Night dives in the Maldives

Discover the lush vibrant colours of the ocean by night with a night dive at Constance Moofushi or Halaveli in the Maldives.

Alimatha night dive at Constance Halaveli, photo copyright Marco Care

Alimatha night dive

Experienced divers and beginners alike will be amazed by the differences visible on a night dive from those taken during the day.

What you see diving at night

Although some divers may initially feel nervous about the unfamiliarity and limited visibility of a night dive, these worries are quickly replaced by the exhilaration of discovering an entirely new nocturnal world.

The ocean at night is a riot of colour with many of the corals opening up after dark and becoming more vibrant. Many fish also feel safer coming out to eat at night so there is always a wide variety including some you won’t see during the day like the moray eel and octopus.

Some fish even change colour at night. Other fish sleep and you can see them nestled into their sea-floor or coral beds. It’s not unusual to see a reef shark lying quietly on the bottom of the ocean.

A highlight of any night dive is the moment when the dive lights are turned out and divers are able to see the phosphorescent plankton light up the water like ocean fireworks. A treat which will inspire awe in even the most experienced divers.

Where to night dive at Constance Halaveli

Trigone, night dive in Maldives, photo copyright Marco Care

Trigone, photo copyright Marco Care

Night dives are held in relatively shallow waters where the reef top is no deeper than five metres making for a safe, enjoyable exploration.

Favourite sites for night diving at Halaveli include Bathala House Reef, Bodu Thila and Ellaidhoo Thila.

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Yoga and bodywork specialist Steve Bracken to visit Halaveli

Rejuvenate your body and mind at Halaveli this Spring with guest yoga teacher and bodyworker, Steve Bracken.

Steve Bracken, yoga teacher and bodyworker

Steve Bracken, yoga teacher and bodyworker

Feel the stress of daily life slip away, loosening muscles and easing the mind through Steve’s holistic approach to body and spirit.

Offering both private and group sessions, Steve will be at Halaveli from 30 March – 23 April.

Yoga style draws from Iyengar and Scaravelli

Steve’s own yoga teaching style draws from the Iyengar and the Scaravelli tradition focusing on the physical poses which improve suppleness, build strength, create inner relaxation and promote general health and well-being.

While teaching at Halaveli, Steve will be offering two yoga classes per day. For guests, your first yoga group class is complimentary. Private classes and massage/sports therapy treatments are also available.

Bodywork with Steve Bracken
As well as yoga, Steve specialises in bodywork and injury healing. He combines massage along with structural bodywork and soft tissue manipulation to address any injuries, chronic tension or pain. The range of treatments include:

  • Soft tissue manipulation
  • Deep tissue massage
  • Structural bodywork
  • Sports therapy
  • Deep tissue energy release
Steve Bracken, yoga teacher

Steve Bracken

Steve describes his treatments as offering a profound difference to people’s lives. ‘To have pain, injury, tension, stress or trapped emotion released from our body is like the dropping of a great burden. It is joyful and life enhancing.’

As well as teaching yoga around the world, Steve runs workshops and courses on his holistic approach to bodywork. His treatments are effective for healing a range of common complaints.

  • Neck pain
  • Back pain
  • Chronic tension
  • Disc problems
  • Sciatica
  • Tennis elbow
  • Carpel tunnel
  • Emotional detox
  • Physical trauma

Find out more

Read more on Steve Bracken’s website

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Queen of Retreats visits Constance Halaveli

Queen of Retreats, Caroline Sylger Jones, visited Constance Halaveli last month.

Spa at Constance Halaveli, Maldives

Spa at Constance Halaveli

After a week of  fresh food, rejuvenating spa treatments from Valmont and Ila, snorkelling, star gazing and wandering barefoot, she returned home feeling ‘far more serene. Reconnected. Happy.’

In her Diary of a Maldivian Retreat

‘I am treated to a divine four handed massage with Ayu and Yulia in the spa, which they call the Meditative Indulgence – it’s an hour, but they add on an extra 20 minutes for heads and feet.

What is about these Asian therapists – their hands make the treatment feel like it goes on forever and forever, whereas in the UK an hour and a half goes so quickly. Is it their hands, the heat, the fact I’m already relaxed? They also have real power, no matter how slim or slight they are.’

