• Store
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    • Cayman Photographers is part of Cathy Church’s Photo Centre. We have been the photo experts in the Cayman Islands since 1972. Let us help you capture your special moments in your own personal way. more>>>


      Plan your wedding near beautiful Cayman beaches and we will capture the beauty more>>>

      Cayman Photographers offers photography throughout Grand Cayman. If you're looking for a great venue to have your wedding or portraits in Grand Cayman, we are happy to recommend several amazing locations such as the Ritz-Carlton, the Marriott Beach Resort, the Westin Casuarina Resort.... more>>>

  • Classes
    • Above water Photo Classes

      Our private, one on one affordable classes at Cathy Church's Photo Centre can help you take your photos to the next level.

      Whether you want to learn how to take the photo or how to use editing software or even advanced techniques like studio lighting, we can customize a lesson for you. Our instructors will work with you whether you are a beginner or a pro or somewhere in between.

      If you have a pocket compact camera or the latest in DSLR's, we can help you get the most from your camera. You will benefit from our personal hands-on methods that will have you learning skills in no time and utilizing new technology to make your photos look amazing. more>>>

      Under water Photo Classes

      Capture your underwater adventure with Cathy Church, the best teacher ever! FUN and EASY!!

      1. Do you teach Land Photography, Underwater photography and Image Editing?

      2. Can I learn with any camera?

      3. What is a class like?

      4. Should I bring samples of my past photos?

      5. Should I learn with Staff or Cathy?

      6. Can I get PADI specialty Certification?

      7. How much does it cost? How do I reserve space?

      8. What type of photos can I expect?

      more >>>

  • About Cathy
    • Cathy's Blog
    • Cathy's Awards
    • Photo Projects
      • Cathy and her team have produced the world's largest underwater photo installation at Grand Cayman's Owen Roberts Airport Baggage Claim area. It covers nine feet high and 145 feet long and is comprised of over 50 photos expertly assembled by Cathy's photoshop guru Charles (CJ) Viggers. CJ spent several all nighters assembling the huge file in time for the printing deadline. Vision Marketing (a local company) printed and installed it.

        more>>>

         

    • Articles
    • Cathy's Biography
      • Cathy's Biography

        About Cathy Church

        As a child, Cathy Church was an avid biologist and bird watcher. She earned a BS in biology from the University of Michigan where she learned to SCUBA dive. She was studying marine biology at Stanford University's Hopkins Marine biology station in Monterey, California when she met Jim Church, a scuba diver who was pioneering underwater photography and writing for Skin Diver Magazine in the early 60s. Cathy wanted to document her underwater work and spent many dives with Jim exploring ways to use the Calypso camera and flashbulb systems with homemade accessories.

        more>>>

        Detailed biography of Cathy Church

    • Cathy's Biography

      About Cathy Church

      As a child, Cathy Church was an avid biologist and bird watcher. She earned a BS in biology from the University of Michigan where she learned to SCUBA dive. She was studying marine biology at Stanford University's Hopkins Marine biology station in Monterey, California when she met Jim Church, a scuba diver who was pioneering underwater photography and writing for Skin Diver Magazine in the early 60s. Cathy wanted to document her underwater work and spent many dives with Jim exploring ways to use the Calypso camera and flashbulb systems with homemade accessories.

      more>>>

      Detailed biography of Cathy Church

  • Environmental Issues
    • Most people do not have the time to lobby, study, fund, and fix our environmental problems. By yourself, your tiny little voice will get lost and misplaced. But when we form massive groups, we can flex enough muscle to fix virtually anything!

      Everyone Should Support Three Environmental Organizations:

      -- One World-Wide  -- One Nation-Wide  -- One Local

      We Cannot Join Them All, So You Must Pick And Choose Your Battles.

      I have personally chosen two battles: stop shark finning and save leatherback turtles. You may choose to protect elephants from poachers, or stop over fishing. But concentrate on one thing and do something -- anything, over and over.

      There is no single cause that is more important than another, as they all work together.

