Night dives in the Maldives

Discover the lush vibrant colours of the ocean by night with a night dive at Constance Moofushi or Halaveli in the Maldives.

Alimatha night dive at Constance Halaveli, photo copyright Marco Care

Alimatha night dive

Experienced divers and beginners alike will be amazed by the differences visible on a night dive from those taken during the day.

What you see diving at night

Although some divers may initially feel nervous about the unfamiliarity and limited visibility of a night dive, these worries are quickly replaced by the exhilaration of discovering an entirely new nocturnal world.

The ocean at night is a riot of colour with many of the corals opening up after dark and becoming more vibrant. Many fish also feel safer coming out to eat at night so there is always a wide variety including some you won’t see during the day like the moray eel and octopus.

Some fish even change colour at night. Other fish sleep and you can see them nestled into their sea-floor or coral beds. It’s not unusual to see a reef shark lying quietly on the bottom of the ocean.

A highlight of any night dive is the moment when the dive lights are turned out and divers are able to see the phosphorescent plankton light up the water like ocean fireworks. A treat which will inspire awe in even the most experienced divers.

Where to night dive at Constance Halaveli

Trigone, night dive in Maldives, photo copyright Marco Care

Trigone, photo copyright Marco Care

Night dives are held in relatively shallow waters where the reef top is no deeper than five metres making for a safe, enjoyable exploration.

Favourite sites for night diving at Halaveli include Bathala House Reef, Bodu Thila and Ellaidhoo Thila.

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Out on the water in the Indian Ocean

Let your spirits soar as you feel the exhilaration of playing out on the Indian Ocean with our range of watersports and activities.

Wakeboarding, Constance Hotels & Resorts

Wakeboarding at Constance

Feel the wind in your hair and the spray of salt water on your skin as you take to the Ocean in a variety of boats, water skis, wakeboards or windsurfs.

Fishing
Tap into local culture with a trip on a traditional fishing boat and fish the way locals have for hundreds of years. At Halaveli and Moofushi in the Maldives you can go night fishing with experienced guides while at Tsarabanjina, Madagascar you’ll have the opportunity to experience the thrill of full moon hand-line fishing.

Big game fishing
If your looking for that extra rush why not try pitting your strength and wits against the beasts of the ocean with big game fishing at Halaveli, Maldives or our resorts in Mauritius, Belle Mare Plage and Le Prince Maurice.

Deep dives
But if you’d rather watch the giants of the ocean than catch them take a dive with our shark specialist at Moofushi or do the ‘shark pit’ dive at Halaveli.

Watersports at Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius

Watersports at Belle Mare Plage

Staying above the water

For those who prefer to stay on the surface there is still plenty to do. There’s a huge choice at each of our resorts, including Ephélia and Lémuria in the Seychelles.

  • Feel the thrill of cutting through the waves at top speed in one of our catamarans available at most resorts.
  • Harness the wind to glide across the waves windsurfing or kite surfing.
  • Get a blast of speedboat power for high-speed water skiing and wakeboarding.
  • Enjoy the water at your own pace and under your own steam with pedal boats and kayaks available at most resorts.

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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.

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Top 5 dive sites for beginners at Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

The waters off the Madagascan island of Tsarabanjina are the perfect place for beginners to explore the beauty and wonder of the Indian Ocean.

Lion fish at Madagascar

Lion fish at Madagascar

Here is our list of the top 5 dive sites for beginners in Madagascar.

1. South Beach – This vibrantly colourful dive is ideal as a first dive or to build up your confidence. Departing from the east end of South Beach it follows a wall of rock over gradually descending sand before you arrive at a stunning coral reef. The maximum depth is 10 meters.

2. The Two Sisters – Close to the hotel this dive is named after a pair of vertical rocks which play host to an array of soft corals and fish including the common sight of turtles swimming by. This dive is so gentle that it is often dived at night. Maximum depth 14 meters.

