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- Enjoy true peace and tranquility in Velifushi’s fabulous over-water spa
- Indoor games room, sports facilities and fantastic excursions
- Explore world-class dive sites including spectacular channels and walls
Located in Vaavu Atoll, just an hour from Male, Cinnamon Velifushi is a small private island resort dominated by wide sandy beaches. Within easy reach of Vaavu’s best dives, and offering full-day trips to explore little known sites – as well as a whole host of other activities – Cinnamon Velifushi is the perfect choice for guests after an exclusive island getaway.
About Cinnamon Velifushi
Cinnamon Velifushi is a stunning tropical island resort located in Vaavu Atoll, surrounded by beautiful wide sandy beaches. Vaavu is the least populated atoll in the Maldives and lies just an hours speedboat ride from Male, making it a fantastic choice for a convenient paradise island escape. The resort is well-equipped to offer both divers and non-divers the trip of a lifetime with a wide range of first-rate activities including an in-house spa, sports facilities, big-game fishing, dolphin watching, snorkelling, and enriching excursions.
Cinnamon’s dive centre is run by Dive and Sail, and benefits from their many years of experience providing exceptional dive trips within the Maldives. The island of Velifushi is well-placed for all of the atoll’s best dive sites and offers easy access to Vaavu’s renowned channel dive sites for exciting full-day trips. An impressive range of watersports are also offered by the dive centre including windsurfing, kayaking, water skiing, wakeboarding, and parasailing.
Explore the resort
Cinnamon Velifushi boasts an array of bars and restaurants which are perfectly designed and well-equipped to cater to any occasion. The main restaurant, Vah, serves a variety of local and international cuisine in an al-fresco setting while the Vah Lounge, located above, offers a relaxed atmosphere and great music. Open for lunch and dinner only, the Marlin restaurant serves light snacks alongside its signature seafood menu. For those who like to party until the early hours, Hama Rhythmic Bar provides good music, fun cocktails, and a great atmosphere, while Velifushi’s beach bar, Iru, is the perfect place to relax with a drink or a signature gelato.
Mandara Spa at Velifushi is located in a beautiful over-water villa with a dramatic ocean backdrop, offering intimate and luxurious treatments with high levels of personal service. The resort’s arching swimming pool takes pride of place on one side of the resort, surrounded by a wide sandy beach and plenty of sun loungers, creating the perfect place to soak up the sun. Guests also have access to the gym and fitness centre, as well as sports such as volleyball, tennis, futsal, and water sports. Indoor games include table tennis, billiards, and table-football, while the more adventurous can take part in a long list of excursions.
Diving from Cinnamon Velifushi
Run by Dive and Sail, Velifushi’s dive centre offers a variety of daily dive excursions such as 1 or 2-tank dive trips, full-day trips to more distant sites, and night dives. Full rental equipment is available including dive computers and torches, and half or full-day camera rental can also be arranged. Guests can take part in a range of PADI courses, from beginner to divemaster, including a variety of specialities. The dive centre also offers an array of other watersports such as windsurfing, sailing, fishing, kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, water skiing, wakeboarding, and parasailing.
- Sample the resort's signature gelato at the Iru beach bar, where you can pick from a long list of indulgent flavours.
- Jump on a snorkelling tour to some of the best local spots – you might even find yourself sharing the water with some friendly sharks!
Diving in Vaavu Atoll
Schooling reef fish
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Scuba Diver, Open Water Diver, Advanced, Speciality courses, Nitrox, Rescue, Divemaster