      For shark finning, I support http://www.sharktrust.org, an effective UK group. Many of you contributed to my request for money to install billboards in China where the famous Chinese basketball player Yao Ming is pictured asking everyone to just say no to shark fin soup. We collected enough $20 donations to pay for 100 billboards! This campaign was immensely successful. Collectively that money worked well.

      more>>>

  • About us
  • Contact us
    • How to Contact Us:

      Cathy Church's Photo Centre and Gallery

      P.O. Box 479, Grand Cayman, KY1-1106, CAYMAN ISLANDS

      390 South Church Street, at the Sunset House Hotel

      EMAIL: click here

      Calling from within Cayman: (345)-949-7415

      Calling from the US: (607)-330-3504 connects directly with our Cayman office

      Fax from within the Cayman Islands: 345-949-9770

      Business Hours:

      Mon-Sat: 9:00 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sun and Public Holidays: closed

       

  • Store
  • Printing & Digital Services
  • Weddings & Events
    • Cayman Photographers is part of Cathy Church’s Photo Centre. We have been the photo experts in the Cayman Islands since 1972. Let us help you capture your special moments in your own personal way. more>>>


      Plan your wedding near beautiful Cayman beaches and we will capture the beauty more>>>

      Cayman Photographers offers photography throughout Grand Cayman. If you're looking for a great venue to have your wedding or portraits in Grand Cayman, we are happy to recommend several amazing locations such as the Ritz-Carlton, the Marriott Beach Resort, the Westin Casuarina Resort.... more>>>

  • Classes
    • Above water Photo Classes

      Our private, one on one affordable classes at Cathy Church's Photo Centre can help you take your photos to the next level.

      Whether you want to learn how to take the photo or how to use editing software or even advanced techniques like studio lighting, we can customize a lesson for you. Our instructors will work with you whether you are a beginner or a pro or somewhere in between.

      If you have a pocket compact camera or the latest in DSLR's, we can help you get the most from your camera. You will benefit from our personal hands-on methods that will have you learning skills in no time and utilizing new technology to make your photos look amazing. more>>>

      Under water Photo Classes

      Capture your underwater adventure with Cathy Church, the best teacher ever! FUN and EASY!!

      1. Do you teach Land Photography, Underwater photography and Image Editing?

      2. Can I learn with any camera?

      3. What is a class like?

      4. Should I bring samples of my past photos?

      5. Should I learn with Staff or Cathy?

      6. Can I get PADI specialty Certification?

      7. How much does it cost? How do I reserve space?

      8. What type of photos can I expect?

      more >>>

  • About Cathy
    • Cathy's Blog
    • Cathy's Awards
    • Photo Projects
      • Cathy and her team have produced the world's largest underwater photo installation at Grand Cayman's Owen Roberts Airport Baggage Claim area. It covers nine feet high and 145 feet long and is comprised of over 50 photos expertly assembled by Cathy's photoshop guru Charles (CJ) Viggers. CJ spent several all nighters assembling the huge file in time for the printing deadline. Vision Marketing (a local company) printed and installed it.

        more>>>

         

    • Articles
    • Cathy's Biography
      • Cathy's Biography

        About Cathy Church

        As a child, Cathy Church was an avid biologist and bird watcher. She earned a BS in biology from the University of Michigan where she learned to SCUBA dive. She was studying marine biology at Stanford University's Hopkins Marine biology station in Monterey, California when she met Jim Church, a scuba diver who was pioneering underwater photography and writing for Skin Diver Magazine in the early 60s. Cathy wanted to document her underwater work and spent many dives with Jim exploring ways to use the Calypso camera and flashbulb systems with homemade accessories.

        more>>>

        Detailed biography of Cathy Church

    • Cathy's Biography

      About Cathy Church

      As a child, Cathy Church was an avid biologist and bird watcher. She earned a BS in biology from the University of Michigan where she learned to SCUBA dive. She was studying marine biology at Stanford University's Hopkins Marine biology station in Monterey, California when she met Jim Church, a scuba diver who was pioneering underwater photography and writing for Skin Diver Magazine in the early 60s. Cathy wanted to document her underwater work and spent many dives with Jim exploring ways to use the Calypso camera and flashbulb systems with homemade accessories.

      more>>>

      Detailed biography of Cathy Church

  • Environmental Issues
    • Most people do not have the time to lobby, study, fund, and fix our environmental problems. By yourself, your tiny little voice will get lost and misplaced. But when we form massive groups, we can flex enough muscle to fix virtually anything!

      Everyone Should Support Three Environmental Organizations:

      -- One World-Wide  -- One Nation-Wide  -- One Local

      We Cannot Join Them All, So You Must Pick And Choose Your Battles.

