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Diving

With year round high visibility, favorable weather conditions, stunning coral reefs and free flowing tides of the seasonal monsoons, the Maldives is a haven for divers and ocean lovers.

Over 1,000 species of fish, coral and other marine life inhabit the waters throughout the Maldives; better yet, given the isolation of the Gaafu Dhaalu atoll, the underwater seascape found around Ayada Maldives is still undisturbed and awaiting discovery by enthusiasts. Gaafu Dhaalu atoll is fast gaining an international reputation as being one of the most incredible places to dive and snorkel due to the excellence of its coral reefs and untouched marine life.  Thanks to the relatively small number of divers, it’s still possible to dive a reef where the fish have never seen a human being before.

The courses on offer here are all developed by the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) the world’s most premier diving education organization. All our courses guarantee quality and your certification will be globally acknowledged.  All courses are modular allowing for you to begin with an introductory course and progress to a certification course.

ABOUT DIVE KINGDOM

Dive Kingdom International Pvt Ltd has a long history of training and providing high quality diving and water sports services in the international market.

Our services aren’t just limited to tourism; we’re diving partners of the Nautical Archeological Society in the UK whose aim is to help and educate people and increase awareness of understanding the importance of the nautical archeological heritage.  We’re also the official sponsors of nautical excavations in Cyprus.

We’re committed to providing the best customer service: our well organized professionals’ philosophy is to be focused on the highest guest satisfaction and safety standards.  We can customize our training programs to meet personal diving requirements, from introductory discover scuba diving to professional instructor development courses.

Our international team is able to offer a wide range of languages as we believe passionately in communicating in your language.

 

DIVING COURSES: Learn to dive or improve your skills

Our experienced team of instructors would be delighted to introduce you to the wonders of diving with a range of beginners’ courses.  For certified divers, a choice of specialist and advanced courses are available to add to your skills and underwater experience.

We are a PADI 5* Dive Center and train following PADI's standardized system.  Courses take place both in an air-conditioned classroom and in the calm lagoon directly in front of the dive center. 

Please come to the Dive Kingdom center and learn more from one of our multi-lingual team.

 


 

DIVING COURSES FOR BEGINNERS

Bubble maker
The Bubble Maker is a tailor made program for children between the ages of 8 and 10 years. An instructor will conduct one” try dive” in the shallow lagoon as an introduction to diving.

Discover scuba
Confined water
An introductory course to diving, this program teaches diving basics from breathing exercises to confidence building exercises conducted by an instructor in the shallow lagoon followed by a mini diving tour.

Discover scuba diving
Confined water + 1 open water dive
Following the “Discover Scuba” this program will allow you to dive within the lagoon at a depth comfortable to you with an instructor. Upon completion of this program, we recommend you continue with a boat dive where you explore a nearby dive site.

Scuba diver
Confined water + 2 open water dives
As the first step in obtaining a full certification, this three session program complete with two Open Water dives is designed to ensure that you master the dive skills required under the supervision of your instructor.

Open water diver
Confined water + 4 open water dives
The Open Water Diver is the complete certification course with five confined water sessions and four Open Water dives. This course usually takes between three to four days to complete and is aided by the Open Water video, the log book and your instructor; however the option to pace the course according to your schedule is available.

DIVING COURSES FOR CERTIFIED DIVERS

The Orientation Dive
An orientation dive in the lagoon is necessary in order to refresh your basic dive skills, your equipment and to acclimatize yourself to the conditions in the Maldives with an instructor on hand to assist you if you so wish.

Scuba Review
If the orientation dive is not sufficient to refresh your dive skills and to renew your confidence, a dedicated one-dive program is available to review the Open Water skills with an instructor.

A Boat Dive
The dive center runs two boat dives a day (usually one in the morning and one in the afternoon) where we travel to dive sites nearby the resort.  All sites have been carefully selected to ensure visibility and the abundance and variety of the marine life considering weather, seasonality and wildlife. We would be happy to plan trips to any other suggested dive sites depending on the location.

Dive Package
A must for dive lovers, ask us about our package of five dives.

Adventure Diver Or Advanced Open Water Diver
Upon certification, adventurous dive programs are on offer to take your dive skills to the next level whereby you can select from a range of specialty programs including night diving, navigation diving, deep diving, search and recovery diving, underwater photography, drift diving and much more. After three specialized dives, you are certified as an Adventure Diver or with another additional two dives, you can then qualify for the Advanced Open Water certification.

