Taking the seaplane to Constance Halaveli and Moofushi

Sea plane landing at Constance Moofushi

Sea plane landing at Moofushi

After a lengthy flight to get to Maldives International Airport, the thrill of taking the sea plane to reach Halaveli and Moofushi is like an elixir to the soul.

Upon arrival at the international airport, guests are welcomed by our airport team and taken to the private Constance lounge. Here you can freshen up before heading to the seaplane departure gates.

Arriving by seaplane gives you a breathtaking 360° panoramic view of your resort before you arrive.

First hand account from local barefoot pilot

Here, one of the barefoot pilots, Hamdhan Mohamed, gives us an insight into this incredible experience.

As a local barefoot pilot, I may be biased when I say this but I’m always mesmerised by the beauty of the Maldives from the air. The sparkling shades of blue and jade green that capture the heart. There isn’t another place in the world that comes close to the majestic pearls of the Indian Ocean. They’re truly breathtaking.

Constance Halaveli Resort, Maldives

Constance Halaveli Resort, Maldives

When guests first spot Halaveli or Moofushi from the air they get very excited. Some move from one window to the other, pointing and showing the island to their family while others take out their cameras and capture the memory that way. 

Total joy are the words that come to mind when I’m describing the guests’ experience of seeing the resorts from the air.

Have you taken the sea plane?

If you’ve got photos from your sea plane flight to Constance Halaveli and Constance Moofushi, we’d love to see them.

You can post them to our Constance Facebook page or tweet them  to us @constancehotels.

Snorkelling with Manta Rays at Constance Moofushi

Manta Ray at Constance Moofushi

Majestic Manta Ray

Every year manta rays arrive to swim in the crystal clear waters around Constance Moofushi. This season, they arrived on 21 December and will stay until the end of April.

Guests at Moofushi can experience swimming alongside these incredible creatures. The Blue Tribe Diving Centre organises snorkelling trips at 3.30pm every day for guests.

Enjoy these amazing photos and facts about mantas, sent from our wonderful dive masters at Moofushi.

1. Manta Rays can be found throughout tropical waters across the world where they often congregate around coral reefs. 

 

Manta Ray and fish

Manta Ray and fish in crystal clear waters

2. It’s estimated there are around 10,000 Manta Rays living in the Maldives.

3. Manta Rays are extremely peaceful creatures and pose no threat to scuba divers. They display curiosity towards humans and enjoy swimming among scuba divers. 

4. Manta rays are easily found at various ‘cleaning stations’ around the Maldives, where they gather near the coral reef and small fish pass through their gills, feeding off dead tissue and parasites and cleaning the manta in the process.  It’s not uncommon to see groups of up to 150 Manta Rays at a cleaning station at one time.

 

 

Manta Ray

Close up with a Maldivian Manta Ray

5. When divers witness a gathering at a cleaning station, they should keep their distance and remain quiet, so as not to startle the manta rays, who will leave if disturbed.

The fisherman's table at Constance Moofushi, Maldives

Bruno Le Gac, our Corporate Executive Chef, reveals the first ever ‘fisherman’s table’ at Constance Moofushi Resort.

Totem Bar at night

Totem Bar

What started as an idea on a fishing boat has become reality, and will soon become a tradition.

The resort’s manager, Mr Sona, famous for his incomparable sense of welcoming, is also a passionate fisherman.

He sometimes escapes for an hour from his busy schedule to jump on a dhoni (traditional Maldivian boat) and drop a fishing line in the crystal clear surrounding waters.

Sometimes fishing is somehow ‘miraculous’ and after one of these lucky days, wevdecided to organise a special dinner for guests and enjoy a simple yet super fresh fish fair on the beach.

On the menu:

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  • Grilled grey emperor with olive oil and fresh herbs
  • Chinese style steamed grouper with light soy sauce
  • Baked jobfish in light Indian rub

The fish is served whole and carved at the table, accompanied with virgin sauce, lemon and crushed chilli, and rice and grilled vegetable skewers.

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  • Chef Murulie’s signature coconut ice cream.

That’s it! Simplicity and freshness, barefoot under the stars. Paradise…

The fisherman’s table at Constance Moofushi, Maldives

Bruno Le Gac, our Corporate Executive Chef, reveals the first ever ‘fisherman’s table’ at Constance Moofushi Resort.

Totem Bar at night

Totem Bar

What started as an idea on a fishing boat has become reality, and will soon become a tradition.

The resort’s manager, Mr Sona, famous for his incomparable sense of welcoming, is also a passionate fisherman.

He sometimes escapes for an hour from his busy schedule to jump on a dhoni (traditional Maldivian boat) and drop a fishing line in the crystal clear surrounding waters.

Sometimes fishing is somehow ‘miraculous’ and after one of these lucky days, wevdecided to organise a special dinner for guests and enjoy a simple yet super fresh fish fair on the beach.

On the menu:

***

  • Grilled grey emperor with olive oil and fresh herbs
  • Chinese style steamed grouper with light soy sauce
  • Baked jobfish in light Indian rub

The fish is served whole and carved at the table, accompanied with virgin sauce, lemon and crushed chilli, and rice and grilled vegetable skewers.

***

  • Chef Murulie’s signature coconut ice cream.

That’s it! Simplicity and freshness, barefoot under the stars. Paradise…

Reefscaping around Constance Halaveli

An innovative eco-project has just launched at Constance Halaveli, Maldives.

Reefscaping at Constance Halaveli

Reefscaping at Constance Halaveli

Our Reefscaping programme aims to stimulate the growth of coral in the lagoon around the resort, to help repair the damage caused by the Tsunami in 2004.

At the beginning of December, we launched a metal cage structure into the lagoon. Our team has removed healthy live coral from the reef, and transferred it to the cage which is held securely to the lagoon floor. The aim is to grow healthy coral that can then be replanted.

What happens next

Over the coming months our team will track progress of the coral’s growth. If successful, we will be able to increase the marine life in the lagoon.

Reefscaping team carry metal cage to lagoon

Reefscaping team carry metal cage to lagoon

We’ll be posting more photos of the coral as it grows, both on our Constance Facebook page and on this blog.

The 2004 Tsunami impacted greatly on the natural environment around the South East Asian region. The significant damage to local tourism in this region is widely known, and there was also a large amount of damage done the coral reefs.

By taking these steps, we hope to improve the condition of the reef for future generations.

Offers: Summer 2012 special – save 25% at Constance Halaveli

Water villa at Halaveli

Water villa at Halaveli

Next summer, why not treat you and your family to a luxury holiday at Constance Halaveli, Maldives, and save a fabulous 25% on your stay.

Offer is valid from 21 June to 31 October 2012. Minimum 7 nights stay. Perfect for the summer holidays.

Find out more about reservations for this offer on our Constance Hotels Experience website.