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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.

Suggested itinerary

  1. Day 1: Depart the UK for Malé

  2. Day 2: 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.

  3. Days 3-6 : 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.

  4. Days 7-8 : 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.
  5. Day 9: Depart

    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.

You should note: It is possible to learn to dive from other resorts and guesthouses throughout the Maldives. Ask the Dive Team to find the best one for you.

Key info

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 days from £2,345 pp
  • When to go: Jan-Dec
  • Included in the price/package:
    • Flights from the UK
    • 7 nights accommodation
    • Half board meal plan
    • Transfers
    • Full PADI Open Water Course
    • Tuition and equipment
Featured location:

Central Atolls

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, Shark diving, Whale shark, Manta ray, Learn to dive, Shore diving, Snorkelling, Underwater photography
Suggested accommodation is shown below. Please contact us for further recommendations.

Eriyadu Island Resort

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.