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November 20, 2012 Posted by admin

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The Magic of Maldives

November 19, 2012 Posted by admin

With the beautiful backdrop of an equatorial ocean and gleaming white beaches lined with the glossy leaved bushes of Beach Naupaka, flights into the far reaches of the Maldives is thrilling ride that flies over this beautiful seascape.

The beautiful islands of the Maldives are almost a natural wonder: these sandy islands are based on a coralline structure that had formed over millions of years on an oceanic ridge in the middle of the Indian Ocean.

Surrounded by coral reefs, exploring the lagoons and reefs here is truly wonderful way to spend your vacation in this popular tourist destination.

If you’d visited the Maldivian capital city, Malé, you might wonder about the tetra pods that line the seawalls of the island on every side except the North. These gargantuan concrete blocks with 4 legs, were cast in Japan and shipped to the Maldives as a gift to aid defending the island from sea water inundation during rough weather.

 

 

The vulnerable archipelago

Maldives is a vulnerable country, when it comes to storm surges from the ocean. However, all of the resorts have measures in place to prevent them from such natural phenomena. While the tetra pods in Malé cost about US$ 13 million per kilometre, the islands and resorts have different measures.

Islands are usually protected by natural reefs, and if additional protection is required, stone wave breakers that protect the naturally formed sugary beaches from erosion. Meanwhile, resorts have used to have steel wire cages, or gabions that enclose dead coral scavenged from their healthy reefs, thus keeping the reef clean for further growth as well as protecting the islands wherever necessary.

The side benefit of that is that guests will be able to enjoy beautiful reefs studded with vibrant marine life, while new corals can grow on top of the dead coral in the cages, thus forming new reefs.

The reef has now become a major attraction for several types of fish, like Giant Moray eels, sweetlips, triggerfish, and rare species not usually found in that area. The beach on the other hand is spectacular, with the new growth on the Necklace slowing down currents and waves and allowing suspended sand particles to settle and bury the structure.

There are a lot of ecological protection systems now in place that is far more natural than the tetra pods that line nearly every side of Malé Island. People can actually own a piece of reef in the Maldives, by being a part of planting it in the sea. Maldives, of course, as a whole, will be fighting against ecological damage and climate change in its cause to become completely carbon neutral by 2020, as pledged by the government of Maldives.

 

 

The Capital City and Activities

The Maldivian capital is probably one of the most laid-back capital cities of the world, with only 3 theatres and hundreds of coffee shops. With good reason, of course, because people often take to the sea or resort to beach barbeques if they need more than the usual cup of Joe and a friendly chat.

In fact, people seem to revel in the simplest pleasures in life here in the Maldives. With fishing as the national industry, it’s also an unspoken national pastime… a national sport, if you may. Youth and elderly, men and women alike are equally knowledgeable about fishing equipment and the different situations that they can be used in.

Most resorts and liveaboards in the Maldives feature game fishing trips, and will let you have your catch on your dinner table, prepared by expert chefs just as Safari Boats and cruisers would. Chefs that cater to your every whim of opulence, are masters in the grand art of turning the ocean’s bounty into well-seasoned cuisine prepare meals that tantalize your taste buds every time.

As we make our way through the capital city on the brand new bus service, all the way from Hulhumalé Ferry Terminal to Villingili Ferry Terminal, the sun starts painting the sky in hues of golden reds, the sky with shades of violets and the clouds in rosy pink, many tourists make their way to the numerous shops that line the streets of Malé, making it seem like a gigantic open air mall.

Hulhumale The Magic of Maldives

Male the Capital

 

Environmentalists will love the several ways to explore the archipelago via ecotourism. Most travellers understand a lot more about our planet via ecotourism, of the impact and far reaching consequences of global warming, it is vital for everyone to know that unless decisive action is taken, global warming will continue to affect life on the Earth, especially for favoured destinations like the Maldives.

