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.

Recipe: Grilled squid and Moofushi chilli tomato preserve

When we receive a delivery of squid, we serve it the same evening. We simply cook grilled squid in front of our customers. A delight of simplicity!

Grilled squid and Moofushi chilli tomato preserve

Grilled squid and Moofushi chilli tomato preserve

For those who like it, the chilli tomato preserve has something of a “cheeky” side that emphasises the texture of the squid without overpowering it. This preserve was born… out of an ordering mistake!

We ordered too many crates of tomatoes and peppers and we were afraid they would go off. So the recipe was created by chance. But given the success of this condiment, it has become one of the hotel’s staples and its composition continues to evolve.

Ingredients (serves 4)

The squid:

  • 600g squid fillets
  • 30ml olive oil
  • 30ml lemon juice
  • Salt/pepper

1. Clean the squid fillets, removing the thin film. Rinse them well and score them lightly with a sharp knife.

2. Mix the olive oil with lemon juice, the salt and pepper, and marinate the fillets for 30 minutes.

The chilli tomato preserve:

  • 300g whole peeled tomatoes
  • 2 red chilli peppers
  • 1 star anise (lightly toasted, then crushed in mortar)
  • 250g sugar
  • 5g garlic
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 70ml white wine vinegar
  • 40ml Thai Fish Sauce (Nuoc Mâm)

1. Mix all the ingredients except the fish sauce. Bring it to the boil and let it simmer until it reaches the consistency of a preserve.

2.It will have reduced by a half and it takes approximately two to three hours on a low heat to do this. be sure to stir regularly to avoid the preserve sticking to the bottom of the pan.

3. Season it with fish sauce, which is very salty and must be added gently, depending on your taste.

Finishing and presentation

Drain the squid fillets and grill them on a barbeque.

Place a squid fillet on each plate with a jar of chilli tomato preserve on the side.

Sommelier’s suggested wine

Dry white wine:

  • Sancerre, “Génération XIX”, Alphones Mellot, 2010 France
  • Chablis 1 cru Fourchaume, Domaine Pommier, 2010 France

Luxury honeymoon hotels in the Maldives

Imagine waking up on honeymoon to the sound of waves gently lapping against your own secluded water villa then eating a sumptuous champagne breakfast on your private deck while taking in uninterrupted views of the Indian Ocean.

Water villa at Constance Halaveli, Maldives

Water villa at Constance Halaveli, Maldives

While the Maldives is undoubtedly a naturally romantic environment, at Constance Halaveli and Constance Moofushi we have added an extra splash of luxury to the mix to create the perfect honeymoon destination.

Luxury service

Our discreet, friendly staff are always on hand to ensure a seamless experience and to make sure everything you need is provided. Luxury here is about not having to trouble yourself about anything, a place where you can do as much or as little as you want.

Constance Halaveli

At Halaveli ultimate luxury seeps through everything we do: from our secluded, spacious water villas with high rafted, palm-thatched ceilings and their own infinity pools to the peaceful elegance of the hotel bars and restaurants.

Dine in the romantic 5* surroundings of Jing restaurant. Situated at a secluded spot on the jetty with stunning panoramic ocean views our chef delicately combines the exotic spices and flavours of the Maldives with European traditions to make a sumptuous fine-dining experience.

Pamper yourself with the very latest treatments from exclusive Swiss skincare specialists Valmont at the sumptuous Spa de Constance, or treat yourself to a private treatment in your own villa.

Jing restaurant, Constance Halaveli, Maldives

Jing restaurant, Constance Halaveli, Maldives

Romance is everywhere at Halaveli but for an extra special once-in-a-lifetime memory why not take an excursion to a private island for a picnic for two or a sunset dinner.

There’s also plenty of fun to be had exploring the stunning reefs around the hotel or trying your hands at big game fishing, water skiing, windsurfing or sailing your own catamaran.

Constance Moofushi

Step out of the fast paced digital age and savour the laidback luxury of Moofushi where time itself seems to move at a more leisurely island pace.

A honeymoon at Moofushi with its all-inclusive Cristal Package is a chance to escape together to a Robinson Crusoe world of barefoot elegance.

Spend the evening under the stars drinking champagne as your meal is prepared right in front of you.

Enjoy a 5* moonlit dinner on the beach with candles and torches served to you by your own butler or relax in the romantic atmosphere and watch a movie with your loved one on the beach while being served popcorn and cocktails.

Constance Moofushi, Maldives

Constance Moofushi, Maldives

Explore one of the best dive spots in the South Ari Atoll and watch giant mantas glide past the soft coral reefs or enjoy a raft of water sports including surfing, kayaking and sailing.

Indulge in a sumptuous spa treatment for two in the Spa de Constance couples’ room with its seductive lighting and relaxing music. Enjoy a synchronised sensual massage for two followed by chilled champagne and chocolate-coated strawberries.

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Delectable wine dinner at Constance Moofushi

Executive chef at Constance Moofushi Stephen Wheeler and head sommelier Romain Sauzier have come together to create a unique wine pairing event.

Wine tasting at Constance Hotels & Resorts

Wine tasting at Constance

At the wine dinner on Friday 21 June, guests at the Blue Lounge will be served a sumptuous 5* menu with fine wines from around the world.