      I have personally chosen two battles: stop shark finning and save leatherback turtles. You may choose to protect elephants from poachers, or stop over fishing. But concentrate on one thing and do something -- anything, over and over.

      There is no single cause that is more important than another, as they all work together.

      For shark finning, I support http://www.sharktrust.org, an effective UK group. Many of you contributed to my request for money to install billboards in China where the famous Chinese basketball player Yao Ming is pictured asking everyone to just say no to shark fin soup. We collected enough $20 donations to pay for 100 billboards! This campaign was immensely successful. Collectively that money worked well.

      more>>>

  • About us
  • Contact us
    • How to Contact Us:

      Cathy Church's Photo Centre and Gallery

      P.O. Box 479, Grand Cayman, KY1-1106, CAYMAN ISLANDS

      390 South Church Street, at the Sunset House Hotel

      EMAIL: click here

      Calling from within Cayman: (345)-949-7415

      Calling from the US: (607)-330-3504 connects directly with our Cayman office

      Fax from within the Cayman Islands: 345-949-9770

      Business Hours:

      Mon-Sat: 9:00 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sun and Public Holidays: closed

       

  • Store
  • Printing & Digital Services
  • Weddings & Events
    • Cayman Photographers is part of Cathy Church’s Photo Centre. We have been the photo experts in the Cayman Islands since 1972. Let us help you capture your special moments in your own personal way. more>>>


      Plan your wedding near beautiful Cayman beaches and we will capture the beauty more>>>

      Cayman Photographers offers photography throughout Grand Cayman. If you're looking for a great venue to have your wedding or portraits in Grand Cayman, we are happy to recommend several amazing locations such as the Ritz-Carlton, the Marriott Beach Resort, the Westin Casuarina Resort.... more>>>

  • Classes
    • Above water Photo Classes

      Our private, one on one affordable classes at Cathy Church's Photo Centre can help you take your photos to the next level.

      Whether you want to learn how to take the photo or how to use editing software or even advanced techniques like studio lighting, we can customize a lesson for you. Our instructors will work with you whether you are a beginner or a pro or somewhere in between.

      If you have a pocket compact camera or the latest in DSLR's, we can help you get the most from your camera. You will benefit from our personal hands-on methods that will have you learning skills in no time and utilizing new technology to make your photos look amazing. more>>>

      Under water Photo Classes

      Capture your underwater adventure with Cathy Church, the best teacher ever! FUN and EASY!!

      1. Do you teach Land Photography, Underwater photography and Image Editing?

      2. Can I learn with any camera?

      3. What is a class like?

      4. Should I bring samples of my past photos?

      5. Should I learn with Staff or Cathy?

      6. Can I get PADI specialty Certification?

      7. How much does it cost? How do I reserve space?

      8. What type of photos can I expect?

      more >>>

  • About Cathy
    • Cathy's Blog
    • Cathy's Awards
    • Photo Projects
      • Cathy and her team have produced the world's largest underwater photo installation at Grand Cayman's Owen Roberts Airport Baggage Claim area. It covers nine feet high and 145 feet long and is comprised of over 50 photos expertly assembled by Cathy's photoshop guru Charles (CJ) Viggers. CJ spent several all nighters assembling the huge file in time for the printing deadline. Vision Marketing (a local company) printed and installed it.

        more>>>

         

    • Articles
    • Cathy's Biography
      • Cathy's Biography

        About Cathy Church

        As a child, Cathy Church was an avid biologist and bird watcher. She earned a BS in biology from the University of Michigan where she learned to SCUBA dive. She was studying marine biology at Stanford University's Hopkins Marine biology station in Monterey, California when she met Jim Church, a scuba diver who was pioneering underwater photography and writing for Skin Diver Magazine in the early 60s. Cathy wanted to document her underwater work and spent many dives with Jim exploring ways to use the Calypso camera and flashbulb systems with homemade accessories.

        more>>>

        Detailed biography of Cathy Church

    • Cathy's Biography

      About Cathy Church

      As a child, Cathy Church was an avid biologist and bird watcher. She earned a BS in biology from the University of Michigan where she learned to SCUBA dive. She was studying marine biology at Stanford University's Hopkins Marine biology station in Monterey, California when she met Jim Church, a scuba diver who was pioneering underwater photography and writing for Skin Diver Magazine in the early 60s. Cathy wanted to document her underwater work and spent many dives with Jim exploring ways to use the Calypso camera and flashbulb systems with homemade accessories.

      more>>>

      Detailed biography of Cathy Church

  • Environmental Issues
    • Most people do not have the time to lobby, study, fund, and fix our environmental problems. By yourself, your tiny little voice will get lost and misplaced. But when we form massive groups, we can flex enough muscle to fix virtually anything!

