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World Surfaris USA Introduces Their Winter Special Packages For Maldives

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Maldives Promotion House to With winter in full swing and cold water at most beaches, now is the time to plan your next trip to the tropical warm water perfection of Maldives. It is the perfect time because World Surfaris USA has announced their Maldives Winter Specials on all their Maldives resort and charter packages.

Whether you are looking for un-crowded charters in the Outer Atolls and Central Atolls, or one of the charters or resorts in the Malé area, they have the right options to fit your group. As an added bonus, they are also offering two trips in the Outer Atolls on the Handhu Fahli with a professional photographer onboard. Photo trips include pre-paid photo package with professional photographer Brett Wortman from Sunshine coast, Oz. You can take a maximum of 8 surfers and includes discount with photos and some video.

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Depending on what you are looking for, one of their vessels is sure to fit your needs. Below is a run-down on the different charters they offer and the regions of the Maldives they go to, along with their discounted prices. All charter packages include airport pick-up & drop off, accommodation on board, all meals, and use of onboard equipment, along with domestic flights if needed.

Early in the year (February through April) the best waves and wind conditions in the Maldives are found in the southernmost region of the atoll chain, or Outer Atolls, with the Handhu & Handhu Fahli vessels running 12 night charters in the Seenu & Gaafu Dhaalu Atolls.

Handhu charter, 12 nights: USD 3150 per surfer
Group Discounts: USD 3030 pp with 11 surfers, or USD 2935 pp with 12
March 24th to April 5th: 4 spots
April 7th to 19th: 1 spot

Handhu Fahli charter with a pro photographer, 12 nights: USD 3140 per surfer
March 5th to 17th: 4 spots
March 19th to 31st: 8 spots

Handhu Fahli charter, 12 nights: USD 2935 per surfer
Group Discount: USD 2825 per person with 10 surfers
April 2nd to 14th: 3 spots
April 16th to 28th: 4 spots

From May through October the Handhu runs trips from the Malé area down to the Central Atolls of Meemu & Laamu and back. The first starts in Malé and ends in Laamu and the next trip starts Laamu and heads back to Malé, guests flying one-way either to or back from Laamu. The Winter Special for this applies if booked by February 15th and is for the May & June trips only.

Handhu charter, 11 nights: USD 2775 per surfer
Group Discounts: USD 2650 pp with 11 surfers, or USD 2550 pp with 12
May 7th to 18th: 12 spots
May 21st to June 1st: 9 spots
June 4th to 15th: 11 spots
June 18th to 29th: 12 spots

Handhu charter, 11 nights: USD 2915 per surfer
Group Discounts: USD 2790 pp with 11 surfers, or USD 2690 pp with 12
July 2nd to 13th: 12 spots
July 16th to 27th: 6 spots
July 30th to August 10th: 12 spots
August 13th to 24th: 12 spots
September 10th to 21st: 12 spots
September 24th to October 5th: 12 spots
October 8th to 19th: 12 spots

From May through October in the North & South Malé Atolls, they offer three different boats running 7 night charters varying in levels of luxury. The Ocean Divine charter is their nicest & most luxurious vessel, and perfect for couples. The Manta vessel is a large vessel with plenty of room, and perfect for groups. They also have the Handhu Fahli for those looking for the lowest prices for a great trip. Winter Special applies if booked by February 15th for trips from April through June.

Ocean Divine charter, 7 nights: USD 2860 pp double cabin, USD 4225 pp single cabin
Group Discount: USD 2470 pp with 14 surfers
April 29th to May 6th: 14 spots
May 6th to 13th: 14 spots
May 27th to June 3rd: 12 spots
June 3rd to 10th: 14 spots
June 10th to 17th: 14 spots
June 17th to 24th: 14 spots
June 24th to July 1st: 4 spots

Manta charter, 7 nights: USD 1830 per surfer
Group Discount: USD 1700 pp with 14 surfers
May 5th to 12th: 12 spots
June 23rd to 30th: 8 spots
June 30th to July 7th: 12 spots

Handhu Fahli charter, 7 nights: USD  1220 per surfer
(Group Discount: USD 1150 pp with 14 surfers)
May 12th to 19th: 5 spots
May 19th to 26th: 4 spots
June 2nd to 9th: 4 spots
June 23rd to 30th: 5 spots
June 30th to July 7th: 1 spot

For the rest of the 2012 season the following rates apply.

