Of all the reasons to visit the Maldives, now there’s one more; it’s home to the world’s largest deep-diving submarine. Seating up to 50 people, the Whale Submarine descends to a depth of up to approximately 131 feet, offering a glimpse into underwater life without the need for a diving qualification. Guests can enjoy viewing the treasures of the Indian Ocean like looking at sunken shipwrecks or shark-feeding areas.
Submarine dives are offered by Olhuveli Beach & Spa Resort as a 45-minute excursion. First stop is at 82 feet where guests can see fabulous arrays of reef fish, colorful corals, blue or yellow-striped snappers, lion fish, box fish and turtles. At 131 feet, the submarine will come to rest on a sandy spot, just outside a large cave. Exterior lights illuminate the sheltering life which might include white-tip reef sharks, huge Napoleon fish and one of the biggest groupers in the Maldives (6-feet long).
“Submarine diving in the Maldives is a breathtaking experience and a continual delight to our guests who are able to visit the magnificent underwater world of the Maldives with no need of a diving qualification,” said Zulaikha Manik, Director of Sales and Marketing for Sun Hotels & Resorts. “The submarine excursion is one of the many underwater experiences that Olhuveli offers, which also includes snorkeling safaris and the exceptional services of a Sun International Diving School with PADI Gold Palm Five-Star status.”
Just a 45-minute speedboat transfer from Malé, Olhuveli offers a selection of restaurants and bars, two infinity pools, a floodlit tennis court, volleyball and an excellent water sports center – with one of the only registered kite-surfing schools in the Maldives. Submarine excursions start at USD $185 per person and can be booked directly through the hotel.