A classic, luxury Maldives resort perfectly placed to to explore Baa Atoll Biosphere Reserve
- Visit the legendary Hanifaru Bay and snorkel with hundreds of manta rays
- Incredible diving and expert-led excursions with the resident marine biologist
- Combine amazing diving with wellness in the serene spa and fitness centre
- A superb watersports centre offering a wide range activities
The luxury private island resort of Finolhu enjoys a superb location in the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve of Baa Atoll, where massive manta congregations are never far away. Here, guests can indulge in a classic family-friendly Maldives holiday with incredible watersports and excursions and amazing diving on their doorstep. When you’re not exploring the rich marine world with the resident marine biologist, you’ll unwind in the serene spa, indulge in global flavours, or perhaps do nothing at all in your luxury private villa.
Opened in 2016, Finolhu is a luxury private island resort in the world-famous UNESCO Biosphere Reserve of Baa Atoll - home to the massive manta ray congregations at Hanifaru Bay. This unpretentious luxury retreat offers a refreshing approach to five-star Maldivian hospitality, bringing a unique mix of vibrant fun, superb leisure facilities and world-class entertainment. And, with a blissful spa combined with a fully-equipped fitness centre, your wellness regime will be complete throughout your stay.
Finolhu means “sandbank” in the local language, which is exactly where you’ll spend your days under the tropical sun. Stretching across four islands with long white beaches lined with tropical palms, this family-friendly resort offers everything guests need to enjoy a classic Maldives holiday in a laid-back, feet-in-the-sand atmosphere. With private beach and overwater villas, four exquisite restaurants oozing global flavours, incredible watersports and excursions and unbelievable diving, the colourful paradise of Finolhu is as varied as the coral landscape.
Finolhu’s luxurious beach and overwater villas with private pool options are all beautifully decorated, and come with air-conditioning and the utmost privacy. Guests can also enjoy a romantic night under the stars in Finholhu’s beach bubble. The pool is set right by the beach, offering a serene relaxation spot for sunbathers. And, from fine dining and exquisite buffet spreads, to laid-back beach grills, there’s something for every mood in the four beachside restaurants with their diverse global flavours.
The watersports centre offers snorkeling trips, local island visits and amazing excursions with the resident marine biologist. There’s also kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, windsurfing and sailing, and guests can even experience flying high on an X-Jet Blade! To top it off, all equipment for non-motorised water sports activities are complimentary. While your little ones are kept busy with fun, educational activities in the Oceaneers kids’ club, surrender yourself to the sublime spa, where holistic programmes and treatments bring relaxation in a stunning oceanfront setting. Plus, those seeking a wellness regime will appreciate the indoor and outdoor gyms, tennis courts, yoga pavilion, and the team of personal trainers.
Diving from Finolhu
The Oceanic Center is a superb PADI 5-Star Dive Centre run by a multilingual team, including a resident marine biologist. A full range of PADI courses and specialties are available with a team who pride themselves on quality training, five-star service and a genuine respect for the marine world. Children are also invited to explore the atoll’s rich marine ecosystem with the PADI bubblemaker experience. Divers can rent full sets of gear, and nitrox is also available. You can opt for single-tank, two-tank or triple-tank dive trips, and choose from a number of convenient packages - perfect for those who dive a lot!
The team offers daily trips from luxury dive dhonis to explore Baa Atoll’s stunning sites - favourites include Rangali Caves, Muthafushi Thila, Olhugiri Island, Finolhu Island itself and their very own house reef. Plus, you can also visit Hanifaru Bay in search of mantas. Diving isn’t allowed in the protected area, but snorkelling is, and the reef’s outskirts are a regular meeting point for massive mantas. Other highlights of this UNESCO Biosphere include huge schools of fish, turtles, and reef sharks.
Conservation at Finolhu
Finolhu strives to be self-sufficient and eco-conscious, focusing on responsible business while respecting the environment. Together with the resort’s marine biologist and the Parley for the Oceans organisation, staff have developed numerous strategies for the preservation of the island’s ecosystem, and the protection of the sea.
Being plastic-free is a core value - the resort does not buy or use plastic straws or plastic bottles, and encourages guests not to bring any with them. If guests do bring plastics, they are kindly asked to take them with them again on departure in order to reduce waste. Finolhu also has an osmosis plant to convert seawater into drinking water, which is then bottled in glass bottles for guests to use.
- For the ultimate James Bond adventure, head to the watersports centre to experience the thrill of a jet blade - a water-propelled jet pack that takes you several feet above the sea’s surface!
- Take a one-hour guided jet ski tour, and keep an eye out for the resident pod of spinner and bottlenose dolphins!
- For the best chances of seeing hundreds of manta rays all at once, visit Hanifaru Bay during the rainy season between June and October.
- Guests have the unique opportunity to enjoy educational, expert-led excursions with Finolhu’s resident marine biologist - just head to the dive centre and ask!
Diving in Baa Atoll
Schooling reef fish
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PADI 5-star dive centre
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