Alila Kothaifaru Maldives

Stay Longer to Discover the Majestic Marine Life of Raa Atoll

The beautiful Raa Atoll is a hidden gem in the Maldives, an unspoiled and quiet atoll that offers awe-inspiring marine life. Beginner divers can explore incredible reef dives, discover healthy coral, stingrays, reef sharks and hawksbill turtles. More experienced divers can enjoy incredible thila dives. The thilas (underwater pinnacles) are extremely healthy, not affected by any bleaching events, and are surrounded by large schools of reef, pelagic fish and grey reef sharks.

All these wonders and more can be experienced on holiday at Alila Kothaifaru Maldives. General Manager Thomas Weber remarks, “Guided by our in-house certified experts, Eurodivers, we invite you to discover the richness of the Raa Atoll. With few inhabited islands, it offers a peaceful and natural underwater experience with epic bucket list adventures to tick in 2023.”

Stay longer to experience more of Raa Atoll. Immerse yourself in the tropical paradise with a long-stay package at Alila Kothaifaru Maldives. Whether you’re on a family vacation, working remotely or celebrating a special occasion, save up to 15% with a minimum stay of seven nights, including daily dinner at the beachside restaurant.

Diving Havens

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There are two beautiful dive spots, Labyrinth and Sola Corner, just 10-15 minutes away from Alila Kothaifaru Maldives

Labyrinth is a small but beautiful thila that lies 12 m to 30 m below sea level. Incredible topography with swim throughs and overhangs to the most abundant life surrounding the entire thila, Labyrinth leaves every diver in awe. An extremely healthy reef lies on the top of the thila. Down below you will find rays, peacock mantis shrimp, octopus and big lobsters.  

Sola Corner is a busy manta cleaning station during the months of November to April. At other times of the year, it offers sightings of huge eagle rays, turtles and reef sharks. Expect to be surrounded by huge schools of reef and pelagic fish.

Snorkeling Experiences

For those not ready to dive deep into the ocean depths, many creatures can be spotted from the surface during snorkeling trips. Raa Atoll is home to large populations of the critically endangered hawksbill turtle, the endangered green turtle, and manta rays. Mantas typically congregate near Alila Kothaifaru Maldives from November to March, but can be spotted all year round by taking a speed boat trip to other cleaning stations.

Dolphin Cruise

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Raa Atoll is inhabited by huge pods of spinner dolphins and smaller pods of bottlenose dolphins. Head out on a traditional dhoni boat at sunset for a two-hour cruise in search of these ocean beauties. Our spinner dolphins are playful. In front of the boat, you will see spinner dolphins jump and spin out of the water. Bottlenose dolphins are much larger and hang around the side of the boat out of curiosity.

Journey to Vaadhoo Island – “Sea of Stars” phenomenon

Embark on a journey to Vaadhoo Island, one of the best spots to witness the spectacular “Sea of Stars” phenomenon. When the sun goes down at Vaadhoo Island, the waves lapping the shore light up like a shimmering field of blue dots, giving the sea the appearance of a starlit night sky. This mesmerizing phenomenon occurs throughout November to January because of the growth of phytoplankton, aquatic creatures that glow in the dark, creating an extraordinary sight to behold.

Stay in Raa Atoll longer to discover all of its excellent marine life. Raa Atoll is the place to stay to dive deep in the ocean, snorkel with the majestic marine creatures, cruise with dolphins or experience the bioluminescent ‘‘sea of stars’ phenomena.