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About Veligandu Diving

Allow yourself to glide through the deep blue waters of the Indian Ocean discovering the beauty of the aquatic world! We offer an interesting variety of courses from novice to expert. We are confident that at least one of these will fulfill your dreams! The Ocean Dive 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’ll soon find out that this atoll is quite a sensational diving location. Although it’s a relatively small atoll, there are still some 18 dive sites on offer, ranging from easy going reef dives that are suitable for beginners to more challenging dive sites to tempt experienced divers. Since there are only 2 Resorts in this atoll, our divers are largely spoiled with uncrowded diving conditions.

Diving Seasons

North East monsoon season - Early January to late May
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  • Generally calmer and drier conditions
  • Water temperature between 27°C and 29°C
  • Visibility between 20 m and 40 m
  • Generally stronger currents


South West monsoon season - Early June to late December

  • Stronger winds and rain are more likely
  • Water temperature between 27°C and 29°C
  • Visibility between 15 m and 20 m
  • Generally weaker currents
Free Intro Dives

Have you ever wondered what it feels like to breath underwater?
Well, find out for free!


Every Thursday afternoon, from 1630-1730 at the South Beach, we offer guests the opportunity to get acquainted with scuba gear free of charge.­

What's involved?

  • First, you’ll fill out the participant form and listen to a brief explanation of scuba­equipment given by a diving instructor.
  • Next, you’ll get geared up and get wet in the shallows of the lagoon.
  • When you’re ready, you’ll take your first underwater breaths using scuba while being supervised by a professional diving instructor. Then swim around in the shallows, no deeper than 2 or 3 m and get a feel for the gear and the environment.
PADI Courses

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


Our diving instructors are able to teach the following PADI diving courses and programs:


PADI Scuba Diver:
This is an entry level diver certification course. It takes approximately 2,5 days to complete and certifies you to dive to 12 m under the supervision of a diving professional. The course involves theory sessions, shallow water training sessions and 2 open water dives. The minimum age for participants is 10 years.

PADI Open Water Diver:
This is an entry level diver certification course. It takes approximately 4,5 days to complete and certifies you to dive to 18 m (depth restrictions apply to participants between 10 and 12 years). The course involves theory sessions, shallow water training sessions and 4 open water dives. The minimum age for participants is 10 years.

PADI Adventure Diver:

This certification course builds on the open water diver certification. It consists of 3 adventure dives supported by corresponding theory modules. Your instructor will help you to choose these from a variety of available options.

PADI Advanced Open Water Diver:
This certification course builds on the open water diver certification or adventure diver certification. It qualifies you to dive to 30 m and consists of 5 adventure dives each supported by a corresponding theory module. Both the adventure deep dive and navigation dive are a mandatory part of this course. Your instructor will help you to choose the remaining 3 adventure dives from a variety of available options.


Emergency First Response (EFR):­
This is a CPR and first aid course that can be conducted over 1 day. It is a certification program and provides the prerequisite basis for the PADI Rescue Diver Course.

PADI Rescue Diver:
This is a 3 days course during which students learn to master rescue and self-rescue skills. The course involves theory sessions and practical exercises to develop your skills before testing them on a series of scenarios.


PADI Specialty Courses:
The following courses may take between 1-3 days to complete depending on each course. For more information on each individual specialty courses, please speak with one of our diving instructors.

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  • 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. For more information, please refer to the price list and speak with one of our diving instructors.­

Rental Equipment

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 but take full responsibility for the suitability and integrity of this equipment.­Rental equipment is chargeable unless included in the cost of a diving course. Please refer to the price list for more information.

Divers Night

Every Monday night between 2130 and 2300 the dive centre team hosts a divers night at the bar. Enjoy a relaxed and entertaining evening suitable for both divers and non-divers alike. Everyone is welcome.

What's it all about?

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  • 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.
  • Talk shop with us and ask us questions. Discuss current events and generally hang out at the bar with a bunch of cool people!

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Click below on the Dive Sites:


Dive Sites - Click to see the Detailed Map

Ocean Dive Centre Hours:
0800-1800

Please contact us via email:
veligandu@oceangroup.mv­


View full price list for Diving & Water Sports:
Click here to view the price list­

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