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Maafushivaru – An Experience Uniquely Maldives



Maafushivaru – Set in the picturesque atoll of Ari, reached by a scenic seaplane flying over the breath-taking archipelago of Maldives and its mysterious atoll formations, Maafushivaru is an island that charms you with its dazzling turquoise lagoon, knitted with lush flora and wide sandy beaches. A stone’s throw away is Lonubo, its very own desert island, all set to provide you and your beloved with an island just for the two of you, even if only for a night!

The resort offers a choice of 3 distinct villas. Beach Villas are sited on the postcard perfect beaches with views out to the sea. The chic Water Villas is your pick for those yearning panoramic views of the Indian Ocean. Families or friends travelling together will find the Pool Villas ideal as it comes with two separate villas with a shared private pool. All villas are fine-tuned with hints of modern architecture and design.

MaafushivaruSummon the bon vivant inside you, as you dine and wine at our restaurants with its eclectic dining options. The Cuisine Gallery extends a potpourri of delectable fare in a relaxed setting. Feast your way to the secrets of Asia at 135° East, as you experience Japanese culinary combined with a Teppanyaki show. Engage in wine tasting sessions, and immerse yourself in the sphere of new world and old world wines at our Wine Chiller. Awaken your senses to a cup of coffee or herbal tea enjoyed at Library Lounge, where you can also enjoy canapés during high tea in the afternoon. If you wish to dine à la carte, Barbeque offers a selection of our favourite dishes.

Plan a day visit to Lonubo for rewarding snorkelling adventures on its thriving house reef. Pamper your senses to a spa treatment on the beach, with the sounds of the shoreline accentuating the tranquil experience. Experience total isolation with your beloved as you celebrate special occasions whether it’s a private picnic, a five course gourmet meal in the evening, combined with an overnight stay to craft unforgettable memories in total seclusion.


Maafushivaru, with its captivating beauty is often deemed a picturesque site for those wishing to renew their vows in the Maldives. Offering unique venues for a bespoke service, lovers may also indulge in a romantic private dining experience, to wine and dine in seclusion under the stars.

Rewind, and ignite your senses at The Spa. Our professional team of masseuses instil the best techniques to give you a sense of peace and wellbeing. Choose from a wide range of treatments from our signature product line Voya; organic marine-based products made from hand-harvested seaweed to nurture your mind, body and soul. An all-natural product range Yonka, further extends choice of skin and body care therapies on offer.

Come evening, the Water Bar transforms into an exciting venue, hosting a range of diverse entertainment. Sip your favourite cocktail, as you listen to uplifting melodies by the acoustic duo. Dance away to the favourites on vinyl when our resident DJ blasts off groovy tracks. For a more authentic experience, the Maldivian night is one that should not be missed. You can witness exotic, raw culture of the Maldives, with boduberu (local drumming) and other awe-inspiring scenes on display. Laidback guests, have the chance to catch their favourite movie on the beach as well.

This remarkable gem also offers superb diving and snorkelling experiences. The world below Maafushivaru can be best described as utterly sublime, with flourishing and vibrant marine life. It’s easy to spot a shark or two, and you might just bump into a gentle giant or a whale shark during one of the snorkelling expeditions organised by the island. Diving is quite spectacular around Maafushivaru as well, with a number of dive sites promising great big fish encounters, colourfully complete with coral gardens, in warm temperate waters that provide excellent visibility. Our Resident Marine Biologist delves into the underwater life, explaining interesting facts you might never have stumbled on before at the Water Bar weekly.

Maafushivaru; an experience uniquely Maldives.


Learn from the best at Soneva with rare experiences by Daniil Medvedev and Sir Robin Knox-Johnston



The legendary British sailor and international tennis icon are both set to host exclusive coaching sessions in the Maldives this November

As part of Soneva’s upcoming Winter Collection in the Maldives, tennis icon Daniil Medvedev and renowned British sailor Sir Robin Knox-Johnston will be visiting Soneva Fushi, the award-winning barefoot luxury resort in the Maldives’ Baa Atoll UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, to host a series of exclusive guest experiences.

From November 22 to December 1, 2023, Sonevians of all ages at can take part in one-on-one coaching sessions and friendly matches with Daniil at the resort’s openair or covered Olympic-sized tennis courts. Currently ranked world No. 3, the 27-yearold Russian player and former world No. 1 made history in 2022 by becoming the first player outside of the ‘Big Four’ to claim the top spot in over 18 years. This year alone, Daniil has already won the Rotterdam Open, Qatar Open, Dubai Tennis Championships, Miami Open as well as the Italian Open, which is regarded as one of the world’s most prestigious clay tennis tournaments, and reached the semi-finals of Wimbledon.

To continue this stellar line up, from November 23 to December 1, 2023, guests at Soneva Fushi will also be able to join celebrated British sailor Sir Robin Knox-Johnston to hear thrilling tales from his voyages and take part in one-of-a-kind sailing lessons aboard the luxury 23-metre Soneva in Aqua, exploring the waters of the Indian Ocean like never before. Sir Robin is renowned for taking on the legendary Sunday Times Golden Globe race and becoming the first man to sail non-stop solo around the world by finishing on April 22, 1969, after 312 days at sea. In 1994, he won the Jules Verne trophy, alongside Peter Blake, for the fastest non-stop circumnavigation of the world in just 75 days. Knighted in 1995, he went on to create the Clipper Around the World Yacht Race a year later, offering amateur sailors the chance to experience the thrill of ocean racing. He also became the oldest yachtsman to complete a round-the-world solo voyage in the Velux 5 Oceans at the age of 68.

