Ari Atoll is one of the biggest atolls in the Maldives and especially the southern part of Ari Atoll is particularly interesting due to the regular encounters with big marine life. Divers do not visit here to gaze at pretty corals. Hammerhead sharks, manta rays and other pelagic fish are more commonly encountered around Ari Atoll and even the mighty whale shark regularly puts in appearances, especially in Maamingili marine protected area. Maamigili's plankton rich waters at the southern tip of the atoll allow scuba divers the opportunity to get up close with a whale shark!

And with the more budget friendly guesthouses around the atoll, this piece of paradise is more within your reach than ever!

Dhigura Island Retreat

Drift Thelu Veliga Retreat

Boutique Beach

Koimala Hotel

Ariston Dhangeti

Sha Mar Guesthouse & Dive

Whaleshark Inn

Liberty Guesthouse


Ranveli Village Resort

Liberty Guesthouse

Euro Divers

Ari Divers

Sha Mar Guesthouse & Dive

Ariston Dive Center

Zala Divers

If you're looking for fine dry weather without clouds and with lots of sunshine then you should visit the Maldives during the North East monsoon between December and April. This is the dry season and the high season. Between May and November the skies can be cloudy, humidity is higher and rain is more likely. This is the low season, and there are fewer tourists and prices are lower.

First off you will have to get to Malé International Airport (Airport code MAL). This is the main international airport in the Maldives. It is located on Hulhule Island in the North Male Atoll near the capital island Male.


After this you will go to your island by seaplane with either Maldivian Air Taxi ( or Trans Maldivian Airways (  

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