During its DIVE Travel Awards 2021, the UK’s DIVE Magazine listed Komandoo Island Resort & Spa, Vilemandhoo Island Resort & Spa and Kuredu Island Resort & Spa of the Crown & Champs Resorts collection as three of the 10 best dive resorts in the Maldives.
While dive enthusiasts may not be surprised since the three resorts are renowned as top dive destinations with excellent excursions and scuba diving centres. Nonetheless, the award is a true honour when the primary selection includes 120 other Maldivian resorts offering scuba diving.
The unique locations of these island resorts have massively contributed to this award. For example, Kuredu and Komandoo are located in the pristine Lhaviyani atoll, where nearly half of the Maldivian turtle population can be found. On the other hand, Vilamendhoo is situated in the dive-famous Ari Atoll of the Maldives, where majestic creatures like Manta Rays and Whalesharks frequent.
DIVE Magazine listed the resorts based on performance in its annual DIVE Travel Awards and recommendations from its correspondent network.
The dive operations at each resort are managed by the resort’s professional dive centre teams. The dive operations on Komandoo Island and Kuredu Island are governed by the renowned Prodivers, while Euro-Divers is the dive partner on Vilamendhoo Island. The Euro-Divers Vilamendhoo team has been named one of the region’s top five dive centres and resorts in the DIVE Travel Awards 2021.
Vilamendhoo Island Resort & Spa
Vilamendhoo Island is an adventurer’s paradise, surrounded by a spectacular house reef just a short swim away from the expansive sandy beach. Its location in the South Ari Atoll makes it a whale shark and manta ray hotspot all year round, offering 50 dive sites within a 30-minute boat ride. On the island, enjoy the relaxing tropical atmosphere and genuine hospitality as you recharge for your next adventure. Vilamendhoo is a family-friendly resort with a separate boutique-style adults-only area, three bars, two a la carte restaurants, two freshwater pools, a dive centre, and a watersports centre. The island is a 25-minute scenic seaplane transfer from the Male’ Velana international airport.
Kuredu Island Resort & Spa:
Situated in the dive famed Lhaviyani atoll, a scenic 45 minutes from the Male’ Velana International Airport, Kuredu island is a renowned Turtle hotspot. The island is vibrant with 14 restaurants and bars, fourteen room categories, fantastic evening entertainment, a wide array of land sports, a gold course, a dive centre with a hyperbaric chamber and watersports. The resort is family-friendly and includes two separate boutique-style areas within the island, the adults-only Sangu Resort and O resort for guests of 12 years and above.
Komandoo Island Resort & Spa
Situated in the Lhaviyani Atoll, Komandoo is a scenic 40-minute seaplane ride from Velana International Airport. Komandoo is tailor-made for romance, combining the beauty of the Maldives with the charm of a small resort. A laid-back retreat guaranteed by award-winning attentiveness and a variety of leisure activities, ideal for your honeymoon, a tranquil romantic escape, or a getaway with friends. Pure and simple paradise awaits.