6-13th September 2020
The mighty Maldives - we just can't stay away, and why should we? Have you seen how amazing it is? We are SO excited to be releasing our 2nd Maldives GTS group after the huge success of this year's trip. If you watched a few months ago with envy then this is your chance to do the same trip! Yet again we are partnering with our friend's Insider Divers and calling the M/Y Blue Voyager our home for the week.
The location: Maldives
Maldives is a huge archipelago south of India that ranges amongst the most sought after holiday locations in the world. Grouped into 26 low atolls in the Indian Ocean, less than 300 of the islands are inhabited. Scuba diving is done at a leisurely drift pace as the Indian Monsoon Current sweeps along the island chains, moving nutrients and divers along. We've been scuba diving in the Maldives many times before - which is ultimately why we chose this as our next destination, we have the experience and we know what to expect; mantas, sharks and more sharks!
Tour - Best of Central Atolls
The diving in the Maldives is absolutely sublime; shark and manta ray sightings are very very likely as well as myriads of reef fish, morays, critters and the king of them all - the whaleshark!!
Diving with Manta rays and reef sharks in various cleaning stations will be one of our aims for this trip, including night dive with Manta Rays and Nurse Sharks on two special night dives unable to mimic anywhere else in the world!
This itinerary is subject to change, depending on weather.
North and South Male Atolls - Felidhu Atoll - Rasdhoo Atoll - Ari Atoll
Duration: 7 Nights
Number of dives: Up to 3 dives a day
In addition we have something very special planned - a three day added extension to the busiest Manta site in the world - Hanifaru bay.
The first blue o two fleet vessel in the Maldives, M/Y blue Voyager was built specifically for divers and originally sailed in the Red Sea. She underwent a major refurbishment in 2015 before relocating to the Maldives with further updates in the summer of 2016 and 2017. M/Y blue Voyager welcomes up to 26 divers on board with spacious modern comfort, providing the best Maldivian diving experience!
M/Y blue Voyager is a 37-metre, steel hulled vessel that boasts three roomy double cabins and ten twin cabins. She features an indoor dining area, a bar and sky lounge, as well as a Jacuzzi - yes, guys, we have a Jacuzzi on board! Would you expect anything less?
Optional add-on: Manta Heaven
If you've ever seen a picture full of manta rays - and sometimes a whale shark between them - it's a very good chance that it has been taken in Hanifaru Bay.
In the UNESCO world heritage site of Hanifaru Bay a natural phenomenon brings in Manta Rays in the hundreds. With the right tides water gets funnelled through the bay and concentrates plankton rich water - a rich bonanza for filter feeders like Manta Ray and Whalesharks. The best months for this are the late summer months all the way to November, so our trip is perfect. We will be releasing more info on the add-on soon.
The resort for our add-on
The GTS extras
A GTS group trip isn't just about the diving, it's about the experience, the new friendships, the laughs, and the education.
The trip will be hosted by pro-photographer Simon Lorenz and Girls That Scuba founder Sarah Richard. Simon will give several presentations on sharks and manta rays and teach underwater photography techniques for beginners as well as advanced photographers. Sarah will share her knowledge and insight on social media and creating the world's largest female dive community as well as talking about her newest venture A Waste Free World.
Price and information
6-13th September 20206-13th September 2020. Only 14 spaces, first come first served. Open to men and women. We have couple rooms (queen bed)
$2385 usd per person
Includes:7 nights on board on a shared basis, 3 meals a day, snacks and hot drinks, 3 dives a day and green tax
Excluded: Flights, park fees, alcohol, nitrox.
Deposit: $800 deposit is required to secure your spot, in case of your cancellation this deposit is not refundable unless we can find a replacement for your spot. Final payment will be three months before departure.
Flights: You need to arrive latest on the morning of the 6th September but safer is to arrive on the 5th - the boat cannot wait if you have delays due to international connections. Depart anytime on afternoon 13th September unless you are doing the extension in which case you want to plan your departure for the 16th September. Arriving and departing from Male Airport
Certification: We recommend Advanced Open Water with minimum 20 dives.
Includes: Accommodation at www.aveyla.com resort, manta ray tour(s) (snorkel) one day diving. Full board - 3 meals. Domestic flight included.
More info on the add on coming soon!