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