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Why You will Love Diving in the Maldives

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Maldives features some of the most exquisite marine environments on Earth. Laden with coral reefs and sandy atolls, there is every reason to go on a diving trip to the Maldives.

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Witnessing the underwater realm of this remote location is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

The fish species are diverse and coloured in every spectrum. Striped or spotted, there are also many other sea creatures to look out for.

Underwater sea life

The underwater ecology of the Maldives is tremendous. Host to manta, marble and eagle rays, the sea is alive with peaceful sharks of many kinds. Grey reef, nurse and whale are just a few of sharks types that Scuba Divers have the chance to see when diving in the Maldives.

On the seafloor, unique crustaceans and molluscs offer a spectacle of their own: colorful nudibranchs, crabs and shrimps can be spotted in every dive.

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For divers of any level, whether beginner or expert, it is possible to enjoy a holiday in Maldives from an underwater perspective that is second to none.

Liveaboard in the Maldives

Taking a liveaboard trip in the Maldives can fill the mind with beautiful images. Surrounded by quick-moving schools of fish, a feeling of awe is apparent as you immerse yourself in the turquoise waters.

From the north to the south of the atolls, a liveaboard itinerary can provide divers with convenience and comfortable luxury. Enjoy a relaxed trip among the best diving spot in the Maldives.

Your next destination

When booking a vacation in the Maldives, it is best to travel light, and arrange appropriate dive and travel insurance ahead of time. A valid passport is also required for entry into the country.

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Maldives is a popular dive destination and attracts Scuba Divers from all over the world. As remote as it may seem, its international airport connects with flights from Europe, US, and Asia on a regular basis. Domestic flights are also scheduled and are a reliable means of transferring divers to their next adventure.

This guest post has been writtent by Sandro LONARDI on http://divezone.net/blog/

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Ehsan Niroomand Joins Planet Scuba India As Dive Instructor

Ehsan Niroomand

Ehsan Niroomand has joined Planet Scuba India as a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor and Assistant Manager of the upcoming Mumbai dive center this month. Originally from Pune and a swimmer all his life, Ehsan has mastered many skills over the years. He was certified as a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor in Malaysia early this year. With 4 years of experience in the Dive Industry, Ehsan has dived in some of the best dive locations in the world, including Sipadan and Mabul Islands. He has more than 800 dives to his credit. His deepest dive has been 57 meters.

With a Bachelors of Arts in History and having dabbled with Hotel Management and Interior design, Scuba Diving was the only logical career choice for Ehsan ever since his father threw him in a lake when he was 6 months old. Directed by his sense of adventure and love for the ocean, he headed to the the pearly sands of the Perhentian Islands where he began his journey underwater. Ehsan has chosen to preach Scuba in India and is working on a platform that takes the intrepid few to exotic dive destinations worldwide.

His qualifications include:

  1. Open Water Scuba Instructor
  2. EFR Instructor
  3. Care for Children Instructor
  4. Enriched Air Instructor
  5. AWARE Coral Reef Conservation Specialty Instructor
  6. Project Aware Instructor
  7. Peak Performance Buoyancy Instructor

This appointment comes close at the heels of the appointment of Suzanne Coombs as the IDC Staff Instructor for Planet Scuba India’s Andaman Diving Academy. This bodes well for the aspiring dive enthusiasts in the country as they now have a chance to train under two of the most accomplished dive instructors in the industry.

Discover Scuba Diving @ Bangalore!

After missing out last weekend due to unforeseen circumstances, we are bringing the DSD sessions back this coming weekend. Bangalore can now continue to experience the thrill of diving underwater right here in town. The sessions start this Saturday, August 6, at the St. Josephs Indian high School pool at 10:00 AM, and bookings are now open! Check out the pretty little graphic below, and contact us for confirmation of your booking. Let’s go dive!

DSD Aug 6, 7, 2011

 

Upcoming Dive Trips, Meet & Greets

Well, this is certainly an exciting time here at Planet Scuba India!

Manta Rays at Hanifaru Bay

Manta Ray Feeding Frenzy @ Hanifaru Bay

We have two fantastic dive trips planned in August-September this year, and the response has been overwhelming! We announced a liveaboard trip to Maldives last month, starting from August 7, and within a month, all 22 seats were booked! So vehement was the response, that we were almost forced into planning a second liveaboard to Hanifaru Bay! The second trip is starting from the 22nd of August, and goes on till the 28th. Seats are still open for this trip and you can email Mark for more details like pricing and prerequisites. He’ll be more than happy to help you out with the planning of the trip.

Incidentally, this is the last time the Maldives government is allowing liveaboards and active diving in Hanifaru Bay for fear of the delicate balance being upset. It’s the feeding season for the Manta Rays and you don’t want to miss this feature!

Pigeon Island, Trincomalee

Pigeon island, Trincomalee

We also have a dive trip planned to Trincomalee, Sri Lanka, starting from the 30th of August. This is not a liveaboard, but rather an all expense paid 5-day dive trip to one of the most pristine dive spots in the world. Some of the world’s best wreck diving happens in these waters, and you get to be a part of this amazing experience. Again, Mark’s the guy for you to get in touch with for more information on this.

In other news, we are thrilled to play host to Mr. Hans Ullrich, the PADI regional manager South Asia, who  is visiting Bangalore this week! We are planning a meet & greet party for him, to give him a chance to meet and interact with divers and dive enthusiasts in the city. It’s a BYOB thing, and you are invited! Yes, you guessed it. Email Mark for more info!

Images Courtesy: National Geographic

Suzanne Michelle Coombs Appointed As IDC Staff Instructor

We are proud to announce that we have appointed Suzanne Michelle Coombs as the primary Staff Instructor for our dive centers in Bangalore and Andaman Islands. Suzy Coombs has the distinction of being one of the deepest woman divers in the world, when she dived to a depth of 500 feet (152.4 meters) off the coast of Sweden. This announcement comes as good news to all Indian dive enthusiasts, as they now have a chance to learn and train with one of the most accomplished divers in the world.

Suzy Coombs

Suzy Coombs, the new staff instructor at Planet Scuba India

Planet Scuba India Pvt Ltd has been providing scuba diving training and dive holidays around the world for the past three years. We are India’s first inland dive center based in Bangalore and we have expended our operations to Andaman Islands with the Andaman Diving Academy based in Port Blair.

Suzy Coombs started her diving as a BSAC diver (British Sub Aqua Club) in England when she was 18 and quickly became an Instructor with her local club. Her passion for diving led her to decide, at the age of 20, that she would like to dive outside the UK. She got involved in a research project in Tanzania where she had her first warm water dive.

Since then, she has converted to a PADI IDC Staff Instructor and DSAT Tec Trimix Instructor which allows her to teach new instructors and undertake technical dives. She has worked with several different dive centers in several different countries, mainly Egypt. She has moved to India to spread awareness about scuba diving in India, a country whose coastlines have the richest marine life and has yet to be explored.

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