Scuba Diving with Sharks in Fuvahmulah, Maldives – How Safe Is It?

Known as Shark Island, Fuvahmulah offers world-class shark dives for divers of all levels

Scuba Diving with Sharks in Fuvahmulah, Maldives | Photo: Thomas Calmos

Discovery Channel recently took notice of theses uncharted waters swarming with rare sharks to film an episode for the 2019 Shark Week documentaries: “Extinct or Alive: The Lost Shark.”

As the longest-running cable TV show in history, Shark Week is dedicated to raising awareness and respect for sharks through factual and entertaining content. In this episode, scientists explored the unique island of Fuvahmulah in search of a shark that was thought to be extinct since the 1970s: the Pondicherry shark.

In fact, despite the shark conservation efforts, the majority of these creatures are an endangered species – primarily because of human activity such as commercial fishing and destruction of their habitat.

Learn more about endangered sharks here

Fuvahmulah, however, is a safe haven for all marine animals – especially for those at risk of extinction.

Geographically located close to the Equator, Fuvahmulah is a hidden gem amongst the smatterings of islands of the Maldives, and home to unique wonders of the natural kingdom. With unusual white pebbles beaches and freshwater lakes, the island has a rich and diverse ecosystem – both on land and underwater.

With pristine water conditions and beautiful coral reefs, Fuvahmulah offers amazing diving opportunities all year round. Divers can get up close with some of the most mesmerizing water creatures, including: black oceanic manta rays, mola molas, pilot whales and a more than seven shark species! It is thus no surprise that Fuvahmulah is lovingly known as Shark Island and one of the best places to scuba dive with sharks.

So, don’t expect to find a private beach resort island like in the rest of the archipelago, because Fuvahmulah is the only place in the Maldives where you can find lush tropical vegetation, woodlands and marshes.

Fuvahmulah is dream holiday destination in Maldives | Photo: Ibrahim Asad

There are only a handful of accommodations on the island, and Cottage 316 is the ideal choice for tourists. With four carefully fully furnished rooms, this guest house tastefully blends into its surrounding habitat to ensure that visitors have a relaxing and comfortable stay.

Find more about Cottage 316’s exquisite rooms at

Cottage 316, Fuvahmulah is one of the best guest house for tourists and divers

But How Safe Is It to Dive with Sharks?

Anybody who has dived with sharks in Fuvahmulah will confirm that it is a treat. Following shark dives best practices will ensure a positive experience and – more importantly – a responsible and sustainable interaction with sharks.

While the island does have a few dive operators, PADI 5* dive centre Fuvahmulah Dive Maldives is divers’ favourite choice. With more than 20 dive sites, you will have the chance to scuba dive with tiger sharks, thresher sharks, hammerheads, silvertip, whale shark, grey reef and whitetip.

Whether you are a certified diver or a beginner, Fuvahmulah Dive Maldives is the place to go if you want to enjoy the thrill of scuba diving with sharks.

Because of its exclusive natural beauty, Fuvahmulah is the perfect exotic beach holiday destination for wildlife enthusiasts, especially for adventure-seeking divers. Visit Fuvahmulah, and you won’t be disappointed!