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Enjoy the best dive resorts in the Maldives

The Maldives are popular and unique for divers for several reasons. Visit the Maldives for incredible visibility and diverse marine life. Overall, the Maldives offer a diving experience like no other, with unparalleled marine biodiversity, stunning underwater landscapes, and a commitment to sustainable tourism. These factors combine to make the Maldives a must-visit destination for divers from around the world.

In this article you will find dive resorts with the best reviews for you stay and unforgettable diving experience. You can choose from 3, 4 or 5* hotels, guest houses or private islands. All dive centers are onsite or in walking distance and are PADI certified with 5 stars. These resorts offer luxurious accommodations, world-class amenities, and access to some of the most spectacular dive sites in the Maldives, making them ideal choices for a memorable diving vacation.

TOP fabulous dive resorts in Maldives

Thundi Guest House is a 3* hotel that offers well-priced accommodation on the lush island of Fulidhoo with on-site restaurant and room service available, rooms are sound-proofed and air conditioning is free. Fulidhoo Dive & Water Sports is 5 star PADI dive center in walking distance. This area is great to spot large pelagics, such as grey reef sharks and big eye trevallies. On night dives to the local Alimatha house reef you can see nurse sharks.

White Sand Dhigurah is a 3* guest house on Dhigurah Island in fantastic location within South Ari Atoll, two minutes from a white sand beach. It has a restaurant with large roof terrace, sunset views, Maldivian, Asian and Western cuisine. Oceanholic is a PADI 5 star dive center in walking distance. You will have the chance to see whale sharks and mantas.

Villa Rosa is a 3* hotel. Discover an ideal balance of chic resort-style elegance and laid-back Maldivian island life on this wild yet inhabited local island with a near pristine beach and lush vegetation. Understand more about the intricate eco systems that drew you to the Maldives at weekly evenings dedicated to marine biology, delivered by resident marine biologist Donatella (1st Dec – 15 April only). Feel the sand in your toes as you dine on freshly-prepared Italian, Asian & Maldivian fusion cuisine in a lantern-lit, atmospheric garden setting. Noohiri Diving & Water Sport Center is 5 star PADI dive center in walking distance. Explore the crystalline house reef, meet an abundance of friendly turtles and have your chance to dive with majestic manta rays. Chill out in a hammock with your favourite book, or grab your snorkel and explore the shimmering, shallow coral reef – home to octopus, butterfly fish, clown fish and nurse sharks.

TOP superb dive resorts in Maldives

Kuredu Resort & Spa is a 4* hotel island resort in the northern part of the Lhaviyani Atoll surrounded by over 3km of sandy beaches and a beautiful lagoon. Nine different accommodation types suiting all budgets with six restaurants, eight bars, three pools, spa, tennis court and golf driving range. Gorgeous house reef with turtles and a shipwreck, 60+ beautifully colourful dive sites within reach with lots of big fish. Kuredu Prodivers is onsite 5 star PADI dive center.

Plumeria Maldives is a 4* hotel and puts you at the heart of tiny Thinadhoo – a lovely island to explore, with a private beach that’s out of this world. Every room has a luxurious hot tub and sea views for ultimate rest and relaxation. Plumeria Diving and Watersports Centre is onsite 5 star PADI dive center, which offers some of the world’s best big fish encounters, with regular shark and manta sightings. All the most famous dive sites in the Vaavu Atoll are close by, and the house reef itself is one of the most stunning in the area.

Vilamendhoo Island Resort & Spa is a 4* private-island resort ringed by an azure lagoon. Choose from beautiful Garden Rooms and Beach Villas, or opt for an adults-only Jacuzzi Beach Villa or even a Jacuzzi Water Villa to be as close to the ocean as possible. Euro-Divers Vilamendhoo is onsite 5 star PADI dive center. Divers enjoy incredible visibility and marine diversity on the world-renowned coral reef system that is home to over 200 species of hard and soft coral The dive center enjoys its own private jetty, just meters from the house reef. Huge variety of land and water activities, whale shark, manta and turtle excursions, fishing trips, a sunset cruise and relaxing, informative nightly entertainment.

TOP luxury dive resorts in Maldives

Hurawalhi Island Resort a 5* luxury, adults-only resort designed by renowned architect Yuji Yamazaki. It is also home to the world’s largest all-glass undersea restaurant, 5.8 meters below the surface. The resident marine biologist is located at Hurawalhi’s Manta Trust Marine Biology Center. it is easily reached with 40 minute seaplane flight from Male offering unforgettable views of the Maldivian atolls. Hurawalhi Prodivers is onsite 5 star PADI dive center. The resort is surrounded by a pristine lagoon with great visibility, marine life, colourful corals and 60+ dive sites with dozens of species of sharks, rays, manta rays, green turtles.

COMO Maalifushi is a gorgeous 5* luxury resort located in Thaa Atoll. As the only resort in this atoll, guests enjoy unspoilt crystal clear seas, white sand beaches and tropical greenery in stunning cobalt lagoon flanked by a thriving house reef. Maalifushi Marine Sports Centre is onsite 5 star PADI dive center. This area offers world-class marine life, including dolphins and turtles throughout the year. Mantas can be spotted between December and April, with white tip reef sharks often seen between May and November.

LUX* South Ari Atoll a 5* luxurious private island resort on South Ari Atoll with over-water and beachfront villas, some with private pool, 11 bars and restaurants serving internationally-inspired dishes, 24 hour room service, LUX* Me Spa, watersports. Euro-Divers LUX* South Ari Atoll is onsite 5 star PADI dive center. Mantas, whale sharks, tropical reef fish can be seen. Pinnacles, channels and sheltered coral gardens can be found here.

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