Wreck diving in the Maldives

Join TGI Dive Instructor, Natalie Skipworth, as she shares the unique adventure and exhilaration of a wreck dive at Constance Halaveli.

Wreck diving at Constance Halaveli, Maldives

Natalie Skipworth wreck diving at Halaveli, photo by Marco Care

Stepping on the dhoni, a traditional Maldivian fishing boat, the clear turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean stretch out before me.

The sky is blue and cloudless and although it’s only a short ride to the dive site, and I’m eager to enter the water, I almost wish the journey wouldn’t end.

Arriving at the wreck

All too soon we arrive and my instructor tells me it’s time to get ready. She jumps in to check the speed and direction of the current, and surfaces with a smile, telling us the visibility is amazing and the fish are keen to see us.

We grin like idiots as we gear up and look each other over, strapping on computers, checking weight belts and air gauges, making sure nothing will ruin this perfect afternoon.

Entering the water

The first breath underwater is like coming home for me. As we swim down and across, following the guide, the wreck looms into view. It should be threatening, sinister even, but this wreck has been put here deliberately, sunk by the dive centre specifically for divers to enjoy.

What you can expect to see

The abundance of life is incredible in such a short stretch, and within the first 10 minutes we’ve spotted white tip reef sharks, stingrays, a napoleon wrasse, and even a turtle or two.

This wreck is slightly deeper than most and the first person reaches their air supply reserve within 30 minutes. The guide signals us to do a safety stop and inflates her surface marker buoy.

Blowing bubble rings through her regulator to pass the time she points out fish of every colour on the teeming reef.

We drift along for 3 minutes, almost blinded by the reds, yellows, oranges, blues and greens of the sealife, and surface together close to the dhoni. One of the many advantages to diving in the Maldives is that the boat follows you.

Handing up our equipment with the help of the instructor, we climb the ladder back onto the boat, tired but happy.

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Jump to it

January is a time to rethink fitness and our approach to health and well being.

Diving at Constance Hotels & Resorts

Time to get active

Constance hotels offer space to escape to where you can reduce your stress levels, embrace a healthier lifestyle and enjoy some grown up play time.

We take an holistic approach to fitness – from the fresh goodness of food grown locally and prepared healthily, to the chance to exercise in a completely different type of environment.

If you’re struggling to make it down the road to the gym, here’s an idea of what you can expect to find at our 7 resorts in the Indian Ocean.

Join us at Le Prince Maurice for Aquagym or the more strenuous Fit Paddle in our infinity pool.

The fully equipped gyms at our spas feature some of the latest fitness technology such as the Kinesis Conditioning equipment at Ephélia and Halaveli which focuses on balance, flexibility and stability.

Bespoke fitness programs

Our personal training staff, including French fitness guru Isabelle Lamant at Le Prince Maurice, are on hand to create bespoke programs to help you reach your targets.

Alternatively,  have a go at one of our organised classes from Sculpt Zumba to a Beach Workout and yoga. Many of our resorts also offer tennis courts, and at Ephélia you’ll find a natural climbing wall and squash courts.

Adrenalin sports

Active holidays at Constance Hotels & Resorts

Tennis at Constance

If your idea of paradise doesn’t include the gym, try these adrenalin-filled sports available at most resorts:

  • Scuba diving
  • Water-skiing
  • Windsurfing
  • Wakeboarding
  • Kayaking
  • Sailing
  • Pedalos
Golf at Constance

And if golf is your game, then walking the tiered greens of Lémuria’s 18-hole golf course will give you a great work out. Or play a round on each of the two championship golf courses at Le Prince Maurice and Belle Mare Plage.

Get inspired

Try GQ’s beach workout by Ren McKnight,  or visit our website to read more about each of our Constance hotels.

 

Organ Pipes of Madagascar

Touted as one of the hippest destinations for 2013, Madagascar has long lured travellers to its shores in search of undiscovered lands and unique wildlife.

