BA High Life reveals 5 top dive sites in the Maldives

Discover five of the best dive sites in the Maldives on British Airways’ High Life website.

Top dive sites in the Maldives

Top dive sites in the Maldives

Journalist Ianthe Butt visited Constance Halaveli at the end of November, and explored the crystal clear waters around the north and south Ari Atolls with the dive team from TGI Maldives.

Highlights include diving with reef sharks at Hafsa Thila and manta rays at Madivaru Lagoon, both in the north Ari Atoll.

At Maamigili Kandu, in the south Ari Atoll, Butt writes:

‘Whale sharks, the largest fish in the world, have to be on every diver’s wildlife bucket list…The currents and plankton-rich waters along the channel in this Marine Protected Area regularly attract these gentle giants.’

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Renowned marine biologist returns to Halaveli

We are delighted to be welcoming back renowned marine biologist Robin Aiello to the warm waters around Constance Halaveli in September.

Marine Biologist, Robin Aiello

Marine Biologist, Robin Aiello

The world-famous marine expert and reef conservationist first visited Halaveli in March 2013 when she ran weekly events sharing her knowledge and experience with guests in a series of dives and talks.

During her visit Robin will write a regular feature for our blog exploring the vibrant marine life around Halaveli and introducing readers to the glorious creatures that live off our shores.

A Harvard graduate and environmental management consultant, Robin spends most of her year on the ocean undertaking research which has most recently seen her swimming in the frozen waters of the Arctic.

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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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A journey of a lifetime

Being stuck indoors in the heat of August can make us hanker for childhood summers when every day brought a new adventure and a chance to try something different.

Watersport at Constance Belle Mare Plage

Watersport at Constance Belle Mare Plage

This August, recreate that summer holiday feeling, revive your spirit of adventure and embark on a journey of a lifetime. Ditch the car, leave the office behind and escape on a last-minute trip abroad.

Set yourself free in the Indian Ocean

The stunning islands of the Indian Ocean are the ideal grown-ups’ playground with a climate of warm sunshine and clear waters.

Constance Hotels & Resorts in Mauritius, Maldives, Seychelles and Madagascar offer adventure and excitement a-plenty so you can rediscover the wonder of trying something new along with a host of adrenalin fuelled activities.

Revive your spirit of adventure

Reconnect with that supercharged feeling you get when you do something for the first time. Trying something new gives us a burst of energy and enthusiasm that we carry with us long after the experience itself.

Challenge yourself to try new things whether that be wine tasting in the still water off Constance Moofushi, learning traditional Seychellois dance at Constance Ephélia or learning to cook Mauritian food from our top chefs at Constance Le Prince Maurice.

Big game fishing, Constance Tsarabanjina

Big game fishing, Constance Tsarabanjina

Get your adrenalin pumping

If you’re looking for something a more fast-paced why not try pitting your wits against the ocean with some big game fishing or catamaran sailing.

Thrill-seekers will enjoy speeding across the ocean on water skis or wakeboards or letting the wind take them on windsurfs and kite surfs.

Scuba diving in the Indian Ocean

For those who haven’t scuba dived before, the adventure below the waves awaits you in reefs teeming with vibrant marine life and qualified instructors on hand to guide you.

In the waters off Constance Tsarabanjina you can discover reefs previously unexplored with a kaleidoscope of colourful marine life.

Even experienced divers can try something new with night dives available at Le Prince Maurice, Belle Mare Plage and Ephelia and heart-stopping shark dives at Moofushi and Halaveli.

Take time out for you

Rock climbing at Constance Ephélia, Seychelles

Rock climbing at Constance Ephélia, Seychelles

In the hectic modern world we can be so busy rushing about for other people that we don’t have time to think about our own needs. Why not make this the summer that you kick-start a new program of wellbeing for you?

For sports fans why not book a session with one of our tennis coaches or take up golf and learn from the pros at our Marc Farry Golf Academy, based on our championship golf courses in Mauritius at Belle Mare Plage and Le Prince Maurice.

Let one of our personal trainers introduce you to one-on-one yoga sessions, or learning how to meditate and breathe to create a greater sense of inner calm.

