Vilamendhoo Island Resort and Spa | Maldives Resort | Scuba Travel

Vilamendhoo Island Resort and Spa | Maldives Resort - Indian Ocean

  • Upto 400 guests
  • There are 194 rooms in resort, spread across 4 main rooms grades
  • 2 Buffet restaurants, a 24hr snack menu, Asian Wok and Hot Rock restaurants, Cocktail Bar, Pool Bar
  • 2 meal packages to enjoy. As standard your full board package includes breakfast, lunch and dinner at one of the 2 buffet restaurants
  • All rooms feature a king size bed, private porch, AC, siting area, minibar, tea and coffee facilities, phone. TV, free wifi and safe.
  • Euro Divers operate a superb dive centre on site, with daily boat and house reef diving
  • Manta Trust runs their very own marine biology centre,
  • Free Wifi

About Vilamendhoo Island Resort and Spa

Vilamendhoo Island Resort is one of our popular resorts in South Ari atoll. A 25 minute seaplane or a short domestic flight and speedboat transfer from Male, and you will warming your toes in the white sands. There's a great house reef for divers and a fully stocked spa for lounge lovers. It's no wonder Vilamendhoo is one of our go to places for a few nights, or even a week, and ideal companion to a week long Maldives liveaboard.

There are 194 rooms in resort, spread across 4 main rooms grades. All rooms feature a king size bed, private porch, AC, siting area, minibar, tea and coffee facilities, phone. TV, free wifi and safe. Bathrooms are partially open air, with a double sink, rain shower, bath and hair dryer. The garden rooms are constructed in blocks, set inside the island, and the go to choice if you plan to spend your time out on the island or in the water exploring. If you prefer more space and privacy, we'd suggest either the stand alone beach villas or jacuzzi beach villas. These are ocean front and with picturesque views. The jacuzzi water villas are the largest villas on the island, with your own private access into the sea.

Vilamendhoo offers 2 meal packages to enjoy. As standard your full board package includes breakfast, lunch and dinner at one of the 2 buffet restaurants - Funama or Ahima, depending on your room grade. The all inclusive plus option is a comprehensive package that adds the 'all you can eat' 24hr snack menu, drinks, free yoga sessions and sports activities into your holiday for a hassle free break. Ask your travel consultant for full details. No matter which package you chose, you can grab a stunning sun downer cocktail at the Bonthi bar, or the boshai pool bar. Or why not try the a la-carte Asian Wok and Hot Rock restaurants (local charges apply). Euro Divers operate a superb dive centre on site, with daily boat and house reef diving, plus the Manta Trust runs their very own marine biology centre, where you can learn more about the most famous residents in the Maldives. Visit the Duniye spa for a relaxing treatment, or mingle with your fellow guests at the nightly entertainment

Melissa recommends Vilamendhoo Resort

Melissa recommends Vilamendhoo because of it's beautiful house reef, which you can dive and snorkel.
The 25 minute seaplane over to the resort offers spectacular views over the amazing atolls and is a great way to start your Maldivian experience. Treat yourself to a Jacuzzi Water Villa upgrade and enjoy the spacious room, sun deck over looking the ocean, private Jacuzzi and private steps into the turquoise waters.

If you interested in going Vilamendhoo Resort don't hesitate to give us a call 01483 411590 or email me at melissa@scubatravel.com

Jacuzzi water villas

(85 sqm) effortlessly extend one's love for the ocean to one's living space and escape to these over-water villas. Crafted from wood, these villas provide a natural carefree ambiance, a Jacuzzi to relax in and a larger living space during your Maldives getaway. With a private staircase into the ocean and beautiful views from the veranda, this is the perfect villa for romance, adventure-seekers and water lovers.

Jacuzzi beach villas

(65sqm) experience beach living with the ocean at your doorstep and views of the turquoise lagoon. Enjoy these spacious villas between your days on or under the ocean, or on the beach. Relax after your island adventures with a soak in the Jacuzzi for two under the stars.

Standalone beach villas

(55 sqm) created for comfort and minimal fuss, these private detached beach villas offer a space to recharge after sun-filled days packed with snorkeling, diving and water sports. Located on the beach, a few meters from the ocean's edge offering picturesque views to create life long memories
If you are going with friends or family, ask us about the adjoining beach villas.

Garden rooms

(55sqm) hidden in the wild island gardens of the resort, there are three blocks of Garden Rooms, each consisting of four to five rooms separated by a privacy screen. These villas offer the comfort and necessities for an escape filled with experiential memories.

Adjoining beach villas available on request

We would be happy to put together a tailormade booking for you, please fill in your details below and one of our diving holiday experts will be in touch with you to discuss your plans.