And what of Halaveli itself?

‘We lie in a white rope hammock for ages together under the trees, legs entwined, and remember what it felt like to be together before we had our child. There are others about, but it doesn’t feel like it – we feel cocooned and undisturbed in our own little world. There 57 water villas here, and 29 beach villas, but really you wouldn’t know it.’

Read the full review of Caroline’s stay at Constance Halaveli on her website: Queen of Retreats

Visit our website to find out more about the deluxe Constance Halaveli, Maldives

Winners of 2013 Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau announced

After an exciting festival week in Mauritius, the winners of this year’s Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau are Luc Mobihan from Le Saint Placide restaurant in St Malo, France and Hem Pulami from Constance Halaveli, Maldives.

Hem Pulami and Luc Mobihan

Hem Pulami and Luc Mobihan

The winning menu

Starter

Vegetables and fruits from Mauritius, leaf after leaf

Leaf after leaf, discover the flavours and textures from Mauritius, with greens purée and the lemongrass, coconut and combava sauce.

Main course

Loin of lamb with taro purée and crispy vegetables, & spiced jus.

Under a crust of spices and seeds, discover the lamb… serve it with a root purée, a sweet potato chip and slightly spiced juice.

 

2nd Prize:

Loin of lamb - winning dish at Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau 2013

Loin of lamb – winning dish at Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau 2013

Robert Speth (Chesery, Switzerland) & Sampath Mariyadasa (Constance Moofushi)

3rd Prize

Anita Klemensen (Den Rode Cottage, Denmark) & Elodie Oudeuil (Constance Belle Mare Plage)

 

More highlights from the festival

Visit our Facebook page to see more photos from the event – Constance Hotels & Resorts Facebook

Ultimate luxury hotels in a super-league of their own

Experience luxury on a whole new level at our ultimate high-end hotels – Le Prince Maurice, Halaveli and Lémuria. Distinctive, indulgent and utterly more-ish, these gems offer a new take on luxury that make them hard to resist.

Pool at Presidential Villa, Constance Lemuria, Seychelles

Pool at Presidential Villa, Constance Lemuria, Seychelles

Escape to the idyllic islands of Mauritius, Maldives and the Seychelles and you’ll discover for yourself why the Leading Hotels of the World Group include our three Ultimate hotels in their exclusive club.

Presidential villas

If space and seclusion are high on your wish list – as well as your own garden, gym, jacuzzi, pool and office - then try one of our Presidential Villas or the Princely Suite at Le Prince Maurice.

Take a break with your family or friends and let our staff, including butler, look after all your holiday needs. Whether it’s a quiet dinner for two on the beach, a private excursion or just a PlayStation to keep the kids entertained, we’ve thought of just about everything. And if there’s something we haven’t anticipated – you just need to ask.

Sumptuous spas

Head to the tranquil environment of one of our spas, and discover the restful serenity of Spa de Constance. Indulge in the holistic properties of the best new and traditional treatments from around the world or put yourself in the gentle hands of skincare specialists Shiseido, Sisley, Valmont and Ila.

Isabelle Lamant, Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

Isabelle Lamant, Le Prince Maurice

If you want to kick start a new health regime, or just refind that glorious self from yester-year, why not hire one of our personal trainers? They will create a fitness program specially for you, so you can take that sense of reinvigoration and focus back home with you. Renowned fitness guru, Isabelle Lamant is proving a huge hit at Le Prince Maurice, getting guests back on track and feeling better than they have in years.

Luxury on the greens

One of the world’s most beautiful golf courses is located at Lémuria, and one of life’s rare pleasures can be enjoyed here: a chilled glass of champagne overlooking the ocean and terraced greens at the 15th hole.

If you’re looking to up your game, then the two championship golf courses at Le Prince Maurice should help. Enjoy the deluxe golf experience including guidance from one of our pros at the Marc Farry Academy.

The ultimate in fine dining

Jing restaurant, Constance Halaveli, Maldives

Jing restaurant, Constance Halaveli, Maldives

No luxury holiday would be complete without a selection of gourmet fare. Enjoy the very best in modern haute-cuisine with a hint of island flare in our exclusive, fine-dining restaurants.