      Everyone Should Support Three Environmental Organizations:

      -- One World-Wide  -- One Nation-Wide  -- One Local

      We Cannot Join Them All, So You Must Pick And Choose Your Battles.

      I have personally chosen two battles: stop shark finning and save leatherback turtles. You may choose to protect elephants from poachers, or stop over fishing. But concentrate on one thing and do something -- anything, over and over.

      There is no single cause that is more important than another, as they all work together.

      For shark finning, I support http://www.sharktrust.org, an effective UK group. Many of you contributed to my request for money to install billboards in China where the famous Chinese basketball player Yao Ming is pictured asking everyone to just say no to shark fin soup. We collected enough $20 donations to pay for 100 billboards! This campaign was immensely successful. Collectively that money worked well.

      more>>>

  • About us
  • Contact us
    • How to Contact Us:

      Cathy Church's Photo Centre and Gallery

      P.O. Box 479, Grand Cayman, KY1-1106, CAYMAN ISLANDS

      390 South Church Street, at the Sunset House Hotel

      EMAIL: click here

      Calling from within Cayman: (345)-949-7415

      Calling from the US: (607)-330-3504 connects directly with our Cayman office

      Fax from within the Cayman Islands: 345-949-9770

      Business Hours:

      Mon-Sat: 9:00 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sun and Public Holidays: closed

       

  • Store
  • Printing & Digital Services
  • Weddings & Events
    • Cayman Photographers is part of Cathy Church’s Photo Centre. We have been the photo experts in the Cayman Islands since 1972. Let us help you capture your special moments in your own personal way. more>>>


      Plan your wedding near beautiful Cayman beaches and we will capture the beauty more>>>

      Cayman Photographers offers photography throughout Grand Cayman. If you're looking for a great venue to have your wedding or portraits in Grand Cayman, we are happy to recommend several amazing locations such as the Ritz-Carlton, the Marriott Beach Resort, the Westin Casuarina Resort.... more>>>

  • Classes
    • Above water Photo Classes

      Our private, one on one affordable classes at Cathy Church's Photo Centre can help you take your photos to the next level.

      Whether you want to learn how to take the photo or how to use editing software or even advanced techniques like studio lighting, we can customize a lesson for you. Our instructors will work with you whether you are a beginner or a pro or somewhere in between.

      If you have a pocket compact camera or the latest in DSLR's, we can help you get the most from your camera. You will benefit from our personal hands-on methods that will have you learning skills in no time and utilizing new technology to make your photos look amazing. more>>>

      Under water Photo Classes

      Capture your underwater adventure with Cathy Church, the best teacher ever! FUN and EASY!!

      1. Do you teach Land Photography, Underwater photography and Image Editing?

      2. Can I learn with any camera?

      3. What is a class like?

      4. Should I bring samples of my past photos?

      5. Should I learn with Staff or Cathy?

      6. Can I get PADI specialty Certification?

      7. How much does it cost? How do I reserve space?

      8. What type of photos can I expect?

      more >>>

  • About Cathy
    • Cathy's Blog
    • Cathy's Awards
    • Photo Projects
      • Cathy and her team have produced the world's largest underwater photo installation at Grand Cayman's Owen Roberts Airport Baggage Claim area. It covers nine feet high and 145 feet long and is comprised of over 50 photos expertly assembled by Cathy's photoshop guru Charles (CJ) Viggers. CJ spent several all nighters assembling the huge file in time for the printing deadline. Vision Marketing (a local company) printed and installed it.

        more>>>

         

    • Articles
    • Cathy's Biography
      • Cathy's Biography

        About Cathy Church

        As a child, Cathy Church was an avid biologist and bird watcher. She earned a BS in biology from the University of Michigan where she learned to SCUBA dive. She was studying marine biology at Stanford University's Hopkins Marine biology station in Monterey, California when she met Jim Church, a scuba diver who was pioneering underwater photography and writing for Skin Diver Magazine in the early 60s. Cathy wanted to document her underwater work and spent many dives with Jim exploring ways to use the Calypso camera and flashbulb systems with homemade accessories.

