Obviously, one of the main reasons we at Africa Scuba
Travel chose Velidhu for our divers, was because of its phenomenal diving and
large house reef. It is one of the few
tourist islands that have its own dive able house reef – quite literally, your
own dive site on your front verandah.
reason we chose Velidhu is because it is run and recommended by one of the
biggest dive operators in the Maldives, and Asia, and with whom we started
diving with so many years ago.
Not only are they are familiar with enthusiastic
South African “hard core” divers, but are also aware of our devalued currency,
and with this in mind have put some very affordable dive packages together for
A single dive at any Maldive resort is between $50.00
and $65.00 per dive (that’s between R400.00 and R500.00. In addition to this
there is a $10.00 per dive, boat fee that is paid direct to the resort for use
of these large dive boats. If you consider these factors you will see that
these packages are unbelievable value for money, particularly the 6 day
unlimited dive option.
We have been given two options – and please note they
are strictly for packages pre-paid in South Africa – they are not available at
Option B – 3 0r 5 Dive Package:
Price includes boat dives & boat charter fees,
use of weight belts and cylinders. Does not include free house reef diving.
House reef dives are $41.00 per dive, and additional boat dives $51.00 per dive
payable at the resort.
Option C – unlimited 6 day Package:
This package includes unlimited boat diving,
including boat night diving, and unlimited diving on the house reef, day or
night. It also includes weight belt and cylinder usage, and air fills for the
house reef dives.
dive school is extremely accommodating, and in addition to the 2 normal boat
dives per day, offers early morning 2 tank dive trips to the outer reefs, as
well as all-day trips, which include a visit to a local island, and meals on
board the dive boat. There is normally a boat night dive at least twice a week,
but should demand warrant it, they are prepared to do so more often.
Realistically you can get in at least 15 boat dives, and as many house reef
dives as you can safely do.
in the tour is $120.00 of prepaid boat charter fees – this is usually enough to
cover 12 boat dives, but in some instances, like the all day boat trips, or
late afternoon trips, these may be slightly more or less than $10.00 per trip.
Should you want to do more than the 12 boat dives in the 6 diving days, than
you will be liable only for the additional $10.00 boat fee, and not the $41.00
sure you bring a dive computer with – diving with computer is a regulation in
the Maldives. They can be hired at the resort, but it is probably cheaper to
buy your own before going. This package is undoubtedly the best value for
money, and definitely the most affordable option for the keen diver!
Maldives must be one of the best and safest places in the world to night dive.
The sea is unbelievably calm and the coral spectacular. Boat night dives are
arranged every second night, subject to demand, and at Velidhu you can dive on
the house reef every night. Make sure
you have a good dive torch.
dive travel, both local and particularly overseas, we strongly recommend dive
insurance, such as DAN. The cost of medical treatment overseas can be frightening.
Some of the options provided for by DAN cover most medical emergencies, not
only diving, and are strongly recommended. Temporary cover can also be
arranged. Contact us should you require application forms.
packages include the cost of cylinder and weight belt hire. We recommend that
you take your own gear, except for weight belts and cylinders. The water is
warm (26-28C) so unless you really feel the cold, a 3mm shorty is usually
are gear rental prices at the resort.
Computer (Aladdin Sport) $ 4.00
8.00 per dive
(3mm Shorty) $
4.00 per dive
3.00 per dive
3.00 per dive
you require any equipment, particularly torches and computers, we can provide
these at very competitive prices.