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Feel inspired again at Angsana Ihuru in the Maldives!

Appeared in DIVER October 2012
It's during the cooler months of Autumn when we need to go in search of a little sunshine. Angsana Ihuru is that tropical, sunshine-filled island. Recently renovated, this is a boutique resort with a huge variety of experiences to inspire and excite guests, providing distractions needed once you've finished that book and thoroughly unwound from the pressures of normal life.

Hungover in the Maldives

Appeared in DIVER August 2012
Exciting things go on in the Maldives fast-flowing atoll channels, but head for an overhang out of the current and youll be in excellent company, says JOHN BANTIN

Is Angsana Ihuru the home to the best dive site in the Maldives

Appeared in DIVER July 2012
After a complete renovation, the resort and marine centre at the five star Angsana Ihuru, close to Malés international airport, has re-opened for business. With just 45 individual villas, all with WiFi and most with their own private Jet-Pool (Jacuzzi), it is one of the more intimate boutique resorts in the Maldives.

Thrusting with the biguns

Appeared in DIVER June 2012
Is it a fish? Is it a sub? No-one can keep up with JOHN BANTIN when he straps on his Thruster! But, far from being a turn-off, motorisation seems to tickle the fancy of the Maldives bigger fish

Return to Reethi

Appeared in DIVER March 2012
The Maldives is a captivating destination, but KYLE WALLACE reckons he may have found the best of the best islands to use as a base

Decadent diving in Madagascar

Appeared in DIVER February 2012
Famed for its chameleons, lemurs and rainforests that whoop and holler with diversity, Madagascar is an eco-tourists utopia. Less well known, however, is what's found a little further offshore. AARON GEKOSKI finds out

No shoes, no news!

Appeared in DIVER January 2012
Nigel Wade kicks back on Ari Atoll and notes the impressive resurgence Maldivian marine life continues to make

Thats a moray - Mauritius

Appeared in DIVER December 2011
Wrapping yourself in moray eel is not usually recommended, and interacting with titan triggerfish is asking for trouble. But the boss of one dive centre in Mauritius has a way with animals, and patience is the key, says JOHN LIDDIARD

Fishing-boat recycling programme

Appeared in DIVER August 2011
Who would do a 10,000-mile round trip to dive a couple of old fishing-boats? What about the carbon footprint? Well, the plane was flying anyway, and JOHN BANTIN had a few days to spare, so he hopped aboard

Understanding the Atolls

Appeared in DIVER January 2011
No diving holiday guide would be complete without the Maldives, but visiting divers need to understand this watery nation before deciding exactly where and when to go, reckons John Bantin

Honeymoon heaven

Appeared in DIVER October 2010
Leaving Hollyoaks and Strictly in their wake, they headed towards the hottest atoll in the Maldives - if only all fledgling dives could be like this! But how did Kevin Sacre-Dallerup get away with it? Steve Weinman wants to know. Underwater images by Thomas Badstuebner

Smitten! - by the Maldives

Appeared in DIVER June 2010
Louise Trewavas had never been to the Maldives, so we asked her to visit three islands fitted with Werner Lau dive centres to see if they would tick her boxes. Sounds as if they did!

Constant luxury

Appeared in DIVER March 2010
While the Maldives sets out to broaden access to its diving delights with budget-priced accommodation, at the other end of the spectrum a few top-end resorts are still being developed. John Bantin immerses himself in luxury

Fun at Fundu

Appeared in DIVER January 2010
Tim Ecott travels to this Tanzanian island to sample the diving on some of East Africas best-preserved reefs - and an interesting wreck

Deluxe diving

Appeared in DIVER January 2010
In the southernmost reaches of the Maldives, the hard coral grows proudly and fish hardly recognise divers. Shore-based holidays there will become more accessible over time, but for now a high-end approach may be needed, says willing volunteer Zac Macaulay

Bali Time

Appeared in DIVER January 2010
A two-centre stay in Bali offers a variety of Indonesian diving attractions in comfortable surroundings - if you don't mind long transfers, says John Bantin

