More of the Maldives is underwater than above. Therefore it is not surprising that the Maldives in known the world over as one of the premier dive destinations of the world. The country has thousands of reefs and over 1,000 different species of reef fish that inhabit them. There are also hundreds of species of soft and hard coral that adorn the reefs. Water temperatures stay within the 27 to 30 degree Celsius. During the warmer period, divers and snorkelers are comfortable diving without wetsuits, although Lycra and 3mm wetsuits are the norm. Some divers prefer 5mm wetsuits for night dives or dives during the rainy season. You may contact the dive center at the Viceroy Maldives prior to your arrival for recommendations on equipment or simply let us provide you with our world class gear once you arrive at the resort.
Our dive team, operated by Best Dives Maldives, welcomes you to world-class diving in the Maldives. The advantage of diving in the Shaviyani Atoll is that its relatively unknown and the sites remain virgin (to most extent) by tourists due to the remoteness of the resort. Whether you are an experienced diver or are deciding if this is a sport that you want to venture into, you could go on your first underwater discovery. The world beneath will dazzle you with its marine life and it would be unfortunate if you left without seeing the diversity and richness of its marine life.
We have charted numerous dive sites, each with its own unique characteristics and points of interest. Explore the vibrant reefs and encounter manta rays, Napoleon wrasses, turtles, sweetlips, tuna and many other underwater inhabitants.
Location & Hours
Our PADI-licensed Dive Centre, is located near the Arrival Jetty and is open daily from 8:30am to 7:00pm
Registration & Orientation
To sign up for the morning or afternoon dives, please contact the Dive Centre. Before your first dive, you will be asked to present your certification card and complete a waiver form and medical statement. Divers who have less than 30 logged dives and have not dived in the last three months are required to do a complimentary orientation dive at the house reef.
Course for Beginners
Diving is for everyone, and our Dive Centre offers three fun and easy ways to learn the skills required to enjoy this fascinating sport. Courses are held in several languages.
PADI Discover Scuba Diving Course
This program lets you experience the thrill of underwater breathing under the close supervision of a PADI instructor. Your course consists of a theory briefing and one controlled ocean dive to 12 meters. The DSD course is offered daily. Participants must be at least 10 years old.
PADI Open Water Diver Course (4 days)
An opportunity you should not miss if you have five to six days with us. You will learn the fundamentals of scuba diving and earn the PADI diving certification which is recognized world over. The course consists of a series of theory classes, pool dives and ocean dives. Participants must be at least 10 years old and must be able to swim.
PADI Scuba Diver Certificate (2 days)
If you don't have the time to do PADI Open Water Diver's Course, then the Scuba Diver Certification is the best way to get started. In 2 days you will complete a series of theory courses, pool dives and ocean dives and will receive credit towards the future completion of the PADI Open Water Course. This certification also qualifies you to dive under the supervision of a dive instructor or dive master to a depth of 12 meters during the remainder of your stay.
Certified Divers & Dive Excursions
The Dive Centre offers many PADI courses to increase your diving expertise, including: Advanced Open Water, Adventure Course, Nitrox Diver Course, Night Diver, Underwater Naturalist, and Rescue Diver. We offer 2 daily dive excursions (one- and two-tank), in the morning and afternoon. Night dives are organized weekly for advanced divers. A variety of dive packages are available - from 1, 5 and 10 tank dive packages.