Ocean Divine charter, 7 nights: USD 3000 pp double cabin, USD 4450 pp single cabin
Group Discount: USD 2595 pp with 14 surfers
July 1st to 8th: 14 spots
July 8th to 5th: 14 spots
July 15th to 22nd: 14 spots
July 29th to August 5th: 14 spots
August 12th to 19th: 14 spots
August 19th to 26th: 14 spots
August 26th to September 2nd: 12 spots
September 16th to 23rd: 12 spots
October 7th to 14th: 12 spots

Manta charter, 7 nights: USD 1925 per surfer
Group Discount: USD 1790 pp with 14 surfers
July 7th to 14th: 10 spots
July 14th to 21st: 10 spots
July 28th to August 4th: 5 spots
August 4th to 11th: 5 spots
August 25th to September 1st: 12 spots
September 1st to 8th: 10 spots
September 8th to 15th: 10 spots
September 15th to 22nd: 10 spots
September 29th to October 6th: 10 spots
October 6th to 13th: 10 spots
October 13th to 20th: 10 spots

Handhu Fahli charter, 7 nights: USD  1220 per surfer
Group Discount: USD 1150 pp with 14 surfers
July 7th to 14th: 10 spots
July 14th to 21st: 10 spots
July 21st to 28th: 10 spots
July 28th to August 4th: 6 spots
August 4th to 11th: 6 spots
August 25th to September 1st: 10 spots
September 1st to 8th: 10 spots
September 8th to 15th: 10 spots
September 15th to 22nd: 10 spots
October 6th to 13th: 10 spots
October 13th to 20th: 10 spots

Hudhuranfushi Resort, North Malé Atoll is a perfect location for couples & families, as well as small groups looking to get as much surf time as possible. With a perfect left on the southern tip of the island and boat trips to great waves nearby, and all the water activities you can think of for non-surfers, this could be the place you are looking for. All of the packages include roundtrip airport transfers by speedboat, accommodation in a Deluxe Beachfront Bungalow or Overwater Villa, all meals at main restaurant including beer & wine, and two boat trips per day with the Surfer package. The rates for the resort are per person for 7 nights, based on double occupancy. The 2012 “Get In Early” package prices apply if booked by April 25th.

April 14th to June 30th
Deluxe Beach Bungalow: USD 1920 Surfer & USD 1220 Non-surfer
Overwater Villa: USD 2885 Surfer & USD 2185 Non-surfer

July 1st to October 13th
Deluxe Beach Bungalow: USD 2030 Surfer & USD 1330 Non-surfer
Overwater Villa: USD 2990 Surfer & USD 2290 Non-surfer

Kandooma Resort is their newest resort option in the Maldives that is very family friendly with a great right-hander out front and a few other waves just a short boat ride away. The packages include roundtrip airport transfers by speedboat, accommodation in your choice of bungalows, and daily breakfast. Lunch & dinner, as well as surfing boat trips are available there on a pay as you go basis. All rooms are large & modern with great amenities like iPod docking stations. Rates are per person for 7 nights, based on double occupancy. The 2012 “Early Booking” package prices apply if booked 2 1/2 months prior to arrival.

February 1st to April 15th & October 1st to 31st
Beach Villa – USD 1515 pp
Sea-view Beach House – USD 1815 pp
Sea-view Overwater Villa – USD 2630 pp

April 16th to July 31st
Beach Villa – USD 970 pp
Sea-view Beach House – USD 1235 pp
Sea-view Overwater Villa – USD 1875 pp

August 1st to September 30th
Beach Villa – USD 1155 pp
Sea-view Beach House – USD 1460 pp
Sea-view Overwater Villa – USD 2110 pp

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CROSSROADS Maldives appoints Ibrahim Farhad as Director of Retail

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CROSSROADS Maldives has announced the appointment of Ibrahim Farhad as the new Director of Retail at the Maldives’ premier integrated multi-island leisure destination. Farhad, known for his extensive experience in both the public and private sectors, brings a wealth of expertise in sustainable tourism management to his new role. He will oversee the retail operations at The Marina at CROSSROADS Maldives, enhancing the leisure, dining, shopping, and entertainment experiences for visitors from around the world.

