International Dive Travel Specialists

scubatravel@iafrica.com

Tel: RSA (011) 648-9648

Background:

Africa Scuba Travel was one of the fist South African dive tour operators to promote Maldives as a dive destination, specifically for South Africans. It soon became our most popular international dive destination, and at one stage we were escorting groups of over 100 divers at a time to Meeru, and the other now familiar Maldive tourist Islands. Due to this popularity, we formed a joint venture association with Getaway Magazine, and this relationship continued over a period of 6 years, during which time it became their readers most popular travel destination.

We arranged, marketed and escorted all of these GETAWAY MAGAZINE / SCUBA TRAVEL joint venture tours, and in the process made invaluable contacts, and built up a reputation as the specialist Maldives dive tour operators. When direct flights to the Maldives were stopped some time ago, we discontinued these tours because of the time and hassles we subsequently encountered flying via Dubai, or Singapore. Recently Air Seychelles introduced a “direct” flight (short stopover in Seychelles) between Johannesburg and Maldives.We have “resurrected” our old Maldive connections and friends, and jointly with them, are proud to offer these unbelievable dive specials.

There are certainly no other comparable tours or rates available

 

White Sands Resort & Spa

The Maldives undoubtedly epitomizes everyone’s perception of what tropical Islands should look like.

There are approximately 1,200 islands in an area of 90,000 square kilometers, of which 1,000 are uninhabited. To put this into perspective, the Kruger Park is 20,000 square kilometers.

From most of the tourist islands, you can see another 4 or 5, mainly uninhabited, islands dotted around you.

White Sands Resort & Spa is situated in the South Ari Atoll, and is particularly well known for its beautiful white beaches, and calm, clear swimming lagoon, which encircles virtually the whole Island. It is also one of the most famous Maldivian resorts for Scuba Diving.

It has been designed to compliment the natural environment and Maldivian Style – with thatched roofs, natural timbers and textiles are to be found throughout the rooms, reception, restaurants and lounge areas.

 

View of White Sands Island

1.7km long, this coral island resort is surrounded by white sandy beaches, protected by a calm, crystal blue lagoon and replete with an abundance of tropical marine life.

 

Accommodation

The resort consists of 2 distinct areas and types of accommodation, the "Island Village" and "Water Village". This arrangement is designed to suit all guests’ preferences and all budgets.

 

The Island Village houses a selection of thatched Island Village Guest Rooms and Beach Cottages nestled amongst the bright bougainvillea and tropical gardens. Located either directly on, or fronting the beach, all accommodation is in single story buildings and compliment the local environment.

 

Island Village Guest Rooms

Traditionally furnished, rooms located close to the beach. All rooms have individually controlled air-conditioning, heated desalinated water, outside garden shower, IDD telephone, mini bar and private terrace. (maximum 3 persons) Larger family rooms, with an additional sleeping area, are available upon request.

 

Beach Cottages – HIGHLY RECOMMENDED – BEST VALUE FOR MONEY

Spacious and uniquely designed superior accommodation, with direct access to your own private beach. All accommodations have individually controlled air-conditioning, heated desalinated water, outside garden shower, IDD telephone, private terrace and mini bar and refrigerator facilities. (maximum 3 persons)

 

Over Water Bungalow

Even the most discerning traveler will be captivated by the picturesque accommodations provided by the Over Water Bungalows and Suites. Connected to the main island by a private wooden jetty, these timber rooms are reminiscent of traditional Maldivian houseboats on stilts, situated over the lagoon and beautifully appointed, heated desalinated water, bath and shower, individually controlled air-conditioning, in-room safe, hair dryer, mini bar, IDD telephone, refrigerator and television. (maximum 3 persons)

 

Over Water Suite

These double sized bungalows feature all the facilities of the Over Water Bungalows with the addition of a living room or second bedroom, plus a larger private decked terrace. (maximum 4 persons).

 

Child Care

Baby sitting is available

 
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