Specialty Diver
Should you wish to specialize in any of the adventure dive programs, we offer a comprehensive insight in to your chosen specialty and upon completion of three dives you may obtain your certification as a Night Diver, Deep Diver, an Underwater Photographer, a Search and Rescue Diver and much more.

Rescue Diver
Upon completion of the Advanced Course you will have all the requisites to become a Rescue Diver. Our instructors will guide you through 12 real life emergency situations whereby you can improve upon your rescue skills accompanied by 5 theory sessions.

Emergency First Response
All divers attending the Rescue Course need to be medically trained; this can be done at home by attending a basic CPR course, however the dive center offers the Emergency First Response course. These courses are conducted by trained instructors and can be useful for everyone including non-divers.

Divemaster
The Divemaster certification is the first professional level of PADI and incorporates all aspects of dive planning, dive management and control, basic training in physics, physiology and equipment handling. In addition all divers obtaining this certification must assist in conducting dives for others for a period of two weeks.

SOME OF OUR FAVORITE DIVE POINTS

  1. Kaashidhoo Thila
    - Location: 40-mins by dhoni
    - Diving Depth: 10-30 Meters
    - Highlights: In season, hunting group of  jack fish & trevally
    - Experience: All levels of certification if conditions are suitabl
  2. Coral Garden II
    - Location:  30-mins by dhoni
    - Diving Depth: 10-30 Meters
    - Highlights: One of best sites for hard coral.
    - Marine life: napoleons, school of snappers, fusiliers, cardinalfish, nurse sharks
    - Experience: For the more experienced diver
  3. Fanka Thila
    - Location: 35-mins by dhoni
    - Diving Depth: 10-30 Meters
    - Highlights: an abundant variety of marine life
    - Marine life: fan coral, sharks (early morning), group of fusiliers, basslet
    - Experience: for the more experienced diver
  4. No name (New)
    - Location:  25-mins by dhoni
    - Diving Depth: 12-30 Meters
    - Highlights:  an abundant variety of marine life
    - Marine life: garden eels, bat fish, sharks, turtles, trevally, school of basslets
    - Experience: For the more experienced diver
  5. Coral Garden I
    - Location: 15-mins by dhoni
    - Diving Depth: 12-30 Meters
    - Highlights: Coral blocks
    - Marine life: blenny, cleaner fish, sand perch, cardinalfish
  6. Aquarium
    - Location: 15-mins By dhoni
    - Diving Depth: 3-25 Meters
    - Highlights: This spectacular site has many different features.
    - Marine life: turtle, sting ray, eagle ray, trigger fish, snapper, emperor fish
    - Experience: All levels of certification if conditions are suitable
  7. Gan channel
    - Location: 50-mins by dhoni
    - Diving Depth: 15-30 Meters
    - Highlights: Strong current. An abundant variety of marine life
    - Marine life:  sharks, turtle, grouper, snapper, tang, unicorn fish
    - Experience: For the more experienced diver
  8. Gadhoo channel
    - Location : 50Mins By Dhoni
    - Diving Depth : 10-30 Meters
    - Highlights: Strong current.  An abundant variety of marine life
    - Marine life : Turtles, leopard sharks, snappers, group of fusiliers, basslet, jack fish
    - Experience : For the more experienced diver
  9. Manta point
    - Location: 25-mins by dhoni
    - Diving Depth: 10-30Meters
    - Highlights: Mild drift diving. In season, manta rays
    - Marine life: Manta rays, napoleons, reef sharks
    - Experience: All levels of certification if conditions are suitable
  10. Vaadhoo Thila
    - Location: 50-mins by dhoni
    - Diving Depth: 10-30 Meters
    - Highlights: It can have strong currents and a quick descent down to reef creates a good drift dive
    - Marine life: lobsters, turtles, sharks, moray eel, surgeonfish, butterfly fish
    - Experience: For the more experienced diver
  11. Gabur Island
    - Location: 20-mins by dhoni
    - Diving Depth: 2-20 Meter
    - Highlights:  turtles, small colorful basslet, damsel fish, wrasse, some soft corals
    - Marine life: Fish life is average
    - Experience: For beginners and advanced divers

 

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All material found in the pages of this Website is protected under the copyright laws of Turkey, and of other countries. Certain names, words, titles, phrases, logos, icons, graphics or designs in the pages of this Website may constitute trade-names, trade-marks or service marks of Ayada Maldives or its affiliates, or Ayada Maldives or its affiliates may have been licensed to use them. The display of trademarks, trade names or service marks on pages on this Website does not imply that a license of any kind has been granted to anyone else.

