Think of the Maldives and no doubt you picture swaying palms, white sand and azure waters. Beneath the surface there’s a whole world of fascinating marine life waiting to be discovered, and we can think of few better places to start exploring than Baros.
The boutique island lies just 20 minutes by speedboat from Male, and offers an intimate, grown-up atmosphere (guests over the age of eight are welcome). All villas here include a bathtub, wine chiller and open-air bathroom amongst the top-class amenities, while some include a private plunge pool or daybed overlooking the turquoise waters. Other resort facilities include the excellent Serenity Spa, the romantic Piano Deck and a variety of restaurants and bars.
Undoubtedly, this is a top choice for guests looking to relax and unwind, though it’s also a superb choice for keen divers and marine explorers.
The house reef here is one of the very best in the Maldives. Easily accessed from the resort’s beach, guests are just a few metres from incredible underwater flora and fauna. Swim alongside turtles, moray eels, manta rays and even harmless reef sharks, and glimpse spectacular coral formations underwater.
The PADI five-star dive centre was opened in 1979 and is one of the Maldives’ oldest. Expert and experienced instructors focus on each and every diver, and with class sizes kept small you’re guaranteed a personalised experience.
The Diving By Design programme allows guests to create the ultimate dive experience from dozens of à la carte options; there are over 30 world-class sites surrounding the resort to choose from – including an ancient shipwreck! Divers are transported to their chosen site on Baros’ private luxury boat, and can choose to add lunch on board for a real treat. Choose from one, two or three-tank options for your perfect underwater adventure (certified divers only).
Baros is dedicated to protecting the local environment around the resort, so each dive is designed to minimise impact and preserve the beautiful Maldivian sea life. This was the very first dive centre in the archipelago to receive certification from International Reef Check, demonstrating the commitment here to conserving the natural landscape.
One of our favourite ways to experience the spectacular underwater world here is on a Fluo Night Diving adventure. Divers are equipped with special lights and filters to reveal normally unseen technicolour fluorescent hues amongst the coral and marine life; this is a truly spectacular experience that any certified diver visiting Baros shouldn’t miss.
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