Farhad’s impressive background includes significant contributions to policy formulation and stakeholder engagement during his tenure as the Senior Policy Director at the Maldives Ministry of Tourism. In this role, he was pivotal in developing and implementing policies that promoted sustainable tourism. He collaborated closely with government agencies and international organizations to ensure regulatory compliance, and his expertise in research, analysis, quality assurance, and capacity building has been instrumental in shaping the tourism sector in the Maldives.

In his new role at CROSSROADS Maldives, Farhad will oversee the strategic development of retail spaces, ensuring they offer a diverse and high-quality visitor experience. He will collaborate with local and international partners to bring unique products to The Marina, aligning with the destination’s commitment to sustainability and cultural authenticity.

“As a native Maldivian coupled with his extensive experience and deep-rooted community connections, Farhad is a great addition to our team at CROSSROADS Maldives. I am excited to see the fresh perspectives and innovative strategies he will introduce at The Marina, which will further strengthen CROSSROADS Maldives’ position as the premier integrated multi-island leisure destination,” said Alexander Traeger, General Manager of CROSSROADS Marina and SAii Lagoon Maldives, Curio Collection by Hilton.

CROSSROADS Maldives looks forward to the innovative and sustainable approaches Farhad will bring to the retail operations, enhancing the overall experience for all visitors.

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Utheemu Ganduvaru: Portal to Maldives’ national freedom

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The Maldives, often celebrated for its sun-kissed beaches and turquoise waters, also offers a rich tapestry of history and culture waiting to be explored. Among the islands of Haa Alif Atoll lies Utheemu Island, home to Utheemu Ganduvaru, a historical treasure that invites travellers to delve into the storied past of the archipelago.

Utheemu Ganduvaru, the ancestral home of Muhammad Thakurufaanu, stands as a poignant reminder of the Maldives’ fight for independence. Thakurufaanu, revered as a national hero, led a successful campaign against Portuguese occupation in the 16th century. His childhood home, Utheemu Ganduvaru, offers a rare glimpse into the life and times of this legendary figure.

In 1558, the Portuguese invaded the Maldives, killing the Sultan in battle and establishing their rule. Muhammad Thakurufaanu and his brothers, Ali and Hassan, left for Minicoy to prepare a campaign to liberate their country. The boat they built, Kalhuohfummi, was crucial to their efforts. Thakurufaanu and his brothers fought the Portuguese for eight years, landing on different islands under cover of night to evade capture, and departing before daybreak. Eventually, they landed in Malé and defeated the Portuguese leadership in the capital. Freed from Portuguese rule, the people chose Muhammad Thakurufaanu as their Sultan.

Sultan Muhammad Thakurufaanu ruled the Maldives for 12 years until his death in 1585. He is remembered as a considerate and just ruler, concerned for the well-being of even the poorest citizens. He is also credited with establishing the country’s first formal military unit.

Back at Utheemu Island, visitors are immediately struck by the island’s tranquil beauty and its lush, green landscape. The journey to Utheemu Ganduvaru is a step back in time, where the echoes of history are palpable. The residence itself, a traditional wooden palace, is meticulously preserved, showcasing the architectural ingenuity and cultural richness of the period.

As you enter Utheemu Ganduvaru, the simplicity and elegance of the structure are apparent. Built from timber, the palace is a fine example of traditional Maldivian craftsmanship. The intricate woodwork, with its detailed carvings and polished surfaces, speaks volumes about the artisanship that flourished during Thakurufaanu’s time.

The main hall, with its open layout and cool, shaded interiors, offers a sense of serenity and reflection. It was within these walls that Thakurufaanu spent his formative years, and each room tells a story of his early life and the influences that shaped his destiny. The residence includes living quarters and storage spaces, all arranged in a manner that reflects the daily life of a prominent Maldivian family in the 16th century.

