Dive South Ari from this affordable local island resort with all the perks of a private island
- Secluded location on a laid-back local island in South Ari
- Enrich your holiday with local island experiences
- Enjoy diving and watersports run by an experienced operator
- Close to Madivaru - one of South Ari’s top manta rays dive sites
Fiyavalhu Maldives takes the classic Maldivian experience and reinvents it, combining the luxury and privacy of a private island resort with the charm and authenticity of a local island adventure. Hidden behind a curtain of lush tropical foliage, Fiyavalhu features all the facilities you would expect from a Maldivian getaway, from a range of fitness equipment and games to fanciful gourmet dining and exciting watersports. But, beyond the trees, lies a traditional local village just waiting to be explored. Plus, this resort’s fantastic location puts you within easy reach of South Ari’s most iconic underwater experiences, including coral covered wrecks, and close encounters with whale sharks and manta rays.
About Fiyavalhu Maldives
Fiyavalhu Maldives is located on the local island of Mandhoo in South Ari Atoll, accessible by a scenic 25-minute seaplane flight, or a domestic flight and speed boat transfer. This resort is nestled on the southwest tip of the island, with direct access to the lagoon and spectacular ocean vistas. Although inhabited, Mandhoo remains incredibly peaceful, with the dense tropical vegetation that surrounds the resort providing seclusion from the nearby village. Fiyavalhu’s design and ambience take into consideration the sublime natural surroundings and simple Maldivian lifestyle, creating a relaxed and humble luxury resort experience combined with comfort and conviviality.
With a total of 44 individual villas, guests can choose between six different accommodation categories, ensuring visitors of all budgets and travel styles will find one they love. Beyond your villa, Fiyavalhu features all the facilities you could ask for from a luxurious Maldivian getaway combined with enriching experiences such as joining locals in their homes for tea and snacks - a memory you’ll cherish for years to come. The resort is also well-placed to explore South Ari’s famous reefs, with one of the atoll’s best manta ray dive sites located just across the channel and easy boat rides to more distant locations. And, with the highly experienced Dive and Sail team at the helm for your in-water activities, you know you’re in safe hands.
Explore the resort
Positioned at the centre of the property with ocean views, Koveli serves simple and authentic cuisine from the Maldives as well as a wide range of International dishes. Surrounded by coconut palms and lush green vegetation, this restaurant is serenaded by the sounds of local birds. The beachfront Riya Cafe is laid-back and convenient, serving fresh coconuts and other non-alcoholic drinks, snacks or special bites beside the sea and the pool. At Mandhoo Grill, guests can savour freshly-grilled local seafood and steaks and locally grown vegetables.
When it comes to activities, Fiyavalhu offers a 25-metre infinity pool, with a shallow area for children, and active guests can also stay fit thanks to a gym featuring treadmills, cardio machines, weights, and more. Located near Riya Cafe, the games room offers table tennis, billiards, table football, air hockey, carrom, chess, and card games, with badminton and volleyball courts also found outside. A wide range of watersports can be enjoyed directly from the beach such as canoeing, windsurfing, stand-up paddleboarding, parasailing, wakeboarding, jet skiing, knee boarding, water skiing, and fun tubing.
Diving from Fiyavalhu Maldives
Diving and watersports services at Fiyavalhu are run by Dive and Sail, a professional dive operator with more than 20 years of experience within the country. Full equipment rental is available including computers, underwater cameras, and torches, and reputable brands such as Aqualung, Suunto, and Sea Quest are used. A variety of excursions are offered, including single-tank, two-tank, dusk and night dives, providing plenty of flexibility for guests. Dive and Sail also offers a full range of PADI courses, from beginner to divemaster, including a variety of specialities.
Fiyavalhu Maldives features its own house reef just offshore, which is perfect for snorkelling adventures. Half day snorkelling tours and whale shark expeditions can also be organised, incorporating some of South Ari’s iconic dive hotspots. Located on the western coast of South Ari Atoll, this resort is just a stone’s throw away from the renowned Madivaru dive site - also known as Manta Point.
- The scenic seaplane journey from Male to Fiyavalhu is unlike any other. Have your camera handy as you fly above the breathtaking views of the Maldives.
- Fiyavalhu gives guests the option to join local families for tea or snacks, trying homemade delicacies in a traditional setting.
- Guests who complete eight dives with Dive and Sail can get the nitrox speciality course free of charge, only paying for the certification costs.
- Fiyavalhu Maldives is set on a local inhabited island where alcohol is prohibited and tourists are required to dress modestly unless on a designated ‘bikini beach’.
Diving in South Ari Atoll
Whale sharkYear round
Healthy coralsYear round
Plentiful reef lifeYear round
Manta RaysYear round
Giant frogfishYear round
Number of rooms
Official dive center rating
Bubblemaker, Open Water, Advanced Open Water, Rescue, Divemaster, Specialities