For all our colonisation, reconnaissance and discovery, the world’s oceans are still a mystery to us. The fact is, we know more about the surface of Mars than we do about the deep blue of our planet’s oceans. David Attenborough, may Poseidon bless him, continues to show the wider public all the new discoveries that are constantly being made beneath the waves, and so it is no wonder that scuba diving is so popular. Humanity has always been drawn to the mysterious, it is why we spread across the globe. When submerging yourself in the Earth’s most tantalising environment, the full scope and spectacle of nature strike a special chord within.
The beauty of luxury diving holidays is that the best of what it is to be alive is available. There is the personal voyage of discovery we all crave with the ocean, then the finest accommodations and facilities to come back to, allowing a sumptuous and well-deserved rest after a days diving. Axerian has chosen to highlight three experiences from different parts of the world that should entice anyone, constructed of adventurous bones, to think about luxury diving as their next choice of holiday.
Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru: Baa Atoll, The Maldives
The Maldives frequently appears on any list of the world’s top diving destinations, and for very good reason. They even have the word dive in them! Well ok, its name is most likely derived from the Sanskrit words mālā (garland) and dvīpa (island), but puns are hard to come by so please indulge my frivolity. Reaching the beautiful isolation of Baa Atoll is done so via seaplane. The area is a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve and so the delights of the tropical Indian Ocean are on full display, in all their glory. Divers who venture into these waters can expect to see ginormous manta rays, frolicking bottlenose dolphins and graceful whale sharks, the largest known fish on Earth.
Before diving into the waters, sate your appetite for knowledge of the environment you have travelled to enjoy by visiting the Marine Discovery Centre. This base of operations is home to pioneering coral reef scaping, fish-breeding and turtle rehabilitation projects, whilst the world’s first Deep Flight Super Falcon 3S: a personal 3-man submarine, is an incredible way to explore the underwater world.
After a day of exertion and wonder it is only natural that the sophisticated traveller would want to relax in style, and The Four Seasons Resort is the perfect way to do so. A particular recommendation is the three-bedroom, two-storey Estate. This features a private eighty metre beach, two pools, a star gazing lounge and vast al fresco living space. Relax under the tropical twilight sky and reminisce about the adventure you have had, and pinch yourself for being in the fortunate position to experience it all over again the next day.
Fundu Lagoon, Tanzania
The Sunday Times described this resort as thus: “One of the last beach resorts on Earth where you can get away from other people. I had, it seemed, the Indian Ocean to myself.”
Quite the compliment, but it is easy to understand why they were enthralled when looking at the location and facilities that it offers to tourists. Accommodation includes Makuti thatched roofs, wooden walkways and sandy paths. All of which lend a rustic charm to Fundu Lagoon, allowing it to blend perfectly with the surrounding forest and the coastline. With its isolation and said charm, you can have your own Robinson Cruise-esque experience. However, unlike Daniel Defoe’s castaway protagonist you have access to the best luxuries possible. The exquisite suites have two different natures. You can either be situated right on the beach or be further inland close to the mangroves. Both have one thing in common, their opulence and plush comfort.
Fundu Lagoon is also situated in the Indian Ocean and thus the surrounding waters are also home to a rich diversity of marine life. Barracudas, manta and eagle rays, turtles, star fish and crustaceans call this aquatic domain home, as well as corals and sponges. The resort is only reachable by boat but is currently closed due to the Coronavirus pandemic. It is scheduled to reopen on July 31st.
Exploring Cenotes and Caves in Mexico
OK so this is not oceanic diving, but it is an experience like no other. Somebody reading this may be an accomplished diver and so perhaps they fancy putting their skills to the test. Cave diving is notoriously difficult, and it can be perilously dangerous to the inexperienced. But if your skills are up to scratch then the rewards are simply astonishing.
Mexico is widely considered to be the best place to do this, it is the sacred site of spelunking if you will. The Yucatan Peninsula is famous for its unique underground conditions. Its limestone soil has percolated rainwater over millions of years to give place to the world’s longest underground river system. Parts of the surface land have collapsed over the years creating sinkholes called cenotes. This regional term is specifically associated with the Yucatán Peninsula of Mexico, where cenotes were commonly used for water supplies by the ancient Maya.
An alien world awaits those intrepid enough to venture into the deep caverns of the Earth. Expect to encounter rock formations that have the appearance of being crafted by the most dexterous artisans, and animals that would be well placed in a work of science-fiction.
Whether you wish to dive into the waters of the ocean and emerge to exquisite luxury, or test your skills to their limit, the Axerian luxury concierge is there to facilitate any wishes. If your interest has been piqued by the information in this article, then seize the opportunity. Celebrate the opening up of the world by plunging into its depths.