- Witness one of the largest manta ray congregations on the planet
- Family-friendly sociable resort atmosphere with varied dining options
- Discover a wide range of relaxing, exciting and adventurous activities
- Enjoy a luxury tropical island getaway at an affordable price
Set in a blue lagoon and surrounded by a colourful coral garden on Horubadhoo Island, Royal Island Resort and Spa promises a memorable island getaway for all ages. At this five-star island resort, guests can expect to indulge in unrivalled services and facilities, including a luxurious spa and world-class selection of restaurants and bars. And, with the extraordinary manta ray congregations of Hanifaru Bay nearby, this piece of paradise offers true once-in-a-lifetime experiences.
About Royal Island
Royal Island is a premium private retreat located on Horubadhoo Island in the heart of Baa Atoll. The island is just 800-metres long by 220-metres wide, and guests can walk anywhere in under 15 minutes. Not only does the location of this five-star resort boast stunning natural beauty, it is also just minutes from the world-famous UNESCO Biosphere Reserve of Hanifaru Bay - providing easy access to one of the most impressive manta ray congregations on the planet.
With its paradise setting and rich marine life, this peaceful yet exciting locally-inspired resort has something for all ages. From a variety of relaxing and adventurous activities on offer, to its numerous facilities to explore, the resort is what you choose to make of it. Surrounded by nature and inspired by the local way of life, Royal Island offers an authentic, luxurious private island escape at an affordable price.
Explore the resort
The resort’s two on-site restaurants serve up exquisite Asian, Maldivian and International dishes, with a choice of buffet, all-inclusive or a la carte dining. After dinner, grab a drink and play some pool while enjoying the live music in the Boli Bar, or chill in the laid-back Palm Terrace cafe by the free-form swimming pool. A kids’ pool is also provided to keep younger guests entertained, while parts of the expansive private beach are scattered with secluded sun loungers. Come evening, indulge yourself at the holistic Araamu Spa, which boasts five pavillons, a rejuvenating jacuzzi, steam baths, and a menu of local and international treatments and massages.
Royal Island offers a range of enticing activities to ensure guests never get bored, including on-site instructors to help guests hone their skills. Choose from floodlit tennis courts, volleyball, snooker, squash, table tennis and indoor badminton, or get your body moving in the gym. At the watersports centre, you can try windsurfing, parasailing, jet skiing, water skiing and kayaking, or take a chartered cruise focussed on snorkelling and island-hopping. Fishing trips from modern, well-equipped boats are popular and for something extra special, take a trip to the nearby deserted sandbank for private dinners, picnics, or even overnight camping.
Diving from Royal Island
The resort’s in-house PADI five star dive centre is run by DiveOceanus. Guests can take their first underwater steps and book a PADI scuba diving course with one of the dive centre’s experienced instructors. Courses are offered in various languages and the dive centre has a full range of equipment, an excellent training pool and a convenient classroom for studying. Divers have quick and easy access to the house reef, and can join daily dive trips to Baa Atoll’s world-renowned dive sites on the well-equipped dive boat.
Dive sites are as diverse as they are exciting, and suited to all skill levels, with everything from calm reefs and plunging walls, to channels and pinnacles. Royal Island is located just 20 minutes away from the UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve of Hanifaru Bay - one of only a handful of places on the planet where congregations of manta rays gather to feed. The best time to visit is during the southwest monsoon from May to November, and snorkellers can even swim with whale sharks that swim alongside the manta rays and gorge themselves on the plankton. Guests are only allowed to snorkel at Hanifaru Bay, but divers can head over to Dhonfanu Thila that offers frequent manta ray sightings.
- Diving is fantastic year round, but the middle of southwest monsoon between July and October is best for large numbers of manta rays at Hanifaru.
- Baa Atoll is known for its wooden, lacquered handicrafts and traditional woven sarongs. Visit a local island where these items are made to pick up a souvenir.
- Be mindful of conservative Maldivian culture. Swimwear and revealing clothing should only be worn within the resort grounds and on its own private “bikini beach”.
Diving in Baa Atoll
Whale sharkYear round
Manta RaysYear round
Eagle rayYear round
Schooling reef fishYear round
Giant frogfishYear round
Ghost pipefishYear round
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Official dive center rating
Discover Scuba Diving, Open Water, Advanced Open Water, Rescue, Divemaster, PADI specialty courses