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House reef

Resort Highlights

  • Private island resort in South Nilandhe Atoll
  • Reef sharks, rays, turtles, reef fish and whale sharks
  • Over-water and beachfront villas, some with private infinity pools
  • Colourful and minimalist style
  • Open-sided beach restaurant, in-villa dining
  • Spa, snorkelling, dolphin watching, conservation, fishing


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Once we receive your booking, we double check availability with the dive operator and reserve your spot. If there are any issues, we get back to you within 24 hours


If all is good, we send you an E-mail confirming that your booking is final


You then have 24 hours to take care of other travel arrangements. Your credit card will only be charged after that period

Payment terms

  • 50% of the total booking amount is due at the time of booking
  • 50% (balance) is due 37 days prior to arrival

Cancellation fee

  • 0% of the total booking amount will be charged if you cancel more than 37 days prior to arrival
  • 50% will be charged if you cancel between 37 and 21 days prior to arrival
  • 100% will be charged if you cancel less than 21 days prior to arrival

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Resort Description

Angsana Velavaru is located on Velvaru Island in South Nilandhe Atoll. 

Marine life in this atoll consists of black tip and white tip reef sharks, mobula, sting and eagle rays, plus turtles and many tropical fish and coral. Between May and December, you may spot a majestic whale shark.

Angsana Velavaru is a luxury private island resort comprised of 113 over-water and beachfront villas. The island is surrounded by a white sand beach, crystal clear lagoon and healthy house reef.

Rooms are decorated in a colourful yet minimalist style, are air-conditioned with large TVs and some have private infinity pools. 

Enjoy freshly prepared international cuisine at the beach or in the open-sided buffet restaurant. Alternatively, choose to dine in your villa. 

Activities include spa treatments, snorkelling, dolphin watching, marine conservation, water sports, fishing and more. 

Explore diving around the Angsana Velavaru

What to see

Mobula rays are more common than mantas on Dhaalu Atoll, but you won't leave feeling disappointed. Also, Faafu Atoll is only a day trip away, and its cleaning stations are regularly visited by mantas during the dry season.

There are many different types of coral, such as large table corals, finger corals and substantial anemone colonies with pink tentacles swaying in the current. Clark’s anemonefish can be found snuggled into them.

Amongst the reefs, you’ll see moray eels, mobula rays and reef sharks.  The variety of fish includes glassy, puffer, grouper, parrot and lion. Sabre squirrelfish, with an elongated jaw, look grumpy and lizard fish sneak amongst the rocks.

Dive Center


  • Beachfront dive center at Angsana Velavaru Resort
  • Daily 2 tank trips in the morning, single tank in the afternoon
  • House reef, coral gardens, channels, manta cleaning station
  • Classroom, wet room, rental gear
  • Night diving on request
  • Marine Lab running conservation activities (monitoring, reef rebuild)


Endheri Marine Center is based on the beachfront at Angsana Velavaru Resort.

The dive center runs 2 tank dive trips each morning at 9am island time (8am male time). Single dive trips set off in the afternoon and night diving is available on request.

On average, it is 20 minutes from the island to most dive sites, within the atoll. Trips to the neighbouring atoll allow divers to experience a manta cleaning station.

For novice divers, the house reef and neighbouring coral gardens provide calm, buzzing ecosystems to explore. For more experienced divers, nearby channels offer strong currents and a high likelihood of seeing the big stuff.  

Within the dive center is a classroom, wet room to store equipment and the marine lab. The marine lab run conservation programmes including coral and shark monitoring plus artificial reef building.


PADI Courses Available

  • Intro Dives/Discover Scuba
  • Scuba Refresher
  • Open Water Diver
  • Advanced Open Water Diver
  • Rescue Diver Certification
  • Divemaster
  • Kids Courses
  • Nitrox Certification
  • Underwater Photography
  • Deep Diver Certification
  • Night Diver
  • Wreck Diver
  • Drift Diving
  • Boat Diver
  • Underwater Propulsion Vehicle
  • Peak Performance Buoyancy
  • Other Specialties

Adaptors & tanks

  • Tanks With Int (Yoke) Valves
  • Tanks With Din Valves
  • Din/Int Adapters
  • 15L Tanks Available
  • Filling Station

Diving Facilities

  • Battery Charging Station
  • Beach Front Location
  • House Reef
  • Air Conditioning
  • Warm-Water Showers
  • Fish Id And Diving Books

For your safety

  • Emergency Oxygen Kit
  • Automatic External Defibrillator (Aed)
  • First Aid Kits

Languages spoken

  • English
  • Chinese
  • Italian

PADI membership level

  • Padi 5 Star Dive Resort


  • Padi 5 Star

Resort Amenities


  • Jet Skiing

Food & drink

  • Buffet
  • A La Carte
  • Snacks All Day
  • Alcohol
  • Vegetarian Food
  • Halal Food

Wellness & Relaxation

  • Fitness Center/Gym
  • Spa Facility
  • Beauty Treatments
  • Massage Services


  • Beach Front
  • Restaurant
  • Bar / Lounge
  • Wi-Fi (Free)
  • Air-Conditioning
  • Equipment For Kids

Great for families

  • Kids Club
  • Babysitting/Child Services


  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • Amex
  • Cash (Usd)

Sports & Watersports

  • Snorkeling
  • Stand-Up Paddling
  • Windsurfing
  • Kayaking
  • Sailing
  • Fishing
  • Pool/Snooker
  • Ping Pong
  • Darts
  • Beach Volleyball

How to get there


  • The resort is a 35 minute seaplane flight from Velana International Airport. Proceed to the Angsana counter in the arrivals hall. 
  • Transfers incur an additional cost. 


  • You can catch a seaplane transfer back to Velana International Airport.



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