Crown & Champa Resorts Travel Guide

Top Maldives Resorts To Visit

January 16, 2020

If you have decided upon the Maldives as your holiday destination for 2021 you are guaranteed the wow-factor, safety and freedom of space – the conditions much desired by the new normal travellers.  These beautiful tropical islands strung across the equator in the Indian Ocean are every bit the paradise you imagined. They all have the trademark sugar-soft white sand beaches, aquamarine lagoons and barefoot casual luxury so how can you pinpoint the one that’s right for your dream trip? Our collection of top Maldives resorts to visit in 2021 is a good place to start.

Kudadoo Maldives Private Island by Hurawalhi

Kudadoo Maldives Private Island by Hurawalhi is a sustainable, ultra-luxury retreat with the Anything.Anytime.Anywhere all-inclusive concept offering ‘everything under the moon’. Unlimited dining, unlimited spa treatments, unlimited water sports and scuba diving are all included in the package. Your personal butler will curate moments of magnificence at every turn – from days of effortless adventure to evenings of fine dining under the sea; from experiencing the healing qualities of Lonu Cave – the Maldives’ first Himalayan Salt Chamber, to joining the sommelier in the owner’s wine cellar. This award-winning luxury escape is 100% solar-powered, stunningly designed and guaranteed to take your breath away.

Hurawalhi Island Resort

Home to the world’s largest all-glass undersea restaurant, Hurawalhi Island Resort is a 5-star naturally chic adult’s escape that prides itself in treading lightly on the environment. The house reef surrounding the island is spectacular and teeming with life – you can join the resident marine biologists for snorkelling and learn more about the fragile eco-system. From the first meal at Hurawalhi, you will embark upon an exquisite culinary journey where the collection of choices and attention to detail, not to mention the otherworldly views are sure to sate your appetite.

Veligandu Island Resort & Spa 

Voted the most romantic resort in the Maldives, 4.5-star Veligandu Island Resort & Spa is a definite favourite among couples. The quality of food and beverage offerings at the resort is matched with the high standard of service delivered by the long-serving and dedicated team. With the picturesque sandbank to enjoy, excellent house reef for diving and snorkelling and close proximity to world-famous Hammerhead Shark Point, ‘Big Blue’, memories are just waiting to be made.

Komandoo Island Resort & Spa 

A true adults-only escape, Komandoo Island Resort & Spa is a 4.5-star boutique resort that is tailor-made for romance. On land, all is peaceful and serene with lush tropical paths meandering along the island, but venture along the house reef and you’ll find a very different story – it’s absolutely buzzing with life – huge shoals of fish darting around, turtles gliding by and moray eels watching from within the coral blocks. Experience the thrill of diving with an underwater scooter at Felivaru Kandu where the big fish like to hang out or opt for a more relaxed pastime with a treatment at the award-winning Duniye Spa.

Meeru Island Resort & Spa 

Meeru Island Resort & Spa is often cited as having one of the best beaches and lagoons in the Maldives and is a popular choice with both families and couples. As one of the larger Maldives resort islands, it offers a wide variety of activities – you can enjoy a bicycle ride around the island or even a game of golf on the pitch and putt course. If you’d like to find out more about local Maldivian culture you can visit Meeru’s museum, if relaxation is your top priority a visit to the spa will nourish the mind, body and soul. Romance is always on the menu in the Maldives and Meeru is a popular choice for couples wanting to renew their wedding vows, it’s the perfect location for the whole family to celebrate with you as it has not only a kid’s club but a teens club too!

Vilamendhoo Island Resort & Spa 

Vilamendhoo Island Resort & Spa is a 4.5-star resort and home to one of the best house reefs in the Maldives, made perfect for snorkellers by way of the easy access from many different points. The island occupies an enviable location close to popular whale shark and manta ray hotspots so if you’re a scuba diver or snorkeller, you will be guaranteed an amazing experience. Vilamendhoo has dedicated adult’s only and family areas with activities to suit all tastes. Kids will love the wading pool and playground while adults can indulge in the spa treatments at award-winning Duniye Spa and sunset cocktails on the luxury deck.

Kuredu Island Resort & Spa

Variety and choice are key features at Kuredu Island Resort & Spa; this large 4-star resort offers room categories and all-inclusive packages to suit all requirements with a vibrant dining and bar scene to match. Home to not only one of the largest dive centres in the Maldives, but also to the largest community of green sea turtles in the Maldives – meet them while snorkelling or diving and learn more from the resident marine biologist. At Kuredu you can be as active or laid-back as you wish, play golf at the 6-hole course, practise your swing at the Maldives’ longest driving range, go to the gym, enjoy water sports or take a yoga class. The kid’s club has an incredible selection of activities and offers babysitting too – Kuredu is a place for happy kids and happy parents too while the adult’s only area is a peaceful haven for couples.

Innahura Maldives Resort 

At Innahura Maldives Resort, life is easy. The atmosphere is unpretentious and laid back and the island offers all the essential components of a Maldives holiday at a more affordable price. Whether you’re travelling alone, with your partner, family or group of friends you will love the uncomplicated concept of Innahura. With unexplored dive and snorkel sites and one of the biggest coral reefs in the Maldives on the doorstep, adventure is never far away. Buffet dining, spa, gym, water sports and fishing complete the picture of an incredible holiday.