We all can make a difference, by our smallest actions. We all can work together, to save the beautiful islands that some discover tranquillity, some get their serenity, and some call their home.

 

 

The Magic of Maldives is a post from: Maldives Blog

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What is men’s definition of sexy?

November 17, 2012 Posted by admin

What is men’s definition of sexy?What does either sex find sexy in the other can be a question with as many different answers as people you ask. This certainly can be a subjective list of qualities. However, there are some qualities that repeatedly appear in the majority of studies which are traits men say they like in women. Remember, these are suggestions and not the only attractive characteristics of a female.

Physical Attributes

First, men claim to be visual creatures! However, while we may address physical characteristics first that does not mean the personality characteristics are any less important. In some cases, the personality of the woman out shines everything else and is her most attractive feature. The importance of the following features is not in any specific order. Men are just as unique and special as the women they admire.

First, often mentioned is that she be beautiful. (Now, what does that mean and who decides what is beautiful?).

Here are some of the answers I found while reviewing results and surveying people.

• A man finds a woman sexy if her clothes fit properly and are flattering to her figure. Ideas that fall in this category are: hips to waist curves (no sizes are given, so if full figured, do not count yourself out); size is not necessarily an issue all the time; hips and legs be fit; men like to see cleavage revealed; suggested wearing a dress or blouse that hangs off the side of one’s shoulder; and (men if they see the undies) they like for them to be matching and fresh (no granny panties allowed, especially high risers).

• A man likes to see a woman put effort into her grooming. He wants a woman who smells nice, is clean with good hygiene, shiny polished nails, manicured and soft hands; and subtle make-up that compliments her dress. One additional note here is that men also like for a woman to be willing to get dirty if the situation called for such behavior (start clean and end dirty if the fun permits).
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November 13, 2012 Posted by admin

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Journey to South Malé Atoll

November 12, 2012 Posted by admin

Explore the wonders of the idyllic South Malé Atoll, where city life gradually tapers off into rustic towns and romantic spots between fishing villages, not to mention the fantastic dive spots in the region!

You can see that tourists and locals alike sigh away in the breezy shores of the Ruhggandu, the land around the beaches of these beautiful islands. Who can blame them… it’s the atmosphere that seems to set the tone, a land so near and paradoxically, so far away from civilization that time appears to have no meaning.

In a land that’s connected to the sea since the ancient times, in bonds that are impractical to break, there is no place for anyone that refuses to surrender to the classic Maldivian way of life… not whatever, but whenever.

It’s what makes a vacation here so great, because staying at guesthouses, resorts or even safari cruise boats, you always have the option of doing something else immediately, if you ever get bored of sun bathing, or swimming in turquoise seas, or treading on the almost legendary soft white sands of the Maldives.

Apart from three, the rest of the larger islands in South Malé Atoll have been developed as resorts and the islets are by large uninhabited and used for trips by the locals and tourists.

 

 

Diving South Malé Atoll

Diving around here, you’re likely to encounter unforgettable dives like the Emboodhoo Canyon dive spot, the swim through of Vaagali Caves and the incredible biodiversity of the Guraidhoo Channel.

While at the deepest point, the floor of the atoll is around 45 meters under water, the western half of the atoll is mostly around 35 meters. There are more channels in this area, and from the air you can clearly see that the shallower reefs are formed in a string following the path of the channel, plainly describing the importance of fresh brine for proper coral growth.

The Emboodhoo Canyon is actually a part of the lip of the atoll rising out of the inter-atoll channel. The geography here looks like as if a 50 meter long part of the continental shelf had broken away, forming a gorge. The Vaadhoo channel that separates the North Malé Atoll and the South Malé Atoll has a brisk current, that can be used to coast along while swimming with Eagle Rays, Napoleon and Sharks, before coming into the gorge at a depth of 20 meters, peaking at 15.