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Covid Information for Vilamendhoo Island Resort and Spa

INFORMATION PROVIDED BY VILAMENDHOO ISLAND RESORT AND SPA

Last Updated: 16th September 2020

Continuing to move forward and adapt to the new normal, we are please to introduce the SAFE HOLIDAY EXPERIENCE IN PARADISE

ACCREDITED INTERNATIONAL PARTNERS: We are proud to be Hazard Analysis, and Critical Control Point System (HACCP) certified and work in collaboration with Ecolab/Greenpath Maldives and Ian Greaves International (IGI UK) to protect our guests and employees.
TRAINING We are continuously developing the team through our internal and external programs, with focused training and familiarisation of each team member with health & safety and national guidelines.
LOCAL REQUIREMENTS AND LEGISLATIONS: This Safe Holiday Experience initiative will be continuously reviewed and revised in line with the updates issued by the Maldivian Health Protection Agency (HPA) and the Government.
CRISIS MANAGEMENT RESPONSE PLAN CCR's: Health & Safety Protocol details appropriate internal steps to be followed and will be lead and guided by our Covid-19 task force teams in each resort.

Guest Arrival

  • Guests are welcomed and guided through their airport journey by our CCR Airport Representatives.
  • CCR Airport Representatives will be wearing the required PPE
  • Guests will receive a standard temperature check
  • Guests will receive the required PPE for their transfer from the airport to the resort
  • Guests are requested to comply with the necessary hygiene procedures
  • Luggage will be disinfected on outside surfaces and handles.
  • Strict observance of safe physical distance, we recommend at least 1.5 meters apart all the time

    Transfer to the Resort

  • Seaplane Transfer: Guests to strictly observe the health and safety guidelines advised by Trans Maldivian Airways
  • Boat Transfer: Guest may view and receive updated airport schedule via Mobile App; Seats and life jackets disinfected; Safe physical distance of at least 1.5 meters apart while seated.
  • Domestic Flight Transfer: Guests to strictly observe the health and safety guidelines advised by the domestic airline carrier.

    Check In

  • Fast contactless check-in available prior arrival to resort via Mobile APP. If the Mobile APP is not available, our Front Office Team will guide guests through the check-in process, maintaining safe physical distancing at all times
  • Access reservation Info via Mobile APP
  • Receive Digital key via Mobile APP to access your room or a disinfected room key card
  • Guest Service Team on standby and reachable via Mobile APP; Frequent disinfection of reception
  • Effective cleaning and hygiene protocols for buggy and luggage service.
  • Front Office and Guest Service Teams are well trained and familiar with protocols.

    Public Areas

  • Hand disinfection units available in all public areas.
  • Proper spacing and queuing system and strict observance of safe physical distance, of at least 1.5 meters apart, at all times.
  • Effective cleaning protocols with additional attention to high touch point surfaces such as waiting areas and washrooms.

    Guest Rooms

  • Guests can access resort information via Mobile APP and in-room IPTV.
  • Non-essential amenities removed and available upon request.
  • Guests can manage Housekeeping and Maintenance requests via the Mobile APP.
  • Linen and towels will be cleaned and disinfected with internationally approved chemicals.
  • Heightened guest safety and cleaning protocols with more attention to high touch point surfaces.

    Food and Beverage

  • All-day dining available with a controlled capacity of safe physical distance, of at least 1.5 meters at all times
  • Hand disinfection units at the entrances of our restaurants and bars
  • Highest food safety standards in accordance with HACCP principles
  • Restaurant reservations bookable via Mobile APP
  • A' la Carte Restaurant Menu's available via Mobile APP and IPTV for pre-selection.

    Excursions and Sports Facilities

  • Contactless reservations via Mobile APP.
  • Regular disinfecting of seats, life jackets, gym and sports equipment.
  • Reduced participants for group excursions, while sports activities will continue at low capacities in accordance with hygiene protocols.
  • Appropriate signage to inform guests of the safety measurements in place.

    Entertainment, Beach and Pool

  • Pool and Beach Towels are cleaned and disinfected with internationally approved chemicals.
  • Entertainment and recreational areas will continue at low capacities in accordance with hygiene protocols.
  • Proper spacing and design of recreational areas to aid safe physical distance, of at least 1.5 meters apart.

    Spa, Dive and Water Sports

  • Spa therapists will be wearing appropriate PPE at all times, especially during treatments.
  • Spa reservations and availability can be made via Mobile APP.
  • Reduced participants for dive and sports activities.
  • Strict observance of safe physical distance, of at least 1.5 meters apart.
  • Effective cleaning protocols for high touch point surfaces and equipment to create extremely hygienic conditions

    Medical Assistance

  • Wellbeing check of guests and employees shall be carried out.
  • Access to medical services will be available if needed.
  • Swift response provided through the resort medical team in cooperation with the local health agency.

