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Drift Thelu Veliga Retreat

Hotel category
4 Star
Rooms
30
Wellness/Spa
YES
Internet
FREE
PADI dive center
Onsite
House reef
YES

Resort Highlights

  • 4* private island resort in South Ari Atoll
  • Fantastic destination for spotting whale sharks and dolphins!
  • Peaceful, over-water spa with views of the lagoon
  • Gourmet dishes served in the open-air restaurant
  • Fresh seafood, locally-sourced produce
  • Sandbank picnics, water sports, cultural excursions

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BOOKING

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

CONFIRMATION

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

24H FREE CANCELLATION PERIOD

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 60 days prior to arrival

Cancellation fee

  • 50% of the total booking amount will be charged if you cancel more than 39 days prior to arrival
  • 75% will be charged if you cancel between 39 and 23 days prior to arrival
  • 100% will be charged if you cancel less than 23 days prior to arrival

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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. 

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

Highlights

  • 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 

Description

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. 

DIVING SERVICES

PADI Courses Available

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

Adaptors & tanks

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

Diving Facilities

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

For your safety

  • Emergency Oxygen Kit
  • First Aid Kits

Languages spoken

  • English
  • Spanish
  • Italian

PADI membership level

  • Padi 5 Star Dive Center

Resort Amenities

Activities

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

Food & drink

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

Wellness & Relaxation

  • Spa Facility
  • Massage Services
  • Beauty Treatments

Facilities

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

Great for families

  • Board Games
  • Babysitting/Child Services

Payments

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

Conservation/Environment

  • Marine Conservation Program

Sports & Watersports

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

How to get there

Arrival

  • 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. 

Departure

  • Check out time is 12pm. 

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