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Angaga Island Resort & Spa
Angaga Island Resort & Spa
Angaga Island Resort & Spa
Angaga Island Resort & Spa
Angaga Island Resort & Spa
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Angaga Island Resort & Spa is located in the heart of South Ari Atoll. South Ari Atoll is mostly known for its rich marine life with best diving points. The island sourrounded by white powdery sandy beach and crystal clear lagoon and house reef full of colorful fish species which is heaven for snorkeling and diving. The size of the island is approximately 42372 square meters. Distance from Male (Velaana) International Airport is about 85 km and it takes about 25 minutes to reach the island by Seaplane.


  • Check-In: from: 2:00 pm (1400 hours) of the Arrival Date
  • Check-Out: from 12:00 pm (1200 hours) of the Departure Date.
      • Prior to 04:45 hrs – Book from previous day.
      • 04:45 – 08:00 hrs – 50% of overnight room rate.
      • 08:00 hrs onwards – FREE, subject to availability.
      • 12:00 – 18:00 hrs – 50% of overnight room rate.
      • Beyond 18:00 hrs – Overnight room rate.
    • NOTE: Late Check-Out untill 1400 hrs could be provided on complimentary basis subject to availability on departure day. However, for guaranteed late check-out, reservation should be confirmed with Late Check-Out as per the above details.
  • Cancellation / Payment: Cancellation and prepayment policies vary according to accommodations type. Please contact us with the dates of your stay  and check what conditions apply to your preferred room category.
  • Children & Beds: Children of all ages are welcome.
  • No Age Restriction: There is no age requirements for Check-In.
  • Pets: Pets are NOT allowed.

To Consider:

    • Arrival: International flight must land at or before: 03:15 pm (1515 hours)
    • Departure: International flight must depart at or after 09:00 am (0900 hours).
  • CHILD Policy
    • The ages for considering Infants and Children are as follows:
      • INFANT – from 00 to 01.99 years
      • CHILD – from 02 to 11.99 years
    • The Child rates are applicable based on the Child’s age at the arrival date to the resort.
    • Child Rates are valid for children sharing rooms with parents.
    • Children below 1.99 years will eat FREE based on the rules and meal-plan accompanied by an adult, excluding alcoholic beverages. And a mandatory Green-TAX of USD 6/- per child per night will be charged.
    • Parents must sign a liability release to accommodate children in Pool Villas and Overwater Villas.
  • GENERAL Policies:
    • Credit-Card holder name and the booking-holder name should be same.
    • Please present the same Credit-Card used to guarantee your booking when Check-In, making the payment at the hotel. Please note that property may contact the Card-holder for verification purposes.
    • Due to safety and privacy concerns the operation of unmanned aerial systems or drones by any of guests including model aircraft by recreational users and hobbyists is prohibited.
    • If the guests pay the Green-TAX and transfer using different Credit Card, the property will do USD 1 transaction and void for verification purposes at the time of Check-In.
    • All transfers to the Resort will be by Domestic Flight (between Velaana International Airport and Maamigili Airport), followed by a 5 minute Boat ride to/from the Resort.
      • Checked in Bagagge allowance of 25kgs and hand luggage allowance of 5 kgs is entitled per person. Excess baggage to be borne by clients and to be settled at the Airline counter at the rate of USD 2/- per kg plus taxes.
      • NOTE: Air transfer rates and excess baggage charges are subject to change upon revision by the carrier.
    • Meet and Greet service on arrival at the Airport.
    • Welcome refreshment on arriva to the Resort.
    • The Resort will provide a drinking water bottle (1 ltr) per person per day in the room.
    • Free drinking water at mealtimes served by glass.
    • Tea/Coffee making facilities in the room (1 set per day)
    • Free WiFi in all rooms.
    • Gymnasium (excluding personal trainer)
    • Land Sports: (excluding coach and instructors); Badminton, Snooker/Billiards, Table Tennis, Dart, Beach Volleyball, Squash, Daylight Tennis, Basketball.
    • HONEYMOONERS: A bottle of Sparkling Wine and a Fruit Basket for Honeymooners (for marriages within the last 12 months of arrival date).
    • WEDDING ANNIVERSARIES: A bottle of Sparkling Wine and a Cake for wedding anniversaries celebrated at the Resort.
    • BIRTHDAYS: A Birthday Cake and a Bottle of Wine for Birthdays celebrated at the Resort.
      • NOTE: All Honeymooners and Wedding Anniversary information shall be notified at the time of booking or specified in the service voucher. In addition Guests are required to present marriage Certificates at the time of Check-In to the Resort.

Angaga Island accommodation is designed to make holidays in the Maldives more authentic & tropical, where you see more detached, thatched roof bungalows. With panoramic views, ocean breezes and azure waters beneath your feet will make you feel more nature-oriented.

Thus the bungalows are simple, natural and very much Maldivian. The island has two-style of bungalows (Beach Bungalow & Water Bungalow) onto 3 categories. They are; Superior Beach Bungalows, , Superior Water Bungalows and Premium Water Bungalows.

Superior BEACH Bungalows


These are Beach Bungalows with Superior facilities. These bungalows are beach front.

Amenities:  Hot & Cold Fresh Water   |   Bathtub with Separate Shower   |   Air Condition   |   Mini Fridge   |   Satellite TV with Flat Screen   |   Hair Dryer   |   Telephone   |   Tea/Coffee making facilities   |   WC   |   Luxury Bamboo Furniture   |   Sun Chair   |   Bathroom Amenities (Bathrobe, Shampoo, Conditioner & Shower Gel)   |   Free WiFi.

Features:   45 square metres   |   sleeps 3 Adults or 2 Adults + 1 child   |   Beach Access   

PACKAGE Starts on HALF BOARD for 2 pax @ US$ 333 + to US$ 399 + per Night

Superior WATER Bungalows


These are Water Bungalows with Superior facilities. These bungalows are on the lagoon on stilt.

Amenities:  Hot & Cold Fresh Water   |   Bathtub with Separate Shower   |   Air Condition   |   Mini Bar   |   Satellite TV with Flat Screen   |   Hair Dryer   |   Telephone   |   Tea/Coffee making facilities   |   WC   |   Luxury Bamboo Furniture   |   Sun Chair   |   Bathroom Amenities (Bathrobe, Shampoo, Conditioner & Shower Gel)   |   Free WiFi, Glass Bottom Table   |   Backdoor to the private sundeck   |   Direct Access to Lagoon.

Features:   65 square metres   |   sleeps 3 Adults or 2 Adults + 1 child   |   Lagoon Access   

PACKAGE Starts on HALF BOARD for 2 pax @ US$ 414 + to US$ 499 + per Night



These are Water Bungalows with Premium facilities. These bungalows are on the lagoon on stilt with lagoon access.

Amenities:  Hot & Cold Fresh Water   |   Bathtub with Separate Shower   |   Air Condition   |   Mini Fridge   |   Satellite TV with Flat Screen   |   Hair Dryer   |   Telephone   |   Tea/Coffee making facilities   |   WC   |   Luxury Bamboo Furniture   |   Sun Chair   |   Bathroom Amenities (Bathrobe, Shampoo, Conditioner & Shower Gel)   |   Free WiFi, Glass Bottom Table   |   Backdoor to the private sundeck   |   Direct Access to Lagoon.

Features:   78 square metres   |   sleeps 3 Adults or 2 Adults + 1 child   |   Lagoon Access   

PACKAGE Starts on HALF BOARD for 2 pax @ US$ 424 + to US$ 525 + per Night

ANGAGA Island Resort, The Maldives / Dinning

With one main restaurant on the island serving international and authentic Maldivian cuisine, Angaga dinning is all about delighting the senses. Enjoy fragrant, flavorful curries made with seafood caught fresh that morning.