    Farewell

  • Departure bill available 24 hours prior to departure on the Mobile APP and payment can be done via the APP or directly with Front Office Team.
  • Checkout bill can be checked, reviewed and settled via the Mobile APP.
  • Additional measures will be considered for a seamless and hygienically safe checkout procedure.
  • Effective cleaning and hygiene protocols for buggy and luggage handling.

    Transfer from the Resort

  • Seaplane Transfer: Guests to strictly observe the health and safety guidelines advised by Trans Maldivian Airways
  • Boat Transfer: Guest may view and receive updated airport schedule via Mobile App; Seats and life jackets disinfected; Safe physical distance of at least 1.5 meters apart while seated.
  • Domestic Flight Transfer: Guests to strictly observe the health and safety guidelines advised by the domestic airline carrier

    PCR Testing

    Following the most recent requirements from some airlines and countries for their travelers to provide a negative PCR test certificate upon their travel journey, Crown & Champa Resorts are introducing PCR testing for those guests with this compulsory requirement within each resort of the collection.

    Free of charge for stays more than 7 nights, with the following terms to be considered:
  • only applicable for a maximum occupancy of 3 persons per room
  • additional persons as per the below supplement
  • only applicable if guest has a compulsory requirement by airline or home country
  • if guest wishes to conduct the test as a personal requirement, the PCR Test Supplement will apply, subject to availability of the clinic

    Supplement cost of USD 150.00 per person:
  • for stays less than 7 nights
  • or without a compulsory requirement by airline or home country
  • if guest wishes to conduct the test as a personal requirement

    Each PCR Test will be done through our well trained medical team, whenever possible in the resort, and results will be received before departure from the resort.
    Reservations for PCR testing should be made latest 4 days prior to departure.
    Resevations for PCR testing will be prioritising guests with compulsory requirement for certificate to travel from the Maldives.
    Airline or Government requirement document has to be presented upon making the testing reservation in order for our team to prioritise and arrange the needfull.


    Country Covid Travel Information

    22/10/2020 - Maldives is exempt from the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) advice against all non-essential international travel. This is based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks.

    On the 15th of July 2020 Maldives reopened it's borders for international travel.

    Please visit the Maldives government's the link to http://tourism.gov.mv/covid19 where you can find their FAQ for visiting Maldives in the "new normal".

    From 10 September, all tourists must present a negative PCR test for COVID-19 on arrival to Maldives. The test and negative PCR certificate must be issued no more than 96 hours prior to departure

    All travellers travelling to and from Maldives are required to submit a self-declarative health declaration within 24 hours prior to their travel via the online portal of Maldives Immigration, "Imuga", imuga.immigration.gov.mv.

    All tourists will undergo non-intrusive temperature checks and screening on arrival to the Maldives.

    All tourists are required to wear face masks and respect social distancing practices at the airport the airport, during domestic travel and in all enclosed public spaces. Most resorts have their own additional protocols

    Split-stay requests or inter-resort movements are now being approved and monitored by the Ministry, in coordination with Health Protection Agency (HPA).

    You have to complete this form online before you arrive in the UK from any country:
    Form to provide your journey and contact details before you travel to the UK

    Updated 22OCT2020

  • 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 500 miles 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.

    Covid Travel Information

    22/10/2020 - Maldives is exempt from the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) advice against all non-essential international travel. This is based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks.

    On the 15th of July 2020 Maldives reopened it's borders for international travel.

    Please visit the Maldives government's the link to http://tourism.gov.mv/covid19 where you can find their FAQ for visiting Maldives in the "new normal".

    From 10 September, all tourists must present a negative PCR test for COVID-19 on arrival to Maldives. The test and negative PCR certificate must be issued no more than 96 hours prior to departure

    All travellers travelling to and from Maldives are required to submit a self-declarative health declaration within 24 hours prior to their travel via the online portal of Maldives Immigration, "Imuga", imuga.immigration.gov.mv.

    All tourists will undergo non-intrusive temperature checks and screening on arrival to the Maldives.

    All tourists are required to wear face masks and respect social distancing practices at the airport the airport, during domestic travel and in all enclosed public spaces. Most resorts have their own additional protocols

    Split-stay requests or inter-resort movements are now being approved and monitored by the Ministry, in coordination with Health Protection Agency (HPA).