Champa Central Hotel The perfect base for travellers wanting to explore Malé city, capital of the Maldives, professionals on a business trip or tourists needing a stopover between connecting flights, Champa Central Hotel is a newly renovated 4-star hotel conveniently located in the centre of the city. Enjoy the best breakfast in Malé before exploring the famous fish market, visit the striking Grand Friday Mosque or buy souvenirs at the many shops. The lavish, well-appointed rooms, large roof-top restaurant, excellent conference facilities and direct airport transfers make this the best place to stay in Malé.

No matter which of the above Maldives resorts you choose, your 2021 holiday will be incredible and we’re sure you will fall in love with this amazing location.

Crown & Champa Resorts Travel Guide

When to Visit Maldives in 2020

January 16, 2020
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If you’re planning a trip to the Maldives in 2020 and want to know when to visit, we’ve got good news… Maldives is a year-round holiday destination! With temperatures sitting at around 30°C, the equatorial sun shining almost every day and just enough rain to keep the palm trees green and vegetation lush, this is the idyllic tropical destination.

Two main monsoons govern the weather patterns of the Maldives and split the year into the low and high seasons.  The North-east Monsoon brings the high season with it and runs from November to April. At this time of year, the weather is usually great with long hours of sunshine, flat, mirror-like seas and great underwater visibility. This is the busiest time but, unlike other destinations, the beaches aren’t crowded and you’ll always be able to find peace and solitude.

The South-west Monsoon is from May to October, the Maldives’ low season, and you can experience less settled weather with a higher scattering of clouds, some rain but still a lot of sunshine. The underwater visibility can be reduced by higher levels of plankton and, for marine life enthusiasts, this is a cause for great celebration as the plankton-rich waters bring the gentle giants of the ocean – whale sharks and manta rays as well as an even greater abundance of fish. Lower prices make this a great value time to enjoy this dream destination.

As you look forward to your holiday, don’t worry about checking the weather – due to the vast area over which the Maldives is spread, and micro-climates varying even from one island to the next weather forecasts are unreliable; instead, visit the resort’s website and start planning the adventures you will have. There is a holiday of a lifetime awaiting you at Crown and Champa Resorts, all year round.

Crown & Champa Resorts Heart of CCR News Sustainability

Sustainability in the Maldives

March 31, 2021
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Sustainable Resorts in the Maldives

The Maldives is truly one of the world’s maritime treasures that prospers in a beautiful yet fragile environment. At Crown & Champa Resorts, we are committed to raise awareness and educate both our associates and guests on ways to be more mindful of the natural environment. We are not only aware of global environmental issues, but we also acknowledge our impact and responsibility towards our planet  for the present and future generations. 

We believe that taking care of the environment is a collective responsibility, and now more than ever,  each of us must take action to help protect and conserve our shared home. Here are various sustainable efforts our Maldives resorts are implementing  while providing exceptional holiday experiences to our guests.

Energy Management

Harnessing the sun

Hurawalhi Maldives Solar Panel

Opened in December 2018, the ultra-luxury Kudadoo Private Island was not only designed and built from all-natural materials, but its operations run entirely on solar power. The resort’s central hub, known as The Retreat,  houses an exclusive spa and wellness centre and features a photovoltaic roof covered with almost a thousand solar panels, which generate 300kW of electricity.

The five-star Hurawalhi Island Resort, the adults-only Komandoo Island Resort, the vibrant Kuredu Island Resort and the affordable Innahura Maldives Resort have also installed solar panels to harness energy from the sun, which translates to a massive reduction in carbon emissions.

The secluded island paradise of Veligandu Maldives has implemented efficient lighting in villas and public areas, with about 97% of its light bulbs replaced with energy-saving LED lamps. In addition, it has a desalinisation plant that allows the resort to produce its own potable water, about 164,980 litres daily, for guest and staff consumption.

The family-friendly Kuredu Island Resort proudly displays colourful, electric-powered scooters and shuttle club cars available for its staff and guests’ use to minimise the impact on air pollution.

Waste Management 

Sustainable Glass Water Bottles @ Kuredu Island Resort & Spa Maldives

Greener measures have been put in place at our resorts to decrease single-use plastics that can end up in the ocean and harm delicate marine life. All our resorts have replaced plastic water bottles with reusable glass ones and use special linen bags instead of non-biodegradable plastic. Additionally, plastic straws have successfully been removed from our restaurants and bars, providing guests with eco-friendly alternatives.

Our properties are taking numerous ways to prevent plastic waste, including lesser-known and not on-trend endeavours such as:

  • our buffet restaurants offer dispensers instead of individually-portioned butter in plastic containers
  •  carbonated drink glass bottles are now used in minibars, allowing us to decrease plastic usage
  • toiletries provided in our villas and spas are from Healing Eartha world-renowned industry leader for luxury amenities that are organic and biodegradable. 

Marine Life Conservation

Coral Garden Maldives

Kagi Maldives Spa Island, the Maldives’ only resort for relaxed luxury and lifestyle retreats, has established a coral nursery program where currently 15 coral fragments are growing in a well-monitored environment, which will be transported and secured back onto the reef in the future.

The famed dive resort of Vilamendhoo Maldives in the South Ari Atoll offers eco-conscious diving and snorkelling excursions that provide guests with a once-in-a-life experience while educating them on the importance of protecting the marine ecosystem, including every creature living in it.

Many of our properties are also working closely with the Manta Trusta UK based, independent non-profit organisation whose mission is to advance the conservation of manta rays and their habitat, and the Olive Ridley Project, whose dedication is to protect sea turtles in the Indian Ocean through research, education, and rehabilitation.

