Vilamendhoo’s Scuba Diving and Snorkelers Calendar For South Ari Atoll Maldives

What is the best time to Dive in Vilamendhoo?

Around the year. 

From avid diver to beginner, the waters around Vilamendhoo provide plenty of excursions and dive experiences to see the marine life, including hard and soft coral.

The resort is blessed with nearly 50 dive sites, all situated within one hour by boat including the Maamigili Marine Protected Area and National Park where whale sharks are frequented.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Reef Sharks High High High High High High High High High High High High
Silvertip Sharks High High High High Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Hammerhead Sharks Low Low  Low Low Low Low Low Low Low Low Low Low
Nurse Sharks Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Manta Rays High High High Yes Yes High High High High High Yes Yes
Sting Rays Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Eagle Rays Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Hawksbill Turtles High High High High High High High High High High High High
Green Turtles High High High High High High High High High High High High
Night diving Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Shipwreck diving Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Ideal for new divers Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

The Euro-Divers dive centre in Vilamendhoo is one of the Maldives’ most experienced dive operators and as a PADI 5 Star Centre, they offer the full range of PADI courses catering to all experience levels – from beginner to professionals.

Vilamendhoo’s famous underwater garden – the house reef

The house reef of Vilamendhoo Resort is exceptionally beautiful and starts just a few feet away from the beach. The house reefs dense corral garden circles the island and extend over the narrow lagoon around the overwater villas on the western end.

Guests of all ages can stand from the beach or the jetty to experience abundant marine life. To admire the house reef in its full glory, one must snorkel in and get engulfed by shoals of colourful fish while you swim amidst the corrals. 

Do not be surprised if you come across turtles and baby sharks (harmless) while you snorkel. 


Best Christmas Getaways For 2020 – Celebrate the festivities in Maldives

Spending the Christmas and New Year’s holiday festive season with family and friends is the longstanding tradition. Let us suggest a beautiful, tropical destination called Vilamendhoo, where you can get together with the ones you love and celebrate the season without the worries of social distancing and the constraints imposed by the prevailing pandemic.

Why Vilamendhoo tops the list to spend your festive season

  1. Vilamendhoo Island Resort & Spa is a private island, the only resort on the island and naturally shields our guests from the crowds. The World Tourism Organization also endorsed the Maldives with the Safe Travels Stamp so you may travel with peace of mind. With Maldives reopening borders, more airlines are flying into the Maldives.
  2. Vilamendhoos’ long beaches the required freedom of space. No masks on beaches.
  3. Escape the winter, escape the crowds to sun, sand and clean ocean and blissful relaxation.
  4. Indulge in fantastic diving, snorkelling, yachting, good food, spa, entertainment and Maldivian hospitality during the festive season. The waters around Vilamendhoo is famed for Whale shark spotting, rays and turtles. Swim into the resorts house reef right from the beach.
  5. Surprise a loved one. Catch up and celebrate all those anniversaries, missed sunsets and cancelled holidays. Or make your Vilamendhoo holiday an opportunity for an extended family getaway and celebrate festivities together, on a tropical island.
  6. Facilitation of PCR testing as required by your home countries and airlines for onward travel.
  7. Vilamendhoo offers a choice of special offers and flexible cancellation to help plan travel and to allow you to the opportunity to linger longer in the Maldives. Book direct, book via OTAs or speak to your travel agent for the best rates and packages. 

Vilamendhoo Island Resort & Spa Wins 2020 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Award

Vilamendhoo is proud to be listed as the top 10% hotels of the world for the 7th consecutive year and winning TripAdvisor 2020 Travelers’ Choice Award.

Travelers’ Choice Award is given based on millions of review and ratings all over the world. We are incredibly grateful to our valued guests who have reviewed and continued to support us to achieve another accolade for our exceptional services.

At this turbulence time, we remain committed to provide you with the best service and to ensure Vilamendhoo Island Resort and Spa to be a safe haven for everyone. As we all move forward and live in the ‘new normal’, Vilamendhoo Island Resort & Spa in association with Crown & Champa Resorts, is introducing Hygiene Guidelines for a Safe Holiday Experience in Paradise.

We look forward to serving you again soon.

Check out our special offers and book Vilamendhoo today.
Vilamendhoo offers flexible cancellation and offers for travel during November-December 2020 and in to 2021.

Ready when you are.

How to celebrate Global Wellness Day

With the slogan “One day can change your whole life,” we celebrate Global Wellness Day on 2nd Saturday of June every year as an international day. For this one day each year, people are encouraged to stop and think as they get away from the stress of city living and bad habits in order to find peace within. Whether you enjoy the gym or the spa, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

Ways you can Celebrate Global Wellness Day

  1. Drink more water
  2. Walk for an hour
  3. Eat organic foods
  4. Stop using plastic bottles
  5. Do a good deed
  6. Eat a family dinner
  7. Go to bed at 10pm

Duniye Spa at Velamendhoo Island Resort & Spa Nurture your body, calm your mind, and inspire your soul. Referring to the original meaning of Duniye (= “Universe”) we honor a universal, holistic approach to health and well-being. Healing Earth™ and PURE™ product lines are developed in line with latest scientific research and containing only purest natural active ingredients to deliver outstanding results. Duniye Spa offers a host of massage and spa packages, especially tailored for your Maldives resort holidays. Book your treatment with Duniye Spa at Vilamendhoo Island Resort and Spa in the Maldives today and experience true wellness.