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Ayada Maldives reserves the right to take legal action against any unauthorized use of the trade-names, trademarks and images of Ayada Maldives and its affiliates found on this Website.

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Ayada Maldives does not control any third party website and is therefore not responsible for the content of any linked website or any link contained in a linked website. Ayada Maldives provides such links only as a convenience to you and the inclusion of any link does not imply endorsement, investigation or verification by Ayada Maldives of the linked website or any information contained in it.

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If a guest chooses to shorten their stay or check out early a penalty charge will apply, as detailed in the Cancellation Policy associated with the rate booked.

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LIMITATION OF LIABILITY

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As a leading international hospitality and leisure operator, it is Ayada Maldives’ mission to deliver excellent service and satisfaction to all of our guests, as well as respect their privacy. To ensure that your personal information is protected and handled appropriately we have prepared this Privacy Policy to inform you of our method to manage your personal information which we obtain through the registration card and the online booking process. Please take a moment to thoroughly read the sections below.

PRIVACY POLICY

1. Type of personal information collected: Personal information is the information related to the guest details that we request from all guests when making a hotel reservation, for example name, address, passport number, date of birth, nationality, travel plan, booking periods, e-mail address, telephone number and contact details. This personal guest information will be collected, processed and stored within Ayada Maldives guest database in accordance to this Privacy Policy.
2. Purpose of collection: We collect personal information to communicate our news, events and promotions, including our products and services which we think may be of interest to our guests. We may also use such information for market research and quality control, as well as for statistical and analysis purposes, in order to deliver particular services or products which are in response to our guest's needs. Personal information will not be used for communication outside recognized business relationship guidelines.
3. Customer's Consent: By providing personal information in the registration card or through the online booking process, you are considered to have provided us express consent to obtain, own, use and share your personal information within Ayada Maldives in accordance with this Privacy Policy. This consent is given voluntarily and may be revoked at any time by sending an e-mail to (info@aydamaldives.com).
4. Information Sharing with a to Third Party : We may share your personal information with our third party service provider in order to better serve your needs. Using contractual or other arrangements, we ensure these third parties shall protect your personal information in the same manner, with this Privacy Policy.

PROTECTED INFORMATION

The term "Protected Information" refers to information that can be used to identify our guests individually. Protected Information includes but is not limited, guests' names, addresses, age, gender, method of payment information and passport/ID card number (whether in physical, electronic or other format).

How you may provide us your Protected Information

1. By making a reservation or by using any of Ayada Maldives’ product or/and services
2. By providing it to us in communications regarding services such as comment cards
3. By providing the information to us by participating in marketing initiatives
4. By visiting our website

PURPOSE OF COLLECTION

We collect Protected Information for three primary purposes:

1. To enhance our ability to provide first-class customer service to our guests,
2. To keep our guests informed of promotions and offers and,
3. For marketing and research purposes.

ACQUIRING PROTECTED INFORMATION USING OUR WEB SITE

When you visit our web site, you are given a "cookie" and your computer is assigned an ID number. Cookies track user preferences and allow us to offer a tailored web experience, without visitors having to re-enter their preferences each time they visit. We also use cookies to compile aggregate web site data, which helps us to monitor web site traffic and track what parts of our web site visitor's use most frequently. Our cookies do not contain Protected Information and do not follow visitors on the Internet after leaving our web site.

Once you have visited our web site and accepted our cookie, your ID number is automatically assigned to your computer whenever you visit our web site. Although you remain anonymous until you enter Protected Information in the web site, the ID number allows us to log your session, so that we may better provide individualized support. Once you enter Protected Information on the web site, we associate your ID number with your contact information so we can recognize you on future visits and keep track of information that appears to interest you.

REJECTING, BLOCKING OR REFUSING COOKIES

Temporary cookies are a built-in feature of the technology used within our website. The majority of internet browsers will automatically accept these cookies, however you can adjust the settings on your internet browser if you would prefer to delete them or have them automatically refused. Refer to the "Help'' section on your browser toolbar to find out how to reset your preferences regarding cookies. However please be aware that rejecting cookies may affect your ability to use particular features associated with your user profile.

While browsing our web site, you may also provide us with additional information. You can search for rates and availability at our resort without providing any Protected Information. We use this data mainly for web site management purposes, but do not connect it to any Protected Information, such as your name or address.

