Maldives

Champion of Climate Action, Maldives Former President Remains Political Prisoner

(Blue Ocean Network.com - Aug 3, 2015) - Mohamed Nasheed, the first democratically-elected president of the Maldives, is an international champion of climate change action. Unfortunately, he is also a political prisoner, having been found guilty in a sham terrorism trial, and is set to serve a 13-year prison sentence. He is 47 right now and will be 60 when he gets out.

Shark Savers: Shark-based Eco-tourism Makes Dollars and Sense

(Blue Ocean Network - November 3, 2014) -- With over 400 species of sharks inhabiting almost every aquatic ecosystem, divers and wildlife enthusiast are enjoying and paying good money to view sharks in their natural habitats, says Non-profit marine organization, Shark Savers in an article posted to the Shark Savers website.

Coral-Growing Program an Added Attraction for snorkelers to Maldives Resort

(Blue Ocean Network.com - August 20, 2014) -- A house reef complete with a dedicated shipwreck is one of the outstanding features at Centara Grand Island Beach Resort & Spa Maldives, enjoyed by snorkelers, divers and even the occasional underwater wedding party, and now the resort has embarked upon a program designed to rehabilitate parts of the reef that have stopped growing and promote the growth of new coral.

The program is part of Centara Grand Island’s energetic policy towards environmental conservation.

Surge in Chinese Arrivals Boosts Maldives Tourist Numbers

(Blue Ocean Network.com - May 26, 2014) -- The Maldives witnessed a 6 percent growth in tourist arrivals in March helped by the steady increase in Chinese arrivals, latest data shows. A total of 105,560 guests visited the Maldives in March, according to the Maldives Monetary Authority's monthly economic review.

"The annual increase was due to the rise in the number of arrivals from China which offset the decline in arrivals from Europe," said the Central Bank's monthly update.

Explorer Ventures Liveaboard Fleet Introduces New Travel Product in the Maldives

(Blue Ocean Network.com - May 16, 2014) -- Explorer Ventures Liveaboard Fleet has introduced a new product that provides added live-aboard travel benefits. The “Free & Easy” Travel Pass offers unique benefits like FREE airport lounge access, FREE night of accommodations and other perks taking the stress out of travel. Explorer Ventures will be offering the Free & Easy Travel Pass periodically throughout the year.

Luxury Scuba Diving at Reethi Rah, one of the Award-Winning One&Only Resorts

(Blue Ocean Network - Oct 3, 2013) -- Wondering where to send your best high-end customers for a unique dive vacation experience?  Try Reethi Rah in the Maldives. Reethi Rah is part of the One&Only hotel chain of just eight luxury resorts in exotic locations. It was recently named the best hotel company in the world by 79,000 respondents to CondeÌ Nast Traveler's annual Best Hotels poll.

Travel Advisory Updates for Maldives, Cambodia, Bali, Malaysia and Egypt.

(Blue Ocean Network - Sept 27, 2013) -- In addition to the Travel Advisories currently posted for Kenya (terrorism) and the Philippines (typhoons), additional advisories have been posted for the Maldives, Cambodia, Bali, Malaysia and Egypt.

Siren Fleet offers Expert-Guided Eco-Trips in 2014

(Blue Ocean Network.com -- August 12, 2013) -- The Siren Fleet will be running a series of Reef Ecology, Marine ID & Conservation liveaboard safaris in a variety of destinations throughout 2014. Each will be hosted by a different marine biologist who are experts in their fields and who will provide a series of presentations to Siren Fleet guests.

Maldives Reef Survey Shows Signs of Recovery After Devastating El Nino.

(Blue Ocean Network - November 12, 2012) -- Project Aware Foundation -- Scientists have witnessed a “promising” recovery in the coral reefs around the Maldives, a recent survey has revealed. The results show that some reefs now have more live coral cover than before the catastrophic El Niño bleaching event in 1998, which killed 95 percent of the country’s reefs – a key attraction for foreign tourists.

Explorer Ventures Celebrates 25 Years.

(Blue Ocean Network - June 5, 2012) --To celebrate its landmark 25th anniversary, liveaboard fleet Explorer Ventures is offering several specials on its first and still-running Northeastern Caribbean itinerary  between St. Maarten, Saba and St. Kitts. 

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