ACTIVITIES & EXCURSION
Imagine plunging into an underwater world where the whole ocean stretches graceful and elegant before you...and the most graceful and elegant of all the ocean creatures is of course the Manta Ray. Cheval Blanc Randheli Dive Centre is proud to offer you an experience like no other, in conjunction with a well-known Manta conservation charity. During your private dhoni ride to a dive site where Mantas are frequently seen (sometimes, this can even be our own Lagoon!), our friendly and knowledgeable Marine Biologist and Video Operator will brief you on how to behave around these amazing creatures and how to take the best pictures to identify each individual animal. A camera will be provided for you, with instruction on how to use it, and then you and your Dive Guide will jump in the hope of finding a Manta or two. Once the elusive animals have been spotted, spend as much time with them as the dive will allow, taking pictures and experiencing the breath-taking feeling that only the presence of a Manta can bring. After the dive, we will whisk you back to Randheli, where your pictures will be uploaded and sent to a local branch of the charity for
identification. If ‘your’ Manta has been spotted before, you will receive detailed information on their name, age, sex, and previous locations; if this is a new sighting, you will have the opportunity to name ‘your’ Manta and learn more about them. A truly unique dive for qualified divers, beginners and experienced alike. Experience the beauty and majesty of the Indian Ocean on your doorstep! With the benefit of your own private guide, Cheval Blanc Randheli is proud to offer you a snorkeling experience around our Maison. Slide into the water from your slice of beach and be escorted by a dedicated Ambassadeur as you discover the tropical wonder of the Maldives. Upon arrival at the Spa, you will greeted by your own Spa Therapist who will direct you to cool and comfortable changing facilities, where you have time to prepare for Guerlain’s ‘After Diving Treatment’. The treatment is followed by a tailor-made dinner served under the stars on the Spa Island, or maybe even a BBQ on the beach – the choice is yours. Return to the Main Island is with one of our specialised Dhonis who will carry you home in luxury and comfort. For the adventurous types, this night experience is unique in the local area and an opportunity to try something really special. While snorkelling with one of our dedicated and experienced guides, you will be provided with a filtered Blue LED light and yellow mask filter, which makes you able to view how the light stimulates marine organisms into emitting fluorescent light. See marine life suddenly magically illuminated, projecting you into an enchanted world. With the guidance of our Marine Biologist, you will receive a full briefing on the phenomenon of Bio Fluorescence, as well as in-water information and a debriefing. All you have to decide is which location – on the Maison House Reef, or perhaps a boat ride further afield would delight you? Just inform us of your wishes and we will provide you with a bespoke experience to suit your needs. A morning or sunset journey out to the edge of the atoll to spot pods of dolphins cruising through the channels between the islands. When the sea is calm is the best time, you can capture stunning images of our beautiful friends... you can spot Bottlenose dolphins calmly feeding or Spinner dolphins performing acrobatic leaps and pirouettes, they are the most common species in the atoll... or with more luck make an unusual encounter with pilot whales or Risso’s dolphins. Large pods can come very close, often they come surfing in front of the boat and playing with waves or slapping the water with their tales. Snorkeling is the easiest way to discover the Maldives’ fascinating underwater life. Alone or with your family, join any of the exciting snorkeling adventures offered at Randheli!
Snorkeling for Beginners – For those who are snorkeling for the first time or are a bit nervous in the deep water. A short private instruction session in the lagoon, followed by a snorkeling trip at a very shallow water location.
Snorkel Splash – A snorkeling trip with the boat where we stop at one site and snorkel in a nearby reef, and have the experience of being surrounded by myriads of fish, and colourful corals.
Snorkel Adventure – For those who want to explore the different reefs in Noonu Atoll, suitable for both snorkeling enthusiasts and those who are just exploring this fantastic experience in the water. We will do snorkeling to two different reefs among the best snorkeling sites around the atoll, each one with its own special characteristics.
Sunset Snorkeling and Night Snorkeling – To experience the charm of the reefs in the transition from light to dark. Snorkeling at sunset will offer you an unforgettable experience, to see the sea portray the colors of the sunset and species shy during the day, such as reef sharks, moray eels or octopus became more active and prey on small fish and crustaceans. Or seize the moment in which sea turtles go to sleep sheltered by large corals. At night, with a torch, you will see the colors of the reef in their full splendor and marine fauna and flora which you can’t see during the day: a truly unforgettable guided experience
Turtle Adventure – In Noonu Atoll we have three different species of marine turtle – Green, Hawksbill and Humpback. See them in their natural habitat and get up close and personal with these gentle sea creatures! We take you to a beautiful local reef where turtles are frequently seen; bring your camera or rent one of ours – this is an opportunity not to be missed!
