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In celebration of World Ocean Day June 8th 2024

In celebration of World Ocean Day June 8th 2024

In celebration of World Ocean Day, we are thrilled to share information on the amazing diving opportunities and Blue Hole phenomenon, which can be experienced by guests at Vakkaru Maldives.

When the last ice age arrived and huge volumes of Earth’s oceans were frozen into polar caps, sea levels around the world fell. Coral reefs and limestone rocks were exposed and began to erode. Eventually, as the elements did their gradual steady work, sections collapsed to form sinkholes. Millennia later, when the ice age ended and meltwater re-filled the oceans, these holes flooded to create incredible underwater chimneys which now appear cerulean blue from above.
Today, these unique reef formations provide cave-like sanctuaries protecting coral and other sea life from the surrounding ocean. With calm waters, abundant ecosystems and ancient fossils they are a paradise for snorkelling and diving enthusiasts.

Two of these beguiling tropical reef wonders are easily accessible from Vakkaru Maldives, with one only a few minutes by kayak from the island’s powder-soft beach. Guests can stay in a luxury villa at Vakkaru Maldives and join expert divers from the resort’s Splash aqua adventure centre to explore these 1.5-metre wide by 15-metre deep tropical reef wonders. Swim among vibrant coral blocks and diverse marine life from oriental sweetlips and groupers to clownfish, unicorn fish and more. Watch in wonder as reef sharks and rays cast shadows across the underwater world.

These mesmerising blue holes are just one amazing highlight of the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve surrounding Vakkaru Maldives. After slipping into the Indian Ocean, guests will also have opportunities to explore the magnificent house reef or travel a little further to see whale sharks, marine turtles and manta rays at Hanifaru Bay. Guided trips, PADI-certified instructors and specialist courses allow even brand-new divers to enjoy every compelling site while state-of-the-art equipment is available for experienced aquanauts ready to journey freely. Waterproof cameras can also be hired to keep precious memories safe forever.

Vakkaru is just a 30-minute seaplane ride from Velana International Airport and is a secluded reef island, with 113 Overwater and Beach Villas elegantly designed to respect their surroundings, along with six restaurants, two bars, and a wine cellar, as well as an overwater Merana Spa, complete with Ayurveda practice. The resort is perfect for couples, solo travellers, and families, with the Parrotfish Club and Coconut Club great for kids and teens, as well as a host of water sports, ocean excursions, private yachts, coral adoption, and tennis training.

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Overwater Villas start from £970 per night, based on 2 people sharing, including breakfast & dinner daily.