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White Sand Dhigurah is a fantastic boutique-style hotel located on an idyllic local island in South Ari Atoll. Surrounded by lush tropical vegetation, the resort offers intimate and personal experiences with an authentic Maldivian atmosphere, as well as a modern dive centre and easy access to South Ari’s incredible diving.
Located in South Ari Atoll, White Sand Dhigurah is just a 20-minute flight from Male. The island is largely undeveloped wilderness with an idyllic sandbank stretching out into the ocean from the southern tip, creating the perfect spot to watch the sunset. Dhigurah boasts a small local village at the centre of the island, and was recently awarded as ‘Best Local Island’ by the Maldives Guest House Association.
The resort is superbly located between two beautiful white-sand beaches, providing plenty of space for guests looking for a little extra seclusion. Oceanholics dive centre was established in 2017, and is the perfect base from which to explore some of the Maldives’ top dive sites including Kudarah Thila, Broken Rock, and 5 Rocks, as well as year-round opportunities to see mantas, dolphins, and whale sharks. Offering personalised service, world-class diving, and expert local knowledge, White Sand Digurah is a fantastic choice for guests after intimate Maldivian experiences at an affordable price.
White Sand’s Standard Rooms are equipped with all the amenities to provide a cosy and relaxing trip. Each spacious room is air-conditioned and features a comfortable bed with cotton linen and private bathroom with hot water shower. Additional facilities include a desk, safety deposit box, and hair dryer, as well as complimentary tea and coffee.
The Deluxe Rooms offer the full resort-like experience with modern luxuries. Each room boasts full-height balcony doors that can be fully opened to enjoy the refreshing ocean breeze. Additional facilities include a private bathroom with hot water shower, air-conditioning, desk, safety deposit box, and hair dryer, as well as complimentary tea and coffee.
White Sand’s Super Deluxe Rooms also offer the full resort-like experience boasting a large and sumptuous stone-tiled bathroom with hot water shower and bathtub. Each room features luxury modern amenities such as air-conditioning, desk, safety deposit box, and hair dryer, as well as complimentary tea and coffee.
The Suites are the most beautiful rooms at White Sand, providing an abundance of space and an open balcony to enjoy the beautiful sea view. These rooms are located on the roof-top ensuring maximum privacy for guests. Each suite features an open bathroom with Jacuzzi and rain shower, as well as additional facilities such as air-conditioning, desk, safety deposit box, hair dryer, and complimentary tea and coffee.
White Sand’s on-site restaurant serves a wide range of delicious cuisine, including Maldivian, Asian, and Western dishes, produced using local ingredients whenever possible. Meals are served buffet-style on the roof-top terrace providing a peaceful and romantic setting. Particularly popular are the live cooking sections, allowing guests to choose their ingredients and watch as the chef transforms them into a delicious meal. An extensive drinks menu is also available, offering an array of thirst-quenching fruit juices and mocktails.
Night fishing trips are offered by the hotel, allowing guests to experience an activity deeply entwined in Maldivian culture – the crew will assist with everything and are happy to share their wisdom for the best possible catch. Day trips can also be organised to the sandbank, with its lush vegetation, pleasant walking trails, and white sandy beaches which border the idyllic lagoon. A range of watersports can also be arranged including jet skiing, kayaking, and snorkelling. Guest services also include free WiFi, bicycle rental, laundry facilities, and airport transfers.
Established in 2017, Oceanholic is a PADI dive centre located just a few minutes walk from both White Sand Dhigurah and the harbour. Oceanholic offers divers the chance to explore South Ari’s warm waters, pristine reefs, and abundance of marine life with day trips to interesting dive sites including pinnacles, reefs, cleaning stations, and wrecks. The dive centre boasts a fantastic classroom with TV and DVD player, a wetroom for rinsing equipment, and a camera room. New and modern equipment is available to rent, including 15-litre tanks on request, and both DIN and Int connections are provided.
The custom-built 17-meter dive dhoni is equipped with a camera table, camera rinse tanks, dry area, freshwater shower, and toilet. Tea and coffee is also provided and lunch is available on full-day trips. A full range of PADI courses is offered by Oceanholic from beginner to advanced, as well as a variety of specialities including Project Aware specialty courses. First aid and oxygen kits are kept on board the boat and in the dive centre.