The Maldives Tourism Promotion Board, together with Dhiraagu, the Maldives telecoms company, is to attempt a new world record for greatest number of scuba divers simultaneously diving on a single site.
The targeted number of divers for this attempt is 1000, inclusive of locals and tourists. The tentative location and time has been set for Sunlight Thila on February 25th, 2006 at 11:00hrs.
The current world record for the greatest number of people scuba diving simultaneously at the same location is 722, held by Koh Tao Underwater festival, Thailand in Feb 2005.
Scuba Diving is one of the major products that attract tourists to the Maldives and as such this event has been incorporated as part of worldwide promotional activities for 2006. Maldives Tourism Promotion Board and Dhiraagu anticipate increased international exposure through this event.
This idea of establishing a world record that is very relevant to the Maldives is been initiated by Dhiraagu, and they are receiving extensive support from the scuba diving community and tourism sector in the Maldives.