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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Email us: [email protected]
Phone us: +960 799 9351 | +960 799 9341
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PADI Open Water Diver Course

Get Certified

Learn to Breathe Underwater!

The PADI Open Water Diver Course certifies you to dive with a certified buddy to a maximum of 18m.

If you’re looking to get SCUBA certified in the Maldives on a budget, then completing the PADI Open Water Diver Course here in Fulidhoo is the perfect choice!

The PADI Open Water Diver course will certify you to dive to 18m with a buddy (rather than an instructor) and is the first course you should sign up to if you do not have any scuba certifications.


Although in some places you can get certified in 3 days, that’s not how we do things at Fulidhoo Dive. We don’t like to put such a short time constraint on things, and we like to give people time to get the hang of the skills, which can be fairly tricky!

If you’re looking to complete your course in a rush, then we aren’t the right place for you. We like to take things slow, be thorough in our teaching, and give our students enough time to mess up and try again. We very rarely have four students in a batch, so often you’ll find yourself either learning by yourself or just with one or two others.

So we ask our guests to stay for a minimum of 5 nights in Fulidhoo, to allow them to take their time with the course. We then conduct the course over about 4-5 days with one of our in-house PADI instructors. The course includes: 5 confined water sessions in the lagoon for skill learning, 4 open water dives, theory, 5 knowledge reviews, 5 quizzes, a multiple choice final exam, a swim test and a survival float test.

Before you arrive, you can choose to sign up for PADI E-learning so that you can read all the theory (5 fairly long chapters) and complete the five corresponding knowledge reviews, quizzes and the multiple choice final exam.

Others still prefer to learn from a book, so this option is available too. This is a good option for those who are staying for more than 5 nights and won’t have time to do the reading before arrival.

So chat to us about your preference when you make your booking.

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 complete the PADI Junior Open Water Diver Course
Teaching Language
All courses are taught in English. Learning materials can be provided in a wide variety of languages.
Swim Test
You will need to swim 200m without fins or 300m with fins to get certified.
Student:Teacher Ratio
We follow the PADI standard or 4 students maximum to one instructor.

Other Things to Consider

When booking your PADI Open Water Diver Course with us, there are a few things that are worth considering.

Firstly, you should know that diving insurance is mandatory. You can either purchase your own insurance, or you can purchase Divers Alert Network (DAN) insurance from us directly for 15USD per week.

Second, please be aware that we follow the Maldivian Diving Regulations and therefore you cannot dive for 12 hours after flying or 24 hours before flying.

Lastly, if you complete the Open Water course with us, you might want to stay on for a couple more days to do a few fun dives with us (so you can see what diving is like when you don’t have to perform course skills!) Many guests stay on to complete the first dive of their Advanced course, the Deep Dive to 30m, and others choose to stay on to do the night/twilight dive to Alimatha with dozens of nurse sharks.