Friday, December 5, 2008


Famed for its rare underwater beauty, the Republic of Maldives has gained immense popularity as a diving destination with its abundance and variety of underwater life. All resorts in the Maldives have professional diving schools, often with multilingual instructors. With very few exceptions, almost all resort islands have a ‘house reef’ literally a stone’s throw away, allowing for convenient day and night dives all year round.

Surrounded by pristine white beaches and coral reefs, Bathala is probably the best dive resort in the Maldives. It offers easy access to many famous reefs or thila, including the protected marine reserves of Maaya Thila and Fish Head. Apart from fabulous corals and the strange creatures that live among them, the list of resident marine species round Bathala includes barracuda, turtles, rays, Napoleon wrasse and several varieties of shark.

But you don’t have to be a diver to enjoy Bathala. This remote tropical island getaway is full of serenity and its own uncomplicated charm, ideal for the Robinson Crusoe in you. Bathala is perfect for pure relaxation, a place to lie back in a hammock with a book, watch the moon rise and the sun set, sunbathe, stroll, snorkel or just spend a few quiet, uninterrupted days and nights with someone special.

Excursions off Bathala Island Resort include diving excursions, night dives and boat dives. The house reef is wonderful for snorkeling and diving. Guests can easily swim to the reef edge, which drops sharply to about 28m.


Bathala Island Resort offers accommodation built around a typical diver’s schedule: morning dive, lunch, afternoon dive, relax on the beach, have a beer or two at the bar before dinner and maybe a little music and relaxation afterwards.

Facilities are kept simple to suit the pace and character of island life. Highlights include restaurant theme nights, indoor games.

Room facilities:
• 46 A/C rustic cabaña-style cottages
• Private outdoor showers with hot & cold water
• 24-hour fresh water supply
• Minibar in all rooms

Hotel facilities:
• Restaurant
• Dive School offering PADI and CMAS certification with personalised instruction in English, German or Italian
• Gift shop
• Bar & coffee shop


For divers and lovers of the undersea world, Bathala remains the finest dive resort in Maldives. Its location on the edge of Ari Atoll makes it the perfect base for exploring the dozens of excellent dive sites nearby.

On this tiny island with its Robinson Crusoe atmosphere, a beautiful house reef, populated by hundreds of exotic species from tiny, luminous wrasse and gaudy parrotfish to black-cheeked morays, stingrays and sharks, is just a few steps away from the beach. Gentle currents and clear visibility make the water around the house reef ideal for novice divers. It is also a perfect location for night dives.

Further out, but still within easy reach, are a host of excellent dive spots. The main atoll reef, Bathala Thila, offers magnificent corals and is haunted by giant Napoleon wrasse and white-tipped reef shark. It is just a five-minute boat ride from the resort. Also nearby are Maaga Thila, or ‘shark point’ and the famous reefs of Fish Head, where tame Napoleon wrasse welcome divers to their home, and Maaya Thila, with its sharks, eagle rays, turtles, barracuda and stonefish. Still farther away (a two-hour excursion by boat) is Maalhos Thila, a completely unspoilt reef whose corals were not affected by the El Niño bleaching of 2002. These are just the best-known spots; in all, Bathala boasts 32 nearby dive sites.

Bathala is also a good place in Maldives to see manta rays from November to April. The dive school at Bathala offers both
CMAS and PADI courses and certification with German, English and Italian-speaking instructors. Attention is personalised,
with lessons in groups of 2-3 divers, and the instructors will accompany any dive at no extra cost. More experienced divers
will find that the instructors at Bathala are kindred spirits, fellow enthusiasts who love both diving and the underwater paradise that is Maldives.

Perhaps the best testimonial for Bathala comes from the community of divers that has grown up around the resort, many of whom keep returning year after year. Some of our guests have returned to Bathala as often as 18 times!


Bathala Island Resort
Telephone: +960 6660587

Fax: +960 6660558
Telephone: +960 6640375
Fax: +960 660379