The diving in North Male Atoll in the Central Atolls is characterised by channels, drop offs, pinnacles and coral reefs. The region is the most popular dive destination in the Maldives, not simply because of its easy access for international visitors, but for its attractions of manta rays, reef sharks, an abundance of reef fish including pelagics, and several interesting wrecks.
Dive sites include Beyru Faru, Faru Corner, Banana Reef – 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 that sank in 1981 and which sits almost upright, making it easy to explore. Here you can expect to see batfish, groupers, fusiliers, and maybe a turtle or two.
Hulhumale Diving School is ideally located near the beach and close to the international airport and Male City. They offer daily dhoni dive boat trips at 8:30 am to the best dive spots in North Male. These excursions are suitable for beginners, newly-certified divers, as well as more experienced underwater adventurers. You can join for 1, 2 or 3 dives per day (1/2 dive days return at 1:30 pm, 3 dive days return at 2:30 pm). You could take a convenient accommodation and diving package, or simply book day trips if you prefer to book your own accommodation.
North Male is also a great place to experience the underwater world 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 scuba diving license (PADI Open Water Diver).
Hulhumale is an artificial island located in the south of North Male Atoll. It was reclaimed from the sea and opened in 2004 to establish new land required to meet the existing and future housing, industrial and commercial needs of the citizens of Male and the Maldives. Hulhumale is linked to Male International Airport by a causeway.
There are 4 equally-priced 3-star hotels that you can choose from as part of these packages. Participating hotels include Huvan Beach Hotel, Hotel Louveli, Travel Lodge Maldives, and UI Hotel. Huvan Beach Hotel offers a high standard of service and amenities to suit all travellers. Guestrooms are fitted with free wi-fi and all the amenities you need for a good night's sleep. In some of the rooms, guests can find flat screen television, clothes rack, complimentary coffee and tea. Hotel Lonuveli has 19 bedrooms. All are tastefully furnished and many provide comforts such as LCD/plasma screen TV, free welcome drink, in-room tablet. It is an ideal place of stay for travellers seeking charm, comfort, and convenience for Malé city and the airport. Travel Lodge Maldives is a 3-star venue located by Hulhumale Public Beach as well as coffee stores and restaurants. UI Hotel is about a 10 minute drive from the international airport. Enjoy the beauty of Hulhumale island green views, and just a few steps from the hotel is a tropical beach to walk every morning.
Facilities: free in-room wi-fi, satellite cable TV, mini bar, 24-hour front desk, laundry and room service, shuttle service, tour desk, a la carte restaurant (special diet meals upon request), barbeque, evening entertainment, sun terrace, massage, scuba diving facilities, beach sports, water skiing, fishing, bicycle rental.
There are numerous water sports on offer, and scuba diving and snorkelling are definitely top of this list. Other activities include water skiing, sea kayaks, parasailing, jet skiing, wakeboarding, windsurfing, fishing, submarine tours, and ski tubes. There is a large marina and a clean white sand beach with clear blue waters, lined with local eateries. You will also find shops, banks and supermarkets.
There are many dining options on Hulhumale and your taste buds are in for a treat. The Manhattan Fish Market is a popular seafood restaurant, then there is delectable Indian food, Thai food, and fast foods to sample all around the island.
Package prices per person based on twin share basis (valid until 31 December 2023):
3 nights / 6 dives - US$ 518 / non-diver US$ 228
5 nights / 8 dives - US$ 963 / non-diver US$ 383
10 nights / 18 dives - US$ 2,075 / non-diver US$ 770.
Package prices include: accommodation in 3 star hotel, continental breakfast, lunch, dinner, return transfers - local airport to hotel (10-15 minutes each way), dives, use of scuba equipment (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).
Day trip only prices per person, with scuba equipment rental (valid until 31 December 2023):
2 dives - US$ 145.
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.
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