Dolphin Restaurant

This main restaurant caters to please all tastes, be it Italian, Japanese, Chinese, Indian, Western or authentic & traditional Maldivian cuisine for those adventurous enough. Buet style breakfast, lunch and dinner features exquisite creations guaranteed to tantalize your taste buds. The limitless choices available in buet style for breakfast, lunch & dinner are crafted tantalize your taste buds.

Paired with the mesmerizing view of the sunlit beach and the lull of the lazy waves, every meal is bound to be a pleasurable experience.

OPENING HOURS:    Breakfast: 7:30 – 10:00 am   |   Lunch:  12:30 – 14:00 pm  on Friday: 13:00 – 14:30  |   Dinner: 19:30 – 21:00 pm

Beach BAR

Sip your tea / coffee or your favorite cocktail from the menu and experience the mouth watering A la Carte dishes prepared by the Chefs. To enjoy the time, while having your favorite drinks, they have some exciting board/card games that you could play with your friends and loved ones.

Moreover live band performs in the Main Bar / Coffee Shop once every week.  

OPENING HOURS:     08:00 – 00:00 am (Untill Last Guest Leaves.   |   All-Inclusive package drinks are served untill midnight.  

Sundown BAR

Experience some of the best signature Cocktails / Mocktails of Angaga Island while spending relentless time on seeing the sunset at the far horizon of the Indian Ocean.

This could be the right place to start your night on the right note with chilled beats and a spectacular starlit sky, as signature cocktails by the mixologists turns anytime you’re at bar into a celebration of vibrant fun over water.

OPENING HOURS:     08:00 – 00:00 am (Untill Last Guest Leaves).   |   All-Inclusive package drinks are served untill midnight.  

Paddle across the island in a kayak. Ride the early morning breeze to wind-surf across the lagoon. Enjoy a relaxing catamaran sail to a nearby island. Balance on a stand up paddle board. A full menu of water sport activities and facilities to experience and indulge in as part of your Maldives holiday! The adventure is your to be had.

Water Sports   |   Excursions   |   Fitness Centre & Gym   |   Sports & Activities

Water Sports

Water Sports is one of the major and adrenaline pumping activity in every resort island of Maldives. Especially for places like Angaga where you get beautiful lagoons with sandy bottoms.

OPENING HOURS:  08:30 am – 12:00 pm – 14:00 pm – 17:00 pm

Catamaran Sailing

4 - Activities SPECIAL PACKAGE PRICE for (Catamara Sailing - 35 minutes) + (Canoe - 30 minutes) + (Fun Tube Ride - 10 minutes) + Stand Up Paddle Board - 30 minutes). ============================ * US$ 60/- per person for 4 or more participants * US$ 80/- per person for 2 or 3 participants (* All prices are subject to 10% Service Charge + 16% T-GST.)

Fun Tube Ride

4 - Activities SPECIAL PACKAGE PRICE for (Catamara Sailing - 35 minutes) + (Canoe - 30 minutes) + (Fun Tube Ride - 10 minutes) + Stand Up Paddle Board - 30 minutes). ============================ * US$ 60/- per person for 4 or more participants * US$ 80/- per person for 2 or 3 participants (* All prices are subject to 10% Service Charge + 16% T-GST.)


4 - Activities SPECIAL PACKAGE PRICE for (Catamara Sailing - 35 minutes) + (Canoe - 30 minutes) + (Fun Tube Ride - 10 minutes) + Stand Up Paddle Board - 30 minutes). ============================ * US$ 60/- per person for 4 or more participants * US$ 80/- per person for 2 or 3 participants (* All prices are subject to 10% Service Charge + 16% T-GST.)

Stand Up Paddle Boarding

4 - Activities SPECIAL PACKAGE PRICE for (Catamara Sailing - 35 minutes) + (Canoe - 30 minutes) + (Fun Tube Ride - 10 minutes) + Stand Up Paddle Board - 30 minutes). ============================ * US$ 60/- per person for 4 or more participants * US$ 80/- per person for 2 or 3 participants (* All prices are subject to 10% Service Charge + 16% T-GST.)

Banana Boat Ride

For a thrilling and fun-filled ride on the water, try the Banana Boat! Its like a roller coaster on the water for the whole family (capacity for upto 6 passengers) ============================ * US$ 18/- per person for 4 or more participants. (* All prices are subject to 10% Service Charge + 16% T-GST.)

Fun Tube Ride

Hold on tight and enjoy the ride! Give it a try: get pulled behind the jetskii on one of the fun tubes. You tell the driver how fast you dare to go! ============================ * US$ 25/- per person for 2 participants. * US$ 20/- per person for 3 participants. (* All prices are subject to 10% Service Charge + 16% T-GST.)

Waterskiing, kneeboarding & Wakeboarding

Never tried before? No Problem! They offer easy introductory lessons. In no time you will have the most thrilling and fun experience you can dream of on the water! ============================ * US$ 50/- per person for a 25 minute lesson, any modality. * US$ 40/- per person for a 15 minute ride, experienced personnel. (* All prices are subject to 10% Service Charge + 16% T-GST.)


We bet you always wanted to give it a try .... Now you have the chance! Learn the basics of windsurfing with the professional instructors, and sail swidtly over the blue lagoon. ============================ * Refreesher Lesson, 1.5 hours @ US$ 40/- per person | Introductory Lesson, 1 hours @ US$ 45/- per person | Board Rental, experience required @ US$ 25/- per hour (* All prices are subject to 10% Service Charge + 16% T-GST.)

Excurions & Tours to nearby Attractions @ Angaga Island

A number of exciting excursions are scheduled weekly and whenever guests have had their fill of catching rays on the beach, they are welcome to sign up for an adventure at the reception. The Guest Experiences Team is here to arrange the ideal island adventure for you, whether you join a group excursion or opt for a private experience

SNORKELING - Saturday & Tuesday @ 09:00 hrs - 11:00 hrs (US$ 20/- per person - minimum 08 Adults)

For those who would love to see the underwater but hesitate to take the deep plunge, snorkeling is a wonderful alternative. With just a snorkel, mask and fins you can witness the activities of the many different species of fish and marine flora and fauna on the unique Maldivian reefs.

SUNSET FISHING - Monday & Friday @ 17:30hrs - 20:00hrs (US$ 20/- per person - minimum 08 Adults)

Sunset Fishing in Maldives is the most famous type of sports fishing. You can catch snappers, groupers, barracuda, jackfish and many more during sunset fishing while enjoying the sparkling breathtaking view, the rhythmic music of waves and gentle breeze amidst nature's splendor. The fish you catch will be served barbecued on the beach during the same evening.

HALF DAY ISLAND HOPPING - Friday @ 14:00 hrs - 17:00hrs (US$ 20/- per person - minimum 08 Adults)

There are lot of places to see around Maldives. It will be an ultimate experience to visit a local island or a fishing village and see the Maldivians way of life. It can be said that you do not explore a local island in Maldives, your trip is incomplete. This is a wonderful opportunity to have a first-hand experience on the local life and also do some shopping.

SNORKELING WITH WHALE SHARK - Sunday & Thursday @ 08:30 hrs - 12:30 hrs (US$ 55/- per person / Minimum 08 Adults)

The whale sharks that you can find in the Maldives are rather small ones measuring on average between 4 and 8 meters. These magnificent gentle giants of the ocean draw visitors to Maldives from around the globe. Exploring and swimming with the Whale-Sharks is an experience that will last with you for a life time.

SUNSET PHOTO SAILING - Saturday @ 17:30 hrs - 18:30 hrs (US$ 25 per person / Minimum 08 Adults)

There is no better way than taking a sunset cruise to capture the magnificent vista of scarlet skies, brilliant hues of lavender and rich blue wisps of clouds as the sun is about to set. A sunset cruise in the Maldives will give you the opportunity to enjoy the sunset in all natures glory without any man made interferences shadowing the amazing sight.

