Memories for a Lifetime

Landa GiraavaruThe special relationship that photography has shared with tourism over the years is something to marvel at. One age old tradition of tourists which has remained over the years is the post trip ritual goes through of looking through and sharing their memories of the trip via photographs. Whether they are seasoned travellers who venture of to far distant lands or people who prefer to travel in groups this ritual has been persistent. In contrast to the olden days, going through the bulking photo album of their recent travels with friends and family has been replaced with the uploading of photos on social media. Though the medium has changed, the essence has remained. Photography has gone hand in hand with tourism since its beginning. It serves as a source of advertisement, memento and often as a guide to future travels.

With such a magical connection that photography has with tourism, we at Maldivian Traveller provide these travellers with an opportunity with those picture perfect moments. Our tours are customized to ensure travellers are able to experience those moments that are pictured and advertised. From tourists who wish to view the perfect sunset or the ones who years to put their feet in front of a crystal clear blue waters and enjoy life, Maldives Traveller is ready to guide you to those exact moments. Creating memories is what we do best and with an amazingly wide range of products, we are guaranteed that we would be able to find that perfect memorable experience for you.

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The Great Adventure: Fishermen’s Paradise

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Staring into the deep blue sea, watching the sun’s golden rays slowly dip into the horizon in front, you slowly start to wonder if you are going to get lucky at all today. The taunting of your friends grows ever louder with every minute that pass by. When all hope is almost lost, you feel that sharp tug and you know that finally the time has come for you.  Then comes the mental and physical game you have to play. Seconds pass and you are left to wonder if you have done enough. Slowly but surely it surfaces, the fruit of your labor. You finally caught that elusive fish. This is the intense and exciting adventure of fishing. A sport that is rooted in our genes and one that thrives in the Maldives.

Long regarded as a honeymooner’s paradise, the idyllic country is littered with amazingBaros_Sandbank-1793_(0) sandy beaches and crystal clear waters. However Maldives is not only perfect for sunbathing and taking a dip into the water, it is also one of the most brilliant destinations to go fishing in.

Fishing has been one of the staples in the Maldivian economy for centuries. Before tourism became the main industry of the Maldives in the 1970’s fishing was long regarded as the bloodline of the country.  Every morning at the crack of dawn, the men of the families could be seen setting of in their boats and when they returned with their catch, the womenfolk would be ready to help them in processing the fish. With such a rich history in fishing, it is not a surprise that the waters of the Maldives is such a gem for all kinds of fishing adventures

The Indian Ocean, the only ocean which reverses the currents with the season is a haven for all types of fish. For the big game fishermen, marlins, tuna’s, sailfish and the ever famous skipjacks are plenty and ready for the adventurous souls.  Whisk of in a speedboat to the best fishing areas with the latest fishing gears that could be hired from the resorts or diving school and immerse yourself in a day of excitement. Although the rules are less, it is important to know where the protected marine areas are and the best fishing spots are. Locals who have spent countless of days fishing near their atolls would be more than glad to guide you along the way. Expect to encounter a variety of fishes such as barracuda’s, wahoo and yellow fin tuna’s in these waters.

If you are looking for a more relaxed environment, reef fishing might be the best choice forNight Fishing photo precious maldives you. With a wide array of marine life such as red snappers, emperors, squirrelfish and much more swimming in the reefs below, it is sure to be a treat that you would not forget soon.   Night fishing would be best suited for such trips and it would leave you with memories that you would cherish for a life time.  Whether it is the thrill of the catch or just staring into the endless skies at the glittering skies of the night above you, night fishing in the traditional Dhoni’s of the Maldives should not be an experience to be missed.

Whether its big game fishing or an outing with family and friends with a barbeque on the sandy banks, roasting up your days catch; fishing in the Maldives is sure to be an exciting adventure unlike any other.

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Park Hyatt Hadahaa Maldives welcomes Resident Marine Biologist & Earth Check Coordinator: Ciara McCarten

Source: Maldives Promotion House

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A great deal of attention has been given to the protection and sustainability of the environment and Maldivian Resorts have taken extra steps to be at the forefront of this movement. In accordance with this, Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa has introduced Ciara McCarten as its new resident Marine Biologist & Earth Check Coordinator.

Ciara would be offering weekly workshops and courses to measure coral, identify marine life and estimate fish stock, which would help in educating guests, staff and even local islanders on how to preserve, protect and sustain the environment. In addition to this CiaraPark-Hyatt-Maldives-Hadahaa-Scuba-Diving would also be carrying out weekly reef fish surveys to support the Darwin Initiative and Marine Conservation Society UK ‘ Darwin Reef Fish Project”. Guests, staff and locals also have the opportunity to participate in the Darwin Reef Fish Project and assist Ciara with surveys of the health and biodiversity of the reef.

