Excursions and attractions near Villa Park in the Maldives
Hit the waves for a fishing trip or an exceptional deep-sea diving expedition and swim with whale sharks. Be mesmerised as dolphins swish through our aquamarine waters or spin playfully up ahead, or snorkel over our vibrant coral reefs. Experience traditional Maldivian culture on a visit to nearby islands, all in the world-renowned waters of the South Ari Atoll.
As per schedule and activity timings
The South Ari Atoll is waiting to be explored: head out on exhilarating marine excursions and underwater adventures, or discover authentic Maldivian islands nearby.
Experience a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to swim with whale sharks, the world’s largest fish, and experience the magic of snorkelling over beautiful coral reefs filled with colourful marine life. Explore nearby islands, embark on a big-game fishing adventure, or spend our golden hour watching mantas feed. Your island adventures begin here, so here’s a glimpse of what’s on offer.
Village trip to Dhigurah
3 hours 30 minutes
Set sail for this traditional Maldivian settlement and discover an island steeped in history, now developing into a colourful modern society. After a walking tour of the island, you'll be able to explore local shops for the perfect gifts to take home.
Village trip to Maamigili
2 hours 30 minutes
One of the biggest islands with two fishing harbours, Maamigili is a bustling, modern community. The island is just 10 minutes from Villa Park, making it perfect for an afternoon excursion. If you’re lucky, you’ll see traditional coconut-leaf weaving and rope making.
Village trip to Fenfushi
This tiny dot of an island is one of the last places in the Maldives where you can experience authentic island life and traditional culture. Be sure to visit the village's 17th-century mosque, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, made from coral bricks.
This early morning fishing experience is an opportunity to get out on the water and catch something tasty for lunch. Head out on a dhoni or traditional fishing boat and discover some of the best fishing spots in the Maldives before sailing back to the resort to grill your catch. Dawn departures are from 5.30am for a minimum of four guests.
Whether you choose to join us for sunrise at dawn or a breathtakingly beautiful sunset as we head out on this once-in-a-lifetime experience, a sighting of these elusive creatures is simply unforgettable. The Maldives is home to bottlenose, spinner and striped dolphins. Departures are usually at 7.15am or 4.30pm for a minimum of eight guests.
Whale shark trip
2 hours 30 minutes
Today, there are very few places where whale sharks can be found. Fortunately for us, one of them is near the southernmost outer reef of our atoll. Take the plunge and enjoy a life-changing experience as we swim with the world's largest fish through a beautiful reef surrounded by coral and tropical marine life. Departures are at 9am.
The true beauty of the Maldives lies hidden beneath its azure lagoons, just waiting to be discovered by adventurous explorers. Journey to our vibrant coral reefs and learn how to identify different species of fish with the help of our experienced Dive Masters. Snorkelling departures are at 2pm.
5 hours 30 minutes
Secluded beach barbecues, snorkelling around islands and sandbanks – all of this and more awaits on this action-packed excursion. Experience some of the most spectacular underwater scenery and swimming in the Maldives before tucking into a beachfront barbecue on a secluded island.
Robinson Crusoe adventure
Perfect for couples, honeymooners and groups of friends, our ‘Robinson Crusoe’ excursion takes you to the uninhabited private island of Tholhufushi. Spend the day exploring this secluded tropical paradise or unwind on your very own personal beach before returning to the hustle and bustle of Villa Park.
From gigantic sailfish to delicious tuna, hit the waves on our private boat and in search of some of the biggest fish in the Maldives. All of our equipment is designed especially for sustainable big-game fishing and anything you catch can be barbecued in the evening. Depending on your choice, departure times are at 6am, minimum four guests.
Big game adventure
Combining the best of our snorkelling and fishing experiences, this trip offers the chance to get up close to some of the Maldives' most impressive marine life. If you're new to fishing or snorkelling, our team will teach you the basics, and help you spot some of our more elusive underwater species. Speed boat departures are at 8.30am and 2pm, and dhoni’s leave at 7am, minimum six guests.
2 hours 45 minutes
End your day with a sunset trip to one of the best reef fishing spots in the Maldives and bring something home, just in time for dinner. Our crew will help you prepare your line, and anyone who brings back a catch can grill it on the barbecue.
2 hours 45 minutes
End your day with a sunset trip to one of the best reef fishing spots in the Maldives and bring something home, just in time for dinner. Our crew will help you prepare your line, and anyone who brings back a catch may grill it on the barbecue. Sunset departures are from 5.15pm for a minimum of eight guests.
Take some time to discover Maldivian island life and explore this region’s historic heritage with a tour of Fenfushi. Stop off at local cultural landmarks before heading out to a reef snorkelling spot before enjoying an idyllic beach barbecue on a pristine private island.
Three of the Best
With dozens of combinations to choose from, planning your Maldivian adventure just got simpler with our ‘Three of the Best’ package. Choose three of these excursions listed above and build your action-packed escape for a little less.