MANTA SNORKELLING - Wednesday @ 08:30 hrs - 12:30 hrs (US$ 45/- per person / Minimum 08 Adults)

Experience the excitement of seeing magnificent mantas. These creatures are found in groups, if you are lucky you will get to take pictures and swim with these gentle creatures of the ocean.

Fitness Centre & Gymnasium

Unlease the warrior in you and finish off sweatier and sexier than you’ve ever been before with the Fitness Centre. Relax and increase your muscle endurance. Improve your stamina.

Operating Hours: 05:30 hours to 23:00 hours

Sports & Activities

Type of Tennis Court : Outdoor Grass Court
Gear Equipment : Available at Front Desk
Operating Time : 06:00 hours to 22:00 hours


Outdoor Concrete Ground
Operating Time:   06:00 am – 22:00 pm


Operating Time:   24 hours


Its no secret that Spa therapies are an enhancement to life. We emphasize inner healing and the balance of mind, body and soul using a fusion of Eastern and Western philosophies and treatments set in contemporary oriental surroundings. 

The treatments are designed to help you relax and rejuvenate your mind, body and soul, but most importantly you will return home with more energy, greater focus and an enhanced sense of balance. 

Feel the benefits as you experience a touch of all senses at Duny Thai Spa.

Spa HOURS: 09:00 am – 20:00 pm (Last treatment begins at 19:00 pm)

Traditional Thai Massage   |   Royal Thai Aromatic Massage   |   Stone Massage   |   Classical Swedish Massage   |   Back, Neck & Head Massage   |   Foot Reflexology   |   Pre Tanning Treatment   |   After Sun Treatment   |   Moisturising Facial   |   Sensitive Facial   |   Body Polish   |   Body Wrap   |   Nail Care   |   Wax Treatment   |   A Touch of Thai   |   You & Me Package   |   Blend To Bliss

Traditional Thai Massage

(Balancing Body Energy) - 5 min, foot spa and 45 min,/85 min, muscle stretching. This non oil massage therapy was originally performed to facilitate a deeper meditation practice with the philosophy of peace. The massage focuses on muscle stretching and pressing to stimulate the natural flow of ten energy lines, which conduct and carry the energy throughout the body.

Royal Thai Aromatic Massage

(Aches & Tension Relief) - 5 min, foot Spa and 45 min,/85 min, medium to firm pressure massage with warm aromatic oil. Most people will suffer stress through pressure of everyday living. Stress is often responsible for causing tension in our muscle. Combining vigorous and soothing massage movement, this massage melts away muscular aches and tension as well as relaxes the whole body and mind.

Stone Massage

(Deep Relaxation) - 5 min, foot Spa and 45 min,/85 mins, warm oil hot stone massage. This holistic ritual is a massage that helps encourage balance, comfort and well-being. It is carried out using the warm stones. This massage can discover the healing power of stones, known for their energizing properties. The heat provided by the stones will penetrate deep into the body, giving a calming and relaxing experience.

Classical Swedish Massage

(muscle relaxation) - 5 min, foot Spa and 45 min,/85 mins, medium to firm pressure massage. Uses the world-renowned classic massage techniques which release physical stress and fatigue. It combines vigorous and soothing massage movements adapted to the individuals specific areas of tension. This massage is highly effective for muscle relaxation.

Back, Neck & Head Massage

(Back Pain & Headache Relief) - 5 min, foot spa and 45 min, firming massage. Tight muscles reduce circulation, letting waste products accumulate, which can leave you feeling fatigued and sore. Plus waste products can irritate nerves, causing pain to spread. This massage can release contracted muscles, increases circulation and relaxes the nervous system. Waste products are flushed away and replaced with oxygen and nutrients.

Foot Reflexology

(Stimulates the Nervous System) - Sometimes tight muscles press on nerves, causing tingling, numbness, or main pain. This massage can help by stretching tight muscles and by applying medium pressure to specific points on the feet to stimulate the nervous system. This massage helps to relax muscle tension and boost the immune system.

Pre Tanning Treatment

(Prepares Skin For The Tanning Process) - 5 min, foot spa and 40 min, Pre Tanning Treatment. The ideal preparation for your skin to get the most out of the sun with a well protected skin. Coconut exfoliating body scrub will remove debris while the traditional massage will help penetrate the pure virgin coconut oil into your prone to dry skin when exposed to the sun.

After Sun Treatment

(Soothing and Calming) - Rejuvenate your skin again after sun bathing with soothing and natural Aloe Vera after sun treatment. It has a healing effect making it an excellent choice after exposure to the sun. Give your body a wonderfully healthy glow with this special treatment that will balance your skin color and moisture your entire body.

Moisturizing Facial

(Skin Moisturizing) - Facial Cleansing - Tone - Facial Scrub - Facial Massage - Facial Mask. A facial treatment that will encourage the skin to reveal its luminosity by reducing fatigue signs on the face. Its active ingredients work to smooth and moisture the skin, leaving it looking and feeling younger as it helps the skin to battle against stress.

Sensitive Facial

(Skin Smoothing) - Facial Cleansing - Tone - Facial Scrub - Facial Massage - Facial Mask. This treatment is designed to deep cleanse and detoxify skin. A treatment that is extra gentle especially for sensitive skin, suitable for skin with inflammation, fragile capillaries, sun burn or other problems caused by sensitivity. This treatment will soothe your skin and give you a fresh radiant look.

Oxygenating Facial

(Skin Detoxifying). Facial Cleansing - Tone - Facial Scrub - Facial Massage - Facial Mask. This treatment works on the lymphatic system to relieve congestion within the tissues. Increase the muscle tone, tighten the spores, brighten the eyes and reduce stress. This brings out the innate beauty and radiance of an individual.

Body Polish

Daily environment changes, busy activity and stressful lifestyle will affect your whole look. The skin will look tired and dull, lacking healthy radiance. This body soothing treatment will put the moisture level of your skin back to its normal state. A fantastic blend of aromatic essential oils will transform dull and tired skin into a silky, smooth and naturally glowing complexion.

Body Wrap

Perfect for sun worshippers, this cooling and soothing wrap, that uses Aloe Vera as the main ingredient, is the ideal choice to pamper skin that has had too much exposure to the sun. This treatment will leave your skin feeling wonderfully soft and refreshed.

Nail Care

Manicure & Hand Massage, Pedicure & Foot Massage, Color change

Wax Treatment

Eye Brows, Upper Lips, Under Arms, Half Arms, Full Arms, Half Legs, Full Leg, Bikini Lines, Brazilian's.

A Touch of Thai

Relaxing & Renewing. This experience starts with a special blend of Thai herbs used to deeply cleanse the skin to help the body to eliminate toxins and impurities. The massage with traditional Thai techniques is followed by a Thai herbal compress. A herbal scent soothes you into total relaxation.

You & Me Package (for a couple)

The perfect package for a couple that does everything togather. Enjoy relaxation for two with a holistic approach, utilizing natural active ingredients from aromatic oils. Start the experience with the Romance Bath. By combining the effects of aromatic oil and a thorough relaxing body massage, you can feel tension melt away, as mind and body are brought back to the point of equilibrium.

Blend to Bliss package

Oriental Rhythm of Respiration. The luxury of time where you can unwind. You will begin your time in pampering heaven. An unforgettable spa experience, rhythm of respiration is performed by experienced therapists working in rhythmic harmony with you. The rhythm of this treatment, synchronized to your respiration, is performed using special products blended with oriental essential oils.

Angaga Island Resort & Spa is the home of SUB AQUA Dive Center in Maldives. You will find a full range of daily diving trips and PADI courses for all divers, whether at beginner level or more experienced.

Following an orientation dive, if you are an experienced diver, you can make unlimited dives on the house reef with your buddy (without guide). A guide can be provided for less experienced divers or for those without a dive buddy.

with famous dive sites such as Angaga Thila and “Kuda Rah Thila” all within easy reach by half day trip. Angaga Thila is just 7 minutes away by boat! There is also the famous whale shark trip where you can try your chances to dive with the biggest fish in the sea.

