Ultimate guide (September 2019)
is a residential island in Baa Atoll
, Maldives. It has a domestic airport, as well as excellent beaches. Nearby there is also Hanifaru Bay
lagoon being UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, as a place with the world's best diving. Thus the island is a great place both for a transit overnight stay or for a short vacation. The bottom near the coast is mostly rocky with good snorkeling, but few sandy areas are also available. Shore and seabed: sand, stones.  Find hotels in Dharavandhoo
Coordinates: 5.160298, 73.127387
In Dharavandhoo island there are about dozen of hotels with room's rates from US$100 per night. Some accommodation options are located on a private bikini beach, which however doesn't have good entry into the water. Find hotels in Dharavandhoo
How to get there 
Fly to Male international airport (MLE)
. There are two major options to get to Dharavandhoo island:
- domestic flight from Male to Dharavandu airport (DRV)
, - the flight takes 20 minutes and costs US$90 for the one way (discounted child fares are available);
- speedboat from Male, - the travel time is 2.5 hours, US$50 per person per way.
The boat runs on Monday, Thursday and Saturday. Other days airplane is the only transportation option.
According to other sources the boat runs every day except Friday. In any case, transfer details should be arranged with your hotel in advance. Find flights to Dharavandhoo
When to go 
The best time to travel to the beaches of Dharavandhoo island in the Maldives is a dry season from January to April.
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The beach is not so good compared with Fulhadhoo and Fehendhoo islands, but it's quite Ok anyway with good snorkelling on the home reef.
There are a lot of free space on bikini beach, which was good surprise for me. The only problem was that, bikini beach was far from the hotel.
Shops had the best choice of food, I've seen on other local islands. I will definetely return again!
Diving is not permitted in Hanifaru Bay! So snorkelling is available only.
The season to see manta rays is from June to October (no mantas outside this season). There are a lot of groups of 10+ species! There are also a lot of mantas near Dharavandhoo island.
Unfortunately, whale sharks are not so often in Hanifaru Bay.
See also other beaches nearby:
3.5 km to the north ↑
3.8 km to the south-west ↙
7.2 km to the north-west ↖
8.2 km to the north ↑
8.4 km to the west ←