world famous Kuredu Express is a simply stunning series of Drift Dives – all guided to ensure group coordination and safety. Wildlife is both exciting and serene, from macro-critters to pelagic Mantas / Whalesharks… plenty of reef sharks too ! And there’s always the beautiful coral reef systems to keep Underwater Naturalists and Photographers happy.

There are a wide range of diving package options to suit all budgets and requirements.
If you want to DIVE-DIVE-DIVE : the unlimited shore diving option is the one…
Other options include morning dives only – or perhaps just a 10 dive pack if you want to spend more time on the beach enjoying the Maldavian sunshine and cocktails…..
Because of the variety of flexible options, the trip price doesn’t include diving on Kuredu so you can personally choose your own package : make a decision, let us know and we can make all arrangements for you [ dive packages must be pre-booked to ensure availability is secured ].

TRAVEL PRICING

14 night itinerary : Sachika and Kuredu Island Resort & Spa

£3390 per person based on double occupancy

£500 non-refundable deposit per person to secure space

£500 due May 2018

£500 due November 2018

balance due February 2019

This is an IATA, ATOL and ABTA bonded holiday provided by The Scuba Place – Please review their Booking Conditions found on www.thescubadivingplace.co.uk/booking- conditions.asp

Included:

Return Flights : London to Male

  • economy seating
  • baggage allowance subject to airline selection and policy at time of booking

Sachika Liveaboard

  • 7 nights accommodation in a twin cabin with full board basis
  • 6 days diving of 3 tank dives daily plus night diving where available

Kuredu Island Resort & Spa

  • 7 nights accommodation in garden bungalow on all inclusive basis

All airport, boat and hotel transfers

Maldivian Green and Bed taxes

Not included:

Airline upgrades : We can arrange for higher class seating and/or extra baggage, please contact us for up to date pricing

Liveaboard extras : NITROX, extra dives, equipment rental, massages, wifi, alcoholic drinks, trips to private islands may require small entrance fee, tips (at your discretion – $10USD per day per diver is recommended)

Resort diving : ProDivers Kuredu operates a PADI 5 star dive centre with daily excursions available. Please contact us for pricing.

AVAILABLE UPGRADES:

Sachika Cabin Upgrade :

Liveaboard Suite upgrade : £100 per person

Kuredu Island Resort Upgrades :

Beach Bungalow upgrade : £100.00 per person

Beach Villa upgrade : £310.00 per person

Jacuzzi Beach Villa upgrade : £510.00 per person