OPENING HOURS:  08:30 am – 20:30 pm and 14:30 pm – 18:30 pm

Introduction to Snorkeling

If you are new to snorkelling or are not a conident swimmer, for your safety please consider taking a short snorkeling lesson, before trying to snorkel on your own or joining a boat snorkeling excursion.

Make a visit to the Dive Center to book your lesson, daily from 08:30 to 12:30 and 14:30 to 18:30.

• Lesson duration: approximately 1 hour. • Equipment included: mask, snorkel, ins and life vest.

  • Part 1: briefing at the Dive Center, including equipment adjustment and proper use, snorkeling techniques and safety precautions;
  • Part 2: practice with instructor in lagoon. Water skills include loating and swimming techniques, mask and snorkel clearing, among others.
  • Cost: $30 per person, minimum 2 participants.

House Reef Marine Life

On the ANGAGA Island’s beautiful house reef you will see many creatures, including reef sharks. The two most common sharks here are blacktip and whitetip reef sharks. Both are non-agressive, and not dangerous to humans. They might swim by or even around snorkelers: this is a natural behaviour. Remain calm, and enjoy the encounter with these magnificent animals!


Snorkeling Equipment Rental

Snorkeling Set: mask+snorkel+ins, $10 per day

  • Snorkeling mask: $4 per day.
  • Snorkel: $3 per day.
  • Fins: $5 per day .
  • Life Vest: $5 per day
Rental conditions:
  • All inclusive guests may pick up complimentary snorkeling equipment at the reception. Equipment rented from the Dive Center is always chargeable.
  • The bill will be sent to reception, to be paid at check-out from the resort.
  • Lost or damaged equipment will be charged for, as described on the price list.
  • Do not stand on, kick with your ins or touch with your hands the corals or any marine life, to avoid damaging them and yourself!
  • If you are new to snorkeling, please consider taking a short Introduction to Snorkeling lesson with our instructors (see previous page in this booklet).

If you enjoy snorkeling, WHY NOT TRY DIVING?


Take home the best souvenir! Share the beauty of the underwater world with your friends and family!

• Very easy to use, with a large, bright screen

• Takes high quality photos and HD video

• Suitable for snorkeling and diving

• Rental for up to 3 hours: $30 • Rental for up to 8 hours: $50 (until 18:00)

Rental conditions:
  • Before renting, please check with the staff that the camera is well sealed and there are no leaks.
  • When not using, store it in the shade, or cover it with a towel. Never leave it in direct sunlight or on the sand.
  • Do not open the housing! The housing can be opened by dive center staff only.
  • Rental hours must be consecutive. Please return the camera before 18:00 to the dive center – do not keep overnight.
  • Lost / damaged camera or housing will be charged up to $700
How will you get your photos? 
  • You can bring your own SD memory card to use in the camera.
  • Or, dive-centre can copy your photos on to your computer or USB stick.
  • If you do not have any storage device, dive-centre can burn a DVD for you

Do your first real dive in just 2 hours

  • STEP ONE: detailed and practical briefing by the instructors. Learn the basics to dive in safety and comfort. (30-45 minutes)
  • STEP TWO: practice in the shallow lagoon. You will practice using the equipment and get comfortable with being underwater. (15-30 minutes)
  • STEP THREE: swim out to the edge of the reef, go deeper and do a real dive on the Angaga Island house reef! Your instructor will be right next to you all the time. (30-45 minutes)
  • Safe. The professional instructors will always be with you. They take only small groups and adapt the program to each person’s abilities.

  • Easy. Most people find diving even easier than snorkeling, and the Instructors will always be there to help you.

  • Fun! You will enjoy a unique feeling of weightlessness, and can get very close to the Live fish!


  • Cost: $120 per person
  • All prices mentioned are subject to 10% Service Charge and 12% GST tax
Try Diving Program Details: 
  • The program lasts about one and a half to two hours, and is offered daily at 09:00 or 15:00.
  • For ages 8 to 99. The only prerequisite is to be reasonably healthy!
  • You don’t have to be an expert snorkeler or even a very good swimmer to try diving, as your instructor will be there to help you all the time.
  • You should not dive 24 hours before your international light, so do not leave diving for the last day of your stay.
  • Reservation is required and can be made during opening hours at the Dive Center

In many parts of the world, a “try dive” consists of a 5-minute explanation, and large groups with no personalized attention from the guides, resulting in bad experiences or ear injuries.

At SUB AQUA DiveCenter, they take only few people at a time, and they spend ample time both on land, explaining the “dos and dont’s” and answering your questions, as in the shallow lagoon, where they make sure you are at ease before going any deeper.

Once start the dive on the house reef, they will stay very close to you, and adapt the dive to your abilities and comfort level. They will do everything possible to make sure your first experience with diving is a memorable one.

Frequently Asked Questions


I can’t swim. Can I still try scuba diving?

Yes you can! You can do SUB AQUA Dive Center’s try diving program, called ‘Discover Scuba.’

We do recommend that you are at least comfortable in the water but an instructor will be with you 100% of the time and assists you in every way so that you can simply relax, breathe and enjoy the amazing underwater world that Maldives has to offer.

The try dive program is not a certification and you will not get your scuba diving license from this but you will experience the thrill of scuba diving in the Maldives, and being underwater close-up to beautiful fish and corals!

You must be able to swim if you want to complete your certification and learn to dive with the PADI Open Water Diver course.

No! As explained above, non-swimmers can experience scuba diving safely and do, every day, with a try diving program called, ‘Discover Scuba’.

However, if you want to complete your PADI certification to become a PADI Open Water Diver then you must be able to swim a distance of 200m without any flotation aid. This is an un-timed assessment, but you must be able to complete the swimming distance of 200m without stopping!

You need to be aged 10 years or above and you must be medically fit. You can download the PADI medical questionnaire here. You must be able to answer ‘no’ to all questions! If you must answer ‘yes’ to one or more questions on the PADI medical questionnaire then you need a certificate from your Doctor confirming your fitness to dive before we can take you scuba diving.

Yes. Absolutely you should record your Maldives scuba diving experience on camera to share with friends and family!

SUB AQUA DiveCenter offer a digital underwater camera rental service or if you have an underwater camera of your own, please bring it with you. However, please be cautious. Breathing underwater and staying safe is a priority – capturing your experience on camera should only come AFTER you are feeling comfortable.

A special try diving program for kids is the Bubblemaker program and this starts from age 8 with a maximum depth limitation of just 2 metres on the first dive.

For all other divers trying scuba for the first time, the minimum age is 10 years old

If it is your first time diving you will start in water you can still stand up in! Simply put your face in the water and breath. Remember, your PADI Instructor will be right beside you so you have nothing to fear.

You may go up to 6 metres depth on your first dive. If you decide you want to make more dives, they can take you diving again but without completing the full PADI Open Water Diver course, your maximum depth limit will be 12 metres.

If you want to go deeper than 12 metres then you should sign up to complete your PADI Open Water Diver Course!

The maximum depth limit for all divers in Maldives is 30 metres.

Absolutely and at SUB AQUA DiveCenter, safety is a top priority. With any water sport there are inherent risks and this is why we ask you to complete a short medical questionnaire before you take part in any scuba diving activity.

This medical statement is to be read and signed by you, stating whether you have any pre-existing medical conditions that might stop you from scuba diving. You will not need to bring a medical certificate with you unless you think you may have medical conditions that prevet you from diving.

In this case, make sure your Doctor signs the medical statement to confirm that you are fit to dive before you arrive.

Asthma is classed as a pre-existing medical condition. Some people with asthma do still enjoy scuba diving but you must obtain a signed medical certificate from your Doctor stating that you are fit to dive if this is the case. Bring it with you on holiday or we won’t be able to take you diving!