    You have to complete this form online before you arrive in the UK from any country:
    Form to provide your journey and contact details before you travel to the UK

    Updated 22OCT2020

    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 can be quoted with most major airlines. If you would like to depart from a regional 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. Times and any applicable supplements will be confirmed by your travel consultant before you finalise your holiday. We are unfortunately not able to redeem airmiles on your behalf. If you make your own flight arrangements to Male, please check the transfer arrangements before confirming your flights. Please do not finalise any flight arrangements yourself before your liveaboard space is confirmed as being held.

    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

    Regular Entry 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 . If transiting via Sri Lanka you must have a visa prior to travel 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 20kgs 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 transferred 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 20kgs 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

    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 cash is the preferred currency. Credit & debit cards accepted although a surcharge may apply. A 12% local GST applies to all purchases made in the Maldives and will be added to bills locally.

    Phone coverage

    Typically the Maldives has good mobile phone coverage throughout, although it is not 100 percent - please check with your phone contract provider for data roaming, charges and 3G availability.

    Plugs and electricity

    Either UK 3 pin or European 2 pin plugs. Please do not leave batteries charging unattended in your rooms.

    Extras

    Hire equipment

    Kit hire can be arranged in resort

    Extras

    EuroDivers teach a wide range of beginners courses, as well as contending education for certified divers

    Souvenirs

    You can purchase souvenirs from the shops at both Vilamendhoo resort and Euro Divers

    Nitrox/Gas

    Nitrox is available for certified divers

    Payments

    Deposits and Balances

    A typical deposit for a holiday to Vilamendhoo resort is around £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 accept mastercard and visa debit or credit cards. Alternatively, you are welcome to pay via bank transfer. All non sterling card payments and UK business debit cards will be subject to the 2% surcharge. Overseas bank 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

    Discounts

    Repeat Guests

    Included

    A return seaplane transfer from Male is included. You may be charged for excess baggage on the flight if you are above the weight limit for your hold baggage.
    A standard resort package includes 2 people sharing 7 nights in a garden room on an full board basis
    The mandatory green tax has been included and prepaid in your holiday

    Excluded

    Local taxes on purchases apply in the Maldives (12% GST). Excluded are room service, additional meals or drinks outside of your meal plan - some drinks/restaurants are excluded from the all inclusive programme. Additional local services such as telephone calls, laundry, selected water sports and sports, private lessons, special events and excursions are paid for locally.

    Day diving can be booked and paid for on site with the dive centre.

    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.

    Please ask for a quote to add international flights from the UK to your holiday


    Diving

    Euro-Divers Vilamendhoo is centrally located on a private jetty, a few meters away from the reef. Vilamendhoo is located directly between two channels, making the spectacular house reef very versatile and therefore ranks among the best in the Maldives for scuba diving and snorkeling. The location on the eastern reef of South Ari Atoll guarantees a good supply of fresh water for an excellent coral growth and plenty of fish.

    With over 50 dive sites and a fantastic house reef with 10 entry points, Vilamendhoo is the perfect diver's paradise for beginners and experienced divers. Even the wreck Kudhimaa is only a 30 minute boat ride away and is one of the regularly visited dive sites. South of the island you find a protected Marine Area, Khudarah Thila, an exceptional place for divers and of course the national park at the outside reef. 3 times a week full day trips are offered to search for whale sharks in this area throughout the year.

    The dive sites are between 10 minutes and 1 hour away from the island. These dive sites are reached by comfortable dive boats (dhonis). The unique diversity and variety of underwater life in the Maldives especially around Vilamendhoo has a lot off highlights to offer scuba divers.

    The dive centre will offer both house reef and boat diving (local supplement applies) for the ultimate in flexibility. Do as much or as little as you like.

    This is your holiday - done your way.

    Other Activities

  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
  • Beach
  • Canoeing
  • Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
  • 3 pools including adult only Pool
  • Snorkelling
  • Tennis court
  • Fishing
  • Table tennis
  • Spa
  • Shops

    Kuda Giri

    Skill level: All levels | Ave Depth: 14m | Max Depth: 30m

    Kuda Giri is a small reef that starts at just 3 metres and which has overhangs running around the coral block between 12 and 22 metres, before levelling out at 30 metres into a sandy plateau. Kuda Giri is covered in disc anemones and black coral trees. The overhangs are home to lobsters, moray eels and lion fish. In the blue water, keep an eye out for schooling fusiliers and banner fish.

    Dhangethi Beru

    Skill level: All levels | Ave Depth: 15m | Max Depth: 30m

    Dhangethi Beru is a sloping outer reef that starts at about seven metres. As you descend, some small overhangs appear at around 20 metres, that are often full glass fish. Schools of fusiliers can be seen cruising by in the blue water, while puffer fish, porcupine fish, moray eels, lion fish and nudibranches can be found on the reef itself. Keep an eye out as well as for eagle rays, turtles and napoleons.

