Welcome to Fulidhoo Dive Maldives! We're an awarding-winning 5-Star PADI Dive Centre located on the beautiful local island of Fulidhoo in Vaavu Atoll. Only a little over an hour's speedboat ride away from Male' International Airport, our location makes us easy to get to and offers some of the country's best dive sites! We offer affordable dive and accommodation packages for those looking to explore the real Maldives.

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Phone us: +960 799 9351 | +960 799 9341
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PADI Discover Scuba Diving

Take your first breath underwater!
Experience the ocean in a new way!

An Introduction to SCUBA for non-certified divers

Our PADI Discover Scuba Diving programme is the first step for those looking to experience scuba diving. This programme is not a certification but it is an introduction to scuba. It’s a great choice if you would like to see whether you would like to proceed with the full PADI Open Water Course, or for those who simply don’t have time to get certified but would like to experience the underwater world.

The programme takes 2-3 hours and costs 95USD including equipment rental, taxes and service charge. It starts with getting you to learn a bit of SCUBA theory from the PADI Discover Scuba Diving booklet, then we give you a short briefing and proceed to gearing up. We then go into the lagoon for a skills session where we teach you the basic skills you’ll need for your first dive. When your instructor is satisfied with your performance, you will then go to the boat and to a beautiful nearby reef with wonderful marine life for an open water dive to a maximum of 12m.

You do not have to be a very good swimmer, but you do need to know the basics and be fairly comfortable in the water.

Our PADI DSD sessions usually take place in the afternoon.


Good to Know

Medical Questionnaire
You will need to go through the PADI Medical Questionnaire to see if you are fit to dive.
Minimum Age
Children who are 10 and older can participate in a PADI DSD session.
Teaching Languages
DSDs are taught in English. Theory booklets are available in a wide variety of languages.
No Fly
Please note you cannot dive for 12 hours after flying and for 24 hours before flying.
Items Needed
We will provide all the equipment needed. You simply need swimwear.

What can I expect to see?

During your PADI Discover Scuba Diving session, we will take you to one of a few nearby reefs which are suitable for beginners. Which reef we choose will depend on the time of year, the weather, the current and your previous experience of scuba diving and performance during the lagoon skills session.

Wherever we choose, the dive will be to a maximum of 12m. Often we like to choose a site where the reef is very shallow, so you can start to experience the underwater world, even just a couple of metres below the surface. This also gives you time to get accustomed to diving and to start to relax under water, before we go a little deeper.

So in these dive sites, you can expect to see abundant marine life – a real variety of tropical fish – butterflyfish, angelfish, gobies, ‘nemo’ fish and anemone fish – as well as other marine life. In addition, you might see a moray eel, sea cucumbers, starfish or even an octopus. If you’re lucky you might see a turtle or an eagle ray!

As these sites are usually quite protected, we don’t often see sharks on these dives, however it is possible.

If you complete the session with ease, we can then go for a second dive the next day, somewhere a little more challenging, where sharks are more likely.