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The Best Water Villa Resorts in the Maldives

April 30, 2021
The Maldives' Best Overwater Villas - Crown & Champa Resorts

Experience the Best Water Villa Resorts in the Maldives with Crown & Champa Resorts Collection

When it comes to over-the-top, overwater villa experiences, travellers will be spoilt for choice within our tasteful collection of resorts. From ultra-luxurious water villas to eco-chic, contemporary bungalows perched right on top of the ocean, guests are guaranteed some of the best water villa experiences in the Maldives.

Overwater Villas with Private Pools

Kudadoo Maldives Private Island: Ultra-luxury, Fully-inclusive

Kudadoo Maldives Private Island - Overwater Ocean Residences

  • 15 Overwater Ocean Residences with private pools

Defined by the philosophy ‘Freedom Reimagined’, Kudadoo Maldives is an ultra-luxury resort with a one-of-a-kind design that blends sophistication with eco-sustainability in mind. Featuring only 15 overwater residences, each with a 44 sqm terrace pool, Kudadoo ensures a secluded hideaway purposefully crafted for the more discerning traveller — all accessible by a 40-minute scenic seaplane journey. The resort’s fully inclusive offering, ‘Anything. Anywhere. Anytime’, promises an unhindered enjoyment of luxuries, where every desire is granted and expedited by your personal butler.

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Hurawalhi Island Resort: An Adults’ Escape Where Luxury Treads Lightly

Hurawalhi Island Resort - Overwater Luxury Pool Villas

  • 30 Overwater Pool Villas with private pools
  • 15 Romantic Ocean Villas and 15 Ocean Villas accommodation
  • 90 villas in total 

Hurawalhi Island Resort is a naturally chic adults’ escape offering world-class hospitality and unparalleled experiences for the ultimate indulgence. Here, every guest stay promises a perfect balance of barefoot luxury and enchanting adventures. The 60 water and 30 beach villas at this five-star Maldives resort provide the luxury of comfort and privacy in a contemporary design, with unparalleled views over the Indian Ocean. A highlight at Hurawalhi is the gourmet experiences, with fantastic venues that take fine dining to a whole new level. It is home to the world’s largest, all-glass undersea restaurant, 5.8 Undersea Restaurant. 

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Kagi Maldives Spa Island: Pure Life Experiences

Kagi Maldives Spa Island - Overwater Ocean and Lagoon Pool Villas

  • 21 Ocean Pool & 19 Lagoon Pool Overwater Villas 
  • 50 villas in total

The wellbeing-focused Kagi is the Maldives’ only resort for relaxed luxury and lifestyle retreats. Ideal for solo and couple travellers, this luxury boutique retreat provides a true sanctuary for the senses that offers the perfect setting to slow down and immerse into self-discovery and self-care. All beach and over-the-water villas feature private pools and uninterrupted ocean views.

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Overwater Villas with Jacuzzi/Jetted Tubs

Komandoo Island Resort & Spa: A Truly Adults-only Resort (18+)

Komandoo Island Resort & Spa - Overwater Villas with Jacuzzi

  • 8 Ocean Jacuzzi Water Villas & 7 Jacuzzi Water Villas
  • 65 villas in total

TripAdvisor TRAVELERS’ CHOICE BEST OF THE BEST, 2020 and ranked #9 among the Top 25 Hotels for Romance in Asia, Komandoo Island Resort & Spa is one of the Maldives’ best-ranking resorts for romance and a clear favourite to any travellers seeking a truly intimate getaway experience. The overwater bungalows at this adults-only boutique resort are built on stilts over the lagoon with a staircase leading down to the ocean, offering a luxurious and intimate atmosphere. Each of the overwater villas affords guests spectacular views over the Indian Ocean.

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Veligandu Island Resort & Spa: The Secluded Island

  • 20 Sunset Jacuzzi Water Villas, 34 Jacuzzi Water Villas & 10 Water Villas
  • 91 villas in total

Voted the most romantic resort in the Maldives, the secluded haven of Veligandu Island Resort & Spa encapsulates the essence of an authentic Maldivian paradise. The Jacuzzi Overwater Villas at this idyllic resort offers total privacy, above-average amenities and the best address on the island. Guests can enjoy unparalleled views of the mesmerising lagoon, with easy access to swimming and snorkelling just off the staircase.

