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Regaldive’s marvellous Maldives – perfect for liveaboard and land-based getaways

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One of Regaldive’s most popular diving destinations, the Maldives is a picture-postcard paradise. Above water, stunningly beautiful white sand beaches complement the exhilarating underwater realm that offers some of the finest diving to be found anywhere in the world. Adrenaline-charged drifts, amazing quantities of colourful fish and chance encounters with pelagics – mantas, whale sharks and many shark species – are the order of the day here. With the island nation of the Maldives covering some 35,000 square miles of the Indian Ocean, it’s the ideal place for divers to explore.

Atolls, Reefs, Kandus and Thilas

The Maldives boasts an incredible number of dive sites. With the development of previously inaccessible areas, new dive sites are being established in atolls ranging from Huvadhoo in the south, to Haa Alifu in the North.

The diverse nature of dive sites in the Maldives makes it suitable for divers of all experience levels. Within each atoll, there are sheltered reefs that are suitable for less experienced divers. By contrast, experienced divers will enjoy some of the best drift dives in the world. Channels into the atolls generate fast tidal flows, which in turn attract many of the pelagics for which the Maldives are renowned.

Photo: Maldives Tourist Board

Maldives Liveaboards to Suit All Budgets

Joining a liveaboard really does give you the flexibility to experience Maldives diving at its best. Here, the diving is completely defined by currents. Liveaboard itineraries are designed to take advantage of seasonal fluctuations to take in the sites that offer the best diving at that moment in time. Add to this the fact that you can visit a number of different atolls on a single itinerary, some with little or no tourism development, and you can see why a liveaboard option is a great choice for divers who are mostly interested in diving… and diving only.

Regaldive offer a choice of liveaboard vessels in the Maldives, catering to a diverse range of budgets and diving needs. Whether you are thinking of a luxury boat with plenty of space and all of the mod-cons, or if you would prefer a ‘basic’ standard, budget friendly liveaboard, or perhaps something in-between, Regaldive have an option to suit you.

Regaldive’s most popular liveaboards include: Emperor Serenity, Emperor Voyager, Emperor Atoll, Carpe Diem, Amba and Ari Queen.

Land-based Maldives Options

If you are looking for a land-based Maldives dive trip, Regaldive have a wide selection for you. Divers can enjoy a true diving getaway, combined with the charm of an authentic Maldivian experience. So, if you are looking for elegant accommodation in a beautiful setting, or a small, low-key resort offering good value, or perhaps something between the two, Regaldive have plenty of suitable choices in their programme.

Some of Regaldive’s Maldives resorts have been likened to a ‘liveaboard on dry land’. Every island in the Regaldive programme provides an excellent and varied range of boat dives.

If you care to picture world class diving, combined with fine house reefs, beautiful lagoons, lovely beaches, shady palm trees and a laid back atmosphere, you will be well on the way to designing your ideal land-based Maldives holiday.

Photo: Maldives Tourist Board

Regaldive offer a wide range of land-based and liveaboard trips to the Maldives. Resorts in their programme include the Islands of: Vilamendhoo, Eriyadu, Reethi Beach, Ellaidhoo, Medhufushi, Mathiveri and Dhigurah.

To find out more, call the Regaldive team on 01353 659999, or visit: Diving in the Maldives.

John, Sales Manager for UK-based tour operator Diverse Travel, learnt to dive in 2002 and was instantly hooked. Most of his travel now revolves around diving having travelled abroad to dive over 40 times since learning including 18 times to the Red Sea. John says that although every dive trip has its special moments, sharks do feature quite highly on his wish list and is lucky enough to have had close encounters with nearly thirty shark species. Diverse Travel has been organising diving holidays for over five years and the team has over 40 years’ combined experience. Diverse Travel offers liveaboards and resort-based holidays in over 20 worldwide destinations. Find out more at www.diversetravel.co.uk.

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PADI Recognises EMEA Members with New Professional Development Excellence Award

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PADI® (Professional Association of Diving Instructors®) has recently launched their new Professional Development Excellence Award in EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa), celebrating PADI Five Star Instructor Development Centers (IDC)  that are championing creating more PADI Professionals, at all levels, during the previous calendar year.

“While becoming a PADI Five Star IDC Center is a prized accreditation amongst members, this exclusive rating comes with the responsibility of training the next generation of divers to become PADI Instructors,” explains Dave Murray, Managing Director for PADI EMEA.

“PADI’s commitment to a continuing education philosophy encourages divers to realise their dreams of a career as a PADI Pro, teaching others to do what they love – to scuba dive. This new recognition award distinguishes productive PADI Five Star IDC stores for the time and effort they dedicate to marketing and conducting the professional training needed to grow the scuba diving industry.”

