- Feel instantly at ease in a charming lodge with plenty of homely comforts
- Wonderful house reef just steps away with guided snorkel tours
- Explore a sparsely populated local island away from the tourist crowds
- Flexible and stress-free diving excursions in one of the top diving atolls
Transformed from a private beachfront residence into a laid-back boutique retreat with tons of homely charm, Vaali Island Escapes and Dive offers a unique and down-to-earth escape in the southern atoll of Vaavu. With friendly service, comfortable communal spaces, an authentic local island on your doorstep, and convenient access to some of the Maldives’ best scuba diving, guests are guaranteed the trip of a lifetime - without breaking the bank. Disconnect from the daily routine and reconnect with nature, or be adventurous and embark on epic voyages of discovery, at Vaali Island Escapes and Dive, every moment will become an everlasting memory.
About Vaali Island Escapes and Dive
Located a boat ride away from Male International Airport - yet far from the paved street, noisy vehicles and high-rise buildings - Vaali Island Escapes and Dive offers a unique and unspoilt experience. Measuring just 500 metres across, Felidhoo is one of the country’s least populated islands, offering guests the opportunity to experience a true Maldivian getaway and connect with tropical nature and friendly local people. Since opening its doors in 2014, this delightful guesthouse has become a refuge for independent travellers wanting a personal and romantic jumping-off-point for exploring the delights of the southern Maldives.
Nestled on the corner of the island, Vaali Island Escapes and Dive began life as a private beach-front holiday home. Driven by the love of hospitality, the owners decided to share their small piece of paradise with travellers, loved ones, family and friends in a peaceful laid-back atmosphere. Expanding from a three-room residence, Vaali Island Escapes and Dive now offers all the charm of a boutique hotel, with all the character, love, and care of a family home. Vaali Island Escapes and Dive is now also home to the first and only dive centre on Felidhoo Island, providing maximum convenience for underwater enthusiasts looking to explore Vaavu’s legendary channels.
Explore the resort
Located at the heart of the lodge, the Fenda Lounge is a relaxed space designed in a contemporary yet casual style. It comes with a separate outdoor dining and reception area where guests can gather to have a chat and meet with other guests. Buffet meals are served in an alfresco environment, with a focus on home-made Maldivian, Western and Asian cuisine. Flavours are created using seasonal, locally produced ingredients, including some harvested from the resort’s own small organic garden. Fenda Lounge’s calm atmosphere makes it perfect for informal meetings, morning coffee, afternoon tea or a leisurely drink at the end of the day.
Everyone has a different idea about what makes the perfect holiday, and Vaali Beach Lodge offers a variety of ways to spend your day, depending on your mood and preferences. Guests can take a guided snorkelling tour of the house reef, right in front of the lodge, or embark on a fishing or dolphin watching adventure. Island hopping trips and picnics on secluded sandbanks can also be arranged.
Diving with Vaali Island Escapes and Dive
Vaali Beach Lodge delivers quality and convenience diving services through its brand new onsite partner dive centre, Felidhoo Dive Club. This is the first and only dive centre located on Felidhoo Islandcan cater to new and experienced divers alike with the same personal and heartfelt service that Vaali Beach Lodge has been providing for years. Full equipment rental is available at Felidhoo Dive Club, including torches and computers, helping to ensure a seamless experience from start to finish, while the 14-metre dive boat offers refreshing snacks and a relaxing sun deck.
Vaavu Atoll is one of the Maldives’ most diverse diving areas, with a bit of something for everyone. The island’s location, in the centre of the atoll allows guests to see the very best Vaavu has to offer - from distant five sites to Vaali Island Escapes and Dive's own house reef. Start your scuba diving adventure metres from the shore with laid-back exploration in the island's calm shallows. Or, head further afield and try your hand at drift diving, with thrilling channels and plunging walls teeming with sharks. Other local highlights include incredible coral cover at Fotteyo Falhu, the largest unbroken barrier reef in the Maldives, and up-close encounters with nurse sharks during night dives at Alimatha jetty.
- Vaali Island Escapes and Dive can be booked as individual rooms or privately hired by a single group.
- Consider taking an advanced certification before or during your trip - you’ll be more comfortable diving Vaavu’s renowned action-packed channels.
- Plan your trip from May to July for a chance to spot reef manta rays.
Diving in Vaavu and Meemu Atolls
Hammerhead sharkYear round
Manta RaysYear round
Eagle rayYear round
Schooling reef fishYear round