There are several delicate caves here that are inhabited by black snappers and black jacks, and the top of the rock that had broken away is a great place to cling onto and gaze at the amazing vista before you.

The Guraidhoo region hides under its waves some of the largest underwater caverns in the archipelago. Known as the Kandooma Caves. Just 50 metres away from the small island of Kandooma, you can easily come across two caves snug against each other. One is accessible at 20 metres, the other at 16 metres. The thick coral growth that fans across its many ledges and overhangs block out almost all the sunlight, and it’s advisable that you have a torch handy. The cavernous bowels of these caves contain a teeming population of yellow sponges, seafans, and small tube corals. Giant morays are the real inhabitants of these enclaves, host to schools of squirrelfish, triggerfish, napoleon, sweetlip and angelfish.

 

 

Opposite to it a little ways away is the Kandooma Thila, 300 metres long with a wide curve ending at a tapered end, like a teardrop. The abundant populace of fauna are complimented well by equally stunning scenery, spectacular especially at the west and northern ends. The top has a declination of 16 metres and is a frequented dive spot by all ranges of divers. However, the eastern end is suitable more for experienced divers, with the top dropping away abruptly to 20 metres. Trevally, tuna, snapper and barracuda rule this beautiful swathe of reef.

About half a kilometer to the south of Vaagali lies the gigantic Vaagali Reef, spanning almost 250 meters in width. At the northern end, there are plenty of caves and overhangs between 15 and 30 meters, and are mostly inhabited by soft coral, seawhips, and coral bushes and populated with squirrelfish, snapper and sweetlips. The area is great for spotting turtles, napoleon, and schools of fusilier.

If you ever get a chance to visit the uninhabited island of Vaagali on the south western edge of the atoll, you’re in for a whole day’s treat. The island is named for the dense growth of branching coral in the surrounding reefs at snorkeling depths. The reef itself is plenty of caves between 10 and 20 meters depth, and are inhabited by sea sponges, bushes of black coral complete with oyster clam shells. A couple of caves here have swim throughs and should definitely be experienced, before heading back to the surface and onto the island for a pleasant evening chilling out by a bonfire.

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Diving the North Malé Atoll Maldives

November 5, 2012 Posted by admin

Every dive tour starts off in the Malé Atoll, because that’s where you enter the country via the Ibrahim Nasir International Airport. There are plenty of resorts and guesthouses in the atoll, mainly because of the proximity of the airport as well as the capital of the country, Malé. Read on to find out about the glorious dive spots of the Maldives.

Exploring the islands is always a thrill, especially when the weather is beautiful as it is in the Maldives. Going around the white sandy beaches and quaint little islands is as amazing as finding out that the immense beauty of the Maldives is under the sea.

The multicolored gardens of coral that glows under the equatorial sunlight is a glorious sight as well as the schools of tropical fish that inhabit the Maldivian reefs.

 

Colosseum

There really is no easy way to choose the best dive spots, but to go with an obscure favorite, I’d chosen the Colosseum. Located on the south western side of the island of Thulusdhoo, the  dive spot is a huge area covered in coral and stones, between a height of 6ft and 80ft in depth.

The Colosseum is located to the south of a channel into the atoll, so as you anchor yourself to the reef and watch as the fish enjoy the gentle current into or out of the atoll. Barracuda, big-eye trevally, blue fin jack, rainbow runner and dog toothed tuna can be seen here along with occasional sightings of grey reef sharks, napoleon and eagle rays.

The geography of the reefs around here is beautiful, with a smooth gradient broken here and there with plenty of soft corals that flourish on the reef slope leading into the channel. Turtles can be found feeding around here. In the northern side, on the side of the channel, that is, the wall of the reef is steeper and is in layers of ledges, with caves around 45 ft from the surface of the sea.

 

Aquarium and Kani Corner

Spend a whole day around the islands of Lhohifushi and Kanifinolhu diving around the fantastic dive spots Aquarium and Kani Corner. Marine life is abundant around the two islands and the channel in between, the Lhohifushi Kandu, is a great place to spot larger species of fish like sharks and dog tooth tuna.

