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Six Senses Laamu to launch Aqua Season 2014



Six Senses Laamu – Six Senses Laamu has announced its second Aqua Season from May 1 to October 31. The season features a series of aqua-focused events including the celebration of International Surfing Day, the yearly turtle nesting and hatching, the popular ‘Maldivian by the Sea’ culinary experience plus Aquafitness. To further enhance these events, the resort will once again be welcoming a number of environmental specialists who will engage with guests and hosts to help increase awareness of the importance of conserving our seas.

The resort’s General Manager Marteyne van Well said, “The Laamu Atoll’s natural environment depends on responsible actions and committed efforts of everybody concerned. Six Senses Laamu has invested in the conservation of this fragile ecosystem and the protection of vulnerable marine species by developing, amongst other things, sustainable marine-related guest activities. Improving sustainability methods are but a small yet important step in building a strong foundation of this national heritage region and its resources.”

Surfing Season at Six Senses Laamu – Surfing Season runs from April to October. ‘Off the hook’ waters would be from May to September. The Yin Yang, one of the most famous surf breaks in the Maldives, breaks on the outer reef of the local island, Hithadhoo, which is only a small distance from the resort. Daily trips can be organized and being the only resort in the atoll, surfer guests often enjoy the luxury of having the waves all to themselves.

International Surfing Day – Every year, around the summer solstice of June 21, the resort commemorates International Surfing Day. It is a day in celebration of surfing and a special opportunity for all to applaud nature for providing us with such a magical environment. 

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Turtle Nesting and Hatching Season – Between March and July, female Green Turtles return to the beaches of Six Senses Laamu where they were born and lay their eggs. Between May and September, approximately two months after nesting, the first hatchlings start their big and dangerous venture out into the vast ocean. The resort’s Resident Marine Biologist Rachel Lambert, together with a team of guests and hosts are on call 24 hours every day to monitor and witness this unique experience. With the aim to increase awareness and further education, Rachel will also conduct a series of weekly presentations during this special period.

Aquafitness – From July 5 to  July 18 the resort welcomes Aquafit specialist Nancy Durrenberger. Nancy will be conducting a series of fun water-based fitness classes for guests. These will include Aquafit, a combination of deep-water jogging and gymnastic exercise, aqua jogging and aqua power. On July 12, guests are welcome to join her in a full moon aqua yoga session in order to de-stress and relax, feeling their weightlessness while floating on the water under the magnificent full moon.

The Manta Trust – For four months during Aqua Season, a team of The Manta Trust will be on site at Six Senses Laamu undertaking research and helping raise awareness and understanding of the importance of these majestic animals. During their stay, guests will have many opportunities to interact with, and learn from the team as they conduct their research. Special experiences that are offered include diving with the researchers on the resort’s own Manta Point dive site, learning how manta ID’s are established, attending the team’s special evening presentations and becoming a researcher for the day.

Maldivian by the Sea – Guests are invited to introduce themselves to the Maldivian culture through the original local cuisine. The resort’s chefs will create traditional Maldivian dishes with fresh ingredients from the organic garden and local fishermen who supply Six Senses with their best catches! The dinners will be served in the Deck-a-dence, six sunken glass-bottom tables set above the Indian Ocean.


Umair Badheeu sets new, national freediving record at AIDA Philippines National Championship



Maldivian freediver Umair Badheeu has achieved a new national record with a dive to a depth of 62 meters in the bi-fin category. His accomplishment was made possible with the support of Kaimoo Resorts and Hotels, a key sponsor and advocate for Umair’s pursuit of excellence in freediving.

Competing among 14 international participants, Umair’s performance not only secured a new national record but also surpassed his previous bi-fin category record of 60 meters by a margin of two meters.

Reflecting on the challenges of transitioning from his training in Egypt to competing in the Philippines, Umair said: “Adapting to reduced buoyancy due to warmer waters and encountering jellyfish were part of the new environment.”

This marks the third national record Umair has achieved. He previously set two national records of 62 and 64 meters in the free immersion category of free diving at the Andrea Zuccari World Cup held in Sharm El Sheikh in Egypt in October. Free immersion freediving is a discipline that requires divers to descend and ascend pulling a rope.

Umair’s switch from training in free immersion in Egypt to the bi-fin category for this tournament demonstrated his adaptability: “It felt like shifting gears, utilising distinct techniques, and returning to a more familiar discipline. This dive marks a confident depth for me, focusing not just on depth but also on refining dive times for a more enjoyable experience,” he remarked.

“Kaimoo’s support has been instrumental, offering me the freedom to train. This support has allowed me to focus on honing my skills and achieving new heights in my freediving,” Umair added.

