Couples Travel in Maldives – How to Decide Between Romance and a Dive Adventure

April 22nd, 2013

Dive safaris have not famously been synonymous with romance and luxury cruises. While the resorts and island beaches are known to hold the romantic side of things, the dive cruises seem to be for the avid divers who are thinking about diving first and romance later. So what about couples in which one dives and the other doesn’t and those that want to combine diving with a bit of relaxation and pampering?

Often a compromise has to be made for example, to go diving this trip and hit the resort next time. Then again, the elements could be combined by splitting vacation time between the resort and the dive boat. However, that could get expensive. Well, now couples can combine the best of both worlds – whether they’re divers or not. Not all dive holidays are made equal – which is perfect as it means you can find the right mix of diving and relaxing that suits you as a couple.
 

Combined Holidays: Luxury and Scuba Diving

 

New dive cruise options are popping up that offer views, spa treatments and fine dining, all from the comfort of the spacious dive boat. The biggest advantage for couples who don’t want to sacrifice any luxury or for couples in which one dives and the other doesn’t, is the combination of packages that cater to the individual.

Divers can choose the 12-dive per week Scuba Package while partners can choose a Scuba-Spa package or a Spa-only package. Certifications are required for Dive package guests, but those on the Spa package without certification can book a Discover Scuba Experience depending on availability. Just to make the decision even easier, there’s flexibility built in so that dives and spa treatments can even be exchanged between the couple if they’re on different packages. Nothing says luxury vacation more than the freedom to choose what you want to do, when you want to do it.

The cruiser, known as ScubaSpa Ying, offers additional relaxation activities for divers and non-divers alike, such as Yoga and Pilates classes and an on-board Jacuzzi and recliners. Whether you prefer sun or shade, there are areas around the deck to relax between dives or while the divers are out on a Scuba excursion.

 

scubaspa ying night view Couples Travel in Maldives   How to Decide Between Romance and a Dive Adventure

ScubaSpa Ying, Luxury by Day and by Night

 

The Essentials

 
It’s undeniable that the basic elements of a great romantic holiday are having ample personal space, a comfortable and calming place to sleep as well as delicious dining options. This was a top concern then the dive cruiser, Ying, was created. Not only do the suites and cabins have king-size double beds available, but all have ensuite facilities, storage space and individually controlled air-conditioning units, for absolute comfort.

As for the private views from the rooms, the Manta Suites and Dolphin Suites have both been designed to have direct ocean views with windows set right into the hull of the boat. The panoramic three-meter-wide windows of the aptly named Dolphin Suites will allow you to gaze at any dolphins that happen to pass by.

To keep your stomach happy and your body refreshed, there are several options for meals and snacks. Outside the full-board, main, buffet-style meals which are served each day, there are the Lagoon and Sea-Breeze lounge-bars that offer additional snacks and drinks, both inside and out. For the ultimate romantic dinner under the stars a private dinner can be booked on the Thai Deck, to make for a real special night.

Off the boat, a visit to a deserted island for a BBQ will hit the spot. Sand between your toes, the sound of waves against the shore, and a delicious grilled dinner – it’s an escape from your already-relaxing holiday getaway. Other non-dinner excursions are also included in the package. For full details check out the ship’s info page here.

 


 

Don’t Forget the Diving

 
Not to worry – in considering all of the luxury elements of a romantic cruise boat, the diving hasn’t been forgotten. In fact, arrangements have been made so that you can maximize your time diving and relaxing, and minimize your time preparing and maintaining your gear.

Each diver has a designated “dive point” for the duration of the trip, where gear is stored and where you can have space to suit up for the dives. In addition to wet and dry storage under your individual seat, there are, of course, areas for cleaning cameras and computers. The staff assists with the storage of gear between dives, so you need only assemble your dive gear once at the beginning of your trip. They even fill your tank in-situ.

Access to the water from the boat has been made easy with four access points around the vessel and a water level platform at the stern. For non-divers who want to get a glimpse at the marine marvels around the reefs, snorkelling equipment is included in all packages. This includes for dive packages so that divers that want some time on the surface can choose to do so as well.

As you can see, each element of the ScubaSpa Ying vessel and service offers the flexibility to provide the ultimate, balanced luxury-dive holiday. The needs of both a diver and non-diver have been carefully taken into account, with attention to the small details.

For couples who want to combine diving and a romantic holiday, this is the perfect choice. And to top it all off you can book your favorite package at a discount: Check out these limited-time introductory offers!

 

 

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