Adventure in Ari - Explore Lush Landscapes and Swim with Gentle Giants

The ever-captivating Ari Atoll is one of the breathtaking regions handpicked for the Visit Maldives Storytellers' Conference 2023 sideline experiences. Comprising Alifu Alifu Atoll and Alifu Dhaalu Atoll, Ari beckons with its lush landscapes, vibrant marine life, and thrilling adventures. As part of this exclusive conference, participants will have the opportunity to explore this remarkable region, immersing themselves in its natural wonders, engaging in exciting activities, and creating unforgettable stories to share with the world.
Join us as we embark on a journey of discovery, where lush landscapes meet gentle giants, and thrilling watersports awaken the adventurer within.

Awe-Inspiring Landscapes

If you have never seen a green-on-green landscape stretching deep into a powder blue sky, then Ari will surprise and delight you. This region boasts lush, verdant landscapes that seem to merge seamlessly with the sky, creating a mesmerising vista. The dense foliage, swaying palm trees, and vibrant tropical flowers add to the charm of this picturesque destination. Nature lovers and avid photographers will find themselves captivated by the beauty of Ari's landscapes, which provide the perfect backdrop for an unforgettable adventure.

Swimming with Gentle Giants: South Ari Marine Park

One of the highlights of Ari Atoll is the South Ari Marine Park, located in Alifu Dhaalu. This marine park is incredibly unique as it is the only year-round whale shark aggregation site of its kind in the world. Experts believe that the marine park serves as a secondary nursery to mostly juvenile male individuals, making it a vital conservation area for these magnificent creatures. Visitors to the park can embark on a thrilling whale shark viewing experience, guided by marine biologists who provide insights into the behaviour and conservation efforts of these gentle giants. Swimming alongside these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat is an awe-inspiring experience that leaves a lasting impression.

Sustainability and Conservation

For those seeking a deeper understanding of the region's biodiversity and conservation efforts, a resort tour focusing on sustainability practices is a must. Ari Atoll is home to Maldives' largest floating solar system, which harnesses the power of the sun to generate renewable energy. Additionally, the atoll's resorts actively engage in coral planting initiatives to restore and protect fragile coral reefs. Guests can participate in these conservation activities and contribute to the preservation of this precious ecosystem. The opportunity to interact with marine biologists and gain firsthand knowledge about the atoll's unique marine life adds an educational aspect to the adventure.

Wellness and Serenity

Ari Atoll is not only a haven for nature enthusiasts but also offers a wide range of activities to cater to every traveller's interests. Start your day with a rejuvenating session of sunrise yoga on the beach, surrounded by the tranquil beauty of the atoll. Feel the warmth of the sun on your skin as you find inner peace and harmony in this idyllic setting. Let the soothing sounds of the ocean waves and the gentle touch of expert hands melt away your stress and revitalise your body and mind.

Embrace the Rush of Ari Atoll's Waters

Ari Atoll is a haven for adrenaline junkies and water sports enthusiasts seeking an exhilarating adventure. The atoll is a playground for thrilling activities that will leave you breathless and craving for more. Wakeboarding enthusiasts can carve through the crystal-clear waters, while hoverboarding allows you to soar above the ocean's surface with a water-powered jetpack. For a more relaxed yet exciting experience, try kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding to explore the calm lagoons and discover hidden corners of the atoll.

Evening Delights

As the day draws to a close, Ari Atoll surprises its visitors with unique and memorable experiences. Picture yourself sipping a cup of tea on the Dhigurah thundi, a long, white, powder-soft beach that is famous in Dhigurah Island. The gentle breeze, the sound of the waves, and the golden hues of the setting sun create a magical atmosphere. Enjoy some tasty Maldivian treats as you unwind and reflect on the day's adventures. Experience a pop-up cinema on the beach, where you can sit under the starlit sky and watch your favourite movies. The soft sand beneath your feet, the sound of the waves, and the captivating visuals on the big screen create an unforgettable evening under the stars.
Photo by Maysa Santoro

Luxurious & Eco-friendly Stays

To fully immerse yourself in the adventure of Ari Atoll, there are numerous accommodation options available that cater to different preferences and budgets. From luxury resorts to cosy guesthouses, you'll find the perfect place to stay during your visit.
If you’ve fantasised about living a–lavish–Robinson Crusoe life on a faraway tropical island, you’re in the right place. At LUX* South Ari Atoll, you will ride your bicycle along the jetty, swim alongside whale sharks, hang out in your bungalow on stilts, dine at any of the eight restaurants, dance the night away, partake in marine conservation… Located on South Ari Atoll in a Marine Protected Area, every room, suite and villa has its own delightful features: spacious bedrooms, luxurious bathrooms, exquisite sun deck Midnight baths in the sea? Private dinner on the beach? Whatever it is you love, you’ll find it at LUX* South Ari Atoll.
A perfect blend of excitement and tranquillity
Ari Atoll in the Maldives is a paradisiacal region that offers an adventure like no other. With its lush landscapes, vibrant marine life, and wide range of activities, it is a dream destination for nature enthusiasts, thrill-seekers, and those seeking relaxation and serenity. The region's commitment to sustainability and conservation adds an educational and meaningful aspect to the adventure. From swimming with gentle giants in the South Ari Marine Park to exploring the picturesque landscapes, every moment in Ari Atoll is filled with wonder and beauty.
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