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Our scuba travel experts are available 24/7 to assist you in planning and booking a fantastic scuba diving vacation

Hotel category
5 Star
5 star dive center
House reef

Resort Highlights

  • Finolhu Resort is set within UNESCO-protected Baa Atoll
  • Close by Hanifaru Bay and its population of Manta Rays (between June and October)
  • Overwater and beachfront villas with breath taking ocean views
  • Swim with dolphins, turtles, mantas and white tip reefs sharks
  • First-class retro style, offering a truly unique and luxurious Maldives escape
  • Gourmet, fresh and local cuisine


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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

  • 25% of the total booking amount is due at the time of booking
  • 75% (balance) is due 37 days prior to arrival

Cancellation fee

Up to 37 days before arrival, no cancellation charge. 37 to 23 days prior to arrival, 50% charge. 22 days or fewer before arrival, 100% charge. No-shows will be charged 100% of stay and one-way transfer. For festive season bookings, a 50% cancellation fee applies before July 31st 2018. Any cancellation after August 1st 2018 will be charged at 100%. No-shows will be charged 100% of stay and one-way transfer.

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Resort Description

Finolhu Resort is a luxurious, retro resort offering overwater and beachfront villas.

When diving from Finolhu look out for overhangs, colorful corals, manta rays and whale sharks. Turtles are often spotted, as well as macro creatures, reef sharks and octopus. 

Pastel-hued decorations and bright green leaves stand out against the neutral tones and natural materials employed to create the foundations of each space.

Every villa offers comfortable, cushioned seating and top-notch views of the Indian Ocean.

Feeling peckish? Drop by one of the six ‘far out’ eateries. Or experience the Cove Club spa to unwind and allow yourself to be rejuvenated.

Explore diving around the Finolhu Resort

What to see

The Baa Atoll has been awarded UNESCO status for a reason. You won’t be disappointed by the diversity of fish and coral that you’ll see.

If you’re visiting the atoll during manta season, you can expect their orderly feeding behavior to be disbanded while they feed. They bump into each other like bumper cars at a fairground.

Amongst the coral, you’ll find whip coral, dark red sponges, black coral bushes and zoanthids growing like wild mushrooms. The soft corals found in the overhangs are blue, yellow and green; pairs of porcelain crabs rest in anemone coral. You’ll also see large table corals on the reefs.

The small Maldivian sponge snail sits on sandy banks while midnight snapper, small-toothed emperor, moon fusiliers and moon wrasse swim by. Coral rock cod are covered in florescent speckles.

In the channels, you’ll find eagle rays, Napoleon wrasses, turtles and sharks.

Dive Center


  • First-class, luxury dive operation within a UNESCO world heritage site
  • Swim with mantas, sting rays, turtles, dolphins, sharks and 100's of fish species
  • Resident Marine Biologist offers unsurpassable insight into the area's incredible Biosphere Reserve
  • A diversity of marine environments including caves, caverns and overhangs 
  • Expert instructors, state-of-the-art equipment and spacious dive boats
  • Diving excursions and courses to sui beginners and experienced divers alike
  • Large population of Manta rays at Hanifaru Bay (June-October)
  • Have a one-on-one dive consultation and choose to develop a personalised diving itinerary


HUB is the perfect base for partaking in a huge diversity of thrilling and inspiring water-based activities. Running regular excursions, a cutting edge Marine Biology program, world-class diving trips, exciting free diving and private boat charters, Dive Butler truly knows how to help you make the most out of the endless blue waters surrounding Finolhu. In addition to these activities, the center itself is home to a water-related retail store and facilities combined with expertise to bring to life all your underwater video and photography dreams. Capture the beauty and take your memories home with you! The rich, natural environment of the surrounding, protected waters mean that every single dive is an extraordinary adventure. Have a chat with one of the friendly and knowledgeable staff members, so they can be sure to guide you through the perfect dive site for you. The area was allocated UNESCO World Heritage status in 2011, largely due to the population of majestic Manta Rays that visit Hanifaru during the southwest monsoon (usually between June and October). Surely not one to miss, it’s only a short boat ride away!


PADI Courses Available

  • Intro Dives/Discover Scuba
  • Scuba Refresher
  • Open Water Diver
  • Advanced Open Water Diver
  • Rescue Diver Certification
  • Divemaster
  • Divemaster Internship
  • Free-Diving Course
  • Kids Courses
  • Nitrox Certification
  • Underwater Photography
  • Deep Diver Certification
  • Underwater Videographer
  • 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
  • 15L Tanks Available
  • Filling Station

Diving Facilities

  • Shop
  • Training Pool
  • Battery Charging Station
  • Wi-Fi (Free)
  • Beach Front Location
  • House Reef
  • Facilities For Disabled Guests
  • Air Conditioning
  • Warm-Water Showers
  • Fish Id And Diving Books

For your safety

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

Languages spoken

  • English
  • German
  • Chinese
  • French
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Russian
  • Ukrainian

PADI membership level

  • Padi 5 Star Dive Center


  • Padi 5 Star

Resort Amenities


  • Karaoke
  • Jet Skiing
  • Nightclub

Food & drink

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

Wellness & Relaxation

  • Fitness Center/Gym
  • Sauna
  • Hot Tub/Whirpool/Jacuzzi
  • Massage Services
  • Beauty Treatments
  • Yoga


  • Restaurant
  • Beach Front
  • Bar / Lounge
  • Swimming Pool(S)
  • Wi-Fi (Free)
  • Air-Conditioning
  • Garden
  • Lounge/Tv Area
  • Games Room
  • Facilities For Disabled Guests

Great for families

  • Board Games
  • Kids Club
  • Kids Playground
  • Babysitting/Child Services


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

Sports & Watersports

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

How to get there


  • The resort is approximately 30 minutes away from Velana Airport by seaplane (Baggage allowance is 20kg and 5kg hand luggage. Any excess baggage is chargeable at a cost of US$4 per kg and payable at the airport). 
  • The resort can be reached by a 20 minute Domestic flight and 25 minutes speedboat ride from Dharavandhoo Domestic Airport (Each guest is allowed a 25 kg checked luggage and 5 kgs of hand luggage. Any excess baggage is charged a cost of US$2.00 and is payable at the airport).
  • If you take domestic flight, you will be met by a hotel representative who will assist you with your bags and escort you to a speedboat that will transfer you to your island home.
  • Check‐in time is 1400hrs on the arrival date.


  • Check‐out time is 1200hrs on the departure date.
  • Having checked out of the resort, you will be transferred by speedboat back to Dharavandhoo Airport or you can join your Seaplane transfer back to Velan Airport

FINOLHU Baa Atoll is 2hrs ahead of Maldives Standard Time


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