There are currently about 30 resorts scattered around the 100 or so islands within the administrative district of Alifu, which is commonly referred to as Ari. Located 35 mi/55 km southwest of Male', this atoll has some of the country's finest resorts.
The Conrad Maldives Rangali Island is famous for its underwater restaurant, which was the first of its kind in the world. It is also home to the most expensive accommodations in the Maldives—the US$50,000 per night underwater Muraka Suite. Most resorts offer overwater villas, many with glass floors so that you can watch the marine life in total comfort.
Ari Atoll is also one of the best atolls in the Maldives for diving, having a wealth of superb dive sites, including reefs and caves as well as impressive wrecks such as Maa Giri. Maamagili is one of the most famous sites in the country for spotting whale sharks December-May.
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