MAKING A RESERVATION

Visitors to ayadamaldives.com or any integrated partner websites who elect to make reservations online are asked to complete a reservation profile the first time they make a reservation. When you create a reservation profile you will be asked to provide specific Protected Information, including your name, address and contact information, as well as certain guarantee and deposit information to secure your reservation, such as your credit card number. Providing your personal data for such purposes constitutes your acknowledgment and agreement to the terms and conditions contained in this privacy policy.

CREATING A GUEST PROFILE

During the reservation process you may opt to create a Guest Profile and in doing so provide us with personal information, including but not limited to; name, contact details, holiday preferences, and payment details. All information provided to create your Guest Profile is covered under the ‘Protected Information'

SECURE TRANSACTIONS

Ayada Maldives website uses the SSL encryption protocol (Norton Secured Seal, powered by VeriSign) to guarantee secure transactions and complete confidentiality. Your bank details and all the information you enter on the various forms are automatically encrypted when your data is transferred over the network using our SSL (Secure Socket Layer).

SSL is the most widely used and successful secure transaction solution. The SSL encryption system automatically encrypts your data before it is transmitted over the network, and it can only be decrypted using a unique key once it has arrived on our server.

If your browser supports this system, you will see a padlock or VeriSign symbol in the top or bottom right hand side of your screen.

DURING YOUR STAY

During your stay, we record your itemized spending to accurately assemble your folio, which sets out your room rate and other expenses billed to your room. We also record this information to comply with financial reporting requirements, including those imposed by our auditors and government regulators. Information particular to your stay may also be stored (i.e. health issues, payment difficulties). We may also collect certain information as required by local laws (e.g. passport number). In addition, we may retain the content of any document (including comment cards, electronic documents such as e-mails and other similar forms of communication) that you send us before, during or following your stay. This information may be shared within Ayada Maldives but will not be shared with any third party. Finally, we are required under relevant law to log and retain all records of internet activity at our hotels for a period of 90 days.

GUEST'S CONSENT

By providing Protected Information in the registration card or through the online booking process or by other method as mentioned above, you are considered to have provided Ayada Maldives express consent to obtain, own, use and share your Protected Information within Ayada Maldives and its subsidiary in accordance with this Privacy Policy.

This consent is given voluntarily and may be revoked at any time by sending an e-mail to (info@ayadamaldives.com).

Ayada Maldives takes steps to ensure that Protected Information is kept in a secure location, to which only authorized individuals have access. We also store certain guest information in our Guest Reservation System (the "System"). The System comprises a secure customer database stored on a dedicated server. We store Protected Information for such period of time required by law or for as long as we believe there to be a business justification for doing so.

PROTECTED INFORMATION PROVIDED TO THIRD PARTIES

Agents, contractors or third party service providers to Ayada Maldives may receive your Protected Information in the course of providing services to Ayada Maldives. Using contractual or other arrangements, we ensure these parties protect your Protected Information in a manner consistent with our Privacy Policy.

We may, from time to time, conduct joint marketing activities with selected partners where we deem the combined offers to be of relevance or interest to our guests. In these instances, Protected Information will only be accessible to mailing houses or parties contractually engaged by Ayada Maldives with appropriate privacy and confidentiality controls in place. At no time will Protected Information be issued to any partners for their own use.

We will only share Protected Information about you outside Ayada Maldives without your consent where: (a) it is required or authorized by law; (b) it is required to provide you with services you have requested in which case you will be deemed to have given your consent; (c) if your stay has been paid for by a third party we will provide billing information to the paying party; (d) if you have failed to pay amounts owed to a property or (e) to global or regional hotel alliances to which Ayada Maldives is a party, in accordance with customary industry practice.

GUEST ACCESS TO PROTECTED INFORMATION

We are happy to provide our guests, upon written signed request, with details of the Protected Information that we hold about them. We require that proof of identity be provided together with any such requests, typically in the form of a passport copy, together with contact information for the purposes of verification.

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CANCELLATION POLICY ADVANCE PURCHASE / NON REFUNDABLE RATES

1. Full prepayment is required at the time of booking
2. No cancellations, refunds or transfers

FLEXIBLE / BEST AVAILABLE RATE

1. Full prepayment will be taken 1 month prior to arrival
2. Can be cancelled free of charge until 1 month before arrival
3. The guest will be charged the total price should they cancel within 30 days prior to arrival