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5 star dive center
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Resort Highlights

  • Kinan Retreat is a small, intimate hotel on the inhabited island of Fulidhoo
  • On-site restaurant serving a fusion of cuisine to guests
  • Excursions offered to stunning locations across Fulidhoo Island
  • Atoll is well-known for large pelagics, including grey reef sharks and big eye trevallies
  • Night dives to the Alimatha house reef bring divers closer to large populations of nurse sharks

Resort Description

Kinan Retreat offers nine comfortable rooms on beautiful Fulidhoo Island, located a few miles from the capital Male and a four-minute walk from the beach.

The resort offers a quieter atmosphere, with Fulidhoo Island home to around 200 people. There's a crystal clear lagoon steps from the guesthouse and the dive center is located next door.

The restaurant offers on-site dining influenced by local and western options. Kinan Retreat is located on a local island in the Maldives, offering guests an authentic Maldivian experience away from the larger resort islands.

Kinan Retreat offers a range of excursions to guests including a sandbank tour to rest, enjoy the sun and watch the bird flocks head out over the lagoon. There's also dolphin cruising and shark point snorkeling for you to enjoy.

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BOOKING

Once we receive your booking, we double check availability with the dive operator and reserve your spot. If there are any issues, we get back to you within 24 hours

CONFIRMATION

If all is good, we send you an E-mail confirming that your booking is final

24H FREE CANCELLATION PERIOD

You then have 24 hours to take care of other travel arrangements. Your credit card will only be charged after that period

Payment terms

  • 100% of the total booking amount is due at the time of booking

Cancellation fee

  • 0% of the total booking amount will be charged if you cancel more than 40 days prior to arrival
  • 50% will be charged if you cancel between 40 and 27 days prior to arrival
  • 100% will be charged if you cancel less than 27 days prior to arrival

Explore diving around the Kinan Retreat

What to see

This atoll is the Maldives’ most easterly and isn’t protected from the currents during the north-east monsoon. This helps attract sharks and mantas. There is also the possibility of seeing the ocean’s placid giant – a whale shark.

The upper parts of the channels’ outer reefs tend to have better corals. Some of the hard corals burst with color as though Jackson Pollock flicked paint on them.

The variety of marine life around the Vaavu atoll is extensive. Your dive log will fill up faster than you drift through the atoll’s channels.

Dive Center

Highlights

  • Fulidhoo Dive is a PADI 5* Dive Resort center on Fulidhoo Island in the Maldives
  • Channel dives allow you to watch all marine life passing through the atolls
  • Night dives to Alimatha to see nurse sharks up close
  • Hammerhead safari dives, reached via speedboat
  • Access to east and west of atoll, so perfect for year-round diving

Description

Fulidhoo Dive is the only PADI-registered 5* dive center on Fulidhoo.

The dive center is in the heart of channel diving territory in the area. Night dives are particularly popular, especially to Alimatha house reef, where divers can encounter dozens of schooling nurse sharks (apparently one of the world's largest congregations). Being comfortable in medium-strong current is advisable for this atoll. In the channels, divers can expect to see large numbers of nurse sharks all year round, as well as abundant pelagic life.

We offer a range of equipment to divers. All our fins are the latest from ScubaPro, as are our BCDs, regulators, masks and snorkels. We also provide custom wetsuits from Aqualung and Uwatech dive computers from ScubaPro. We were among the first dive centers in the local area to be certified as a Pure Air Station by Bauer. 

DIVING SERVICES

Courses

  • Intro Dives/Discover Scuba
  • Scuba Refresher
  • Open Water Diver
  • Advanced Open Water Diver
  • Rescue Diver Certification
  • Divemaster
  • Kids Courses
  • Nitrox Certification
  • Underwater Photography
  • Deep Diver Certification
  • Underwater Videographer
  • Night Diver
  • Drift Diving
  • Boat Diver
  • Peak Performance Buoyancy
  • Other Specialties

Equipment

  • Tanks With Int (Yoke) Valves
  • Tanks With Din Valves
  • 15L Tanks
  • Rental Equipment ($)
  • Dive Computer ($)
  • Filling Station

Diving Facilities

  • Battery Charging Station
  • Beach Front
  • Fish Id And Diving Books

Safety

  • Emergency Oxygen Kit
  • First Aid Kits
  • Vhf Radio

Languages spoken

  • English

PADI membership level

  • Padi 5 Star Dive Resort

Distinction

  • Padi 5 Star

Resort Amenities

Facilities

  • Beach Front
  • Wi-Fi (Free)
  • Air-Conditioning
  • Lounge/Tv Area
  • Facilities For Disabled Guests
  • External Guests Allowed
  • Uk (3 Pin) Power Sockets

Entertainment and family

  • Games
  • Babysitting/Child Services

Activities

  • Snorkeling
  • Kayaking
  • Fishing
  • Beach Volleyball

Food and drink

  • Restaurant
  • Buffet
  • Vegetarian Food
  • Halal Food

Payments

  • Cash (Usd)
  • Cash (Local Currency)

How to get there

Arrival

  • On arrival at Malé International Airport (MLE), you can take a speedboat from Male direct to Fulidhoo (additional cost, advance notice required).
  • From Male, the speedboat transfer departs at 11am only. To make this transfer, you must arrive early morning.
  • It is important that you get in touch with us following your booking confirmation to arrange transfers, prior to booking your flights. 
  • If you cannot make the transfer at 11am, other options are limited. 

Departure

  • Upon your return, the speedboat transfer back to Male departs from Fulidhoo at 14:10  (additional cost, advance notice required). 

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