Sunrise Snorkeling – Experience the rising sun in Noonu Atoll, see how the dwellers of the reef go back to their diurnal habits after the active night. Early morning snorkeling is the best time to see some species still retain their nocturnal behavior and be able to admire the corals as never seen before.
Experience the reef with our Marine Biologist – On all snorkeling trips, on request, it is possible to be guided by our Marine Biologist, for those who want more detailed information and to learn more about the marine ecosystem and species encountered whilst snorkeling. You can even take a blue LED light torch and experience the bio-fluorescence of the marine world – snorkeling as you’ve never seen it before! Available to you on Randheli are both motorised and non-motorised Watersports, such as water ski, wakeboard, kneeboard or Fun- Tubes and Ride Toys. For beginners we have lessons available in water skiing, wakeboarding and kneeboarding.
If you would prefer to choose something a little ‘extreme’, why not experience Wind Surfing or our Catamaran? Beginners can benefit with a lesson or VDWS courses with certification. Other amenities such as Kayaks, Stand Up Paddle Boards and Pedaloes are available on a complimentary basis.
Pedaloes, Sea Kayak and Stand Up Paddle Boards (SUP) – No prior experience necessary, just enjoy the sun and peaceful rhythm of the lapping waves of our beautiful lagoon. Enjoy the safety of the lagoon where you may even encounter manta rays gliding effortlessly by.
Windsurfing Courses – This internationally recognized windsurfing course is taught to VDWS standards and consists of academic lessons to fully understand equipment and environmental components. In-water practical experience under the direct guidance of our instructors will give you the knowledge and confidence to windsurf in all conditions. The complete license will take around 10- 12 hours.
Banana and Tube Rides – Fun rides pulled by our MasterCraft speed boat built for watersports, equipped with a 360 horse power inboard engine. Fun for the little ones and the not-so little ones.
Kneeboarding and Waterskiing – For beginners and experts alike, either learn to wake board/water ski or just go for it if you are experienced. Different skis, including mono skis and child-size skis are available to suit all.
Catamaran Sailing – If you are experienced you can sail away with our Top Cat, however please note that a sail check is required before you can take out the Top Cat. One on one specialized coaching is available for you to work on specific skills. If you would rather let an expert take the tiller, why not try a relaxing adventure with our Catamaran Captain at the helm?
Catamaran Courses – Learn how to sail our Top Cat with one of our patient and professional instructors. This VDWS sanctioned course is designed to give you complete knowledge of environmental considerations for safety and enjoyment. The course takes around 12 hours and is an internationally recognized sailing license. Whether you’re a landlubber or a professional seaman, the Indian Ocean is the perfect place to hire a boat and sail away. Cheval Blanc Randheli Dive Centre can offer you exclusive hire of one of our fleet of boats, by the hour, half day, full day, or even for an overnight trip. Drift away on the blue ocean and let the lapping of the waves caress your senses:
Catamaran – be your own Captain, or sit back and enjoy the ride, couples or singles will love the thrill of the wind in their hair as they cruise about the lagoon in our Top Cat Catamaran. Relaxing and calm, take the opportunity to get back to nature; and who knows, you might even come across some dolphins on your travels.
Mastercraft – a must for the adrenaline junkies! Our 360 horse power inboard Mastercraft is perfect for watersports, as well as snorkeling excursions and speed-cruises. With a state of the art sound system and some extreme power, going fast has never looked so good.
Coast Craft Speed Boat – the pride of Cheval Blanc Randheli. Easily recognisable in our signature colours, this comfortable but fast speeedboat will get you where you want to go in luxury and style. At 37’, she makes the ideal transfer boat, or maybe hop on to do some Manta snorkeling - the choice is yours!
‘Mini’ Dhoni – sleek and stylish, with a touch of local history. At your disposal are 4 wooden, motorised, custom-made 24’ dhonis – your convenient water taxi to Makhurandhoo, the Cheval Blanc Spa, or the Owner’s Villa, they also double up as a romantic vessel for moonlight cruises or even a wedding ceremony.
Diving/Excursion Dhoni – comfortable, generously-sized, and all the modern conveniences you would expect (with maybe a few you would not!), our two diving and excursion dhonis are fitted out with everything the new and experienced sportsman could require. From cylinder racks and fighting chairs, to cup holders and refridgerators, these modern 41’ wood and fibreglass dhonis have it all.
Big Game Fishing Boat – for the fishing enthusiasts, this beautiful boat is a must-try. At 52’ and with 3 cabins, this luxurious yacht is fitted in teak and has engines that pack a powerful punch. She comes complete with fighting chairs and rods, 2 well-appointed bathrooms and even a kitchenette. Catch your dinner in style, or hire her for your private diving or snorkeling excursion. You may never want to come back to shore! The following boat excursions are scheduled for group outings as indicated further in this document. They may also be booked for private outings using any of Randheli’s boat fleet – our Dive Centre will be able to provide further information on available and suitable vessels for your desired excursion.
