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Dhigurah | Travel Guide – Updated September 2020

Dhigurah

2020-09-30 09:36:25

Local islands are reopened on 1 Oct 2020 onwards. All you need to know is here.

Dhigurah is located 96 km south-east of Male in southern Ari Atoll. The length of the island is almost 4 km, the width (in the widest part) is 300 m. The island narrows in a southward direction and ends with a sand bank. You can go to the neighboring resort LUX * Maldives.

In local language, Dhivehi, the name of the island can be directly translated into ‘Long Island’ and has consequently the longest beach of the atoll (and in one of the longest in Maldives). Its surrounding waters are known to be famous whale shark area.

A huge lagoon can be found protecting the west side of the island, which is one of the more reliable places to see manta rays in this area, particularly in the southwest monsoon.

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Things to do in Dhigurah

Beach and house reef

The entire western part of the island is occupied by the beach. However, the part of the beach opposite the hotels is full of dead coral on the shore. You can walk there for sure, but not barefoot. Therefore, you need to go much further.

The bottom along the beach is sandy and comfortable for swimming. Great for children. On the southern edge of the beach is a road that runs through the jungle. The whole way is about 3 km. If you wish, you can go along the beach, but at high tide it will be not so easy. The island ends with a long sandbank that leads to the neighboring island of LUX South Ari. There you will find a sign warning you to ban visits to this resort.

The places there are very picturesque and very few people go there. The highest level of privacy will be provided!

House reef is located on the opposite side of the island. You should swim on the edge because there is a chance to see whale sharks and manta rays. However, due to safety reasons, it’s better to do this in fins and not alone.

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Whale Shark Safari

If, however, you still could not see whale sharks on the house reef, then it is better to go to safari near Sun Island – the place where the chance to see this fish is much higher. Whale sharks in the Maldives, if we compare to Cebu in the Philippines, are not artificially fed to attract. Therefore, no one will give you a 100% guarantee that today you will see them. Usually, you can see 1-2 sharks during the safari, which usually lasts 2-3 hours. Since the place is very popular and, in fact, the only available, it attracts a lot of tourists from both neighboring resorts and other atolls.

Once somebody sees a shark, the boat on the radio station with each other and within 5-10 minutes everyone already knows where it was found. Therefore, you need to be ready and, if possible, immediately jump into the water because they swim quickly and can go to the bottom, where they will not be caught up.

Night fishing

For centuries, the Maldives was primarily a nation of fishermen. It is so entwined in the lives of Maldivians that there are celebrations when a good catch is caught and complaints when fish is scarce at your dinner tables.

To experience the satisfaction of catching and cooking your own fish, a night fishing trip (offered by the hotel) is the way to go. You leave before the sunset to find a good spot near a reef. The boat crew will show you how to use the lines, hooks, and sinkers. Later, you will be provided by BBQ dinner. Trip lasts 1,5-2 hrs.

Manta ray snorkeling

The mantas that swim around Dhigurah are ‘reef mantas’. Although smaller than the oceanic mantas, the reef mantas are still pretty big, growing to an average wingspan of 3-3.5 m. The season lasts from May till Nov.

Picnic on a sandbank

Escape the island and enjoy the serenity and solitude of a sandbank for a half or full day. Day trips are arranged by the hotel with BBQ to the sandbank which has pleasant walking tracks and is well vegetated. The white sandy beaches are perfect, with a beautiful lagoon for a swim in the crystal clear water.

You can even walk to LUX South Ari Resort!

Scuba diving

Dhigurah is one of the destination that offers good diving conditions and opportunities for all levels.

The dive boat (or “Dhoni”), with a rooftop tanning deck is fully equipped for a full day of diving. It is possible to hop on board to join for one, two or even three dives and the boat goes out every day!

There are over 30 dive sites that offer a great variety of corals, school of fish, rays, turtles, coral formation and the largest fish on the planet – whale shark!

Kuda Rah Thila, Broken Rock, Manta Point and Maamigili Beru are among the most popular dive sites located close to Dhigurah.

Kuda Rah Thila

Current: Can be strong
Life: Rich diversity
Visibility: up to 30 m
Best dive period: December to April

It’s a marine protected reef since 1995 and is one of the most famous reefs in Maldives. Only 10 mins from Dhigurah and a very exciting dive with thousands of blue stripe snappers often being hunted by sharks, tunas, giant trevallys, and jacks. Some very beautiful soft corals with a large swim thru at one end. Kudarah Thila is made of the main reef that has shallower tops on each side, and a tunnel crossing the deeper coral ridge on its western side. As the site is very famous, there might already be divers here when you arrive.

