Maldives is one of the most romantic and idyllic holiday destinations in the world. This archipelago of more than a thousand coral islands in the Indian Ocean is grouped into 26 atolls, and the coral formations, undersea geography and teeming marine life make Maldives one of the great experiences for scuba divers and snorkellers.
Our island is set within the South Ari Atoll, and can be accessed by seaplane from Velana International Airport in Male', or by a domestic flight from the airport to the domestic Maamigili Airport, followed by a 15-minute speedboat ride to the resort.
A world of exploration is at your doorstep, with our own house reef and, just off the reef, a dedicated sunken shipwreck. The resort is the first in the South Ari Atoll to be awarded Green Fins certification, a programme of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Reef-World Foundation that recognises environmentally responsible diving.
Seaplane Transfer Services at Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa Maldives:
Maldivian Air Taxi (MAT) operates domestic Seaplane Services. Any room reservation with a purchase of roundtrip seaplane services (25 minute air transfer time per way) will also include meet, assist, and transfer to domestic seaplane terminal. Seaplane services only operate during daylight hours. Seaplane reservations are only available for bookings made outside 48 hours, subject to availability, tides, weather, and sea conditions, & Maldivian Air Taxi (MAT)'s terms & conditions. MAT does not operate a scheduled service to any island. All guests booked on a seaplane service are reported to the MAT operator based on their scheduled arrival time into Male'. MAT will then provide transport to or from the resort at the closest possible connection time. It should be noted that this will incur waiting time at the domestic seaplane terminal, the waiting time is subject to MAT's domestic flight schedule and beyond the resort's control.
Disclaimer: Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa Maldives is not responsible for poor tides, weather, and sea conditions causing the journey impossible to operate at the scheduled times (cancelled/delayed transfer services), and the charges will be non-refundable. However, Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa Maldives will assist the guests to organise an alternative overnight accommodation with breakfast in Male' instead with no additional charge including finding the alternative transfer option & arrangement for guests on the following day (subject to availability).
Domestic Seaplane Services by Maldivian Air Taxi (MAT) – Luggage Allowance:
Evening Transfers to Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa Maldives: In the event of late arrival and to avoid an overnight stay in Male', we offer guests to fly from Velana International Airport in Male' (MLE) to Maamigili Airport (South Ari Atoll) operated by FlyMe from which the resort is only a further 15 minutes away by speedboat. For more information please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
The airport departure tax of US$12.00 is usually included when you purchase your airline ticket.
The resort’s lagoon and coral reef provide a glimpse into a fascinating undersea world that can be experienced by snorkellers, even the very young ones who will thrill to the close-up view of exotic and colourful marine life.
Within the lagoon, easily reached from the villas, is our coral garden in which we are growing new coral that is then transplanted onto the reef to replace old coral that has died.
Scuba divers will be able to explore the wreck of the Kudhimaa, a cargo ship that was deliberately sunk to provide a home for marine species. There is easy access for divers to the cargo holds, and the wreck is home to schools of batfish, puffer fish, boxfish and large lionfish.
Extraordinary underwater visibility and exceptionally varied marine life mean that scuba diving does not come better than at the Maldives.
Our island has its own PADI dive centre, where our expert team will coach beginners or help the more experienced divers to hone their skills.
Diving trips are arranged to some of the best dive sites in the Maldives, where you will be able to explore vast reef formations, thrilling channels, undersea hills, coral-filled thilas and caves, and swim amongst a huge variety of colourful fish.
It is our aquatic mission to offer a varied range of water sports, and we have options for guests of all ages and preferences, with windsurfing, sailing, snorkelling, canoeing and pedal boats amongst the attractions.
Snorkelling is a wonderful and easy way to glimpse the varied life beneath the waves, and if you are unsure of venturing out on your own, our team will be happy to teach you.
Non-motorised water sports are included in the Ultimate All-Inclusive programme, while the motorised water sports and wakeboarding are provided at a supplement.
The Ultimate All-Inclusive includes a number of off-island excursions, each of them bookable once per guest per stay.
Snorkelling tour is an easy way to become acquainted with marine life and is suitable for the whole family, youngsters included, who will be dazzled by the exotic and colourful species, ranging from parrotfish to turtles and manta rays.
Our traditional dhoni cruise through the calm and azure waters while the sun sets in a blaze of glory, and champagne and canapés are handed round to the voyagers, is not to be missed.
Your dhoni sets sail for a nearby island upon which villagers live in traditional style by fishing, and where you can buy handicrafts and clothing as a memento of your holiday.
Sunset fishing: Our traditional dhoni cruises out into the sunset for a spot of hand-line fishing. If you are lucky and catch your own fish, the resort kitchens will happily prepare it for your dinner.
Dolphins and whale sharks can be seen on our whale shark trip, and on some occasions it will be possible to swim alongside the gentle giants.
An island lifestyle and a colourful history are to be found at Malé, the capital island of Maldives. Here can be seen heritage architecture such as the Friday Mosque and the presidential palace, little streets and lanes lined with ancient houses, and colourful local markets, each bustling with life and colour. Malé is a fascinating shopping destination, and part of the fun is sampling local delicacies at the numerous teashops and cafés that dot the island.
South Ari Atoll, Maldives
Tel: +96 0668 8000; Reservations: +960 400 9999
Fax: +96 0668 8888