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‘Maldives: Colours of the Ocean’

In Aqua,Diving,Dreams,Maldives Diving Scuba Manta Ray,maldives diving scuba underwater fish marine sea india beauty,Nauticam,Photography,SCUBA,Shark,Sharks,Underwater on October 13, 2011 by atollscuba

‘Maldives: Colours of the Ocean’ is the first publication of Maldives Promotion House and it will be launched in a few weeks time. The authors are Mohamed Shafraz Naeem & Mohamed Shafraz Hafiz. This is a hard cover coffee table book of 122 pages & 99 breathtaking underwater photos by Mohamed Shafraz Naeem ‘Shaff’. It will be the perfect gift to show the colourful life beneath the Maldivian waters.

Maldives: Colours of the Ocean

To pre-order the book please contact:



Humpback Whales in Baa Atoll, Maldives

In Diving,Dreams,Gates Housings,Maldives,Nauticam,Photography,SCUBA,Underwater,Whales on August 23, 2011 by atollscuba

By Guy Stevens

The humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) is a species of baleen whale. One of the larger rorqual species, adults range in length from 12–16 metres (39–52 ft) and weigh approximately 36,000 kilograms (79,000 lb). The humpback has a distinctive body shape, with unusually long pectoral fins and a knobbly head. It is an acrobatic animal, often breaching and slapping the water. Males produce a complex song, which lasts for 10 to 20 minutes and is repeated for hours at a time. The purpose of the song is not yet clear, although it appears to have a role in mating.

Found in oceans and seas around the world, humpback whales typically migrate up to 25,000 kilometres (16,000 mi) each year. Humpbacks feed only in summer, in polar waters, and migrate to tropical or sub-tropical waters to breed and give birth in the winter. During the winter, humpbacks fast and live off their fat reserves. The species’ diet consists mostly of krill and small fish. Humpbacks have a diverse repertoire of feeding methods, including the bubble net feeding technique.

Like other large whales, the humpback was and is a target for the whaling industry. Due to over-hunting, its population fell by an estimated 90% before a whaling moratorium was introduced in 1966. Stocks have since partially recovered; however, entanglement in fishing gear, collisions with ships, and noise pollution also remain concerns. There are at least 80,000 humpback whales worldwide. Once hunted to the brink of extinction, humpbacks are now sought by whale-watchers, particularly off parts of AustraliaNew Zealand, South America, Canada, and the United States.

The population of Humpbacks in the Indian ocean is poorly studied and of the few animals which are sighted in the Maldives each year, researchers have no idea where they have travelled from. The humpbacks are most likely using the Maldivian atolls as a resting area, sheltered inside the safety of the atoll’s lagoon the whales are taking advantage of the calm waters to rest before beginning the next leg of    their epic journey. As mother whales and small calves are also sighted, it is possible the females are using the atolls as a birthing ground.

Like other marine animals, humpbacks can be individually identified by the unique patterns on the underside of their fluke (tail).  Scientists in the Indian ocean studying the humpbacks have created a database to see if they can find out where these wandering giants journey.  The current theory is that the Humpbacks that occur in the Maldives have ventured across the Indian ocean from the Arabian Sea.  The sighting of this humpback whale has been sent to whale researchers in the hope that they will find a match from another location in the world helping to unlock the mysteries of these amazing animals lives.


‘Black Diamond’ from Aqualung / Sea Quest

In Aqua,Diving,Dreams,Maldives,Maldives Diving Scuba Manta Ray,Nauticam,Photography,SCUBA,Underwater on August 20, 2011 by atollscuba

The Black Diamond BC is the do all, be all BC for the serious recreational diver. From Tec to Rec the Black Diamond will meet all of your demands and do it well. Designed to provide the comfort desired for daily diving and the features needed to take you over the edge, the Black Diamond is ideal for the diver who does it all.


Exclusive Sure Lock™ (patent pending) mechanical weight release system.

Rear-mounted non-releasable weight pouches hold a maximum of 10 lbs/4.5 kg of weight

Patented low-profile three dimensional air cell

Fully reinforced internal LDH plastic harness provides excellent support and load distribution.

Easy to use 2 inch (50mm) wide swivel buckles on shoulder improve fit and load support.