Ciara McCarten expressed that she was delighted and excited to be joining an organization such as Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa that has a strong commitment to the environment.  She is also thrilled to be working so close to an environment with high levels of biodiversity and believes that hiring her is a strong poof of the resorts conservation initiatives.

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Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa Pool SidePark Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa located 400 km south of the Ibrahim Nasir International Airport in the North Huvadhoo Atoll. The only property of Park Hyatt brand in Maldives, this amazing resort epitomizes what the Park Hyatt brand stands for: elegance, luxury and comfort.  The surrounding Hadahaa reef is said to be one of the healthiest reefs in the world with a wide array of marine life and topography of coral unlike any other.  There are over 125 endangered species including coral in the Hadahaa Reef. It is also home to several species of stingray and sharks and the endangered Hawksbill Turtles and Napoleon Wrasses.

Island SpaPark Hyatt is the first resort in the Maldives to follow the EarthCheck certification standards for construction and operations.  The resort also takes great initiative to minimize its effects on the earth’s environment by employing energy saving techniques, water conservation, solid waste management and community initiatives. 

Jumeirah Maldives launches “Low Miles” Menu

Jumeirah logoJumeirah Vittaveli and Jumeirah Dhevanafushi have started a special “low miles menu” in their respective restaurants. Unveiled in their luxurious restaurants of Azara and Samsara, this menu is designed to lessen the carbon footprint of the hotel while providing quality service.

In accordance to the brands on-going commitment to lessen its impact on the environment, the menu’s which were created by Jumeirah Maldives chefs are designed to provide a culinary experience with a conscience. Highlighting the impacts a restaurant could have on the environment, the chefs at the renowned restaurants created low miles menu out of genuine concern for its surrounding environment.

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This new initiative, based on the concept of responsible luxury, intends to make most of the local fresh ingredients available of its nearby surroundings.  While providing a distinctive and delicious traditional cuisine, the chefs are also able to ensure minimal air and sea miles are required to bring in the ingredients needed for the menu. This in turn would minimize the harmful greenhouse gas emissions released into the atmosphere during the transportation of the food.

The low miles menu compromises of a sustainable and delicious culinary experience with dishes such as Reef Fish Pappillote with vegetables, Coconut and Chili or Mild Yellow Fish Curry with Chapatti, Mango Chutney and Local Herb Salad. For desserts guests can tuck into to an authentic Maldivian Fruit Cocktail served with a Biscuit and also a Local Custard Cream or Friend Local Banana Fritters served with Island made Coconut Ice Cream. Jumeirah Vittaveli guests can also enjoy this amazing menu as part of destination dining with multiple setting such as a private romantic dinner at the beach or a celebration with a group of friends.

The Azara Restaurant of Jumeirah Dhevanafushi is a food lover’s heaven. International jumeirah-dhevanafushi-azara-03-hero-300x119cuisines are served among the brilliant backdrop of the Maldivian landscape. Feast for your hearts delight with the restaurants a la carte menu’s while enjoying the sophisticated beauty of the Maldivian beach.  Its sister restaurant Samsara in Jumeirah Vittaveli is equally impressive.  With views off the dazzling Indian Ocean, diners can indulge in an exciting mixture of Maldivian delicacies.  Impressive choices are available at this world class restaurant suitable for all types of food aficionados.

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Four Season Resorts Maldives Surfing Champions Trophy 2013 To Return This August

Source: Incentive Travel & Corporate Meetings UK            

Kuda Hura SurfingReturning for the 3rd time, the highly anticipated Four Seasons Resorts Maldives Surfing Champions Trophy 2013 is set to start from the 26th of august to 2nd September 2013. This internationally acclaimed event with a winning prize of USD 25,000 to the champion is set to feature six ex-world champions. The surfing competition which is recognized as the most luxurious surfing event in the world has three main divisions of surfboard: retro single-fins, twin-fins and contemporary triple-fin thrusters

This year’s event is also hyped due to the return of Australian surfing legend andSunrise Water Bungalow With Pool two-time world champion, Damien “Dooma” Hardman (Narrabeen, New South Wales, Austrailia). Hardman has admitted he was thrilled at the prospect of returning to the Four Season’s property of Kuda Hura not only for surfing but also due to its luxurious surrounding. He was quoted as commenting that his wife is as excited as him about returning to beautiful holiday destination.

This even is organized in conjunction with luxury surf pioneers Tropicsurf of Noosa, Asutrailia and will one again feature a domestic Four Seasons Maldives Four Seasons Explorer in the horizonTrophy. This showcase would feature local Maldivians battling it out for the national champion’s title with a prize money worth 25,000 MVR. Both of the Surfing Champions and Domestic Champion events competitors would be hosted aboard the luxury Four Seasons Explorer surf vessel. At night you can expect all of the competitors, judges and spectators to mingle about at the Kuda Huraa Four Seasons Resorts beach for cocktails and dinner.