The Aquarium has a group of coral rocks at a depth of 48 ft, on the eastern edge of the reef. There is an abundance of tropical fish of many species, hence the name of the reef. Around the rocks you will also find moral eels and on the sandy bottom, you’ll find white tip reef sharks and sting rays, while there are a couple of caves on a promontory located around 80 ft in depth.

On the side of the channel, there are plenty of channel that is navigable easily by drifting with the currents. Watch out through, at times the currents can be quite brisk, and you may need assistance.

Meanwhile the Kani Corner is quite popular, known for the excellent drift dive that’s possible around here. The outside reef falls onto a beautiful sandy slope around a 100 ft in depth, or 30 meters, where you can see white tip reef sharks and eagle rays.

On the corner of the reef, where it leads into the channel, there are a lot of schools of fish like snappers, fusiliers and pelagics like the great barracuda, bluefin jack and dog tooth tuna. There are Napoleans that warily wander around here keeping away from their natural predators. Near the corner, there are plenty of soft coral, and at shallower areas, you can see smaller fish swim around the coral rocks.

 

Rainbow Reef

The protected marine area called Rainbow Reef is also known as the HP Reef. The roughly rectangular reef around the southern side of Girifushi island, is a great place to spot soft corals, seafans, reef fish and pelagics.

The topography is fantastic. The southwest side of the reef has plenty of reefs, caves and crevices. On the north west side, there’s an outcropping of rock that stands alone, separated by a sand channel. There is a large cave on the outside of this formation at a depth of around 80 ft. The top of the cave has a lot of blue corals, and at one point you’ll find a swim through all the way to the top of the rock. The brisk current that sweeps through from the Himmafushi Kandu nourishes the soft coral formations and the seafans.

The marine life is truly prolific here thanks to the area being a protected area, and large schools of big-eye trevally and blue fin jack, rainbow runner, barracuda, and dog-toothed tuna make this reef a playground for pelagics. Grey reef sharks and eagle rays drop by to hunt, and there are huge schools of yellow back fusiliers here. The top of the reef, at about 30 ft depth, has plenty of angel fish, three-spot emperor fish, regal angel fish, masked bannerfish and many other species of brightly colored tropical fish.

 

 Diving the North Malé Atoll Maldives

Amazing marine photo of a scorpion head at Banana Reef, North Male Atoll, Maldives

 

Diving In Maldives

There are many ways to enjoy diving here in the Maldivian archipelago, from the luxurious resorts to safari cruise boats, to guesthouses who arranges trips, to dive schools that cater to your custom needs. Look through the many options and read more on diving in the Maldives on our website!

Diving the North Malé Atoll Maldives is a post from: Maldives Blog

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Greeted by magnificent mantas

November 4, 2012 Posted by admin

Greeted by magnificent mantasThis week we were back to the usual mix of nations from around the world, sometimes it feels like MV Orion is like the UN :) There was a pleasant atmosphere on board and everyone was excited to get in the water.

14th August 2012

The diving commenced with Lankan Manta Point, which produced a manta sighting at the end of the dive, which unfortunately not everybody saw. With this in mind and the tide tables at hand Mario decided it was best to try again for the 2nd dive. Great idea because we saw two mantas coming in onto the cleaning station, which stayed for about 20 minutes. Needless to say everyone came up happy.

The 3rd dive of the day was on Nassimo Thila, with a small current from the North West bringing the Thila to life with loads and loads of fish, Giant Trevally, and huge dogtooth tuna chasing the poor fusiliers around. Everybody was amazed by the soft coral formations, and we also saw two turtles, two or three napoleons and the biggest nurse shark in a crevice I have ever seen, the book says three metres is possible, and it was definatly close to that… Click here for more info about Maldives cruises.