Diving for certified divers

Maafushivaru is located in a great position in South Ari atoll and we can access more than 30 excellent sites by dive dhoni including year round whale shark and manta ray points. In addition, there are some excellent thila sites with canyons and swim-throughs. This great selection of sites offers challenging dives for the experienced diver, as well as easy, but spectacular sites for the relative beginner! Our program is flexible and varied so we offer daily dives for all levels. You can find a few sample dive site descriptions on our page Dive sites in this section. If you just have your Open Water, we have great local dive sites where you can really enjoy your Advanced course and experience five different specialty dives.  If you are interested in any Advanced or specialty course, please see our some of the options available in our Advanced courses page.

We have an excellent, multi-lingual instructor team who will guide you on your dives and provide instruction in your own language on any course you select. Naturally, your safety while enjoying your diving with us is paramount. Our safety system focuses on the prevention of any incident and we promote sensible practices to minimize potential problems. We provide nitrox free of charge and we try and encourage all divers to make the small investment to become nitrox certified.  Nevertheless in the rare event an emergency situation should arise, we have the procedures, equipment and training to provide an immediate response and facilitate a favorable resolution.

In summary we offer the certified diver:

  • a wide selection of more than 30 spectacular dive sites offering big fish encounters, thilas, canyons, colorful corals, an awesome night dive on a wreck and more!
  • a very good chance to see the gentle giants – the magnificent whale shark and graceful manta ray
  • excellent instruction and courses in your own language (we speak French, German, Italian, Spanish, English + others) and a wide variety of Advanced and specialty courses for both the relative beginner and experienced diver.
  • a comfortable traditional diving dhoni with toilet, fresh water shower and spacious sun deck and all safety equipment including oxygen kit, first aid kit and mobile communications.
  • post dive refreshments onboard
  • an experienced, enthusiastic, professional, yet fun team
  • good quality rental equipment
  • nitrox 32% for FREE
  • full equipment valet service
  • Emergency First Responder trained staff
  • a varied and flexible dive program with single, double, triple, night, early morning and late afternoon tank dives
  • Bauer and Coltri compressors
  • Private guiding and private dive courses for those who prefer

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Maafushivaru

Beautiful tropical scenery, luxurious villas and golden beaches encircled by a sparkling ocean, render the twin islands of Maafushivaru and Lonubo, a perfect vision of paradise.

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Scuba diving

Maafushivaru possesses an enviable location on the southern tip of Ari atoll, a place world-famous for amazing scuba diving, where whale sharks and manta rays can usually be seen year round.

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Water sports

For those guests who generally prefer to stay on the surface, our water sports beachside shack located a few steps away from the dive centre, offers some excellent Indian Ocean experiences.

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Snorkeling trips

Why not join our resident Marine Biologist for the numerous snorkel adventures on offer and enjoy live encounters with turtles, mantas and even whale sharks!

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