- Explore the famous Rannamaari shipwreck on the house reef
- Dive the Maldives’ world-famous healthy reefs and exhilarating manta ray sites
- Learn about marine conservation at the resort’s unique marine centre
- Experience a world-class spa and dive getaway with a leading brand of luxury resorts
The all-inclusive Dhawa Ihuru in North Male Atoll offers a luxury island experience perfect for eco-conscious couples and families. Guests can relax in pool villas, just steps from the beach and turquoise lagoon that surrounds this stunning private island. Or indulge themselves with delicious international and local cuisine, explore gorgeous reefs or simply unwind in the award-winning spa. Adventurous guests are assured a memorable experience at this PADI 5-Star dive resort, and with a shipwreck on the house reef, divers need look no further!
About Dhawa Ihuru
Dhawa Ihuru is set on a picture-perfect private island in North Male Atoll, surrounded by white sand palm-fringed beaches and a brilliant blue lagoon. Managed by a leading brand of luxury resorts - Banyan Tree - guests are assured a first-class holiday every step of the way. Friendly staff who treat guests like family welcome you to enjoy a luxury getaway and experience authentic Maldivian hospitality. With a sumptuous restaurant and bar, a blissful spa and an exciting menu of activities and excursions, this luxury eco-friendly resort provides a five star holiday perfect for couples and families alike.
Underwater explorers are assured a superb dive service in the PADI 5-Star dive centre with the highly experienced staff ready to show you the Maldives’ prolific reefs, and shark and manta ray sites. Plus, just steps away from your beautiful thatched beachfront villa is the stunning house reef - home to healthy corals, turtles, and reef sharks. If that’s not enough, Dhawa has an amazing marine conservation centre, and is one of the few resorts in the Maldives to boast a shipwreck on its house reef - the famous Rannamaari wreck!
Modern thatched-roof villas with bright interiors, huge open-air bathrooms and private gardens are just steps away from the turquoise lagoon. Nearby, the Riveli Restaurant offers breathtaking ocean views with exquisite Asian, Mediterranean and local dishes, both buffet-style and a la carte, while the waterfront Velaavani serves refreshing alcoholic drinks. Guests can also visit Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru to dine at Ilaafathi Restaurant or Sangu Garden Restaurant. You can also enjoy a private dinner on a sandbank, a cosy BBQ, or an amazing two-island-five-venues dining experience.
Trained therapists provide a range of authentic and impactful therapies and practice in the 8lements Spa. There are seven treatment rooms, couples treatment areas and a salon shop. Helpful resort staff can also organise island hopping and guided snorkeling, and there’s also a water sports center where all non-motorized sports equipment rental is free. Activities include kayaking, sailing, windsurfing, fun tubing, and wakeboarding. Plus, kids are well catered for with fun activities ranging from dolphin cruising to banana boat rides. There’s also an exciting marine life conservation programme offered in the resort’s unique marine centre.
Diving at Dhawa Ihuru
Dhawa Ihuru’s fantastic beachfront PADI 5-Star dive center offers PADI dive courses from entry-level upwards with highly experienced, multilingual instructors. Top-quality rental equipment is available, and certified divers can opt for nitrox. Kids aged ten and above can also join in on the underwater action with childrens’ diving programs and PADI courses. Two-tank boat dives are offered daily and house reef diving and night dives are also available. Divers can opt for a private dive guide at an additional fee.
The spacious and shaded dive boat provides quick and easy access to North Male’s world-famous dive sites. Also, the resort’s house reef is a fantastic spot to encounter colorful fish, nurse and reef sharks, stingrays and turtles. But what sets it apart from the rest is the easily accessible wreck that lies just off the beach. The resort also has a unique marine centre based on both Vabbinfaru and Ihuru Islands. Here, you can join the marine biologists and learn all about marine life conservation activities like turtle care, seabirds and coral communities, and take part in research. Kids are also invited to join the unique and enriching Marine Life Conservation Programme.
Conservation at Dhawa Ihuru
As part of the Banyan Tree family, sustainability, environmental conservation and local development are at the heart of Dhawa Ihuru resort. For its efforts, this leading brand of luxury eco-resorts has won various eco-awards and is paving the way for eco-tourism in the industry. The resort and its passionate staff implement reduction, refusing, recycling, reusing and removal of waste. Rainwater harvesting plants on the property, and refusing single use plastics are just two of their multiple environmentally-conscious initiatives.
The resort also engages in mangrove and seagrass conservation, and organises tree-planting events across the Maldives with a target of 2,000 trees per year. Also, they support the Maldivian community through job creation, education, artisanal cooperatives, community impact initiatives, humanitarian relief and connecting travellers to local culture and heritage.
The resort also aims to maintain the island’s pristine condition, conducting four island clean-ups per year and raising awareness about effective waste management to engage locals, councils and schools. There’s also an interactive marine lab, where guests can learn about green sea turtles, sharks, and coral conservation, and get involved in coral planting, reef cleaning and turtle care. With its efforts, the staff and marine biologists highlight the challenges that the Maldives’ underwater world faces, and pioneer marine conservation and research.
- There’s a boat service every two hours to sister island Banyan Tree. Points of interest include the turtle sanctuary, afternoon stingray feedings, a superb bar, and restaurant.
- Join in on the Bodu Beru - a Maldivian drum, dance and music session every Sunday. Plus, enjoy several themed weekly dining events, including a sumptuous BBQ.
- Visit the Marine Centre and enrol your kids in the Marine Life Conservation Programme - a unique educational experience to inspire the next generation of marine biologists.
- Take an advanced open water certification before you dive the epic current-swept manta ray channels, which are best enjoyed by divers with experience.
Diving in North Malé Atoll
Manta RaysYear round
Eagle rayYear round
Schooling reef fishYear round
Soft coralsYear round
Number of rooms
Official dive center rating
PADI 5-star resort
Discover Scuba Diving, Open Water, Advanced Open Water, Rescue, Dive Master