Duration: 0.8 hours - Location: Tear Drop Reef, between Male' & Villingili.
If you visit the Maldives you cannot miss the most advanced and outstanding attraction of the Maldives - A visit to the underwater world in the state-of-the-art Whale Submarine, the deep diving largest passenger submarine in the world that takes you on an underwater adventure at 120ft below the surface.
Ninety-nine percent of the area which is the Malidives is water, and if you haven't visited the underwater world, you have missed the most exciting views and creatures that inhabit the seas of Maldives.
- On arrival at the dock, the dive master and his assistants lead guests to the ticket counter area.
- The underwater hostesses serve guests with soft drinks and coffee while tickets are being issued.
- While guests are inside the submarine, just before the dive starts, the hostesses give a briefing on the safety procedures using the safety equipments (a bit like that which an air hostess does for flight safety) followed by the captain's announcements on the dive.
- Fish cards are found in the back-pockets of the passenger seats and the hostesses help the passengers identify fish with its help, if needed.
The first stop is at 25 meters where you will see a colourful display of corals and different types of reef fish. In most of the dives the submarine is greeted by a school of blue or yellow-stripped Snappers, Common Lionfish, Yellow Box Fish and Turtles are usually found here.
Next stop at 40m is yet another type of coral garden and depending on current the submarine will be beached on a sandy spot just close to a big cave. The exterior lights of the submarine will enable you to see the different types of fish taking shelter inside the cave. Occasionally White Tip Reef Sharks and Napoleons are sighted here.
If you are lucky you may be able to see one of the biggest Groupers in the Maldives here on this location. This two meter long Giant Grouper frequents this area and is totally devoid of fear for the submarine. In many dives she has come close to the view-ports and showed the passengers its gaping mouth with unevenly arranged razor sharp teeth. One Japanese passenger commented: '...she should see a dentist'.
Depending on time of the day, current and many other factors the submarine may dive on some historical sites such as a shipwreck or a more exciting place like a shark feeding area or just another beautiful reef.
Before the dive begins the crew inside the submarine will give you a briefing on that particular dive site.
If you are joining a night dive watch closely for the sleeping Manta Rays as our powerful exterior lights illuminate the whole area.
Take your camera with you and never miss a surprise encounter with a shark or maybe a giant grouper or the protected Napoleons now feared for extinction.
After the dive
After a breath-taking 45-minute dive the submarine will ascent to the surface. The transfer vessel will be there to pick you up immediately after the dive and you will be dropped to Male' or the Airport. The whole tour will take approximately less than 3 hours.