Divers should ensure that their travel insurance covers them for scuba diving activities. More recommendations for diving insurance can be found here.

They do make full day diving trips to the outer reef of South-Ari Atoll where whale sharks are frequently seen. However this is the ocean and they cannot guarantee!

December to March is the best time to see manta rays in the area but we see them regularly throughout the year. Again, no guarantee!

Angaga Island has one of the best house reefs in the Maldives. All coral reefs in the Maldives suffered from the bleaching episode of 2015-16 but SUB AQUA DiveCenter have been working hard to conserve the reef and have also developed a coral restoration project that is doing well. You can see the new coral nursery growing when you are diving and snorkeling on the house reef at Angaga Island!


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most visited DIVE SITES from Angaga Island:

Angaga Thila

Very popular and only 7 minutes away from Angaga Island by boat. This dive site is suitable for all levels of diver. The sides of the reef slope steeply down to 30m. In the 15-20m range you will find overhangs with stunning corals and sponges. Coral blocks are spread shallower across the top of the reef.

Angaga Thila is home to many turtles! You may also find stone fish, juvenile sharks and octopus hiding among the shallow coral blocks, while hunting jacks and tunas are common sights in the blue. Watch for surgeon fish playing in the bubbles of divers as you ascend for your safety stop!

Barabaru Thila

This is a dive site for experienced divers. There are 4 small thilas connected by sandy bridges. The reef formation is very interesting with small canyons and deep overhangs adorned with stunning soft corals. On the most eastern side of the thila there is usually a large school of blue-lined snappers. Check the overhangs for lobsters, moray eels and other creatures.

A great dive site for pelagic activity with tunas, jack fish, sharks and rays of many varieties! Best dived with an east current and since the average depth is deep, Advanced Open Water and nitrox certifications are highly recommended.

Broken Rock

This is a dive site for experienced divers and the whole dive site is in the 12-30m range! There can be strong current on this dive site so a quick descent is necessary.

Broken Rock is a deep canyon that splits the reef into 2 parts. The canyon contains tremendous gorgonian sea fans, sponges and other corals. Due to the currents at this dive site, it cannot be dived regularly but when we do manage to go you can expect lots of life – hunting tunas, white tip reef sharks and napoleon wrasse are common sightings. Groupers and oriental sweetlips shelter in the overhangs while the more typical Maldivian reef fish are everywhere in abundance!

Bula Lohi Caves

Intermediate to advanced divers enjoy diving in the current at Bula Lohi Caves. To the south there are a number of large overhangs rising from 12 to 24 metres depth. These overhangs are overgrown with corals, fans and sponges.

The reef below drops steeply to 30m while the reef top has coral blocks at an average depth of around 8m. Overhangs are the perfect hideaway for moray eels, stingrays and groupers. Napolean wrasse, batfish, eagle rays, tunas and snappers are common sightings in the blue water outside the caves. Take a torch light!

Bula Lohi Corner

Suitable for all divers. This is a nice drift dive with beautiful scenery of sea fans and spiral corals. Overhangs at 10-24 metres depth can be explored before coming shallower on to the reef top for the safety stop.

For macro lovers, look for unusual nudibranchs, shrimps and flatworms on this dive site. Groupers and sweetlips take shelter in the overhangs while keeping one eye in the blue water you may see tunas and jacks cruising by

Coconut Thila

This is macro paradise and a popular dive site with intermediate-experienced divers. There are overhangs at different depths around the reef that slopes down to 30m. The reef top is then split into a number of plateaus ranging from 9-12m depth. Reef fish include surgeon fish, trigger fish, parrot fish and angel fish across the reef. You can see white tip reef sharks and tunas passing by in the blue but the real gems are for macro lovers, with nudibranchs, cowries, and stone fish to be found here on Coconut Tila!

Dhigurah Thila

17km south-east of Angaga Island is the reef of Dhigurah Tila. It is the largest reef in the area at almost 500m length. The overhangs are why we dive here and a torch is a good idea to get the best experience. You will find small to large overhangs varying in depth from 15 to 25m on the north-east and north-west sides.

All are full of soft corals, sea fans and whip corals. This is also a good site for napoleon wrasse, white tip reef sharks and sting rays on the sandy bottom. You will probably see some sweetlips out and about above the reef being cleaned!

Kuda Kandu Corner

Perfect dive site for all divers! The reef starts at a depth of 9m and gently slopes down to 20+ meters. On the top are interesting coral sections to explore. On the south side is a sandy bay that connects divers to the main reef, while on the north side the reef drops much more steeply to 30m and has beautiful gorgonian sea fans. Expect to see schools of sweetlips, triggerfish and fusiliers surround you on the shallower parts of the reef. White tip sharks and big groupers are common sightings deeper, mainly in the eastern part of the dive site. We have seen eagle rays in the blue water here, and nurse sharks under the coral blocks.

Kuda Miaru Thila

Sharks! To the North of Angaga Island, around 17.5km away is this small sloping tila, starting at just 8m to a sandy bottom at 30+ metres. The east and west sides have some interesting, small overhangs at around 20m. On the shallow rocky reef top, smaller reef dwellers can be found hiding on the coral blocks. The main attraction for Kuda Miaru Tila is the sharks! On the current side, grey reef and white tip sharks circle, as well as other pelagic fish swimming among schools of neon fusiliers. This is a great dive site with something for everybody. Mantis shrimps scurry around in the rubble. You may find scorpion fish or the more toxic and ugly stone fish too!

Kuda Rah Tila

“Everybody loves Kuda Rah” is a common statement around the dive center! This dive site is one of the most famous in south-Ari Atoll and is split into a big main reef, with 2 separate smaller blocks at the north side.

On the west side of the main reef is an amazing archway that invites you to dive through! To the east, there is a large picturesque overhang at 24m.

The entire reef is covered with stunning soft corals with imposing gorgonians in sections. The top of the reef is still quite deep at 14-16m so it is important that divers are aware of air consumption and no-deco limits.

Aside from this dive site being like an aquarium, it is also one of the few dive sites in the area where you can see yellow trumpet fish.

Kuda Thila

This is an easy dive even if currents are present. The small reef is located 20m from the faru and is separated by a sand bank. There are several overhangs to go along the west side while on the east side a slope drops down to 30m and leads to the north.

A few anemones live on the reef top which is still quite deep at 12m. Often a school of barracudas gather where the current is strongest, while fusiliers swim in an impressive formation close to the reef. Tiny squat and cleaner shrimps live in small niches and are commonly seen in the anemones. Clown fish, morays and scorpion fish can be found around this beautiful reef.


Manta cleaning station suitable for all levels of divers! This long reef is situated at the outer reef in the west channel. The reef top at 10m slopes steeply to 30m on the sand. Many overhangs and niches are seen along the reef. Eagle ray, napoleon, tunas and jackfish swim by frequently. As it’s a channel dive at the outer reef, anything is possible to see from whale shark to nudibranchs!!

The season for manta is typically November to April, with mantas hanging out regularly on the top of the reef at around 10m. Smaller inhabitants of this reef include lobsters and shrimps but most divers are drawn to looking for manta when they dive here.

Mandu Corner

For divers that like current, we have Mandu Corner! This dive site is situated on the outer reef of the island Mandu. On the south side is a very long overhang at 20-24m with a lot of cracks and niches to explore. In front of the main reef there are two big blocks covered with sea fans and other colourful soft corals.

A large school of snappers and sweetlips usually surround this dive spot. In the cracks of the overhang and coral blocks you can find lobsters and morays waiting to greet you. In the blue water you can see tunas and jacks. Napoleans and reef sharks are seen here from time to time. Keep your eyes open towards the end of the dive for turtles on the reef top, or if the season is right, then mantas or mobula rays have been known to make an appearance.

