Top 10 Dive Resorts In Maldives - Updated 2024

Melanie
Melanie 
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For many people, the Maldives is at the top of the list when it comes to tropical holidays. This is because of its clear turquoise waters, white sand, and coconuts lining the beaches. It offers many interesting things to do. What you may not know, however, is that it also boasts a magnificent diving experience. Besides letting you take a peek at brightly colored coral reefs, you can also swim with manta rays and even sharks. This is when you plunge into the depths of the ocean. Matching these gorgeous underwater views are fantastic resorts where you can catch your breath and take a rest after your diving trips. If you’re looking for a place to stay on the islands, check out these popular dive resorts in Maldives.

We handpicked these listings carefully, considering (wherever possible) recent guest reviews, location, accommodation type, prices, availability of dates, decor, and access to diving spots, equipment, and diver education. The image galleries get refreshed with the latest updates regularly. They were last updated on February 05, 2024.

1. Royal Island Resort at Baa Atoll Biosphere Reserve (from USD 377)

This luxury dive resort in the Maldives offering first-rate service is a 30-minute wheeled aircraft ride from Malé International Airport. It provides a mandatory transfer, and fees must be paid upon arrival. This tropical island offers a tranquil white sand beach and panoramic views of the Indian Ocean.

Additionally, a spa is available onsite, and Wi-Fi is free of charge. You can join dive expeditions and evening cruises. Try water skiing or kitesurfing if you’re looking for something a tad more adventurous. Tennis courts, a gym, and an outdoor pool round out the list of leisure facilities.

The wooden villas at Royal Island Resort have private patios with sitting areas and breathtaking views of the Indian Ocean. A TV and a private bathroom with a bathtub and shower are included in each room. The seaside Maakaana Restaurant offers a daily buffet, while Raabondhi Restaurant specializes in seafood cuisine. You can also enjoy drinks at the bar.

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Royal Island Resort at Baa Atoll Biosphere Reserve

Wifi Available

Address: Horubadhoo
118.18 km (73.5 mi) from Central Park (Hulhumalé)

Restaurant Room service Bar 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Tennis court Sauna Fitness centre Garden

2. Innahura Maldives Resort (from USD 235)

Diving is not the only activity that this resort offers. This luxury escape in the Maldives allows you to have fun doing other things, including but not limited to snorkeling, canoeing, windsurfing, and water sports. In addition, you can enjoy playing table tennis, tennis, and pool.

The resort has its spa and swimming pool too. Live music, evening performances, and DJing are played to keep guests entertained. If you appreciate your privacy, you’ll appreciate the fact that this venue comes with its private beach and that the staff, while friendly, respect their guests’ space.

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Innahura Maldives Resort

Wifi Available

Address: Innahuraa
126.68 km (78.8 mi) from Central Park (Hulhumalé)

Restaurant Bar Tennis court Fitness centre Garden Terrace Non-smoking rooms Airport shuttle

3. Paradise Island Resort & Spa (from USD 650)

You can’t get more exclusive than The Paradise Island Resort & Spa. Accessible via a speedboat ride from Malé International Airport, it offers a variety of activities, including diving, snorkeling, canoeing, windsurfing, fishing, and other water sports. If you like sports, you can take your pick from playing squash, tennis, table tennis, and billiards. If you want more relaxed entertainment, you can have a night of karaoke or enjoy the in-house entertainment. There are several restaurants in the resort, each of which offers something different, including Chinese, Japanese, and Indian cuisine.

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Villa Nautica Paradise Island Resort

Wifi Available Wheelchair accessible

Address: Lankanfinolhu
7.95 km (5.0 mi) from Central Park (Hulhumalé)

Restaurant Room service Meeting/banquet facilities Bar 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Tennis court Sauna Fitness centre

4. Bandos Maldives (from USD 301)

Bandos Maldives is another option if you prefer to enjoy your privacy. Located on a private island, this resort provides guests with fantastic views of the sea regardless of which room they get. Besides diving, you can also enjoy other activities on the resort, such as snorkeling, windsurfing, canoeing, badminton, tennis, table tennis, and billiards. You can also take your pick from the variety of beauty and massage treatments offered at the spa, enjoy a night of karaoke, or work out at the gym.

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Bandos Maldives

Wifi Available Wheelchair accessible

Address: Bandos Island
7.79 km (4.9 mi) from Central Park (Hulhumalé)

Restaurant Room service Meeting/banquet facilities Bar 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Tennis court Sauna Fitness centre

5. One&Only Reethi Rah (from USD 7398)

Located on the North Male Atoll, this resort practically oozes luxury. Depending on the villa that you get, you can either be surrounded by lush greenery or have fantastic views of the water. You can take your pick from the dining options here, which serve Japanese cuisine, Middle Eastern food, Mediterranean food, and other international cuisine. There are indoor and outdoor activities besides diving that you can try during your stay here. For your young ones, there are two beach clubs on site: one for teens and one for kids.

