Accommodation, Northern Atolls

Makunudu Island

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Makunudu is one of the oldest resorts in the Maldives, and maintains the traditional style for a unique tropical hideaway experience. In the North Male Atoll, just 45-minutes by boat from Male International Airport, this natural paradise offers understated comfort and excellent hospitality.

Guests can enjoy meals at the Ara Iru (rising sun) restaurant, or opt for private dining experiences by the beach. The main bar has a beautiful decking overlooking the lagoon, from which you can often enjoy sightings of the local heron resident or ray species. In high season, the sand bar (perfect for sunsets) and Miyaru beach bar are also available, offering drinks with stunning vistas.

All villas are nestled amidst lush vegetation with exclusive stretches of beach, offering wonderful privacy and tranquillity. Despite being less luxuriously appointed than some modern resorts, the accommodations nonetheless offer total comfort and modern amenities.

The island benefits from an excellent house reef easily accessible from the beach. The PADI-certified dive centre is run by the extremely knowledgeable and welcoming Ricardo, and offers diving excursions or shore dives. From the shore, you can find turtles, nurse sharks and a very inquisitive resident batfish who will often follow divers as they explore.

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Makunudu Island 4.542692, 73.405682 Makunudu IslandView

Facilities

Bar; restaurant; PADI-certified dive center; variety of water sports; spa; badminton court; table tennis; volleyball and optional private dining area.

Local Wildlife

An excellent house reef offers a plethora of reef fish, with two resident turtles, shark species and rays often spotted. Many nurse sharks like to sleep in the harbour and can be seen at the nightly feedings. On land, there is an abundance of hermit crabs and other crab species as well as lizards, heron, many white-tailed tropic birds and mooorhen.

Optional Activities

Guests can partake in night fishing and snorkelling trips; local island visits; a variety of water sports; diving; yoga; volleyball; badminton and table tennis.

Alan Godwin

Area Specialist

If you have any questions regarding our Maldives tours, please feel free to contact me on +44 (0)1803 866965