The winners of DIVE Magazine’s 2017 Travel Awards have been announced with OBLU by Atmosphere at Helengeli receiving the 2nd place in the Best Dive Centre or Resort category. Maldives received a string of accolades by being placed in the lists of both Top Ten Best Dive Destinations and Top Ten Best Liveaboards, where three individual local diving vessels were mentioned.
OBLU by Atmosphere at Helengeli is well-known for its exotic house reef, abundant with rich marine life which the resort fervently protects in its original state, while allowing guests to explore the wonders below with Channel Diving and House Reef Diving with a PADI-Certified Dive School and Water Sports Centre, consisting of a team of multilingual Dive Experts.
The resort is in close proximity to more than 30 popular dives sites and is just 50-minutes away from Velana International Airport by speedboat. With 116 villas of four categories, restaurants with diverse cuisines and its renowned spa, Elena by Atmosphere, the resort is a haven for dive enthusiasts and pleasure seekers alike.
The local liveaboards placed in the list of Top Ten Best Liveaboards were Carpe Vita, a luxury 38-meter long motor safari yacht comprised of 10 cabins, capable of catering to 20 divers and owned and operated by Carpe Diem Maldives, MV Sea Spirit owned and operated by Maldives Scuba Tours Ltd, with a capacity of accommodating 12 guests in 6 spacious cabins and MV Ocean Sapphire, with its 10 rooms, capable of lodging 22 guests.
The Winners of DIVE Magazine’s 2017 Travel Awards were Indonesia and Costa Rica. Indonesia won in the categories of both Best Dive Destination and Best Dive Centre or Resort with Siladen Resort and Spa in Bunaken while the Cocos Sea Hunter from Costa Rica took home the trophy of the Best Liveaboard.