Sustainable Supplies 

The Sustainable Meeru Island Resort

Meeru Island Resort & Spa, one of the Maldives’ most expansive resort islands, features ‘Meeru Garden’. The sustainable garden was developed to meet the needs of its day-to-day kitchen operations and provide guests and associates with fresh ingredients and organic produce. Guests can also join the ‘Nature and Vegetation Exploration’ tour, providing them with information on how the resort manages to grow fruit and vegetables on the island and preserve the natural surroundings.

Komandoo Island Resort, the leading adults-only resort in the Maldives, sources fish directly from the neighbouring islands’ fishermen. As such, the resort is able to support the livelihood of these local fishers and contribute to the local economy.

Local Community Engagement 

Bodu Beru Maldives - Crown & Champa Resorts

Our commitment goes beyond just environmental sustainability. We aim to create value for local communities by empowering them through job creation, education and community impact initiatives. Throughout the year, we participate in various social activities within our communities, including blood donation drives, island reef and lagoon clean-ups, fundraising, and local sports events. Occasionally, we bring in local artisans to our resorts, where they can have the opportunity to showcase their craft and promote local culture and heritage.

Choose Crown & Champa Resorts for your Holiday in the Maldives 

We are the leading hospitality group in the Republic of Maldives that takes pride in being a good corporate citizen by being part of the local community and culture. We are committed to preserving the environment through sustainable operations, guided by our core values: Respect, Empathy, Sincerity, Openness, Reliability, Trust and Sensitivity.

Discover our Collection of Sustainably-conscious Resorts in the Maldives

Luxury

Kudadoo Maldives Private Islandan ultra-luxury, fully-inclusive resort located in the magnificent surrounds of Lhaviyani Atoll. 

Hurawalhi Island Resorta naturally-chic adults’ escape where luxury treads lightly, balancing barefoot bliss with enchanting adventures. 

Boutique Retreat 

Kagi Maldives Spa Islanda luxury boutique resort offering a mindful wellness retreat in an inspiring island setting. 

Family-friendly

Meeru Island Resort & Spa: a tranquil paradise of swaying palm trees and white sandy beaches, with a myriad of experiences and activities for families and couples alike.  

Kuredu Island Resort: a top-rated resort with a wide selection of accommodations, sports, dining and entertainment. 

Vilamendhoo Island Resort & Spa: a popular dive resort located in the South Ari Atoll, renowned for whale shark and manta ray hotspots. 

Veligandu Island Resort & Spa: Asia and the Maldives’ top romantic resort offering the ultimate secluded island retreat. 

Adults only (18+) 

Komandoo Island Resort: the Maldives’ leading adults-only resort ideal for couples, solo travellers, and groups of friends. 

Affordable 

Innahura Maldives Resort: an affordable resort with a fun, laid-back atmosphere perfect for those who are always up for fun and new adventures. 

Travel Guide Wellness

The Best Spa & Wellness Experiences in the Maldives

March 30, 2021
Beach Yoga Maldives

Experience the Best Spa & Wellness Experiences in the Maldives with Crown & Champa Resorts

The Maldives has always been a favourite vacation spot for honeymooners, divers and adventurous travellers — thanks to its island paradises, crystal blue waters, and a host of opportunities for romance and excitement, but it is also now one of the top destinations for wellness, wellbeing and lifestyle holidays.

At Crown & Champa Resorts, we present a myriad of the best spa and wellness experiences offered within our collection to provide travellers with the chance to soothe their mind, body and spirit and shape their personal journey whilst exploring the sublime beauty of the Maldives.

Suppose you are seeking a holiday that will leave you feeling healthier and energised; in that case, the range of relaxation and transformative experiences at our luxurious Maldives resorts can fulfil all that and more. 

Lifestyle Retreats at Kagi Maldives Spa Island 

The Baani Spa @ Kagi Maldives

Our resort collection’s newest property, Kagi Maldives Spa Island, is a true sanctuary for the senses that offers the perfect setting to slow down and immerse into self-discovery and self-care for a more balanced and authentic life. Ideal for solo and couple travellers, Kagi’s Lifestyle Retreats provide a comprehensive programme consisting of yoga and meditation, blissful massages and holistic healing, alongside nourishing meals and locally-inspired experiences for the ultimate healthy holiday. 

The resort’s fully-integrated wellness hub is a highlight of the experience. Located at the heart of the island and floating atop the turquoise lagoon waters, Kagi Maldives’  1500-square-meter The Baani Spa is a destination in itself. It comprises four treatment rooms with outdoor bathing facilities and a relaxation lounge, a well-equipped yoga and sound healing studio, steam rooms, state-of-the-art fitness centre and a wellness boutique. 

Find out more: Kagi Maldives Spa Island: The Essence of Pure Life

The Luxury Sulha Spa at Kudadoo Maldives Private Island 

The luxury Maldives Sulha Spa @ Kudadoo

Guests staying at the ultra-luxury Kudadoo Maldives can take advantage of the world-class spa and wellness experiences at the Sulha Spa. Situated on the second floor of The Retreat with inspiring ocean views, it is an oasis of relaxation and wellbeing designed to provide you with the opportunity to re-balance your energies and recharge your batteries. 

Specially-curated indulgences on offer at this luxury Maldives spa include Asian massages, a sound shower, a pampering bath, and Zen Shiatsu. Equipped with steam room and sauna facilities, you are guaranteed to feel wholly cleansed and revitalised. What more, Kudadoo also boasts Lonu Cave – the Maldives’ first and only salt chamber, lined with mineral-rich Himalayan salt that is more than 1,000 years old and renowned for its healing qualities.