Manta Garden

Mantas! Usually the dive begins on the plateau, starting at around 12 metres depth on the north-west side of the reef. Here there are several big coral blocks to explore. One block in particular at around 15m is where we usually find the manta cleaning station each year. Other pelagic sightings that are possible include white tip sharks, tuna or jackfish, especially if there is some current present.

During the shallow part of the dive, towards the end, look around for turtles. They are quite often feeding or resting on the reef top.

Miaru Gala Thila

Great dive site for all levels of divers.

The unusual shape of Miaru Gala Tila is particular. The large reef top at 5m has many coral blocks and then there is a plateau to the south at 14m depth which connects to the deeper part of this dive site. It looks rather like a horse saddle!

The fish life is no less varied. White tip reef sharks like to circle the reef and stingrays are often seen lying in the sand. The overhangs are great hideaways for big groupers. Up on the reef top you can find sweet lips, plenty of scorpion fish, stone fish and friendly turtles. With some luck, this dive site is where we find unusual flatworms between the sponges too.

Mibodu Thila

Mibodu Tila is a very big and shallow tila, making it a good option for all levels of diver. It is only 8.5km south-west of Angaga so relatively close by. We usually dive the north-west side, where the reef formation is more interesting. There is a big sandy bay around the middle of the tila; the reef slopes down gently to a sandy bottom at 30m in this area, but is much steeper on the north and south corners.

At around 18m depth, just south of the sandy bay, divers usually encounter a big school of blue-lined snappers. White tip sharks often rest on the sand around. If you are lucky, eagle rays and big tunas do pass here at times.

Shallower towards the end of your dive, look under the blocks on the reef top for nurse sharks and lobsters.

Mibodu Thila

Mibodu Thila is a very big and shallow thila, making it a good option for all levels of diver. It is only 8.5km south-west of Angaga so relatively close by. We usually dive the north-west side, where the reef formation is more interesting.

There is a big sandy bay around the middle of the thila; the reef slopes down gently to a sandy bottom at 30m in this area, but is much steeper on the north and south corners. At around 18m depth, just south of the sandy bay, divers usually encounter a big school of blue-lined snappers. White tip sharks often rest on the sand around.

If you are lucky, eagle rays and big tunas do pass here at times. Shallower towards the end of your dive, look under the blocks on the reef top for nurse sharks and lobsters.

Mirihi Thila

This dive site has a great variety of fish life for all divers to enjoy. The small round reef slopes from 9 to 30m. At depths of 12-18m there are several small overhangs. The reef top then has many coral blocks covered with different corals, sponges and feather stars.

Mirihi Thila is popular for schools of curious bat fish and surgeon fish which approach divers to take a closer look! Frequently white tip reef sharks circle around and nurse sharks like to hide in the overhangs or high in the darkness under the shelter of coral blocks. Octopus, scorpion fish, cowries, cleaner and mantis shrimps are very common here.

Kudhi Maa Wreck

The wreck is situated at 25m, at the foot of the house reef on Machchafushi Island. It was purposefully sunk by us on 14th March 1999. Big entrances in the cargo areas were specially prepared before the ship’s sinking for divers to safely explore.

The wreck itself is covered with a variety of different corals, sponges and shells making it the perfect artificial reef to reef-dwellers and colourful aquatic life. Plenty of friendly bat fish are typically found inside the wreck and swimming around it.

Shallower on deck you can find lion fish and beautiful macro life such as nudibranchs. A torch light is recommended to get the most of out of this fantastic Maldives wreck dive!

Orimas Thila

This thila has a shallow colourful reef top with several overgrown coral blocks. A small narrow valley separates the reef top from a deeper plateau. On the south side are some overhangs ranging from depths of 12 to 24m.

The reef itself slopes to 26m in the sand but the north and east side has a steeper drop to 30m. There are many anemones, black corals and soft corals on this dive side, especially on the western side of the reef. Scorpion fish, stone fish and octopus are often seen.

There are plenty of moray eels and trumpet fish too. Investigate the bush corals to see if you can find the resident long nose hawkfish.

Pineapple Thila

An awesome collection of corals awaits you at Pineapple Tila. On the north side there is a crack from 10-18m that is full of coral and small marine life. The top of the reef is special as it is covered with hard corals while deeper on the sand there are huge gorgonian sea fans set against the blue.

Schools of fusiliers and trigger fish like to swim around divers on this dive site. White tip reef sharks, big tunas and trevallies patrol the whole Tila. For smaller marine life there are sometimes octopus and sting rays to be found, as well as snails, shrimps and shells.

Ralua Thila

In the beginning of this dive you will find the reef walls slope down to approximately 26m on the sand. Along the north and east side is most interesting to explore the several overhangs. Divers are surrounded by fish on this dive site.

On top of the reef look out for turtles, scorpion fish and stone fish. White tip reef sharks tend to doze sleepily on the sand while large groupers are sometimes seen swimming by. Cracks and niches around Ralua Tila is where you will most likely discover the smaller marine life such as lobster. We have even found harlequin shrimp here in the past!

Shameem Thila

Another favourite with our diving guests! The main route for dives here is along the north and west side of the Tila where colourful overhangs are plentiful, situated on different depth levels for all divers.

A great variety of corals and huge gorgonian sea fans can be seen and the shallow reef top is also beautiful. Frequently grey and white reef sharks pass by Shameem Tila. However, even without sharks, bat fish and fusiliers school the reef with tunas and trevallies passing by in the blue. The overhangs are nice hideaways for glassfish, groupers and lobsters.

In between the luminous coral sponges there can be flat works and nudibranchs… and even frog fish have been found here. Great dive site!

Theluveligaa Tila

This reef has a shallow top with several overgrown coral blocks. From north to west are some overhangs ranging between 12m and 24m continuing all the way to the south of the dive site. The reef slopes to 20m on the sand at the east side. Black and soft corals can be found in parts all across the reef. Many schools of reef fish in different variety surround divers on Theluveligaa Thila.

In the overhangs or under the coral blocks reef sharks and stingrays like to hide so it is always worth a look underneath. Scorpion fish and stone fish are common on this dive site and very well camouflaged so take care!

Thinfushi Thila

The long oval shaped reef of Thinfushi Tila has great formations with blue gorgonian sea fans and amazing soft corals. The cove on the south side especially and the coral blocks to the front of the dive site have many overhangs, cracks and niches of colour to explore. Schools of snappers and fusiliers surround the entire Tila.

Turtles, napoleon wrasse and white tip reef sharks also reside here. You may find honeycomb morays on this dive site and several varieties of puffer fish. For macro-lovers, be sure to explore every crack for Maldives sponge snails, flatworms and crabs hiding away.

Thundufushi Thila

This dive site is around 22km north of Angaga Island. It is a huge reef and perfect for drift diving, never failing to impress divers with the variety of multicolored soft corals adorning the reef. There are many overgrown overhangs at depths ranging from 10 to 28m, with a reef top at average depth of 10m.

In the blue water big napoleon wrasse, tunas and trevallies are common sight. Stingrays like to doze on the sandy bottom and during the season, there is a chance to see manta rays on the top of the reef, usually on the west side at depths of 12-15m

Triton Thila

To the east of Angaga Island is the dive site of Triton Tila; a medium-sized tila with an interesting triangle shape. The west side drops steeply to 30m with several big overhangs from 10 to 24 metres. The east side meanwhile slopes gently down to a sandy bottom at 25m.

The safety stop can be made on the shallow reef where there is still plenty to enjoy, rather than drifting in blue water for 3 minutes. Into the current you find the most action in terms of big tunas and jackfish swimming by among schools of fusiliers, and white tip sharks down deeper. Take some time to explore the reef top towards the end of the dive because often turtles are grazing in the shallows.