  • Jing at Halaveli
  • Legend at Lémuria
  • Le Barachois at Le Prince Maurice

Experience the finest wines from around the world under the guidance of our highly trained sommeliers. Wine lovers can even enjoy a guided tour of our extensive cellars and special tastings with the head sommelier.

Want to know more?

Take a look at our website to find out more about what’s on offer at our Ultimate hotels – Constance Hotels & Resorts

And catch up on another article you may have missed: Secluded hotels and resorts with passion

Diving and underwater adventures at Halaveli

Here’s the second installment from marine biologist Robin Aiello, with tales of her escapades and adventures underwater at Halaveli.

Constance Halaveli, Maldives

Constance Halaveli, Maldives

Some of my best moments this week…

It has been another wonderful week at Halaveli Resort. I’m getting into the routine of diving most mornings, then maybe a snorkel, and every Monday and Thursday night I give a talk on the weird and wonderful marine creatures found here in the Maldives.

The weather has been absolutely perfect with bright sunny days and a slight breeze. As wonderful as the days are, it is the evenings that I really look forward to because of the sunsets. Since I have been here, every sunset has been different. Seriously, no two sunsets have been the same so far – one evening the sky will be lit a vivid orange, then another night the sky will be glimmering yellow, and yet another night the sky will be glowing a soft pink. Incredible!

I cannot describe the beauty of sitting on the beach at sunset with the shifting colours of the skies as a backdrop to the nightly frenzy of dive-bombing seabirds (terns) as they finish their evening feeding session – just perfect.

Diving conditions this week

Diving at Constance Halaveli, Maldives

Diving at Halaveli

The TGI Dive Center has been very busy. This week has been full of great dives, snorkels and cruising excursions. The tides have been perfect, so in the mornings the visibility has been fantastic – we had about 30 metres this morning. And, the currents have also been good.

Current diving

I love current diving for one main reason – the fish life is extraordinary. The waters above the reef become packed full of all sorts of fish. A majority of the fish are the plankton feeders including small neon blue fusiliers, black surgeon fish, red-toothed trigger fish and unicorn fish, which, by the way, love to hover over your head playing in the bubbles.

They seem to get a real ‘kick’ out of the jacuzzi-like blasts of bubbles as we exhale. But there are also the less abundant, but eye-catching predatory fish, such as the giant trevallies (jacks), blue trevallies (jacks), dogtooth tuna, black snappers and, of course, the whitetip and grey reef sharks.

One memorable dive the other day was at a reef where the current was a good ‘medium – plus’ (according to our dive guide). We made our way along the reef to a spectacular look out point, where we hooked in with our reef hooks and looked out into the blue water ahead of us.

Baby whitetip reef sharks

White tip reef shark, Constance Halaveli, Maldives

White tip reef shark, photo copyright Marco Care

There we were – the six divers flying like kites a few feet above the reef. Suddenly, to my left, a motion caught my eye – there was a very young (not more than a few months old) whitetip reef shark hovering right next to me, looking right at me. Just beyond was another one. They were so cute and perfect without a scratch or scar on them – perfect little sharks.

But the funny thing was that they obviously had not quite mastered the skill of swimming in such strong currents. For several minutes at a time they would be hovering just fine, barely moving their tail, but maintaining perfect position beside me. But then, the baby shark would start drifting closer and closer to me, until it was a mere few inches from my face.

Then, suddenly it seemed to realize that it was too close and would try to quickly maneuver away, but it didn’t quite have the skill to do it gracefully. Instead, it would tumble and get tossed by the current and become totally out-of-control -discombobulated – before regaining control, position and composure. It would then take up position next to me again and the whole sequence would start all over again. Hilarious!

Napoleon Wrasse

One of the dive’s highlights appeared without notice, slowly appearing out of the murky distance. The large shadow came closer and it was revealed to be a huge male Napoleon (or Humphead) Wrasse. He was magnificent – about 1.5m long and 1m deep. This dark green giant swam so easily against the current making it seem like there was no current at all. He simply drifted past in front of us and then off again into the distance.

Robin.

Find out more

Read Robin’s first instalment from Halaveli including Creature Feature #1: Redtooth Triggerfish

Read more about check booking availability on our website: Constance Halaveli, Maldives

Coming soon: Creature Feature #2: Starfish of the Maldives