Shark diving at Constance Moofushi

Sharks have long held a fascination for divers, and at Constance Moofushi we offer guests the opportunity to learn much more about these majestic creatures.

Diving with sharks at Constance Moofushi, Maldives

Diving with sharks at Constance Moofushi

What you’ll learn

On our PADI shark speciality course, Moofushi’s shark specialist Valentina will teach you about their behaviour, their group relationships and their eco-system.

You then have the chance to go on 2 shark dives where you’ll encounter these creatures in their natural environment.

Rare ocean species at Moofushi

At Moofushi – situated on the South Ari Atoll in the Maldives -we are lucky enough to be on the migration route of many rare ocean species including whale sharks, the gentle giants of the sea.

This shark diving course is run at our Blue Tribe Diving Centre and guests who complete the course will receive a PADI shark diver certification card as well as books and materials used during the course.

Find out more

For more information about the resort, visit our Constance Moofushi website or read our article about protecting sharks at Moofushi.

Also, take a look at the Dive the world website to learn about shark diving in the Maldives  and Shark Diver Magazine online.

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.

Winner of our competition – where in the world are we now?

Thanks to everyone who entered our photo competition – where in the world are we now?

Constance Lodge Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

Sunset at Tsarabanjina

As most of you guessed, our photo was taken at the beautiful Constance Lodge Tsarabanjina in Madagascar.

And the winner is…. Diana Newman.

Congratulations Diana. Please contact us at community@constancehotels.com with your address and phone number, and let us know which prize you would like – the Serge Lutens fragrance or Art de Vignes wine.

More competitions coming soon so watch this space.

Competition: Where in the world are we now?

Win a bottle of Art de Vignes wine or Serge Lutens fragrance.

Constance Hotels Experience

Constance Hotels Experience

All you have to do is tell us where this photo was taken?

Here’s a clue: it’s on one of our remote island resorts situated in the volcanic Mitsio Archipelago in the Indian Ocean.

How to enter

To enter, simply tell us the name of the island where this photo was taken.

You can comment below or tweet us @constancehotels

Competition ends on Wednesday 22 February at 12 noon GMT. You can read our terms and conditions here.

Remember, either post to the comments section below or visit our Facebook or Twitter pages to enter.

The winner will be chosen at random from all the correct answers we receive.

Good luck!

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.

Round up: Top diving gear 2011

Scuba diver in sea

Diving off Madagascar

If you’re planning a diving holiday in the coming months, here are the latest dive gear recommendations from top scuba diving websites Sport Diver and Diver Net:

1. Top 10 diving equipment tips from Sport Diver

  • Sport Diver has polled hundreds of PADI dive professionals to find out their top tips for scuba equipment.

2. Top divers recommend their favourite kit

  • Meanwhile on Diver Net, top divers give their recommendations for their favourite piece of diving kit.

3. Best dive computers 2011

  • And if you’re looking for a dive computer, check out recommendations on Sport Diver for the best on the market in 2011.

4. Your recommendations

If you’ve got any recommendations for the best dive gear on the market, or tips for how to get the best use out of your gear, we’d love to hear from you.

You can leave a comment below, send a tweet to @constancehotels or post a message on our Constance Facebook page.