Discover the South Ari Marine Protected Area with Lily Beach

The Maldives is world-renowned as being a great destination for those who love snorkelling and scuba diving due to the incredible marine life and coral reefs. No matter where you go in the Maldives, you cannot fail to be impressed by the treasures found below the surface of the ocean but one area in particular stands out above the rest – South Ari Atoll. Lily Beach Resort & Spa is located in an enviable position within South Ari, close to the very best snorkelling and diving sites in the entire nation and has all the facilities you could wish for when wanting to explore the underwater world. The jewel in the crown of South Ari is SAMPA, South Ari Atoll Marine Protected Area.

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South Ari Atoll Marine Protected Area
SAMPA encompasses 42 km² of coral reef habitat and was protected by the Maldivian government in 2009, making it the largest protected area in the entire country. The area was selected for protection because of its importance as a globally significant aggregation site for whale sharks.

Bucket List Sightings
Ask any avid diver or snorkeller what creature they’s most like to see underwater and the reply is likely to include whale sharks and manta rays – this is good news for anyone who did their research and booked a trip to Lily Beach as we are fortunate enough to be able to see these incredible marine giants all year round! Although it has to be noted that, being wild animals, we cannot 100% guarantees sightings, by diving and snorkelling the reefs of the area as much as possible during your stay you will be maximising your chances of getting that all-important bucket list tick.

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Scuba Diving and Snorkelling
The resort team offer snorkelling for all experience levels so if you’ve never even tried it before or are nervous, don’t let this stop you from seeing the underwater world of the Maldives. Likewise for those who want to give diving a try – you’ll be in safe hands with the Prodivers team based at Lily Beach, they are true professionals and offer activities for complete beginners right through to seasoned pros.

Snorkelling and diving activities can be booked whilst at the resort or in advance with the Lily App – choose Ocean Adventure for a thrilling combination of speedboat, snorkelling, whale sharks and mantas. Get ready to make unforgettable memories, underwater, at Lily Beach!