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About Vilamendhoo Diving

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The Maldives are beautiful coral islands surrounded by living reef, 26 Atolls in the middle of the Indian Ocean. The water temperature is warm throughout the year (26 - 30 degrees Celsius) and varies only very little with depth (0 - 30 meters).

Coral is fragile and grows very slowly, about 2.5 cm per year, so to avoid damage, do not touch or step on it. In 2016, the extraordinarily warm waters of El Nino passed throughout the oceans, including the Maldives. The high temperature killed much coral, resulting in its bleached appearance. Now, the coral is growing, again, and we hope this continues so that in the future, it will be as magnificent as it was in the past.

We also see an abundance and variety of other marine creatures found on the living reef, including 150 species of tropical fish such as sweet lips, trigger fish, butterfly fish, porcupine fish and many more.

Most marine life that we encounter is harmless, however, some such as stonefish, scorpion fish and lion fish may give a dangerous sting.­ These fish are rarely found in a sandy lagoon but to be safe, always watch where you place your bare feet.

The lagoon is a safe nursery in which juvenile sharks and rays grow and learn to survive. Eventually, they­ move outside the lagoon into the reef zone. It is interesting and fun to watch the baby sharks herd baitfish trying to catch the weak ones for a meal or to watch the rays burrow into the sand looking for crabs to eat.

In the Maldives, these marine creatures are considered harmless when treated in the proper manner. Diving with reef sharks and manta rays is a popular attraction. You can see blotched fantail, porcupine, mangrove whip, torpedo and eagle rays. From May through November,­it is the season to dive with Mantas at the east side of the Atoll. During that time, we offer 2-tank trips to Mahibadhoo Manta Point on a regular basis. From December until April, we offer full-day excursions to Rangalli Manta Point on the west side of the Atoll. All year, the waters around Vilamendhoo are well known for seeing whale sharks. Full day trips are frequently scheduled to the nearby Whale Shark National Park.

You may also see white tip, grey, silvertip, nurse, guitar and zebra sharks. Hawksbill and green turtles may also be seen from time to time. Spinner dolphins are commonly seen, usually from aboard a boat because the dolphins are shy creatures.

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PADI Courses

Euro-Divers is a PADI 5 Star dive center, customer focused, professional organization dedicated to providing you a safe, fun and memorable diving experience.­ Our fully qualified international team of PADI Instructors and Divemasters are at your service. We speak English, German, French, Spanish, and Japanese. PADI course materials are available in English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Dutch and Japanese. Our services and facilities include guided diving trips, guided night snorkeling, equipment rental and accessory sales, rental as well as variety of PADI beginner and continuing education courses.

Bubble Makers:­­
A fun scuba dive for children in water shallower than 2 meters in our lagoon.
Ages: 8+.

Discover Scuba Diving:­
No experience is needed to participate. The instructor will explain the equipment and the important rules, and after a short training session in the shallow lagoon you can make your first proper Open Water dive at the house-reef to a maximum depth of 12m.
Ages: 10+

PADI Scuba Diver:
The first PADI scuba diving certification. Learn a few beginner skills so that you feel comfortable with your equipment and explore the house reef to a maximum depth of 12 meters together with your Instructor.
Duration: 2 days­­ ­ ­ ­ Ages: 10+

PADI Open Water Diver:
The world's most popular scuba diving course, you will be introduced to the physics, equipment, environment and joy of diving. With a combination of diving theory, lagoon practice and 4 open water dives you will be certified to dive independently with your buddy to a maximum depth of 12 to 18 meters­ (depending on the age).
Duration: 3 to 4 days­­ ­ ­ ­ Ages: 10+


PADI Adventure:
A subset of the Advanced Open Water Diver. Complete 3 different adventure dives and gain further experience after your OWD certification.
Duration: 3 dives­­ ­ ­ ­ Age 12+

PADI Advanced Open Water:
Continue your training with the AOW, built up your confidence by gaining more experience through 5 adventure dives such as deep dive, navigation dive, wreck dive or night dive.
Duration: 5 dives­­ ­ ­ ­ Age 12+


PADI EFR & Rescue Diver:
Learn how to anticipate and manage situations underwater. Your confidence will increase as you will know how to help other divers.
Duration: 3 days­­ ­ ­ ­ Age 12+

Specialities:
Increase your training, knowledge and diving technique by choosing in between a wide range of specialities offered: Fish ID, Peak Performance Buoyancy, Underwater Digital Photographer, Night, Enriched Air, Emergency First Response, Shark, Manta, Drift and Wreck.

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Diving

Please click here­­­ to find out more information about Orientation Dive, Dive Schedule, Dive Site, Depth Limit, Dive Boats and many more.

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Fluo Diving

Fluo diving is conducted in very small groups and equipped with special lights and mask filters you will discover the reef by night and reveal a totally different underwater world. The special lights and filters will enable you to see what no-one else would see otherwise - fluorescent corals, shes and other marine life!

Manta Trust

Our resident marine biologist is available for all kinds of questions about marine life and will join us on different trips, giving you extra knowledge about the underwater world. Specialized in the Manta, every Friday at 16:30 a presentation will be given at the dive center about these magnificent creatures.

Retail Shop

Dive accessories, polo & T-shirts, DVDs, dive books and more are available at the dive center.

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Diver's Night

Every Monday at 21:00 at the Bonthi Bar, the Euro-Divers Team presents a popular video each week showing the beautiful underwater world that you see around Vilamendhoo and its diving and snorkeling activities. The Dive Center staff looks forward to being of assistance and to answer your questions.

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Click below on the Dive Sites:


Dive Sites - Click to see the Detailed Map

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Dive Center - Euro Divers Scuba Diving Price List

Euro-Divers SCUBA Center Hours:

0830 - 1230
1400 - 1800

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