Nika Island Resort & Spa - Indian Ocean

  • Guests North Ari island resort for less than 100
  • Rooms Great value garden rooms or private villas with their own beach access
  • Restaurants Exceptional Italian cuisine in resort
  • Food and Drinks Full board or all inclusive options
  • Facilities Water sports, spa, island hopping
  • Diving Superb location for boat manta dives and even hammerheads
  • Diving Extras Snorkelling tours with resident marine biologist
  • Internet Access Complimentary wifi

About Nika Island Resort & Spa

Nika Island Resort is popular with our customers for so many reasons. Many love the private beaches in just about every villa. Others return for the exceptional cuisine. And for water babies, it's the ideal place for diving the famous North Ari dives sites, relaxing in the sunshine and snorkelling. Nika is only a 25minute seaplane ride from Male, meaning shortly after landing you too can be in paradise offering real value for money.

The whole of Nika island is comprised of only 43 villas, all of which boast unique architecture: 6 Garden room, 10 Beach Villas, 10 Deluxe Beach Villas, 3 Family Beach Villas, 3 Family Deluxe Beach Villas, 1 Sultan Suite and 10 Water Villas on an island surrounded by a stunning house reef, luxurious vegetation and all enhanced by the friendly staff, who will make you feel right at home. For more information about each room grade, please check out the rooms tab above. Create your perfect stay with either full board as standard or upgrade to all inclusive

There are two main dining option on the island, and light snacks are served in the Bepi bar with cocktails and drinks. In the evenings you can sit back and watch the baby sharks hunting in the bay. During the day, the coffee shop library is the place to be. Right by the best snorkelling spots on the house reef, here you can grab snacks and aperitif all freshly made on the premises. Windsurfing, wake boarding and water skiing are all offered in resort (local charges apply).The main restaurant is at the other end of the island, and a full buffet for breakfast and lunch and a l carte dinner is prepared daily. The menu is European and Asian with live cooking stations, BBQ and grill. The homemade pizza is a must! Relaxation is easy at Nika island, but for some extra down time, head to the spa. Here 8 treatment cottages are surrounded by water with a full range of treatments. There is a small pool nearby. Stroll down the sandy paths and you find the wishing tree and gift shop with on site tailor.

Water villa & family water villa

Water Villas set on the water on wooden stilts stretching on the North-East side of the island. With private sundecks and steps that lead down into the water. Each villa features direct access to the lagoon and is in their 3 split levels sundecks: the first and lowest just kisses the sea, the second one is a deck with wide terrace and deckchairs with white sand and the third is the one on the roof. The family water villas have 2 bedrooms and will sleep 4 adults and 1 child (extra bed)

Deluxe beach villa & family deluxe beach villa

Deluxe Beach villas feature one double bedroom with lagoon view and a generous living room. A private beach with a large thatched umbrella and sun loungers. King-size bed - Air-conditioning - Espresso coffee Machine - tea & coffee with complimentary water - Safety Box - Wi-Fi - Minibar - Outdoor Jacuzzi - Outdoor shower - 29" Flat Screen TV. The family deluxe beach villas have a king size master bedroom and queen sized second bedroom and will sleep 4 adults and 2 children (extra bed)

Beach villa & family beach villa

Beach villas are surrounded by tropical lush vegetation and furnished with King-size bed - Air-conditioning - tea & coffee making facilities with complimentary water - Hairdryer - Safety Box - Minibar - 29" Flat Screen TV - Wi-Fi Internet. The outdoor Jacuzzi is a small oasis of absolute peace. Just a few steps across enjoy a plunge into the warm waters of the Indian Ocean. The family beach villas have a living room, 2 bedrooms and will sleep 4 adults and 2 children (extra bed)

Garden rooms

Garden Rooms are located in the middle of the island facing the walkway and are elegantly furnished with a veranda and a garden view. The guests who are staying in garden room are able to use both the public beaches on the island. The rooms are furnished with King-size bed - Air-conditioning - tea & coffee making facilities with complimentary water - Hairdryer - Safety Box - Wi-Fi Internet Access - Minibar - Outdoor patio - 29" LCD Flat Screen Satellite TV.

Elaine Robinson

2016-10-12 11:02:11

Amazing. I would highly recommend this island. The staff are professional and eager to please. Had a fantastic holiday. Thanks Nika

Chloe Spencer

2016-08-12 15:01:04

My family and I spent our Easter holiday break at Nika island resort. From the beginning to end it was wonderful. The staff so friendly and warm the food delicious the accommodation comfortable yet stylish the snorkelling house reef and excursions faultless. I can not speak highly enough. Thank you everyone at Nika.

Natalie Codell

2016-07-22 12:41:49

What a beautiful island! All the staff were amazingly helpful, the food was superb and the cocktails strong... The house reef is amazing, perfect snorkelling! We had a fantastic honeymoon here! Thank you to all at Nika!