        more>>>

        Detailed biography of Cathy Church

    • Cathy's Biography

      About Cathy Church

      As a child, Cathy Church was an avid biologist and bird watcher. She earned a BS in biology from the University of Michigan where she learned to SCUBA dive. She was studying marine biology at Stanford University's Hopkins Marine biology station in Monterey, California when she met Jim Church, a scuba diver who was pioneering underwater photography and writing for Skin Diver Magazine in the early 60s. Cathy wanted to document her underwater work and spent many dives with Jim exploring ways to use the Calypso camera and flashbulb systems with homemade accessories.

      more>>>

      Detailed biography of Cathy Church

  • Environmental Issues
    • Most people do not have the time to lobby, study, fund, and fix our environmental problems. By yourself, your tiny little voice will get lost and misplaced. But when we form massive groups, we can flex enough muscle to fix virtually anything!

      Everyone Should Support Three Environmental Organizations:

      -- One World-Wide  -- One Nation-Wide  -- One Local

      We Cannot Join Them All, So You Must Pick And Choose Your Battles.

      I have personally chosen two battles: stop shark finning and save leatherback turtles. You may choose to protect elephants from poachers, or stop over fishing. But concentrate on one thing and do something -- anything, over and over.

      There is no single cause that is more important than another, as they all work together.

      For shark finning, I support http://www.sharktrust.org, an effective UK group. Many of you contributed to my request for money to install billboards in China where the famous Chinese basketball player Yao Ming is pictured asking everyone to just say no to shark fin soup. We collected enough $20 donations to pay for 100 billboards! This campaign was immensely successful. Collectively that money worked well.

      more>>>

  • About us
  • Contact us
    • How to Contact Us:

      Cathy Church's Photo Centre and Gallery

      P.O. Box 479, Grand Cayman, KY1-1106, CAYMAN ISLANDS

      390 South Church Street, at the Sunset House Hotel

      EMAIL: click here

      Calling from within Cayman: (345)-949-7415

      Calling from the US: (607)-330-3504 connects directly with our Cayman office

      Fax from within the Cayman Islands: 345-949-9770

      Business Hours:

      Mon-Sat: 9:00 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sun and Public Holidays: closed

       

 

 

Join Cathy on the Maldives Aggressor from October 3-13, 2021 

 

Like jewels in a crown, the atolls of the Maldives will make a stunning backdrop to this exciting tour around the best dive sites the Maldives has to offer. Join Cathy for this exciting trip aboard the beautiful Maldives Aggressor.

 

 

The Maldives Islands lie Southwest of India. Scattered across the equator in the middle of the Indian Ocean, the gem-like islands of the Maldives depict the rare vision of a tropical paradise. Palm fringed islands with sparkling white beaches, turquoise lagoons, clear warm waters and coral reefs teeming with abundant varieties of marine flora and fauna, fascinates visitors as it has for thousands of years. The Maldives are a tropical destination for liveaboard scuba diving with a year-round sea breeze.

 

The 'Best of the Maldives' offers a 10-night voyage that includes the areas of:  Male Atoll, North Ari Atoll, South Ari Atoll, Vaavu Atoll and Meemu Atoll. The diving includes spectacular channel-drift dives, wrecks, pinnacles and world famous night dives. Guests will embark and dismark from Male.  This is a year round itinerary, with October being a prime time for weather and marine life. Guests may dive up to 27 dives on a 10-night itinerary.

 

 

 

  

 

Sample Dive Sites:


MALE ATOLL


Lankan Beyru (Manta Point)
The main attraction of the site are manta rays coming to the cleaning station during the southwest monsoon. The dive site is relatively easy to access, with small currents and is very often considered as a good dive to start the week. The cleaning station itself is a large coral block covered with anemones and full of fish life. It is also very common to come across white-tip reef sharks, turtles and napoleons.

Rasfari Corner
Large and shallow plateaus (10 - 20 ft) on the west side of the atoll, right next to the wide lagoon of Rasfari. It is covered with hard corals and hosts a cleaning station during the northeast monsoon. The most common way to do the dive here is to start on top of the reef, which is protected from the currents and after spending some time with the mantas continue the dive towards the wall that drops down to about 75 feet. The wall is nicely covered with hard corals, rich with fish life and popular with turtles.

