The Maldives are waiting for ambitious divers, curious animal lovers, and those craving a much-needed vacation to join them in this enticing escape. Or, perhaps you’re looking for your next wintertime exit strategy to replace tantalizing temperatures with seafoam and salty breezes. This paradise is not only home to an abundance of sea creatures and picture-esque sunsets; but also attracts guests with top-tier resorts that are constantly redefining and elevating luxury. A series of natural islands runs through the Indian Ocean, hiding some of the best diving locations in the world and eliciting serious vacation envy. Not to worry if you don’t have your scuba license (yet), as there are plenty of dolphin excursions, snorkeling, and underwater dining for all to enjoy.

Below, we’ve compiled a list of some of the most enchanting resorts for those in need of an island escape. These resorts feature some of the best diving in the world, a few even showing off their own house reefs. Travel to the Maldives to uncover luxurious private havens and unforgettable moments for everyone to enjoy, on land and in the sea.

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COMO Maalifushi is the only resort in the world-famous Thaa Atoll, and honored with the title; some of the ‘best surfing in the Maldives‘. Here, discover seasonal whale shark and manta ray sightings. With a wide array of ways to explore including; night dives, biologist-led aqua safaris, and complimentary equipment rentals, we are confident Como Maalifushi will keep sea explorers endlessly entertained.

Bathtub inside a sand colored and beach themed bathroom, green lush plants seen through window
Choose between 33 overwater villas or 32 properties nestled among lush gardens with floor-to-ceiling windows and sustainably designed decks.


Como CoCo Island offers an impressive menu of ocean activities for guests. This destination house its own private reefs for divers. Also, its location is prime, making day trips to see sea turtles, reef sharks, and joyful fish just breezes away. Como Coco Island’s distinctive ecosystem and engaging excursions make this resort popular among adventure seekers.

White beach with far off villa in the ocean water
A selection of 33 overwater suites and villas, each newly built and meticulously designed to resemble Dhoni. Guests will be fully immersed in the slow-paced island life


Situated on the UNESCO world biosphere reserve, Amilifushi invites visitors to snorkel amongst their house reefs or to go beyond and explore the remarkable marine life in the area. There are a plethora of elevated diving packages to choose from. Additionally, there is a clear bottom boat experience for those who prefer their adventures on solid ground. What makes this choice unique is the elegant design; bringing high class to tropical wonder.

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70% of this island is untouched, allowing guests to engage with the Maldives’ natural beauty in a serendipitous fashion.


Next on our list is the lavish Lux North Male Atoll. Located in a marine protected area, this resort offers more than 50 different seasonal diving sights where visitors can play among reef sharks, sea turtles, and rays. They have sailing classes for boat lovers and a great spa package to unwind after an exciting day at sea. With a full menu of kitesurfing, waterskiing, jet skiing, and paddleboarding, those lucky enough to stay at Lux North Male Atoll are sure to collect plenty of memories to share for years to come.

A large bathtub over looks a hammock swing and an ocean exterior
The Lux North Male Atoll has an impressive set of ethical practices like; operating their own water plant to save the ocean from plastic waste, and launching the world’s largest floating solar panel.


The untouched Noonu atoll is home to numerous exotic dive sites. Velaa features shark cleaning stations, dramatic swim-throughs, and elusive Eagle Rays. A dedicated marine biology team oversees the development of the largest coral restoration program in the Maldives. There, guests can arrange an immersive tour of the coral garden or discover the fascinating hidden gems located within the house reef. The well-equipped dive shop offers PADI certification from beginner through to divemaster levels and a range of Scubapro equipment. It is clear why Velaa is our top choice for true diving fanatics. Their absolutely luxurious amenities add an elevated touch to all seeking an unforgettable time in the Maldives.

An island in The Maldives, bright green and lush land in blue water with white sandy beaches
The spa at Velaa features the Maldive’s only “snow room,” an immersive experience to cool down and ignite the senses.

If any of these resorts have sparked wanderlust, contact our specialists at Travel Leaders 365 to learn more about booking.

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