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One&Only Reethi Rah

Wifi Available Wheelchair accessible

Address: Reethi Rah, North Male Atoll
38.87 km (24.2 mi) from Central Park (Hulhumalé)

Restaurant Room service Meeting/banquet facilities Bar 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Tennis court Sauna Fitness centre

6. Coco Bodu Hithi (from USD 679)

If you’re in the Maldives to find inner peace, consider booking this resort. You can take yoga lessons or enjoy a spa treatment to help you de-stress. If you want something with a little more movement, you can try tai chi. If you want to pick up a new skill, you can sign up for a cooking class. If, however, you want to enjoy more activities, you can try out the physical activities offered here: besides diving, you can try snorkeling, canoeing, windsurfing, tennis, or table tennis. There’s an on-site playground for those who want to keep their kids entertained.

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Coco Bodu Hithi

Wifi Available

Address: North Male Atoll
29.39 km (18.3 mi) from Central Park (Hulhumalé)

Restaurant Room service Bar 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Tennis court Sauna Fitness centre Garden

7. Grand Park Kodhipparu, Maldives (from USD 820)

The fantastic location of this resort allows you to enjoy views of the aquatic wildlife, including dolphins, turtles, stingrays, and reef sharks, even from your own bedroom. However, you can see more of the hidden depths by arranging diving or snorkeling adventures with the resort. While checked in here, you can also explore other activities such as canoeing, fishing, windsurfing, table tennis, and billiards.

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Grand Park Kodhipparu Maldives - Child Stay & Eat Free Until 30 Nov 2024

Wifi Available

Address: Male City
18.41 km (11.5 mi) from Central Park (Hulhumalé)

Restaurant Room service Bar 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Fitness centre Terrace Non-smoking rooms Airport shuttle

8. Adaaran Prestige Water Villas (from USD 968)

Want to feel ultra-pampered while on holiday? If so, book at Adaaran Prestige Water Villas, where you will have the services of a private butler and chef services at your disposal. You can also dine in one of the five restaurants in the establishment and avail of spa services from this resort, or relax by immersing yourself in the hot tub. Diving and snorkeling in the area will reward you with sights of colorful fish, turtles, rays, dolphins, and sharks. Other activities you can enjoy include snorkeling, windsurfing, canoeing, fishing, badminton, tennis, and table tennis.

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Adaaran Prestige Water Villas - Premium All Inclusive

Wifi Available

Address: Meedhupparu Island
151.0 km (93.9 mi) from Central Park (Hulhumalé)

Restaurant Room service Bar 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Tennis court Fitness centre Garden Terrace

9. Kandima Maldives (from USD 339)

Kandima Maldives is a 5-star resort in the Maldives offering a scuba diving experience. It is situated on the biggest island in Dhaalu Atoll. Its fantastic location means you can enjoy a variety of water-based activities here, including but not limited to diving, snorkeling, windsurfing, and surfing. Other events and activities that you can have fun doing are aerobics, badminton, tennis, table tennis, cycling, darts, yoga, and karaoke. Other luxury amenities that you can enjoy during your stay here are spa services, swimming pools, a sauna, a fitness center, and a hot tub.

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Kandima Maldives

Wifi Available Wheelchair accessible

Address: Dhaalu Atoll Kandima Island
174.18 km (108.3 mi) from Central Park (Hulhumalé)

Restaurant Room service Meeting/banquet facilities Bar 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Tennis court Fitness centre Garden

10. Shangri-La's Villingili Resort and Spa, Maldives (from USD 616)

This resort should be seriously considered if rest and relaxation surrounded by nature is your priority. Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort and Spa, a resort which features a white sand beach, offers activities such as diving, snorkeling, windsurfing, canoeing, and fishing. Land-based activities such as cooking lessons, cycling, tennis, table tennis, golf, yoga, and aerobics are offered here as well. If you need an added boost to help you relax, there’s a spa where you can avail of a variety of treatments. You can enjoy these activities amidst the tropical greenery that nestles in the resort.

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Shangri-La's Villingili Resort and Spa, Maldives

Address: Villingili Island
545.5 km (339.0 mi) from Central Park (Hulhumalé)

Magnificent Maldives

The white-sand beaches and crystal-clear waters may be the selling point of Maldives, but these are far from the only things that the islands have to offer to travelers. Much like an iceberg, there’s more to the area than what appears on the surface, and exploring the depths will reveal a magnificent underwater world. Complete the once-in-a-lifetime experience by staying in an equally memorable resort.

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