And with Kudadoo’s Anything. Anytime. Anywhere concept you can enjoy unlimited treatments during your time on the island.

Sulha Spa is awarded the Luxury Lifestyle Awards’ 2020 Best Luxury Destination Spa and the World Luxury Spa Awards’ 2019 Best Luxury Wellness Spa in the Maldives.

[Find out more: Sulha Spa, the Maldives’ Best Luxury Destination Spa]

The Best Spa Treatments at Duniye Spas

The best overwater spas in the Maldives

Give yourself the gift of pure pampering and relaxation during your holiday. The award-winning Duniye Spas can be found in six of our properties, offering some of the Maldives’ best spa treatments. Meeru and Kuredu feature two spas: one located amidst tropical gardens and the other over the water.

Veligandu & Vilamendhoo both feature overwater spas boasting stunning sea views, while the spas at Komandoo and Innahura are set amongst beautifully landscaped gardens. Hurawalhi’s Duniye Spa is an oceanfront that affords guests views over the marine life beneath through the glass floor window.

Highlights on the Duniye Spas’ menu include: 

  • Ocean Dreaming: a signature massage incorporating wave-like movements and traditional massage techniques that evokes a deeply relaxing and revitalising experience.
  • Full Moon Magic: a beautiful spa ritual designed for couples that will help them relieve stress and connect them to the vital powers of nature’s elements.
  • Maldivian Serenity Ritual: a top-to-toe deep relaxation experience that uses only 100% pure organic coconut native to the Maldives, leaving your skin smooth and hydrated.

Duniye Spas use products from Healing Earth™, developed in line with fair trade and sustainability principles and are 100% organic certified. 

For shorter yet still transformative, holistic wellness sessions, Sound Bath, Reiki and Reflexology are available, overseen by their qualified and professional team of wellness practitioners. 

Yoga Sessions

Beach yoga @ Meeru Maldives

Get your zen on with an enriching beachside yoga at Komandoo Island Resort, Meeru Island Resort & Spa, Kuredu Island Resort, Vilamendhoo Island Resort & Spa and Innahura Maldives Resort. Scheduled at sunrise or sunset, each session promises an uplifting experience to help you find your inner balance. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced yoga practitioner, the yoga classes are suitable for all ability levels. 

Fitness, Training, Sports and More! 

Things to do in the Maldives

At Crown & Champa Resorts, we take sports and fitness seriously. That is why the moment you land in our private island resorts, you can find a wide variety of gym and fitness facilitiesoutdoor workouts and unique activities for you to push your boundaries while staying with us.

The expansive Meeru Island Resort & Spa and the vibrant Kuredu Island Resort & Spa both feature a full-size golf course, featuring driving ranges and ‘au courant’ golf clubs. A fantastic selection of ocean sports is available across our resorts, including stand-up paddleboarding, kayaking, windsurfing, wakeboarding, and Catamaran sailing. Alongside all the aquatic experiences available, there are many land-based facilities to enjoy the sunshine and the tropical outdoors, including volleyball, badminton and paddle tennis courts, a football ground and swimming pools.

Is getting fitter your next goal? Improve your posture and build lean muscles with Pilates training or burn off some calories with beach boot camp classes guided by a team of certified fitness instructors available at our select resorts. 

To learn more about our diverse portfolio of resorts in the Maldives, please visit the Crown & Champa Resorts Collection. 

 


Experiences Travel Guide

A Tale Of Two Islands In The Maldives

March 28, 2021
Kudadoo and Hurawalhi resorts

An expansive feeling of freedom reimagined, where luxury treads lightly in the Maldives

Hurawalhi Island Resort & Spa and Kudadoo Private Island are sister islands found in one of the world’s most beautiful and last clean oceans, set in their own private lagoons at the northern tip of the Lhaviyani Atoll. Paradise can be reached by a scenic 40-minute seaplane flight from the Maldives’ Velana International Airport (MLE).

Kudadoo, Raising the bar

From its inception, Kudadoo Maldives Private Island is a destination that blends the esthetics of design with the freedom of an experience where you can truly appreciate Anything. Anytime. Anywhere (AAA). Raising the bar in environmentally conscious, luxury travel, benefits include unlimited watersports, spa treatments, excursions, scuba diving, snorkelling, culinary journeys, and an acclaimed wine cellar. Guests at Kudadoo also has unlimited access to all facilities at its sister island Hurawalhi, just within a quick speedboat transfer.

Hurawalhi, Adults-Only Escape

Acclaimed for its chic all-inclusive adult’s only escape (15 years+), Hurawalhi has become one of the Maldives must-visit resorts and is ranked #8 among TripAdvisors’ 2020 – Top 25 Hotels for Romance in Asia.

With cuisine at the core of the experience, Hurawalhi boasts Canneli Restaurant with its luxurious fare, Kashibo’s fusion of Chinese, Thai, Indonesian and Vietnamese delicacies, and J.F.K. (Junk Food Kitchen). Three bars, including the spectacularly located Champagne Pavillon, an extensive wine cellar, land sports, water sports, spa, a choice of excursions and things to do, mean this all-inclusive offering is straight from the top shelf.

