Dive Programs & Dive Sites
Our Dive Program
- 5.45 am – “Hammerhead” Shark Point dive – three times weekly
- 6.00 am – Half day two dive safari to North Ari – three times weekly on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays
- 6.00 am – Full day three dive safari to North Ari on Thursdays.
- 8.30 – Morning dive
- 10.30 – Late morning dive
- 14.00 – Afternoon dive
- 18.00 – Night dive – four times weekly
- 18.30 – Blackwater dive (on request)
Diving in Rasdhoo Atoll
Rasdhoo Atoll is a comparatively small atoll and we always dive on the outside reef which means we have deep water (+-160m) and this attracts many pelagic species. We have different types of dive sites which vary between channels, walls, reefs and thilas. Drift diving with the current along the outside wall of the atoll is usually easy while channel dives can have more current and are more challenging.
Dawn dive at “Hammerhead” Shark Point
This early morning dawn dive at our Shark Point is a great attraction and only 8 minutes by boat from Kuramathi. Hammerheads can occasionally be encountered, but there is no special season and a little luck is involved. It is possible to dive this point three times a week if you like the early mornings (5.45am)! It is a spectacular dive for Advanced divers, and even without the Hammerheads, the reef truly is alive with larger predators often hunting on the reef. It’s always a great way to kick off another day in paradise.
Diving Safaris to North Ari
Our diving safaris to north Ari are not to be missed. We run a half day safari three times weekly and a full day once a week. We make two or three dives on some of the famous sites there. Breakfast (and lunch on full day) is included in the boat fee. With the right conditions, this is a wonderful diving adventure and memorable day out on the magnificent Indian Ocean.
Divers can dive unguided with their buddy on the house reef, but we specify that they have at least the Advanced certificate and 50 logged dives, as there is only one and the same entry/exit point and it is not always an easy dive!
Night diving is available on a 40 m long wreck or on the house reef at least four times a week.
Please note that Blackwater diving is currently not available – watch this space for updates as we will offer special blackwater weeks & workshops later in 2021!
Kuramathi is the first and only island in the Maldives offering blackwater dives. These dives are night dives in the open ocean where every night the biggest migration in the animal world takes place. This is a vertical migration meaning that deep sea animals will ascend from the deep to the shallow waters. You can expect to see fish, squid, crabs, jellyfish, etc, that you have never seen before. On everyone’s bucket list is the rare diamond squid, paper nautilus or flying gurnard – all 3 we only encountered for the first time in the Maldives in 2019! If you are lucky you might even see schools of silver tip sharks or silky sharks passing by the lights. For these dives we use a floating downline with very strong lights to attract animals, but also as a reference line in the night.
Please note that this is not a dive for inexperienced divers: Very good buoyancy skills, previous night dive experience and an Advanced certification are the minimum requirements; our instructor team will take the final decision who can join this dive as an open ocean drift dive at night is not suitable for everyone. We take only a maximum number of 5 guests on these dives; they can be done anytime, but please make a request at least one day before, should you like to go with us. Bring your camera on this exceptional dive!
Fish Life on Rasdhoo Atoll
The fish life here in Rasdhoo Atoll is diverse and abundant. You can see several different types of sharks here, eagle rays, stingrays, manta rays (our manta season is really from November to April, but we can occasionally encounter individuals throughout the year), turtles (green and hawksbill), barracuda, tuna, Napoleons, morays, leaf fish and so on.