Vabbinfaru Diving Holidays
As a five-star Gold Palm Resort dive centre, Banyan Tree offers the full range of PADI courses and engages diving instructors who are highly professional, enthusiastic and PADI certified. Our professional diving instructors teach in different languages including English, French, German and Japanese, and take great care to create an environment that's relaxed and interesting. No stress, just pure fun and safe diving!
The courses are unique in their strong emphasis on environmental awareness. Banyan Tree has set its mission to create ecological awareness amongst the guests, in pursuing coral research and pioneer projects supporting marine life. From the beginner's Discover Scuba Diving program, guests uncover the beauty and wonder of the ocean and its fascinating inhabitants.
The other attraction for guests would be the two house reefs off shore from Vabbinfaru and Ihuru islands, which are just about two minutes from the beach with our own in house wreck. Guests may snorkel at their leisure without the need to take a boat or book a guide, and they can also take advantage of the complimentary snorkel equipment rental.
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Diving in Maldives
Rannamari wreck is a sand dredger that was brought to Maldives from Singapore for the 'Male' Reclamation Project' in 1982. It was the third dredger brought into the country and was used in several projects in the capital Male' and Thilafushi island (manmade island west of Male') and was in working condition until 1999.
The wreck is now a home for thousand creatures. Outside of the wreck you could see thousand of schools of jacks and fusiliers while friendly groupers and batfishes hang around the hull. Inside the engine room bay glassfish's, big eyes, squirrel fish and giant morays. Very often sting rays and nurse sharks can be spotted at the bottom and inside the wreck. The Rannamari wrecks new crew now seeds the ocean with plankton. Its transformation from wreck to reef in a little more than one year and it will support the marine life for many years.
Diving Holidays at Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru
In the Maldives, there is no shortage of the best diving spots in the world. Among them, ‘Lankan Manta Point' is located on the outside reef of Paradise Island Resort (Lankan Finolhu). There are several large rocks which mark the point where the Manta Rays converge during the south west monsoon. The 'Manta Rays' can grow up to 4 meters in width and can remain at the cleaning station circling around the divers. A unique and exciting dive for all level of divers.
‘Kuda Haa’ is a protected marine sanctuary shaped like a two-humped camel's back. Rising from 35 meters below the sea to six, this beautiful reef is covered in sponges and corals. The abundance of fish living here simply takes your breath away. Large schools of blue-striped snapper roam the deep; clouds of basslets, fusiliers and butterfly fish swim all over, while sharks hover in the shallow areas. You might also come across moray eels, cleaner shrimp and the rare scorpion and frog fish. This is truly a dive you shouldn't miss when visiting the Maldives.