The dive center Dive & Sail on Ellaidhoo is managed by Alfons Straub since June 2006. An international team of diving instructors work here to offer memorable experiences in diving, a variety of dive courses and further diver training.
The dive center has a shop / reception, workshop, two air-conditioned class rooms, spacious equipment storage and showers / bathrooms. In front of the building, facing the ocean, you will find a big terrace with groups of seats where you can chill out and meet up with friends any time.
We carry following equipment: Sea Quest BCD's, Aqualung regulators with octopus and console, Suunto dive computers, digital u/w cameras, underwater torches, 3 mm neoprene suits (shorties), masks, snorkels and fins as well as weight belts and weights.
You will be diving through an enchanting underwater world. The overhangs in different depths are covered with white soft corals, which provide shelter for gigantic schools of fish.
A colorful underwater landscape fashioned by wonderfully grown and curiously shaped pinnacles. The reef is abundantly inhabited by all kinds of reef fish - the numerous cracks and canyons are covered by soft corals in all conceivable colors.
Ari Atoll is a very unique atoll in the Maldives known for its variety of possible dive sites and highlights either you are looking for beautiful soft coral gardens with amazing scenery or channel dives for big pelagic fish life. Since Ellaidhoo is in the middle of the atoll we have the possibility to cover the entirety of the atoll in many possible combinations. We frequent to the west and northern regions to cover beautiful dive sites known for soft corals and pelagic life as we combine different dive experiences. We depart after breakfast and onboard we take our lunch with us with soft drinks and water for you to enjoy all day.
Full Day – Whale Shark
South of Ari Atoll is one of the very few places in the world where you can sight whale sharks all year around and it’s within our reach to take you to show this magnificent animal in the wild. We make three dives on this trip to show you some of the best dive sites in South Ari atoll. Breakfast and take away lunch onboard and this is a specially catered trip for you to enjoy a great escapade whole day diving and snorkeling bathed in the blue Indian Ocean. Not to be missed experience that we recommend to all divers.
Ellaidhoo has one of the most beautiful house reefs in the Maldives. The south side is a steep wall with plenty of big overhangs full with sea fans, gorgonians and black corals. The north side is a slope. All kinds of reef fish, moray eels and crustaceans can be found along the reef as well as White tip reef sharks, Stingrays, Eagle Rays, Napoleon and big schools of Bannerfish, Snappers, Travellys and sharks.
As Ellaidhoo lies in a channel the current can sometimes be very strong, even to the point where it is not Diveable anymore. With a medium to strong current you have the possibility to hide in the big overhangs of the south site.
All around Ellaidhoo
Fushi Faru is a long reef formation with an outer reef at the east and inner reefs that are facing the channel. The top of the reef is shallow, only 2 to 4 m deep. Some of the big blocks reach the water surface during low tide. Depending on the current, we dive the east corner and the south side of this Faru. If the current runs IN, we normally meet at the east corner with some Napoleons and big swarms of batfishes that often like to guide you for a while. The south side forms a slope that leads down to the sandy channel bottom at 20 to 25 m. Small caves and overhangs are home to many small creatures, like different kind of shrimps, worms and nudibranch. This is a good place for macro photographers. Frequent visitors are also turtles and stingrays. However, the outer reef is not far away therefore do not forget to have a look into the blue water, where you might see big tunas, jacks and eagle rays.
This long Faru is an easy dive site even with a strong current. Just find your neutral buoyancy and enjoy the flight. A shallow dive profile is also possible.
Ca. 30 minutes south from Elaidhoo
Nineteen years ago Fesdu Island sank the boat for diving purposes,
but there is much more than only a wreck to see. Close by is a beautiful Thila presenting the opportunity to make “2 dives in one”. Both the wreck and the Thila are covered with lots of sea fans, black corals, soft coral trees and anemones. Around the wreck in the sand, garden eels are dancing to the rhythm of the current.
For Open Water Divers the wreck is not really suitable as its starts only at 20 meters. However you can still have a good look over the whole wreck and than make your way over to the Thila which goes up to 7 meters.
