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Choose Veligandu Island Resort & Spa As Your First Couples Holiday Destination in the Maldives

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Couples Holiday in the Maldives

Deciding where to go on your first romantic getaway? If you are looking for a destination where you can relax and escape from it all, the idyllic shores of the Maldives are waiting for you.

Veligandu Island Resort & Spa is the perfect destination for a luxurious couples holiday, where you can share pure bliss and intimate moments amidst the inspiring beauty of the Maldives.

Find out why our romantic Maldives resort is the ultimate choice for your first vacation away together.

Experience Romance, Veligandu Maldives-style

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Voted a top romantic hotel in Asia and the Maldives, Veligandu offers an idyllic paradise with a whole host of romantic experiences. On the guests’ bucket list are:

 • Romantic Love Boat Sailing takes couples to a private sunset sailing experience across the Indian Ocean;
• Sleeping under the Stars on a Private Island provides couples with an exclusive paradise for a night of romance;
• Stargazing Cruise offers a whimsical star-watching experience that provides lovers with an intimate evening together as they cruise along Maldivian waters;
• Signature Private BBQ Dinner treats couples with a private barbecue on a secluded beach.

Begin your Life-long Journey Together 

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Veligandu is the ideal setting for an unforgettable Maldives wedding. Say ‘I do’ overlooking the sparkling turquoise lagoon on the undisturbed stretch of palm-lined beach. Whether you are newly married or celebrating your anniversary, there is no place like Veligandu to fall in love  all over again.

Embark on Relaxation and Adventure 

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There is no shortage of things to see and do in our secluded haven. With a myriad of activities to choose from, lovers can fill their days with pure relaxation, island adventure, or both.

Therefore, whether your idea of a perfect getaway together consists of once-in-a-lifetime experiences such as swimming with sea turtles, dolphin spotting expeditions, or private dining on a luxury yacht, or is all about those days lazing on the beach or winding down at an over-the-water spa, our resort offers the perfect mix of bliss and adventure.


Be sure to contact the friendly team at Veligandu Island Resort & Spa to find out more about our romantic couples holidays in the Maldives.

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Travel Inspiration for Your Much-Awaited Maldives Getaway 

Travel Inspiration for the Rest of 2021

Offering some of the world’s best beaches, two vibrant house reefs, and an exclusive island all to itself, Veligandu Island Resort & Spa provides the perfect setting for that long-awaited safe and beautiful holiday experience after months spent in lockdown and restricted by postponed travel plans.

We have some travel inspiration to help you plan your next vacation experience – and you never know, it might lead you to our secluded island in the Maldives. 

Summer Getaway (August – September): Make it a summer to remember with lots of experiences to discover. From kayaking through a turquoise lagoon and snorkelling around our beautiful house reef to indulging in delightful cuisine and getting pampered at our tropical, overwater Duniye Spa. At Veligandu, you can enjoy paradise precisely as you wish.

Autumn Escape (October – November): With regular whale shark and manta ray sightings being common in Ari Atoll, make sure to add these incredible wildlife encounters to your bucket list of adventures to be checked off this autumn.

Sun, Sea, Sand, and Sparkle (December): Festive season in the tropics awaits you with many surprises and ’tis the season to be merry’ moments. Be spoilt by choice with our festive offerings, including a delectable selection of gourmet delights, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day events, and the appearance of Santa himself!

End the Year with a Dose of Paradise: The ample space on our tropical island lends itself perfectly to natural seclusion, ideal for enjoying togetherness with those you love. But when it is time to celebrate as the year draws to a close, you can discover a range of year-end entertainment and activities to enjoy.

Romance, Relaxation, and Endless Sunshine Year-round: Voted a top romantic hotel in Asia and the Maldives, Veligandu offers a relaxed atmosphere perfect for days of unwinding on the palm-lined beaches, admiring endless tropical views, or simply enjoying intimate moments with your significant other.

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We have put flexibility at the heart of every booking. Our ‘Travel Flexibility’ policy allows you to cancel or move your stay dates just in case your holiday plans are compromised due to the ever-changing travel restrictions.

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Featured image: Private sandbank excursion with Veligandu Maldives, courtesy of @eagleviewportugal

Yachting With Veligandu, The Secluded Island In Maldives

Veligandu’s Gadha (lovingly named as the strong-one-of-the ocean in Maldivian language Dhivehi), is a tastefully appointed Nomad 65 by Gulf Craft.

65ft long (20.06m) and 18ft (5.55m) wide, this tri-deck, modern luxury motor yacht with crafted interiors and comprise of three guest cabins on the lower deck, fully air-conditioned living area, a bar along with a kitchen on the middle deck and an open air space at the top deck to wallow in the breath-taking ocean views.

Powerful and elegant, Gadha is versatile and is made for long-range performance. The yacht is available for day-long Ari atoll cruising, for dive and snorkelling trips, gourmet dinner cruising at sunset and a choice of deep-sea sailing options for romance, star gazing and relaxation.

