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The Island: Dhigurah

Dhigurah, meaning "Long Island" in Dhivehi, is truly a gem among the local islands in the Maldives, that lies 96km away from the Velana International Airport in the South Ari Atoll. Renowned for its stunning beaches, this island has earned its place among the world's best. Surrounded by the majestic presence of mantas and whale sharks, Dhigurah offers a year-round spectacle of marine wonders.

Dhigurah has 3 kilometers in length and a mere 250 meters at its widest point, this island is a cozy haven for 600 friendly local residents. The charming village nestles in the northern part of the island, leaving the south by nature and a stunning sandbank—a perfect haven for watching the mesmerizing sunset.

What sets this island apart is its enchanting natural palm tree forest and the exceptional diving spots right at its fingertips. Divers can explore 15 pinnacles nestled between Dhigurah and its neighboring island, with Luda Rah just 15 minutes away. For the adventurous, the Kudhima wreck, a 59m long cargo ship resting on a sandy bottom at around 30 meters depth, awaits exploration.

Covered in palm and artocarpus trees, Dhigurah is a picturesque haven surrounded by magnificent beaches and crystal-clear lagoons. White sandy beaches line the island's borders, while the lush interior is a tropical paradise, brimming with palm trees.

Dhigurah isn't just an island; it's a vibrant ecosystem. The clear lagoon surrounding it teems with diverse marine life, from colorful coral reefs and exotic fish to graceful turtles, manta rays, dolphins, and the majestic whale sharks. Dive in and witness the captivating underwater world.

And, of course, let's not forget the pièce de résistance—the breathtaking sunsets.

Can't wait for you to experience the magic of Dhigurah!

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Watch the locals everyday life

Fishing is a key part of local island life on the Maldives, and many islanders rely on it for their livelihood. Fishing boats can be seen departing from the islands early in the morning, and the catch of the day is often sold at the local fish market. In addition to fishing, some locals also engage in tourism, agriculture, growing crops such as coconuts, bananas, and papayas. Learn how to weave a basket out of palm tree leaves or how to make your own coconut oil (seasonal).

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Explore the Island´s beauty

In South Ari Atoll 400 lively whale sharks, predominantly playful juveniles have been spotted. Here on Dhigurah, the Maldivian Whale Shark Research Programme (M.W.S.R.P.) is alive with daily research, uncovering the secrets of these majestic creatures.

A highlight of Dhigurah? Swimming alongside these gentle giants during a 2-3 hour excursion, where 1-2 whale sharks often steal the show.

From January to May, you will be able to have a magical encounter with manta rays in their cleaning station.

Get ready for an oceanic adventure like no other!

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How to get here from the airport

Getting here is a breeze, with the choice of a speedboat transfer or a quick domestic flight.

Speedboat Transfers:​

  • Departs daily at 4 pm from Malé or the Airport, returning from Dhigurah at 6:30 am: Duration: 2 hours

  • Two trusted speedboat options: Vision Express & Endheri Express. Speedboat group transfer included

Domestic Flight:

  • The nearest domestic airport is in Maamingili.

  • Round-trip ticket: $280 per adult / $140 per child (under 12 years) per way.

  • A swift 20-minute flight followed by a 15-minute speedboat journey from Maamingili to Dhigurah

Good to know

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The Food

You will be served two meals per day, with water included throughout the day (coffee, and tea for breakfast).

It is a delicious variety of Indian, Maldivian and western vegetarian food (Seafood is optional).

If you’re having a fast day, please kindly let us know, that there will be no food going to waste.

Also if you have any allergies, or specific preferences, please don’t hesistate to contact me. 

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Arrival Information

  • Check in time: 12:00 pm

  • Check out time: 12:00 pm

  • Arrival by plane at Ibrahim Nasir International Airport (MLE) 

  • As soon as you book your flight, you can kindly let us know the arrival and departure time on Sunday, so we can arrange the pick up and drop off for you MLE – Dhigurah -MLE.

  • The speedboat drive is about 1 hour and 50 minutes.

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What is not included?

  • International Air Travel to and from The Maldives Airport MLE

  • Health and Insurance expenses

  • PCR Tests

  • Any other excursions which are not listed in the package

  • Snorkeling equipment (can be rented)

  • Yoga Mats: please bring your own yoga mat

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For some extra fun

  • Snorkeling & BBQ Lunch @ sandbank

  • Night fishing with BBQ dinner

  • Full Day Trip with 2-point snorkeling, swimming & relaxation at a sandbank, visiting a local island, packed lunch, and dolphin watching 

  • Catamaran Sailing & Snorkeling 

  • Beachfront Romantic Candlelight

  • Discover Scuba Diving – for beginners without certification

  • Scuba Diving for Certified Divers 

  • Open Water Diver Certification – max 18 m depth

  • Parasailing 

  • Watersport Package – Subject to availability, Jet Ski, Banana Boat, Fun Tube & Kayak, Wind Surfing, Wake Boarding, Kite Surfing, Catamaran Rental

  • Boat transfer to floating Bar 

  • Male City Tour

  • Various Diving Packages

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Yogi Requirements

  • Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate

  • Language of Instructions: English, German

  • Age: from 18 every age is welcome (14 years and up with parent)

  • Please consider the activities in relation to your health (swimming/boat tours/yoga, rough waves…) and keep me informed about any health issues.

  • It is required to sign a liability waiver 15 days prior to your trip (you will receive an online form with the confirmation letter

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What to bring?

  • Maldives Entry Regulations:
    Tourist visa is granted for all nationalities on arrival to the Maldives

  • A passport  with at least 1 months validity

  • A pre-paid hotel/accommodation

  • Sufficient funds to last for the intended period or in case of a Covid Infection

  • Confirmed onward/return tickets to home country or to country of residence

  • You need to fill out a TRAVELLER DECLARATION and submit it within 96 hours to the flight time. This happens electronically via IMUGA.

  • I welcome you to check out the Maldives Immigration Website before your flight for any changes regarding COVID Regulations

  • For the fun: Please bring something white to wear with you for the last evening.
    And of course do not forget to pack your flip-flops, bathing suits, sunscreen, snorkeling gear, a good book, and sunglasses.

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