The private island resort COMO Maalifushi in the Maldives has teamed up with award-winning underwater photographer, Henley Spiers, to provide guests with an immersive underwater photography retreat.

The resort is surrounded by translucent waters teeming with colourful fish: rich biodiversity and rare topography that make for exceptional underwater images. Practical underwater photography sessions will be combined with on-land training and post-production sessions to give guests an understanding of underwater photography.

Guests will spend each day in the company of instructor Henley Spiers, a photographer known for his series of winning images in multiple prestigious competitions, including the Underwater Photographer of the Year.

He has co-authored Black is the New Blue Vol. II ­­– showcasing blackwater diving – and Guide to Diving and Snorkelling Cebuwhich will soon be released.

“It’s hard to convey the magic of underwater photography through words,” said Henley. “It fills you with an immense calm as you spend hours marvelling at the life below the waves, teaching you to appreciate beauty in a way you never have before. This retreat will encapsulate a type of diving that is ideally geared towards photography – slow and practical, instead of rushing from one dive site to the next. The briefing and lessons that accompany guests will ensure they have the best possible opportunity to create striking images, no matter their level of experience.”

The retreat, which includes 10 half-day dives, is open to just eight participants. Alongside the daily instruction and dives, guests can also immerse themselves in COMO Maalifushi’s unique environment. In the evenings, they can make the most of the complimentary yoga sessions, as well as treatments at the island’s overwater wellness centre, COMO Shambhala Retreat.