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DIVE INTO the Blues of Maldives

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Imagine coming up close and personal with a majestic manta ray, performing graceful underwater ballets. Watching sea turtles graze on seagrass in the lagoon, unbothered by your presence. Even better, a whale shark gliding peacefully through the crystal water, meters away from you.

In Maldives, anything is possible. The amazing underwater world, which put the Maldives on the world travel map in the first place, is an experience not to be missed. As befits a luxury, 5-star resort, the coral reefs offer some of the Maldives’ top dive and snorkeling sites.

Dive into the beautiful underwater realm that gives you endless opportunities to lay your eyes on the 5-star coral reef metropolis, buzzing with marine life. Novice snorkellers can admire the colourful marine life from the flat surface of the Indian Ocean, be it on the well protected and easily accessible house reef or by joining one of Prodivers’ several snorkelling excursions. Divers will know that the South Ari Atoll is home to the Maldives’ best diving and the islands of Ari Atoll offers an excellent jumping-off point for trying to find everything that’s on your Maldives bucket list.

The Maldivian Experienced Divers team will be pleased to show you around their stunning office and regardless of whether you have thousands of dives under your belt or you are a beginner, you will immediately realize that what lies on your doorstep in Maldives will be difficult to surpass anywhere in the world.

One of the biggest fascinations for those seeking scuba diving or snorkeling experiences in the Maldives, is the high likelihood of observing white sharks and manta rays. The Maldivian waters, and in particular Ari Atoll is home to one of the world’s most significant stocks of whale sharks and manta rays.

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MaldivesMaldives Awards

Tina, TUI’s Best tour guide World Wide from Kuredu Maldives

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Tina Zündorff is TUIs representative on Kuredu for the past 5 years. After their holidays, TUI guests receive a questionnaire from the company which they send back with their feedback. Last year for the first time, TUI compared all the forms that were collected from all over the world. The out come was that a single tour guide stood out from the rest and we are proud to say that Tina is TUI’s best tour guide in the world.

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When Tina was asked what her secret was, she replied;

“There is no secret, I think what is most important is to do everything with heart and soul. This feeling carries over to the guest. As the saying goes: W   hat goes around, comes around. “
She added “Remain true to oneself, always be authentic and never lose enthusiasm for the profession.”

We are very proud and lucky to have Tina on the resort. Always smiling and ready with a helping hand to anyone who needs it!

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Travel

MALDIVES – Indian Ocean’s Leading Beach Destination – World Travel Awards 2015

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Maldives with its fine white sandy beaches has been awarded as the Indian Ocean’s Leading Beach Destination in the 2015 World Travel Awards which was held at the Kempinski Seychelles Resort Baie Lazare.

Maldives is renowned for its white beaches all throughout the country. No beach is any shade darker than the colour we call “white”. Most of the beaches of these uniquely formed islands are fine sand beaches though you might come across coral pieces washed on the shore. This should come as no surprise as the Maldive islands are built on coral beds and have delicate eco-systems and a fragile environment.

The beaches of the Maldives have powdery white sand and clear turquoise lagoons and this fact brings many visitors to these beaches. Maldives is a one island one resort destination. One island is one resort.

Maldives consists of 1,192 coral islands grouped in a double chain of 26 atolls, along the north-south direction, spread over roughly 90,000 square kilometers, making this one of the worlds most dispersed countries.

Maldives is the lowest country in the world, with maximum and average natural ground levels of only 2.4 meters and 1.5 meters above sea level, respectively.

The enchanting beauty of these Maldivian beaches will always be a memorable experience. Tan, frolic and run under the sunny blue skies during the day and take a relaxing walk or have your party under the full moon sky. The white sandy beaches of the Maldives are breathtaking under the full moon sky. It is romantic, ethereal, silvery and full of enchantment. The different layers of the beaches of Fuvahmulah are awe-inspiring and just another story. Fuvahmulah lies right across the equator and is the only one island one atoll existing in the Maldives.

