The most exhilarating blackwater diving Maldives

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An ocean illuminated by light as you glide through intense black beauty breathing with obscure life! Welcome to blackwater diving Maldives!

Blackwater diving is a different experience for everyone! Some divers may want to face their fear of the utterly black water. Whilst, others wish to experience new creatures! And to witness the largest vertical migration of marine life in the world, which takes place each night.

Set in the Rasdhoo atoll archipelago, Kuramathi Maldives stretches 1.8km in length. Its spectacular marine life, lively reefs, tropical waters and once in-a-lifetime encounters make Kuramathi an ideal diving destination.

And, there is no shortage of fun and frolic, as it brims with paradisiacal pursuits to see and savour! Be it thrilling water sports ranging from windsurfing, catamaran to wakeboarding; or delving deep with scuba diving. Seek tranquil moments at Kuramathi Spa offering renewing treatments including ancient Asian rituals and organic Voya massages. Come nightfall, entertainment takes centre stage! With the lively tunes by their resident band, or pulsating beats from their DJ. Or simply enjoy captivating movie nights on the beach.

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The resident Rasdhoo Divers team is the first and only dive centre in Maldives offering Blackwater Dives. 

Blackwater diving is a different kind of night dive to the dives guests may be used to. It is conducted far out in the open ocean, and reaches depths between 5-25m. Using a weighted down line, affixed to a floating buoy on the surface, lights attached at various depths along the line attract plankton, and different kinds of marine life. In addition, it provides a safety reference for the dive group.

Rasdhoo’s expert dive team is complemented by Kuramathi’s resident marine biologist who can accompany guests on dives to identify unique and captivating ocean fauna. Back on land, night divers can learn all about the spectacular marine life that they might see on their Blackwater Dive. Furthermore, providing education on how we can preserve this fragile and unique eco-system.

Juvenile fish, plankton and depth dwelling species that spend their days hundreds of metres beneath the ocean’s surface ascend at night to feed in shallower water. This includes: sailfish, gurnards and diamond squid. The free-floating buoy will drift along with the ocean current, providing an ever-changing kaleidoscope of creatures for divers to discover.

Kuramathi’s Rasdhoo Divers is home to a fully equipped dive school with multi-lingual instructors who can guide divers of all skill levels through a range of PADI and SSI courses. As well as get access to dive sites where they can freely mingle with grey reef sharks, turtles, manta-rays, eagle rays and a myriad of other marine life.


Situated in Rasdhoo Atoll archipelago, Kuramathi lends a dramatic quality to the idyllic surroundings of turquoise lagoons, tropical jungle, and coralline beaches tapering into an endless sandbank. 

Villas blend contemporary design and nature, and are set on the beach, amongst lush gardens or over water. Four poster beds, open-air bathrooms, rainfall showers or jacuzzi, and large outdoor decks with inviting daybeds, are just some of the creature-comforts enjoyed by guests. 

As an all-inclusive resort with heavy focus on the art of dining and wining, Kuramathi Island Resort flaunts some of the best culinary experiences for the different guests they welcome. 

Comprising of 10 restaurants, cuisines span a vast array of fares! From the exclusive flavours of the Mediterranean shores, to the finely balanced spices of the Far East, delicately prepared fresh seafood, seasoned with herbs grown on the island, and the fiery island tastes of a traditional Maldivian breakfast. There is truly something to suit every palate! And guests interested in experiencing a private dinner can do so, by registering at the reception desk. Allow Kuramathi to present you with its finest and most intimate. 

Kuramathi is synonymous with sustainability. As a Travelife Gold-certified resort since 2012, they are devoted to maintaining the island’s pristine state through implementing eco-friendly practices. This includes the installation of their bottling plant, recycling treated water for gardening, utilisation of reusable glass bottles, and phasing out single-use plastics.

A key initiative undertaken back in 2011, they installed a bottling plant and started producing their own potable water that they serve. They follow a stringent three-stage water purification process ensuring the highest quality and standard. The final product is a still and sparkling water in Kuramathi glass water bottles available in two sizes. In addition, Kuramathi now serves paper straws in all bars as part of its sustainability program. At their bars, they use soda guns to refill soda in replacement of plastic bottles further reducing the use of plastic on the island. 

They have also started using bigger and refillable containers for their guest toiletries. The resort also works to recycle the grey water, which is treated and purified to be reused in the gardens and toilet flush tanks. And while the island is lush with vegetation, the waste food is also collected and mixed to produce compost which is used to fertilise their soil throughout the island.  

In addition to this, their hydroponic garden produces around 500 kg of salad to be used across the island per month.


Radshoo island’s atoll is home to over a diverse 2 000 marine species amidst its coral reefs, cleaning stations, channels, caverns and rock pinnacles. The island has a tiny population of approximately 1000 people, and is a place of historical significance with a Maldives Buddhist footprint. 

What you can expect throughout the year:

Jan through to April

This is considered the best period for scuba diving as it is the driest, warmest period where visibility is excellent. 

May through to July 

The weather is unpredictable during this season, and periodic rain is common. Also, the bounty of plankton can reduce visibility when diving. However, it could also result in an increase of plankton feeders such as manta rays and whale sharks. 

August through to November

It is still considered feeding season up until November, so you can still expect to see gentle sea giants about. However there may be some reduced visibility nearing December. 

The atoll that rises out of the depths of the ocean, is renowned as one of the Maldives leading encounter with sharks, manta rays and shoaling fish. 

For further information or to book visit Kuramathi.

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    Tracy Burrows is the founder of the Out There Global platform featuring both cost effective and luxury best cultural vacation ideas & experiences from around the world. From Jan 2014 – Dec 2016 she managed the blog (a United Nations World Summit Award Winner: Culture & Tourism 2016 & National Geographic partner). She was also consulting editor at MOZambique Magazine, and a contributing writer at Sawubona Magazine (South African Airways inflight magazine), and Africa Geographic. Prior to her career she obtained a tourism research, and marketing degree, and also graduated from a 2 year ‘Management in Development Program’ in San Diego California. She also acquired a qualification in journalism and media and since it’s been all about culture, adventure and multi media! Her nourishment comes from all those who have impacted her, including: family; friends; and strangers alike. Thank you for joining our journey, and we hope you enjoy finding an immersive experience and the culture & adventure in the destination! Aside from Out There Global Magazine, Tracy has also run a Public Relations, and SEO business since 2010 for small business.


    • andrew Reply

      January 14, 2023 at 8:32 am

      holy holy holy just when I don’t think you can share a better experience here you come

    • Laura Alders Reply

      January 16, 2023 at 6:08 am

      As a diver this is mind blowing

    • Clauds Reply

      January 18, 2023 at 4:32 am

      What kind of fish is the featured one on the magazine home page?

    • Nina Reply

      January 20, 2023 at 7:38 am

      WOOOOOOW not sure Im brave enough

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