LUX* Maldives is looking forward to hosting its fourth annual Underwater Festival, which will take place this year between 22 and 27 March. Above all, the event celebrates the beauty and diversity of the world that lies beneath the surface of the ocean and gives guests a wonderful opportunity to explore that world in a variety of different ways – for there’s a lot going on around LUX* Maldives in terms of marine conservation projects and the protection of the eco-systems in the archipelago.
Once again, the Resort’s guest of honour will be the World Champion Freediver, Christian Redl. He will be running freediving courses, conferences and chat sessions, and offering the adventurous the chance to try out freediving techniques. In his opinion, “Freediving is the ultimate way to free yourself and develop a peaceful understanding of the ocean. Whatever you are interested in, you will find something exciting.” Indeed, freedivers are able to explore the beauty and depths of the ocean in the most natural and serene way possible – without breathing apparatus.
Throughout the Festival, Euro-Divers, LUX* Maldives’ top-level PADI diving centre, will organise morning sessions to teach the basics of freediving and how to exploit your ability to hold your breath that little bit longer. These activities will then be followed by deep diving in the ocean to explore the underwater world free from any equipment. It’s a great way to observe such fascinating creatures as whale sharks and manta rays in their natural habitat.
Building to the excitement, the experience will go a step further in the evenings, with the participation of the Maldives Whale Shark Research Project team also taking part in the Festival, presenting the volunteer conservation work they do and the ID processing of whale sharks, in an evening screening under the magic of the night sky. Feet in the sand, it will be a fascinating way to learn more about the importance of protecting marine life in the South Ari Atoll.
“The Underwater Festival is a great opportunity to make our guests aware of the importance of marine conservation projects and to encourage their involvement in our various programmes and activities” says Shaun Dunhofen, General Manager, LUX* Maldives.
The Festival also includes special workshops, an Underwater Photography competition, GoPro photography and filming tutorial, and film shows displaying in full glory the magic of life underwater, beneath the surface of the seas.