Scuba Diving

Take that long-awaited plunge into the deep blue waters of the Indian Ocean and discover the underwater treasures of the kingdom ‘down under.’

To make sure you receive the diving experience of a lifetime, we have custom-made a variety of courses from novice to expert. We are confident that at least one of these will live up to your dreams of scuba diving in the Maldives.

Our internationally certified Ocean Dive Centre Team welcomes all guests who not only want to enjoy the luxury of the beautiful dive sites around North Ari Atoll but are also looking for something special.

Talk to divers who have been to Rasdhoo before, and you will soon find out why this atoll is recognised as quite the spectacular diving location. Although it is relatively small in size, there are still some 18 dive sites on offer, ranging from easygoing reef dives suitable for beginners to more challenging dive sites to tempt experienced divers. Since there are only two resorts in this atoll, our divers are mostly spoiled with uncrowded diving conditions.

[Related: Blog – Veligandu’s Scuba Diving and Snorkelers Calendar For North Ari Atoll Maldives]


North East Monsoon Season (early January to late May)

  • Generally calmer and drier conditions
  • Water temperature ranges between 27°C and 29°C
  • Visibility is between 20 m and 40 m
  • Generally characterised by stronger currents

South West Monsoon Season (early June to late December)

  • Stronger winds and there is a higher chance of rain
  • Water temperature ranges between 27°C and 29°C
  • Visibility is between 15 m and 20 m
  • Generally characterised by weaker currents

For detailed descriptions of all diving sites near Veligandu along with more information about diving regulations in the Maldives, kindly refer to our comprehensive Ocean Dive Centre Fact Sheet, available for download here, or the dive site catalogue available on the spot at Ocean Dive Centre.


If you already have a diving certification, then you are welcome to join our scheduled diving trips.

  • Orientation Dive
  • House Reef Diving
  • Boat Diving
  • Special Diving Events: Big Blue, Night Dives & Full Day Dive Trips

Please note that certified divers are required to present their diving licences, have up to date diving insurance and must participate in an orientation dive before joining the above mentioned scheduled diving activities.



If you don’t have a diving license or have never tried diving before, then you owe it to yourself to give it a go! At Ocean Dive Centre, we always encourage the ‘dive today’ philosophy, and we are able to give you the opportunity to try out scuba diving without committing to a certification programme.

We also offer diving experiences for kids. From as young as 8 years old, kids can get involved in scuba diving and see some fascinating marine wildlife from within the comfort and shelter of our lagoon.

If you are interested and willing to try, you are more than welcome to join one or more of the below activities:

  • Free Intro Dives
  • Discover Scuba Diving
  • Bubble making for Kids



We teach the full range of PADI diving courses and programmes in English, German, Spanish, French and Chinese. Our classrooms are air-conditioned and well-equipped to ensure a comfortable learning environment for all students.

Our diving instructors specialise in teaching the following PADI diving courses and programmes.

  • PADI Seal Team & Master Seal Team
  • PADI Scuba Diver
  • PADI Open Water Diver
  • PADI Adventure Diver
  • PADI Advanced Open Water Dive
  • Emergency First Response (EFR)
  • PADI Rescue Diver
  • PADI Divemaster
  • PADI Specialty Courses:
  • Peak Performance Buoyancy
  • Drift Diver
  • Enriched Air
  • Underwater Navigation
  • Underwater Naturalist
  • Night Diver
  • Multilevel Diver
  • Deep Diver
  • Digital Underwater Photography
  • Search and Recovery

Course fees include teaching materials, rental equipment, PADI certification, course certificate and log book as required.



Our rental equipment is in excellent condition and serviced as per manufacturer recommendations. We ensure that all of our divers are equipped with essential in-water safety gear to comply with local diving regulations. Divers are most welcome to use their own personal diving gear, and take full responsibility for the suitability and integrity of their personal equipment. Rental equipment is chargeable unless included in the cost of a diving course.

For more information regarding what equipment is available for rent, please refer to the Ocean Dive Centre Fact Sheet, available for download here.



Every Monday night between 21:30 and 23:00 the Ocean Dive Centre Team hosts a Divers’ Night at Thundi Bar. Enjoy a relaxed and entertaining evening suitable for both divers and non-divers alike. Everyone is welcome as we take you on a fun dive journey.

What’s it about?

Join us in congratulating newly certified divers on their achievements and to welcome them into the diving community. Showcase your own underwater photography and videography skills and appreciate the work of others. Vote on a winner for best photo or video contribution of the week. Mingle with us and ask us questions. Hear about current events and enjoy hanging out at the bar with a bunch of cool people!


Ocean Dive Centre Opening Hours: 08:00-18:00 daily

Ready to book your diving experience? Please drop us an email at or give us a call at (+960) 666 0519 or (+960) 666 0647.


Important medical notice:

You will be asked to fill out a medical questionnaire prior to your diving activities. If there are any “yes” answers to the relevant questions, then a physician’s “Fit to Dive” (FTD) certificate will be required. Please contact the dive centre directly if you have any questions.


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