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Love Corals Week

May 28 to June 4

A small island paradise, the Maldives sea currents give life to some of the best coral reefs in the world. The 26 Atolls are home to around 5% of the earth's reefs and over a thousand species of aquatic life.

 

Together with our friends from Coral Mission, we invite you to explore the most mesmerizing and colorful Maldivian reefs, on an expedition that involves exploring, learning, and conservation of these wonders within our blue planet.

Alongside daily dives and explorations of these breathtaking seascapes, you'll also enjoy ocean talks from guest speakers, PADI specialty courses, and entertainment. You'll help us celebrate World Coral Reef Awareness Day, and leave having made a real impact in conserving our beautiful coral reefs.

Click here to learn more about Coral Mission efforts.

Overview

Best of Maldives itinerary: Male - Rasdhoo - N Ari - S Ari - Vaavu - Male (no domestic flight required).

Starting with some of the original dive locations discovered in this tropical paradise, you'll experience the classic 'must-dives' of the Male Atoll, famous for its unique reef systems.

This itinerary focuses on the colorful coral reefs, however, within this diverse marine ecosystem, it's virtually impossible to avoid megafauna encounters.

Moving to the North Ari Atoll, you'll experience a mix of pinnacle and channel dives, colorful macro life, and bigger pelagic fish.

In the South Ari Atoll, there's a high chance of encounters with mantas and whale sharks as they frequent the outer reefs of the Atoll.

A full day in Vaavu Atoll, offering unforgettable night diving and snorkeling excursions with nurse sharks and stingrays.

Rounding off the trip with the final dive of the week at Kandooma Thila, one of the most famous pinnacles of the whole archipelago.

On top of daily diving and snorkeling, this cruise will include:

Love Ocean Talks

Coral Talks: A deep dive into the complexity of coral reef habitats, with advice on how you can help conserve these vital ecosystems. You'll learn how to recognize various coral growth forms and practice identifying some of the most vibrant Maldivian species. The Coral Talks will cover the required theory section of your AWARE Coral Reef Conservation course.

Fish & Friends: A fish identification workshop so you can get to know the creatures you'll be swimming alongside. You'll discover fish surveying techniques and strategies for collecting valid data.

Green Fins Maldives Workshop: An interactive course for divers and snorkelers alike, following the Project AWARE Specialty course, fostering travelers into new ocean advocates. You'll be provided with advice on how to enjoy the wonders of the reefs within environmentally friendly guidelines

PADI AWARE Specialty courses

AWARE Coral Reef Conservation: This course will help you appreciate the complexity of vibrant coral reef habitats and learn how you can help with the conservation of these vital ecosystems. The two water sessions of the course were designed for both divers and snorkelers. There are no prerequisites or age restrictions, all you need to get started is a keen interest in the aquatic world.

AWARE Fish identification: In this course, you'll learn to identify unique fish and understand their characteristics. Not only does this mean you'll enjoy your dives more through recognizing the creatures you come across, next time you hear someone ask 'what's that fish?' you'll be the person with the answer. You'll practice what you've learned during two course dives. (To gain this PADI Specialty Certification you must be at least 10 years old and certified as min. Junior Open Water Diver)

AWARE Dive Against Debris: If you want to make a difference on every dive you make, this course is for you. In this course, you'll begin learning about the widespread problem of marine debris, and you'll leave with the knowledge and skills to help tackle it. You'll be able to protect our blue planet through both clearing local dive sites of trash, and also completing crucial Dive Against Debris surveys. After the clean-up dive we will weight, sort and record our findings so you can submit your first survey results to Project AWARE. (To gain this PADI Specialty Certification you must be at least 12 years old and certified as min. Junior Open Water Diver)

Project AWARE: In this interactive workshop you will learn how to channel your passion for diving into protecting the dive sites you love the most. This course will provide simple diving ethics to live by,and how you can make a difference when traveling, diving, taking photos, and more. This course only requires a keenness to learn.

Movie nights

If you're looking to recharge and unwind whilst still reveling in the magic of these underwater ecosystems, join us at the spa deck to learn more about the reefs, and what we can do to protect them.

From the Netflix classic 'Chasing Coral', where divers, photographers, and scientists set out on an ocean adventure to discover why the reefs are disappearing and to reveal the underwater mystery to the world. To 'Can we save our Reef?' an epic story of international scientists racing to understand our greatest natural wonder, and employ strategies to save it.

Other events

See what you've learned over the week by taking part in our Coral Trivia Quiz, or if quizzes aren't your thing, enter our Coral Patterns Macro UW Photography Contest, where you'll compete and compare at capturing the Maldivian coral reefs in all their beauty. There are prizes, of course.

If you're ready to take the plunge and not only immerse yourself in these colorful, underwater playgrounds, but also leave having made a lasting impact on coral reef conservation, we can't wait to welcome you on board.

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