Frequently Asked Questions

Location

The Maldives is in the Indian Ocean, a 10-14hr flight from the UK, around 370 miles southwest of Sri Lanka.  It is made up of 1200 islands, stretching over 500miles from north to south.  The main arrival airport for all flights to the Maldives is Male’s airport island (MLE). The Maldives is famous for its great snorkelling, manta cleaning stations, whalesharks, shark dives and fast drift dives through channels.  The water remains a constant 27-28 C year round.

Weather and Climate

Whilst there are 2 monsoon seasons (Nov-Apr & May-Oct), the diving remains excellent year round.  Diving operators will changes their dive sites in each season to find the best hot spots for the big fish! Traditionally, our summer months tend to be windier with a higher chance of rain, whilst the winter months are flatter. However, the seasons are much less predictable in reality and its a fabulous place to dive whatever time of year!

Travel

Flight options

Our holidays to the Maldives are typically quoted with Sri Lankan flights  from Heathrow (via Colombo) to Male.  We are however able to book most major airlines.  If you would like to depart from a different UK airport (eg. Glasgow/Edinburgh, Manchester, Birmingham or Gatwick) or have a specific airline you prefer to fly with, simply let us know in your booking request.  A supplement may apply for regional departures.  Times and any applicable supplements will be confirmed by your travel consultant before you finalise your holiday.  If you wish to make your own flight arrangements to Male, let us know and we can remove the cost of the international flights from your quote. We are unfortunately not able to redeem airmiles on your behalf.  Please do not confirm any flight arrangements yourself before your holiday is confirmed by us.  

Stopovers

As most flights are not direct, it is simple to add a stop over en route - simply ask your travel consultant for a quote.   Sri Lanka is our most popular, up coming destination - with beautiful beaches, it’s a great alternative to staying in the Maldives resorts.  If you are feeling a bit more adventurous, why not head into the jungle for look for elephants and leopards.  Or if you are a culture vulture, we highly recommend a Kandy city tour.  The choice is yours!  As we are able to book most major airlines to the Maldives, you can also add a stop to break up your flight.  Popular locations include Dubai, Doha and Abu Dhabi.  

Arrange before you go

Visa requirements

UK passport holders are able to obtain a free 30 day visa on arrival. Do ensure your passport has 6 months validity from your return date to prevent any issues with immigration. It is your responsibility to ensure your passport is valid and you fulfil entry requirements. Regulations can change: please review current FCO advice: click here

Insurance

Scuba Travel requires all of our customers to have diving insurance.  Please make sure that you have appropriate cover for your diving activities.   We also strongly recommend you have travel insurance.  It’s worth taking out travel insurance once you have paid your deposit to ensure you are covered for unforeseen events and cancellation. Find out more about our combined dive and travel policy click here

Immunisations

Please speak to your local GP or check out the latest NHS advice on travel immunisations:  click here

Preparing to fly

Seating

You will be able to manage your booking online once you have been ticketed (after you have paid your holiday balance).  Most airlines will now enable you to select your seating at this point.  There may be a small charge for prebookable seating before online check in opens.  Please speak to the airline for more information about charges.

Check in

As you are flying with a scheduled airline, you will be able to check in online with your airline.  Please visit their website for more information about when online check in opens.

Lounge

An airport lounge is a great way to start your holiday or to while away flight connections in comfort.  Scuba Travel works with Lounge Pass to offer a huge range of affordable airport lounges around the world. click here

Parking

Prebook your airport parking to save money!  If you have a long way to travel, why not also look at booking an airport hotel.  These aren’t as expensive as you might think.   click here

What happens when I arrive?

On arrival in the Maldives, you will need to clear immigration and collect your baggage.  You will then be met outside of arrivals by a representative from your liveaboard or resort.  They will be holding a board with either your destination or your name on it.   If you have any issues at all locating your rep, please turn left from arrivals and go to the information desk at Male airport.  We have an emergency contact, manned by a member of the team here in the UK.  Please call 0044 7747 488 002.  We will be able to help your rep locate you in the airport.  

Transfers

If your holiday begins in Male you will be met and taken to your boat. The transfer takes around 20mins. Many of our Maldives holidays will include either a domestic flight or seaplane transfer.  It takes approx 45mins -1 hour to clear immigration and collect your baggage at Male airport.  We endeavour to keep the transit between flights as short as possible and your transfer will normally take place within 3 hours of your international arrival, but please be aware, you may have to wait at the airport between flights.   The domestic terminal is right next door to arrivals.  This has AC, bathrooms and a small cafe.  You will usually be met by a rep, who will assist you in moving between the terminals.  The baggage allowance on domestic flights is typically 25kgs hold and 5kgs hand baggage.  Excess baggage is charged locally $2-$5/kg.   The seaplane check in desk is to your right on exiting the arrivals hall.  You will check your bag in here and then be transfered to the seaplane terminal by bus.  This has AC, bathrooms, a small cafe and shop. The seaplanes run regularly throughout the day and due to the way the scheduling is organised, the exact time of your seaplane cannot be confirmed prior to arrival in Male.  Seaplanes do not run in the dark - the fist seaplane is around 06:00 Male time and ends around 16:00 Male time. The baggage allowance on seaplane flights is typically 25kgs hold and 5kgs hand baggage.  Excess baggage is charged locally $2-$5/kg.  

