Maldives to introduce private submarine excursions

Maldives is set to witness the launch of private submarine excursions, an innovative new way to have a first-hand experience of the unique underwater beauty of the Indian Ocean island nation.

That feat will be achieved through a partnership between local water sports equipment supplier Ocean Group and US-based underwater flight equipment manufacturer DeepFlight Adventures to launch the DeepFlight Super Falcon 3S submarine in the Maldives.

In a statement issued after announcing the partnership at the recently concluded Asia Dive Expo (ADEX) fair in Singapore, DeepFlight Adventures said the submarine excursions would be launched at a select luxury resort in the Maldives later this year, with its maiden journey taking place in the fourth quarter of the year.

A trained pilot will accompany two guests in the submarine. Through acrylic canopies, guests will be able to get a 360-degree view of the ocean from their individual cockpits, while the submarine is equipped with integrated video-capturing ability in order to enable guests to relive their experiences after the journey.

Adam Wright, Managing Director of DeepFlight Adventures, said his company was delighted to be working with Ocean Group to bring underwater submarine excursions to the Maldives.

“We believe DeepFlight Adventures offers a great opportunity for hotels to differentiate their properties by offering their guests the ability to access the beautiful underwater world right from the resorts,” he said.

Hussain Zahid, Founder and Managing Director of Ocean Group, expressed hope that the new addition would benefit the Maldives’ tourism industry in general.

Designed to enable guests to experience underwater flight and have rare interactions with marine life, the DeepFlight Super Falcon 3S offers unprecedented access to turquoise clear waters, enabling guests to glide alongside the dolphins, cruise beside the turtles and skim over spectacular shipwrecks and vibrant reefs.

DeepFlight Adventures is the latest initiative in Ocean Group’s impressive 19-year track record of innovative launches, serving luxury travellers some of the most unique and adventurous holidays in the world. Through exclusive partnerships with luxury resorts, Ocean Group curates once in a lifetime immersive experiences such as wakeboarding and flyboarding.

Known internationally as one of the world’s best scuba diving destinations, the Maldives has an abundance of dive sites with a unique underwater beauty to explore. The islands of the Maldives have consistently warm waters with outstanding visibility throughout the year, and consist of exhilarating dive sites such as vibrant thilas, exciting channels, coral-filled overhangs and fascinating wrecks.

Despite the breaktaking underwater beauty, underwater exploration in the Maldives is currently limited to scuba diving and snorkelling. A whale submarine operated by a private company also conducts group excursions to a few dive sites in the greater Male region.

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