How to take underwater photographs at Constance Moofushi

Constance Moofushi is located on the stunning South Ari Atoll in the Maldives, and regarded as one of the best diving spots in the world.

Diving at Constance Moofushi, Maldives

Diving at Constance Moofushi, Maldives

This divers’ paradise has a spectacular house reef with migratory ocean species such as mantas, whale sharks, dolphins and sea eagles as well as stingrays, sea cucumbers, lionfish, snappers eels, and table corals as large as 3 feet.

And now, you can learn to photograph this incredible underwater world with our underwater digital photography course.

When you visit Moofushi, enrol at our Bluetribe Dive Centre and pick up quick and easy tips that will transform your underwater photography and wow your friends and family back home.

The course includes:

  • 2 short theory sessions
  • 2  photo editing sessions
  • 2 scuba dives or snorkel dives.

And if you don’t have your own camera, you can rent one at the dive centre.

Find out more about diving at Constance Moofushi from our website.

 

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

 

 

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
 

Top 5 diving sites at Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

If you’re looking for a tropical island escape, served up with some of the best diving in the world, up-the-ante and head to Constance Tsarabanjina off the North West coast of Madagascar.

Swimming with turtles, off Madagascar

Swimming with turtles at Tsarabanjina

Tsarabanjina is a by-word for laid-back luxury – it’s a place to hunker down and immerse yourself in the surrounding natural beauty.

The area offers superb diving sites for all levels. Currents can be strong at times but dive masters will always assess conditions.

Here’s a taste of what you can expect.

1. The 4 Frères

Four small volcanic islets are situated a 15 minute boat ride away from Tsarabanjina.

  • First Frère - offers a succession of slabs paving a gradual slope stretching between 5-18 metres deep. For divers of all levels, but the current could make things difficult for inexperienced divers at times. Here you’ll find great varieties of soft corals and sponges with dotted-blue rays, crayfish, groupers of all sizes, turtles and moray eels.
  • Second Frère - offers an impressive dip, descending some 27 metres and lined with big oysters and soft corals. Sea creatures include turtles, jack fish, king mackerel, yellow snappers and grunt fishes around slabs lying deep down at the bottom. Reserved for level 2 divers.
  • Fourth Frère – more slabs of all sizes lying on a 45° slope, going as deep as 25 metres. A refuge for huge shoals of yellow snappers, groupers, crocodile fishes, scorpion fishes and colourful corals. A great experience for divers of all levels.

2. The Tétons

Beautiful coral

Beautiful coral

Two small rocky peaks which peer out of the surface, close to the 4 Frères. Below the surface, you move through a labyrinth of slabs, corridors, and grottoes between 5-22 metres deep.

You’re likely to see huge groupers, crocodile and scorpion fish, and friendly platax fish. There’s also a very beautiful sponge garden. Accessible for divers of all levels.

3. Vatobe

A few minutes off Tsarabanjina, 2 underwater reefs on a sandy plateau at about 14 metres deep. It’s a descent in deep blue waters on a very colourful reef.

You’ll see an impressive shoal of yellow snappers, fusiliers, angel fishes, groupers, balloon fish, jack fish and crocodile fish. Accessible for divers of all levels.

4. Kassimo

Some 15 minutes north of Tsarabanjina, this is a long underwater barrier lying between 5-15 metres deep, covered with corals of extraordinary colours.

Diving in Madagascar

Diving in Madagascar

There’s rich and abundant fauna of snappers, diagramme voiliers, grunt fish, groupers, fusiliers, and enormous sting rays. Occasionally you’ll see a grey or white-dotted shark and a giant loach. Accessible for divers of all levels.

5. The 2 Soeurs

Two tiny islets facing Tsarabanjina, on a sandy plateau lying 10 metres deep. Here there are some beautiful potato-shaped corals inhabited by variegated fauna made up of grunt fish, snappers, fusiliers, groupers and angel fishes. An easy dive for all levels.

Spotlight on Constance Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

Off the North West coast of Madagascar lies the volcanic Mitsio Archipelago, home to the beautiful island of Tsarabanjina.

Beach at Constance Lodge Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

Beach at Constance Lodge Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

Constance Tsarabanjina affords you a different type of luxury. You’ve got everything you could want from a tropical island get-away – white sandy beaches, lush vegetation, coral reefs – but its utter seclusion and tranquility give it the edge. This is a place to down tools and immerse yourself in the laid-back vibe and restful atmosphere.

Lose yourself to the quiet sound of the sea, enjoy a massage on one of the 3 delightful beaches, fish for your supper, watch the sunset from your beach bungalow while enjoying a cold glass of something, or simply lie back in your hammock and take it all in.

Wildlife on Tsarabanjina

Fish off Tsarabanjina

Waters are brimming with sealife

If you’re up for an adventure, there’s loads to do. The island and waters around Tsarabanjina are brimming with wildlife and sea creatures.

