Scuba diving, snorkelling and year-round whale shark encounters from a family-friendly private island
- Year-round encounters with whale sharks and reef manta rays
- Family-friendly facilities including a kid's club, pool and play area, and special dining options
- Unique excursions include semi-submersible boat rides and romantic floating platform escapes
- Luxurious facilities include fine dining and drinking, and an award-winning day spa
Get up close and personal with South Ari Atoll's most impressive wildlife from this family-friendly island resort. Adventurous guests can make the most of their time with unlimited access to the house reef, PADI courses and guided diving. And, after a long day of fun in the sun, relax in the privacy of your well-appointed villa, in the award-winning spa, or with a delicious sundowner cocktail and a shisha by the pool. Plus, with an all-day kid's club, your whole group can relax, recharge, and play their days away.
About Lily Beach
This multi- award-winning private island resort is among South Ari's best. Guest rooms offer plenty of privacy and romance and can be connected for families and groups. Outside, you'll find shaded jungle paths and dazzling white sand to explore, plus coral gardens just metres from the shore. When you aren't out enjoying the watersports and land activities, treat yourself to luxurious dining and drinking, pampering spa sessions, and relaxed days by the pool. And, with separate areas for kids and adults, everybody in your group is sure to have the time of their life!
South Ari Atoll is a tropical paradise above and below water, and home to some of the Maldives’ very best scuba diving. Lily Beach is ideally situated to offer short boat rides to some of the best local sites, or you can keep your adventures close to home with diving and snorkelling on the island's house reef. If you want to try something completely different, opt for one of the resort's unique getaways including semi-submersible tours of the lagoon and romantic afternoons on private floating platforms.
Explore the resort
Lily Beach offers facilities for guests of all stripes, with touches of luxury and opportunities for adventure everywhere you look. The island's spacious and modern guest rooms are ideal for families, couples, and groups, with plenty of space to rest and relax. In addition to pristine beaches, jungle interior, and stunning house reef, this island also boasts outstanding sports facilities with everything from tennis, yoga, and Zumba, to semi-submersible tours and glass-bottomed canoes. Divers and snorkellers can embark on unlimited adventures exploring the island's protected lagoon and coral gardens.
You'll find plenty of opportunities for exceptional dining and drinking at the island's seven bars and restaurants, boasting everything from sumptuous buffet spreads to award-winning fine dining and romance at Les Turquoise D'Aqua. Take it easy with shisha and gourmet coffee poolside, or a sundowner cocktail over the water in the adults-only AQVA bar. Or, dedicate a day to indulging in luxurious treatments at the world-class Tamara Spa. Their massage and bodywork sessions and ayurvedic treatments are held in a tranquil over-water setting and include use of the sauna, steam room, and Jacuzzi. The island's Turtle Club offers all-day entertainment for children, with guided activities, kids-only pool and play zone, and fun dining options.
Diving from Lily Beach
Lily Beach's partner dive centre, Prodivers, is one of the Maldives' best-established chains of PADI 5-Star operators. Their highly professional international team offers a variety of diving courses and guided adventures on the island's expansive house reef, including DPV - underwater scooter tours. You'll have the chance to explore South Ari's famous channels, pinnacles, and cleaning stations, with over 50 sites accessible from the resort. And, you're guaranteed to have a great time in the water with plenty of hands-on service, well maintained rental equipment, and custom dive boats. Dedicated divers will find it easy to make the most of their time on the island with unlimited diving packages, free nitrox, and anytime access to the house reef.
South Ari is famous for near-guaranteed encounters with whale sharks, and the Prodivers’ staff will help you plan the perfect day out. Their diving and snorkelling trips explore the most reliable sites for spotting these gentle giants, changing destinations based on season and recent sightings. When you aren't out searching for megafauna, grab your dive buddy and head to the house reef. You're likely to spot sea turtles, clouds of colourful reef fish, and cool macro creatures.
Lily Beach's sustainable initiatives take a direct and straightforward approach to the issues that currently threaten South Ari Atoll and the Maldives overall. Small island-wide changes like serving only in-house glass bottled water and offering paper straws instead of single-use plastic are already making a visible impact on the resort's overall waste production. And, environmentally conscious decisions such as serving only local and sustainably sourced seafood are helping to protect the island for years to come.
If you'd rather take a more hands-on approach to conservation, you are welcome to join the Prodivers team in keeping the island trash-free. Regular dive site and beach cleanups are held, focusing on the resort's stunning house reef and surrounding white sands.
- Visit between December and March for the best chances of spotting a whale shark.
- Plan at least one dry day for enjoying the Tamara Spa's award-winning massages, bodywork, and over-water treatment rooms.
- Get active with this resort's daily yoga, Zumba, segway tours around the island, and sports galore!
- Keep your camera handy during your seaplane ride to the resort. You'll be flying low over some of the Maldives most impressive scenery.
Diving in South Ari Atoll
Plentiful reef life
Number of rooms
Official dive center rating
PADI 5-Star Resort
Discover Scuba Diving, Scuba Diver, Open Water Diver, Advanced Open Water, DPV - Dive Scooter