This island is surrounded by clear waters known as Dharavandhoo Thila and Hanifaru Bay; which are famous amongst divers around the world, for it is a sanctuary for a variety of marine life, especially manta rays and whale sharks.

Dharavandhoo Island is located in Baa Atoll 110 km north of Male. With a population of about 800 people, the island has its own airport. Bikini beach is quite long and occupies almost the whole northern part of the island. The beach has sunbeds, hammocks, swings, and umbrellas.

The island economy is mainly tourism related activities tourism-related fisheries and agriculture also contributes to some level. Most inhabitants are educated run their own businesses, work in the nearby resorts or work in the capital city Male’

The island has its own health center, two football grounds, ATM, bank office, mobile operators offices, pharmacy, two dive centers. Food on offer is a mix of traditional and western cuisine Two domestic airlines Maldivian and FlyMe fly multiple trips to Daravandhoo daily. No alcohol is allowed in Dharavandhoo. To drink some beer or wine you have to take resort day trip.

Daravandhoo house reef is great for snorkelling Expect to see schools of fish, rays, turtles and reef sharks.

If you would like to see a number of turtles at a time visiting Turtle Garden near Soneva Fushi Resort is a great idea.

The Island is also close to the famous Hanifaru Bay. Considered to be the world’s largest manta ray feeding station. From May till November in Hanifaru Bay you can see 50-100 manta rays!


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