NORTH ARI ATOLL


Maaya Thila
The thila (a pinnacle) is about 240 ft wide in diameter and is considered one of the best night dives in the Maldives. Top reef at 15 feet makes it easy to access even with current. The up-current side is always very active and busy with fusiliers and snappers. Big jack fish, white-tip reef sharks, stingrays and moray eels can be spotted easily. Some overhangs around the thila provide shelter for turtles. Even though it has a reputation for a night dive it is also quite popular during the day. A few separated coral blocks south of the thila create a tunnel and are full of beautiful coral bushes. With the right current this is a place to spot grey reef sharks as well.

Fish Head
One of the major attractions of the atoll, cannot be missed. Due to its exposure to the currents it offers rich presence of fauna and flora. Big schools of jacks and fusiliers on the up-current side as well as difficult to count amount of blue striped snappers hiding from strong currents inside the overhangs all around the thila are the highlights of the place. It is also popular with grey reef sharks, schools of barracudas and dogtooth tunas in the blue as well as turtles and moray eels on the top reef. With strong currents negative entry is recommended and current hooks should be ready to use.
Bathalaamaagaa Kanthila
Long coral ridge in the middle of a channel, extended from the outer reef and sloping gradually down to 25 meters and deeper offering good conditions for observing grey reef sharks, white-tip reef sharks, eagle rays and napoleons as well as schools of jacks and fusiliers. The dive site is active during both incoming and outgoing currents but might be more challenging during outgoing currents of northeast monsoon. Negative entry required and divers are recommended to hide below the depth of the top reef to to protect from the current. Current hooks strongly recommended.

SOUTH ARI ATOLL


Moofushi Kandu (Manta Point)
Drift dive with a chance to see manta rays hovering over the cleaning stations at a depth of around 40-75 feet. If mantas are spotted it is recommended to use current hooks and stay around the cleaning station for a longer time. The dive site is quite popular during the northeast monsoon. Whitetip reef sharks are common visitors around the deeper part of the cleaning station with blue striped snappers and fusiliers being permanen-t residents.

Kudarah Thila
The thila is a part of the Marine Protected Area and is often considered the most beautiful site of the atoll with exceptional diving conditions. Overhangs rich in sea fans and the top reef nicely covered with healthy soft corals are the highlights. It is also known for big schools of blue striped and midnight snappers, fusiliers and jacks. It is worth it to have a dive light and look inside small caves where often you will find large grouper hiding.

Kudhimaa Wreck
The Kudhimaa Wreck is a 150 feet long cargo ship lying on a sandy bottom at around 90 feet. It was sunk in 1998 and already offers beautiful coral growth and a large variety of species living on it. Nurse sharks, batfish, stone fish, lion fish and moray eels are permanent residents and can be spotted around the wreck. There are a few entrances allowing to penetrate the cargo hall as well as the wheelhouse. The site is nicely protected from the current.

Maamigili Beyru (Whaleshark search)
Located on the southern tip of Ari atoll within the Marine Protected Area of South Ari atoll. Shallow and very easy dive which might turn into a very exciting one as it is known as the best location in the Maldives for spotting Whale Sharks.  Whale Sharks can be seen cruising along the reef all year round. Once spotted from the surface, divers enter the water, go down and start swimming along with them. 

VAAVU ATOLL


Miyaru Kandu
One of the channel dives that you don’t want to miss. With strong incoming current the list of possible encounters is impressive. Mainly grey reef sharks but also white-tip reef sharks, eagle rays, napoleons and tunas are quite common and with the visibility reaching 120 feet during the northeast monsoon it can be the highlight of the trip.

Alimatha House Reef
This is considered one of the best night dives in the Maldives. Every night there is a show performed by a big number of nurse sharks, stingrays and massive jacks. Definitely not to be missed.

 

 

 

Photograph the amazing fish, manta and shark action, dive with schools of fish over healthy reefs in the around the palm fringed islands with sparkling white beaches and turquoise lagoons. You will love diving in an ocean the way it was designed to be with a group of like-minded divers and Cathy along to make sure we ALL have a good time and get beautiful photos to show off at home. AND we ALL leave our politics behind. No Politics or religion will even be mentioned during this trip!! No hint, no comment, no jokes. 

  

 

The Yacht

Port: Male, Maldives

Built and maintained to the specifications of the local regulatory agencies and the regulations of the country of the flag

Length:  135 ft

Beam: 28

Passengers: 22

Crew:  16

The Maldives has been an Aggressor destination since 2009

 

           

 

There are 3 wonderfully comfortable and luxurious types of staterooms available:

 

Suite Stateroom

A comfortable stateroom with a queen bed (for couples only) with a private head and shower and panoramic window. All with individual climate control, monitor with media player and hair dryer.