5.8 Undersea Restaurant

Residents from both resorts can experience a meal seasoned with awe, a culinary treat at 5.8, the World’s Largest All-Glass Undersea Restaurant. Served beneath the surface of the ocean against the backdrop of nature’s vibrant aquatic seascape. Diners can enjoy watching the reef life as they sample the mouthwatering culinary creations of Hurawalhi’s Executive Chef.

When it all comes so effortlessly, it is time to celebrate creating enduring memories to last a lifetime.

Setting a new standard in sustainable all-inclusive hospitality, both islands are keenly aware of the importance of the natural world and our dependence on its ecosystems and the biodiversity of its marine life. From harnessing the power of the sun with extensive use of solar energy to eradicating single-use plastics, Kudadoo Private Island and Hurawalhi Island Resort are pushing sustainable practices in the Maldives to new frontiers.

With the partnership with The Manta Trust in their multidisciplinary approach to conservation, it is not all talk about the changes needed but active participation by making every effort to limit our impact on the environment.

www.hurawalhi.com    |    www.kudadoo.com 

Travel Guide

Padel Tennis In The Maldives

March 13, 2021
Padel Tennis in the Maldives

Padel Tennis is the fastest growing racket sport in the world. Guests enjoying the sun, sand, diving and romance can add the sport to the fun-things-to-do in the Maldives with three of the Crown & Champa Resort collections private islands providing the racquet sport at the resorts.

The very first Padel Tennis court in the Maldives opened at Kuredu Island Resort & Spa in 2018 and followed by Hurawalhi Island Resort and Kudadoo Maldives Private Island by Hurawalhi.

An offshoot of tennis, the padel tennis court is smaller than the tennis courts. An energizing racquet sport, it combines the elements of tennis, squash and racquetball and uses a solid padel with air holes as racquets. It is an ideal sport for all ages and skill levels. As the game is played in doubles, it makes a great family or couples activity and when played in the balmy Maldives, a good tan.

Padel Tennis At Kudadoo Maldives Private Island by Hurawalhi

A short stroll from the residences, guest can find hidden among the palms of the island and greenery Kudadoo’s Padel Tennis Court.

At Kudadoo, guest can enjoy a carefree escape, enjoying everything the Maldives has to offer with a fully inclusive ‘Anything. Anytime. Anywhere‘ experience.


Padel Tennis At Hurawalhi Maldives Island

Guests with a passion for sports and those who like to maintain a healthy lifestyle will appreciate Hurawalhi’s Sports Ground.

Holidaymakers can join a game of football, improve their strokes on the tennis court, play badminton amidst the tropical surroundings or play padel tennis – on the court ranked as one of the most spectacular paddle tennis courts in the world by padeladdict.com.


Padel Tennis At Kuredu Island Resort & Spa

Padel tennis court at Kuredu MaldivesKuredu boasts a variety of land-based sports to rival its dive and water sports offered. For sports enthusiasts and those after casual recreation alike, the resort’s offers an assortment of sports facilities from golf, tennis, football to the fashionable racket games – padel tennis.


Padel Tennis Events

January 2021 had, Kudadoo, Hurawalhi and Kuredu in the Lhaviyani Atoll hosting a fantastic Padel Tennis week with daily coaching sessions, ProAm events where guests could play with the professionals, and in the evenings, exhibition matches by world number 1 ranked players;
Simon Vasquez: Swedish No 1.
Marta Ortega: Couple No 2 in 2020 and No 1 2019 WPT ranking.
Paquito Navarro: Couple No 2 in 2020 and No 1 2019 WPT ranking.
Marta Marrero: Couple No 2 in 2020 and No 1 2018, 2019 WPT ranking.

Diving News Travel Guide

Scuba Diving And Snorkeling In Maldives

March 10, 2021

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Kudadoo   |   Hurawalhi  |   Kagi   |   Veligandu   |   Komandoo   |   Meeru   |   Vilamendhoo   |   Kuredu   |   Innahura
North Malé Atoll   |   North & South Ari Atoll   |   Lhaviyani Atoll

With clear blue water, white sandy beaches, and great underwater visibility, the Maldives is an idyllic scuba diving paradise as much as a romantic destination. Blessed with a tropical climate and warm Indian ocean waters, the island nation of the Maldives is a year-round destination.

Whether you’re a master or novice scuba diver looking to get certified or a beginner or avid snorkeler, Maldives is a unique destination that can offer a choice of diving, romance, respite and freedom of space to guests. Being a renowned beach destination, the islands also offer lifestyle holidays such as family, anniversary, honeymoon, destination weddings, solo travel, single parent vacations,  friends travelling together,  long stays, corporate getaways or remote working to be combined seamlessly with diving.

Dive Holiday Experiences In The Maldives

• Whale shark & Manta Dives
• Shark Dives
• Shipwrecks Dives
• Underwater Photography
• Night Dives
• Learn To Dive
• Family Dives
• Diving Honeymoon
• Luxury Yachting & diving
• Luxury Dive Holidays

💡Travel Tips: The Maldives is readily accessible from Europe, North America and the Far East with a choice of major international airlines with daily connections. Tour Operators also arrange frequent charters to the Maldives.

Marine Life In The Maldives

The Maldives archipelago is 99% ocean and known for its great coral reefs and marine life.

Guest can experience an abundance of colourful reef fish, octopus, squid, sea anemones, soft corals, parrotfish, sweet lips, napoleon wrasse, moray eels, five species of turtles, different types of rays such as mantas, eagle rays to giant pelagic fish, such as tunas, sharks, dolphins, and the elusive whale sharks in the Indian Ocean surrounding the atolls.