Sir Robin first sailed onboard Soneva in Aqua in 2017, experiencing Soneva’s signature hospitality combined with the freedom of a private charter first-hand. Setting sail from Soneva Fushi in the Maldives, the luxury two-bedroom yacht is available for bespoke voyages that range from serene day trips to longer, liveaboard adventures complete with an experienced crew that includes a dedicated Barefoot Guardian for 24/7 butler service, a private chef and wellness therapist.

These are just two of the many rare experiences on offer as part of the ever-evolving Soneva Stars calendar, which features culinary pop-ups by Michelin-starred chefs, coaching with sporting legends, wellness journeys by acclaimed therapists, and much more.

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Experience thrills and relaxation at surfer’s paradise Cinnamon Dhonveli Maldives



Surrounded by crystal-clear waters and located in the heart of a surfer’s paradise, Cinnamon Dhonveli Maldives offers guests an exclusive and thrilling experience. The resort offers a range of accommodation options, from bungalow rooms to luxurious suites, all boasting stunning ocean views. With a variety of dining options, a spa, outdoor pool, and fitness centre, this tropical island resort is the perfect destination for those seeking both activity and lavish relaxation.

For adrenaline junkies, there are plenty of activities to keep you occupied. Jet ski across the water, glide over the waves while water skiing or windsurfing, or embark on a catamaran ride. If you prefer to dip below the surface, sign up for a diving course at the resort’s dive centre, or simply enjoy some leisurely snorkelling. And for those looking to unwind, indulge in a soothing foot massage followed by a pedicure, or venture into the open sea for some calm fishing or dolphin watching.

After a day filled with adventure, retire to your well-appointed room and soak up the tranquility of this beautiful island. With stunning over-water suites, couples’ spa treatments, sunset cruises, and private dinners on the white sand beach, Cinnamon Dhonveli Maldives has everything you need for a romantic and memorable vacation.

But that’s not all. The resort is also home to the world-famous surf spot, Pasta Point. Named after an Italian bistro that was once located in the same area, this surf spot is a dream destination for surf enthusiasts across the globe. Known for its consistent wave production, typically 4-6 feet in height, it’s no wonder that this spot is described as the “wave-machine” of the North Malé Atoll.

When you’re ready to refuel, the resort’s dining options will not disappoint. From all-you-can-eat buffets to a la carte menus, there is something for everyone. And with the anticipation of an exhilarating 25-minute speedboat ride to an island 13 km away from Malé, Cinnamon Dhonveli Maldives promises a delightful holiday, packed with a tropical punch.

Cinnamon Dhonveli Maldives is a beautiful island resort that offers something for everyone. Whether you’re seeking thrilling adventures, luxurious relaxation, or both, this resort promises to deliver a memorable and unforgettable vacation experience.

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Diving with tiger sharks in Fuvahmulah: a thrilling experience



Diving with tiger sharks in Fuvahmulah is an unforgettable experience that every adrenaline junkie should add to their bucket list. Located in the southern Maldives, Fuvahmulah is getting popular with divers as one of the best places in the world to dive with tiger sharks.

Diving spot popularly known as the tiger zoo is located just next the island’s harbour. As soon as we descended into the depths of about 10 metres above the reef top, we could see the majestic tiger sharks swimming gracefully in the distance. Our experienced dive guide carefully led us closer to the sharks, ensuring that we stayed safe at all times.

The first thing that struck me was the size of the sharks. They were much larger than I had expected, with some of them reaching up to 15 feet in length. Despite their intimidating appearance, they were surprisingly gentle and didn’t seem to be bothered by our presence.

As we followed the sharks, they seemed to be curious about us and came closer to investigate. We were able to get up close and personal with these incredible creatures, watching them swim effortlessly through the water. It was an amazing feeling to be so close to such powerful animals in their natural habitat.

One of the highlights of the dive was when we came across a group of sharks feeding on a school of fish. It was a truly incredible sight to see these predators in action, with the sharks diving down to catch their prey. Despite the intensity of the situation, we were able to observe the sharks from a safe distance, without disturbing their natural behavior.

Overall, diving with tiger sharks in Fuvahmulah was a thrilling and unforgettable experience. It’s not for the faint of heart, but for those who are looking for a unique and exciting adventure, it’s well worth it. Whether you’re a seasoned diver or just starting out, this is an experience you won’t want to miss.

In addition to the tiger sharks, there are also many other dive sites around the island with a wide variety of other marine life to be seen, including colourful coral reefs, oceanic mantas, thresher sharks, mola molas. From colorful coral reefs to schools of tropical fish, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. In addition to the incredible marine life, Fuvahmulah also boasts beautiful beaches and lush vegetation.

Fuvahmulah is a must-visit destination for anyone looking for a unique and unforgettable experience in the Maldives. Whether you’re an adrenaline junkie or just looking to relax and unwind, there’s something for everyone in this beautiful island paradise.

Daily flights are available from Velana International Airport to Fuvahmulah and there are wide range of accommodation options available including full service hotels and guesthouses.

Photos by Ahmed Inah, Pelagic Divers Fuvahmulah. Pelagic Divers is a PADI 5* dive center offering daily diving excursions around Fuvahmulah. Visit to explore more.

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