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As well as our daily dive trips, there’s a whole host of excursions to try out! Big game fishing, island hopping, dolphin safari, sunset cruising – everything’s possible at Aveyla.
Feel like making a day of it? Why not opt for a full day trip filled with snorkelling, diving and picnic opportunities. It’s all here – we just need you! Check out detailed descriptions of all our excursions here and our weekly schedule here
Excursions at Aveyla Manta Village
Introduction to Snorkelling
For those of you who are trying snorkelling for the first time, we highly recommend that you opt for our introduction to snorkelling session. You’ll learn the basics of breathing through a snorkel, beating your fins and observing life underwater through your mask. These sessions make first time snorkelers much more at ease when they proceed to a snorkelling excursion.
There are countless incredible snorkelling sites surrounding Dharavandhoo and our excursion boat visits them daily. Here, you’ll be able to observe an abundance of aquatic life, ranging from tiny shrimps to titanic manta rays. Reefs are often shallow and you can observe wonderful variations in coral species, such as large table corals, brain corals and beautiful soft corals.
Hanifaru Bay Snorkelling Excursion
Aveyla Manta Village is in a truly privileged location in that it overlooks the world famous Hanifaru Bay. Here, from June to November, hundreds of manta rays congregate to feed on the wealth of phytoplankton that gets trapped in the bay. For those who visit during that season, a visit to see this outstanding natural phenomenon is simply a must!
Dolphins are a species that are a pleasure to behold; their seeming lust for life, energy and playfulness is delightful. In the Maldives, we are lucky to surrounded by these enchanting creatures. The most common species is the spinner dolphin, which can appear in pods of up to 500. As their name suggests, they leap out of the water, spinning and twirling as they go. A cruise at sunset offers a very high chance of an encounter with these beautiful mammals. Enjoy a tropical sunset as you observe dolphins putting on a gymnastics performance and riding along the side of the boat.
Maldivians have been fishing for millennia and they have become extremely good at it! With a simple hook and line, enjoy this ancient pastime and maybe even catch yourself some dinner! Guests often return to the hotel with a juicy snapper or mackerel in tow.
Big Game Fishing
If you a bit more into fishing than merely tossing a line overboard and you feel like you want to go for a bigger prize, then big game fishing is for you. Ask any Maldivian and he’ll tell you that the Maldives is the land of tuna and hooking a yellow fin tuna involves some serious muscle! There are also plenty of marlin and sailfish in our waters for you to chase as well as groupers and giant trevallies.
If this takes your fancy, please contact us before your arrival so that we can make the necessary arrangements for your excursion.
Please note: All shark fishing is illegal in the Maldives and we uphold this law strictly.
Many guests love to combine their excursions to extend the fun! So why not join a combination trip where you start off searching for dolphins as the sun sets, then after nightfall enjoy some reef fishing outside the lagoon and finally return to cook up your catch on the barbeque!
Robinson Crusoe Experience
Have you ever wondered what it feels like to be marooned on a desert island? The ocean spreads out in front of you, only a strip of sand with a few trees offers you shelter. On our Robinson Crusoe Experience, you live like stranded sailor for a few hours. We’ll drop you to a nearby sandbank with nothing but some refreshments and leave you to feel the emptiness of the sea.
If you feel like making a day of it, why not put together your own itinerary. Try a snorkel in the morning, a sandbank lunch and sunbathe, then finish the day with a dolphin safari. It’s really up to you!
Dharavandhoo is an incredible example of Maldivian island living. What’s more, the island is surrounded by other beautiful communities. If you feel like exploring a little further afield, our island-hopping excursion is for you! Wander the streets of these inhabited islands and note the subtle differences between them. Meet the famed fishermen of Dhonfan or meander the quiet streets of Maalhos. Visit the atoll’s capital of Eydhafushi and observe the most populated island in the region.
If you feel like seeing what nearby resorts have to offer, then why not opt for a resort day visit. Within a short boat is a selection of upmarket resorts, where you can enjoy lunch, a swim and even an alcoholic beverage!