Broken Rock

Current: Can be strong
Life: Fan corals, napoleon wrasse, turtles, scorpionfish, moray eels and soft coral
Visibility: up to 30 m
Best dive period: December to April

Broken Rock is one of the most well-known dive sites in the South Ari Atoll. It is a canyon in an oval-shaped coral reef 50m long and 2m wide. The reef was cracked in two areas by water streams and has a large crevice in the very center which formed a tunnel. The bottom of the reef is covered with predominantly soft corals, while two beautiful coral blocks at 25-30m depth of on the north side of the reef.

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Current: Can be strong
Life: Fan corals, napoleon wrasse, turtles, scorpionfish, moray eels and soft coral
Visibility: up to 30 m
Best dive period: December to April

It’s also known as Reethi Thila is a great dive with five large blocks with canyons in between them. It is known for large barracudas, grey reef sharks, anemones, as well as eagle rays and surgeon fish following you to the surface. Beautiful fan corals and soft corals form fields around the base of the thila can be found in the cracks and overhangs.

Maamigili Beru

Current: Can be strong
Life: Moray eels, lion fish and nudibranches, eagle rays, mobula mantas and whale sharks
Visibility: up to 25 m
Best dive period: December to April

Maamigili Beru is an outer reef of local island Maamigili. The top reef starts at 7 m and is dominated by hard coral formations. You will see a great variety of moray eels, lion fish and nudibranchs. Eagle rays and mobula mantas are also common here. During the some time of the year, whale sharks can also be seen cruising along the reef.

Other activities

Resort day visit. The hotel on Dhigurah can arrange day trip to Vakarufalhi Island Resort, Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa, Conrad Maldives or Vilamendhoo Island Resort & Spa with. Transfer, entrance fee, lunch and resort facilities (pool, SPA, etc.) are in the package.

Dolphin watching. There are both Bottlenose and Spinner dolphins in Ari Atoll. They typically travel in small pods ranging from five to fifteen.

Water sports. You can go for a trip by jet ski, took classes of wakeboard or water skiing or get around by kayak or SUP.

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Dhigurah Infrastructure

Despite the development of tourism, there are only 1-2 cafes for tourists on the island (one of which belongs to the hotel). Very few grocery stores. There are several dive centers, but prices are higher than in neighboring Dhangethi.

More and more hotels are opening (not guest houses) that keep prices high. Although sometimes the price/quality ratio is not on the side of the hotel.

In general, the island is more suitable for divers, beach lovers, couples and families.

With respect to local religion, there is no alcohol available on Dhigurah, however, guests who would like a drink can visit a nearby resort only 10 minutes away.

Where to eat

Hermit’s. They have a small menu so you know every item is fresh and crafted with passion and thought. The staff who works there are the best and very friendly and helpful. A very nice restaurant to enjoy a great lunch or dinner!

Absolute Thai. Thom Yam is really good. It’s wow the service the location and the food itself enjoyed every day small tip portion for 2 is much bigger per person than portion per 4.

Malaveli restaurant. There is plenty of food to choose from and it had good quality for a good price. Very friendly and service-minded staff.

Where to stay

There are 10 hotels and guest houses opened in Dhigurah.

Based on my personal experience, one of the best one is White Sand Dhigurah, and that’s why

– They have sea view rooms, rooms with balcony and spa bath;
– Super friendly staff with experience working in resorts. So high-quality service is guaranteed;
– Amazing in-house restaurant with a great variety of local and continental cuisine;
– Rooftop dining area with sea view;
– In-house dive center;
– Private dinner on a beach;
– Affordable prices;
– Low price for trip to whale shark point, sandbank visiting and snorkeling at manta point
– Free Airport meet and greet service;

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Transfer to Dhigurah

Domestic flight

Flight to domestic is carried out by the local airline Fly.Me. Cost – $ 295 in both directions per person (including transfer to Maamigili). Flies 5-6 times a day.

Flight time – 20 minutes

Speedboat

Male – Dhigurah
Everyday. Departure is at 16:00, cost $ 35 per person one way. It takes about 2 hours.

Dhigura – Male
Everyday. Departure is at 6:40.

Ferry

Male – Dhigurah
Saturday, Monday, Wednesday. Departure at 8:30, cost $ 8 per person one way. On the way about 7 hours.

Dhigura – Male
Resurrection, Tuesday, Thursday. Departure at 8:30, cost $ 8 per person one way. On the way about 7 hours.

About Author

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