Top 8 reasons to go scuba diving in the Maldives

The Maldives is considered to offer some of the best scuba diving in the world, with the Ari Atoll topping many people’s lists as the go-to spot in the islands.

Dive scooter courses at Constance Moofushi

Dive scooter courses at Constance Moofushi

Ari Atoll, Maldives

The unique location of the Ari Atoll, with Constance Moofushi located in the South Ari Atoll and Constance Halaveli in the North, means that it is perfect for diving all year round. Visibility is usually between 20-25 metres and currents slow to moderate.

Here are our top 8 reasons why scuba diving in the Maldives is one of life’s great experiences.

1. Learn more about sharks

For those divers fascinated by these beautiful creatures the PADI Shark Speciality Courses offered at Moofushi and Halaveli will teach you more about them and their habits before taking you out to swim among them in a spectacular shark pass. Read more about shark diving in the Maldives.

2. Swim with manta rays

Swim with these giants of the oceans during the season at Moofushi or Halaveli. At Halaveli guests can also learn more about these elegant fish with a course written by PADI Manta Awareness Diver Alexis Vincent.

Diving with Manta Rays

Diving with Manta Rays

3. Night dives

Discover what the ocean looks like at night where fish sleep and others change colour in the darkness. Experience the thrill when the group turn off their torches and play in the ocean’s stunning phosphorescence. Find out more about night dives in the Maldives.

4. Nitrox dive

Swim more often and for longer with this enriched air option at Halaveli.

5. Wreck diving

Explore wrecks on the ocean floor teeming with stunning marine life at sites around the Ari Atoll. Learn more about wreck diving in the Maldives.

6. Photography diving

Learn how to take stunning underwater photographs, so you can relive the memories once you’re back home. Our course is followed by a series of dives designed to give you the best opportunities for taking beautiful underwater shots. More about underwater photography courses at Moofushi.

7. Diver scooter courses at Moofushi

Experience the exhilaration of diving with a diver scooter allowing you to travel greater distances during your dive. The course at Moofushi includes three dives, the first on the home reef to learn the basics and the last as part of a shark dive.

A Moray Eel in the Indian Ocean

A Moray Eel in the Indian Ocean

8. The ultimate exclusive dive experience at Halaveli

Indulge in the ultimate dive experience at Halaveli with a day and night on your own yacht with your own crew, chef and spa therapist to take care of you while you explore the beautiful reefs of the Ari Atoll. Tempted? Find out more

When is the best time to go diving in Maldives?

Both Moofushi and Halaveli have a great choice of local dives to keep even the keenest divers hungry for more. From November to April the northeast monsoon pushes currents to the west bringing schools of manta rays and whale sharks and from May to October the oceanic currents push from the southwest making the water incredibly clear for diving.

Winter sun offer with Constance

If you’re tempted to book a holiday to explore the Maldives, take a look at our Winter Sun Offer or visit our website for more information on all Constance Hotels & Resorts.

Cookery holidays in Mauritius and the Maldives

Food has always been an integral part of a holiday, a chance to literally immerse yourself in the flavours of a new country.

Sample the Mauritian cuisnine on offer at Constance Le Prince Maurice

Sample the Mauritian cuisnine on offer at Constance Le Prince Maurice

Cookery holidays

Cookery holidays, on which you spend a few days in a Tuscan villa or French farmhouse slaving over a stove to master the intricacies of their cuisine have become increasingly popular.

But what if you actually want a bit of holiday in your holiday, or you want to know how to cook something a bit more exotic than a Quiche Lorraine?

For those who are interested in broadening their culinary horizon with the warm heat of exotic spices but still want time to lie on an idyllic beach, a cooking class in the restaurant of a 5* Indian Ocean hotel could offer the perfect solution.

Learn to cook in Mauritius or Maldives

At Constance Le Prince Maurice and Constance Belle Mare Plage in Mauritius and Constance Halaveli in the Maldives, our chefs offer the opportunity to learn directly from them.

In morning classes – available to book just a day ahead – you will discover the key ingredients and spices that make up the core of the region’s cuisine, and how to delicately combine them to create some of the sumptuous dishes you’ll enjoy in our restaurants.

Fine dining at The Deer Hunter

Fine dining at The Deer Hunter

Le Prince Maurice

Discover the secrets of Mauritian cuisine with the hotel’s Chef Pravin, Chef Ah Youne and Chef Boucher.

Some of the dishes you may learn to cook include:

  • Mauritian cuisine – Guests will learn to cook Creole style fish salad and vegetable samoussa
  • Pastry – Guests will learn to make coconut and pineapple macaroons with Chef Boucher
  • Asian cuisine – Guest will learn to prepare sushi and Chinese shrimps sumai

Belle Mare Plage

Learn about the traditions of Mauritian cuisine in the kitchens of the Deer Hunter restaurant or Blue Penny Café with classes run by Chef Frederic Goisset and Chef Patrick Travady.

Included in the two hour class will be a 15 minute session with the head sommelier who will explain how to pair the perfect wine with the food you are learning to prepare.

