DIVE INTO RAA ATOLL
With over 90 islets to explore, Raa Atoll is the place to go for unspoiled dive sites with exceptional marine life. The warm seas and tropical climate make it an excellent destination for year-round diving. The diving visibility around Faarufushi in particular is excellent, averaging between 10 and 30m. And while the currents can be strong towards the channels, the Northern Atolls offer dives suitable for all levels, with mostly calm seas throughout the year (though June can be a little choppy).
Arrive in signature Maldives style as a scenic seaplane journey takes you from Malé Airport to Faarufushi – where you can drop off your bags and take a dip in the infinity pool.
Then, when you’re ready to explore your surroundings, it’s time to go underwater. Begin with a dive on Faarufushi’s house reef. Resident PADI Centre operator Lonu is on-hand to offer advice and run dive courses for absolute beginners, seasoned pros, and everyone in-between. You can expect to see all manner of tropical fish among the coral just off the island, as well as tuna, rays and reef sharks. The sharks in the shallows tend to be babies and, left alone, are usually timid and harmless to humans.
On dry land: Between dives, enjoy Faarufushi’s stunning setting on dry land – with bars and beach restaurants such as Athiri which overlooks the lagoon. Bar Iru is perfect for an alfresco lunch under coconut palms when the sun is at its highest.