Diving in the Maldives
The author invites you to visit Huvadhoo, the forgotten atoll of the Maldives, to enjoy its marvels of clear blue water, see for yourself its amazing marine inhabitants and meet its friendly people.
This book is an exciting source of important and detailed information about the marine ecosystem of this atoll (as well as being relevant to other atolls in the Maldives group and further afield in the Indian Ocean). It covers 34 dive sites, including maps. Without doubt, it is a superb guide to the huge biodiversity present. All the colour photographs have been taken by the author, a trained marine biologist and expert diver, whilst the text is interspersed with enjoyable anecdotes about the joys of exploring this region and diving on the reefs.
Author: Alexander von Mende
Publisher: Brambleby Books
Year of Publication: 30 November 2011
Format and Pages: Paperback, 224pp with illustrations throughout
Retail Price: £19.99
Our Discount Price: £15.99
Sample text from Diving in the Maldives
My first dive in the Maldives
It was pretty early in the morning when we directed our provisional diving-dhoni to Mas Thila for my very first dive in Huvadhoo. There were still no guests on the island, as the resort had not opened yet and would not for another two weeks. There were only four of us in the boat, Chris and Lena, diving instructors, our divemaster Deen and I, the biologist. I was additionally excited as this would be my first dive on a coral reef, the last major marine habitat that I had yet to see. Diving the rainforest of the seas is the ultimate experience for any marine ecologist.
The long boat ride calmed my excitement, but not for long. …
A turtle in space, or dives with Chris
Obviously you dive and see a lot when you work as a marine biologist in the Maldives. However, some dives manage to stick in your memory more than others. In my case, I especially remember those dives that somehow involved personal contact with marine life. In one of the first dives of this kind, my dive buddy Chris met a very curious turtle. The dive itself was nothing too special, up to the point that I turned around to look for Chris who fell a little behind.
What I saw was an image taken straight out of a science fiction film....
A director down under, or dives with JP
JP was the director of the resort and a divemaster at the same time. I had the chance to dive with him on various occasions but one dive stands out. It was the first night dive we had organised for our guests, but it was also the first Maldivian night dive arranged for us personally. It was to become an unforgettable experience.
We started the dive from the quay of the resort. Already gearing up and listening to the briefing by Julia, the instructor, was good fun, and the fish in the water looked very promising...
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Reviews and readers' comments
For a diver on one of the resorts in Huvadhoo it will be a useful source of information to dive sites, invertebrates and fish, as well as a nice holiday souvenir. Well-written, by someone with enthusiasm and promise.
Dr. R.C. Anderson, The Whale and Dolphin Company, Maldives
Alexander von Mende’s book, “Diving in the Maldives – Huvadhoo, the forgotten atoll” is the ideal one for diver planning a trip to this unsung gem. He takes a different tack by focusing entirely on this one location in depth.
Huvadhoo is one of the furtherst atolls from the Male hub which may have served as a deterrent. But that unspoiled nature is now becoming one of its top allures. Von Mende also claims that it is one of the best locations for spotting large marine life like Silver Tip and Grey Reef Sharks, Dolphins, but especially Whale Sharks. South Ari has long been renowned as the pre-eminent diving atoll especially with its quite prominent whale shark marine protected area. But the more visitors get to know Huvadhoo, it could rival South Ari for that crown.
I know that when we dove and snorkelled Huvadhoo, it was some of the most impressive we had done in our years of Maldive visits. An open-water close encounter with a juvenile dolphin was one of the lifetime high points of diving for us. And we spotted dolphins every single time we got into a boat at Huvadhoo even for a simple, short transfer.
Von Mende’s book is also sort of an all purpose diving (and even snorkelling) book for anyone visiting the Huvadhoo atoll. It features in depth description 34 dive sites with dive chart illustrations for half. It also has 136 pages of “Identification Guide” provide pictures and other information on the fish, coral and other marine life found in that area.
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