Until a few years ago, this atoll had only one resort servicing it, but nowadays there are five resorts spread out over the fifty islands. Those not inhabited are deserted and very rarely visited. The reefs here are in pristine condition and one of the big attractions is the number of whale sharks and manta rays that visit the area between May and July.
Three reef dives are worthy of mention - Maavaru Kandu, Manta Point and Muthafushi Tila. The former is a great drift dive in the strong currents and you can expect to find coral in great condition and a good selection of marine life including turtles, stingray, lionfish, pufferfish and morays. As its name suggests, the second site is the place to encounter manta rays. Currents can be quite strong, but there are rocks to hold onto whilst you wait and hopefully see one of these amazing creatures. The third dive has stunning, multi-coloured coral and plentiful marine life especially morays, octopus and trevallies.
North Nilandhe Atoll
Situated approximately 60 km south of Ari Atoll, the area here is still mostly untouched and in great condition. Two dives are worth mentioning, The Cathedral and M&M Reef. At the former, you'll see plenty of hard and sort coral and encounter a good variety of fish life, including lionfish, fusiliers and soldierfish. At the latter, the coral is particularly spectacular with marine life abundant.