Vilamendhoo is re-certified for the seventh year in HACCP

For the seventh year, Vilamendhoo Island Resort & Spa had achieved the highly regarded accreditation in HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point), principles and practice based on the World Health Organization Codex to ensure Food Safety, Hygiene and Cleanliness for the Resort. HACCP is a prevention-based recommended control system for the hygiene of food hygiene and safety with strict adherence and implementation of food safety procedures in hotels and food establishments.

As a property who complies with HACCP protocols, Vilamendhoo offers the continuous wellbeing of the guests by;

  • Allowing guests to enjoy our services with full confidence in the quality of our food supplies and its preparation.
  • Maintaining the highest skills and knowledge of all food handlers, not only in the kitchen.
  • Practising proper and approved hygiene and cleanliness systems is adhered to within all levels of operations.
  • Providing and sourcing the highest quality in food produced which are safe for resort guests and team members.

Embark On A Family Adventure This Summer in Vilamendhoo

This summer, escape to a beautiful island paradise and spend some quality time with your family. Vilamendhoo Island Resort & Spa is an ultimate one-stop destination for families looking to bond and share the adventures in a tropical island setting.

In Vilamendhoo, your family can discover the colours of Maldives at sea, or make memories with endless exploration on land.

Our separate family-friendly area offers fully equipped family rooms and freedom to play.

Stay in our spacious beach villas or garden rooms which accommodate children, with an option of dining at family-friendly Funama Restaurant offering plenty of options for younger guests to dig into. For playtime, enjoy memorable pool days at Boashi Pool, which comes with a wading pool and a play area just nearby. Poolside refreshments are plenty at Boashi Bar, so you can treat yourself to home-made ice creams or delicious milkshakes.

The fun doesn’t stop on land. Let lose the explorer in you and venture out at sea with our Family oriented full-day excursion, which takes you to popular reefs with packed lunch and refreshments provided. You can also make it an educational holiday by signing up your younger ones for an introductory Bubble Makers Scuba Diving Lesson taught by the professional Euro-Divers team.

Should you wish to have a special evening, with dinner on the beach or a pampering treatment at Duniye Spa, babysitting services are available with a recommended 24-hour notice period.

Meet The Vilamendhoo Team: Farheen, Assistant Guest Service Manager


Soopun Farheen is the Assistant Guest Service Manager at Vilamendhoo Island Resort & Spa. We find out what a typical day for her is like and what she likes most about her job.

What do you like most about your job?

What I like most about my job is the sense of family around our workplace, everyone truly gets along and put up efforts to get the job done and that every team member has a smile on their face.

What are your hobbies?

One of my hobbies is diving. The ocean always casts its spell on me, holding me in its net of wonder forever.

What do you like most about the resort?

My favourite things about the resort are the amazing house reef, talking to the guests, learning something new every day and the team.

What is a typical day for you like?

A typical day for me starts with putting a smile on my face to create a positive start, then I attend all meetings prepared and on time. During the day, I am sure to respect my teammates, to listen to others with an open mind, to motivate each other and to trust the team in the attainment of success.

What has your job taught you?

Through my job, I have learned how to deal with challenging situations, how to be patient, the ability to multitask, how to keep a positive attitude and how to go the extra mile for guests.

Meet The Vilamendhoo Team: Ahmed Hameel, Reservations Agent

In the latest instalment of Meet the Vilamendhoo Team, we get to meet Ahmed Hameel, Reservations Agent, and get a glimpse into his world.

What do you like most about your job?

It is difficult to mention just one specific thing. Getting to interact with people from all over the world. Having the opportunity to share the beauty of Maldives, and Vilamendhoo in particular. Helping people check items off their bucket lists and fulfilling life long dreams. These are all things I love about my job.

What are your hobbies?

I have dozens of different hobbies that I shuffle around every now and then. Playing football, basketball, billiards, video games and watching movies would be my top five.


What do you like most about the resort?

To most people the answer to this question would probably be the house reef or the sunset. Yes indeed, the overwhelming natural beauty of Vilamendhoo is truly magnificent. But to me, it is the people that I work with in Vilamendhoo that really sets this place apart. It is truly a privilege to be part of this team.

 What does it take to be a good Reservations Agent?

Being a Reservations Agent is about more than just entering bookings into a system. To have good knowledge about the “product” and being an excellent communicator are the fundamentals. But in my opinion, to be a good Reservations Agent, you need to be able to think outside the box, be open to new ideas and be willing to burn the candle at both ends when needed.

“Without knowledge action is useless and knowledge without action is futile.” Abu Bakr As-Siddiq (RA)

What’s a typical day like for you at work?

