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Gan Island - Laamu Atoll - Learn to Dive - Laamu Atoll - Standard twin

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Dangling like a string of pearls below the Indian subcontinent, the Maldives has always been the picture perfect fantasy of tropical island holidays. With only lush islands in the horizon for hundreds of miles, the crystal clear waters of the Indian Ocean is a paradise for water lovers. What sets the Maldives apart from other destinations is the teeming abundance of marine life. Due to the strict sustainable fishing policies, the ecosystems are intact and the reefs are healthy and BEAUTIFUL! The location of Laamu is within easy reach of some of the most legendary dive sites where all kinds of amazing sea creatures gives the impression of swimming around in a perfect aquarium. It is rather amazing really. Together with your instructor, you will start slowly from the beach, learning the skills in water that is shallow and clear, and slowly progressing through the course and out on to the reef. It does not get much more unspoiled and we consider it quite an extraordinary place to get your license to dive.

Laamu boasts a stunning array of dive and snorkeling sites, from easy beginner sites to ripping current dives, deep manta cleaning stations and channels where large schools of fish, rays and a great number of sharks congregate. Most importantly, being off the beaten track, there are very few dive operators, and we mostly have the dive sites completely to ourselves!

Laamu is an incredibly beautiful atoll south of the capital Male. A 35 minute flight over 5 atolls starts your trip with breathtaking views. This southern part of the Maldives is way less travelled and the island of Gan still enjoys a largely undiscovered status. Staying on a local inhabited island provides a very different, very REAL Maldivian experience, where the locals are eager to welcome explorers. Gan has natural forests, several villages to discover and miles upon miles of deserted milky white beaches.

Introduction to course
The PADI Open Water Diver course is the most popular diving certificate worldwide. After completing this 3-4 day course you are certified to dive to 18 m independently with a buddy. The course consists of five modules of learning. You study via self-study workbook and complete a knowledge review. This process is assisted by videos accompanying each chapter to reinforce what you have learned. The instructor reviews everything with you to ensure that everything are confidently understood. The practical learning consists of pool (confined water) sessions and four open water dives. Dive one and two are conducted at a depth of max 12 meters and dive three and four are conducted at max 18 meters. The final stage of the PADI Open Water course is an exam, which is a multiple choice exam covering all that you have learnt. Remember that the course is performance based and not time based. The course generally takes 3 to 4 days, with the theoretical, the pool and the open water part successfully passed.


Itinerary - 5 days and 4 nights

Day 1:
Arrive Male and take a scenic domestic flight to Kadhdhoo (KDH) airport. Laamu Dive Centre will make your flight booking to Kadhdhoo. You will be met at the airport and taken to your hotel. Cool down in the pool or stroll to the beach until evening time when it is time to check in with the Dive Centre to register for e-learning and plan your activities with the dive instructor.

Day 2
Spend the day at the beach or pool while working through the theory on your smartphone, tablet.or text book. You can also choose to do your theory via e-learning prior to arrival, and get started with in-water training a day earlier.

Day 3
Confined water training at the beach. You will learn the skills necessary to complete your course.

Day 4
Two open water dives to 12 metres depth on  beginner dive sites

Day 5
Two open water dives to 18 metres, and completion of course.

Day 6
Fly from Kadhdhoo to Male. 


4 dives


Your hotel, Honors Residence, is a tasteful little boutique hotel of 26 rooms around a pool. You find rooms with the standard of a luxury resort, and economy rooms for those who wants comfort on a budget. The hotel is 2 minutes from the middle of a 4km stretch of the white sandy (and picture perfect) beach. Rooms come with wooden floors, A/C, king size beds in the lovely deluxe rooms and twin beds in the standard rooms, TV and fridge (You will not find beer in the fridge though, since alcohol is outlawed on all local inhabited islands). All rooms have private bathrooms with hot and cold water. Free Wifi available in the lobby area.


Transfer Information
Unless you have booked a stay in Male or Hulhumale prior to departing to Gan, you only need to walk from the international terminal to the domestic terminal and check in for your domestic flight to Kadhdhoo (KDH). There are multiple flights every day. The Dive Center will book you on the first flight after your arrival, and latest flight prior to your international departure, unless otherwise informed.

The Dive center will contact you 2 weeks prior to arrival and provide you with your domestic flight details. The domestic return flight between Male airport and Kadhdhoo airport is NOT included in the price but is to be paid locally at the hotel, for 80 USD.


Breakfast incl. - full board (lunch & dinner $28)


All year (Yoga season runs: Oct. 1st - Apr. 30th)

Ekstra information

If you want a longer itinerary, you can add extra days of diving, snorkeling, yoga and accommodation upon booking. Please note, due to ocean and weather conditions, the itinerary can be subject to change.