Luxury private island resort in North Male, offering simple sophistication and relaxed scuba diving
- Gorgeous chic aesthetic and a relaxed toes-in-the-sand atmosphere
- Stay active with a wide array of activities and excursions on offer
- Explore more than 25-dive sites within easy reach of the resort
- 24-hour access to the house reef for certified buddy teams
Makunudu Island is an intimate tropical hideaway highlighting the tranquillity and natural beauty of the Maldives. Rediscover the luxury of simplicity, with nature as your host, as you enjoy this well-preserved piece of paradise. Explore lush tropical surroundings and secluded sandbanks which lie just a stone’s throw away, before following the call of the ocean to scuba diving deep into its wonders or fish sustainably from the moonlit deck of a traditional dhoni.
Situated in North Male Atoll, just a 50-minute speedboat ride from the International Airport, Makunudu Island sweeps discerning guests off their feet and into a warm and authentic Maldivian embrace. Stretching little more than 150-metres from edge to edge, and with just 36 bungalows scattered across the sand, this private island resort is an ideal hideaway for honeymooners, nature lovers, and divers alike. In fact, Makunudu is such a rare haven, so beautifully untouched, that it regularly retains a special place in the heart of its guests - even amongst those who have travelled the world.
Resort life is quiet, with swathes of lush tropical gardens where little paths lead to the hidden, private bungalows. Crafted in traditional Maldivian style using local woods, stones and a palette of earthy hues, this spacious resort blends rustic charm with modern comforts, to indulge your every need. But beyond the bungalows, and the palm-roofed, sand-floored social spaces, guests will find glistening beaches giving way to the crystal clear waters of a turquoise lagoon, encouraging you to slip off those shoes, and step into island time.
Explore the resort
Makunudu invited guests to indulge in a celebration of International cuisines with a variety of sumptuous buffets, table-served set menus, and sizzling spice-seasoned barbecues. The resort’s Ara Iru restaurant - meaning Rising Sun - serves up eclectic flavours to delight every palate, incorporating east and west, as well as the familiar and the exotic. Savour your meal set to the splendid sunsets in the modern Iru Fohey restaurant, or choose an intimate dining experience nestled amongst the canopy and overlooking the ocean. Quench your thirst in the beachside Miyaru Bar with refreshing drinks and a cool ocean breeze, or head to Sand Bar after dark for music and traditional dancing.
Adventure and relaxation abound in and on the clear Maldivian waters here, including windsurfing, canoeing, waterskiing, and night fishing on a traditional dhoni in the company of local fishermen. The stunning coral reefs and rich marine means snorkelling on the house reef is fantastic, and tours can also be arranged to snorkel alongside nurse sharks or manta rays. Land-based activities include volleyball, badminton and table tennis. And, after a long day of adventure, surrender to the sensation of complete relaxation at the resort’s Aavun Spa, where therapists combine the best of Maldivian, Asian and European wellness techniques and traditions, disturbed by nothing but the soft sounds of nature.
Diving from Makunudu
Makunudu Island is ideal for relaxed divers and people looking to learn, offering an accessible house reef and more than 25 wonderful dive sites around the island - including Manta Point, a Shark Point and the famous Blue Canyon. Operated by Dive Ocean, the dive centre is located beside the jetty, right on the beach - with direct entry to the slowly sloping lagoon and protected house reef. Built around a tree, this dive centre boasts plenty of cheerful character, creating the perfect spot to chat about diving, watch underwater documentaries, browse fish books, or simply enjoy a coffee or cocktail.
Operating since 2001, Dive Ocean is a growing star in the Maldives, delivering a personal and passionate service throughout your stay. Each diver will receive their own dedicated gear storage and set-up space, and staff will carry equipment to and from the boat for maximum convenience. Regularly-maintained equipment is available to rent, including torches and computers, and night diving can also be arranged. The dive boats leave twice daily, and sites are selected one day before to offer you the best diving conditions. Longer, two-tank excursions are also available and qualified buddy teams can enjoy 24-hour access to the house reef.
- Those who only have eyes for each other can turn up the romance with a sunset cruise, or a private champagne lunch on a secluded sandbank, tailored just for two.
- Free introductory dives are offered by this resort, for guests looking to dip a toe into the underwater world.
- For those special occasions, staff are happy to organise a bespoke candlelit dinner beneath the stars, on the beach, in your bungalow, or any other private location.
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
Bubblemaker, Discover Scuba Diving, Scuba Diver, Open Water Diver, Advanced, Rescue, Divemaster