Self-adjusting Lumbar Support (SLS)

One large cargo pocket and two zippered security pockets

NEW! right shoulder pull dump

Vertically adjustable chest strap

Multi-set waist adjustment that also accommodates optional 12″ (30cm) waistband extensions

Rolled neoprene around the collar for added comfort

5 Large Stainless Steel D-Rings (4 on size small)

Over-molded carrying handle

Back pad lifts to expose double cylinder access holes

Contoured Backpack provides the needed stability even with the heaviest cylinders.

Patented Tank Traction System (TTS) ensures the tank is firmly attached to the BC

Two lower pull dumps allow for easy dumping of air if you prefer head first descents or when you are in the swimming position

Accessory attachment grommets allow for quick attachment of a Deep See knife directly to the BC

Webbing loops for optional crotch strap

Stainless Steel Jon line D-ring


You can order the ‘Black Diamond’ from the Authorized Aqualung dealer in the Maldives: Dive Gear


Reef Fishes of the Maldives

In Aqua,Diving,Dreams,Maldives,Nauticam,Photography,SCUBA,Shark,Sharks,Squidmedia,Underwater on August 9, 2011 by atollscuba

‘Reef Fishes of the Maldives’ is both an encyclopaedia and a love letter to the defining aspect of Maldive’s natural beauty, its reefs. Author Dr. Charles Anderson obviously loves what he has seen here, and he has collaborated with some of the biggest authorities on the Maldivian seas to craft a definitive work.

The intimate knowledge of the reefs shine through in the content. Broken down into 64 categories, the reef fishes of the Maldives are arranged in a display of some of the warmest underwater photography. The details are meticulous; information on average size, an idea of general behaviour, biology, rarity, and habitat are provided in addition to the anecdotes both historical and personal.

The text is bite-sized and easy to digest, making for an easy read. The uniformity of the structure and layout make the book ideal for carrying around to consult on the fly, while the integrity of the content ensures the volume’s status as reference material.

Ultimately Reef Fishes’s dual nature as both reference material and coffee table book make it easy to recommend. The text is informative and insightful, while the photos are taken with a familiarity, making one aware of the living, breathing nature of the world below the surface of Maldivian seas.


Maldives Finder 2011

In Aqua,Diving,Dreams,Gates Housings,Maldives,Maldives Diving Scuba Manta Ray,Nauticam,Photography,Shaff,Squidmedia,Underwater on August 9, 2011 by atollscuba

Maldives Finder 2011 is a first-of-its-kind comprehensive publication on the Maldives’ tourism industry. It is a celebration of the Maldives brand, and an informative guide to the destination. With academic and in-depth articles, the publication is a rich source of information on this unique tourism destination.

With vivid, award-wining illustrations and photos on the natural environment and the way of life of the people, it is also a coffee table book for aspiring holidaymakers to the Maldives and tour operators alike. As the official publication of the country’s only umbrella association of travel agents and tour operators, MATATO, it is also a vital inclusion into the marketing kit of products and services entrepreneurs in the industry.

Maldives Finder 2011 will be launched in time for the March Berlin ITB, and be a key publication for free circulation at every important travel, tourism and hospitality fair throughout the year.

Squid Media is keen on providing, through this unique international publication, a platform for Maldives’ tourism partners and complementary corporates to promote their products, service and interests.

Click on the image to view the online version


Maldives Promotion House…the online Maldivian travel lifestyle experience

In Aqua,Atoll,Diving,Dreams,Maldives,Photography,SCUBA,Underwater on August 8, 2011 by atollscuba is an online Maldivian travel lifestyle experience, updated to the minute, while guiding tourists to the paradise islands of Maldives. is officially the website of Maldives Promotion House Private Limited, a company operated in the purpose of promoting Maldives by assisting and inspiring travelers to explore Maldives in style. Our mission is to promote Maldives as the best destination on the earth.


Aqua Lung dive equipment for Atoll Scuba

In Aqua,Atoll,Diving,Dreams,Gates Housings,Ikelite,Maldives,Nauticam,Photography,SCUBA,Underwater on August 7, 2011 by atollscuba

Atoll Scuba will be using Aqua Lung dive equipment for the dive operation onboard the ‘Ark Venture’. Aqua Lung dealer in the Maldives, Dive Gear, has been very supportive to us in providing the equipments. They are also the dealers for Cressi, IST, Saekodive, Underwater Kinetics, Ikelite, Apeks and many more brands to the Maldives. Please visit their website at for more information.