💡Travel Tips: Due to climate change, guests may see some coral bleaching in the shallow reefs.  Most resorts offer a choice of excursions to nearby reefs or talk to the resort dive operator on what excursions to take or where you can see the marine life of your interest.

Where To Dive & Resorts To Stay In The Maldives

The Maldives has a lot to offer ranging from luxury resorts and private islands to more humble and far more affordable resorts. The Crown & Champa Resorts’ collection offers nine private island resorts with different room categories at different price points giving the flexibility to guests to select the perfect combination of Resort, room and dive destination in a range of budget.

💡Travel Tips: All resort dive operators of the Crown & Champa Resorts collection are PADI 5 Star Dive Centres and offer the full range of PADI courses for all levels. For budding young divers, the dive centres offer bubble makers courses for children from the age of 8 years.

The North Malé Atoll Diving

Kagi Maldives Spa Island

House Reef:
Access the reef from your over-water villa stairs or straight from the beach. Expect to see healthy corals, bright colourful tropical fishes and cute sea creatures; sea turtles, rays, reef sharks, moray eels and nurse sharks. Learn More »

Dive Excursions:
For divers, there is a huge variety of trips and dive sites, from Manta point to some thrilling channel diving with sharks, overhang with delicate colourful soft corals to some up-close personal Turtle moments in Makunudu Garden.

Dive Partner: Euro-Divers by Kagi Maldives

Kagi is a wellbeing focused resorts welcoming guests from the age of 12.
Kagi offers the destination experience Kagi Maldives Pure Life – a well-being concept that flows through the resort from its minimalistic architecture, culinary offering, activities and excursions to the 1500sqm spa complex, all subtly conveyed and thoughtfully built into stays to suit every guest and their lifestyle.
Stays at Kagi starts from USD 600.00++* per double/per night on Bed & Breakfast.
www.kagimaldives.com


Meeru Island Resort & Spa


Meeru’s Lagoon & Corral Garden:
Meeru has a lagoon ideal for sea swimming and a first-time divers delight, Meeru Island Resort and Spa’s also has a coral nursery.  The lagoon where the nursery is located boasts a wide variety of fish species. It is not uncommon to see turtles, rays and small reef sharks cruising in this area. The coral garden is located on the east side of Meeru, in front of 200s beach villas. See: Underwater Livecam
Complimentary, daily, outer reef excursions are available within a short boat distance of a maximum of 25 minutes, where guests can expect turtles, napoleons, morays, sharks, rays, crustaceans and other sea life.

Dive Excursions:
Meeru guests also have the ease of access to some of the top requested dive sites in North Malé. Some of the most visited dives sites are;
• The Aquarium – A collection of corral rocks surrounded by reef fish and some caves.
• The Colosseum – A C shaped formation with slopes to spot tunas, turtles and pelagic feeders
• The Far Reef, Miyaru Faru, HP Reef and Thilas (rock pinnacles), or underwater islands which sports diverse sea life such as Nassimo Thila ( a declared protected marine area), Okobe Thila, Helengeli Bodu Thila and many guided fun dives.
See: Dive Calendar For Scuba And Snorkeling Around Meeru Island, Maldives

Dive Partner: Euro-Divers Meeru Island

Meeru Island is conveniently located a  scenic 55-minute speedboat transfer from the Velana International Airport. A family-friendly island with a separate adults-only area, the resort offers expansive beaches, a choice of rooms from, garden, beach villas to over-water accommodation. Meeru has a thriving culinary scene with six bars, two a la carte restaurants and dining events. Guest can enjoy two spas, golf, a choice of land sports and plenty of excursions and activities in Meeru and large watersports and dive centre. Stays at Meeru starts from USD 350.00++* per double/per night on Full Board.
www.meeru.com


The Ari Atoll Diving

The Ari atoll is renowned for its pelagic species and is a scuba diver s’ heaven. Manta rays, eagle rays,  and turtles frequent the atoll year around while the unique opportunity to see whale sharks and hammerhead sharks are available.

Veligandu Island Resort & Spa – North Ari Atoll

Diving with Veligandu Island Maldives
House-Reef:
Veligandu is blessed with two house reefs of its own with frequent turtle sightings. The house reef to the West can be reached from the beach in front of the Ocean Dive Centre facing the lagoon. The house reef to the Southside of Veligandu is facing the outside edge of the atoll.

Dive Excursions:
Veligandu boasts 17 dive sites within a 40-minute boat ride including the famed Madivaru Corner in the south of Rasdhoo Atoll where the currents attract pelagic fish in large numbers, such as sharks, rays, tunas, jacks and Napoleons. Also, small ocean creatures can be found here, like the resident leaf scorpionfishes.
Advanced divers can enjoy the weekly early morning dive to the Hammerhead Shark Point – Big Blue, wherewith luck, have the chance to spot Hammerheads in the deep blue water at 30m depth.
Weekly whale sharks excursions available to see the elusive gentle giants, the whale sharks.
See: Veligandu’s Scuba Diving and Snorkelers Calendar For North Ari Atoll Maldives

Dive Partner: Ocean Dive Centre

Veligandu is an award-winning, top romantic hotel in Asia and the Maldives. A secluded haven for romance, the island is known for its long sandbank, palm-fringed beaches surrounding the island, intimate ambience, excellent hospitality and a popular honeymoon and beach wedding destination. The island offer beach and water villa, an overwater spa, one a la carte restaurant, two bars with ocean views and land sports such as badminton and football, motorized and non-motorized water sports, and luxury yachting besides diving, excursions and activities. Veligandu is a scenic 20-minute seaplane transfer from Velana International Airport. Though guests of all ages are welcome on the island, over 95% of Veligandu guests are adults.
Stays at Veligandu starts from USD 480.00++* per double/per night on Full Board.
www.veligandu.com


Vilamendhoo Island Resort & Spa – South Ari Atoll


House-Reef:
The famed house reef of Vilamendhoo Resort is exceptionally beautiful and starts just a few feet away from the beach. The house reef s’ dense corral garden circles the island and extend over the narrow lagoon around the overwater villas on the western end.  The reef itself is teaming with marine life and home to turtles, schools of jacks, napoleons, blacktip reef sharks and eagle rays.

