of the Festival is `Celebrate
the Rainbow Sea’
Yes, the nation of waving palms, white sand beaches and rainbow reefs is the host country for the most exciting event of the sea for new millennium.Scheduled for the optimum season to visit the Maldives, the festival comprises of diving, educational seminars, marine awareness lectures, coral reef interpretation workshops, photographic workshops, parties and there are over US$50,000 in cash and holiday prizes for photo, video and marine awareness competitions.The premier award for the Best Photographer of the Festival is US$5000 cash.Scheduled for the optimum season to visit the Maldives, the festival comprises of diving, educational seminars, marine awareness lectures, coral reef interpretation workshops, photographic workshops, parties and there are over US$50,000 in cash and holiday prizes for photo, video and marine awareness competitions.The premier award for the Best Photographer of the Festival is US$5000 cash. Participants will discover the reefs of the Maldives are very much alive and vibrant, and with the density of fish the Maldives is known as being the aquarium of the Indian Ocean.
& Judges Panel
Dr. Nicolas Pilcher - Conservation Scientist UNIMAS turtles specialist - Malaysia Lutz Ozewald - Tauchen, Editor
Michael AW - Author `Dreams from a Rainbow Sea Maldives’ - Australia
Dr. Charles Anderson - Marine Scientist
Sue Crowe - Editor Scuba Diver Magazine - Australia
Robert Meyer - Fish Scientist GUAM - USA
James Watt - National Geographic wildlife photographer - USA
Leo Blanco - Underwater filmmakers - Spain
Robert Houston - Publisher Action Asia Hong Kong
Richard Nicholls - Technical Diving Specialist Australia
Lee - Publisher Asian Geographic Magazine – Singapore
For the first week of the festival (April 3 – 8), participants may choose to be diving from one of the supporting resorts or cruise the atolls on one of the participating safari boats. The purpose of this week is for non-competitive participants to wind down and enjoy the coral reefs, the sun and the sea.For the video and photographic competitors, this is the period for them to capture images for the shoot-out competition.
For the second week (April 8 – 12), all participants shall convene at Paradise Island Resort; the host resort for the festival.Activities for this week include diving, lectures, movies, workshops, marine awareness competition, parties and the award ceremony.Photographic and video competitors shall submit their entries for the respective competitions on April 9. The images shall be uploaded to the web for a worldwide viewer competition.
One of the highlights of the event is the launching of NAPWATCH - Napoleon Wrasse Monitoring Program by OceanNEnvironment in the Maldives. The festival endorsed and supported by the Maldives Tourism Promotion Board.
The festival package for safari boats on the first week comprises of twin share accommodation 12 dives, full board (3meals per day) and transfers.Cruising itinerary may include North Male, South Male, North Ari, Felidhoo and South Ari atolls.
The festival package for resort base on the first week comprises of 8 boat dives (boat fares included), 2 shore dives, twin share accommodation, full board and speed boat transfer. Dive sites restricted to choice of resort.
For the second week, the package at Paradise Island Resort includes: 6 boat dives, 2 shore dives, twin share accommodation, full board (3 meals per day), entries to lectures and workshops, entry to award ceremony, lecture notes, festival T-shirt.As the festival has only limited allotments from the resorts, participants are advised to make early reservations.
1. Kuredu Island ResortLhaviyani AtollUS$ 1500 per person
seaplane transfer add US$160)
2. Vilamendhoo Island ResortSouth Ari AtollUS$1650
(Package includes seaplane transfer)
3. Taj Coral Reef ResortNorth Male Atoll US$1600
Note: the package price herein also includes the package for second week atParadise Island Resort.
6. MV Sea Queen US$1890
Sea Queen managed by Maldives Scuba Tours Ltd
MV Flying FishUS$1550
Official HOST RESORT - PARADISE ISLAND RESORT
As the festival has only limited allotment from the resorts and boats, participants are advised to make early reservation.For application to participate in the festival contact: [email protected] Fax: 61 2 9686 3688
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OceanNEnvironment for Application form: [email protected]