No two days are the same! We change lives, one smile at a time!

Special Offers for Your Vacation at Vilamendhoo

There is no better time than the present to book your next vacation to Vilamendhoo Island Resort & Spa. Located in the South Ari Atoll, with a magnificent house reef encircling the island, Vilamendhoo offers endless possibilities for adventure for the whole family. With separate family-friendly and adult-only areas, everyone can have the vacation they envisioned. The best part is that Vilamendhoo is a great place to visit all year round, so whether you want to stay in Summer or later on in the year, a great time is guaranteed.

Currently, there are a variety of special offers you can take advantage of for great discounts on your dream vacation. With the 15% offer for Winter, you can enjoy discounts on stays between now and April 15, 2020, when booked between now and February 2020.

The perfect summer holiday that the whole family will love can be a challenge to find, but if you’re looking for a family-friendly resort, plenty of sun, soft sandy beaches, safe shallow lagoons and activities with plenty of opportunities for adventure Vilamendhoo offers all of this and more.

There are two great offers currently available and ideal for family stays at Vilamendhoo, and they end soon, so book now to avoid missing out.

20% Off Summer Early Bird Offer

 Book your stay on Full Board or All Inclusive Plus package and receive an exceptional 20% discount on all room categories.

Terms & Conditions

  • The 20% discount is valid only on new bookings made on all room categories.
  • Booking Validity: From January 1, 2020 until February 29, 2020
  • Travel Validity: For stays between the night of April 16, 2020, thru and including the night of September 30, 2020.

Kids Stay & Eat FREE

 Book your stay with us and your kids will stay and eat for free.

Terms & Conditions

  • Up to two children are eligible for this offer.
  • Children must be (age 2 – 14.99 years of age) to receive the complimentary stay.
  • Booking Validity: From now until March 31, 2020
  • Travel Validity: For stays between the night of April 16, 2020, thru and including the night of September 30, 2020.
  • This offer is valid only on new bookings made on Garden Room and Beach Villa.
  • Child(ren) receive the same meal plan as confirmed for parents.
  • Child(ren) must share same room as parents. If only one parent, then parent pays single rate.

Imagine the fun you will have snorkelling, trying diving, splashing in the pool or lagoon, sampling the extensive buffet, wiping ice cream from happy faces and escaping for a well-deserved child-free dinner while taking advantage of the babysitting service! Vilamendhoo is the perfect destination for an adventurous summer for the whole family – memories just waiting to be made.

Our Special Offers page is regularly updated, so be sure to check back for the latest deals and follow us on social media for updates.

Tips for your Maldives Scuba Diving Adventure

It’s hard to imagine a more perfect destination for scuba diving than the coral reefs of the Maldives. An astounding variety of dive sites, reefs full of colourful fish and incredible bucket list sightings of whale sharks and manta rays await all those who embark upon a scuba diving adventure at Vilamendhoo Island Resort & Spa in the South Ari Atoll of the Maldives.

Whether you’re already qualified to dive or are thinking about trying diving for the first time, here are 10 tips to get the most out of your diving adventure:

  1. Check with medical before you go – some pre-exisiting medical conditions will require a doctor to certify you as ‘fit to dive’ and this is much easier to organise at home.
  2. Rent your dive equipment when you arrive – no need to travel with lots of luggage, and remember the water is balmy so there’s no need to pack a long wetsuit either. If you want to take your own mask – get it properly fitted at a dive shop – there’s nothing that will spoil your dives more than an ill-fitting mask.
  3. Ensure you have the correct amount of weight – it’s very common for divers to have too many kilos on their weight belt – this causes poor positioning in the water, damaging corals and you’ll also use your air more quickly and so have a shorter dive – ask for a buoyancy check.
  4. If you haven’t dived for a while do a refresher – it’s a simple quick session with an instructor so you can ensure you are comfortable in the water and with the equipment before heading out on the boats to explore the reefs.
  5. Beginners – relax, you will be in very safe hands – the team at Euro-Divers are very patient and professional, the groups are very small and you’ll have the adventure of your life. Choose from full PADI Open Water Diver course or PADI Discover Scuba Diving program that requires no study – just fun!
  6. As well as looking at the life on the reef, remember to take a look into the blue water every so often – you might get lucky and spot some of the bigger pelagic creatures such as sharks, rays and tuna, cruising by.
  7. Don’t touch the coral or other marine life – not only will you harm it but it can also harm you if touched.
  8. Sharks in the Maldives are an encounter not to be missed – they’re not dangerous, it will be an encounter you’ll rememeber for many years to come.
  9. Those already qualified could think about furthering their skills with the Advanced Open Water course to learn a variety of new skills or complete the Rescue Diver Course to enhance your own confidence and be able to assist divers needing help.
  10. The PADI eLearning sysyem is available for all popular courses and means you don’t have to spend your precious holiday time in a classroom – learn at home, at your own pace.

Embrace the adventure while scuba diving at Vilamendhoo! Learn more about our dive centre here


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