Velagali Thila

This is a medium sized reef overgrown with many different coral-types. The black coral on the west side is particularly noticeable. The reef top at 8m is covered with anemones and colourful coral blocks. Many overhangs, cracks and niches can be explored around the Tila and the dive site slopes down to 30m at the deepest point. Among several schools of snappers, fusiliers and bat fish, you may also see white tip sharks, hunting trevallies and tunas.

The reef top is full of life with clown fish inhabiting the many anemones, mantis shrimps and sometimes octopus. Lion fish, stone fish, scorpion fish and long nose hawkfish can be found all over this dive site!

Vilamendhoo Thila

16.3km north-east of Angaga Island is the dive site of Vilamendhoo Tila. There is usually current here so a quick descent is necessary and special care should be taken to monitor depth limits, air consumption and decompression limits. This is an oval reef with several overhangs on the west side ranging between 15m and 30m depth. Several plateaus form the reef slopes at different depth levels all the way to 28m.

The reef top at 9m, has some nice coral blocks and is covered in beautiful corals. Schools of snappers, fusiliers and bat fish surround divers on this dive site. The location of Vilamendhoo Tila, outside the Atoll, means there is a good chance to see sharks, napoleon wrasse, eagle rays and other ‘deep water’ fish such as tunas and jack fish.

South-Ari Atoll Outer Reef - whale sharks

The southern outer reef of the South-Ari Atoll is your best chance to see whale sharks in Maldives. The reefs are comfortable even for beginner divers and the reef tops are shallow at just 5-10m depth. Even if you don’t see a whale shark, these dive sites offer relaxing dives with other reef sharks, eagle rays, turtles and napoleon wrasse regularly seen here.

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Seaplane Accidents Maldives

Seaplane Accidents - Maldives

Before we begin it’s worth pointing out that travelling by seaplane in the Maldives is safe. They have a great track record and accidents are rare.

Reports going back to 1994 indicate zero fatalities, and only one case involving serious injury.

Over this same period of time millions of people have travelled safely on seaplanes in the Maldives.

All aviation accidents and incidents are investigated by the AICC of the Maldives and we summarise all published reporting below. Whilst this may seem like a significant amount of material at a glance, keep in mind this covers 30 years of aviation!


  • Accident vs Incident
  • Statistics
  • List of Seaplane Accidents & Incidents
  • Summary of Investigation Reports
  • 2023
  • 2021
  • 2020
  • 2017
  • 2015
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2010
  • 2009
  • 2008
  • 2004
  • 2001
  • 1994-2000
Accident vs Incident

In aviation accidents are not the same as incidents, but both are reported and investigated to maintain high standards of safety.

Accidents involves at least one of the following: aircraft damage or structural failure, complete loss of the aircraft, or in exceptional cases serious injury or fatality.

Nearly all seaplane accidents in the Maldives receive this classification on the basis of aircraft damage rather than injury. None have involved a fatality.

Incidents are any events which affect or could affect the safety of operation. Serious incidents are those that had a high chance of leading to an accident.


Over the period January 1994 to November 2023:

  • Total Accidents: 16
  • Total Serious Incidents: 3
  • Total Fatalities: 0
  • Total Serious Injuries: 3
  • Total Minor Injuries: 8


In 30 years of seaplane flights there have only been 11 injuries in the Maldives, of which 7 were crew.

In terms of tourists and passengers there have been just 4 injuries in 30 years, of which 3 were minor and 1 was serious.

Of the 16 accidents recorded 11 received this classified on the basis of aircraft damage rather than injury.

List of Seaplane Accidents & Incidents
25 Oct 20238Q-RALIncident (P)
16 May 20238Q-TAQAccident (P)
13 Nov 20218Q-MBCIncident
14 Feb 20218Q-RAEAccident1 Minor
22 Oct 20208Q-TMRIncident
05 Oct 20208Q-TMFAccident2 Minor
24 Feb 20208Q-MVCAccident3 Minor
16 Nov 20178Q-IAGAccident
04 Oct 20178Q-ISBAccident
27th May 20178Q-TMVAccident
2nd Jul 20158Q-MANAccident
2nd Aug 20138Q-TMKAccident
9th Jul 20128Q-TMTAccident
9th Feb 20128Q-MATAccident
10th Mar 20108Q-TMKAccident
2nd Jun 20098Q-MAGAccident2 Minor
14th Jul 20088Q-MASAccident
17th May 20048Q-TMCAccident3 Serious, 1 Minor
19th Feb 20018Q-TMAAccident

(P) – Preliminary Report


Summary of Investigation Reports

A complete overview of all investigation reports from the Maldives Accident Investigation Coordinating Committee involving commercial seaplane flights is presented below.

The first seaplane flights in the Maldives were in 1993 and proved to be significantly safter than the preceding helicopter flights which suffered much more serious consequences in accidents. By 1999 helicopter flights were practically eliminated as seaplane travel took over.

During this period there were very few seaplanes operating compared to today and only a limited number of flights. It’s not that accidents have become more common, there’s simply tens of thousands of flights more per year today.

The Maldives has made significant advances in safety and procedures over it’s 30 year history of seaplane flight. They now boast the largest seaplane fleet and arguably the most experienced seaplane pilots in the world.


25th October 2023: 8Q-RAL

Serious Incident, no injuries.

Based on preliminary report.

Aircraft lost power in its right engine on approach to Malé at 350 feet, causing a sudden right turn and difficulty controlling the aircraft. Pilots were able to land safely on the water with a small bounce, and shortly after shut down the engines. Assisted by a rescue boat the aircraft taxied to a platform for passenger and crew to disembark.


16th May 2023: 8Q-TAQ

Accident, no injuries.

Based on preliminary report.

Aircraft encountered issues upon initial touchdown on water. The aircraft hit a swell during landing, causing a bounce, a drop of the left wing, and subsequent contact with the water. Once stationary, the crew assessed and confirmed damage to the left wing. The aircraft then taxied to a platform, shut down the engines, and passengers disembarked via the main door.


13th November 2021: 8Q-MBC

Serious Incident, no injuries.

Based on preliminary report.

Take-off was aborted due to unexpected aircraft behaviour. Unable to stop, the aircraft shut down its engines and drifted into two water bungalows, sustaining damage but causing no injuries. The aircraft was then towed to a platform where passengers and crew disembarked safely.

14th February 2021: 8Q-RAE

Accident, 1 minor injury to cabin crew.

Flight from Maalifushi to Velana International Airport had an accident upon touchdown. The aircraft touched down on the right-hand float, dug into the water, and turned steeply right before coming to a stop inverted. Although the aircraft was substantially damaged, all six passengers and two pilots evacuated without injury; one cabin crew member sustained minor injuries.


A rise in accidents coincided with global emergence from COVID restrictions. Planes and pilots had been grounded around the world without regular flying. This was not unique to the Maldives.

22nd October 2020: 8Q-TMR

Serious Incident, no injuries.

After a normal touchdown at Sun Siyam IruFushi, an aircraft experienced an uncontrolled left turn during reverse thrust, leading the left wing and propeller to contact an anchored vessel. The incident caused damage to the aircraft’s left wing and propeller blades, as well as to the vessel, but no one was on board the vessel at the time. The Pilot in Command regained control and taxied to a platform, with all passengers and crew disembarking safely without injuries.

5th October 2020: 8Q-TMF

Accident, 2 minor injuries.

During an approach with a left crosswind of about 20 knots at Velana International Airport, an aircraft landing on the ‘North Right’ area rapidly rolled to the right after touchdown, with the right wing dipping into the water. It swerved but settled upright on both floats. The aircraft was taxied to the dock with assistance from a rescue vessel and personnel onshore. All passengers and crew disembarked safely. Minor injuries were reported among the flight and cabin crew, but no passengers were injured.

24th February 2020: 8Q-MBC

Accident, 3 minor injuries including 1 passenger.

