Divers who have not been diving in the last three months are required to do an orientation dive at the house reef. This is not a test, but a dive to give the diver the opportunity to regain confidence in skills, including mask removal and alternative air source breathing. After the skills practice, a dive will be made at the house reef.
This is recommended for divers who have not dived for over a year. Its primary purpose is to help certified divers not only to regain their confidence but also to update their dive knowledge and skills, especially after a long period of diving inactivity.
Nitrox is used more and more by recreational divers who want to increase their safety. Nitrox looks set to become the standard for recreational scuba diving in years to come.
In a nutshell, the nitrogen in the air that we breathe underwater is the gas responsible for limited bottom times and decompression sickness. If we replace some of that nitrogen with oxygen – which our body can use and therefore does not need to get rid of – we can do one of two things: we could extend our allowed time underwater and still have the same safety margin as if we were diving with normal air or we could stick to the same time limits as with normal air but breathe Nitrox – therefore increasing the safety.
Nitrox fillings are without supplementary charge, for certified Nitrox divers. PADI Nitrox Courses are available
House Reef Diving
The 300m-long Baros house reef encircling the island is known as one of the best house reefs in the Maldives and, as it is just a few metres from the beach, can easily be reached from the shore. It gently slopes down to 20m where there are large coral outcrops with an astonishing variety of marine life. The house reef is a nursery ground for black tip sharks, which can be seen in their everyday habitat. Turtles are often spotted in shallower depths.
Buddy pairs can access the house reef throughout the day (9.00 hrs to 17.00 hrs) according to experience and diving skills.
It is an amazing experience to explore the reef by night. As corals open up and extend their colourful flower-like tentacles, lionfish, lobster, shrimps and other nocturnal species leave their holes to look for food. The Maldivian waters come alive at night and phosphorescent plankton light up the ocean with their blue bioluminescent effect.
Night dives are conducted regularly by boat at the Black Coral reef as well as on the house reef from 17.45 hrs to 19.30 hrs.
Our modern 15m diving boat is equipped with the latest navigation system, oxygen, radio, toilet and first aid kit. Twice a day we offer boat diving, with a selection of over 30 dive spots, from 9.00 to 12.00 hrs. and 14.00 to 16.30 hrs.
- DAN Oxygen kit
- First aid box
- Mobile phones
- Surface markers are given to all divers
- To prevent dehydration mineral water is available on the boats
Dive Safety & Regulations
Please note that the Republic of the Maldives has a strict diving law in order to sustain the Maldives as a safe dive destination. According to the Maldivian Dive Regulations the first dive during your stay has to be a guided orientation dive on the house reef. The maximum depth per dive is limited to 30m, diving with a computer and an alternative air-source is mandatory, and it is prohibited to dive alone or do decompression dives.
Safety is to our highest priority, therefore, please listen carefully to the advice of our experienced dive instructors to ensure your safety.
Certified divers should bring their dive certification and logbook for registration. All bookings should be made at the Dive Centre before 18.00 hours on the preceding day.
- Mares stabilizing jackets ( XS, S, M, ML, L, XL)
- Mares regulators with octopus and SPG.
- Mares dive computer for Air and Nitrox
- 3 mm wet suits (shorty) (XS-S, M, L, XL, XL, XXXL)
- Under water lights for night and day dives
- 11.4 ltr Aluminum Tanks
- 15 ltr steel tanks Tanks
- Bauer compressors for dry and clean air
- 1 Nitrox compressor
- Digital photo cameras
- Go pro Hero Black edition + red filters and selfie pole
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