Event Coordinator Mark Winson of Tropicsurf, commenting on the year’s competition was quoted as expecting this years event to be the best one yet. With a strong number of international competitors from all corners of the globe being assembled, it would be certainly a treat for all enthusiasts of the sport.

For those wishing to view this amazing treat it is possible to book a room at Kuda Huraa. With special packages on offer, this would be a once in a lifetime opportunity to rub shoulders with some of the legends in surfing while experiencing a brilliant holiday in the award winning resort Kuda Hura, voted number one in the Maldives by Conde Nast Traveller Readers Travel Awards 2012.

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Maldives well represented in the Seven Star Global Luxury Awards

Source: Seven Star Global Luxury Awards

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Continuing their good form in the awards ceremonies, Maldives resorts and the destination itself has been nominated for several awards in the most prestigious awards in the travel industry. Maldives has been nominated in the “Seven Star Destination Winner” category along with 21 other destination that include: Abu Dhabi, Austria, Bahamas, Barbados, Brazil, Dubai, Fiji , France, Greece, Hong Kong, Italy, Jamaica, Mauritius, Mexico, Peru, Seychelles, Singapore, South Korea, St Lucia, Turkey and Turks & Caicos.

The awards to be held at the Villa Padierna Palace Hotel, Marbella, Spain on the 28th of June 2013. Seven Star Global Luxury awards points out that only the pinnacle of luxury enters the its ranks and to be nominated by itself is a huge accomplishment in itself to the Maldives.  The Seven Star Global Luxury Awards recognizes extraordinary achievements in the Hospitality and lifestyle sector by bestowing the Signum Virtutis – the seal of excellence. With this consumers are guaranteed that the service providers are truly the best in their field.

In addition to being nominated in the destinations category, several resorts of the Maldives have also been nominated in the resorts and hotel category.  With over 22 nominees representing several of the most famous and luxurious properties in the Maldives, it is one of the most well represented destination in this country. Resorts that are nominated include: Ayada Maldives, Banyan Tree Maldives, Baros Maldives, Coco Palm Bodu Hithi, Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu, Cocp Palm Kuda Hithi, Conrad Maldives, Diamonds Thundufushi, Four Seasons Kuda Huraa Maldives, Kanuhura Maldives, Jumeirah Dhevanafushi, Jumeirah Vittaveli Maldives,  Lux* Maldives, Niyama , One and Only Reethi Rah Maldives, Park Hyatt, Shangri-la Villingili Resort & Spa, Sheraton Maldives, Soneva Gili, The Haven Paradise Island Resort, Vadoo and W Maldives.

The world famous spas of Maldives have also a good representation in the awards Seven Star Spa’s Nominations. Eight different spas of the country which include the famous LIME Spa of Huvafenfushi and the Ananatara Veli Spa are carrying the country’s flag high in this award ceremony.

Being nominated alone for an accolade of this nature indicates that the Maldives has been gaining popularity among its visitors and would serve as a guarantee to its visitors to quality of the resorts that are established in this beautiful country.

Atmosphere Kanifushi to open in November

Source: Breaking Travel News

The upcoming resort brand “Atmosphere” is set to launch its first property in theAtmosphere-Kanifushi-Maldiv-250x167 Maldives, Atmosphere Kanifushi Maldives in the beautiful holiday destination this November.

Kanifushi Island located in the Lhaviyani Atoll of the Maldives is only a short 30 minute sea plane ride away from the countries Ibrahim Nasir International Airport. Guests arriving to this new destination would be treated to a spectacular aerial show of the hundreds of islands below and the glistening bright blue sea enroute to the resort.

Atmosphere Kanifushi, which is to officially open its doors on the 1st of November 2013, is a five star resort that encompasses of over 2 kilometers of pristine white sandy beaches, a beautiful turquoise lagoon and a natural coral reef. The resort is to contain over 150 state of the art Sunset View villas, set among the lush green vegetation of the island. Providing seclusion and a direct access to the amazing beaches, Atmosphere Kanifushi promises exclusivity and luxury. The resort has a further three more categories of villas, all with open-air bathrooms, outdoor private areas, internet access and top of the line high tech amenities.

The other categories that Atmosphere Kanifushi is to introduce includes spacious Junior suites that contains an additional lounging area, family villas that interconnect to ensure that your loved ones are never too far away and finally magnificent Pool Villas with a large verandah and a plunge pool. The choices are abundant for all types, whether it be families looking for a good time or a honeymoon couple looking for the perfect start to their wedded life.

Atmosphere Kanifushi Maldives embraces the Atmosphere brand image of projecting a perfect balance of bliss, tranquility, fun and value. The leisure facilities to be opened in this wonderful resort include “Akiri Spa”, a PADI licensed dive center and international dining options to be served to the patrons of the resort.

This new venture by Atmosphere looks to be an exciting new addition to its already impressive list of destinations and is poised to be one of its most well rounded and popular destinations.

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