Dive Excursions:
The resort is blessed with nearly 50 dive sites, all situated within one hour by boat including the Maamigili Marine Protected Area and National Park where whale sharks are frequented.
• For certified divers, the resorts brings a variety of dive sites every day which can be explored during single tank, two tank or full-day trips.
• For divers looking for more challenging dives, Vilamendhoo offers the perfect channels for drift diving. Channel diving presents the opportunity to observe a plethora of fish, the mix of pelagic life and the reef itself.  Guided tours will take guests to watch sharks and eagle rays gliding in the current as well as hunting and feeding.
• Thila dives: A Thila is an underwater mountain with a top reef between 5-15 meters and it is usually located in a channel or in the middle of the atoll. Waters around Vilamendhoo contain some of the most famous Thilas, such as Kuda Rah Thila, 7th Heaven, Broken Rock and Lucky Hell offering stunning soft corals and an abundance of fish life.
See: Vilamendhoo’s Scuba Diving and Snorkelers Calendar For South Ari Atoll Maldives

Dive Partner: Euro-Divers Vilamendhoo

Vilamendhoo is a family-friendly resort with separate adults-only areas and facilities famed for whale shark spotting, turtles spotting and its house-reef. Just a 25-minute scenic seaplane transfer from the Velana International Airport, Vilamendhoo offers a choice of room categories from the garden, beach villas to over-water villas. The resort has two freshwater pools, two a la carte restaurants and three bars.
Stays at Vilamendhoo starts from USD 300.00++* per double/per night on Full Board.
www.vilamendhoo.com


Diving in the Lhaviyani Atoll

A 40-minute scenic transfer from the Velana International Airport, the Lhaviyani atoll is popular with divers. The diving in the atoll is rated excellent by divers and includes the Shipyard site with two very diveable wrecks and Madivaru Kandu (channel) is a high-energy channel pulsing with pelagics.

Crown & Champa Resorts collection presents a choice of five private islands in the Lhaviyani Atoll.
More than 50 dive sites spread across the Lhaviyani and the close by Noon Atoll are within easy reach of the Crown & Champa Resorts properties. The topography of the atolls results in a wide variety of sites and an astounding quantity of fish life, with regular sightings of sharks, rays and a very large population of resident turtles. The main manta ray season from September to March.

All resorts participate in Manta Trust, the Manta Ray conservation project and the Olive Ridley Project – a conservation project where guests can adopt and name a turtle.

Kuredu Island Resort & Spa is home to one of four hyperbaric chambers in the Maldives and servers not only emergencies arising from the local resorts in the surrounding atolls but also liveaboards that pass through the area.

Kudadoo Private Island By Hurawalhi


House Reef:
The island is surrounded by a pristine house reef.

Dive Excursions:
Being a fully-inclusive resort, Kudadoo offers unlimited diving and snorkelling.
Guest can contact their butlers for curated dive itineraries. Remote reef exploration and island-hopping on aboard Bella, Kudadoo’s luxury yacht with the Marine Biologist is available POA. Dive explorations on Bella;
• Baa Atoll – Cruise the neighbouring Atolls and explore the open ocean where you could stumble upon everything from whales breaching to dolphins.
• Hanifaru Bay – Explore the worlds largest feeding ground for manta rays at this UNESCO biosphere reserve in the Maldives – designated as a Marine Protected Area. Observe mantas in what is called ‘cyclone feeding’ in which there are sometimes up to 50 or more of these graceful creatures.
• Whale Shark and Manta Search – Dive group will be accompanied by Kudadoos’ Marine Biologist
• Diving in Noonu Atoll – Venture to the neighbouring Atoll in the north to experience some amazing dive sites such as the shark cleaning station of Orimas Thila, and the incredible reef structure of Christmas Rock, full of fish and a favourite of underwater photographers.
Stays at Kudadoo starts from USD 3000.00++* per night on Fully Inclusive AAA.
www.kudadoo.com


Hurawalhi Island Resort


House Reef:
The resort’s house reef offer ample opportunity for seeing sea turtles and bustling schools of fish in its reef.  Guests can join the resident marine biologists for snorkelling and learn more about the fragile eco-system.

Dive Excursions:
Hurawalhi also offers rebreather diving for the sensation of bubble-free diving and underwater scooters to buzz effortlessly past reef sharks and squadrons of eagle rays. The resort offers meaningful and insightful marine life encounters with Hurawalhi’s marine biology center.