PADI’s EMEA Professional Development Excellence Award recognises members for reaching specific milestones based on the number of PADI Pro certifications they issue annually. It also provides an extra layer of credentials in their “Pro Development Status” to potential Divemaster and IDC candidates, along with any other prospective Pro-level customers and prospective employees.

The first awards were distributed earlier this year, with 12 PADI Five Star IDC Centers receiving the Platinum Award. This means that they have issued a minimum of 100 PADI Professional certifications from Divemaster to IDC Staff Instructor, which include 30 Core Professional certifications and 70 Continuing Education Instructor level certifications.

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The 2025 PADI EMEA Professional Development Excellence Award is already underway and renewed PADI EMEA Five Star IDC Dive Centers and Resorts are automatically eligible. Stores that reach the recognition levels during 2024 will receive their award in the first quarter of 2025.

For more information about the award and to see the full list of award recipients visit here.

About PADI 

PADI® (Professional Association of Diving Instructors®) is the largest purpose-driven diving organization with a global network of 6,600 dive centers and resorts, 128,000 professional members, and more than 30 million certified divers to date. Committed to our blue planet, PADI makes the wonder of the underwater world accessible to all, empowering people around the world to experience, explore and take meaningful action, as Ocean TorchbearersTM, to protect the world beneath the surface. For over 50 years, PADI is undeniably The Way the World Learns to Dive®, setting the standard for the highest quality dive training, underwater safety and conservation initiatives while evolving the sport of diving into a passionate lifestyle. For divers by divers, PADI is obsessed with transforming lives and, with its global foundation, PADI AWARETM, creating positive ocean change. Seek Adventure. Save the Ocean.SM  www.padi.com

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Introduce family to the wonder of the oceans with new family weeks from Regaldive

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Regal Dive, the diving holiday specialist, is offering Learn to Dive and Family Weeks this summer to encourage divers and those new to the sport to spend some time in the water together, learning and developing their diving skills. There are multiple itineraries on offer providing affordable diving certification, including a range of liveaboard trips which are designed to be inclusive – so that even those who would prefer to simply snorkel are still guaranteed a good time.

ITINERARIES IN THE MALDIVES:

MV Keana: Family Week, perfect for snorkellers, beginners and children.

Spend 10 nights in a Maldivian paradise exploring warm turquoise waters for exciting marine life and beautiful corals, all with a highly experienced diving team on hand. The MV Keana takes guests on an adventure around the remote atolls, home to manta rays, sharks, turtles, dolphins and whale sharks. The vessel accommodates up to 18 guests in comfortable upper deck cabins and features an outdoor bar and dining areaThere is a sundeck to soak in the views of the ocean and pristine white beaches of the surrounding islands.

Price: A 10-night trip on MV Keana costs £3,015 per adult, with children under 11 costing £2,735, including flights, departing 8 August 2024.

AMBA: Liveaboard Diving Beginner’s Tour, Family fun between Male and Vaavu Atoll

Take advantage of a variety of courses and family rates on this week-long beginner’s tour. Guests will complete a diving theory course prior to embarking on AMBA, allowing for the possibility to complete up to four courses whilst aboard, including the Open Water certification. Once certified, guests can explore the Vaavu Atoll, which has the thrilling possibility of shark encounters. More experienced divers can hop aboard the Dhoni to access some of the area’s more challenging dive sites.

Price: A 7-night trip on AMBA costs from £2,400 per adult, with children 11 and under costing £2,210. This price includes flights. Departing 13 August 2024.

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DIVING RESORTS IN THE PHILIPPINES:

Atlantis Puerto Galera & Atlantis Dumaguete Family Weeks

The Atlantis Dive Resorts is offering a range of exceptional deals for family groups this summer. The Family Week special offers include free stays, free meals, free diving places for children (one free child per paying adult). Puerto Galera Resort, in a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, offers accessible diving, diverse coral reefs and exotic marine life. Dumaguete, in the Visayas region, is home to a diverse range of macro species, including ghost pipefish, flamboyant cuttlefish, and various seahorses and octopuses. The resort also grants access to the Dauin Marine Sanctuaries and Apo Island – one of the finest diving destinations in the Philippines. Both hotels are situated in stunning beach-front locations with tropical landscaped gardens and thatched-roof bungalows.

Price: A 7-night stay Atlantis Puerto Galera costs £3,593 per adult and £1,375 per teen, including flights. A 7-night stay at Atlantis Dumaguete costs £3,895 per adult and £1,475 per teen, including flights.

Family week deals at the Atlantis Dive Resorts are available on selected dates in July, August, November and December 2024.

For more information visit www.regal-diving.co.uk.

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