Last year the trend was for staycations, but 2013 is seeing a revival in people seeking adventure beyond their home shores. Make it the year that tried something new.

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    The world’s most exclusive diving experience at Constance Halaveli

    Visit Constance Halaveli and indulge in the most exclusive, deluxe dive experience ever conceived.

    Diving at Constance

    Diving at Constance

    TGI Diving Maldives in collaboration with Constance Halaveli and Sultan’s of the Sea have created a diving experience that is second to none.

    Step aboard the luxury 20-metre yacht for 24-hours of luxury living and incredible diving at some of the Maldives’ most exciting dive sites spread over several stunning atolls.

    With up to four of you able to enjoy your stay onboard the Azimut yacht, there’ll be a personal chef, dive instructor, massage therapist and videographer to make sure you have the experience of a lifetime.

    The Azimut yacht will be entirely yours for 24 hours so you can choose to sleep aboard in the sumptuous luxury of the yacht’s cabins, or return to your villa at Halaveli. To book the exclusive diving experience, email TGI Diving Maldives directly at Constance Halaveli: dive@halaveli.com

    Step on board the Azimut yacht

    Upon arrival you’ll be greeted by your own dive instructor, and a personal chef who will prepare a breakfast of fresh truffles, King of Kings Beluga Caviar, Alaskan King Crab Legs, smoked Wild Balik Salmon (fewer than 1,000 fillets are produced each year) and Manuka Honey.

    Then it’s time to set sail and encounter the diverse marine life and stunning underwater world that surrounds Constance Halaveli. You can expect to encounter whale sharks, mantas, reef sharks, Pyramid Butterfly fish, moray eels, hawksbill turtles and more.

    Visibility is excellent in the Maldives, making this a diver’s paradise whether you are experienced or just making your first foray into diving.

    Post dive massage and champagne celebration

    Spa at Constance Hotels & Resorts

    Massage treatment

    Take time out between dives as you cruise the atolls and enjoy a sumptuous massage from your onboard spa therapist or soak up the sunshine while enjoying canapés of caramelised foie gras, Waygu beef burgers, wild finger limes, wild strawberries and Fritz Knipschildt’s Chocopolagie.

    Savour the memory of your dives with a glass or two of chilled Dom Perignon or Crystal Rose before a light snack of Golden Almla Caviar and oysters accompanied by a Francisco Gomez, Gold Edition Sauvignon Blanc as you cruise back towards Halaveli.

    5* dinner on board or at your own desert island

    Then watch the sun set while savouring a sumptuous 5* dinner prepared by your chef and served either aboard the yacht or at a table set up on Alikoi, your own private desert island under the stars.

    Highlights of the six-course dinner menu will include:

    • Hand-dived Bay Scallops
    • Buda’s Hand Yuzu
    • Wild Bush limes
    • Kobe beef
    • Blue Maine Lobster
    • Dessert prepared with Hennessey XO
    Diving at Constance Moofushi, Maldives

    Diving in The Maldives

    Wines including:

    • Pomerol, Château Petrus, 1997, the most expensive red wine in the world
    • Champagne Carbon, 2006, bottled in carbon and created by artisan sommelier Phillippe Jamesse, the best sommelier of champagne

    Preparing your equipment before the trip

    All diving equipment from Mare’s most exclusive premium range will be selected by you before your arrival in Maldives, and fitted to your exact size and then air freighted to the Maldives to await your arrival.

    Fitted premium Mares dive equipment includes:

    • Regulator: Instinct 12S
    • BCD: Hybrid Pro Tec
    • Dive Computer: Matrix or the Matrix HD Air Integrated
    • Wetsuit: Mares Reef full or shorty
    • Mares Equator booties
    • Mares X-streams fins
    • Mares Liquid Skin mask
    • Mares Eos 10R dive torch
    • Mares Strobe Beam
    • Mares Cruise Backpack Pro
    • Mares Dry Bag
    • Mares Cruise Safety
    • Nautilus life line
    Constance Halaveli, Maldives

    Constance Halaveli, Maldives

    To book the world’s most exclusive diving experience

    Email TGI Diving Maldives directly at Constance Halaveli: dive@halaveli.com

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