Tsarabanjina is home to many rare birds including the famous flycatcher of Madagascar, sea eagles and kingfishers.

A biologist has even come across the tiniest chameleon in the world – it barely exceeds 1 centimetre in length when fully grown.

Activities on offer

Sunset at Constance Lodge Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

Sunset at Constance Lodge Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

Scuba diving is a major draw here. The dive team take both beginners and qualified divers to the awe-inspiring Les Quatre Frères on the North West side of Tsarabanjina. These small islets are renowned as world-class diving sites, as well as being home to many nesting birds.

Other activities – most free of charge –  include snorkelling, water skiing, tennis, volleyball, petanque, guided walks around the island, massage and fishing trips. Catamarans and kayaks are also available for guests to freely use during their stay.

Beach bungalows

Beach bungalow

Gloriously laid back bungalows on the beach

The 25 thatched roof bungalows are set amidst trees and palms, overlooking the sea and beach just 20-30 yards from the shore.

Each comes with a private terrace, main bedroom equipped with fans and bathroom with shower.

Dining at Tsarabanjina

The restaurant is perched in the mezzanine above the bar, and overlooks the wide expanse of sea below. You can also enjoy cocktails and sundowners at the bar, where you can pad about bare foot on the fine sand floor.

Bar at Constance Lodge Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

Bar at Constance Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

Seafood doesn’t come much fresher or tastier than at Tsarabanjina. And if you love lobster, this is the place to come. Read our article about dining on lobster on the rocks.

Share your stories of Tsarabanjina

If you’ve been to Tsarabanjina, we’d love to hear about your experience. You can get in contact with us via Twitter, post photos to Facebook or use the comments section below.

 

Mauritius – top 10 ideas for a day on the water

The beautiful turquoise seas of the Indian Ocean are a big draw for most people who visit Mauritius.

Here are 10 great ways to spend the day on these sublime waters.

Diving in Mauritius

Diving in Mauritius

1. Diving and snorkelling
Undoubtedly, diving and snorkelling are on most people’s must-do list when they visit Mauritius, and it delivers in spades. There are some 23 dive centres on the island, including at Constance Belle Mare Plage and Constance Le Prince Maurice. Visibility is good – the best time of year for diving is October-April, although you can still dive in calm waters for the rest of the year.

2. Blue Bay Marine Park
On the South East tip of Mauritius sits Blue Bay Marine Park – one of the best spots on the island for snorkelling. This national park is home to 38 coral species and 72 fish species including wrasse, parrotfish, goatfish, damsel fish and eeltail catfish.

Waterskiing in Mauritius

Water skiing in Mauritius

3. Head out to Ile aux Cerfs
Rent a speedboat with an experienced skipper and head out to Ile aux Cerfs off the east coast of the island. This tiny island is renowned for its sandy beaches, beautiful lagoon and many watersport activities. Snorkel, swim or try your hand at water skiing before feasting at one of the island’s restaurants. Some speed boat tours can arrange a lobster BBQ on the beach.

4. Deep sea fishing
Mauritius is the ideal destination to try your hand at deep-sea fishing. Just 1km off the coast, the water measures 70m deep. Here you can expect to catch tuna, shark, barracuda, marlin and sailfish. Half day and full day trips are offered by operators – ask at your hotel for details.

 

5. Kitesurfing and kiteboarding
If you’re looking for a rush of adrenalin, this should hit the spot. There are various kitesurfing schools on Mauritius where you can pick up the basics before heading out to the surf. The warm water of the Indian Ocean is a great place to try your hand at this fast and exhilirating sport.

6. Surfing
The West coast of Mauritius, at Le Morne and Tamarin Bay, attracts surfers from around the world. If you’re a novice, there are several surf schools located here where you can give it a try. Waves can reach approximately 8 feet.

7. Sea kayaking
Glide across the water in your kayak, and visit Ile d’Ambre just off the North East coast. Tamarin on the West is also a good starting point for a kayak trip.

8. Catamaran cruises
What could be more luxurious than hiring your own catamaran and sailing out for lunch or a sunset cruise? If there aren’t enough of you to justify a private hire, jump on board a tour and you could visit Grand River North East Waterfalls, Ile aux Cerfs and Trou d’Eau Douce fishermen’s village among others.

Dolphins off the coast of Mauritius

Dolphins off the coast of Mauritius

9. Swimming with dolphins
Dolphins continue to inspire awe in anyone who swims with them. A pod of spinner dolphins regularly swim off the West coast, at Flic en Flac. Organised tours will take you out to where they play and some give you the option to swim with the dolphins, accompanied by experienced guides.

10. Undersea walk
Don the weird headgear, and you can walk freely underwater while fish swim around you. It’s a bit like snorkelling except you’re upright and no breathing exercises or techniques are required. Check at your hotel for details.

If you’re heading to Mauritius, get inspired with some of our other articles about the island: