Coral-Growing Program an Added Attraction for snorkelers to Maldives Resort

(Dive Travel Business - August 20, 2014) -- A house reef complete with a dedicated shipwreck is one of the outstanding features at Centara Grand Island Beach Resort & Spa Maldives, enjoyed by snorkelers, divers and even the occasional underwater wedding party, and now the resort has embarked upon a program designed to rehabilitate parts of the reef that have stopped growing and promote the growth of new coral.

The program is part of Centara Grand Island’s energetic policy towards environmental conservation.

Surge in Chinese Arrivals Boosts Maldives Tourist Numbers

(Dive Travel Business - May 26, 2014) -- The Maldives witnessed a 6 percent growth in tourist arrivals in March helped by the steady increase in Chinese arrivals, latest data shows. A total of 105,560 guests visited the Maldives in March, according to the Maldives Monetary Authority's monthly economic review.

"The annual increase was due to the rise in the number of arrivals from China which offset the decline in arrivals from Europe," said the Central Bank's monthly update.

Explorer Ventures Liveaboard Fleet Introduces New Travel Product in the Maldives

(Dive Travel Business - May 16, 2014) -- Explorer Ventures Liveaboard Fleet has introduced a new product that provides added live-aboard travel benefits. The “Free & Easy” Travel Pass offers unique benefits like FREE airport lounge access, FREE night of accommodations and other perks taking the stress out of travel. Explorer Ventures will be offering the Free & Easy Travel Pass periodically throughout the year.

Luxury Scuba Diving at Reethi Rah, one of the Award-Winning One&Only Resorts

(Dive Travel Business News - Oct 3, 2013) -- Wondering where to send your best high-end customers for a unique dive vacation experience?  Try Reethi Rah in the Maldives. Reethi Rah is part of the One&Only hotel chain of just eight luxury resorts in exotic locations. It was recently named the best hotel company in the world by 79,000 respondents to CondeÌ Nast Traveler's annual Best Hotels poll.

Travel Advisory Updates for Maldives, Cambodia, Bali, Malaysia and Egypt.

(Dive Travel Business News - Sept 27, 2013) -- In addition to the Travel Advisories currently posted for Kenya (terrorism) and the Philippines (typhoons), additional advisories have been posted for the Maldives, Cambodia, Bali, Malaysia and Egypt.

Siren Fleet offers Expert-Guided Eco-Trips in 2014

(Dive Travel Business -- August 12, 2013) -- The Siren Fleet will be running a series of Reef Ecology, Marine ID & Conservation liveaboard safaris in a variety of destinations throughout 2014. Each will be hosted by a different marine biologist who are experts in their fields and who will provide a series of presentations to Siren Fleet guests.

Maldives Reef Survey Shows Signs of Recovery After Devastating El Nino.

(Dive Travel Business News - November 12, 2012) -- Project Aware Foundation -- Scientists have witnessed a “promising” recovery in the coral reefs around the Maldives, a recent survey has revealed. The results show that some reefs now have more live coral cover than before the catastrophic El Niño bleaching event in 1998, which killed 95 percent of the country’s reefs – a key attraction for foreign tourists.

Explorer Ventures Celebrates 25 Years.

(Dive Travel Business News - June 5, 2012) --To celebrate its landmark 25th anniversary, liveaboard fleet Explorer Ventures is offering several specials on its first and still-running Northeastern Caribbean itinerary  between St. Maarten, Saba and St. Kitts. 

Political Upheaval in Maldives has Tour Operators Seeking Alternatives.

(Dive Travel Business News - Feb 20, 2012) -- Recent political turmoil in the Maldives have triggered global tour operating companies to look into alternatives for their tourist clients.  The mutiny by sections of the country’s police on Feb 6, facilitated a coup d'etat and the ousting of elected President Mohamed Nasheed, causing international concern.

British Government Warns Against All but Essential Travel to Maldives Capital.

(Dive Travel Business News - February 9, 2010) -- A coup d'état in the Maldives on Tuesday February 7 has resulted in the removal of President Mohamed Nasheed.   The UK Foreign Commonwealth Office advises against all but essential travel to Male Island. There are political demonstrations in the capital Malé, which have resulted in violent clashes involving police, military and demonstrators.  There have been reports of unrest on other non-resort islands generally around municipal buildings such as police stations and courtrooms.

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