Himmafushi island is part of North Male Atoll and we offer economy dive and stay packages to discover the amazing marine life in this part of central Maldives. The local reefs and thilas host reef sharks and Napoleon wrasse, and frequent visitors include turtles, manta and eagle rays. Himmafushi is conveniently located just a 20 minute ferry ride from Male.
Himmafushi is also near the best dive sites in North Male Atoll. Also known as North Kaafu, it is the best known and explored atoll and the epicenter of tourism in the Maldives. Manta Point is a cleaning station where you can observe manta rays at close quarters, and also reef residents such as octopus, moray eels and white-tip reef sharks. Banana Reef is a popular choice with photographers due to its healthy hard corals, large schools of bannerfish and snappers, Napoleon wrasse, and varied scenery including overhangs and caverns. The Maldives Victory is the most famous wreck in the area. It’s a deep dive onto a 100m cargo ship which sits almost upright, making it easy to explore. Here you can expect to see batfish, groupers, fusiliers, and a turtle or two.
Accommodation is simple yet comfortable, with a choice of 3 levels of comfort. Each of the hotels and guest houses is small and intimate but all have the facilities and services that international travellers expect when on a diving holiday these days -air-conditioning, hot and cold water, private bathrooms, wifi internet. Each package option includes island transfers, diving, bed and breakfast, and there are several other places to buy lunch and dinner as desired, serving Maldivian, Indian, Chinese and international cuisine.
The island is surrounded by white sand beaches and crystal-clear waters, perfect for swimming, snorkeling, and water sports. Other than scuba diving, you can choose from snorkeling, fishing, or dolphin watching trips, cycling, exploring local life, and relaxing at Bikini Beach. Himmafushi is also near the best surf spots in the Maldives including Jailbreaks, Sultan, Honkeys, Ninjas, Chickens and Cokes surf spots. There is also a variety of activities and excursions, including island hopping, sunset cruises, and cultural tours, giving visitors a chance to explore the beauty and diversity of the Maldives.
Himmafushi could be the perfect choice for diving on a budget while enjoying your vacation on a local island. The dive center offers fun dives and PADI courses. Whether you’re a complete beginner or you’re thinking of making diving your career, we have a dive option to suit you. The friendly divemasters and instructors will ensure you have a safe and fun experience.
Destinations:North Male Atoll (Diving environment: wreck dives, drift diving, beginner and advanced divers; Highlights: shark action, manta rays, schooling fish & big pelagics) - including Okobe Thila, Colosseum, Manta Point, Tuna Factory, HP Reef, Aquarium, Nassimo Thila, Banana Reef, The Maldives Victory.
No scuba on day of arrival and the day of departure.
Resort diving includes:
Dives (as detailed in the packages above), boat rides to sites, experienced English-speaking divemaster (maximum 5 divers per guide), 11 litre tanks, weights and weight belts, snorkeling equipment, snacks, fruits, drinking water, tea and coffee, all taxes and 10% service charge. Diving excludes (mandatory, unless customer provides own):
Scuba equipment (incl. dive computer: from US$ 5 per dive), , SMB, diving insurance (can purchase on-site). Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival (cash (USD or MVR), bank card). Optional extras:
Extra dives, night dives, torch, underwater camera rental. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.
Resort accommodation includes:
Bed, breakfast, drinking water, hot drinks, return Male City-resort speedboat transfers, internet access, Green Tax, 10% service charge, 16% GST on package price. Accommodation excludes (mandatory):
Single supplement on single travellers only, payable in advance. Single Supplement:
This is a compulsory additional charge on single travellers for the sole occupancy of double/twin accommodation. Optional extras:
How to get there:
Himmafushi (main jetty) can be reached by speed boat transfer from Male City (jetty nr 1 in front of Maldives Monetary Authority (MMA).). The transfers operate on a fixed scheduled 3 times per day and take 20 minutes to reach the atoll. To get to Male City Jetty nr 1 from the main airport, guests can catch a ferry taxi (10 minutes), a bus (15 minutes) or regular car taxi (15 minutes). All these options are very frequent and cheap.
Timetable: Male to Himmafushi - 12 noon (Fri: 9 am), 4 pm (Fri: 3:30 pm), 10 pm. Himmafushi to Male - 8 am, 1:15 pm (Fri: 2 pm), 6 pm. Hotels will transfers guests to/from Himmafushi pier with a buggy. This is the standard package transfer option for guests.
In case a same day transfer is missed, a private transfer can be arranged at any time 100. This can be directly from the airport instead of Male City. For more information see our How to get to the Maldives section.
Dive clubs and group discounts:
8th person in group of 8+ pays only US$ 123 per night. For a group of 6+, a complimentary wreck snorkeling trip is provided.
Our packages include stays at a choice of 3 different bed and breakfast properties:
Funplace Beach Hotel is our higher grade option and offers a unique blend of comfort and freedom, giving guests the opportunity to experience the local culture and way of life, while still enjoying the amenities and services of a luxury resort. It has a range of well-appointed rooms and suites, each designed to provide maximum comfort, as well as a restaurant, spa and waterpark. This hotel also has a family room.
Hulhangu Lodge is our mid-price option, located just 2 minutes from Himmafushi's Bikini Beach. It is a 6-bedroom guesthouse absolutely perfect for families, groups and couples. Air-conditioned rooms are modern, with private toilet and high-speed wifi. The lodge features an à la carte restaurant, and can organize surf trips to all surf breaks in North Male Atoll.
Moodhu Guesthouse is our economy option and is located just 300m from Bikini Beach. It has a number of amenities including garden, shared lounge, terrace and free wifi, as well as 6 guest rooms.
Himmafushi Scuba Adventures is an accredited PADI 5-Star Dive Center and is the only such school on the island. It operates daily dive tours - 2 dives in the morning (8 am to 12:30 pm) and 1 dive in the afternoon (2:30 to 4 pm) - to explore a unique underwater world of North Male Atoll all year round. Sunset (5:30 to 7 pm) and sunrise (6 to 7:30 am) dives can also be arranged. Dives are a maximum of 1 hour and the sites are within 30-60 minutes of the island.
January to April - Better visibility at the dive sites nearby the island. Incoming current, mantas are in the west side of the atoll.
May to December - Lower visibility at the dive sites nearby the island. Outgoing current, mantas are all around the island.
The dive boat is a 14m wooden hull dhoni with a maximum capacity of 22 passengers that cruises at 12 knots with a Yanmar 215 marine engine. It is equipped with GPS, emergency telecommunication system, fresh water, life jackets, life buoy, medical oxygen, first aid kit, fire extinguisher. A divemaster is assigned a maximum of 5 divers. Food is served during trips, and there is also a sundeck to rest or sunbathe between diving or snorkeling.
It has a well equipped center, with full sets of rental scuba equipment, including BCDs, regulators, dive computers, underwater torches, 3 mm wetsuit shorties, masks, snorkels, fins, as well as weight belts and weights. There is equipment storage space, and fresh water showers and rinse tanks (including separate camera tank) are available. The staff provide a kit transfer and rinsing service. There is a decompression chamber facility in Male, in case of emergencies, and a health centre on Himmafushi Island itself.
Whether you have never dived before or are an experienced diver, Himmafushi Scuba Adventures welcomes you. Explorers at heart, the school wants to share its enthusiasm for scuba diving and expose divers to the amazing diversity of marine life in the Maldives while at the same time teaching divers about the marine environment that can benefit from their care.