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There are many things about the Maldives that make these idyllic Indian Ocean islands the perfect superyacht destination, not least the quality of the underwater environment, renowned among scuba divers the world over. Yet combining superyachting with diving is not always simple. Many privately owned yachts carry scuba equipment, but only a few charter yachts offer full diving facilities for guests. What’s more, there are complex diving regulations in the Maldives. Regardless of your diving experience, to stay legal it is better to dive with a scuba professional, but finding someone who can offer the right standards of service, safety and professionalism is not easy. Enter Dive Butler International. Pioneers in the field of true luxury rendezvous diving, DBI provides private dive guides and instructors to superyachts and VIP individuals across the world. Now, Burgess and DBI are joining forces to add a new dimension to cruising in this unique tropical destination. The Maldives have over a thousand islands and three times that number of coral reefs. The water is warm and clear, with good visibility all year round. The incoming and outgoing tidal flows bring plankton-rich waters that attract a host of underwater species and some of the most amazing gentle giants. Manta rays and whale sharks are a rare sight elsewhere, but not here. With hundreds of dive sites to explore, there’s something for everyone, from total novices to experienced divers. Your ‘Dive Butler’ can take you diving for the first time in all safety on a tranquil reef, or escort you on some of the most thrilling drift dives in the world in currents up to four knots. Diving in the Maldives usually takes place along a “faru” (an outer reef), a “thila” (a smaller, inner atoll reef pinnacle, usually circular in shape), or a “kandu” (a channel between two farus, where the atoll meets the ocean). You can also experience wreck dives and spectacular night dives with bioluminescence and rarely seen nocturnal creatures. { 71 } With over 1000 species of fish, 3000 coral reefs and hundreds of dive sites, the warm Maldivian waters offer great visibility, sometimes with water clear enough to see 50 metres and beyond. ” Superyacht Living & Style Magazine 2013


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