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Every year Luxury Yacht Maldives organizes the already well known ‘Scientific Cruise in the Maldives’ in cooperation with the International School for Scientific Diving (ISSD Onlus) and the our special guests:

  • Prof. Paolo Colantoni (marine geologist – professor at Urbino University)
  • Prof. Carlo Nike Bianchi (marine ecologist – professor at the Genoa University)
  • Prof.ssa Carla Morri (marine biologist – professor at the Genoa University)
  • Dott. Massimo Sandrini (marine geologist)

This scientific cruise offers a unique chance to closely observe the study methods of the researchers from Genoa University, the International School for Scientific Diving, the Centre of Marine Tropical Ecology of CoNISMa  (Italian National Inter-Univerisity Society for Marine Science) and the Genoa Aquarium, who, for many years, are examining in depth the origins and the evolution of the complex systems forming the coral reefs.

Particular attention is paid to the reef health monitoring and to the recovering of reefs after the effect of coral bleaching (due to an abrupt rise of water temperature in 1998, which caused a diffused mortality in corals) as well as the tsunami that hit the southeast in 2004; with special focus of the location and the assessment of underwater caves.

Researchers recently discovered the deepest underwater karst cave in the Maldives: a real Blue Hole, similar to those in Bahamas.

The scientific cruise is therefore an opportunity to match the ever-fascinating dives in the Maldivian sea, together with special dives dedicated to the study and understanding of tropical ecology.The itineraries are similar to our usual diving cruises and the participation in these "scientific activities" is entirely free.

On board of our yacht or on a white sandy beach, together with the marine experts, it will be an exiticing adventure to learn new ‘secrets’ of this amazing underwater world and to discover the perfect complexity of the phenomena that characterize the dynamics of these environment.

The next Scientific Cruise will be on M/Y Conte Max from 11th to 18th May 2015
For further information write to

" A New synthetic index to evaluate reef coral condition"



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The archipelago of the Maldives: geography and territory The Maldives are an oblong ring-shaped double-range of large atolls. The archipelago of the Maldives is located in the Indian Ocean, mostly just north and slightly south of the Equator, between 7°6’30” latitude north and 0°41’48” latitude south and between 72°32’30” and 73°45’54” longitude east. The Maldives comprise 26 atolls stretching north to south for about 764 km. and east to west for about 128 km. India is about 595 km. away from the archipelago to the north, Sri Lanka about 670 km. to the north-west and the Chagos islands about 550 km. to the south. The atolls comprise a circular coral reef which contains the internal lagoon around and within which the numerous islands of various sizes are clustered. The 26 atolls include a total of 1,190 coral islands covered in vegetation.

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