Organ Pipes, Madagascar

Organ Pipes, Madagascar

Nowhere is the terrain so dramatic as on the Mitsio archipelago. Largely uninhabited, this collection of small islands off the north-west coast of Madagascar are accessible only by boat, and the stunning volcanic landscape makes them well worth the journey.

From Constance Tsarabanjina, the only luxury resort in the archipelago, take a short boat ride to Nosi Mitsio to see the island’s breath-taking columns of basalt. The hard, dark rock was formed by lava cooling quickly following volcanic activity millions of years ago.

Known as The Organ Pipes, the hexagonal basalt towers reach 20 meters in height and make a spectacular natural feature. The area is also a great place to search for fossils with sedimentary rocks pushed up and out of the sea containing fossilised remains dating back 400 million years.

 

 

Luxury the way you want it at Le Prince Maurice

Constance Le Prince Maurice in Mauritius is the very last word in elegant luxury. From the warm friendliness of our staff to the serene romantic restaurants and accommodation everything is designed to give guests the ultimate holiday experience.

Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

For those longing for somewhere to rest and unwind we offer long unspoilt white sand beaches, secluded luxury accommodation and our indulgent Spa de Constance featuring treatments from Sisley and foot-care by Brice Nicham.

Those who want something more active will find Le Prince Maurice a grown-up’s playground with two 18-hole golf courses, a fully equipped gym with a range of classes, water-sports and the Indian Ocean to explore.

For some romance is fine dining at a table for two under the stars while for others it is mastering a new skill together: cooking haute cuisine, wine tasting, dancing or even scuba diving.

At Le Prince Maurice we offer you the luxury and indulgence to create your own experiences and we know they’ll be memories you’ll keep forever.

Video of Constance Le Prince Maurice

Watch our video to discover more about what it’s like at Constance Le Prince Maurice.

Top 5 dive sites for beginners at Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

The waters off the Madagascan island of Tsarabanjina are the perfect place for beginners to explore the beauty and wonder of the Indian Ocean.

Lion fish at Madagascar

Lion fish at Madagascar

Here is our list of the top 5 dive sites for beginners in Madagascar.

1. South Beach – This vibrantly colourful dive is ideal as a first dive or to build up your confidence. Departing from the east end of South Beach it follows a wall of rock over gradually descending sand before you arrive at a stunning coral reef. The maximum depth is 10 meters.

2. The Two Sisters – Close to the hotel this dive is named after a pair of vertical rocks which play host to an array of soft corals and fish including the common sight of turtles swimming by. This dive is so gentle that it is often dived at night. Maximum depth 14 meters.

3. Akio Reef – This is a fantastic wall-dive for beginners because at 12 meters it is not very deep. The wall provides the perfect environment to see a wide variety of big pelagic fish such as king fish, king mackerel, large groupers and even white tip reef sharks.

4. Kasimo – This 2km stretch of magnificent coral reef is a breath-taking treat for the beginner diver. Although it is considered slightly technical because of its beautiful caves and occasional currents, it is well worth it to see the vibrantly coloured corals and sea life. Highlights include sweet-lips, red and yellow snapper and fusiliers among many others. Considered perfect for all levels the maximum depth of this dive is 12 meters.

5. The Tétons – Perfect for beginners of open water diving these two large rocks mark the location of a stunning reef. Comprised of beautiful soft and hard corals, the reef features a variety of caves and swim-through tunnels to explore as well as a plethora of large spade fish, groupers, turtles, blue spotted rays, lobsters and many large pelagic fish. Dived as a drift dive the maximum depth is 22 meters.

Discover a new world

The excitement of planning a holiday is one of those pleasures many of us look forward to as we step into the new year.

Whether you’re thinking about where to go on your honeymoon, looking for somewhere to escape to with your loved one, or simply want to discover somewhere new, here are some photos to inspire you.

Presidential villa at Constance Ephelia, Seychelles

Presidential villa at Ephelia, Seychelles

 

Constance Moofushi, Maldives

Constance Moofushi, Maldives

 

Beach at Constance Ephelia, Seychelles

Beach at Constance Ephelia, Seychelles