LVIS Hotels Maldives

Accommodation for visitors of Hanifaru bay

LVIS blancura

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LVIS Blancura Hotel is a beachfront property located in the beautiful island Dharavandhoo. The hotel's proximity to Hanifaru Bay offers opportunities for snorkeling with Manta rays and Whalesharks during season. With elegant rooms, stunning ocean views, and modern amenities, it provides a perfect retreat. Our guests can enjoy international and local cuisine at the on-site restaurant. Experience warm hospitality and a serene beachfront setting at LVIS Blancura Hotel.

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LVIS Village

Family friendly
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Budget friendly

LVIS Village is our second property in Dharavandhoo island situated one block behind. Our guest staying at LVIS VIllage property has access to the bikini beach infront of LVIS Blancura hotel and all the facilities. This provides guests with additional options and amenities to explore during their stay. Whether it's dining at the beachfront restaurant, enjoying water sports, or simply relaxing by the hotel's private beach area, guests have a variety of choices to enhance their beach experience. The hotel features comfortable accommodations, providing a cozy and inviting atmosphere for guests to unwind and relax. Each room is thoughtfully designed with modern amenities, ensuring a comfortable stay.

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Dharavandhoo Island

Dharavandhoo Island is a picturesque tropical paradise located in the Baa Atoll of the Maldives. Known for its stunning natural beauty and rich marine biodiversity, Dharavandhoo offers a tranquil escape for travelers seeking a serene island getaway.

island is relatively small in size, measuring around 1.5 kilometers in length, making it perfect for leisurely walks and exploration. Dotted with palm trees, pristine white sandy beaches, and crystal-clear turquoise waters, Dharavandhoo presents a postcard-perfect setting that will leave visitors in awe.

of the island's main highlights is its proximity to Hanifaru Bay, a renowned marine protected area and a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Hanifaru Bay is a popular spot for snorkeling and diving enthusiasts, as it serves as a feeding ground for manta rays and whale sharks during the peak season. Witnessing these gentle giants up close in their natural habitat is a truly remarkable experience.

In addition to its marine wonders, Dharavandhoo Island also boasts a vibrant local community. Visitors have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the Maldivian way of life, interacting with friendly locals, exploring the island's traditional village, and indulging in authentic Maldivian cuisine.

those seeking adventure, Dharavandhoo offers a range of activities such as water sports, fishing trips, and island hopping excursions to nearby uninhabited islands. Whether it's relaxing on the beach, snorkeling through colorful coral reefs, or enjoying a romantic sunset cruise, there is something for everyone on this idyllic island.

its unspoiled natural beauty, abundant marine life, and warm hospitality, Dharavandhoo Island provides an unforgettable tropical escape for travelers seeking a serene and authentic Maldivian experience.

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Hanifaru Bay

Hanifaru Bay is located in Baa Atoll of the Maldives. It gained international recognition for its rich marine biodiversity and its designation as a marine protected area, A UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Hanifaru Bay is renowned for being a feeding ground and aggregation site for several species of marine animals, most notably Manta rays and Whale Sharks. During certain times of the year, particularly from May to November, an extraordinary phenomenon called the "Hanifaru Bay feeding frenzy" occurs. Large numbers of plankton, particularly a species called "Thallasemia" or "sea tomato," gather in the bay, attracting hundreds of manta rays and whale sharks that come to feed on the abundant food.

This unique spectacle has made Hanifaru Bay a popular destination for snorkelers and divers who want to witness the mesmerizing sight of these gentle giants congregating in large numbers. However, due to the fragile ecosystem and the need for conservation, there are strict regulations in place to protect the area and minimize the impact of human activity.

Visitors to Hanifaru Bay must obtain permits and adhere to guidelines established by the local authorities to ensure the preservation of the marine life and the delicate balance of the ecosystem. These guidelines may include restrictions on the number of people allowed in the water at a time, maintaining a safe distance from the marine animals, and prohibiting the use of certain equipment that could harm Manta rays.

Hanifaru Bay serves as a reminder of the importance of preserving our marine ecosystems and the incredible biodiversity they support. Efforts are being made by local authorities, conservation organizations, and the tourism industry to promote responsible tourism practices and protect this natural treasure for future generations to enjoy.

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Frequently Asked Questions

To travel from Male airport (Also known as Velana International airport), we reccommend to take a domestic flight:

  • Domestic airlines such as Manta Air and Villa Air operate regular flights between Male and Dharavandhoo.
  • flight duration is approximately 20-25 minutes.
  • Once you arrive at Dharavandhoo Airport, we will meet you and bring you to the hotel.
  • Cost of the domestic flight is $110 per adult per way & $60 per child per way
  • Once you make a booking to stay with us, we will help you book this flight. We have contract with both airlines, so they will give priority to our guests always.
  • Here are the most common flight times we have on a daily basis:

11:30 a.m. 7:00 a.m.
2:30 p.m. 3:00 p.m.
6:00 p.m. 7:30 p.m.

It is possible to travel from Male to Dharavandhoo island by Speedboat as well. However, we do not reccommend it due to the following reasons.

  • Speedboat operators may cancel trips without prior notice due to rough sea conditions.
  • Speedboat operators may cancel trips without prior notice due to technical problems of the boat.

Cost of the Speedboat transfer is $70 per person per way.

Speedboats travel only once during the day from Island to Male and Male to Island. Everyday except Fridays. Usual departure time from Male to our island is between 12 noon to 1 P.M. Departure from our island to Male is around 8 to 10 in the morning. These timings are not fixed as they can be different on different days depending on weather conditions and some other factors.

The best time to visit Hanifaru Bay in the Maldives is during the months of May to November. This period corresponds to the southwest monsoon season, which brings optimal conditions for snorkeling and diving in the area. Here's a breakdown of the factors that make this time ideal:

  • Manta Ray Season: Hanifaru Bay is renowned for its manta ray congregation and feeding frenzy. The peak manta ray season in Hanifaru Bay is typically from May to November. During this time, plankton blooms attract a large number of manta rays, making it a perfect opportunity for witnessing these graceful creatures up close.
  • It is also observed that Full Moon and New Moon periods are the best times to swim see them in Hanifaru Bay
  • Weather: The southwest monsoon season also coincides with the dry season in the Maldives. Although occasional rain showers can occur, overall, the weather is characterized by sunny days, lower humidity, and pleasant temperatures.
  • Scuba diving is not allowed in Hanifaru Bay
  • Snorkellers are allowed 45 minutes only with supervison by a licensed guide throughout the

It's important to note that the exact timing of the manta ray season in Hanifaru Bay and weather patterns can vary slightly from year to year. Therefore, it's recommended to check with us to get the most up-to-date information and plan your visit accordingly. Additionally, while the southwest monsoon season offers the best chances for manta ray sightings, sightings are ultimately dependent on natural factors and cannot be guaranteed.

LVIS blancura hotel is located directly on the Bikini beach (Tourist beach) of the island.

LVIS Village is located one block behind the beach, approximately walking distance of 150 meters.