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Drift Thelu Veliga Retreat

4 star hotel
Thelu Veliga Island, South Ari Atoll, Maldives
30 rooms
FREE Internet

Drift Thelu Veliga Retreat

PADI 5 star dive center
Max 4 divers per guide

Package highlights

  • Resident marine biologists at hand at the onsite PADI dive center
  • One of the best places for whale sharks and dolphin spotting
  • Nourish your senses at the peaceful, over-water spa with views of the lagoon
  • Locally caught seafood is served up in the beautiful open-air restaurant
  • Learn about local culture, try a new watersport and have a sandbank picnic
  • Just a 30 minute speedboat ride away from Whale Shark Point
  • Curated moments for two, including 'A Local Fisherman's Journey' and 'A Maldivian Family Experience'
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Enhanced Health Measures

Date of last update:Aug 10, 2020

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All guest have to Wear MASK

Dates & Prices

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You only need to pay 48h after your booking is confirmed.

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10% CHEAPER on average than booking rooms & diving direct.
EXCLUSIVE BENEFITS such as free DAN dive insurance.
24/7 EXPERT DIVING ADVICE from travel agents who are all divers.
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Booking process


Once we receive your booking, we double check availability with the dive operator and reserve your spot


We usually get back to you within 24 hours to confirm that your booking is final


You then have 48 hours to take care of other travel arrangements. Your credit card will only be charged after that period

Payment & cancellation

Payment terms

  • Now: 0%
  • 48 hours after booking confirmation: 55%
  • 60 days before trip start: 100%

Cancellation fee

Free cancellation for 48h after confirmation

STANDARD CANCELLATION POLICY: If you cancel more than 39 days prior to your arrival date, you will lose 55% of your booking; if you cancel between 39 and 23 days, you will lose 80% of your booking; you will lose 100% if you cancel 23 days or less prior to your arrival date

SPECIAL CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) TERMS:  If travel restrictions are implemented by the local governments due to COVID 19 (Coronavirus) which means you are unable to travel, you cancel without any penalty.

Explore diving around the Drift Thelu Veliga Retreat

What to see

The Ari Atoll is famous among divers for its volume of pelagic species. It is not uncommon to see manta rays, whale sharks, hammerheads, guitar sharks, turtles, grey reef sharks and eagle rays all within a week’s diving.

While the Ari Atoll may be heaven for big species, it features a good deal of macro life as well. Frogfish, zebra morays, nudibranchs, blueline snappers and hundreds of other colorful fish species reside here.

Wherever you dive in the Ari Atoll, you are sure to be slack-jawed at least once a day by the sheer number of pelagic species you will encounter.

Dive Center


  • PADI 5* Dive Center at Drift Thelu Veliga Retreat
  • Super flexible dive service, personalised itineraries 
  • Small groups, max 4 divers to 1 guide
  • Huge underwater variety, Project AWARE specialties
  • Chance to get involved with whale shark and manta research 


South Ari Dive Center has a base within Drift Thelu Veliga Retreat in South Ari Atoll. 

This a is world-famous desintation for whale sharks and manta rays. During your stay, you will have the chance to dive with these incredible creatures, and even participate in ongoing research! (on request)

Marine protected coral shallows or challenging pinnacles, steep walls and channels- South Ari Atoll has it all. Two tank dive trips set off each morning to dive sites between 10 minutes and 1.5 hours away. 

The dive team offers personalized dive itineraries, and group sizes are kept to a maximum of 4 divers. A full range of PADI recreational training is available, including Project AWARE specialties. 

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PADI® Courses Available

  • Project Aware Specialties
  • Intro Dives/Discover Scuba Diving
  • Scuba Refresher
  • Open Water Diver
  • Advanced Open Water Diver
  • Rescue Diver
  • Kids Courses
  • Nitrox Certification
  • Underwater Photography
  • Night Diver
  • Drift Diving
  • Boat Diver
  • Peak Performance Buoyancy

Diving Facilities

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

Diving gear

  • Tanks With Din Valves
  • Din/Int Adapters
  • 15L Tanks Available

Languages spoken

  • English
  • Spanish
  • Italian

PADI membership level

  • Padi 5 Star Dive Center

For your safety

  • Emergency Oxygen Kit
  • First Aid Kits

Resort Amenities


  • Book Swap/Library
  • Sunset Cruises
  • Sandbank
  • Cooking Classes
  • Island Hopping
  • Karaoke
  • Jet Skiing


  • Marine Conservation Program

Sports & Watersports

  • Waterskiing
  • Snorkeling
  • Stand-Up Paddling
  • Windsurfing
  • Kayaking
  • Sailing
  • Fishing

Great for families

  • Board Games
  • Babysitting/Child Services

Food & drink

  • Private Dining
  • Buffet
  • A La Carte
  • Alcohol
  • Vegetarian Food
  • Halal Food
  • Gluten Free Food
  • Kosher Food


  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • Amex
  • Cash (Usd)
  • Cash (Eur)
  • Cash (Gbp)
  • Cash (Aud)
  • Cash (Nzd)
  • Cash (Local Currency)


  • Restaurant
  • Beach Front
  • Bar / Lounge
  • Heating
  • Equipment For Kids

Amenities & services

  • Wi-Fi (Free)
  • Camera Station
  • Air-Conditioning

Wellness & Relaxation

  • Spa Facility
  • Massage Services
  • Beauty Treatments

Resort Description

Drift Thelu Veliga Retreat is a 4* private island resort that promises white sandy beaches and lush vegetation. 

The island is home to 10 beach villas and 20 over-water villas, each providing complete seclusion. The over-water spa offers a selection of beauty treatments and massage therapies, complimented by breathtaking views of the lagoon. 

The team of highly skilled chefs create delicious dishes incorporating fresh seafood and locally-sourced produce. Meals are served in the open-air restaurant in both buffet and a la carte style. 

Activities include sandbank picnics, cultural excursions, dolphin or whale shark watching, sailing, snorkelling and, of course, diving. 

How to get there


  • The resort can arrange your transfer from Male International Airport (additional cost, advance notice required). 
  • You may choose between speedboat, domestic flight and seaplane (for international arrivals landing before 4pm only)
  • Check in is 1pm. 


  • Check out time is 12pm. 


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