Few places in the world can stand toe to toe with the Maldives when it comes to tropical marine environments, and this is especially true at the idyllic Constance Moofushi. Just metres from the beach you are faced with the most exceptional, vibrant coral reefs, bursting with almost impossible colours and an abundance of sea life that would rival any aquarium. But the reefs just off the beach are only the beginning… If you want to get the most out of your time in the water you have to take the plunge (literally!) and sign yourself up for a scuba dive.
I was unsure, possibly even apprehensive about diving but how often do you find yourself in the Maldives, surrounded by the best reefs in the world with nothing but time to burn? So, after building up a bit of courage, I headed over to the Bluetribe office to register my interest. The staff couldn’t have been friendlier or more helpful, and after a bit of a chat I decided to sign up for a 5 dive course to gain my PADI Open Water certification. Why do things by halves?!
The next morning it was time for my first dive at Constance Moofushi. I wandered over to the meeting point full of nervous energy but ready to go and after a safety briefing it was time to pull my wetsuit on and jump in. It’s hard to describe that first breath under water. I know I will certainly never forget that moment and after about 30 seconds I’m sure I was hooked on diving. The feeling of weightlessness and serenity are unlike anything I had ever experienced and I was immediately fascinated by this new underwater world.
Throughout the week I went on to complete my PADI and even study for my Advance Open Water. During a succession of 8 dives in 6 days I had the privilege of exploring some of the most pristine and awe inspiring natural seascapes that exist anywhere in the world. I gained memories that I will carry with me for the rest of my life and encountered animals that were almost mythical to me up to this point. Manta Rays which seem to almost fly through the water, shoals of Tuna stretching as far as the eye can see, Napoleon Fish, Mobula Rays, Barracuda, Clown Fish, Eagle Rays, Sting Rays, White Tip, Black Tip and Grey sharks, Moray Eels, Sea Turtles, the list goes on, and on, and on.
My advice – if you are ever lucky enough to find yourself in the Maldives, slap on a mask and a pair of fins and give it a go. If you’re feeling a bit unsure Moofushi even offers complimentary scuba intro sessions in the pool at 6PM every evening.
What have you got to lose?! Chances are you will have a new hobby for life and if you’ve dived elsewhere in the world before I promise you, you haven’t seen anything like the Maldives!
To visit Constance Moofushi make your enquiry here – or call me on 0203 846 7983