Photo credits | Vilamendhoo Island Resort & Spa

Male’, Maldives, 23rd April 2024 – In a captivating display of nature’s splendor, a majestic whale shark measuring an impressive 6.5 meters was recently spotted gliding gracefully through the enthralling house reef of Vilamendhoo Island Resort & Spa, located in the azure waters of South Ari Atoll in the Maldives. Guests fortunate enough to be snorkeling in the area were treated to a rare and awe-inspiring spectacle as they found themselves swimming alongside this magnificent creature.

Whale sharks, known as the gentle giants of the ocean, are a common sight in the waters surrounding Vilamendhoo. Their presence adds to the allure of this tropical paradise, where visitors are also treated to sightings of graceful manta rays and vibrant coral gardens teeming with life. Encounters with these marine wonders offer a glimpse into the rich biodiversity of the area, captivating the hearts of all who venture into its depths.

“The sighting of the whale shark has evoked an overwhelming wave of positivity among our guests,” elucidated Mohamed Zahir, General Manager of Vilamendhoo. “For many, this unexpected marvel has transformed their holiday experience into an unforgettable journey, solidifying our resort’s standing as a premier destination for ocean enthusiasts and nature lovers.”

Vilamendhoo Island Resort & Spa, following the cherished ‘One Island, One Resort’ concept, is situated on a pristine island surrounded by a spectacular house reef. Guests are invited to explore the underwater wonders just a short swim away from the expansive sandy beaches. Whether diving into the depths of the ocean or snorkeling amidst vibrant coral gardens, Vilamendhoo offers the quintessential island adventure. The resort’s 184 rooms, each adorned in natural island style, provide the perfect sanctuary for relaxation after days filled with oceanic exploration.

To reach this tropical haven, guests embark on a scenic seaplane transfer from Velana International Airport, enjoying a breathtaking 25-minute flight over the mesmerizing atolls of the Maldives.

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