Dolphin Adventure – A morning or sunset journey out to the edge of the atoll to spot pods of dolphins cruising through the channels between the islands. When the sea is calm is the best time, you can capture stunning images of our beautiful friends... you can spot Bottlenose dolphins calmly feeding or Spinner dolphins performing acrobatic leaps and pirouettes, they are the most common species in the atoll... or with more luck make an unusual encounter with pilot whales or Risso’s dolphins. Large pods can come very close, often they come surfing in front of the boat and playing with waves or slapping the water with their tales.
Sunset Cruise – Enjoy the sunset in the Maldives, chase the sun to the horizon and watch the sky and the sea change colour by the minute as dusk approaches. Celebrate the glorious day’s end in style with delicious canapes and a glass of your favourite champagne. Then return after dark to experience the softly glowing lights of Randheli from the sea...
Sand Bank Adventure – Have you ever wondered how Robinson Crusoe felt? Well now is your chance! Hire your own private boat or join a scheduled trip, and enjoy the feeling of timelessness away from the hustle and bustle on your own desert island. After an unforgettable snorkelling experience with one of our experienced guides, enjoy a sumptuous picnic before lazing in the sun until
we sail back to Randheli!
Local Island Tour – Experience life as the Maldivians have done for thousands of years – join our dhoni boat trip to visit a nearby inhabited island with its colorful pink, turquoise and pale green painted houses –some of which are entirely made of choral!-, century old banyan trees, small shipyard and local Mosque whilst we share with you some interesting facts about Maldivian history. For those of you who have ever wondered how these welcoming people live, this is your chance...
Full Moon Cruise and Star Gazing Cruise – A unique experience, when the water turns a magical silver and shines as brightly as the moonlit sky on the elegant deck while taking in the breathtaking scenery, sipping a glass or champagne or wine and some delicious pastries and chocolates by our in-house French Pastry Chef.
Private Charters and Bespoke Excursions – We are glad to offer private charters and tailor made excursions in Noonu and nearby atolls. We can create personalized excursions to meet your own desires & tastes, whether it be snorkeling, visiting local islands or just enjoying a private picnic on a sand bank... why not hire a private boat for the day?
Explore the reefs of Edhdhuffaru, proposed as the first Maldivian National Park, or snorkel in the picturesque waters of Karimmavattaru lagoon, recently discovered to be a nursery for sharks and rays. After returning from the reef, our friendly crew will serve you a picnic lunch on the open deck or on a sand bank, if you wish it.
The captains all have years of experience and are dedicated to making your day the best it can be. Each tour is custom designed to meet your needs and the local crew enjoy sharing the island’s hidden reefs, lagoon and beaches. We are happy to tailor make any combination of activities on private boat hires, fishing, snorkeling, diving, or just cruising are all possible....the choice is yours.
Traditional Sunset and Night Fishing – Catch your dinner in the Maldivian way on a fishing expedition, trying the traditional Maldivian method of handline fishing. Sunset fishing is the way to go, and the boat leaves before the sunset to find a good spot near a reef. The boat crew will show you how to use the lines, hooks, and sinkers and help you rig your fishing “rolls” as you get knowledge of this island nation’s unique culture.
Bait fish, weights, lines and hooks are all provided on the trip, and well-trained and experienced staff will accompany you on the journey, answering any questions you may have and ensuring you have plenty of fun.
Big Game Fishing – Relax and go fishing in the crystal clear waters of Noonu Atoll, which can provide an unforgettable fishing experience for anglers of all abilities. The Maldivian waters houses a variety of Big Game Fish, including Sailfish, Wahoo, Dorado and many different varieties of Tuna as well as plenty of grouper and snapper. We will take you on a 36 foot Big Game Fishing boat with a cool shade cover to protect you from the sun and the rain. All necessary rods, lines, trawling gear, bait and lures are provided on board.
Fishing with us is not just about boats & captains, but a crew with an innate ability to sense fish & create exciting fishing experiences for all of our guests with the promise of outstanding service and quality. At your choice you can decide to catch and release or hold some of the catches for dinner, our experienced crew will suggest you which species suits better for cooking... the rest will be done by the creativity of our Chefs. This excursion may only be booked with our dedicated Big Game Fishing Boat. Cheval Blanc Randheli has 5 Star PADI Dive Centre offering a full range of PADI courses All of their PADI instructors are multilingual with additional skills such as Underwater Photography/Videography or Marine Biology, and have years of diving experience under their belts. You can even take the opportunity to learn PADI Distinctive Specialities such as Shark Awareness Diver or Manta Awareness Diver, as well as a host of other speciality courses.