Highlights will include:

  • salad of smoked duck with white bean veloute served with a Stump Jump White, McLaren Vale, Sauvignon Blanc, Reisling, Marsanne, Rousanne, 2010 Australia
  • seared scallops in pancetta, poached leeks and foie gras butter sauce served with a Cloudy Bay, Marlborough, Sauvignon Blanc, 2012, New Zealand
  • roast angus beef fillet, celeriac cream, asparagus and morels served with Sud Ouest, Vin de Pays, Cuvee Sabourin, Syrah, 2011, France
  • brie and ruffle tian, camembert samosa, pear and raisin chutney served with Ken Forrester, Petit Chenin, Chenin Blanc, 2011, South Africa
  • lemon and mango crumble, coconut ice cream served with Muscat de Risevaltes, Mas Amiel, Muscat, 2010, France.

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Wine tasting with a difference in the Maldives

Savour the taste and aroma of some of the world’s best wines amidst the laidback elegance of Constance Moofushi at one of our wine tasting events.

Wine tasting at Constance Moofushi, Maldives

Wine tasting at Constance Moofushi, Maldives

If you think wine tasting has to be stuffy and formal, think again. At Moofushi our wine tasting is held on the beach with guests gathered around tables in the gently lapping lagoon.

Our sommelier selects a range of excellent new exciting wines combined with some more traditional classics to share with guests who are encouraged to chat and discuss their reactions to each wine.

Examples of wines chosen for tasting include:

  • Sauvignon Blanc, Marianne Estate, 2011, South Africa (dry white)
  • Cotes du Rhone, Domaine de la Janasse, 2010, France (red)
  • Moscto d’asti, Prunotto, Italia (sweet white)
  • Malbec Rose, Tapiz, 2011, Argentina (dry rose)
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Wine tasting, Constance Moofushi, Maldives

Wine tasting at Moofushi

 

Top family holidays in the Indian Ocean

Discover a luxury resort where stylish surroundings and a family-friendly space are not mutually exclusive, and you’ll never look at family holidays in the same way again.

Family holidays at Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius

Family holidays at Belle Mare Plage

At Constance hotels and resorts we blend an exuberant dash of luxury with a genuinely warm welcome to children.

Our Unique resorts – Ephélia, Moofushi, Belle Mare Plage and Tsarabanjina – have become havens for families looking for a bolt-hole where they can experience exciting new adventures together and then kick back to enjoy the kind of service you dream of when you’re back home.

The choice you make will depend on what features high on your family’s must-have list. Here’s a look at what you’ll find at our Unique resorts.

Choice of accommodation

Luxury villas
Enjoy your family holiday with plenty of space and privacy around you in one of our private villas. At Ephélia and Belle Mare Plage you can indulge in the added luxury of your very own villa master who will see to all of your family’s needs. Share breakfast in your own outside dining area, lounge by your own pool, watch the kids play in your private garden and then head down to the beach or to one of a selection of restaurants for lunch.

Spacious suites
Smaller families will relish the space of the elegant suites at Belle Mare Plage and Ephélia with plenty of room to sleep two adults and a child. For bigger groups it’s also possible to book interconnecting suites where the family can enjoy the space of their own seating area, fully furnished balcony and room for everyone to relax after a day on the beach.

Kids’ clubs and babysitting service

Constance Moofushi, Maldives

Constance Moofushi, Maldives

Take time out for yourself knowing your kids are well looked after. We offer a babysitting service at Moofushi, Ephelia and Belle Mare Plage. The kids’ clubs at Belle Mare Plage and Ephélia are a great way for your children to make friends and have adventures of their own. Activities for 4-12 year olds include:

  • Guided excursions around the island
  • Glass-bottom boat trips
  • Underwater sea walks
  • Painting and craft activities
  • Games and competitions
  • Crab hunting

Chidlren love trying new things so let them seize the opportunity. While with us they can try:

  • Cookery classes with our chefs
  • Yoga on the beach
  • Children’s spa sessions
  • Classes in traditional island dance
  • Golf lessons at Belle Mare Plage
  • Scuba diving with trained instructors

Fun and games

Zip wire at Constance Ephelia, Seychelles

Zip wires at Constance Ephelia

Share the fun and remember the joy of laughing out loud while you try something new with the whole family. Whether it’s the exhilaration of our zip wires and natural rock-climbing wall at Ephélia or snorkelling with the kids for the first time in the waters of Madagascar, you’ll be creating the memories of a lifetime.

Family activities at our Unique resorts include:

  • Tennis
  • Sailing
  • Snorkelling
  • Kayaking and Hobby Cat
  • Beach volleyball
  • Fishing
  • Cycling
  • Table tennis

Kids food

Family meals at Constance Hotels & Resorts

Family meals at Constance

There’s nothing like watching your kids devour a plate of delicious, fresh cooked food, particularly when you don’t have to cook it yourself. All our Unique resorts offer children’s menus at times when your kids are hungry. Designed to appeal to young appetites our kids’ menus are created with fresh, healthy ingredients which will keep you and your little ones happy.

All inclusive

Older kids love the independence of hanging out at the bar with their friends ordering fruit smoothies and snacks, watching movies in the villa or challenging friends to various games. At Tsarabanjina and Moofushi our all inclusive Cristal package means you can give them the freedom of the resort without worrying about the bill. They may even reward you for their new independence by delivering fruit juices to you on your sunbed.

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Constance Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

Constance Tsarabanjina

Visit our website to find out more about each of our Constance hotels and resorts in the Indian Ocean.

Our Ultimate Hotels offer high-end luxury in beautifully designed spaces. Families return year after year to experience the delights on offer. Find out more about holidays at Constance Le Prince Maurice, Constance Halaveli and Constance Lémuria.

Take a look at our Constance readers’ tips for what to take on a family holiday

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