Dive Operator: Pro Divers Maldives

Home to 5.8, the world’s largest all-glass undersea restaurant, Hurawalhi is a 5-star naturally chic adult’s escape that prides itself in treading lightly on the environment.  Hurawalhi ranked #8 among the Top 25 Hotels for Romance in Asia in 2020 by TripAdvisor and is for guests 15 years and above.
Stays at Hurawalhi starts from USD 700.00++* per double/per night on Bed & Breakfast.
www.hurawalhi.com


Komandoo Island Resort & Spa


House Reef:
The island is bosts a fabulous, shallow and easily accessible house reef with coral blocks. The reef is well visited by anemones, clownfish, parrotfish, triggerfish, morays, fusiliers, napoleon wrasse, stingrays and eagle rays. The endangered hawksbill turtles can also be spotted and the island is frequented by green sea turtles. See: House Reef Snorkel Guide 

Dive Excursions:
•  Komandoo offers multiple excursions with access to countless drop-offs, beautiful protected reefs full of life and colour as well as access to a large number of channels for those seeking bigger fish action.
•  Shark diving and swimming with turtles are popular activities. Kuredu Caves is home to over 60 resident green sea turtles
•  Kuredu Express: is a protected nearby marine area at the sister resort Kuredu. and a popular dive site for intermediate divers. This unique site is home to sharks, rays, incredible schools of jacks and snappers and is rated as one of the top dive spots in the Maldives.

Dive Operator
: Pro Divers Maldives

TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Best Of The Best, 2020 and ranked #9 among the Top 25 Hotels for Romance in Asia, Komandoo is the Maldives only truly adults-only resort (18+ years) offering adults a secluded ambience filled with peaceful and calming experiences in a charming setting.
Stays at Komandoo starts from USD 500.00++* per double/per night on Full Board.
www.komandoo.com


Kuredu Island Resort & Spa


House Reef:
The Kuredu house reef has a huge range of fish on display and is also home to its own shipwreck. The island is also a turtle hot spot and has a stunning lagoon.

Dive Excursions:
•  Kuredu offers excursions to 60 dive sites within boat reach – dive sites bursting with coral, sharks and rays cruising through the channels, turtles resting on the outer reefs and schooling snappers enjoying the protection of the reefs, majestic manta rays, tunas, moray eels and Napoleon wrasses and more. The Manta Trust, working closely with Prodivers in the Maldivian Manta Ray Project, has identified around 300 mantas in the Lhaviyani Atoll.
•  Boat trips leave throughout the day, helping to ensure that you can make the most of your time in the Maldives.  Guest can join single dive trips (morning and afternoon), organise two-tank diving regularly (including afternoon two tanks for late risers) and full-day trips.
•  The Kuredu Express: is a protected marine area a 10-minute boat ride from the resort.
• The Anemone Thila: one of the prettiest sites in the Atoll. It is fringed with overhangs and terraces that are home to blue stripe snappers and the occasional nurse shark. Trevallies patrol the reef bringing terror to the glassfish that gather in huge number over the reef.

Dive Operator: Pro Divers Maldives.
Kuredu boasts the largest diving centre in the Maldives and Kuredu’s medical clinic includes a hyperbaric chamber.

Kuredu is the largest island in Lhaviyani atoll, and has something to meet every traveller’s desire. With 11 room categories to select from garden bungalows to water villas and private pool villas amidst gardens, the property offers separate adults-only and family-friendly areas. Kuredu boast a vibrant lifestyle with 14 restaurants and bars, two spas – one over the water and the other amidst a garden, multiple freshwater pools, the first golf course plus the longest driving range in the Maldives, a two-story Fitness Center on the beach and a long sandbank.
Stays at Kuredu starts from USD 300.00++* per double/per night on Bed & Breakfast.
www.kuredu.com


Innahura Maldives Resort


Innahura ‘s Lagoon:
The island is surrounded by a shallow logoon. Innahura provides daily complimentary boat transfers to a nearby reef.

Dive Excursions:
•  Innahura offers unexplored diving and snorkeling areas in the east of the Lhaviyani Atoll and is close to one of the biggest coral reefs in the Maldives.
• Muda Thila: An interesting dive site worthwhile exploring more than once. Leather coral, bubble anemones, two-spotted snappers, blue striped snappers,  fusiliers and mantis shrimps can be seen at this untouched east Lhaviyani site.
• Two-tank and full-day dive trips can be arranged with the dive center.

Dive Operator: Pro Divers Maldives

The beautiful beach resort where life is easy. Situated in the south-east Lhaviyani Atoll, the all beach bungalow resort created for sun-seekers, young and young at heart. Find wide beaches, a lagoon and shallow waters for sea swims, water sports, a dive centre, a Duniye spa, an expansive freshwater pool, has activities such as sustainable hand reel fishing and its own desert island.
Stays at Innahura start from USD 150.00* per double/per night on Bed & Breakfast.
www.innahura.com


Weather In The Maldives & Diving

Located close to the equator, the Maldives is sunny and balmy year-round with day air temperature to vary between 27°C/80°F to 30°C/86°F. Water temperature is fairly constant at a balmy 24°C/75°F to 30°C/86°F.

The north-east monsoon, typically running from November through to April is characterised by clear skies and sunshine with January to April bring great visibility for diving and snorkelling. The south-western monsoon typically occurring May to October can bring less settled weather, but there is plenty of sunshine to be enjoyed.  The monsoon also causes a plankton bloom in the water,  which results in reduced water visibility yet however is a huge advantage for divers as manta rays and whale sharks come to feed on the plankton.

Due to the size of the Maldives, its climate is also subject to conditions elsewhere in Asia, there are many weather variations among the atolls and weather forecasting apps tend to be inaccurate, especially during the south-west monsoon when the resort conditions are often much better than shown.


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