Fly free as a fish

Action Asia - - REAL DEALS -

IN A WORLD FIRST, FOUR SEA­SONS RE­SORT Mal­dives at Lan­daa Gi­raavaru has part­nered with wa­ter sports op­er­a­tor, Ocean Group, to launch sub­ma­rine ex­cur­sions in their most ad­vanced model yet: the Su­per Fal­con 3S. The ad­ven­ture takes up to two guests on a sub-aquatic ex­plo­ration of the Mal­dives’ only UNESCO Bio­sphere Re­serve, Baa Atoll. With a pro­fes­sional pi­lot at the con­trols (nar­rat­ing each dive while nav­i­gat­ing), pas­sen­gers skim over coral for­ma­tions; fly through shoals of reef fish; en­counter pelagic crea­tures like tur­tles, sharks, dol­phins and rays; and ex­plore the Mal­di­vian wa­ters down to a depth of 40 me­tres. Once sub­merged, the domes of the bat- tery-op­er­ated sub­mersible pro­vide a 360˚ view of the un­der­wa­ter world. Its air­plane-in­spired de­sign al­lows the Su­per Fal­con 3S to ma­noeu­vre and glide smoothly, with elec­tric and acous­tic emis­sions min­imised to re­duce dis­tur­bance to ma­rine life. A sur­face team track the sub­ma­rine dur­ing each dive, and stay in com­mu­ni­ca­tion with the pi­lot at all times. Ocean Travel Asia is of­fer­ing a spe­cial launch pack­age of US$9,545 for two adults that in­cludes five-night Four Sea­sons ac­com­mo­da­tion, valid un­til Septem­ber 30. Pre-book­ing is es­sen­tial. Book through Four Sea­sons Re­sort Mal­dives at Lan­daa Gi­raavaru or www.ocean­

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