Christian Stan, at 21 Aug. 16, in News

Guests at Jumeirah Vittaveli in the Maldives, can now explore the resort’s stunning house reef from the comfort of a semi-submarine thanks to a partnership with Best Dives Maldives, the dive school at the resort.

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This is the first service of its kind in the Maldives which takes guests on a journey to explore the resort’s marine eco-system. The upper body of the vessel remains above the sea surface at all times while the bottom section is 1.3 metres below the water. The large windows of the underwater hull enable guests to enjoy spectacular views of the underwater ecosystem, creating the illusion of a real submarine dive.

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Clouds of reef fish and corals, French frigate shoals, NWHI

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The semi-submersible vessel will take guests on excursions along the resort’s house reef several times a day and a night-excursion is available to explore the unique night-time wonders around Jumeirah Vittaveli. During the day, guests can admire the colourful reef and its inhabitants in a safe environment under the guidance of the professional Best Dives team. As opposed to a snorkelling excursion, the guide will be able to point out marine creatures to all attending guests and explain their characteristics. After dark, guests can admire the entirely different underwater world that unfolds when the sun sets. They might see minuscule polyps on the coral reefs come to life and feed on surrounding plankton, or be able to observe eels, stingrays and sharks. These experiences are otherwise reserved only for the more adventurous divers.

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The semi-submersible at Jumeirah Vittaveli can accommodate twelve guests and excursions will be available at USD 95 per person for a voyage duration of 30 minutes. Children under 11 years will be entitled to a 50% discount, and children 5 years and younger will be able to join the semi-submersible ride at no charge. Night-time excursions will be priced at USD 110 per person. Children will have to be accompanied by an adult at all times. All rates are subject to applicable government taxes plus 10% service charge.

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About Jumeirah Vittaveli

A 20-minute boat ride from Malé International Airport brings you to Jumeirah Vittaveli. Whether for an intimate escape or an indulgent family retreat, Jumeirah Vittaveli offers unmatched diversity, subtle luxury and personalised exploration. Impeccable choice and seamless service shape the character of this resort paradise, where every detail has been meticulously crafted to inspire journeys of discovery and enjoyment. Whether beach-side or over-water, all villas feature stunning interiors with private pools and access to the sandy shores or glistening waters. An inspirational Spa, a well-equipped overwater gymnasium, a children’s club and 5 star PADI dive centre mean guests are always able to try something new.

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