Maldives 13 - 24 March 2022

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Maldives Southern Atolls 13 - 24 March 2022

Join Michael AW and Walter Bernadis for this Special Focused Sharks and Rays expedidition through thte idyllic southern atolls of the Maldives 

from $US 3885 per person  ( OG members recieve $US 200 discount)

Make your reservation now – 14 spots available 

Beneath the Indian Ocean is a huge ridge, inundated by numerous far-reaching fractures. The ridge splits into two long arms east of Madagascar. One arm snakes around Africa and links up with the Atlantic Ridge, while the other arm extends to the south of Australia and eventually links up with the East Pacific rise. Between East Africa and Western Australia, the midpoint of the Indian Ocean is the atolls of the Maldives. Lying at the tips of a great, submerged mountain range that stretches from the Lakshadweep Islands to the Chagos Islands, great migratory currents swish through the atolls, leaving behind waters rich in plankton

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Like an oasis in the Sahara, pelagics congregate at the atolls to feed and to procreate. Hammerheads, whale sharks, tunas, orcas, tiger sharks, silver tips, threshers, reef and oceanic mantas are frequent visitors to the far southern atolls of the Maldives. Tidal currents flushing through the channels bring a constant food source into the atolls, sustaining spectacular coral growth, which in turn supports a realm of reef fishes in extraordinary abundance.

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The reefs of Maldives are among nature’s underwater wonders where reef fishes thrive in astonishing abundance and density. Without the threat of spearguns, dynamite, and cyanide, reef fishes swim blithesomely among divers and snorkellers. Making pictures underwater in the Maldives is akin to shooting in the world’s largest aquarium teeming with fish life; many species are predictably found in enormous numbers. Not only is the profusion of fish life amazing, but also the predictability of seeing the same fishes at the same sites within soft corals in colours of the rainbow is the trademark of the Maldives underwater.

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The focus for our 2022 Maldives expedition is the shark diversity of the far southern atolls; 

 Addu: the most southern atoll. It is the tip of the archipelago, and it is less affected by the monsoonal tides and currents. March and April are the optimum months for interaction with whale sharks, and reef and oceanic mantas. 

Fuvahmulah consists of a single island – a rock situated in the middle of the deepest channel. This smallest atoll is a hotspot for the most diverse big shark action in the world: tigers, silver tips, oceanic whitetips, threshers, hammerheads, whale sharks, silkies and of course the usual suspects – white-tip, grey reefs and nurse sharks. 

Huvadhoo and Laamu boast of the best channel dives in the Maldives. As these atolls are hit by the massive flow of water coming from the deep, hundreds of reef sharks gather to feed at the entrance of channels. Expect to see oceanic black-tip/spinner sharks, silkies, whale sharks, bronze whalers, hammerheads, grey reefs and mantas. These two atolls harbour some of the remaining pristine coral colonies in the world. With the impending threat of rising sea temperatures, come see this natural heritage of our planet before it vanishes.

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As this is a special focus expedition, Walter Bernardis of African Watersports, aka shark whisperer, tiger shark tamer will be our expert leader for our shark dives. OG publisher/director, Michael AW, author of two books and two broadcast documentaries about the Maldives, has specially designed the itinerary of this expedition to show you the finest of the southern atolls. 

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The Expedition platform is the Duke of York, a state-of-the-art expedition liveaboard vessel. Exquisitely designed and furnished, the Duke of York offers a boutique style liveaboard diving experience. Palatial en-suite cabins are equipped with LCD TVs, and the spacious lounge is set up with wi-fi Internet, generous space for camera work, presentations and fine dining experiences.

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Diving support is on spacious dedicated dhohi;  three dives per day and nitrox are included.

Cost: US $3,685* plus GST, green and bed tax (12 days/ 11 nights/ full board – twin sharing) *OG current member price/ non-members add USD 200. Upper cabin adds USD 180 pp twin share. Domestic flights: Male – Addu and Laamu to Male not included. 13 March – ex Addu / 24 March-end Laamu.

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If you are ready to book please go to booking link

CLICK HERE to book your spot

NB. Booking is not confirmed until deposit is paid. Payment details for payment of deposit will be provided once booking is completed. Booking username and password is not the same as your OG username and password. If you are new trip client you can leave the existing client login blank and complete the booking . If you are an existing trip client please check with us first and we will let you know your trip client user ID and password which will enable you a much quicker booking process.

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Extension at SIX SENSES LAAMU Resort (from 24 March for 5 or 7 days)

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For those who wish to live the dream and explore more of the most pristine reefs of the Maldives, we have arranged for a generous accommodation and diving package extension at the eco-friendly yet luxurious in every way possible, Six Senses Laamu. Six Senses Laamu’s six bars and restaurants are set over the water. It is perhaps the only resort in the world that offers 48 flavours of homemade ice cream…for free! 

A Six Senses Water villa is 108 sq.m. over water, one king bed or two twin beds, lagoon view-face towards the turquoise lagoon of the islands, location proximity to the main island, private water garden, wireless internet access, outdoor relaxing platform with day beds, sun lounges and over-water netting, aquarium dining deck, and a sunken ocean view glass bathtub. IDD Telephone, Tea and coffee making facilities, Satellite TV, Bose entertainment system and iPod docking station, On-Call Butler service!

Special OG price from USD 2550 or 3550 twin share ½ board - water villa dive package. Check out https://www.sixsenses.com/en/resorts/laamu

Inclusions:

The above package rates are per person based on two people sharing a villa for 5 or 7 nights (or more)

Inclusive of 23.2 per cent GST and Service charge (per villa per night) and USD 6 Maldivian Green Tax (per person per night)

- - half-board Includes daily breakfast and dinner or full board Includes daily breakfast, lunch and dinner. (add $110/150)

- Includes all non-alcoholic beverages

- Complimentary laundry

- Dive package: Up to three guided dives a day

*Options for an upgrade to a water villa with a private pool or beach villa with pool

For details on prices and options and how to add to your expedition email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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