Diving With Whale Sharks in South Ari Atoll Maldives
LUX* South Ari Atoll
The atoll where LUX* South Ari Atoll is located, is famous for its marine diversity and especially for its whale sharks roaming around the resort all year round, which is one of the main reasons adventurers from all over the world visit the resort to get a rare encounter with the gentle giants of the Indian Ocean.
LUX* South Ari Atoll is not just about luxury and design. It’s a spacious resort with a playful, fun and modern soul for travellers looking for a distinctive, eco-friendly experience as well as exclusive dining and diving in the Maldives.
Our fully equipped PADI 5* dive centre offers the full range of diving courses from beginner to professional level. The protected lagoon is the perfect place to start your diving adventure or simply practice your diving skills.
The resort is the ideal base to dive its 50 dive sites, some of them world-famous. One of the most famous dive sites is ‘Kuda Rah Thila’, the first nationally marine protected area in the Maldives with beautiful corals and fish. Most dive sites are within five minutes to one hour from the resort, and the boat journey makes the diving trips even more enjoyable. Divers are set out to the sites in a dhoni, which is a traditional Maldivian spacious boat including a roof and a top deck.
We offer ship wreck morning dives and magical full day trips in search of mantas and anything this unique marine area has to offer. For divers looking for an even more unique experience, the resort offers night dives, both regular night dives as well as fluorescent night dives. The latter one includes a special UV flashlight which gives the corals and marine life somewhat of an otherworldly natural glow, like something from a fantasy movie. Seeing the underwater world come to life and full bloom at the magical hours of the night, is truly a scuba diver’s dream!
Full-Day Manta Trip
Diving with Manta rays is one of top wishes on the bucket list for most divers.
During our Full-day Manta Trips there is a high chance that you get that wish ticked.
Our experienced guides will give detailed briefing about the Manta rays and their behavior.
We will bring you for 2 dives to the cleaning station with the healthiest reef you can find around.
Whale Shark Safaris
Sightings of Whale Shark, the biggest fish in the world are possible all year round. From December to April in Maamigili Beru and May to November just at the back yard of LUX* South Ari Atoll in the dive site LUX* Back Reef.
During the trip our experienced guides will give detailed briefing about the Whale Shark and their behaviour.
The best Thila dives in South Ari Atoll
With only 35 min boat ride from the resort, you will access to best Thilas in Maldives: Kuda Rah Thila, Broken Rock, Dhigurah Thila, 7th Heaven, Reethi Thila and many more.
EURO-DIVERS LUX* SOUTH ARI ATOLL TOP DIVE SITES
LUX* Back Reef
Kuda Rah Thila
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