If you are a diver you will already know that the Maldives is a stunning location for a diving holiday - so what are you waiting for? Our team of travel experts are here to make sure you choose the right island for your Maldives diving holiday so that when you aren't exploring the incredible underwater scenery, you enjoy the landside holiday too.
Whether you are a Master Diver or a snorkelling novice, the Maldives is truly the most beautiful place above and below the waterline. For snorkelling, choose a resort with a good house reef so that you are just steps away from beautiful fish and colourful coral.
The Ocean Pro Dive Centre at Mirihi can cater for all levels of divers, whether that be those taking their first breaths underwater or for more experienced and professional divers. With over 40 diving sites and a multilingual team, every guest is in the best hands and in the best location to explore the ocean. Mirihi is also in the unique position of having the possibility of spotting whale sharks the whole year through. There are a number of dives available dependent on ability including a deep dive, drift dive, night dive and shark dive, all lead by one of the seven experienced staff. All of the equipment is complimentary so there is no need to fill your suitcases with snorkels and wetsuits.
The diving centre at Makunudu is located just on the beach – with a direct entry to a slowly sloping lagoon and a protected house reef with many different species of fish and several resident turtles, eagle rays and harmless nurse sharks – even Manta rays occasionally pass by. Makunudu has been run by Dive Oceans since 2001 and is a PADI 5 Stars Gold Palm Resort. The diving centre is naturally built with a coconut roof, fitting in to the scenery of the local area. It is also a hub of information, where guests can come and look at fish books, watch documentaries or just have a chat about diving, it is the perfect place to start your diving experiences.
The house reef at Filitheyo is one of the finest resorts in the Maldives for diving as it is in great health and there are seven marked access points. On the house reef you can discover all kinds of exciting and exotic marine life including reef fish, rays, turtles, sharks, eels and lobsters. In the surrounding area, Fafu Atoll, you can explore by dive boat excursion, more than 40 pristine reefs.
There is a range of SSI courses for uncertified divers or anyone wanting to further their training or if you are already a certified diver, once you have completed an orientation dive you are free to discover the house reef with your buddy. Highlights can include ghost pipefish, napoleon wrasse, frogfish, reef sharks, nurse sharks, small caves and two wrecks.
These two resorts are sisters to each other, both of which have a dive centre but no house reef. Aquafanatics diving centre offers a full range of PADI diving courses, and give the opportunity to those to start their diving experiences in the Maldives. All the courses are taught by PADI certified divers ensuring an unforgettable – and safe – learning experience in one of the world’s premier diving destinations. All class sizes are also limited so that the ultimate and individual experience can be given. You can access this dive site from both Anatara Veli and Anatara Dhigu.
The Baa Atoll is now a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve for its tremendously high biodiversity, even compared to the rest of the Maldivian waters. The PADI certified diving instructors will guide guests around more than 30 unbelievable sites with visibility up to 35 metres with the opportunity to see whale sharks and Manta rays! Soneva Fushi offers 6 different dives that range in ability from ‘Discover Scuba’ which is the basic theory, basic exercises and a shore dive, to ‘PADI Referral’ which is for the experienced and advanced. All of the equipment required can be rented, so there is no excuse not to make the most of the beautiful underwater life at Soneva Fushi.
For more information about diving in the Maldives, or for help choosing a destination, call us on 01752 880880 or email us at [email protected]