55 minutes west of Ellaidhoo close by the Tourist Island Fesdu
A dive not to be missed! A variety of fish like on no other dive site. This is why it was declared as national park in 1998.
Big tunas and jacks are hunting the big schools of Fusiliers. Grey reef and white tip reef sharks are usually seen swimming up and down the outer edge, past a school of Barracudas forming their circle in the blue. But not only the fish life is great, also the variety of corals in all different stages and forms are growing along the Thila. Big Stamp corals and amazing black coral bushes are giving a good shelter for all the smaller reef inhabitants.
As this dive site can be dived in many different ways, there is always a solution even in strong current. A quick descent is always a good way to start the dive. Once at the reef, you can easily find your way either to the sheltered side or into the current where most of the activity will be. So all in all a dive for everybody.
45 minutes north of Ellaidhoo, in the channel.
The dive is split into two sceneries, with big overhangs on one side and on the other a beautiful hard coral garden. One of the rare dive sites in the Maldives, where you can find nice big table corals, in very shallow water. Small reef inhabitants are very common on the whole wall. Look for Stonefish, scorpion fish and of course all the small crabs which are hiding inside the table corals. Nudibranchs, snails and many different shrimps can be discovered along the whole dive. In one of the overhangs are a big family of Lobsters. Schools of fusiliers are making their way along the entire reef, followed in the blue by tunas and white tip reef sharks
An easy dive for all levels
35 minutes west from Ellaidhoo by to the Tourist Island Kanduludhoo
A “must do” for every diver who enjoys an extreme colorful underwater world. Sponges and soft corals in white, blue, yellow, green, orange, red and pink highlighting this beautiful reef. Lovers of the macro will be excited about the variety of small creatures. Branches, cleaner shrimps, worms, frogfishes and the like can be found regularly. The Giri is very rich of marine life in general. You will encounter big swarms of snappers, fusiliers and jack fishes and all type of common reef fish are met in big numbers.
An easy dive for all levels. The Giri is located in a protected area and currents are normally mild. A shallow dive profile with depths up to maximum 18 metre is possible too.
Ca. 25 to 30 minutes north of Ellaidhoo, close to the island Bathala.
The Bubblemaker / Future Buddy courses are offered to children aged between 8 and 10 who want to capture their first adventure in the underwater world. Together with your instructor you will be looking for Nemo (not deeper than 2 meters) and at the end you will receive a recognition certificate which you can show your friends.
The house reef of Ellaidhoo is globally known for its beauty amongst divers and thus, it is a true Eldorado for snorkellers. It does not matter if you put on a diving mask for the first time or if you are a traveled and experienced snorkeller – you will be astonished by the breathtaking beauty of our house reef! With a length of 1600 meters, the reef leads around the entire island.
The top reef is a gigantic coral garden with a depth of 1 – 3 meters. Huge table corals, cone corals, waver corals and raspberry corals are just a small variety of hard corals which shape the picturesque landscape. Between them, you will find leather corals, anemones, sea fans and feather stars. It is no surprise, that the affluence of fish and other sea inhabitants is so gigantic! You will float through schools of fish like fusiliers, angel and butterfly fish, mackerels, and parrot fish. You can observe turtles while they feed and be amazed about the immense variety of moray eels you can find.
The friendly and curious stingrays will surely accompany you for a while and you will frequently see big tunas, napoleons, eagle rays and sharks. Thanks to the exposed location of Ellaidhoo, there are sightings of whale sharks and manta rays in the channel close to the outside reef. Everything which makes a divers heart run faster, you can encounter as a snorkeller here as well. And it is so easy and safe to go snorkeling on our house reef. Marked entrance and exit points make the orientation and access very easy.
You can either let yourself drift with the current over the shallow top reef, or you can swim along the reef edge. Here you can look into the deep blue or have a peek under the countless overhangs and caves. Bring a T-shirt and high sun protection along to avoid a sun burn, because snorkeling along our housereef is addictive and time will fly.
Of course we also offer snorkeling trips per boat to the surrounding reefs!
Snorkeling equipment can be rented for a day or a week at the diving center.