    Kuda Rah Thila

    Skill level: Advanced | Ave Depth: 14m | Max Depth: 30m

    This small thila in the middle of a channel is a great spot for Macro photographers. This dive is in a protected marine area and is a must with beautiful overhangs filled with schools of fish such as blue striped snappers, oriental sweetlips and squirrel fish. Larger groupers, stingrays and a variety of sharks sometimes swin by. Only a 50 min boat ride from the resort, this is a must see dive site.

    Broken Rock

    Skill level: Advanced | Ave Depth: 20m | Max Depth: 30m

    Only a 50 minute boat ride from the resort, this famous deep thila is good for spotting colourful life of all kinds such as Napoleon Wrasse, Turtles, Morays and Scorpion fish. While swimming through the canyon which splits the thila in two, keep and eye out for the large fan corals which stick out from the walls. Broken Rock is a great dive spot that always throws up something new.

    Reethi Thila

    Skill level: Advanced | Ave Depth: 16m | Max Depth: 30m

    Rheeti Thila is a small circular reef, split into four pieces by up to three metre wide canyons, making it one of the most interesting formations in the South Ari Atoll. The top reef starts at 12 metres and is encircled by a sandy bottom at 30 metres. Interesting overhangs between 18 and 26 metres, beautiful fan and whip corals, different kind of anemones, fusiliers being hunted by jack fish, big barracudas, scorpion fish, nudibranches, schools of oriental sweet lips and white tip reef sharks make for an action packed dive. 'Rheeti Thila' which means 'Beautiful Thila' in the local language certainly lives up to its name.

    7th Heaven

    Skill level: Advanced | Ave Depth: 22m | Max Depth: 30m

    Seventh Heaven reef is situated across a channel and is completely covered in soft corals of every colour imaginable. Beautiful overhangs between 22 and 30 metres are overgrown with soft corals. Look for turtles, white tip reef sharks, stingrays, torpedo rays, moray eels, scorpion fish, nudibranches and much more.

    Vilamenhdhoo Thila

    Skill level: Advanced | Ave Depth: 22m | Max Depth: 30m

    Only a 5 minute boat ride from the resort, this narrow thila runs north to south. On the west side is a steep drop-off with caves and overhangs from 10-25m. The eastern side is less steep and drops off towards the outer atoll providing some interesting caves and overhangs. There are many large sea fans and plenty of fish including batfish, fusiliers and snappers. The corals on the top reef are very nice and provide the fish with shelter from the current. Reef sharks and eagle rays are regular visitors. Mantas and occasionally whale sharks are also seen in this area. With a stronger current this site can be demanding.

    Kudimaa Wreck

    Skill level: Advanced | Ave Depth: 22m | Max Depth: 30m

    Kudhimaa Wreck is a medium sized steel wreck lying very close to the Machafushi house reef. The wreck was purposely sunk in 1998 to provide divers visiting the South Ari Atoll with a wreck. The wreck itself has easy access to the cargo holds on both sides. On and around the shipwreck you can find a school of bat fish, some puffer fish, box fish and the customary large lion fish. Needless to say, the wreck is bursting with macro subjects for budding photographers and film makers. One interesting feature of the wreck is the competition for space that has sprung up on the surface itself. Algae, sponges, sea squirts and corals are all fighting for that valuable piece of metal to start their growth from.

    Vilamendhoo Caves

    Skill level: Advanced | Ave Depth: 22m | Max Depth: 26m

    This is a corner dive located on the eastern side Vilamendhoo. You pass continuous caves and overhangs of varying depths from 12-26m. There are lots of small glassfish, anchovies, squirrel fish, sweet lips and snappers as well as moray eels, lobster and crabs. The top reef reaches shallow water with some nice coral blocks providing an interesting safety stop where, if you are lucky you might spot a turtle. From May to November there is a chance of seeing mantas on the top reef, and perhaps a whale shark passing by. The dive site makes a good drift dive if the current is flowing.

    Lily Beach Thila

    Skill level: Advanced | Ave Depth: 22m | Max Depth: 30m

    This finger shaped reef has a length of 250m and lies on the outside of the channel. There are many beautiful overhangs and corals to be seen and it is teeming with healthy marine life. You can also see sharks, eagle rays, big tuna, stingrays and napoleon wrasse and, with a bit of luck, grey reef sharks too. This site is for experienced divers due to its location, blue water safety stop and depth.

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