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Meeru Island Resort & Spa: …simply Maldives

Meeru Island Resort & Spa - Jacuzzi Overwater Villas

  • 77 Jacuzzi Water Villas & 27 Water Villas
  • 284 keys in total

The palm-fringed paradise of Meeru Island Resort & Spa is often referred to as one of the best resorts for the ultimate Maldives holiday. Here,  travellers can enjoy a casual, relaxed atmosphere in a natural setting, whether on a family vacation or an intimate island gateway. The Water Villas located over the sparkling lagoon are a popular choice amongst honeymooners, featuring a Jacuzzi for two, a private wooden sundeck with lounges and a staircase into the sea, providing some of the most magnificent views.

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Vilamendhoo Island Resort & Spa: The True Colours of the Maldives

Vilamendhoo Island Resort & Spa - Jacuzzi Water Villas

  • 30 Jacuzzi Water Villas
  • 194 keys in total

Home to one of the best house reefs in the Maldives, Vilamendhoo Island Resort & Spa is the perfect paradise for divers, ocean lovers, and marine life enthusiasts. The resort island is in close proximity to popular whale shark and manta ray hotspots, where some of the most spectacular creatures of the ocean can be spotted throughout the year. The overwater villas at this renowned Maldives dive resort come with their own private Jacuzzi, with a private sundeck and stairs leading into the sea.

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Kuredu Island Resort & Spa: More Than Just a Beach Holiday

  • 58 Sangu Water Villas
  • 1 Sangu Honeymoon Suite (comes with an outdoor Jacuzzi bathtub)
  • 388 keys in total

The vibrant, action-filled island resort of Kuredu is surrounded by a beautiful lagoon and long stretches of powdery, sandy beach, perfect for holidays filled with tropical adventures, where families, couples, and friends come to stay, relax and play. Situated atop crystalline waters, Kuredu’s renowned Sangu Water Villa Suite, affords a prime location, providing guests with spectacular views of the main beach, the magnificent sandbank and vivid sunsets, topped off with an outdoor Jacuzzi bathtub.

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And If You Only seek Beach Villas & Bungalows… 

Allow us to suggest:

Resort Rooms & Villas on the Beach
Hurawalhi Island Resort • Beach Sunset Pool Villas
• Beach Pool Villas
Kagi Maldives Spa Island • Beach Pool Villas
Veligandu Island Resort & Spa • 16 Jacuzzi Beach Villas
• 11 Beach Villas
Komandoo Island Resort & Spa • 30 Premium Jacuzzi Beach Villas
• 6 Jacuzzi Beach Villas
• 14 Beach Villas
Meeru Island Resort & Spa • 27 Water Front Villas
• 83 Jacuzzi Beach Villas
• 77 Beach VillasIn the Garden:
• 20 Garden Rooms
Vilamendhoo Island Resort & Spa • 30 Jacuzzi Beach Villas
• 58 Adjoining Beach Villas
• 53 Standalone Beach VillaIn the Garden:
• 23 Garden Rooms
Kuredu Island Resort & Spa • 19 Sangu Jacuzzi Beach Villas
• 29 O Jacuzzi Beach Villas
• 40 O Beach Villas
• 52 Jacuzzi Beach Villas
• 1 Deluxe Beach Villa
• 20 Premium Beach Villas
• 33 Beach Villas
• 55 Beach BungalowsIn the Garden:
• 9 Private Pool Villas including a two-bedroom Private Pool Villa Family Suite
• 80 Garden Bungalows

Innahura Maldives Resort: Here, Life Is Easy

Innahura Maldives Resort - Beach Bungalows

  • 78 Beach Bungalows

This affordable all-beach bungalow Maldives resort offers a fun, laid-back atmosphere perfect for sunseekers, young and young at heart, All beach villas at Innahura are directly located on the beach, just about 50 steps from the glittering lagoon, and feature modern facilities with a traditional Maldivian twist. Here, travellers stay to enjoy the relaxed and easy life.

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Book direct or through your preferred travel agent. 

Our resort collection provides a selection of Special Offers with flexible cancellation for your Maldives getaway.

Traveling in the ‘new normal’ – Learn more about our ‘A Safe Holiday Experience in Paradise’ programme. 

Quick Links: Your questions answered before you travel   |   Facilitating PCR Testing at Resort   |   Travel Flexibility & Cancellation Policy Update

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.    | 

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

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.

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.

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
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.

Vilamendhoo Island Resort & Spa – South Ari Atoll

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

* Prices are indicative only and are subject to change.  Do a rate search on the Resort Website(s) or collections booking engine for current rates and packages.

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