Some of the dishes you may learn to cook include:

  • Learn to cook steamed prawns with kaffir lime, pineapple with spicy salt, tapioca and coconut milk at The Deer Hunter
  • Spice Experience – Learn to cook chicken with garam masala and discover the secret of cooking with local spices
Exquisite asian cuisine on offer at Constance Halaveli

Exquisite asian cuisine on offer at Constance Halaveli

Halaveli

The food of the Maldives is an intoxicating blend of flavours from across Asia and Africa so it’s no surprise that the classes on offer cover cuisines from around the region – we’ve even got a French pastry chef to teach desserts.

Some of the dishes you may learn to cook include:

  • Maldivian tuna curry, steamed rice, chapatti and papadum or Mugh Makani (Indian chicken curry), Kashmiri palau and papadum taught by Sous Chef Hammed Siddiq
  • Indonesian chicken satay with peanut sauce, lontong and achar or red Thai beef curry and fragrant rice, taught by Chef Handhi Wijaya
  • Lemongrass infused crème or croustade vanilla poached pear taught by pastry chef Pascal Galette
  • Private one-to-one classes are available on request as are learning to prepare special ingredients such as lobster, caviar and Wagyu beef.

Find out more and book now

Interview with Halaveli General Manager Renato W. Chizzola

Our General Manager at Constance Halaveli, Renato W. Chizzola, is interviewed by luxury holiday experts, Destinology.

Constance Halaveli's general Manager, Renato W. Chizzola

Constance Halaveli’s general Manager, Renato W. Chizzola

Originally from Austria, and having travelled to 165 destinations in the world, Renato talks about his role as General Manager of the luxury hotel in the Maldives, what and who inspires him, as well as tips on how to get an upgrade.

Read the full interview on the Destinology travel blog.

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Vote for Constance Halaveli in the Maldives Travel Awards

Constance Halaveli is extremely proud to have been nominated for four separate awards at this year’s MATATO Maldives Travel Awards.

Island romance at Constance Halaveli

Island romance at Constance Halaveli

Vote now for Constance Halaveli

You can vote for Halaveli in any, or all, of the following categories:

  • Most Romantic Resort
  • Leading Luxury Resort
  • Leading Dive Resort
  • Leading Family Resort

At Halaveli, you can indulge in sumptuous spa treatments using exclusive, world famous skincare products, savour delicacies of fine-dining while enjoying stunning Indian Ocean views and most of all enjoy the time and freedom to reconnect with the people you love.

Vote now for Constance Halaveli – voting is open until 30 September 2013.

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Sunday Times Travel Magazine praises Halaveli

The Sunday Times Travel Magazine has included Constance Halaveli in its round up of the best luxury resorts in the Maldives.

The luxurious water villa at Constance Halaveli

The luxurious water villa at Constance Halaveli

The Connoisseur’s Guide to the Maldives

Entitled The Connoisseur’s Guide to the Maldives, the Sunday Times was impressed by the way Halaveli welcomed families with its child-friendly facilities.

The guide describes ‘Constance Halaveli has children’s bunks within its family villas, a free kids’ club and diving for eight-year-olds plus.’

Ultimate hotel

As one of Constance’s Ultimate hotels, Halaveli oozes über luxury in a stunning natural setting with powder white sand beaches and the longest jetty in the Maldives.

Our Spa de Constance featuring natural, organic ila products is paired with an exclusive Valmont Spa for the ultimate pampering indulgence. Our 5* dining experience covers everything from light beach snacks to fine dining at the dramatic Jing restaurant located on the jetty above Halaveli’s stunning lagoon.

Activities at the hotel include everything from one-to-one yoga and meditation sessions to water skiing and, of course, diving and snorkelling in the stunning waters of the North Ari Atoll.

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Recipe: Halaveli’s Shrimp Laksa

Laksa is the traditional dish that comes from the Indonesian and Malaysian cuisine. With the recipe originating in Singapore, our team at Halaveli has adapted it to our customers’ palates. An explosion of flavours and tastes!

Shrimp Laska

Shrimp Laksa

Ingredients

The Laksa broth:

  • 400g vermicelli
  • 500ml coconut milk
  • 50g chopped ginger
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 4 or 5 chopped shallots
  • 1/2 bunch fresh coriander, washed
  • 1 teaspoon tumeric
  • 3 teaspoons curry powder
  • 12 shrimps (about 100g each), peeled and deveined
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 3 or 4 cumbava leaves
  • 1 litre chicken stock
  • 160g Silken Tofu

1. Boil a large pot of water. Add the vermicelli and cook them until they are tender.

2. Drain and rinse them to prevent them from sticking. Set them aside.

3. In a wok, bring the coconut milk to a boil until the coconut oil separates and forms a layer on top.

4. Finely chop all the spices and fry them until they fill the air.

5. Add the shrimp, soy sauce, cumbuva leaves and chicken broth. Boil them and adjust the seasoning.

Finishing and presentation

Divide the vermicelli into 4 bowls, then add the broth and arrange the prawns and tofu, cut into large cubes.

Garnish each bowl with fresh coriander and fried shallots. Our chefs add some lemon, a small endive and some pear slices.