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.