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Sitting west of the capital and roughly 30 minutes away by seaplane, the near-rectangular Ari Atoll offers stellar beaches and superb diving experience in its 105 islands. It is bisected into North and South Ari Atolls, and both are world-class destinations that belong to any bucket list. South Ari Atoll is a protected marine area that attracts a magnificent number of whale sharks year-round.

Some of the most luxurious resorts in the Maldives are located in the Ari Atoll, but vibrant guest houses also await travellers in the charming Rasdhoo and Thoddoo islands.

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