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Special Itineraries 1; Manta, Whaleshark & Wrecks – North

May 30th, 2015 Comments off

Manta, Whaleshark & Wrecks – North (outward trip)

Join Emperor Atoll for these awesome special trips to the North of Maldives:

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Atolls Visited

These special itineraries have been chosen to run when the manta are most prolific between August and October.

Boarding your liveaboard in Male, you head north to begin your safari ending in Baa Atoll (Hanifaru Bay) where you catch a flight back to Male.

Your journey begins with wreck diving at Gaafaru Atoll, continuing on to the northern atolls of Lhaviyani and Noonu with an abundance of grey reef sharks, exciting channel diving, beautiful coral formations and pinnacles brimming with life.

Baa Atoll is home to Hanifaru Lagoon where you can snorkel with the manta and whalesharks that come to feed on the plankton in this shallow lagoon. Of course, sightings can’t be guaranteed but joining us at this time of year means your chances are really high! Baa Atoll is also home to many pinnacles, overhangs and alternative manta sites.

You can combine this itinerary with the Manta, Whaleshark & Reefs – South itinerary, which is the return trip but calling at different sites, making an exciting two week safari covering eight atolls. Contact us for details and prices.

Please note: This itinerary is at the Cruise Director’s discretion based on the weather and current conditions to ensure you get the most possible interactions with manta and whaleshark.

You don’t need a minimum number of dives but you should be comfortable with drift dives. Currents can be strong. All your diving is made from dhonis or zodiacs to give precise entry and exits points. Experienced divers can dive in a buddy pair unguided.

Summer Holidays 2010 in the Maldives

June 11th, 2010 Comments off

Summer Holidays 2010 Diving in the Maldives

Are you still undecided on what to do for your 2010 summer holidays?  Have you thought about a scuba diving holiday in the Maldives? A diving holiday in the Maldives is a great experience and is something that can be enjoyed by all the family.  There are several different ways to enjoy your 2010 summer holidays in the Maldives, but our favourite way is by taking a scuba diving safari on a liveaboard ship and exploring the many islands and atolls of the glorious Maldives.

Special Offers on 2010 Summer Holidays in the Maldives

There are several excellent summer holiday special offers available at the moment with Maldives Dive Travel.  These vary in price and style so there’s something to suit every taste and budget.   The following are our top 5 picks for 2010 summer holidays in the Maldives:

1. Hanifaru Bay on Theia – July 19-26

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Manta Ray Feeding Frenzy at Hanifaru Bay

Hanifaru Bay is home to one of the most spectacular natural phenomena in the world, especially when it comes to scuba diving attractions. The spectacular “Manta Ray Feeding Frenzy” can be seen here only during the months of July, August and September – and stunning liveaboard Theia can take you there at a great deal.

Book your space on Theia’s Hanifaru Bay Cruise for only $1,344 per person for a 7-night cruise.

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2010 Summer Holiday on Theia

2. Dream Catcher II Special Last Minute Deal – July 12 – 19

Dream Catcher II, one of the most luxurious liveaboards in the Maldives is offering a special last-minute deal where you pay for 6 nights and get the 7th night free for several dates throughout July.  This popular offer has sold quickly, but there are still some places available on the July 12th departure.  This cruise will visit some of the best dive sites in the Maldives and divers will hopefully experience some of the main attractions of Maldives diving - the whale shark and manta ray.

Book your space now on Dream Catcher II for just $1,295 including all diving and meals

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Summer Holidays 2010 on Dream Catcher II

3. Great Value Short Trip on Black Pearl – August 25 – 30

If you just want to take a short diving safari, perhaps in conjunction with a Maldives resort stay, you should consider this 5-night cruise on Black Pearl for just $840 per person, including all meals and diving.    The Black Pearl is a traditional-style Maldivian liveaboard but it also offers all the modern conveniences and creature comforts you need to ensure a safe and exciting diving safari in the Maldives.

Book your space on this Black Pearl safari for just $840 per person!

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Black Pearl Liveaboard Holidays

4. LAST MINUTE SPECIAL!!! HURRY!!! MV Orion Diving Adventure – June 23 – 30

This very last minute deal allows you to experience the magic of the South Male, North Male and Ari Atolls from the comfort of the stunning MV Orion liveaboard.  Divers will experience what has been referred to as “Business-Class Scuba Diving” as they cruise around these incredible atolls, stopping off at many of the finest dive sites in the world.  Expect manta rays, whale sharks, reef sharks, stunning coralscapes and pristine white sand beaches.  The Maldives is waiting for you!!!

Book your space on the 7-night MV Orion special for $1,197 per person!

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MV Orion Super Special Offer

Join the Maldives Dive Travel Affiliate Program

April 12th, 2010 Comments off

Become an Affiliate Today and Start Earning Great Commissions!

