Home to the iconic Kuredo Maldives Resort & Spa, a large population of manta rays, excellent scuba diving and snorkelling spots and unspoilt tropical landscapes, Lhaviyani Atoll is one of the most sought-after Maldives destinations. This atoll lies around 145km north of the capital, Male, and the international airport. Like many atolls and islands in this tropical nation, Lhaviyani Atoll is accessed only by seaplane.
A Guide to Lhaviyani Atoll
The Maldives is home to over a thousand islands, which are scattered within atolls that form rings made up of islands and lagoons. Each atoll offers its own unique highlights, giving you the chance to experience a magical tropical holiday, wherever you choose to be based. In this guide, we take a virtual tour of Lhaviyani to see what it has to offer its visitors.
Some of the top reasons to fall in love with Lhaviyani Atoll include the following:
Like many of the Maldives atolls, Lhaviyani is remote and pristine, with little to no development. You will not find nightclubs, cities or overly developed hubs here. Instead, you will find a tranquil location that is ideal for honeymoons, romantic escapes and holidays. Many resorts are adult-only, catering to couples rather than families. This further ensures the peace of atolls such as Lhaviyani. If you are hoping to spend your days swimming, sunbathing, relaxing, scuba diving, snorkelling and exploring islands by boat, this is the place to plan your dream getaway.
Excellent scuba and snorkelling
Needless to say, both scuba diving and snorkelling are excellent here. This atoll is especially good for spotting giant manta ray. These gentle giants feed on plankton, returning to ‘cleaning stations’ (coral reefs that are favoured by rays, who stop to enjoy a cleansing body treatment from the small fish found at these stations) and heading to the surface now and then. Many of the rays here have been spotted for years in a row. Other things to see on dives and snorkelling trips include whale sharks, hard and soft coral, guitar sharks, skippers, whitetip reef sharks, triggerfish, butterflyfish, turtles and many other wonders.
By far, the top resort in this region is the renowned Kuredo Island Resort & Spa. Situated on the northern tip of the atoll, this 4-star resort offers a host of facilities, from a golf course to a dive centre, adult-only swimming pool area, restaurant, lagoon and beach. This resort is the only resort on the island of Kuredo, adding to its sense of luxury and exclusivity. Ideal for honeymoons and romantic escapes, this resort is sure to be the ideal base from which to explore the atoll.
With so much to offer, it is no wonder that Lhaviyani Atoll is considered one of the top destinations in the Maldives for leisure and romance.