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W Maldives

5 star hotel
Fesdu Island, North Ari Atoll, North Ari Atoll 09110, Maldives
77 rooms
FREE Internet

Down Under & Wave

PADI 5 star dive center
Max 4 divers per guide

Package highlights

  • Incredible diving in a natural wonderland of white-sand beaches, turquoise lagoons and breath-taking reefs
  • Iconic design inspired by the glow in the dark jellyfish and luminous plankton that can be spotted in the shallows
  • The reef beneath. With direct access to the house reef from your bungalow, you can plunge below the surface to swim with reef sharks, turtles and eagle rays anytime
  • Turn up the excitement with a Whale Shark Quest or star in your own aquatic adventure in a W underwater video
  • Private island getaway. Steal away to your own secluded island for a picnic or stay overnight under the stars, for a real wilderness adventure
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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: 5%
  • 120 days before trip start: 50%
  • 44 days before trip start: 100%

Cancellation fee

Free cancellation for 48h after confirmation

  • 5.0% of the total booking amount will be charged if you cancel more than 95 days prior to arrival
  • 55.0% will be charged if you cancel between 95 and 67 days prior to arrival
  • 100.0% will be charged if you cancel less than 67 days prior to arrival

Explore diving around the W Maldives

Dive Center


  • Easy access to some of the world's best diving locations
  • Chance to see turtles, sharks, manta rays, rare whales and dolphins
  • State of the art dive limousines 
  • Private yacht diving excursions and overnight trips
  • Highly experienced, multilingual, fun and professional staff
  • Spacious dive center with modern facilities and cutting edge equipment
  • Highly revered house reef with schools of brightly coloured fish 
  • Wave water sports center offering a wide variety of thrilling activities


Down Under and Wave Watersports operates daily diving trips with the chance for up to four dives per day during your stay. We are perfectly located in the heart of the Ari Atoll with five of the top ten dive sites in Maldives available to our guests.

We normally do three boat dives a day, two in the morning at 8:00 and one in the afternoon at 2:30. All our dives are guided by one of our experienced multi lingual dive instructors and includes free Nitrox fills for anyone holding the certification.

With our stunning house reef (one of the best in the Maldives) offering the perfect first dive. We offer every PADI dive course from intro to pro and UV night dives all from the comfort of the resort.

Our regular dive boat offers a toilet, shower, refrigerators, espresso machine, tea, fruit plates, living area and sun deck. We have a custom-built gulf craft for speed boat dives and the Escape yacht to dive the world-famous Whale Shark Haven or any other top spot in our atoll aboard our luxury two cabin sailing yacht for a full day or overnight luxury private charter. All of our captains are trained rescue divers with emergency first response and CPR.

The regular shared boat ride to most dive sites varies from 5 to 30 minutes; you'll be leaving at 08.00, make a dive, have a minimum of 1 hour surface interval followed by a second dive. You'll be back at around 12.30 and still have the afternoon to do something else.  Some of the top spots are:


- Maalhos Thila -- excellent soft (among the best in the Maldives) and hard corals, abundant fish life

- Donkalo Thila -- excellent soft and hard corals, abundant fish life, many manta rays in the manta ray season*

- Himendhoo Thila -- good soft and hard corals, abundant fish life, many manta rays in the manta ray season*

- Hafsa Thilla - abundant fish life, eagle rays, white tip and grey reef sharks with many schools of fishes

- Manta point

- Maaya Thila -- abundant fish life, sharks (white tip and grey reef), schooling barracuda

- Fish Head -- abundant fish life, eagle rays, white tip and grey reef sharks, turtles and travelly

- Bathalaa Thila -- healthy reef, resident school of batfish and bannerfish, sharks as well.

- Ship wrecks (fesdu wreck, halaveli wreck)

*: the manta ray season runs from December to March, although this is quite variable from year to year.


We also offer our mini – safari; a half day, two dive speed boat transfer to the best sites in the atoll for the dedicated diver willing to go the extra mile for the best dives in our atoll.


The Watersports options at Wave are endless. We have everything from parasailing and jet ski rides to the latest jet boards and seabobs. Our team of certified watersports instructors can teach you everything from wakeboarding to kite surfing. You can enjoy sailing lessons or take up paddle boarding all from the safety and security of our beautiful on-site lagoon stretching from the beach to the edge of the water villas.


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Rental Equipment

  • Steel Cylinders
  • Aluminum Cylinders
  • Wetsuit – 3Mm
  • Regulator
  • Flashlight
  • Children Sizes
  • Boots
  • Dive Computer
  • Large Cylinders (15L / 100 Cu. Ft.)
  • Small Cylinders (10L / 71.2 Cu. Ft.)
  • Bcd
  • Compass
  • Wetsuit – Shorty
  • Mask & Snorkel
  • Camera
  • Skin Suit
  • Open-Heel Fins
  • Full-Foot Fins

Languages spoken

  • English
  • Spanish
  • French
  • German
  • Mandarin
  • Arabic
  • Russian
  • Chinese
  • Norwegian

Dive Center Facilities

  • Onsite Classroom
  • Air Conditioning
  • Wi-Fi (Free)
  • Retail Shop
  • Waterfront Location
  • House Reef
  • Dive Boat
  • Onsite Accommodation

PADI membership level

  • Padi 5 Star Dive Resort

Resort Amenities

Great for families

  • Board Games
  • Babysitting/Child Services


  • Restaurant
  • Beach Front
  • Bar / Lounge
  • Swimming Pool(S)
  • Garden
  • Lounge/Tv Area
  • Adaptive Service Facility


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

Sports & Watersports

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


  • Karaoke
  • Jet Skiing

Amenities & services

  • Wi-Fi (Free)
  • Air-Conditioning

Food & drink

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

Wellness & Relaxation

  • Fitness Center/Gym
  • Spa Facility
  • Hot Tub/Whirlpool/Jacuzzi
  • Beauty Treatments
  • Massage Services
  • Yoga

Resort Description

W Maldives is a beautiful island resort in a secluded utopia of white sand beaches, turquoise lagoons and remarkable coral reefs.

The 5-star setting features 77 luxurious, private hideaways, each complete with WiFi, air conditioning and a flat screen TV.

Wander out to your sundeck and you will find your own private plunge pool, cushioned loungers and spectacular views of the Indian Ocean.

Despite the resort's intimate vibes, W Maldives offers six gourmet restaurants and lounge bars discreetly dotted around the island's lush interior and fine beaches.

Put your feet up on the beach, enjoy an expertly conceived cocktail, partake in adrenaline-filled water sports, or discover true pampering at the over water Away Spa.

Whether you wish to enjoy the ultimate romantic dinner on the beach, call the shots on your own personal dive boat or charter the Escape yacht to cruise around the Ari Atoll, nothing is too much to ask. 

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How to get there


  • The best airport to fly into is Male International Airport, which is a short seaplane flight from the resort (additional cost, advance notice required). 
  • Having landed, a Welcome Ambassador will meet you at arrivals, help you drop off your bags and escort you to the Trans Maldivian Airways (TMA) Terminal. 
  • Please note that same day seaplane transfers can only be arranged for international flights landing in the Maldives prior to 3:30 pm (local time).


  • A seaplane will be scheduled on the day of your departure to drop you off at Male International Airport (additional cost, advance notice required). 
  • The flight will depart from the island's private pier. Hotel staff will be on hand to assist you with your luggage following check-out.  
  • Please note that same day seaplane transfers can only be arranged for international flights departing from the Maldives after 9 am (local time).


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