Departures

You will be taken back to Male airport in time for your international flight.  Domestic flights and seaplanes will arrive in time for you to make your connections. Typically you will arrive at the airport 1 1/2- 2 hours before your flight time.  There is currently no departure tax when leaving the Maldives.  

Info

Included in your holiday

International flights and transfers, accommodation and meals on a full board basis (breakfast, lunch and dinner). Tea, coffee and water are complimentary. You can upgrade to the all inclusive basis. This includes breakfast, lunch and dinner served at the buffet, snacks, a selection of cocktails, alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks, tea, coffee and water. Use of all non motorised water sports, valley ball and 1 snorkelling tour per person per stay is also included. Please refer to your booking confirmation for details on any prebooked diving services.

Excluded

Local taxes on purchases apply in the Maldives (12% GST). The all inclusive package excludes room service, mini bar, additional meals or drinks outside of your meal plan - the a la carte restaurants and premium drinks are excluded from the all inclusive programme. Additional local services such as spa, baby sitting, telephone calls, laundry, private lessons, special events and excursions are paid for locally. You may be charged for excess baggage on the seaplane if you are above the weight limit for your hold baggage.

Tipping

Tipping is entirely at your discretion. We do not make recommendations as to how much to tip. Should you wish to leave a tip for the staff and crew, it should reflect the level of service you have enjoyed.

Currency

USD are the preferred currency. Credit & debit cards accepted although a surcharge may apply.

Phone coverage

Typically the Maldives has good mobile phone coverage throughout, although it is not 100 percent

Plugs and electricity

Either UK 3 pin or European 2 pin plugs

Extras

Hire equipment

Kit hire can be arranged in resort and is paid for locally - approx $42/dive

Extras

A wide range of PADI courses, special trips and night dives can be arranged in resort with the dive centre directly.

Souvenirs

The dive centre has a small, limited shop on site

Nitrox/Gas

Free nitrox for certified divers

Payments

Deposits and Balances

A typical deposit for a holiday to Nika is £400-£600 per person, although this will depend on your exact flight option and travel class. Larger deposits may be required for some flight options (eg premium economy/business class).

Ways to pay

We charge 2% on credit card transactions but nothing on UK debit card payments. All non sterling card payments will be subject to the 2% surcharge. Alternatively, you are welcome to pay via bank transfer. Overseas transfers must add £6 to the sterling total to cover international handling fees.  We are not able to accept PayPal transactions. 

Group Payments

If you have booked as part of a group, you can still call and pay directly without needing to go via your group leader. Please have your trip reference number to hand to help us locate your holiday as quickly as possible. You will receive a transaction receipt - your group leader will forward your ATOL certificate and booking confirmation

North Ari atoll is home to some of the Maldives' most famous dive sites. The adventure start on the house reef, with baby ref sharks, nurse sharks and turtles. Move out from here to dive the thilas, including the famous must see sites of Hafsa thila, Maaya thila or Bodu thila. Hook in to watch sharks on the reef edge or dive around the reef top for all manner of fish life. Fast moving currents mean big fish at the corner dives, such as Mattiburi. The giris are larger reef dives - ideal for a lazy afternoon pottering around after all that pelagic action! There are even some local caves to explore.

  • Great house reef, ideal for beginners and snorkelers but also with baby sharks and turtles.
  • Over 20 dive sites easily accessible by boat - up to 30mins
  • Free nitrox
  • Small groups for a dedicated dive service
  • Special trips to North Ari hotspots such as Rasdhoo (hammerheads) on request


  • A typical dive day at Nika island consists of 2 morning dives on the boat. Afternoon and night dives can be arranged on request for either the boat or house reef. Make sure to try out the fluo night dive to see the reef life in an entirely different way. The team of highly qualified European PADI instructors are on hand for all course requirements (DSD- rescue including specialities) as well as fun diving. The kit hire is of an excellent standard and the dive groups kept small for your comfort.

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    Diving Rates & Prices

    If you pre-book your diving as part of a holiday package with Scuba Travel you can take advantage of our special rates and make considerable savings on your dive package or dive course at Nika Island Resort & Spa.

    Daily Diving

    • 1 days diving from: Price on request
    • 3 days diving from: £375 5 dives
    • 5 days diving from: £700 10 dives

    Scuba Diving Courses

    • PADI open water referral from: Price on request
    • PADI open water course from: Price on request
    • PADI advanced course from: Price on request
    • Nitrox Specialty from: Price on request
    • Other courses available on request

    Dive Equipment

    • Full set (Mask, Fins, BCD, Reg and wetsuit): Price on request

    These prices are subject to change and you will be advised of the exact cost at the time of booking.

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