The Baa Atoll is the Maldives’ only UNESCO World Biosphere reserve, and is home to a tremendously high diversity of marine life, even for Maldivian standards. We encourage our guests to get up close and personal with our marine friends by scuba diving, snorkeling or by learning the art of freediving.
Our Partners at Soleni Dive Centre offer our guests the opportunity to explore more than 30 dive sites in the area, with visibility up to 35 metres. From June to November, guests will have the chance to dive in some of the best spots in the world and may be lucky enough to see Manta Rays and possibly even Whale Sharks.
A number of diving courses are available, including:
- Discover Scuba (basic theory, basic exercises and one shore dive)
- Resort Course (four dives, one theory and logbook)
- PADI Scuba Diver (five dives, book, theory, logbook and certification)
- PADI Open Water (eight lessons, book, five theory, table, logbook and certification)
- PADI Referral, experience and advanced
- Refresher Dive
Equipment may be rented. For more information, visit the Soleni Dive Centre website.
Freediving is the art of discovering the amazing underwater world on a single breath, without the supporting equipment. By holding our breath in the water, we are led to a state of simply ‘being in the moment’. Some of us freedive just for fun – to look at the colourful fish and beautiful corals or simply to relax. Others want to improve their aquatic skills, or to overcome fear and build self-confidence. In any case, freedivers usually have once-in-a-lifetime encounters with our marine wildlife.
Learn the art of freediving with our resident instructor Ken Kiriyama, a freediving champion. At the end of a course with Ken, guests can go from being surface snorkelers to a 50 foot freediver and experience the ocean in an entirely new way.
Bookings must be made strictly in advance.
We will always remember the first time we dipped below the surface of our lagoon and spied the palaces of colour and thriving denizens who glide between their spires and fans. Share our joys of discovering this realm just footsteps from shore. All guests are welcome to borrow the complimentary masks and fins and explore the magic of our house reef.
For adventures a bit further afield, our marine biologist will be happy to guide you to most unforgettable snorkelling spots of the Baa Atoll. Don’t miss the chance to swim with manta rays at Hanifaru bay as they migrate between the months of June to November. Additionally, with some luck you may see whale sharks.
For an extremely unique encounter, allow our marine biologist to guide you snorkelling in the dark to see the Maldivian reefs in the rarest way. Peer through the night waters at moray eels, lionfish, octopus, lobsters, sleeping parrotfish and bioluminescent plankton.
SNORKEL WITH MANTA RAYS
Join us as we search for the enigmatic, graceful, inquisitive and charismatic Manta Rays in the waters of the Baa Atoll. If the conditions are right, we will go to Hanifaru Bay, located only 20 minutes by speedboat from Soneva Fushi, which has one of the world’s largest population of Manta Rays. When time and tide align, fortunate snorkelers get to observe and capture a rolling, whirling feast where it may be possible to see hundreds of these large yet harmless creatures congregate to gorge themselves in the plankton-rich waters.
There are also several other locations close to Soneva Fushi where Manta sightings are common, so the exact itinerary of the trip may vary to maximize the chance of seeing these magnificent creatures. If Mantas cannot be seen on the trip, the Marine Biologists will lead an underwater discovery tour to showcase the stunning scenery of the marine life in the Baa Atoll.
*Manta sightings are frequent but not guaranteed.
Duration: 1.5 – 3 hours
Soneva Fushi Experiences Brochure
View a complete selection of experiences and excursions available at Soneva Fushi.