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

 

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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

Sea creatures at Constance Halaveli Resort

Continuing our series this week on underwater creatures in the Maldives, here’s a peek at the watery world of Constance Halaveli.

Turtle at Constance Halaveli Resort, Maldives

Turtle at Halaveli

Dive locations close to Halaveli have been included in lists of the World’s Best Dive Sites.

Diving here is superb for both beginners and advanced divers.

At Halaveli, it’s all about choice:  diving 12 months of the year, easy access to dive sites, amazing visibility and an abundance of sealife.

Enjoy these beautiful photos from our dive masters at Halaveli. 

And if you have any underwater photos, we’d love to see them. You can post them to our Constance Facebook page or tweet them @constancehotels.

 

 

Maldivian clown fish

Maldivian clown fish

 

Black cheek moray eel

Black cheek moray eel

 

 

Protecting sharks at Constance Moofushi

Scuba divers and Blue Tribe Diving Centre at Constance Moofushi are raising awareness of how to protect dwindling shark populations around the world, and what divers can do to help. Their work is part of Project Aware’s Sharks on Tour campaign.

Shark underwater

Working to protect sharks at Moofushi

Constance guests can join Blue Tribe at their Shark Awareness evenings, where they share knowledge about sharks, and information about what the Maldivian government is doing to keep them off the endangered species list.

Guests can also earn their PADI Shark Diver Aware certification and help donate funds to the work.

What is the Maldivian government doing to protect sharks?

Scientists estimate that over 73 million sharks are killed each year to support the global finning trade.

The Maldivian government has made 3 very big steps toward the protection of sharks in the Maldives. They have banned the practice of:

  • catching sharks
  • sale of sharks
  • shark feeding

This has already had a big impact on the numbers of sharks living around the Maldives, including around the Ari Atoll and Moofushi.

How to get involved

You can find out more about Blue Tribe’s efforts, as well as the Sharks on Tour adventures worldwide by visiting the Project Aware website.

Photographs of sharks

Photographs of sharks in the Ari Atoll, close to the Island of Moofushi will be entered into a global competition with the best photographs  chosen as winners on World Oceans Day, 8 June 2012. Visit the Project Aware website for more information.

Send us your photos

If you have photographs of sharks from around Moofushi, we’d love to see them. You can post them to our Constance Facebook page or tweet them @constancehotels.

Underwater tour at Constance Moofushi Resort

Our dive masters at Constance Moofushi take us on a tour of the beautiful underwater world of Moofushi.

The Island of Moofushi is located in a very fortunate position for diving. It lies exaclty on 2 ocean passes to the cemtre west of Ari Atoll, the most colourful atoll in the Maldives.

Diving with manta rays at Constance Moofushi

Diving with manta rays at Constance Moofushi

In the dry season from November to April the northeast monsoon pushes the currents to the West, bringing with it manta rays and whale sharks, which can be encountered on almost every dive around 10 minutes boat trip from Moofushi.

In the monsoon season with the oceanic currents pushing from the southwest, the water is extraordinarily transparent. This provides fantastic diving conditions especially in the ocean passes where groups of up to 50 to 60 gray reef sharks can be spotted.

The coral is beautiful. In the Ari Atoll the diving is very colourful – white, blue, pink-red, and there’s a wide variety and quantity of fish. The diving centre is managed by Blue Tribe, whose guides are intimately familiar with the waters in the area and the whole team have made thousands of dives.

There are many dives full of colorful, soft coral of various species, white and blue, pink and red, deep blue… ideal for lovers of underwater photography.

Colourful corals at Moofushi

Colourful corals

Photography buffs will be rewarded with many different species of fish to photograph. Clown fish are in abundance, so cute and photogenic. Those without a camera or who wish to get the best from their own camera can learn with Bluetribe’s instructors, with their popular ‘Bluetribe Digital Underwater Photography’ programme.

Clown fish
Clown fish