Dec 12, 2008

Just some random photos from Baa Atoll

These are some photos taken at different dive sites of Baa Atoll during the dive trip. Enjoy!

Scorpionfish / Stonefish


Clark's Anemonefish

Brittle Star on a Soft Coral

Maldive Anemonefish

Long-Nosed Hawkfish

Juvenile Clark's Anemonefish

Dec 11, 2008

Back from filming and photography in Baa Atoll

Aqua Dreams & Maldivers Dive team returned from filming the Manta Rays and Whale Sharks in Baa Atoll Hanifaru recently after a week of diving. Captured really good video footage and photographs of the Mantas and Whale Sharks feeding at Hanifaru bay. There were countless number of Manta Rays and about 5 to 8 different Whale Sharks. The videos are currently being edited and compiled by our editors and the photos are being selected and archived. A video of the Hanifaru Dive trip will be uploaded in a few days to our Youtube channel:

The Team

Yaambe filming a Manta Ray

Manta Rays & School of Fussilers

Shaff filming the Manta Rays

Yaanbe & a Whale Shark

Whale Shark & Cameraman

The trip would have not been possible if not for the valuable help from Jinah and the people of Island of Kendhoo specially Alibe, Mode and Sappe'.

Sep 23, 2008

Aqua Dreams Imaging & Maldivers Team in Baa Atoll

Filming in Baa Atoll have been wrapped up and now the team is back in Male'. Dived Dhonfan Thila, Dhigalihaa and also one of the best sites in Baa Atoll, Nelivaru Haa. The team snorkelled with over 30 mantas and also in the end with a Whale Shark.

The Team (Andholhey taking the photo)

Faizan videoing at Nelivaru Haa

More updates soon....

Sep 16, 2008

Filming in Baa Atoll

An underwater film crew from Aqua Dreams Imaging together with some instructors and divemasters from Maldivers Dive Centre will be leaving to Baa Atoll to document the marine life at Hanifaru Bay and also a few other protected marine areas in that atoll on 16th September for a duration of 3 days. The trip is being funded by the Atolls Ecosystem Conservation Project (AEC).

Jul 26, 2008

Save The Sharks

A Reef Shark caught in a net

Maldives...where divers come to see the amazing underwater life. Especially to see the Sharks. This photo was taken near the island of Gaafaru in North Male' Atoll. We saw this as we were going up to the surface after videoing and photographing the wreck 'Erlengen'.

Please help protect the Sharks of the Maldives.

Jun 22, 2008

AD Website Under Re-construction

The Aqua Dreams website is currently being re-constructed. Sorry for the inconvenience. It will be up and running in a few weeks time.

Mar 23, 2008

Maldives - By Nikhil Chinapa

I’d been itching to do it for a while. It’s just one of those things that gets into your head and doesn’t get out. I started to dream about it and began to have guilty thoughts. I even told my wife about it.. and that I had to do it – she didn’t seem to mind. In fact, she said I should go ahead and get it out of my system.

I needed to go diving.

It had been over 6 months since my last scuba dive – my 49th … and I needed to get the @#$% out of Bombay and head to the Maldives. My friend and dive buddy Shaff had been talking to me about doing a dive safari – seven days on a boat with the boys – and all we did was dive.. I was sold; bought my tickets and dug out my scuba gear.

“Sunny Maldives” , I thought to myself; with a song in my heart as I boarded my flight in Mumbai, switching off my cellphone for a week and forgetting about things like television, newspapers and the internet.

Except someone in the Maldives forgot to order the sun. I landed to overcast skies, a drizzle and feeling silly that I hadn’t carried anything warm. It sounds like a bad joke – “carry something warm to the Maldives in March” – but there you have it… nature’s having the last laugh at my expense.

Still, I’m met at the airport by my buddy Shaff, transfer to a speedboat and head to Male to pick up another friend – Riya. We pack in Riya, half a dozen fire extinguishers, and a large roll of serious looking rope that looked like it could anchor a battleship.
In half an hour we rendezvous with the Atoll Cruiser, my home for a week in the Maldives. There’s already a group of 15 Italian divers on board and we’ve just added to the party.

Mar 17, 2008

Manta Madness

Manta rays during the mating period last year. Rough edit and no colour corrections made on this video. Hope you enjoyed watching this.

Aqua Dreams Imaging Launches it's online blog

Aqua Dreams Imaging Private Limited is a production company incorporated in the Maldives with the aim of capturing and documenting marine life, culture and the heritage of the Maldives. Aqua Dreams Imaging has a young but efficient and qualified team of divers, photographers and cameramen to achieve this goal. Although the company is new, in the few months of its existence we have already embarked on several underwater filming projects for major companies as well as individuals.

Aqua Dreams Imaging have a state of the art video production studio in Male’, the capital of the Maldives and employ the latest cutting-edge equipment in the field.

Our cameramen are based on the live-aboard ‘Atoll Cruiser’, filming and documenting daily marine life from various dive sites all across the Maldives.