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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: info@maldives.net.mv

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‘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.

Features:

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

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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.

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Baa Atoll, Maldives – A UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve

In Aqua,Atoll,Diving,Dreams,Gates Housings,Maldives Diving Scuba Manta Ray,Maldives Shaff Aqua Dreams Imaging Whale Shark Manta,Nauticam,Photography,Shark,Sharks,Underwater on August 7, 2011 by atollscuba

By Guy Stevens

Last month at the 40th anniversary of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation’s (UNESCO’s) ‘Man and the Biosphere Program’ in Dresden, Germany the entirety of Baa Atoll in the Republic of Maldives was declared a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve.  World Biosphere Reserves are places where conservation, research and development successfully interconnect. They integrate biological and cultural diversity, combining core protected areas with zones where sustainable development – and innovative approaches to it – are fostered, tested and developed by locals and enterprises alike.  Baa Atoll joins an illustrious list of international Biosphere Reserves including: The Galapagos Islands, Ayer’s Rock in Australia, the Pantanal wetlands of Brazil, the Niagara escarpment in Canada, the Sundarbans of India, and the Amboseli National Park in Kenya.

Critically Endangered Mountain Gorillas in the World Biosphere Reserve in the Volcans National Park, Rwanda

Baa Atoll is one of the Republic of Maldives’ 26 geographical atolls, covering an area of 1,200km² it contains some of the richest coral reef systems in the world, which literally and metaphorically support the local communities and a thriving tourism industry. UNESCO recognizes Baa Atoll’s “great potential for demonstrating sustainable development throughout the Maldives and the region, while relying on a green economy.”  The jewel in the biological crown of Baa Atoll is a tiny bay called Hanifaru, where seasonal gatherings of manta rays and whale sharks have made this site world famous in recent years, attracting hordes tourists from across the globe to immerse themselves in the tropical waters amongst a feeding frenzy of these gentle giants.

For the last five years the Save Our Seas Foundation (SOSF) and the Four Seasons Resort at Landaa Giraavaru in Baa Atoll have supported my research and conservation work through the Maldivian Manta Ray Project (MMRP).  I am therefore delighted at UNESCO’s announcement of World Biosphere Reserve status for Baa Atoll, especially as  Hanifaru is to become one of the reserves core protected areas.  This designation is the culmination of many years of hard work and planning by the Maldivian Government, whom I have been working closely with for the last four years, pushing for greater protection of this special site.

With Hanifaru declared an official Marine Protected Area (MPA) in 2009, and now with the implementation of a site specific management plan for this core protected area, the future for Hanifaru Bay and its visitors looks promising.  However, this ecologically and economically important site exemplifies the current trend across the entire Maldivian Archipelago, where nature and tourism struggles to find an equilibrium; as economic growth and development threatens to undermine the natural foundations upon which this coral island nation so intrinsically depends. It is therefore extremely important that these titles of protective intent are translated into real conservation on site.

In a world which is driven by economics, it is simply not enough to say to governments, or local communities, that you should protect a species, or its habitat, simply for its intrinsic or scientific value alone.  Unfortunately we live in a world where the majority of people just do not have that luxury of choice to care, or the education to overcome the ignorance which leads to a lack of empathy.  The reality is that nature must pay for itself in a tangible and direct way. Those entrusted with its protection should not only be obliged by law to protect, they must also have the will and the desire to do so.

Mass Feeding event at Hanifaru Bay; Baa Atoll UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve Core Protected Area

This philosophy is at the heart of UNESCO’s World Biosphere Program, which is why I am confident that Hanifaru will become a place where manta rays, tourism and the local communities can, and should, all benefit from its existence.  Where the road to sustainable management is a real and effective path upon which the conservation of our oceans, and its resources, can travel for the future benefit of all, forever.

About the Author: Guy Stevens is the Founding Director of Maldivian Manta Ray Project. Guy has worked for the Four Seasons Resorts in the Maldives since 2003 as their Senior Marine Biologist. At the heart of Guy’s research is the Maldivian Manta Ray Project which has been undertaking ground breaking research on these spectacular marine giants for the last 4 years. Please visit MMRP website for more information: www.maldivianmantas.com

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Underwater Housings for Atoll Scuba / Squid Media…

In Aqua,Atoll,Diving,Dreams,Gates Housings,Maldives Diving Scuba Manta Ray,Nauticam,Photography,Underwater on August 6, 2011 by atollscuba

Underwater  housings for  Atoll Scuba / Squid Media’s DSLR camera’s are supplied by Underwater Visions, the exclusive UK distributor of the Nauticam underwater housings. Housings for our video cameras are supplied by Gates Underwater Housings.

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Atoll Scuba!

In Aqua,Diving,Dreams,Gates Housings,Maldives,Maldives Diving Scuba Manta Ray,maldives diving scuba underwater fish marine sea india beauty,Uncategorized on August 6, 2011 by atollscuba

ADI is now known as Atoll Scuba. Atoll Scuba will be operating from Male’ as well as the brand new luxury liveaboard ‘Ark Venture’, which will be operational from October 2011. We will be providing world class diving to all divers from beginners till Technical divers. The underwater video and photography projects will still be handled and managed by Squid Media.  There will be a cameraman onboard the ‘Ark Venture’ 24/7 documenting the underwater beauty of the Maldives.

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Manta Rays of the Maldives – A presentation by Anne-Marie Kitchen-Wheeler

In Maldives Diving Scuba Manta Ray on March 11, 2010 by atollscuba


Anne-Marie has individually identified over 1800 mantas and estimate there may be as many as 25000 mantas throughout the Maldives. Her research on migration activity by mantas within the Maldives was presented to the American Elasmobranch Society Devil Ray Symposium in July 2008 which was the largest meeting of manta specialists ever held.

Manta ray is the new official common name for the species of manta we see in the Maldives. The bigger ones that occasionally pass through the Maldives are the Giant Mantas.
This presentation also features an explanation on how mantas evolved from sharks and how their anatomies compare.

Anne-Marie has individually identified over 1800 mantas and estimate there may be as many as 25000 mantas throughout the Maldives. Her research on migration activity by mantas within the Maldives was presented to the American Elasmobranch Society Devil Ray Symposium in July 2008 which was the largest meeting of manta specialists ever held.

Manta ray is the new official common name for the species of manta we see in the Maldives. The bigger ones that occasionally pass through the Maldives are the Giant Mantas.

This presentation also features an explanation on how mantas evolved from sharks and how their anatomies compare.

Location: Hiriyaa School, Maafannu
Date: 14 March 2010
Time: 2000 hrs – 2130 hrs

This event is organised by Maldives Science Society together with Aqua Dreams Imaging.