We hope you had a fantastic time ringing in the New Year! It’s about that time when we look back at 2013 to see where we’ve been and get excited about where we’re going in the new year. Let’s take a look back at the highlights of 2013 both in the water and on our blog.
Year 2013 in review at Maldives Dive Travel
This has been an exciting year for Maldives diving. In the spring, ScubaSpa Ying was added to the dive boat experiences offered by Maldives Dive Travel. Determined to dive but want to be pampered too? The combined onboard spa and dive facility make this the ultimate luxury diving experience or holiday for diver/non-diver couples.
Later in the year, MV Leo appeared on the scene, adding an element of luxury and comfort to the dive experience with an onboard jacuzzi. Tours designed for the best marine life sightings and Nitrox included in the package provide the ultimate all-round Maldives dive experience.
In the last part of the year we launched the Maldives story contest, which conjured up some great memories of Maldives experiences past. We accepted writing and photo/video submissions from past visitors to the Maldives in our “Magic Memories” competition. Prizes include a one week liveaboard package, a dive computer, a week stay in a guest house and an ABC set, offered to the top entries that are selected as winners. Speaking of winners, they will be announced very soon so watch this space!
On the blog
This year our blog has touched on many themes surrounding our favorite topic – the Maldives! In case you missed any of them on the blog this year, here are the tantalizing topics of 2013 with links to 3 specially selected posts for each theme:
Flora & fauna
We can’t talk about the Maldives without mentioning the marine life. It’s what many people come here for and what gives the country that extra dimension of tropical wonder. Don’t miss reading about hammerhead sharks and other elusive species that do a good job at staying hidden from plain sight. Whether it’s the depths, the sand or their own camouflage abilities that hide them away, divers will have to be very observant and patient to see them. There are also the weird and wonderful creatures to discover – the fish that seem alien and that we don’t learn about in any school classroom. So many sights to see under the water.
A paper scorpionfish doing what it does best – look weirdly like its surroundings in the Maldives. Resting on a coral formation at Bula Lohi Corner. Photo Neville Wootton, Flickr
Interdependence and interconnectedness can describe the environment of these isolated islands. People depend on the sea and the sea depends on them. Visitors also depend on their hosts for safety and for a great holiday. Read about reef building and the ways that liveaboards are taking responsibility for safety and their environmental impact. Within the marine environment bonds for survival are also strong. See just how close marine relationships can get.
Of course it wouldn’t be a dive company blog without posts about diving! There are many to browse through including a spotlight on night diving and a comparison of liveaboards – helping make the best liveboard choice. So many choices of liveaboards but also so many choices of dive spots; see what diver style suits which spots.
Diver meets whale shark. Peter, Norway, Contest entry
Complementary to diving
Divers can’t stay under water indefinitely, though many might wish they could. When coming up for air there are many other activities to do in the Maldives. There are also many regions to explore, like the outer atolls, where the crowds dissipate and visitors are surrounded by just the sea, sand, sun and a few local villages. Finally, while photo taking is a top activity for everyone, divers should concentrate on their underwater photography skills.
Each week we bring you to the Maldives through articles, photos and videos, not to mention some great deals including this one for Theia 14-night cruises. So, keep reading and stay in touch!
- Maldives Dive Rollercoaster – Magic Memories Contest Entry
- To the Maldives and Back Again – Magic Memories Contest Entry
- It’s the Relationships that Stick – Magic Memories Contest Entry
- Maldives Dive Travel Facebook Fans Reach 5,000
- Underwater Honeymoon – Magic Memories Contest Entry
- Magic Memories: Share your Maldives holiday stories and win (another!) island escape
- Join the Maldives Dive Travel Affiliate Program
- Couples Travel in Maldives – How to Decide Between Romance and a Dive Adventure