The Maldives is a low-lying nation with white sand beaches and exceptional reefs with an abundance of marine life. Scuba diving inside the atoll lagoons, rock pinnacles – thila – rise up from the depths to scratch the water’s surface is a dream for divers around the world. In the channels, there are swim–through, caverns, and overhangs festooned with colorful sponges, invertebrates, and gorgonians. Giant turtles, whale sharks, manta rays, and colorful fishes ranging in different sizes are common sightings.
For the scuba divers who would like to explore around the Maldives, here are the top 05 best diving resorts for a perfect dive vacation.
Mirihi is easily one of the most intimate and exclusive resorts in South Ari Atoll, an area renowned for unparalleled underwater encounters. In fact, for a once-in-a-lifetime experience, divers need to look no further than the resort’s house reef, considered by many to be one of the Maldives’ finest. And, with Ocean Pro’s specialist concierge-style service, you can visit South Ari’s top dive sites in total comfort.
Home to the South Ari Marine Protected Area, and the renowned Maamigili, this atoll is the place to be for whale shark encounters – delivering near-guaranteed sightings.
NAKAI Alimatha Resort is located close to a selection of truly unique dive sites in Vaavu atoll with a number of famous reefs and channels. This atoll offers a gateway to an entirely different dimension, magical and weightless, filled with flashy marine life and curious biodiversity just waiting to be explored. Most of the dive sites are within protected areas, and some are renowned for being on the list of top dive sites in the world.
Attentive and professional PADI divemasters provide stellar service to guests with prompt and clear communication from the well-equipped Blue Journey Dive and Activity Centre throughout dynamic boat dives through the amazing outcrops, dramatic walls, caves, tunnels, thilas, and fascinating channels of the Huvadhoo Atoll. You can choose from over 40 world-class dive sites in the southern pearl of the Maldives brimming with diverse marine life.
Kuredu Island Resort and Spa is an exquisite private island playground for the adventurous. No matter your level of experience, the resort’s Prodivers dive center can cater for you, Kuredu Island’s fantastic location offers double the dive sites, with easy access to the whole of Lhaviyani and Noonu Atoll beyond. Don’t miss out on a visit to the Shipyard, where two wrecks await easy exploration – one towering above the surface of the lagoon! Elsewhere in the atoll, ripping currents, reef sharks and rays are the order of the day – it doesn’t get much better than that!
Perfectly located on tiny Rasdhoo Atoll, Kuramathi Resort is a beautiful boutique retreat offering luxurious eco-conscious getaways. Packed with industry-leading diving facilities, including the Maldives’ largest hyperbaric chamber, guests at Kuramathi can be confident they’re diving with the best. The dive center offers a range of trips including regular visits to the renowned Hammerhead Point, where divers can often witness dozens of hammerheads patrolling out in the blue. And, if that’s not enough to tempt you, Kuramathi also boasts an in-house marine biologist and Eco Centre, where guests can learn everything they want to know about the underwater world.