Fuvahmulah is one of the best shark destinations in the world and the predator capital of the Maldives and Asia. The island’s unique underwater topography and exposure to the Indian Ocean makes it a great attraction for a rare combination of pelagic life such as thresher sharks, oceanic mantas and whale sharks, and gigantic schools of fish which are less commonly seen elsewhere in the country. But the island is most famous for its resident 5m long tiger sharks that can be seen everyday throughout the whole year.
There are 20 dive sites at Fuvahmulah. Tiger Zoo and Tiger Harbour are the best places to find the tiger sharks and silvertips. Farikede and Thoodu are deeper dives where you can see thresher sharks, scalloped and great hammerheads, oceanic whitetips, grey reef and whitetip reef sharks. Whale sharks also make an appearance every year as well as black oceanic manta rays. Apart from rays and sharks, the island also attracts huge schools of tuna and barracuda, mola mola, dolphins, as well as a few turtles and reef dwellers such as octopus.
The dive centre operates 2 dhoni dive boats on daily trips (max. capacity 20 divers per boat) to the best dive spots in Fuvahmulah, which are best suited to more experienced scuba divers. You can join the morning trip (08:30 am - 12:30) or the afternoon trip (2 pm – 5:30 pm). There are 2 dive boats, both of which carry up to 20 divers. They are equipped with radio, life jackets, flag, oxygen and medical kit, and along with all the scuba equipment and snorkelling gear. Drinking water, tea and coffee are available onboard.
The shallows around the island are suitable to try scuba for the first time. You could take a non-diver package and book a “try-dive” (PADI Discover Scuba Diving), or learn to dive in 3 days and earn your full diving certification (PADI Open Water Diver). The diving centre runs programmes from Discover Scuba Diving right through to Divemaster. It has a purpose-built dive pool, classroom, coffee bar, shower, WC, and wi-fi.
Fuvahmulah is unique in the Maldives in that it is not a coral atoll, it a genuine and beautiful island of volcanic origin. It is located in the Deep South of the Maldives, between Addu and Huvadhoo atolls. There are fresh water lakes, a beautiful pebble beach, and lush tropical vegetation; the island is covered in mango trees, coconut palms, papaya, and different kinds of flower species. The local population is about 14,000 people who mostly work in fishing, farming or tourism.
We have accommodation and scuba diving packages with full board accommodation and daily dive trips included. There are 2 participating 3 star hotels which you can choose between to stay in these packages, both of which are the same price. Veyli Residence is set in a pleasant garden and is the place to be for surfing lessons, snorkelling and other water sports. Guest rooms feature free wi-fi, sofa and work desk. There is an onsite restaurant and convenience store. Fuvahmulah Inn has a shared lounge and offers bicycle hire. All guestrooms are air-conditioned and have a work desk.
Facilities: free wi-fi in the property, private bathroom with toiletries, TV/coffee, room service, restaurant (special diet meals upon request), scuba diving facilities, water sports, bicycle rental.
Although bucket-list encounters with some of the top oceanic sharks are the main drawcard, you could also try your hand at fishing (yellowfin tuna, skipjack tuna, bonito, barracuda, vahoo) or enjoy sailing and sea canoeing. The island experiences waves from all directions, making it a great place to attend surf school. Seasonal swells are suitable for more experienced surfers. There is also jungle-trekking, wetland walks, SUPs, and you can even join the locals for a game of football, volleyball or cricket.
There are many convenience stores and around a dozen local restaurants.
These packages are available all year round, although June to September can be quite wet and windy, with reduced visibility.
Package prices per person based on twin share basis (valid until 30 November 2021):
3 nights / 8 dives (+1 Tiger Zoo Dive) - US$ 1 150 (US$ 970 non-diver)
4 nights / unlimited dives - US$ 1 319 (US$ 1 280 non-diver) .
Package prices include: accommodation in 3 star hotel, continental breakfast, lunch, dinner, return domestic flights/transfers - Male to hotel (MLE-FVM 9:30 am / FVM-MLE 3:30 pm, 1 hour each way), dives, scuba equipment rental (incl. dive computer), divemaster, tanks and weights, all taxes.
Prices exclude (mandatory, unless customer provides own): None.
Optional extras: alcoholic drinks, soft drinks, full range of PADI dive courses and programmes, nitrox for enriched air-certified divers (US$ 32 per dive), dive insurance. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival (USD cash or debit/credit card).
PADI dive course/program prices per person (valid until 30 November 2021):
Discover Scuba Diving (2 dives / 1 day) - US$ 160
Open Water (5 dives / 3 days) - US$ 780
Advanced Open Water (5 dives / 3 days) - US$ 600
Course/program prices include: scuba equipment, dives, training, book and certification, all taxes.
You might enjoy viewing our video library which shows some of the marine life you will encounter when diving in the Maldives.