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Maldivian brings Twin Otter aircrafts to start seaplane flights

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Maldives.net.mv – Maldivian Seaplane’s first DH-6 Twin Otter Aircraft has arrived at Ibrahim Nasir International Airport on Thursday, 17th April. The aircraft started its seven day ferry trip from Calgary on 10th April.

Maldivian is currently making floating jetties and other ground arrangements to start flights in May.

Maldivian is the national flag carrier of Maldives and currently flies to India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka in the international route. They also fly to eight domestic airports within Maldives.

Currently Trans Maldivian Airways is the only operator of seaplanes. Villa Air’s Flyme is also making arrangements to start seaplane operations.

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Canareef Resort Maldives: Paving the way for sustainable tourism

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On the annual occasion of World Tourism Day, which falls on September 27th, Canareef Resort Maldives proudly reaffirmed its dedication to sustainability. This aligns seamlessly with this year’s theme, “Tourism for Inclusive Growth,” echoing Canareef’s unwavering commitment to preserving the pristine beauty of the Maldives while providing an unforgettable guest experience.

Sustainability Initiatives:

Energy Saving Notices in Villas: Canareef Resort Maldives is taking significant steps to conserve energy. In every villa, guests will find energy-saving notices, urging them to be mindful of their energy consumption. This small effort has a substantial impact, reducing the resort’s carbon footprint while maintaining guest comfort.

Homegrown Produce: The resort embraces sustainable agriculture by cultivating a variety of crops on-site, including lettuce, kankun, spinach, cucumber, chili, watermelon, tomato, eggplant, and banana, through an efficient hydroponic system. This practice ensures high-quality produce while conserving water, making it an environmentally responsible choice.

The Chef’s Garden: Canareef has recently established a herb garden, diligently cared for by its talented chefs. This garden enhances the flavor of the resort’s dishes and underscores its commitment to locally sourced, organic ingredients.

Eco-Friendly Straws: Plastic straws have been replaced with eco-friendly paper straws, reducing plastic waste and contributing to marine life preservation.

Reusable Glass Bottles: Canareef encourages sustainability by providing guests with reusable glass bottles as an alternative to disposable plastic water bottles.

Sustainable Lighting: Timer-controlled street lights reduce energy consumption without compromising safety, demonstrating the resort’s dedication to energy conservation.

Supporting Local Farmers: Canareef actively engages with local farmers, sourcing fresh produce to support the community and promote sustainable agriculture, enhancing the quality of dining and contributing to the welfare of neighboring communities.

Coral Conservation: The resort has initiated coral planting projects to protect and sustain the Maldives’ renowned coral reefs, ensuring their longevity and health for future generations.

Green Mobility: To reduce its carbon footprint, Canareef employs eco-friendly transportation options such as push bicycles, electric buggies, and electric motorcycles for guests and staff, enhancing the eco-friendliness of the guest experience.

Harnessing the Power of the Sun: The resort is pursuing a green energy future with plans to install solar panels, a clean and renewable energy source, to power its operations, reducing reliance on non-renewable energy sources.

Educating the Future Generation: In celebration of World Tourism Day, Canareef hosted students from Seenu Atoll school to introduce them to the world of tourism and showcase its sustainability initiatives, inspiring future leaders in the tourism industry to value and protect the environment.

Canareef Resort Maldives stands proudly at the forefront of sustainable tourism. Their eco-friendly initiatives are not just words but a way of life, inviting guests to experience the Maldives’ beauty while knowing their stay contributes to the preservation of this paradise. As the world celebrates World Tourism Day, Canareef Maldives invites all to join in their commitment to sustainable tourism, where every day is World Tourism Day.

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Renowned shark scientist Gibbs Kuguru returns to The Ritz-Carlton Maldives for groundbreaking research, educational residency

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The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands has announced the return of National Geographic Explorer and acclaimed Kenyan shark scientist, Gibbs Kuguru.

His upcoming residency, scheduled from October 1 -5, 2023, promises an engaging blend of shark conservation research, educational programs, and unforgettable guest experiences.

Kuguru’s residency is part of The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands’ ‘Visiting Heroes’ program, which emphasizes environmental education and sustainability.

During his stay, guests will have the unique opportunity to participate in a range of activities, from thrilling shark snorkelling expeditions to interactive Q&A sessions with Kuguru himself.