There may be wider and longer beaches all over the world but you cannot beat the Maldives for its fineness of the sand, the clear color of white, the privacy and access from your accommodation on any resort island. The Maldives beaches are the perfect choice for your tropical holiday.

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EnvironmentFuvahmulah

The most vulnerable island of sinking nation – Fuvahmulah

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Fuvahmulah is comparatively one of the largest islands in Maldives. Similarly, the environmental threats facing this island are comparatively large too. Recently, the troubles has taken a new twist with reports of severe erosion filling the big headlines in newspapers and with government officials having forced to answer questions relating to the huge devastation facing this island with a vibrant population of about 10,000.

Bandaara Kilhi, The clear water lake which is among the most clear in the Maldives.
Bandaara Kilhi, The clear water lake which is among the most clear in the Maldives.

No matter how critical the condition is, how urgent it is to make a start now, no real action is seen in progress as yet, but the usual spin and constant lies of relevant authorities.

These incidents did not start instantaneously. It was predicted much earlier and is now predicted to see worse circumstances in the coming days. During September 2007, a big portion of soil adjacent to the lagoon broke off from the mainland and collapsed into the sea from four different areas near the Bodu Fannu region of the island. The former island chief, answering to a reporter said that “if a solution was not found soon (for erosion) the island would be facing an environmental disaster”. It has been noticed that the overall speed of erosion recently has rapidly increased. A local news website reported the collapse of a 37 feet long portion into the lagoon this week itself. Now this is becoming alarmingly depressing. This not a political issue, but rather a moral issue, which deserves some serious attention. The question we need to ask our selves is what we as individuals can do? Are we going to stand with fingers crossed doing nothing till we drown into the middle of Indian ocean? Or else, are we ready to do stop further erosion? More specifically, are we going to wake up those ‘sleeping’ officials at relevant ministries before it’s too late? May be some would prefer to wait till the father of environment arrives with some sort of magic designed exclusively to stop our problem once and for all.

On 13th April 2008, a big crowd of youth from the island took matters into their hands when they gathered in front of the island office in protest of the widespread illegal theft of sand from the beautiful lagoons of the island. The group demanded for an immediate ban on taking sand from fuvahmulah Lagoons. They put forward a proposal outlined with 14 points that tells the island office how they could stop the illegal actions. Of course, what motivated these youths was not that some poor folks snatched a few bags of sand to finish that construction of that unfinished room, but what motivated them is the huge impact these actions has on the overall environment of an island they love so much.

Fuvahmulah Thundi, Peoples enjoying at the beaach

Recently, there seems to be much hype about the construction of seawall or seawalls near the affected areas. In April, Haveeru Daily reported that Environment ministry has tasked a private company named Riyan with doing detail designs on a possible seawall for Fuvahmulah. In reference to the environment ministry officials, the paper reported that the development of this seawall is divided into a number of phases. According to Riyan Pvt Ltd, they were to test on two types of seawalls, revetment and breakwater seawall, of which one type could be selected by the environment ministry to be built in the affected areas of fuvahmulah. The sound of this gives a relief to all of us. But do we know how far this has progressed now? Do we know for sure this is not yet another political gimmick?

Relating to the September collapses, the former island chief mentioned, “Erosion is already a huge problem for the island,” he said. “With the reef collapses it will only get worse. Already the original size of the island has changed due to erosion. We are constantly reporting such occurrences to the concerned authorities. Even recently a team from the Environment Ministry came here to carry out some research and published a report. But nothing has ever been done about it.

Some kids having fun at Fuvahmulah Thundi, Its amazing pebbles keep shining with the kids activities.
Some kids having fun at Fuvahmulah Thundi, Its amazing pebbles keep shining with the kids activities.

While I salute the courage of our youth and feel proud for their unwavering affection for this island, I detest the ignorance of the top officials at environment and atolls ministry, who are either lost daydreaming in their AC rooms or busy playing their part in the current political theatre. No matter what, one fact remains clear. If not resolved soon, we would see the disappearance of a major piece of land from the map of this nation, leading to the evacuation of an entire population, probably in the next few decades.

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