  

 

 

 

Deluxe Stateroom

 

Stateroom 8 and 9 have two twin beds with the option to create a king bed. Stateroom 10 and 11 have a queen bed (for couples only) with a private head and shower and picture window. All with individual climate control, monitor with media player and hair dryer.

  

 

 

Twin Stateroom

  

 

A comfortable stateroom with two twin beds. Private head and shower, porthole windows, individual climate control, monitor with media player and hair dryer.

 

 

 

 

Relax in the shade on the sun deck, or on cushioned lounges in the sun, or even in a Jacuzzi!

The photo center has a digital video and stills photo editing computer.

 

 

 

          

 

                                                                                   

 

 

The Dhoni Boat

Much of the diving in the Maldives is drift diving. Due to this all dives will be made from a beautiful custom built diving dhoni (60 feet in length) that is very easy to dive from. It has ample space for divers, their equipment, photography equipment, hot water, a full bathroom and 5 compressors:


60 feet long
28 personal dive stations
Sundeck
Toilet, sink and hot water showers after dive
Fresh water tanks for cameras and equipment
2 x large camera tables
4 x high pressure compressor
1 x low pressure compressor
1 x big Nitrox membrane
2 x marine engines 260bhp each
1 x generator 60kW
All necessary navigation equipment

 

  

 

The Dining

Every day starts with a cooked to order breakfast are complimentary while onboard.

 

 

About The Maldives

There are three distinctly different types of scuba diving at the Maldives: inside the atolls, outside the atolls and inside the channels or passes, which is where the currents are strongest and you'll find the greatest congregation of fish life. Most intriguing are the cleaning stations, found around every corner and under every ledge. Groupers, Snappers, Surgeonfish, Eels, Parrotfish, even Giant Napoleon Wrasse park casually in corners, oblivious to all, (including cameras) while armies of wrasse, shrimp and other assorted cleaners pick at debris in their open gills and cavernous mouths.

 

There are two distinct monsoon seasons. The northeast monsoon is from December to April and offers fair weather with significant currents. The southeast monsoon is from May to October with more wind and less current. The Maldives liveaboard scuba diving itineraries have been designed to offer the best diving according to the different seasons which is why there are so many different itineraries.

 

The big attraction in the Maldives for scuba diving are the schools of fish that patrol the reefs in colourful packs: Humpback and Black and White Snappers, Trevally, Jacks, Barracuda, Batfish, Unicornfish, Yellowback Fusiliers and Harlequin Sweetlips almost comical in design. The reef's larger inhabitants, including sharks, rays and occasionally even Whale Sharks, are often seen cruising in the blue. Manta Rays can be seen year round with the best time for feeding station encounters from May - November. Whale Sharks are also seen year round with the most encounters in April, May, October and November.

 

There are several daily flights to and from the Malé International Airport prior to embarking or post disembarking depending on which itinerary you choose from. For more information, see itineraries listed above.

 

                                                                      

 

 

 

 

Getting There

The Maldives lie 370 miles southwest of Sri Lanka scattered across the equator in the middle of the Indian Ocean. The Male (MLE) International Airport is located on Hulhule Island. Many major airlines fly into Malé (MLE): Singapore, Emirates, Sri Lankan, Delta and Qatar Airways. There are many connecting flights from the US, the UK and Europe. WE WOULD STRONGLY RECOMMEND ARRIVING AT LEAST A DAY BEFORE THE AGGRESSOR LEAVES. CATHY WILL BE STAYING AT KURUMBA ISLAND RESORT.

 

Recommended Hotels in Malé or nearby: * Bandos Island Resort - beautiful beach resort that is a short boat ride from the Malé International Airport. * Kurumba Island Resort - a private island resort located 10 minutes by speedboat from the Malé Airport. Offers multiple spas, 8 restaurants, swimming pool and beautiful setting. * The Newtown Inn - Offers a great option for a day room while waiting for your outbound flight. Has a delicious Indian Restaurant, Bombay Darbar as well as roof terrace, located 10 minutes from the Malé International Airport. * Sala Boutique Hotel - Is a quaint boutique hotel beautifully decorated in a Thai theme. Located 10 minutes from the Malé International Airport. Email the Aggressor Travel Department for rates: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Visitors must have a current passport, adequate funds to support themselves, and a return airline ticket. US citizens are required to have a passport valid for 6 months from date of entry. It is YOUR responsibility to ensure you have the proper visa for travel to and from the Maldives. Since regulations vary by country, contact your consulate or embassy of your country for the requirement.

