General

The beauty of the ocean in the Maldives is due not only to the colour and transparency of the water, but also its spectacular marine life. You cannot visit Randheli without at least snorkelling and seeing this wonderful spectacle. Being able to swim amongst thousands of different species of multicolored fish, admire the gentle motion of the turtles or the sinuous advance of small reef sharks, is a unique and priceless experience.

Single and double-tank dives, full-day excursions, sunrise and sunset dives, night dives, excursions to specific shark, manta or wreck dives; the possibility of hiring a private dive boat with dive guide and/or highly specialized equipment of the highest standard. You have the choice of diving either with air or with Nitrox (on a complimentary basis), should you be certified as a Nitrox Diver.

Every guest will have the possibility of participating in a free scuba diving experience. Our 5 Star PADI Dive Centre offers the full range of PADI courses (see link here below). All of our PADI instructors are multilingual with additional skills such as Underwater Photography/Videography or Marine Biology, and have years of diving experience under their belts. You can even take the opportunity to learn PADI Distinctive Specialities such as Shark Awareness Diver or Manta Awareness Diver, as well as a host of other speciality courses.

Have you ever wanted your own dive instructor, your own boat, or maybe both? Take advantage of our dive butler services by booking a private dive session with the Cheval Blanc Randheli Dive Centre. Our professional and friendly instructors will guide you on your private and exclusive underwater journey; choose from all PADI dive courses, a beginner’s lesson, or maybe just a guided dive, and discover the serenity and care on offer to you. All private instructor hire is inclusive of up to 2 guests, so we can provide you with the maximum amount of attention, individual sessions and one-on-one activities – the ultimate luxury for adventurous divers. A Marine Biologist is also available for a dive guiding. Indeed, while guided dives she collects as well data on sharks, manta and turtle sight putting in a data base at disposal of the associations who study these animals to Maldives. She takes care of the daily project of reconstruction of the reef and corals in Randheli, and will provide you, at the same time, very useful and ecology oriented informations on the reefs and corals .

You can choose to be filmed during your scuba or snorkelling excursions and view the images in your own time. Should you want to purchase a copy in either PAL or NTSC system, or maybe some clips of the Maldives and our Maison, this can be included in the final production, together with your personalized images. Or maybe you would prefer the timeless choice of a set of beautiful color or black and white photographs, with the option of having them printed on photographic paper or included in a CD/DVD containing your photos and underwater pictures of the surrounding areas.

The diving experience is an outstanding opportunity to meet the unexplored magnificent Maldivian reefs and corals. Indeed, you will have the convenience of facing a multitude of extraordinary fish species in one of the different dive sites chosen by our Marine Biologist based in Randheli. You will have the opportunity to enjoy the survey of more than 30 dive sites – all in the range of about 30 to 40 minutes from our Maison – depending on your wishes and expectations. Most of our proposed dive sites are, compared to other Atolls, suitable for beginners to experience the thrill of drift dives in Maldives. However, we retain a few other sites for experienced divers with Open Water Diver certification due to the average depth that is reached (around 18 to 25 meters ). Furthermore, we are delighted to propose snorkelling excursions to Hanifaru Bay in Baa Atoll (approximately 1 hour ride). This Marine Protected Area has gained international repute as one of the most reliable places in the world to see a large numbers of endangered mega fauna as manta rays and whale sharks during the Maldives’ South-West Monsoon.

The most common species encountered during the diving experiences are carrousel of Jackfish hunting small prey, as well as trigger and surgeon fishes found in smaller reefs. During the early morning, eagle rays, small sharks – known as baby lemon sharks – and Turtles are also enabled to be met. One of the most famous dive sites in this area is Orimas Thila, a cleaning station for gray reef sharks, where guests can see up to four different shark species in one dive: whitetip-, grayreef-, guitar- & leopard-shark. Moreover, frequent appearances in this dive site are eagle rays, barracudas, jacks and tuna fishes.

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Maldives

Maldives

Welcome to the Maldives, where sands are white as the smiles of the locals, where fish swim happily in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean, where the weather is a dream, and the deep rays of the sun waits to engulf you in their arms.

The Country

The Republic of Maldives is a group of atolls in the Indian Ocean about 417 mi (671 km) southwest of Sri Lanka. Its 1,190 coral islets stretch over an area of 35,200 sq mi (90,000 sq km). With global warming and the shrinking of the polar ice caps, the Maldives is directly threatened, as none of its islands rises more than six feet above sea level.

Maldives at a Glance

  • Official Name: The Republic of Maldives
  • Capital City: Male
  • Time: GMT + 5
  • Total Islands: 1,192
  • Inhabited Islands: 200
  • Resort Islands: 96
  • Population: Approximately 369 261
  • Currency: Rufiyaa

Getting Here

  •  Free 30 days Visa upon arrival for all visitors

What to Pack

  • The Maldives enjoy a sunny climate for the better part of a year. Hence, locals and visitors alike prefer to dress in lightweight clothes.

Things to Do
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  • Water Sports
  • Scuba Diving
  • Indoor Sports
  • Outdoor Sports
  • Snorkeling
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