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3 Star
Rooms
7
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Internet
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5 star dive center
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Resort Highlights

  • Mala Boutique Inn is an eco-friendly beachfront guesthouse on Dhangethi Island
  • Mantas, whale sharks, turtles, tropical fish, corals
  • Day trips to nearby luxury hotels
  • Personalised service, experienced staff
  • Resident pastry chef- one of the best in the Maldives
  • En-suite bathrooms, complimentary toiletries, towels, hot water
  • Island hopping, snorkelling, night fishing with BBQ

Resort Description

Mala Boutique Inn is an intimate beachfront guesthouse on Dhangethi Island, South Ari Atoll. 

Ari Atoll gives you chance to dive with mantas, whale sharks and many more tropical reef fish. Explore coral shallows or visit the channels for more challenging drift dives.

The inn is comprised of a double-story whitewashed building on the beach. Spend your time enjoying breakfast on the white sand beach, go island hopping, snorkelling with turtles, mantas and whale sharks or night fishing with a BBQ.

The restaurant is managed by one of the best pastry chefs in the Maldives and it is possible to visit a wide selection of nearby luxurious resorts using Mala's complimentary speedboat.

Staff members have experience working in high-end Maldivian resorts, allowing you to recieve first class service at a fraction of the cost.

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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 37 days prior to arrival
  • 100% will be charged if you cancel less than 37 days prior to arrival

Explore diving around the Mala Boutique Inn

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

  • Newly-established PADI 5* Dive Center on Dhangethi, opening Sept 1st
  • Super flexible dive service, personalised itineraries 
  • Small groups, max 3 divers to 1 guide
  • Huge underwater variety within 10- 40 mins drive
  • A spacious Dhoni with camera facilities and powerful 4 person speed boat
  • Multilingual instructors, Russian and French on request
  • State of the art equipment, digital classroom, air con
  • Resident marine biologist, whale shark and manta research 

Description

South Ari Dive Center is a newly-established PADI Dive Center on Dhangethi Island. 

Marine protected coral shallows or challenging pinnacles, steep walls and channels- South Ari Atoll has it all. 2 tank dive trips set off each morning to dive sites between 10 and 40 minutes away. 

The dive team offers personalized dive itineraries, and group sizes are kept to a maximum of 3 divers. A full range of PADI recreational training is available, including Project AWARE specialties. 

South Ari Dive plan to become the largest database for whale sharks and manta rays in South Ari Atoll by 2035.  The new dive center has invested in state of the art equipment, an 18 person air conditioned meeting room, digital classroom and filling station. 

A resident marine biologist holds bi-weekly presentations; one on Maldivian marine life and the other to share progress on the whale shark and manta program. 

 

DIVING SERVICES

Courses

  • Intro Dives/Discover Scuba
  • Scuba Refresher
  • Open Water Diver
  • Advanced Open Water Diver
  • Rescue Diver Certification
  • Divemaster
  • Free-Diving Course
  • Kids Courses
  • Deep Diver Certification
  • Night Diver
  • Wreck Diver
  • Drift Diving
  • Boat Diver
  • Peak Performance Buoyancy
  • Other Specialties

Equipment

  • Tanks With Int (Yoke) Valves
  • Tanks With Din Valves
  • Rental Equipment ($)
  • Dive Computer ($)
  • Equipment For Kids
  • Filling Station

Diving Facilities

  • Shop
  • Camera Room
  • Battery Charging Station
  • Wi-Fi (Free)
  • Beach Front
  • Air Conditioning

Safety

  • Emergency Oxygen Kit
  • First Aid Kits
  • Vhf Radio

Languages spoken

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

PADI membership level

  • Padi 5 Star Dive Center

Distinction

  • Padi 5 Star

Resort Amenities

Activities

  • Snorkeling
  • Stand-Up Paddling
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kite Surfing
  • Windsurfing
  • Kayaking
  • Sailing
  • Fishing
  • Beach Volleyball

Food and drink

  • Restaurant
  • A La Carte Menu
  • Snacks All Day
  • Vegetarian Food
  • Halal Food
  • Gluten Free Food
  • Kosher Food

Wellness

  • Fitness Center

Facilities

  • Beach Front
  • Wi-Fi (Free)
  • Air-Conditioning
  • Uk (3 Pin) Power Sockets

Entertainment and family

  • Kids Playground
  • Babysitting/Child Services

Payments

  • Cash (Usd)
  • Cash (Eur)

How to get there

Arrival 

  • The best way to get to the Mala Boutique Inn is via speed boat from Male. 
  • The resort will arrange a speed boat pick up for you. The journey will take around 1.30hrs and there is an additional fee. 
  • If you would like to arrange an air taxi with Trans Maldavian Airways (TMA) to pick you up from another Maldivian island, this is possible via the resort if given at least 2 weeks notice. 

Departure

  • It is best to return to the airport using the resorts speedboat service (additional cost). 

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