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South Male Atoll Holidays

South Male Atoll Holidays – Quiet, slow-paced with fantastic dive site

South Male Atoll is the smaller neighbour to busier more developed North Male Atoll which is the main hub for tourism in the Maldives and also home to the nation's only international airport. Resorts here tend to be quieter, simpler and slower-paced than some of their larger, longer-established counterparts in the north.

The diving here is fantastic with some of the best dive sites in the Maldives being found in these islands. Thanks to the relative simplicity of the resorts coupled with a scaling down in the range of facilities and attractions in comparison to some other regions, there are good value deals to be had here with all inclusive packages proving a very popular option. If you want a straightforward slice of paradise with not too much in the way of outside distractions, South Male Atoll, just a short hop from the international airport, could be your ideal destination.

Kandooma Island – Holiday Inn Resort Kandooma

Kandooma is a classic tropical paradise island in the very heart of the Maldives. Located in South Male Atoll, it’s around 35km from Male International airport, reached within 40 minutes on a speedboat. Kandooma Island takes its name from the kandoo tree which is found in abundance among the lush vegetation. The resort itself is friendly, easy-going and makes a popular economical all-round choice with those seeking plenty of space and facilities for sport.

By Maldivian standards, Kandooma is one of the more modest and straightforward resorts but the recently upgraded facilities offer very clean comfortable standard rooms, superior rooms and bungalows. The spacious restaurant hosts varied evening activities that may include live music, discos and local folklore shows. Facilities are available for tennis, football, table tennis and darts and there is an excellent large swimming pool. The island boasts excellent dive sites including the Kandooma Channel, Kandooma Caves and Kandooma Thila. There are also fantastic water sports facilities with water-skiing, canoeing, banana boats, windsurfing, catamaran sailing, sea fishing and jet skis all available.

Velassaru Island – Velassaru Maldives Resort

Velassaru Island sits in South Male Atoll, around 25 minutes speedboat ride from Male International Airport. Velassaru Maldives Resort (formerly Laguna Beach Resort), set in lush green gardens and surrounded by abundant coral reefs, provides a high standard of accommodation and facilities. Velassaru offers white, sandy beaches all around the island complemented by a large lagoon, which makes this the perfect place to enjoy the various water sports on offer. Diving and snorkelling as well as sailing and fishing are all available activities. Luxurious accommodation ranges across a variety of highly specified beach villas and water villas, all offering the highest levels of comfort. A professional PADI dive centre is supplemented by a fully equipped gym, tennis, spa and over-water yoga pavilion.

Olhuveli Island - Olhuveli Beach & Spa Resort

Olhuveli is a stunningly beautiful island in South Male Atoll, around 23 miles from Male International airport, reachable in just 45 minutes by speedboat. Olhuveli’s recently upgraded facilities combine modern comforts with efficient friendly service. A particular feature of Olhuveli is the island’s superb large shallow lagoon, ideal for swimming, snorkelling and water sports such as canoeing, windsurfing and catamaran sailing. Visitors will be accommodated in comfortable spacious well-equipped air-conditioned rooms, either beachfront bungalows with private decked balconies and beautiful sea views, or for a more sumptuous degree of luxury one of the water bungalows perched on stilts above the lagoon with private steps into the sea.

Occasional low-key entertainment may include dancing, live music and cultural shows. Olhuveli is a popular choice with divers who are attracted by the exceptional dive sites and shipwrecks in the area. The resort has a PADI dive school and a water sports centre offering instruction. Other feature facilities include a spa and sauna with Ayurvedic treatments, aromatherapy and massage, an excellent large swimming pool, a tennis court, billiards, internet cafe and library.

Fihalhohi Island - Fihalhohi Tourist Resort

Fihalhohi is a lush green tropical island in South Male Atoll, about 35km from Male International airport – just 60 minutes transfer by speedboat. The island itself is encircled by the powder soft, white sand beaches with the crystal clear Indian Ocean and the surrounding lagoon being the perfect temperature all year round for swimming, diving, and windsurfing. With many nearby uninhabited islands it is not hard to find a secluded spot on which to stretch out and relax. This beautiful resort boasts a selection of first class accommodation options including the much desired over-water bungalows that provide spectacular Indian Ocean views. With its stunning beaches and water sports facilities including a PADI scuba diving school and world class dining options this is a resort that provides all the amenities for that dream holiday.

Biyadhoo Island - Biyadhoo Island Resort

Biyadhoo is a small round island in the centre of South Male Atoll, 30km south of Male International airport, around an hour by speedboat. Biyadhoo is in one of the simpler Maldives island resorts and will appeal to those looking for a tranquil holiday in a location ideally situated to enjoy the straightforward natural pleasures the Maldives. Visitors will find plenty of trees and shade in 25 acres of well-maintained but pleasantly natural gardens, with clear paths running between banyan and palm trees, colourful flowers and shrubs. Accommodation is in simply furnished air-conditioned rooms with patios or balconies facing the sea. Biyadhoo has an excellent PADI dive centre with trained multilingual staff. The house reef here is between 50 and 300 yards from the beach and provides superb snorkelling. There are also opportunities to partake in all kinds of water sports including windsurfing, water skiing, sailing and fishing. The resort also offers a unique Indian Ayurtheeram Herbal Health and Yoga Centre to relax and energise both mind and body.

Embudu Island - Embudu Village

Embudu is a beautiful island in South Male Atoll, just 20 km from Male International airport, a stunning hour’s trip by fast dhoni boat. Embudu is a narrow island just 300 metres long, with well-maintained tropical gardens, lush vegetation, palm trees and sandy paths. Embudu Village Resort is a popular choice due to the amazing proximity of the outstanding coral reef to the rooms and beach. Accommodation is a mix of simple nicely furnished standard rooms and more airy spacious and stylish water bungalows that feature glass floor panels for observing the fish and coral directly below. Embudu is renowned as an exceptional location for swimming and snorkelling with coral gardens and schools of fish very close to the shore. The resort is particularly popular with divers due to the proximity of the Protected Marine Area of Embudu Channel, the famous Vaadhoo Channel and the island’s excellent friendly PADI dive school. There are plenty of water sports facilities including a surf station, windsurfing, catamaran sailing and water skiing. Additional visitor amusements include spa massages and sports such as volleyball and badminton.

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