Yachting inspirations

Day-Long Escapade Cruise
Exploit Ari Atoll by snorkelling through the exuberant coral reef enriched with abundant marine life like sharks, multi-coloured fishes, dolphins, turtles, manta rays, etc.… POA

Half-Day Escapade Cruise
Snorkel around the most popular best snorkelling point, Madivaru corner at Rasdu Atoll to gawk the amazing beauty beneath the serene sea.  POA

Amorous Tale Cruise
Indulge in three courses set gourmet cuisine while the sunset cast its golden rays down upon the tranquil water on ablaze and the clouds blushing at the warm touch of the sun setting as a yellow fireball. POA

Romance-Away Cruise
Relax and unwind with Champagne and Canapés drifting into romance as the sun cast its golden rays down upon the clouds of billowing smoke, turning them bright red. POA

Mysterious Romance Cruise
Make a treasurable memory while you are still on our secluded island. Awe yourselves into a new world at a luxury cabin, tantalize your taste-bud with a luscious dinner on the yacht deck while ample of twinkling stars shine upon you. POA

Curated itinerates, wedding abord Gadha and private transfers – POA

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Veligandu’s Scuba Diving and Snorkelers Calendar For North Ari Atoll Maldives

Scuba Diving and Snorkelers Calendar for North Ari Atoll Maldives

Veligandu is renowned as a top romantic hotel in Asia and the Maldives. Besides the seclusion on a charming tropical palm fringe isle with its own sandbank, long beach encircling the island and turquoise lagoon, the waters around Veligandu is well-loved by the guests for diving and snorkelling.

Blessed with two house reefs of its own with frequent turtle sightings, Veligandu offers over guided 15 dive excursions with the resorts dive operator Ocean Dive & Sports Centre for divers and snorkelers of every skill level.

When is the best time to dive in Veligandu?

Veligandu is a year-round dive destination and offers dive enthusiastic the pleasure of witnessing a variety of marine creatures, soft and hard corals.

Veligandu Dive Calander

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Whale Sharks Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Hammerhead Sharks Yes Yes Yes Yes Low Low Low Low Low Yes Yes Yes
Manta Rays High High High High Low Low Low Low Low High High High
Eagle Rays Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Sting Rays Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Silvertip Sharks High High High High Low Low Low Low Low High High High
Grey Reef Sharks Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
White Tip Reef Sharks Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Blacktip Reef Sharks Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Nurse Sharks Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Dogtooth Tuna Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Napoleon Wrasses Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Hawksbill Turtles Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Green Turtles Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Night Diving Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Ideal for new divers Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

Guests of Veligandu have ease of access to a range of dive sites from the famed Madivaru Corner in the south of Rasdhoo Atoll where the currents attract pelagic fish in large numbers, such as sharks, rays, tunas, jacks and Napoleons. Also, small ocean creatures can be found here, like the resident leaf scorpionfishes.

Advance divers enjoy the weekly early morning dive to the Hammerhead Shark Point – Big Blue, where advanced divers with luck, have the chance to spot Hammerheads in the deep blue water at 30m depth. Weekly excursions are also arranged to spot the elusive and gentle giants, the whale sharks.

View Snorkeling Map

Dive Site Distance by boat
Veligandu East 5 minutes
Madivaru Beyru 15 minutes
Madivaru Corner 15 minutes
Big Blue 15 minutes
Madivaru Thila 15 minutes
Rasdhoo Reef 20 minutes
Kuramathi Thila 20 minutes
Holhi Faru 20 minutes
Three Palms 25 minutes
Bodu Gaa 25 minutes
Caves 40 minutes
Bodu Miyaru Faru 30 minutes
Miyaru Faru 25 minutes
Beyru Kandu 12 minutes
North Channel 10 minutes
Veligandu North 8 minutes
Veligandu Beyru 5 minutes
Veligandu House Reef West 0 minutes

The Ocean Dive Centre in Veligandu is one of the Maldives’ most experienced dive operators and as a PADI 5 Star Centre, they offer the full range of PADI courses catering to all experience levels – from beginner to professionals. Guests can also enjoy speciality courses such as underwater digital photography, DPV (Diver Propulsion Vehicle), night diving and underwater naturalist during your Maldives vacation.

Veligandu’s underwater gardens, the House Reefs

The beautiful house reefs provide an underwater garden for leisurely divers, snorkelers and for underwater photographers.

As explained by Nicola (Nic) Stratmann, Dive Manager of Ocean Dive & Sports Centre in Veligandu;
“Veligandu Island is very fortunate to have two house reef sites which are located at different ends of the island. The first house reef option is located directly in front of the dive centre facing west, towards the inside of the atoll. You can especially see the juvenile blacktip reef sharks having a stroll on the reef as well as an abundance of different types of coral, with the most colourful reef fish all around.

The second house reef is located on the south-east side of Veligandu Island, facing the outside edge of the atoll. This site is the perfect place to go snorkelling if you want to spot turtles! Of course, here you can also find all other fish and coral types seen at the west side. Please be aware of the current here, as it can get a bit stronger due to the location of the reef. For scuba diving purposes we only access the south-east side by boat, but for snorkelers it is just a 5-10 minutes swim off the beach.

All dive activities are guided dives.”


Living in the ‘new normal’ – Have A Safe Holiday Experience In Veligandu
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We continue to allow for maximum flexibility given these unique circumstances. Book now to your convenience with the freedom of
FREE Cancellation on Room Rate for cancellation received 3 days prior to arrival.

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