A Dive in Whale Submarine
The most outstanding attraction of the Maldives today.
If you visit the Maldives never miss the most advance and outstanding attraction of the Maldives: A visit to the underwater world in the state-of-the-art Whale Submarine, the deep diving largest passenger submarine in the world that takes you on an underwater adventure at 120feet below water.
If you have never been on a submarine this is your chance to go and dive in one of the most advanced passenger submarines in the world. Not in many locations of the world you will have this opportunity. 99% of the Maldives is water and if you haven't visited the underwater world, you have missed the most exciting views and creatures that inhibit the seas of Maldives. WHALE SUBMARINE creates just that opportunity for you. This is your chance, whether you are young or old, able or disable, to visit the underwater world without getting wet, while enjoying the sensation of diving in a submarine.
Few features of the Whale Submarine. Whale Submarine is designed and constructed in Karlsrhue, Germany under the strict regulations of the American Bureau of Shipping and Bureau Veritas and is capable of carrying 50 passengers to a dive depth of 150 meters. Whale submarine is currently the world's deep diving largest tourist submarine in existence. So far this submarine has performed more than 2000 dives safely.
The cabin of the submarine is fully air-conditioned and has a normal atmospheric pressure and thus you breath normal air. Therefore you are safe to fly just after a dive.
Whale Submarine has redundant safety features to ensure the safest, most comfortable ride, and is operated by a fully trained and certified team of French and local pilots. Whale Submarine carries enough oxygen, water and food supplies to support all passengers and crew for 100 hours.
How to do your booking: Whale submarine dives in every 90 minutes DAY and NIGHT starting 9.00 o'clock in the morning until 8.00 o'clock in the evening.
If you stay in a resort/hotel that provides this service as an in-house excursion please do a booking through the front desk or reception.
If your resort/hotel does not provide this service please call us at 33 39 39 to make a reservation and we will make arrangements to pick you up from the resort provided that you are staying at a close by resort. Your Tour Guide or Tour Leader may also arrange this for you.
If you are staying at a far away resort join us when you arrive at the airport for your departure. If your flight is at 12.00 o'clock you can join our 9.00 o'clock dive and if you are leaving late in the evening in SQ, EK or UL we have the evening dive for you.
If your flight is early in the morning or if you feel that you would not have enough time at the airport to join the dive, ask your tour operator or travel agent to arrange your transfer to Male' the day before. This will give you the opportunity to do some sightseeing in Male' and do some shopping in addition to the dive in the submarine.
This would give you the opportunity to explore the capital city, Male' above and below water to be able to appreciate fully what Maldives is! This would also make your departure easier, without rush and without having to wakeup early in the morning to rush back to the airport before you catch your long flight back home
Check-in: When you make booking through the resort/hotel you will be transferred direct to the submarines floating dry-dock called 'Whale House'. If you are a departure client you may check-in to our airport counter located at the arrival hall. Here you may leave your luggage with our staff and board our transfer vessel to the dive site.
The ride out to the dive site will take approximately 20 minutes. The transfer vessel transfers you to our 'Whale House' on the dive site. A special area in the 'Whale House' is designated for passengers and here you will be served refreshments and wet tissues.
Ticketing. While you relax on the' Whale House', our ticketing staff will issue the tickets. Payments have to be made direct to the counter here and all major credit cards are accepted. Once the tickets are issued you will board the submarine. There is no restroom on the submarine and therefore you are requested to use the rest room on the' Whale House' before boarding the submarine.
The dive. On board the submarine you will descend to a submerged reef 40 meters beneath the surface. However the first stop is at 25 meters where you will see a colorful display of corals and different types of reef fish. In most of the dives the submarine is greeted by a school of blue or yellow-stripped Snappers. Common Lionfish, Yellow Box Fish and turtles are usually found here. Next stop at 40 meters is yet another type of coral garden and depending on current the submarine will be beached on a sandy spot just close to a big cave. The exterior lights of the submarine will enable you to see the different types of fish taking shelter inside the cave. Occasionally White Tip Reef Sharks and Napoleons are sighted here. If you are lucky you may be able to see one of the biggest Groupers in the Maldives here on this location. This 2 meter long Giant Grouper frequents this area and is totally devoid of fear for the submarine. In many dives she has come close to the view-ports and showed the passengers its gaping mouth with unevenly arranged razor sharp teeth. One Japanese passenger commented: '...she should see a Dentist'
Depending on time of the day, current and many other factors the submarine may dive on some historical sites such as a shipwreck or a more exciting place like a shark feeding area or just another beautiful reef. Before the dive begins the crew inside the submarine would give you a briefing on that particular dive site.
If you are joining a night dive watch closely for the sleeping manta rays as our powerful exterior lights lit the whole area.
Make sure you take your camera with you and never miss any surprise encounter with a shark or maybe a giant grouper or the protected Napoleons now feared for extinction.
After the dive. After a breath-taking 45 minutes dive the submarine will ascent to the surface.
The transfer vessel will be there to pick you up immediately after the dive and you will be dropped to Male', the Airport or back to your resort. The whole tour will take approximately less than 3 hours.