The Maldives are beautiful coral islands surrounded by living reef, 26 Atolls in the middle
of the Indian Ocean. Water temperature is warm (26 - 30 degrees Celsius) and varies with depth (0 - 30 meters).
Coral is fragile and grows very slowly, about 2.5 cm per year, so to avoid damage, do not touch or step on it. In 1998, the extraordinarily warm waters of El Nino passed throughout the oceans, including the Maldives.The high temperature killed much coral, resulting in its bleached appearance. Now, the coral is growing, again, and we hope this continues so that in the future, it will be as magnificent as it was in the past.
We also see an abundance and variety of other marine creatures found on the living reef, including 150 species of tropical fish such as sweet lips, trigger fish, butterfly fish, porcupine fish and many more.
Most marine life that we encounter is harmless, however some, such as stonefish, scorpion fish and lion fish may give a dangerous sting. These fish are rarely found in a sandy lagoon but to be safe, always watch where youplace your bare feet.
The lagoon is a safe nursery in which juvenile sharks and rays grow and learn to survive. Eventually, they move outside the lagoon into the reef zone. It is interesting and fun to watch the baby sharks herd baitfish trying to catch the weak ones for a meal. Also, to watch the rays burrow into the sand looking for crabs to eat.
In the Maldives, these marine creatures are considered harmless when treated in the proper manner. Diving with reef sharks and manta rays is a popular attraction. From June through October, it is the season to dive with Mantas at Manta Point.
You may also see blotched fantail, porcupine, mangrove whip, torpedo and eagle rays. All year, the waters around Vilamendhoo are well known for seeing whale sharks. Full day trips are frequently scheduled to nearby Mamigili, the 1st Whale Shark National Park.
You may also see white tip, grey, silvertip, nurse, guitar and zebra sharks. Hawksbill and green turtles may also be seen from time to time. Spinner dolphins are commonly seen, usually from aboard a boat because the dolphins are shy creatures.
Our fully qualified international team of 10 - 12 PADI Instructors and Divemasters are at your service. We speak English, German, French, Dutch and Japanese. PADI course materials are available in English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Dutch and Japanese. Our services and facilities include guided diving and snorkeling trips, equipment and accessory sales, rental and a complete PADI Instructional Program and NITROX.
A fun scuba dive for children in water shallower than 2 meters. Ages: 8+.
Introductory dive in shallow depths for people who love being in the water Ages: 10+.Schedule: 0915 am every Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & Sunday.
PADI Scuba Diver (PSD):
Learn a few beginner skills so that you feel comfortable with your equipment and explore the house reef to a maximum depth of 12 meters together with your Instructor. You can continue with more such dives during your holiday.
Every day we offer trips to as many as 8 different dive sites. Our regular schedule offers: Morning Dives, Afternoon Dives, Whale Shark and Manta Dive Excursions,
Full Day Dive Excursions (2-3 dives), Night Dives, Night 2 Tank Dive Excursions.
We offer a wide range of dive sites every day, with easy dives for less experienced divers and more demanding locations for those with more practice.
On request we also guide experienced divers without extra charge.
We offer a broad range of diving equipment for our guests to rent..Why not make a photographic diary of your experiences by renting one of our four digital underwater cameras.Nitrox fills are available at no extra charge for divers with enriched air certification.
Every Monday and Wednesday at 2100 at the Bonthi Bar, the Euro-Divers Team presents
a popular video each week showing the beautiful underwater world that you see around Vilamendhoo and in the Maldives, its diving and snorkeling activities.
Guests who complete their dive course are presented with their Diploma.The Dive Center staff looks forward to being of assistance and to answer your questions.