3. Akio Reef – This is a fantastic wall-dive for beginners because at 12 meters it is not very deep. The wall provides the perfect environment to see a wide variety of big pelagic fish such as king fish, king mackerel, large groupers and even white tip reef sharks.

4. Kasimo – This 2km stretch of magnificent coral reef is a breath-taking treat for the beginner diver. Although it is considered slightly technical because of its beautiful caves and occasional currents, it is well worth it to see the vibrantly coloured corals and sea life. Highlights include sweet-lips, red and yellow snapper and fusiliers among many others. Considered perfect for all levels the maximum depth of this dive is 12 meters.

5. The Tétons – Perfect for beginners of open water diving these two large rocks mark the location of a stunning reef. Comprised of beautiful soft and hard corals, the reef features a variety of caves and swim-through tunnels to explore as well as a plethora of large spade fish, groupers, turtles, blue spotted rays, lobsters and many large pelagic fish. Dived as a drift dive the maximum depth is 22 meters.

Diving deep into scuba blogging

Discovering diving is to discover a new world of glorious colours and beautiful sea creatures. Here’s a round-up of the best scuba-diving blogs out there right now.

Diving Indian Ocean, Madagascar

Diving off the coast of Madagascar

Aquaviews – this blog makes up part of the Aquaviews online magazine and takes a global view of scuba diving. Posts include news, reviews, features and photos from around the world. An informative all-rounder.

Divescover – Divescover is a destination guide site for divers and its blog features posts on everything from ocean conservation and dive site reviews to information about some of the amazing species divers are likely to see all featuring beautiful photos.

Dive in – An on-line scuba diving magazine with a blog covering diving tips and safety issues, review and fun features as well as species spotlights.

Dive – Including guest bloggers such as comedienne turned clinical psychologist Pamela Stephenson, this is a site which takes a lively, edgy and informed look at the world of diving. Follow Pamela Stephenson on Twitter @PamelaStephensn.

Dare to live a life without walls

A holiday with Constance Hotels is an ideal time to break down the walls of routine and try something new and exciting.

Diving with manta rays in Indian Ocean

Diving with manta rays

Get your pulse racing by shark diving in the Maldives, big game fishing in Mauritius or catamaran sailing in the Seychelles.

Trying something new

Set yourself a physical challenge on your next holiday to push yourself beyond your comfort zone, and it might just change the way you see yourself and your future when you get back home.

More and more people are seeking out holiday experiences where they can try something completely new, increase the flow of endorphins along the way, and return home with exciting stories to tell and a renewed state of mind.

What’s on offer at our resorts

Some of our adrenalin-pumping activities, available at most resorts, include:

  • Diving and snorkeling – the ultimate buzz, explore the underwater world of the Indian Ocean
  • Waterskiing – feel the wind and ocean spray in your face with this high-speed sport
  • Windsurfing and kite surfing – master the skill of harnessing the wind’s power to carry you across the water
  • Wakeboarding – take water-sports to the extreme
Wakeboarding in Madagascar

Wakeboarding in Madagascar

  • Catamaran sailing – sail across the ocean at speeds of up to 20mph in one of our Hobie Cats
  • Mountain biking – heart-thumping off-road experiences through wild and rough terrain

Sometimes trying something new can be as simple as doing the familiar in a different way. So if you’re already a keen diver or angler why not try the experience of doing it at night?

Le Prince Maurice, Belle Mare Plage and Ephélia all offer night dives while Halaveli, Moofushi, Lémuria and Tsarabanjina offer night fishing or big game fishing trips with experienced fishing guides. At Tsarabanjina you can even enjoy a full moon hand line fishing experience.

From tackling the climbing wall and zipwire at Ephélia to dolphin-spotting by speedboat at Halaveli through to diving in Halaveli’s ‘shark pit’, with Constance a change in pace could leave you mentally refreshed and physically rebooted.

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