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Check out Dive Worldwide’s early booking offer for Maldives resort

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DIVE WWPlan ahead for 2016 and make big savings at Medhufushi Island Resort. Time your holiday right to take advantage of the early booking offer and a free night.

This first class resort is the perfect place to unwind. As the only resort on the untouched atoll of Meemu, a world of undiscovered underwater beauty awaits. An abundant and varied marine life, exhibiting a profusion of psychedelic colours, has made the region a fascinating dive destination.

A Werner Lau dive centre is on-site for all your diving needs and is PADI, SSI and CMAS affiliated. It’s a perfect setting to learn to dive in the six metre deep lagoon. Daily boat dives operate to the 30 local sites on the atoll and day trips to the channels are offered throughout the week for more experienced divers.

Your underwater experience will include a variety of dive sites from coral bommies, to overhangs, wall diving and shallow reefs. Expect to see anything from nudibranch to manta rays in season. Turtles, rays, sharks, napoleon wrasse, tuna and barracuda are commonly seen on the sites in this secluded area of the Maldives.

Two of the most famous dive sites in the Maldives can be reached from here – ‘Mantas and More’ and ‘Shark’s Tongue’. Nitrox is complimentary for qualified divers.

The resort consists of 112 beach and water villas including private free-standing lagoon suites accessed exclusively by dhoni. The comfortable and private rooms are surrounded by lush tropical gardens, have a coconut thatch roof and Maldivian furnishing. Medhufushi also has a host of other activities available with a gymnasium and fresh water swimming pool as well as a range of water based activities to choose from, or take an island hopping or night fishing trip.

Good things always come in threes, so this is the perfect opportunity to add a liveaboard adventure to your itinerary. The MY Sheena liveaboard cruises the southern atolls from here each week, departing on a Sunday. Typically, the best months to discover the southern atolls are January to March, when shark encounters on the Huvadhoo atoll are second to none.

Book by 31st January and take advantage of these great offers:

  • Early booking offer (save 10%) – valid for stays from 01 November 2015 to 30 April 2016.
  • Stay for 7, pay for 6 nights offer – valid from 01 November to 23 December 2015 & 11 January to 30 April 2016.

Minimum stay 7-nights. Must book 45 days prior to arrival.

For more information visit Dive Worldwide at diveworldwide.com or call +44 (0)1962 302087.

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Photo Gallery: Dive Fest Barbados

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In our Gallery feature, we let the photos tell the story… Each Gallery showcases a selection of outstanding images on a chosen theme, taken by our Underwater Photography Editor Nick and Deputy Editor Caroline of Frogfish Photography. This time they reflect on their visits to the Caribbean Island of Barbados for the annual Dive Fest celebrations.


Dive Fest Barbados is a week of celebrating the marine life, diving and snorkeling this idyllic island has to offer. There are activities organised each day for all those that attend that include wreck diving, marine conservation, learning to dive, snorkeling and one an unusual dive for us – riding a submarine to the bottom of the Caribbean Sea! Dive Fest Barbados allows divers to get the very best out of a trip here, with plenty of diving, but also to sample the unique atmosphere, mouth-watering food and drink, stunning scenery and beautiful beaches.

For more images from Barbados and around the world, visit the Frogfish Photography website by clicking here.

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Video Series: The CCMI Reef Lectures – Part 4 (Watch Video)

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Introduced by Jeff Goodman

Never before since human beings have had major influence over our earths climate and environments, have we come to so close to the brink of global disaster for our seas and marine life. We need to act now if we are not going to crash headlong into irreversible scenarios.

A good start to this is understanding how the marine environment works and what it means to our own continued survival. We can only do this by listening and talking to those with the experience and knowledge to guide us in the right direction.

CCMI (Central Caribbean Marine Institute) are hosting an annual Reef Lecture series that is open to the general public and Scubaverse will be sharing those lectures over the coming months.


Part 4: Stop Whining! Life as an Ocean Ambassador; Ellen Cuylaerts

Ellen Cuylaerts shares her insights on how to act, practice what you preach and use your voice to contribute to constructive change. Ellen is a wildlife and underwater photographer and chooses to take images of subjects that are hard to encounter like harp seal pups, polar bears, orcas, beluga whales and sharks, to name a few. By telling the stories about their environment and the challenges they face, she raises awareness about the effect of climate change on arctic species, the cruel act of shark finning and keeping marine mammals in captivity.

During this seminar, Ellen will take you on a virtual trip and show you the stories behind the shots: how to get there, how to prepare, how to create the most chances to come home with a shot, and how to never give up!

Ellen Cuylaerts is an ocean advocate, underwater & wildlife photographer, explorer, and public speaker.


For more information about the CCMI click here.

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