The Maldives, the vast and sweeping archipelago of 1,200 islands, is recognised for having one of the most beautiful underwater spectacles in the world. It is home to the seventh-largest coral reef in the world, with an incredible ecosystem and biodiversity supporting over 700 species of fish and other aquatic life.
This colourful piece of paradise found in South Ari Atoll is one of the world’s top diving destinations. With over 35 dive sites to choose from, you can immerse your soul in the breathtaking beauty of the Indian Ocean and discover the spectacular marine life it holds.
Located in the heart of South Ari Atoll, Nova welcomes you to the currents of pinnacles and channels that carry you beyond the vibrant reefs – to some of the most spectacular sights. Home to whale sharks and manta rays all year round, this is one of the best places to swim alongside the gentle giants as they feed and cruise along the reef.
1. A unique display of aquatic ballet
The incredible visibility of Nova’s clear waters lets you peek into a vibrant world of great depths. From snorkelling in the lagoon to more adventurous explorations deep in the waters, a myriad of opportunities welcomes you to take in the magnificent sights of the underwater world. Dive into the blue turquoise water and admire the remarkably abundant marine life.
Nova is your guide to discovering the most soul-stirring underwater world. The colourful fringing reefs and cool macro creatures. Observe the exciting marine life ranging from the swift Barracudas to the exquisite Sea Turtles, tropical fishes, and the ocean’s gentle giants, Manta Rays and Whale Sharks.
Picture this. A Whale Shark just meters away from you, gliding peacefully through the crystal waters. This enigmatic and gentle creature can be seen year-round at Nova. They are the largest fish in the world and can reach up to 12 meters in length and 20 tons in weight. These warm water residents can dive deeper than 1,000 meters and feed on up to 20 kilograms of plankton daily. Their presence is a good indicator of a healthy marine ecosystem. As they regulate the ocean’s plankton levels and prevent them from growing without restriction, Whale Sharks are not only a unique sight to behold, but also play a critically important role in the health of our oceans.
Nova brings you a haven where your fantasies of swimming alongside the majestic Manta Rays as they perform a graceful underwater ballet can come true. Take in the graceful underwater acrobatics of the largest rays in the world with 3 meters in width. With their diamond-shaped body and elongated wing-like pectoral fins, these highly intelligent animals put on an elegant show with fluid backward somersaults as they circle around the plankton to optimise food intake.
Take a deep breath and dive into the mesmerising world of marine life. Let your spirit relish in the surreal moment of waving at a wise-looking Sea Turtle or gazing at the graceful dance of an Eagle Ray. Nova’s reef will let your soul experience natural wonders in the crystal-clear waters of South Ari Atoll.
2. A plethora of bespoken dive sites
A Nova, we will guide you through the dramatic underwater topography of overhangs and canyons draped with vibrant soft corals. The eccentric reef, full of living stone and soft corals, offers endless opportunities to admire what lies beneath the blue surface.
Let your soul be enthralled by the vividly coloured thilas located just a few minutes away with its ten accessible dive spots. One of the most famous sites, Kudha Rah Thila, lies just a 10-minute boat ride away. As the first nationally marine protected area in the Maldives, this site boasts breathtaking sceneries with colourful soft corals full of Jackfish, Fusiliers and the incredible school of Blue Stripe Snappers. Capture the moment by taking photos or admire them as they dance and jive across the reef. Soak in the beauty of the caves framed by black, orange, and pink corals.
Head on to the Broken Rock and take in the magnificent Sea Fans and Gorgonians growing on the walls of the canyon. With only a 15-minute boat ride, you can swim along the turtles and witness the fantastic-looking Triggerfish and Pufferfish. Greet the Napoleon Wrasses or explore another site as you dive in Reethi Thila, and welcome the sight of Grey Reef Sharks and Surgeon Fishes.
Your soulmates at Nova will craft the perfect underwater journey for you to discover the surreal fantasy of the reef dives. Once you step onto your soul place, the magic of the Indian Ocean will enthral you. Whether you are a snorkeler or a diver, beginner or professional, your soulful island has a lot to offer.