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South Ari Atoll

By Amy Adejokun Amy Adejokun Section editor

Our Editorial team's advice

The Southern Ari Atoll is one of the most touristic islands in the Maldives. The archipelago is made up of many islands including the famous Hilton Maldives. You can also find the beautiful White Sands, as well as the hotels of the Villa Hotel chain including Sun Island and Holiday Island.

We invite you to dream while reading through the descriptions of this beautiful place, and who knows?...it may become a reality!

To see

You can certainly visit another island-hotel than your own, or even a desert island and an island village. If you have time to go back to Malé before taking your return plane, do not hesitate to go! The atmosphere is special, and it is interesting to discover the Maldivian architecture, as each little island is actually just a hotel and its lush vegetation it is nice to experience some Maldivian civilisation. You can also discover the Friday Mosque, the Presidential Palace, the Islamic Centre, Park Sultan and the National Museum. Also not to be missed is the fish market and the local market which have an atmosphere of their own.

To do

Once you get to your island, it might seem that there is not a lot to do, though there are several different activities such as diving, snorkeling, water sports and land sports. Feel free to enjoy a massage in the spa, which is very professionally done. You can also go fishing in the daytime and at night. As well as this, the hotel will serve you a barbecue on a desert island and you can visit a local island and another island hotel.


  • +  The calm and serenity


  • -  Far from the capital city of Male

To think about

Do not forget to take your camera along with you in the hydroplane. The view is magnificent. The atolls and the islands exude an unforgettable magic!

To avoid

Even though violent storms are rare in the Maldives, it is advisable to avoid the monsoon season, from May to November.

To try

The cuisine in the Maldives is both local and international with lots of seafood and fish. A large variety of fruits is also grown.

To bring back

The Maldivian crafts show a certain taste for art and many objects are exhibited. You can buy some of them in the shops, as well as other things such as wooden sculptures or stone coral. Coral jewellery is also particularly fine. For those who want to bring some sand home with them, do not hesitate, but on reasonable scale, of course!
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