One of the most compelling aspects of Utheemu Ganduvaru is its connection to the larger narrative of Maldivian resistance against foreign rule. Guides at the site often recount tales of Thakurufaanu’s daring exploits and strategic brilliance. His knowledge of the archipelago’s intricate waterways and his leadership in naval battles are celebrated as key factors in the successful expulsion of the Portuguese in 1573.

Beyond its historical significance, Utheemu Ganduvaru offers visitors a deeper understanding of Maldivian culture and heritage. The site is a testament to the resilience and unity of the Maldivian people, embodying values that continue to inspire. For travellers, a visit to Utheemu Ganduvaru is an opportunity to connect with the soul of the Maldives, experiencing the essence of its history and the spirit of its people.

While on Utheemu Island, visitors can explore other points of interest, such as the island’s beaches and vibrant local community. Engaging with the locals offers additional insights into Maldivian traditions and hospitality, enriching the overall experience.

For those seeking a journey through time, Utheemu Ganduvaru in Haa Alif Atoll is a destination that should not be missed. It is a place where the past comes alive, where the legacy of a hero continues to resonate, and where the true essence of the Maldives can be discovered. As you walk through the halls of Utheemu Ganduvaru, you are not just a visitor; you are a part of a historical journey that defines the Maldivian identity.

So, when planning your next visit to the Maldives, venture beyond the beaches and dive into the rich history of these islands. Let Utheemu Ganduvaru be the highlight of your cultural exploration, offering a meaningful and memorable connection to the heart of Maldivian heritage.

Cover photo: Andreas Faessler

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Embark on a journey of pure joy at Sirru Fen Fushi

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The newly-reimagined Sirru Fen Fushi Private Lagoon Resort, a member of the esteemed Leading Hotels of the World (LHW) collection, invites you to rediscover luxury in the Maldives. Nestled on a pristine island amidst crystal-clear lagoons, this haven of effortless elegance and contemporary allure promises an unforgettable escape.

Curated Experiences Await

From the moment guests touch down in Malé, Sirru Fen Fushi curates your journey around four pillars: Taste, Wellness, Art, and Play. Savor world-class cuisine alongside authentic Maldivian flavors at revamped restaurants. Rejuvenate with holistic wellness practices like frequency sound healing and Ayurvedic treatments. Become a steward of the environment through marine conservation initiatives, or witness turtle nesting with the resort’s marine biologist.

Unparalleled Comfort and Personalized Luxury

Unwind in the unparalleled comfort of Beach, Water, and Safari Tented Villas, each designed for an intimate escape in harmony with the breathtaking surroundings. Choose experiences based on Fire, Water, Earth, and Air themes, creating lasting memories tailored to your preferences.

Joining the Leading Hotels of the World

Sirru Fen Fushi is thrilled to be part of the prestigious LHW collection. “This exclusive hideaway promises a bespoke journey of luxury and serenity,” says Deniz Omurgonulsen, Vice President of Member Experience at LHW. “We are excited to add this private island paradise to our collection.”

Rediscovering Your Inner Child

Through the Essence of Play, reconnect with your inner child. Learn Maldivian crafts, gather around fire pits for acoustic guitar evenings, or dance under the stars at Plankton Glow Parties. Every experience ignites the soul and fosters connection.

A Celebration of Local Flavors

Tantalize your taste buds and explore local flavors through various activities. Reel in the day’s catch on a fishing excursion, or witness the theatrical spectacle of a Malafaaiy Bodu Beru feast, featuring traditional cuisine, drumming, singing, and clapping.

Holistic Wellness and Artistic Inspiration

Sirru Fen Fushi fosters rejuvenation through holistic treatments and a connection to nature. Full Moon Meditations and Pool Rituals promote a transformative journey. Art is woven into the resort’s DNA, from the underwater Coralarium museum to the Sustainability Lab, where you can create meaningful keepsakes.

Protecting Paradise

Committed to preserving the archipelago’s natural wonders, the resort offers eco-conscious initiatives. Participate in coral restoration projects, explore the neighboring Maroshi island with its mud crab delicacies and vast mangrove forests, and learn the importance of marine conservation.

Experience Sirru Fen Fushi, where unforgettable memories and a deep connection with nature await. Visit: https://sirrufenfushi.com/

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