The Baa Atoll is the Maldives’ only UNESCO World Biosphere reserve, and is home to a tremendously high diversity of marine life, even for Maldivian standards. We encourage our guests to get up close and personal with our marine friends by scuba diving, snorkeling or by learning the art of freediving.
Sobah’s Dinner & Cruise
Named after Chef Sobah, the ‘Best Chef in the Maldives’ award winner, Sobah’s is a traditional Maldivian restaurant located on an uninhabited island only 15 minutes away by speedboat from Soneva Fushi. Chef Sobah has been with Soneva for many years, and after consistently winning local and international culinary awards, year after year, we gave him his own restaurant, which opens twice per week.
The cuisine is uniquely Maldivian using recipes that have been passed down from generation to generation, and the food is prepared using traditional cooking methods. The ingredients are sourced from what Sobah buys fresh from the fishermen each morning or what he scavenges from the island of Mendhoo itself. After dinner, learn about the starry night sky from our resident astronomer, while enjoying some of our finest digestives.
Freediving at Soneva Fushi
Freediving is the exhilarating practice of discovering the underwater world using only a single breath. You will learn our finning technique – how to propel thorough the ocean, increase your breath hold capacity, ability to both relax and focus, equalisation and of course safety, which is paramount.
Guided Snorkelling with our Marine Biologist
Accompany our resident marine biologist on a guided snorkelling trip to one of the spectacular reefs found in the Baa Atoll. They will guide you through the reefs and introduce you to the various species of marine life. You may also be lucky enough to encounter beautiful sea turtles and manta rays, which are common in this area of the Maldives.
House reef snorkelling and night snorkelling are also available. Peer through the night waters at moray eels, lionfish, octopus, lobsters, sleeping parrotfish and bioluminescent plankton.
Snorkel with Manta Rays
Join us as we search for the enigmatic, graceful, inquisitive and charismatic Manta Rays in the waters of the Baa Atoll. If the conditions are right, we will go to Hanifaru Bay, located only 20 minutes by speedboat from Soneva Fushi, which has one of the world’s largest population of Manta Rays. When time and tide align, fortunate snorkelers get to observe and capture a rolling, whirling feast where it may be possible to see hundreds of these large yet harmless creatures congregate to gorge themselves in the plankton-rich waters. There are also several other locations close to Soneva Fushi where Manta sightings are common, so the exact itinerary of the trip may vary to maximize the chance of seeing these magnificent creatures. If Mantas cannot be seen on the trip, the Marine Biologists will lead an underwater discovery tour to showcase the stunning scenery of the marine life in the Baa Atoll.
*Manta sightings are frequent but not guaranteed.
June – October
Diving at Soneva Fushi
The Soleni Dive Centre’s multi-lingual PADI instructors as well as the small dive group sizes ensure that you get a world-class diving experience, whether you’re doing your first or your hundredth dive. There are many dive sites with rich marine life around the resort, sure to tempt all marine enthusiasts.
A number of diving courses are available, including:
- Discover Scuba (basic theory, basic exercises and one shore dive)
- Resort Course (four dives, one theory and logbook)
- PADI Scuba Diver (five dives, book, theory, logbook and certification)
- PADI Open Water (eight lessons, book, five theory, table, logbook and certification)
- PADI Referral, experience and advanced
- Refresher Dive
Equipment may be rented. For more information, visit the Soleni Dive Centre website.
Non-Motorized Water Sports
We offer a range of complimentary non-motorized water sports, including kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, windsurfing and catamarans. Private tuition is available at an additional charge on an hourly basis.
Surfing in the Baa Atoll
Discover the beautiful Maldivian waters with a surf trip to one of more than 11 different locations in the Baa Atoll. Surf perfect waves in the warm sun, with no one else in sight with your own private instructor. All spots are located within 30 minutes by boat from Soneva Fushi and are suitable for beginners through to advanced surfers. We offer half day and full day surf trips with an instructor, as well as hourly surfing classes. Surfboards are available to be borrowed at no extra charge. May to September offers the biggest waves, although beginners will enjoy the activity year-round.
To view the Biodiversity Survey prepared by our resident Biologist, click here.
Evening Fishing at Soneva Fushi
Arguably the oldest profession in the Maldives, fishing is one of the most relaxing activities for the busy traveller. Those who might rank themselves as talented fishermen with a sixth sense for good fishing spots would find it a worthy challenge to test the plentiful waters of the Indian Ocean for an impressive catch. Heading out in the boat just before the sun sets is a chance to enjoy the spectacular natural scenery, stunning sunsets and rich underwater life of the Maldives, while enjoying some canapes and cool beverages to make the experience even more unforgettable. Our captain will take you to secret spots known for big game yet away from the reef to avoid causing any damage.
The crew can provide assistance to fishing enthusiasts of all levels, and can also teach the basics of fishing with a simple line and a sharp hook. A maximum of two fish per person can be kept, while all others caught must be released back into the ocean. For those lucky enough to bring back a sizable catch, a meal featuring the fruits of your labor will be prepared by the chefs at the resort.
Time: 16:00hrs to 19:00hrs
Soneva Fushi Experiences Brochure
View a complete selection of experiences available at Soneva Fushi.