It's hard to imagine a more perfect destination for scuba diving than the coral reefs of the Maldives. An astounding variety of dive sites, reefs full of colourful fish and incredible bucket list sightings of whale sharks and manta rays await all those who embark upon a scuba diving adventure at Vilamendhoo Island Resort & Spa in the South Ari Atoll of the Maldives.
Whether you're already qualified to dive or are thinking about trying diving for the first time, here are 10 tips to get the most out of your diving adventure:
- Check with medical before you go – some pre-exisiting medical conditions will require a doctor to certify you as 'fit to dive' and this is much easier to organise at home.
- Rent your dive equipment when you arrive – no need to travel with lots of luggage, and remember the water is balmy so there's no need to pack a long wetsuit either. If you want to take your own mask – get it properly fitted at a dive shop – there's nothing that will spoil your dives more than an ill-fitting mask.
- Ensure you have the correct amount of weight – it's very common for divers to have too many kilos on their weight belt – this causes poor positioning in the water, damaging corals and you'll also use your air more quickly and so have a shorter dive - ask for a buoyancy check.
- If you haven't dived for a while do a refresher – it's a simple quick session with an instructor so you can ensure you are comfortable in the water and with the equipment before heading out on the boats to explore the reefs.
- Beginners – relax, you will be in very safe hands – the team at Euro-Divers are very patient and professional, the groups are very small and you'll have the adventure of your life. Choose from full PADI Open Water Diver course or PADI Discover Scuba Diving program that requires no study – just fun!
- As well as looking at the life on the reef, remember to take a look into the blue water every so often – you might get lucky and spot some of the bigger pelagic creatures such as sharks, rays and tuna, cruising by.
- Don't touch the coral or other marine life – not only will you harm it but it can also harm you if touched.
- Sharks in the Maldives are an encounter not to be missed – they're not dangerous, it will be an encounter you'll rememeber for many years to come.
- Those already qualified could think about furthering their skills with the Advanced Open Water course to learn a variety of new skills or complete the Rescue Diver Course to enhance your own confidence and be able to assist divers needing help.
- The PADI eLearning sysyem is available for all popular courses and means you don't have to spend your precious holiday time in a classroom – learn at home, at your own pace.
Embrace the adventure while scuba diving at Vilamendhoo! Learn more about our dive centre here