His residency will kick off on Monday, October 2, with a Shark Presentation over afternoon tea at La Locanda, where he will share insights on his research, offering guests a glimpse into the fascinating world of these remarkable creatures.

The exciting activities will continue on October 3rd, when guests can enjoy a shark snorkelling excursion followed by a laid-back cocktail hour at Beach Shack.

The following day, Kuguru will venture to the local island Gaafaru to visit and educate young students about marine life, sharks, and wildlife conservation.

The residency concludes with one last snorkelling session just before Kuguru’s departure.

Kuguru is renowned for his expertise in studying various shark species, including Great White Sharks, Hammerheads, and Sand Tigers. His work aims to shed light on how these creatures adapt and survive in the face of challenges such as overfishing and climate change.

Kuguru’s work aligns with The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands’ commitment to environmental conservation through its Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ambassadors of the Environment Programme. This exclusive programme, suitable for both adults and children, offers a range of activities aimed at preserving the planet. Guests can explore the depths of the ocean and engage in groundbreaking work.

For more information, click here or visit ritzcarlton.com/Maldives

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OUTRIGGER Maldives Maafushivaru Resort unveils exclusive Christmas, New Year extravaganza

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Prepare to indulge in a blissful escape as OUTRIGGER Maldives Maafushivaru Resort has announced its extraordinary Christmas and New Year programme, elegantly curated for discerning travellers seeking the epitome of barefoot luxury. From 19 December 2023 through 1 January 2024, this island paradise in the South Ari Atoll beckons guests to partake in a festive celebration like no other.

Elevating the art of culinary mastery, the resort’s renowned Chef Christopher Long presents an opulent Christmas Eve buffet market, a symphony of flavours and global culinary delights to tantalise guest’s taste buds. Dive deeper into the culinary world with immersive masterclasses, where guests can learn the secrets of crafting sushi, Vietnamese hand rolls and indulge in the perfect mojito. Experience the art of pairing chocolate and wine, create wellness-boosting smoothies and master the craft of artisanal coffee making.

For those enchanted by the turquoise waters that envelop this tropical destination, an array of aquatic adventures awaits. Immerse in the sunset cruise of a lifetime or partake in thrilling big game fishing (catch and release). Glide atop the pristine waters on paddleboards, embark on guided kayaking expeditions around the island, join snorkel excursions to discover vibrant marine life, or venture on guided trips to encounter graceful manta rays.

Dive into the enchanting world beneath the waves with Danielle Stanley, the resort’s resident marine biologist, as she presents OUTRIGGER Zone — a global conservation initiative that redefines the way we connect with and protect our planet’s precious marine ecosystems.

Nurture your physical and spiritual well-being as you engage in revitalising yoga and well-being sessions curated by OUTRIGGER’s resident instructor, Ajay Sharma. The sunrise and sunset yoga sessions, balance and strength workouts, flow yoga and cross-fit are created to rejuvenate body, mind, and soul.

As Christmas morning dawns, Santa Claus himself will grace guests with his presence, joining then for a sumptuous breakfast celebration.

Bid adieu to the waning year in style on New Year’s Eve, where guests can join OUTRIGGER’s management team for an exquisite cocktail gathering, bidding farewell to the last sunset of the year. As twilight turns to night, delight in an around-the-globe gourmet dinner that will be followed by electrifying dance music spun by the renowned DJ Matty from 10:30 p.m., ushering in the new year with unparalleled glamour and revelry.

Captivate fellow travellers and share the magic of the stay by participating in OUTRIGGER’s festive Instagram contest. Post cherished moments with key hashtags for a chance to win a romantic traditional “dhoni” sailing boat sunset cocktail experience for two, a blissful 60-minute couples’ massage, or an enchanting beachfront dinner for two under the starlit Maldivian sky.

A mere 25-minute seaplane flight away from the modern and efficient seaplane terminal at Malé International Airport, the newly refurbished OUTRIGGER Maldives boasts 81 luxuriously appointed opulent villas and five captivating dining establishments. It stands as the embodiment of a lavish lifestyle holiday, infused with the signature warmth and hospitality that OUTRIGGER is renowned for.

For the full list of optional Christmas and New Year guest activities, click HERE. For further information or to reserve your exquisite holiday at OUTRIGGER Maldives Maafushivaru Resort, please visit OUTRIGGER.com or contact your preferred travel agent.

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