Guests will be met at Male airport by a crew member of the Maldives Aggressor II wearing an Aggressor polo shirt and hat at 3:30 pm and then transferred by water taxi (complimentary) to the yacht at 4 pm. 

All guests must be onboard by 5 pm on all itineraries so the yacht can depart for its first night anchorage with the first dive the following morning.

Malé International Airport: If your trip embarks from Malé and you arrive early in the morning, you are encouraged to either get a day room at one of the local hotels or wait at the Coffee Club located just outside the arrivals hall, where the staff will greet you at 4pm and transfer you by water taxi to the yacht. The Maldives Aggressor II anchors in the Hulhumale Lagoon, which is a 15-minute boat ride from the airport.

On the last day disembarkation is at 8.00am.

 

 

Photography trips with Cathy Church

The best reason to join Cathy on a dive trip is because she brings along EXTRA back-up camera gear in case YOU have a breakdown! The best insurance policy ever! She will contact each guest in advance to find out exactly what you are bringing, and will ask you to send a photo of the assembled system (unless she has already known your system from earlier classes and trips). She can then plan her back-up systems accordingly.

Cathy will be available throughout this trip to answer questions, help with problems, critique as needed to troubleshoot or just to admire your photos. If you have topics in particular that you would like Cathy to do a presentation on, Cathy is quite happy to do that on the boat.

Mostly, Cathy is there to make sure that you are getting the care you need, the dives you want, and the services above and underwater that you are expecting. Cathy is also there in case another guest is making you feel uncomfortable or is disrupting your ability to enjoy the trip. Fortunately, Cathy has been called upon to do this only about three times in her more than 50 trips, but Cathy has nipped several issues in the bud before anyone even knew about it. 

 

 

Price:

Cost for this Maldives Aggressor trip is:

US$4450.00 pp for double occupancy in a Twin cabin (single supplement is an additional US$4450.00)

US$4650.00 pp for double occupancy in a Deluxe cabin (single supplement is an additional US$4650.00)

 

Included: Transfers are included to/from Male airport to the Maldives Aggressor

Accommodations aboard the yacht (per person, based on double occupancy)

Diving, compressed air tanks, weights & weight belts

All meals and snacks, non alcoholic beverages, and local beer/wine

 

Exclusions:

Airfare

Gratuities

We STRONGLY recommend adequate travel insurance

Diver insurance is mandatory

Each guest must pay a Port & Ramp Park Fee of US$350 per person, which includes government bed tax, tourist tax and other fees at the end of the charter when settling your bill and a 12% GST tax on on board purchases These may be paid by Visa, MasterCard, US dollars, or Rufiyaa. There is a 3.5% fee on purchases made onboard when using credit cards. Sorry, no personal cheques.

On the last evening, there may be a complimentary walking tour of Male. Dinner at a waterfront restaurant may be included for $35 per person.

Nitrox: $150.00.

 

PLEASE NOTE WE STRONGLY RECOMMEND ARRIVING A DAY EARLIER. CATHY WILL BE STAYING AT THE KURUMBA RESORT THE NIGHT BEFORE THE TRIP, A BEAUTIFUL ISLAND RESORT ONLY 10 MINUTE BOAT RIDE FROM MALE AIRPORT.

 

 

Reservation information

To reserve please send a cheque for the deposit if US$1500.00 per person, either direct to us in Grand Cayman at: Cathy Church's Photo Centre, Sunset House, 390 South Church Street, George Town Grand Cayman KY1-1106, Cayman Islands, or call us toll free (from US/Canada/UK) on 1 (607) 330-3504 with your credit card details. Please note, credit card payments incur a 2.5% additional fee.

Payment Schedule 

Initial deposit US$1500.00 per person

2nd deposit 50% by 21st October, 2020

Final payment by 3rd June, 2021

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation before 20th October 2020 - US$1500 

From 21st Oct to 22nd February 2021 - 50% deposit forfeited

From 23 February 2021 to 2nd June 2021 - 80% deposit forfeited

After 3rd June 2021 - 100% forfeited