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.

Find out more

Read more about Constance Halaveli on our website or catch up on other articles of interest on our blog:

Indian Ocean jewel

Imagine an island as untouched as the one Robinson Crusoe discovered. Mix that with barefoot chic and world-class facilities and you have Constance Moofushi Resort.

Constance Moofushi Resort, Maldives

Constance Moofushi Resort, Maldives

Myrthe Strijbos from The Style Junkies writes about discovering the Jewel Island.

As a frequent traveller I love unspoiled places where you get a taste of seclusion and sheer beauty.

The Maldives were always number one on my must-go travel list. This gorgeous country is, by most estimations, the closest you get to paradise on earth and the ideal choice for lovebirds.

In March my boyfriend and I visited the Indian Ocean jewel and discovered it for ourselves. I can easily say that for experiencing that feeling of going back to nature, indulging in sun drenched days and star studded nights, the Maldives is where it’s at.

The journey by seaplane to this barefoot idyll is a pleasure for the eye – breathtaking views of the azure blue sea, sandy little islands surrounded by turquoise reefs and glorious skies.

Diving at Constance Moofushi

Diving at Constance Moofushi

For a dive junkie, this laid-back yet luxurious resort is a paradise, and considered one of the best dive spots in the South Ari Atoll. And you can see why when you catch your first glimpse of the spectacular soft coral reefs and the giant mantas gliding by.

As you would expect, the accommodation is as spectacular as the location. A quarter of the 110 thatched villas are on the beach, while the water villas and senior water villas are on two jetties, each with a stairway down to the azure lagoon and a private deck.

At Moofushi they capture the best tropical ambiance, the beauty of the location, and the exotic flavours of the Maldives.

And they’ve rewritten the rule book on all-inclusives. Opt for the Crystal Package and you get all meals at Manta Restaurant, drinks (yes, as much cocktails and wine as you want!), mini bar, and more.

What else is there to do…

Beach villa at Constance Moofushi Resort, Maldives

Beach villa at Moofushi

Reach the perfect state of well being and deep relaxation at Le Spa Constance, and for yoga try a lesson from yogi Manish. Check out the water sport centre for surfing, kayaking or sailing. Meanwhile, back on dry land you can siesta on hammocks, chill by the pool or just soak up the sun… Atoll life is good.

 

Find out more about Constance Moofushi

 

The Style Junkies 

The Style Junkies roam the world in search of the most stylish places to stay – boutique hotels, resorts & lodges, restaurants, wellness retreats, bars, beachclubs and other places that deserve a place on anyone’s must-see list. Visit The Style Junkies website to find out more or follow them on Facebook.

World-class diving at Constance Halaveli

Situated on the North Ari Atoll of the Maldives, Constance Halaveli is a diver’s paradise.

Hermit crab

Hermit crab

With its rare marine fauna and profusion of beautiful and exotic sealife, diving and snorkelling at Halaveli offers an experience you will never forget.

Available for year-round diving, it’s a PADI 5 star Instructor Development Gold Palm Resort.

The huge range of dive sites makes it suitable for beginners and experienced divers. Children from 8 years upwards can also enjoy learning to dive in this beautiful spot.

Here’s a glimpse of the underwater world at Halaveli. Visit our Facebook page to see more photos, or read our article Spotlight: Constance Halaveli.

 

 

Turtle and divers

Turtle at Halaveli

 

Blue Angel Fish

Blue Angel Fish

 

Great progress on coral regrowth project at Constance Halaveli

Since the first frame of corals was placed in the lagoon at Constance Halaveli back in November 2011, we have seen dramatic growth in each piece of coral.

Coral regrowth at Constance Halaveli Resort

Coral is now growing on the sea bed

As of this month, April, they are now strong enough to be taken off their surrogate support system – the handmade frame – and have been planted in the sea bed at Halaveli. This is very exciting for us because this is our first opportunity to see if the Reefscape project will be successful.

In the 10 days since they have been planted, there are several indicators that the corals are able to not only survive but also thrive under more natural conditions. The corals are strong and healthy which are two very good signs that our project will be a success.

Having planted the coral around the Dive Center, we can see that marine life is also thriving. We now have a lot more fish coming to welcome our guests at the arrival jetty. Beautiful.

Enjoy these photos and find more on our Facebook page.

Purple tips of coral regrowth at Constance Halaveli

Purple tips show coral regrowth

 

Fish at Constance Halaveli Resort, Maldives

Marine life is thriving

Diving at Constance Lodge Tsarabanjina

Beautiful coral reefs, turtles, jack fishes, crocodile fishes, scorpion fishes, sponge gardens, balloon fish, grey and white-dotted sharks and giant loaches are just some of the vibrant ocean life you can experience off the coast of Tsarabanjina, Madagascar.

There’s a range of fantastic dives to choose from, depending on your level of experience. Find out more about the Top 5 diving sites off Constance Lodge Tsarabanjina.

Enjoy these beautiful photos of the sea creatures you’re likely to see at Tsarabanjina – with more photos on our Facebook page.

Clown fish, Constance Lodge Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

Clown fish, Constance Lodge Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

 

Peroquet, Constance Lodge Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

Peroquet, Constance Lodge Tsarabanjina

Top 5 reasons to go to the Seychelles this Easter

With Easter only a month away, here are our top 5 reasons to head to the Seychelles this April.

Constance Lemuria Resort, Seychelles

Constance Lemuria Resort, Seychelles

1. Weather

April is one of the best months of the year to visit the Seychelles, when the rainy season winds down, temperatures average 29°C and there’s plenty of warm sunshine and a calm breeze. Perfect for enjoying the Seychelles’ breathtaking beaches and the warm water of the Indian Ocean.

2. Diving

The Seychelles is one of the greatest places for diving in the world. Diving conditions are superb at this time of year, with the water temperature reaching up to 29°C and visibility often 30 metres or more.

Featuring an impressive 6 national marine parks, there’s an abundance of spectacular scuba diving and snorkeling opportunities.

Find out more about the top 3 diving sites in the Seychelles, and watch a video of diving in the Seychelles.

3. Seychelles Arts Festival

This month long festival attracts visitors from across the islands. It’s a lively and vibrant celebration of the arts with performances, exhibitions, forums, workshops and a huge range of other activities for all the family. Local and international artists showcase their work.

Find out more about the Seychelles Arts Festival.

4. Fishing

The best time of year for deep sea fishing in the Seychelles is April-October. The Seychelles is known for its excellent fishing potential, where you can expect to catch tuna, barracuda, wahoo, sailfish and marlin.

5. Easter celebrations

Throughout the Easter week there are a number of local processions, festivities and religious ceremonies. At Constance, we offer Easter fun activities for our younger visitors and special menus at our fabulous restaurants.