Maldives Dive Travel is the first provider of Maldives liveaboard holidays to offer an affiliate program.  By signing up as an affiliate, you can earn great commissions simply by placing banners or text links on your website or social media profiles.

How Does the Maldives Dive Travel Affiliate Program Work?

Becoming an affiliate for Maldives Dive Travel is completely free and it takes only a few minutes to sign up.  Simply visit our affiliate program web page, where you will be invited to join the program.  Once you have confirmed your account, you will be able to take numerous online tutorials that will tell you everything you could need to know about becoming a successful affiliate.

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Options for Maldives Dive Travel Affiliates

Once you are inside your affiliate program account, you will find a number of different options that you can use to promote our diving holidays.  Traditional options include putting text links or banners on your website.  Once you select a banner or text ad, you will see your specific affiliate code.  It’s this code that tells us the customer came to our site from yours, and that’s how we know when to pay you a commission.  There are other, less traditional options, such as the light boxes, that will add an eye-catching and stylish touch to your site.  There are also email templates, links for including on your social media profiles and so on.

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Maldives Dive Travel Affiliate Program Commissions

Commissions in the Maldives Dive Travel affiliate program are paid on a per sale basis.  When a customer comes to our website from your site and proceeds to make a purchase, your commission will be recognized as soon as the customer completes payment.  Affiliates are paid 8% of the value of the sale.  You must accrue $250.00 of commissions before receiving your first payment, and from then on, commissions will be paid once a month.

Who Can Be a Maldives Dive Travel Affiliate?

The great thing about the Maldives Dive Travel affiliate program is that ANYONE can join!  It’s ideal for people with a website about scuba diving, the Maldives or international travel, but it’s also a viable option for people who don’t have a website.  Perhaps you’re an avid scuba diver, and you have a lot of scuba friends on Facebook – you can put your affiliate links on Facebook or Twitter or any other social media profile, and we will see when customers come from your site.  Maybe you have a massive email address book, filled with people who love travel and scuba – send them an email using one of our email templates and all they have to do is visit the site via the link you provide.  There are many ways you can make money with our affiliate program, starting today, and it’s totally free to join, so you have nothing to lose!

Maldives Dive Travel is the first provider of Maldives liveaboard holidays to offer an affiliate program.  By signing up as an affiliate, you can earn great commissions simply by placing banners or text links on your website or social media profiles.

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5 Year Record for Tourist Arrivals in January

February 25th, 2010 Comments off

Despite the recent economic crisis, the Maldives tourist industry is going strong!

The Maldives President’s Office has reported that 67,478 tourists arrived in the Maldives during January 2010, making it the country’s strongest January in five years.

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Moosa Zameer, Head of Planning and Statistics for the Maldives Ministry of Tourism, said that January 2o1o was “the best [January] we have ever had.”

Tourists Arrive in the Maldives on Cruise Ships

Sim Mohamed from the Maldives Association of Tourism Industry (MATI), added that many of these tourists are “surface arrivals,” such as passengers on a cruise ship who arrive for a day or two.

Sim Mohamed noted that a number of services have begun bringing tourists regularly from India and Sri Lanka.

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Under normal circumstances, most tourists coming to the Maldives are at “the high end of the market – those who have the disposable income to go wherever they want to go,” he says.

Airlines and Resorts Have Cut Rates

However, in light of the recent economic crisis, many resorts and airlines have reduced their rates significantly, he explained, with some resorts cutting their rates up to 30-50 percent. More airlines opening their routes to the Maldives also means more competitive air fares. Get more information about flights to the Maldives here, like flights from Germany to the Maldives!

Because resorts are operating at lower rates, “there isn’t a significant rise in financial activity in Malé or even in other islands,” Sim said, but “it’s still a win for the government since they get bed rent.”

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Zameer believes that the rise in tourist arrivals is not only accredited to cheaper rates at resorts, but to all the “work in promotions carried out after the [economic] crisis at the end of 2008.” He believes both the private sector and the ministry have put a lot of work into promoting the Maldives as a tourist destination, even for those who are more budget conscious.

Shift in the Tourism Market in the Maldives

Traditionally, the key markets for tourism in Maldives have been the UK, Italy, Germany, France, Russia, China and Switzerland, according to MATI. But this trend has already seen a change this year.

Zameer says there has been a “shift in the market,” as European seasonal tourist numbers are dropping and the Chinese and Indian markets are emerging. Kuwaitis have also helped the market “enormously,” he says.

Zameer believes people are starting to realise this is the right time to travel, and they can “go to the destination they have been waiting to go to.”

Sim agrees “there has been a big rise in tourists coming from India. There is also a very sharp rise in Chinese arrivals after Chinese New Year, and there will be another one towards Easter, mostly Italians.”

He added that MATI is “feeling good vibes” from the market, especially from Germany and the UK.

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