“Umair’s third record-breaking dive this year is a testament to his exceptional skill and determination. Kaimoo is thrilled to continue supporting Umair’s journey in the world of freediving. His achievements inspire us, and we congratulate him on this impressive feat, looking for-ward to his continued success,” said Mohamed Manih Ahmed, Kaimoo’s Managing Director.

With this record-breaking achievement, Umair now looks forward to a period of rest before gearing up for the upcoming freediving season.

Kaimoo Resorts and Hotels is a leading tourism company in the Maldives that manages five properties across the country. In addition to Embudu Village and Summer Island Maldives, Kaimoo also operates Equator Village in Addu Atoll, and the Mookai Hotel and Mookai Suites in Male’.

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Kuramathi Maldives and Rasdhoo Divers dive into adventure with speciality courses



Kuramathi Maldives, in collaboration with Rasdhoo Divers, is elevating the underwater experience by offering a captivating range of Dive Speciality Courses, tailored for both novices and seasoned divers alike. These courses go beyond the ordinary, immersing participants in topics such as Perfect Buoyancy, Wave, Tides and Currents, Turtle Ecology, Manta Ecology, Marine Ecology, Deep Diver Speciality, and Enriched Air Nitrox Speciality.

Perfect Buoyancy: Master the art of achieving and maintaining perfect buoyancy underwater, ensuring a seamless and enjoyable diving experience.

Wave, Tides, and Currents: Dive enthusiasts can now confidently navigate ocean dynamics, enhancing their skills in diverse underwater conditions.

Turtle Ecology: Gain insights into the captivating world of sea turtles, understanding their behavior, and contributing to their conservation.

Manta Ecology: Delve into the mysterious realm of majestic mantas, exploring their habitat, behavior, and the crucial role they play in marine ecosystems.

Marine Ecology: Discover the delicate balance of marine ecosystems and learn how divers can contribute to their preservation through responsible and sustainable practices.

Deep Diver Speciality: Embark on a thrilling adventure below 18 meters, gaining advanced skills for deep-sea exploration and mastering safe diving techniques and pressure management.

Enriched Air Nitrox Speciality: Unlock the secrets of the deep with Nitrox, ensuring safer and longer dives. Enhance your dive planning, elevate safety, and indulge in extended reef adventures.

These Dive Speciality Courses at Kuramathi Maldives are designed not only to enhance participants’ diving skills but also to instill a sense of environmental awareness and responsibility. As custodians of the pristine underwater environment, Kuramathi Maldives is committed to nurturing a community of conscientious divers dedicated to appreciating and protecting delicate marine ecosystems.

Led by certified dive instructors from Rasdhoo Divers Kuramathi, these courses provide a safe and enjoyable learning experience. Whether you are a beginner eager to explore the underwater wonders or an experienced diver looking to expand your knowledge, Kuramathi Maldives invites you to embark on a journey of discovery beneath the azure waves.

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Visit Maldives collaborates with Surf Session and Kyllian Guerin to promote the Maldives as a leading surf destination



Visit Maldives has collaborated with ‘Surf Session’, a media platform dedicated to surfing. An exciting familiarisation trip and a digital campaign was conducted to promote the Maldives as a leading surf destination in the French market. The digital campaign was conducted on social media and the Surf Session website.

During the first part of the campaign, a young surfer, Kyllian Guerin, accompanied Surf Session on a week-long trip where he surfed and explored the best waves of the Maldives. Ayada Maldives, Adaaran Select Hudhuranfushi, and Cinnamon Dhonveli Maldives hosted this familiarisation trip. Kyllians’ journey was captured and brand content in the form of Instagram stories, posts, articles and banners were disseminated on Kyllian Guerin and Surf Session social media platforms and official website. As for the second part of the campaign, digital and print articles highlighted the surf lifestyle in the Maldives and were published on Surf Session website. Additionally, an exciting video of Kyllian’s journey in the Maldives was posted on YouTube, showcasing the beauty of the surf spots of the destination.

The campaign strengthened Maldives’ presence as a premium surf destination and drove excitement among Surf Session’s readership and surfing community. The campaign increased visibility for French surfers and further strengthened the Maldives brand in the French market. Collaborating with prestigious media like Surf Session and influential personalities like Kyllian Guerin allows MMPRC to capture the attention of potential surfers and travel enthusiasts alike, encouraging them to choose the Maldives as their preferred holiday destination. The entire campaign resulted in over a collective reach of 919,209.00.

The current ranking of France is at #8 with 41,072 arrivals as of 31st October 2023. MMPRC is consistently promoting the Maldives in the French market through various marketing activities. This year, we conducted a campaign with Vogue France and IFTM Top Resa 2023. We also plan to promote the Maldives at ILTM Cannes 2023 later this year. These marketing activities ensure the Maldives remain a top-of-mind destination for travellers from the French market.

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