South Ari Atoll, official known as Alifu Dhaalu Atoll, makes up part of the larger Ari Atoll in the Maldives. Known for its pristine islands, many of which are undeveloped and home only to luxurious resorts, this part of the Maldives has become a haven for scuba divers, snorkellers, nature lovers, honeymooners and leisure-seekers in search of the chance to experience the ultimate island paradise.

Join us as we take a virtual tour of the South Ari Atoll to see what this part of the Maldives has to offer its visitors.

Discovering the South Ari Atoll

Some of the top highlights to enjoy within the South Ari Atoll include the following:


South Ari is home to a small number of inhabited islands and a far larger number of uninhabited islands. It is the unspoilt, undeveloped islands that house some of the Maldives’ most spectacular resorts. One of the best-known islands in this category is Vilamendhoo. Surrounded by a lagoon along with long stretches of white sandy beach, this island is 900 meters long by 250 meters wide, spanning 55 acres of tropical paradise.


Of all the resorts found on this atoll, Vilamendhoo Island Resort & Spa is without a doubt one of the most breathtaking destinations for romance, relaxation and leisure. This 4-star resort is the only resort on the island of Vilamendhoo, allowing you to feel far away from everything. That does not mean that you will have to rough it, however. The resort offers a wide range of facilities, from a house reef to luxurious accommodation, excellent dining options, and an excellent spa.


South Ari offers some of the best scuba diving in the world. Whale sharks can be seen here all year round, while turtles, tropical fish and many other marine species can be seen. Whether you venture beneath the waters to scuba dive or you snorkel in the lagoon, these warm waters are teeming with underwater wonders. Dive courses can be organised at your resort.


On the island of Vilamendhoo, an abundance of bird species can be seen. On South Ari in general, in addition to taking in underwater sights, you can also enjoy lush forests, nature reserves and unspoilt nature hot-spots. You can easily explore the nearby North Ari Atoll, or try a boat cruise to take in other atolls within the Maldives.

Whenever you visit and whatever your travel needs may be, the South Ari Atoll offers the very best Maldives travel experience imaginable.

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