An aircraft landing on an unmarked water runway bounced upon touchdown, banked left, and then the right wing dropped, causing the nose to dig into the water. The Pilot in Command’s attempt to go around was unsuccessful. The fuselage, wings, engines, and propellers were substantially damaged, but the floats remained intact, and the aircraft was upright post-accident. It taxied to the mooring with left engine power and dinghy assistance. All occupants evacuated safely, with minor injuries to two crew members and one passenger.


16th November 2017: 8Q-IAG

Accident, no injuries.

Aircraft encountered an accident during take-off from DOR water aerodrome. The aircraft hit a series of sea swells during acceleration, which resulted in both floats detaching and the nose plunging into the water. The engines were shut down by the PIC after the second impact. The detached floats, trapped under the wings, kept the aircraft afloat despite water entering the fuselage. All 12 passengers and 3 crew evacuated without injury.

4th October 2017: 8Q-ISB

Accident, no injuries.

The first officer was flying when the aircraft bounced during landing in a crosswind at Velana International Airport. The captain’s go-around attempt failed, causing the aircraft to flip and crash, landing upside down in shallow water. Despite substantial damage to the aircraft, all passengers and crew escaped without serious injuries.

27th May 2017: 8Q-TMV

Accident, no injuries.

During a landing on the North Right Water Runway, the aircraft bounced off the left float and then, after a second bounce, banked right causing the right wing tip to dip into the water. This led to an abrupt right veer and crash. All passengers and crew evacuated uninjured before the aircraft submerged.


2nd July 2015: 8Q-MAN

Accident, no injuries.

During final approach to land at KUR, at about 400 feet with flaps fully down, the aircraft pitched up and vibrated uncontrollably as the stall warning activated. The PIC’s recovery manoeuvres initially failed, but some control was regained after retracting the flaps. Despite this, the aircraft continued a right turn, lost height, and hit the sea. All 11 passengers and three crew members evacuate uninjured before the aircraft sank.


2nd August 2013: 8Q-TMK

Accident, no injuries.

During a westbound landing approach approved due to westerly winds, the aircraft banked left, losing control and touching down on the left float first. Control was transferred from the co-pilot to the Captain, who noted the aircraft’s significant left turn and wing damage. All passengers disembarked without injuries. The cause of the incident was identified as an unexplained left bank on approach despite facing a headwind.


9th July 2012: 8Q-TMT

Accident, no injuries.

Upon landing, the crew struggled to dock at a fixed platform due to the tailwind and swells. After aborting the first docking attempt, the second attempt led to a collision with the platform when the aircraft moved forward despite full reverse and rudder inputs. The left float and propeller were damaged, and the aircraft eventually became fully submerged. All aboard evacuated safely.

9th February 2012: 8Q-MAT

Accident, no injuries.

On final approach to MLE the co-pilot made a hard landing on the north right water runway due to easterly winds, causing the aircraft to bounce and the right float to dig into the water. The PIC then took over and steadied the aircraft, but the right float detached and became stuck under the fuselage, preventing sinking, while the left float also detached. All aboard evacuated without injury.


10th March 2010: 8Q-TMK

Accident, no injuries.

We were unable to retrieve report 2010-01, (“De Havilland, DHC-6-300, 8Q-TMK, Right wing struck on water at Cocoa Palm/Dhunikolhu Island Resort (Baa Atoll)”), at the time of writing.


2nd June 2009: 8Q-MAG

Accident, 2 minor injuries including 1 passenger.

The aircraft took off from Halaveli for a 40-minute photo flight with good weather conditions. After take-off, the co-pilot gave his seat to a passenger and moved to the cabin.

Whilst CAR Part 15.11 does allow a special exemption for a passenger to take the right hand seat during professional photography flights, both pilots must be at the controls during take-offs and landing.

Once the shots were complete, the PIC began descending in a right bank, keeping the passenger in the first officer’s seat in order to provide further photography opportunities.

Before the PIC could complete the turn, the aircraft struck the water with its right wing/float. The crash broke both wings and detached the left float, while the right float jammed, blocking the co-pilot’s exit and twisting the empennage. All passengers and crew escaped without fatalities from the shallow wreckage.

The investigation attributed the accident to the PIC’s low flying, a passenger in the co-pilot’s seat, and the operator’s inadequate communication of procedural updates.


14th July 2008: 8Q-MAS

Accident, no injuries.

The 8Q-MAS aircraft, with 17 people onboard, departed from Male to Adaaran Club Bathala. Encountering rough seas and strong westerly winds, it struck a swell on landing, veered left, and collided with a moored speed boat, losing its right float and engine. The aircraft sank in shallow water, but all on board safely escaped without fatalities.


17th May 2004: 8Q-TMC

Accident, 3 serious injuries including a passenger, and 1 minor injury.

The most serious seaplane accident in the Maldives and one of the first, there were still no fatalities.

Departing from Male’ International Airport to Velaavaru Resort with 14 passengers, the aircraft experienced a longer-than-normal take-off, struggling to gain height. Nearing a seawall, the captain’s abrupt control pull to avoid the obstacle induced a stall, causing the left float to shear off upon impact with the seawall. This led to the left wing folding upwards and detaching, with the left propeller slicing through the cockpit ceiling. The aircraft then skidded across the ground, losing the right float and propeller, before halting on the mainland runway. The accident resulted in serious injuries to both pilots and one passenger, minor injuries to another passenger, while the rest were unharmed.



19th February 2001: 8Q-TMA

Accident, no injuries.

The aircraft was manoeuvring on the water near the Floating Platform, after landing in the lagoon near Sun Island resort, when it struck another Twin
Otter that was parked against the floating platform. There were no passengers on either aircraft, and no injuries to any of the crew were reported.


There are no accidents involving seaplanes recorded in the Maldives CAA historical archives.



[1] AICC, Maldives Civil Aviation Authority. Preliminary Incident Report 8Q-RAL, retrieved Nov 06, 2023
[8] AICC, Maldives Civil Aviation Authority. Final report on accident to Viking air DHC-6-200, 8Q-IAG aircraft at Dhoores Floating Platform, Maldives, retrieved Nov 06, 2023
[10] AICC, Maldives Civil Aviation Authority. Final report on the accident to Viking Air DHC-6-300, 8Q-TMV at Velana International Airport, Maldives, retrieved Nov 06, 2023
[11] AICC, Maldives Civil Aviation Authority. Final Report on the accident to Viking Air DHC-6-300, 8Q-MAN near Kuredu Resort, Maldives, retrieved Nov 06, 2023
[12] AICC, Maldives Civil Aviation Authority. Twin Otter, 8Q-TMK, at Ibrahim Nasir international Airport, Water Runway, retrieved Nov 06, 2023
[13] AICC, Maldives Civil Aviation Authority. De Havilland, DHC-6-300, 8Q-TMT, Collision with the fixed platform at Condrad(Rangali) South Ari Atoll, retrieved Nov 06, 2023
[14] AICC, Maldives Civil Aviation Authority. Twin Otter, 8Q-MAT, at Ibrahim Nasir international Airport, Water Runway, retrieved Nov 06, 2023
[15] AICC, Maldives Civil Aviation Authority. De Haviland DHC-6-200, 8Q-MAG, Crash at the reef of Halaveli Resort Lagoon, retrieved Nov 06, 2023
[16] AICC, Maldives Civil Aviation Authority. De Haviland DHC-6-300, 8Q-MAS, Collision with a Speedboat at Adaaran Club Bathala, retrieved Nov 06, 2023
[17] AICC, Maldives Civil Aviation Authority. De Havilland DHC-6-300, 8Q-TMC, Collision with Seawall at Male’ International Airport, retrieved Nov 06, 2023
[18] AICC, Maldives Civil Aviation Authority. De Havilland DHC-6-100, 8Q-TMA, Collision with 8Q-TMH at Sun Island, retrieved Nov 06, 2023
[19] AICC, Maldives Civil Aviation Authority. Aircraft Accident History, retrieved Nov 06, 2023

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