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Diving is a major attraction here at Mirihi. We have 50 different dive sites conveniently located within an hour’s boat ride, where you can see everything from Manta Rays to Whale Sharks to beautiful coral gardens.

You want to learn how to dive here at Mirihi? Our Ocean-Pro team will take you diving, no matter if you have never dived before and simply want to try it or want to get certified. Our courses, from Discover Scuba Diving all the way to Rescue Diver, are set up so that you make the most of your time on Mirihi.


Mirihi‘s Project Hope began in 2018 with a few metal frames. Later we added two large-format rope nurseries to increase the flexibility of our coral conservation efforts. Since 2021 under the supervision and care of a resident marine scientist, Mirihi’s coral nursery is growing remarkably well. The nursery frames are situated in just the right amount of current, the water is full of nutrients and has the right temperature for them to thrive. As a result, more than 10 species of corals grow in the nursery, which the team plants them out along Mirihi’s house reef once they have reached the right size and maturity.

In 2022 alone, approximately 800 corals and their accompanying marine life were transplanted into their permanent positions. They have been settling in very well, offering protection to lots of other fish and other residents. Phase 2 of Project Hope has already started, with the next round of coral segments suspended in the waters off Mirihi’s house reef.   


The Ocean-Pro Mirihi Dive Team offers a variety of diving courses. As a PADI 5* Dive Center, we always strive to meet the highest safety and training standards so you can safely enjoy your diving courses.

We do try-dives for those who have never dived before or run beginner courses if you wish to finally get certified as a diver. If you are already certified and want to learn more about diving, our Advanced Course or the Specialities are for you. Or maybe you are ready to take the next step and become a Rescue Diver.

In any case, all our courses are individually fit to your needs and time frame.

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Take your first breaths underwater and see for yourself. Even if you have never dived before. We will take you into the lagoon for a short introduction and then explore the house reef with you.

Learn how to dive and become a certified diver. No prerequisites needed. In the PADI Open Water Diver Course you learn everything you need to know to safely dive anywhere in the world and explore all the mysteries the oceans have to offer. The course includes theory lessons, confined water sessions and the open water dives. You should plan 3 to 4 days. You can also sign up for online theory in advance to save some time.

With the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Course you will take your diving to the next level. You’ll complete the deep dive, the U/W navigation dive and you can choose 3 additional adventure dives like night dive, wreck dive, drift dive, peak performance buoyancy etc. To complete the AOWD Course you should plan 2 to 3 days and already be a certified Open Water Diver.

In the PADI Enriched Air Diver course you will learn how to use a different gas mix called Nitrox to extend our bottom time and bring more flexibility to your diving. The theory can be done is as little as 2 hours and we include 2 dives in the course. To participate you need to be a certified Open Water Diver or higher.


Fit To Dive
As part of our Check-In procedure at the Dive Center, we will ask you to fill in the medical questionnaire in this Form. If your answer to any of the questions is a “Yes”, please be sure to bring along a confirmation from your doctor certifying that you are “Fit To Dive”. Especially in times of COVID-19, this is for your own peace of mind as well as ours. 

Mirihi is conveniently located in the South Ari Atoll and offers access to more than 50 dive sites with multiple Manta Ray Spots, the Whale Shark area, countless channel dives and Thilas among them. With our location being almost centered within the Atoll, we can easily adjust our diving plan to the weather and the currents.

Diving Trips
We offer daily diving trips with our boats, where we do not stick to a rigid schedule. We prefer to check which dive sites you would like to explore and which are the most suitable for the respective conditions. Our house reef is accessible to you at all times, even at night.

Diving Conditions
Diving here at Mirihi is possible all year round. The conditions are mostly affected by the Monsoon winds and therefor the major currents. These currents range from barely noticeable to strong. But don’t worry even with strong currents we can always find places to have easy and relaxed dives.

House Reef
Our house reef is accessible for dives as well. It is home to multiple turtles, eagle rays, a massive school of batfish and many more. There is even a wreck for you to explore. The perfect site for an easy dive to get back into the game – or to explore at night. All our entry level training is done here as well.

Mirihi Wreck
Just 50m out from Mirihi’s house reef, at a depth of 30m lies the “Madige” – House of rays, a 25m long transport ship. After a productive life it was intentionally scuttled in 2000 and has become a rich and colourful eco system. A group of tiger cowries have found refuge under the hull, a school of serene bat fish floats around the bow, eyeing the divers curiously. Herds of squirrelfish graze at the bottom and a colourful carpet of sponges, tunicates and corals covers every square centimeter of the “Madige”.

Equipment & Boats
All diving equipment for rent is available with us. We take great care in maintaining and servicing all our dive gear to make sure you have a safe experience with us.

Our diving fleet is composed of two boats. A modern fibre glass boat and a traditional wooden Dhoni. The crew is exceptionally well-trained in aiding divers and the captains know the Atoll inside out.

The Team

Steve Molyneux

DC Manager 🇬🇧 🇩🇪

Lynn Kessler

Marine Biologist 🇩🇪 🇬🇧

Mari Kawagoe

Instructor 🇯🇵 🇬🇧

Jana Holderbach

Instructor 🇩🇪 🇬🇧

Sameer Adam

Dive Master 🇲🇻 🇬🇧

Naaim Mohamed

DC Operation Assistant 🇲🇻 🇬🇧