- Easy access to great diving and snorkeling, with manta rays and whale sharks
- Take a break from adventure and kick-back in the island’s only entertainment lounge
- Make the most of free snorkelling gear with your room booking
- Close to Ukulhas' 'bikini beach'
Enjoy once in a lifetime experiences including swimming with manta rays, dolphins and whale sharks at this award-winning beachfront guesthouse. Snorkel around the magnificent house reef of Ukulhas Island, go on a picnic with your loved ones to a natural sandbank or simply relax on a cruise and admire a stunning sunset in the middle of the Indian ocean. Simply put, a stay at West Sands will make your Maldives’ dream holiday come true.
About West Sands Ukulhas
West Sands is an award-winning beachfront guesthouse located on the kilometre-long island of Ukulhas, in the world-famous diving and snorkeling atoll of North Ari Atoll. The resort exists with the sole aim of helping travellers to explore the lesser-known side of the Maldives in comfort and style. At West Sands, guests can visit a remote yet accessible destination where island life and local tourism live in harmony with one another.
Facing the beachfront, West Sands offers high-quality affordable accommodation in Ukulhas that includes carefully designed accommodation, enticing on-site restaurant, and the only entertainment lounge on the island. Surrounded with lush tropical scenery and thriving marine life, West Sands encourages guests to explore their environment, offering free snorkelling gear for use on the house reef, and a variety of island and ocean-based excursions.
Explore the resort
West Sands’ in-house restaurant - the Fisherman’s Boat delivers both a la carte and buffet-style meals, and with Italian, Thai, Indian, and Maldivian local dishes on offer, guests have plenty of variety. The juice bar is open for all guests and whether you’re sunbathing on the beach, or in need of a cooling mocktail after an excursion, West Sands’ Juice Bar is open to quench your thirst.
Ukulhas’ ‘Bikini Beach’ is the crown jewel of the island, offering plenty of opportunities for exploration in the crystal-clear water and powder white sand. The resort also offers the only entertainment lounge on the island, equipped with billiards, board games, and a TV. West Sand’s own house reef is packed with macro species, curious creatures, and colourful coral gardens. Island hopping, sandbank excursions, and fishing trips can also be organised or for the ultimate Maldives experience, join a manta ray swimming trip or whale shark excursion.
Diving from West Sands Ukulhas
Ukulhas is the ultimate spot for diving, with unbeatable underwater life and warm, crystal clear waters. The abundance of marine life, from rare species of colourful coral to sharks, manta rays, and turtles means this destination is a diver’s dream come true. Special dive packages and classes are offered from the dive center on the Ukulhas waterfront. West Sands are more than happy to help guests organise their dive adventures.
- Keep your camera handy during your transfers to Ukulhas - you'll be passing some incredible tropical scenery.
- As this is a local island, alcohol and pork are not available. But don’t worry, West Sand Ukulhas offers trips to nearby resorts where you can enjoy all your favourite food and beverages.
Diving in North Ari Atoll
Schooling reef fishYear round
Manta RaysYear round
Eagle rayYear round
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