Whale Shark Excursion

Vilamendhoo offers a trove of ocean adventures, while it is one of the top resorts for diving in the Maldives, it is also one of the best places in the world to discover and snorkel with whale sharks. Vilamendhoo’s Whale Shark Excursion gives you the chance to swim with and even photograph these majestic creatures.

Whale sharks are the largest fish in the world and can reach up to 12 metres in length and 20 tons in weight. They are filter feeding, pelagic fish that can dive deeper than 1,000 metres and mainly feed on plankton.

They tend to favour the western side of the Indian Ocean archipelago from May to December and then move to the eastern waters during January to April. Although not guaranteed, they can be seen around the South Ari Atoll all year round.

This excursion is for swimmers only. Snorkelling equipment is available for rent from Vilamendoo’s Euro-Divers Dive Centre and purchase from our Gift Shop.

The Whale Shark Excursion is scheduled every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday from 09:00 – 13:00.

Price: AIP US$85 / FB US$95 per person, with a minimum of 10 persons required and a maximum of 15 persons per trip.

Minimum age is 12, all children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent.



The following five excursions will not be available from March 14, 2020 until further notice. Please reach out to the excursion team for alternative excursions or contact receptions by dialing 0 for assistance.

1.       Ocean Discovery
2.       Vila Snorkeling
3.       Family Adventure
4.       Whale Shark
5.       Manta & Turtles

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