Each of the Resorts' PADI Five-Star IDC Centres offers a two-tank morning dive and a one-tank afternoon dive, as well as sunrise, night and other specialty dives, available on request.
Known internationally as one of the world's best scuba diving destinations, the Maldives has an abundance of dive sites with one thrilling dive opportunity after another. The waters surrounding Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa and the Baa Atoll UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve, home to Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru, have consistently warm waters with outstanding visibility. Immerse yourself in enormous shoals of butterflyfish and oriental sweetlips; drift the channels with white tips, hammerheads and whalesharks; descend deep sea ridges with eagle rays, giant napoleans and blue marlin; spot turtles at dawn, dolphins at dusk and mass seasonal gatherings of manta rays; or marvel at the "weird and wonderfuls" that inhabit the vast reef-formations and unique Maldivian thilas. Exhilarating sites include vibrant thilas, exciting channels, coral-filled overhangs and fascinating wrecks. Snorkel with manta rays and whale sharks at renowned local feeding grounds like Bathalaa and Hanifaru Bay. Each of the Resorts' PADI Five-Star IDC Centres offers tailored programmes for all abilities and personalised experiences with specialty courses taught by some of the country's most experienced instructors.
Before engaging in boat-diving activities, divers who have not been diving within the last three months or have logged fewer than 30 dives are required to participate in an orientation dive, conducted daily in the lagoon. Please present your certification card and logbook when you register for diving.
All divers are advised to refrain from diving 12 hours after international flights and 24 hours before travelling by air, including by seaplane. Divers must complete a medical questionnaire prior to their first dive at either of our Four Seasons Maldives resorts. Depending on their responses to the questionnaire, divers may be required to pass a complimentary medical examination with our doctor.
Diving for beginners – Scuba Diver Certification
If you would eventually like to attain PADI certification but do not want to invest four days of your vacation, the Scuba Diver Certification is the best way to get started. Over 1.5 days, you will complete a series of theory courses, three confined water dives and two ocean dives and will receive credit towards the completion of the PADI Open Water Certification Course. This certification also qualifies you to dive under the supervision of a dive professional to a depth of 12 metres (40 feet). Participants must be at least 12 years old and must be able to swim.
Diving for beginners – Open Water Certification Course
PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) courses are offered in Japanese, German, Russian, French, Spanish, Portuguese and English. The Open Water Certification Course consists of four days of training in theory and practice. Upon successful completion, a PADI Open Water certificate will be issued which opens the door to endless adventures in diving.
For guests who would like to complete the theory portion of certification in advance of their vacation, PADI offers an online eLearning course. Fee applies.
For certified divers
In the crystal clear waters of the Maldives, certified divers have their pick of truly outstanding diving options, including thilas, kandus and ancient reefs. Daily excursions from each of our PADI Five-Star IDC Centres include a two-tank morning dive and a one-tank afternoon dive, with sunrise, night and other specialty dives available on request. Our dive team can also put together an exciting and personalised programme for you during your stay.
World-renowned Maldives diving sites include the following:
Mantas and whale sharks
Head to the Maldives between June and October for the region's manta season. Awe-inspiring sightings are possible from the Baa Atoll to the beautiful cleaning station of Lankan Manta Point on North Malé Atoll. We are pleased to offer guests the opportunity of snorkelling during select dates and times at the marine protected area of Hanifaru Bay. However, diving is not permitted at this location.
Become a master scuba diver
Hone your skills, increase your confidence and have fun. Certified PADI Advanced Open Water Divers can work their way up the ladder to become Master Scuba Divers, the highest non-professional ranking in the PADI system, in the waters around Four Seasons Resorts Maldives. Explore depths of up to 30 metres, learn how to navigate under water and select three "adventure dives," from nitrox to wreck, from a total of 16 different adventure dives. Once you have reached an advanced level, it's a great opportunity to specialise. Develop impressive skills in thrilling new areas alongside some of the most experienced instructors in the Maldives. Each of our 16 specialty courses involves an average of two to four dives. The courses include:
- Enriched Air Nitrox (EANx) - Stay down longer and maximise big fish encounters
- Peak Performance Buoyancy - Discover how to use less air and perfect your technique (two dives)
- Underwater Digital Photographer - Capture the moment and take the magic of the underwater world home (two dives)
- Torpedo Diver Propulsion Vehicle - Master this device to enjoy greater mobility and less air consumption (two dives)
- Other Specialty Courses - Boat dive, underwater naturalist diver, multi-level diver, drift diver, night diver, deep diver, search and recovery and many others
Fun, exciting and educational, scuba diving is an ideal activity for families to do together. Get your children started young with our exciting scuba programmes for kids. From their first tentative snorkel to daring AquaMissions in the lagoon, kids will experience programmes run by PADI professionals using child-size equipment. Not yet ready for a dive? Anyone can snorkel, regardless of age or ability. Whet your appetite for the magical underwater world with a snorkelling lesson in our vibrant coral gardens, just steps from the shore, and let the adventure begin!
Children between the ages of 8 and 12 are invited to join us for Bubblemaker Experiences in the swimming pool, where our team of experienced instructors will guide them through the steps necessary for exploring the underwater world. All participants must be physically fit and able to swim.
PADI Seal Team
Embark on cool AquaMissions in our safe, sheltered coral gardens. Master the basics and then progress to specialty scuba missions such as navigation, night, and search and recovery. Each diving adventure is designed to be fun as well as highly educational for children 8 years of age and over.