Tranquil above, buzzing below

Appeared in DIVER January 2008
Zanzibar, a name that breathes spices and mystery. Christopher Bartlett visits the Tanzanian island and takes the chance to savour its underwater flavours

Up for sail

Appeared in DIVER January 2008
The Maldives cover a lot of ocean, but liveaboards allow divers to reach magical parts such as Huvadhoo, says David Nicholson. Shame about the shark-finning, though. Pictures by Andy Barker

Gardens of the Maldives

Appeared in DIVER May 2008
Think of a tropical reef dive as you would a walk in the park, suggests TV gardener David Domoney. The seascape may be more animal than plant, but we can still enjoy the spectacle of the ...

White magic in the Maldives

Appeared in DIVER November 2008
The Indian Ocean around the Maldivian island of Kuredu explodes with colourful life, says Mark Ellen, Editor of The Word magazine. It also raises many burning questions for divers. Main p...

Down south with Sheena

Appeared in DIVER September 2008
Well away from the crowds, mv Sheena is well-placed to explore the more southerly atolls of the Maldives. John Liddiard reports from the cleaning station

What's in a name?

Appeared in DIVER July 2009
As the Maldives opens new areas to tourism, Tim Ecott explores the remote dive sites of Noonu Atoll. Photos by Koen Zuurbier

Toxic delights

Appeared in DIVER January 2007
The Indian Ocean island of Mauritius offers divers reefs of evil - in the nicest possible way, says Steve Weinman

The joy of mobility

A liveaboard holiday is the only way to go in the Maldives, as far as Cris Little is concerned

Splashing out in a big way

If you want to dive with the big beasts, what better way to do it than from a big beast of a liveaboard with every refinement money can buy Nigel Eaton enjoys the high life aboard Four Se...

Never mind the rain

Appeared in DIVER September 2006
Why worry, when you have personal assistants to defog your mask for you before a dive, and swaddle you in a bathrobe after it? Such molly-coddling can't compensate for below-par diving, o...


Its hard coral might have taken a hammering, but the Maldives still boasts the wealth of marine life that makes this one of the world's premier diving attractions, says John Bantin


Appeared in DIVER May 2006
If you like exciting diving, youll like the Maldives. Here are 99 things you should know about these unique islands, put together by many-times visitor John Bantin

Latest ultimate dive centre

Appeared in DIVER January 2006
Hang-out of celebrities whose names are only whispered, you too can dive from this luxurious Maldivian island if you want to splash out. Monty Halls wangles another tough assignment

An unforgettable site

Bathalaa Maaga Kan Thila - if you think those four words are difficult to remember, go and dive the site and, promises Christian Routin, you'll never forget it - he reckons it exemplifies...

Survival and Revival

The Maldives didn't suffer the human cost inflicted elsewhere by the Boxing Day Tsunami. Gavin Parsons went to investigate what happened there under water, and found signs of coral improv...

Stacked at the Serpent

Does Mauritius have what it takes to capture a divers imagination, or is it just for romantic holidays with a bit of diving on the side? Brendan O'Brien goes site-seeing, and finds that t...

Faster and Faster to Aldabra

An 800-mile odyssey to the world's largest coral atoll above sea-level gives Captain Nemo, Norman Clegg, Nymphet and the rest of the gang time to get dived in - ready to face the challeng...

A Guide to the Seashores of Eastern Africa and the Western Indian Ocean Islands, edited by Matthew D Richmond

A Guide to the Seashores of Eastern Africa and the Western Indian Ocean Islands, edited by Matthew D Richmond

Quick-change act

How can a diver justify returning again and again to the Maldives? Easily, says John Bantin, kicking off this month's Maldives Special

Britains most loyal divers

Why we take our diving holidays where we do may depend on anything from whether were into macro photography or our dive buddy demands a hot Jacuzzi at the end of the day. But what makes p...

Post-tsunami, still flying

The Maldivean flag flies at half-mast to commemorate the tsunami. But did it leave its mark on the reefs? Gavin Parsons finds out.