Amari Havodda Maldives
Five-star private island retreat in Huvadhoo with a homely atmosphere and adventurous scuba diving
- Enjoy a luxurious yet homely atmosphere in secluded Huvadhoo Atoll
- Well-equipped dive centre run by the respected Euro Divers
- Join a full-day scuba diving adventure in search of schooling reef sharks
- Stay active with an onsite fitness centre, sports courts, and more
Blanketed in tropical greenery and fringed by white sand beaches and turquoise waters, the untouched island sanctuary known as Amari Havodda provides the perfect setting to disconnect and recharge on your own terms. The resort is an enchanting playground of experiences, allowing guests to spend their time in any way they wish - be it through rest and recuperation, or more energetic recreation. Lose yourself in a good book, soak in the glorious swimming pool, head for a pampering at the Sea Breeze spa, or crank things up a gear at the onsite gym and sports facilities. And, for the ultimate action-packed experience, scuba dive in search of schooling reef sharks in Huvadhoo’s current-swept channels.
About Amari Havodda Maldives
The five-star resort of Amari is situated on a secluded private island known as Havodda in the southern atoll of Huvadhoo. Lying some 400-kilometres south of Male, Amari Havodda is accessed via an hour-long domestic flight to Kaadedhdhoo, followed by a swift 10-minute speedboat transfer to the resort. The resort’s remote location guarantees a wonderful sense of seclusion, surrounded on all sides by one of the biggest lagoons in the Maldives, while also providing quick and easy access to some of the atoll’s best dive sites - known for chance encounters with up to 13 different species of shark.
Every space throughout this resort has been thoughtfully-designed to deliver a comforting home-away-from-home experience. Providing ample space to live, work and play, all of Amari’s 120 villas feature contemporary clean lines and style that showcases modern Maldivian architecture. Expect soaring palm-thatched roofs and natural timber flooring, along with refreshingly bright colour palettes and sophisticated technology. Guests are also invited to make the most of Amari’s many convenient onsite facilities, including an impressive selection of leisure and sporting activities, including scuba diving, as well as unique dining experiences.
Explore the resort
Amari’s all-day dining restaurant, Amaya Food Gallery, is an indoor hawker-stall-style experience offering a selection of Asian and International cuisine created at live cooking stations. Influenced by a unique Japanese concept, Ember Grill presents a different take on grilled seafood and prime cuts, while Pizza Kaage serves Mediterranean meals on an elevated deck by the swimming pool. Thari Bar is the resort’s main bar area, shaking things up with delicious cocktails, juices, and other refreshing drinks, but most evenings kick-off with a stop at the pop-up Iru Bar, which opens for just a couple of hours every day for spectacular sunset views.
This resort’s FIT Centre is a holistic space that takes care of your physical fitness, offering a fully-equipped gym with the latest cardio machines and a selection of free weights. Guests can also play various sports, including tennis, on the floodlit, all-weather multi-purpose court, while the watersports centre offers everything from jet ski excursions to waterskiing, stand-up paddleboarding, windsurfing, and banana boat rides. Looking to take things slow? Wrap yourself in a good book at the 24-hour Library, soak in the outdoor swimming pool, or head to the Sea Breeze Spa where qualified therapists use aromatherapy, herbal teas, music, colours, and a mood analysis consultation on arrival to personalise your treatments.
Diving from Amari
Amari’s fully equipped PADI 5-Star dive centre is run by the well-established Euro Divers, ensuring a safe and professional experience while exploring the underwater world of Huvadhoo Atoll. The guides at Euro Divers can speak multiple languages to ensure streamlined service, and multiple dive boats are on hand to transport guests around the atoll, visiting up to 25 different dive sites. Full equipment rental is available from the dive centre, including underwater cameras, and nitrox 32% is also provided to certified guests for an additional charge. Guests looking to take their underwater adventure to the next level can choose from a full catalogue of PADI courses or opt for a unique experience such as fluorescent night diving.
The resort’s house reef is open throughout the day and night, and the dive centre provides the infrastructure for independent diving by experienced buddy teams. Two-tank and full-day excursions are also available to some of Huvadhoo’s more distant dive sites, as well as afternoon, sunset dives, and night dives. Euro Divers even offer full-day shark adventures, where you’ll dive sites such as Kooddoo Kandu and Villingili Kandu in search of schooling reef sharks.
- Amari’s FIT Centre is open from 6am-10pm, and is limited to one hour per guest, with advanced booking required.
- The kids’ club is decorated with explosions of colour and offers a range of activities including books to read, role plays to act out, games to play, and videos to watch.
Diving in Huvadhoo Atoll
Whale sharkJanuary - April
Healthy coralsYear round
Schooling reef fishYear round
Number of rooms
Official dive center rating
Bubblemaker, Discover Scuba Diving, Scuba Diver, Open Water, Advanced Open Water, Rescue, Divemaster, Specialities