This world-class diving destination offers the opportunity to learn to dive in the clear, protected lagoons at a number of resorts and guesthouses.
There are a number of suitable resorts and guesthouses for those looking to learn to dive. We recommend Eriyadu Island Resort due to its proximity to Malé, colourful reefs and professional dive centre.
Learning to dive is easy and it’s fun. Your PADI Open Water course will take four days to complete. In this course you will learn basic dive theory and master the basic skills needed to be safe and comfortable while exploring the underwater world.
Once you've learnt to dive, there are plenty of world-class sites to explore in the Maldives.
Day1: Depart the UK for Malé
Day2: Arrive and transfer to island resort
You will be met on arrival and transferred by speedboat to Eriyadu Island Resort for a week long stay. This afternoon you will need to check in with the dive centre in preparation for your course.
Days3-6: Learn to dive in the Maldives
Euro Divers Eriyadu are the on-site dive centre and today you will begin your PADI Open Water course with their experienced dive crew. The course is a mix of theory, pool and open water dives in the sea.
Your price Includes tuition and all equipment required but you will need to pay for your manual and certification fees locally.
Days7-8: Leisure time
Your final two days on the island can be spent relaxing, continuing with your diving (booked and paid for locally) or getting involved with other activities available.
Today you will be transferred to the airport for your flight back to the UK landing later the same day or the following morning, depending on flight schedules.
Our trip ideas are offered to inspire you and can be tailored to suit your requirements.
Duration and price including flights from/to UK: 9 daysfrom £2,195 pp
When to go: Jan-Dec
Included in the price/package:
Flights from the UK
7 nights accommodation
Half board meal plan
Full PADI Open Water Course
Tuition and equipment
The central region comprises Malé and Ari atolls, Felidhoo, Faafu and the smaller Rasdhoo Atoll. It is the most popular area for both dive resorts and liveaboards, with excellent shore diving from house reefs and large pelagics on drift dives.
Ideal for viewing: whale shark, grey reef shark, napoleon wrasse, spotted eagle ray, reef manta ray
Excellent for: Liveaboard diving, Resort based diving, Group diving, Shark diving, Whale shark, Manta ray, Learn to dive, Shore diving, Snorkelling, Underwater photography
Suggested accommodation is shown below.
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A tiny island located on the northwest side of the North Malé Atoll, Eriyadu is surrounded by a fine white sand beach and a crystal clear lagoon, and is ideal for those seeking a ‘get-away-from-it-all’ holiday.