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Central Atolls Diving Holidays: An Overview

You can land, hop on a speedboat and be on your tropical island paradise within an hour on a trip to the central Maldivian atolls.

A large proportion of the top hotels in the Maldives are concentrated around Malé and the central atolls of the Maldives, most notably the Malé atolls, Ari Atolls and Felidhoo. Some are so close to the airport (though no need to worry about the noise!) that you can hop on a speedboat and be in your hotel room within 30 minutes of leaving the airport. South Ari Atoll is one of the most famous for divers - it is here that at the right time of year you have a great chance of mantas and whale sharks.

But it's not just stunning islands and hotels that can be found in this part of the Maldives, there is also incredible diving. While there will be more people at the famous dive sites than you might find in the far north or south of the country, there are more than enough sites to go around. Sites such as Fish Head in North Ari Atoll where you often find grey reef sharks; Faafu where you should watch out for whale sharks; and Dhiyamigili Corner where you may come across hammerheads early in the morning, all offer something for divers no matter your experience level.

Whether you decide to explore by liveaboard or base yourself at a resort, diving holidays to this part of the Maldives are spectacular.

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A Note on Price

All of our holidays are completely tailor-made and prices will vary based on things like when in the year you will be travelling, how far in advance you book, the class of flights included and the level of accommodation you choose. The guide prices shown across this website are designed to provide you with a broad indication of how much to budget for your trip.