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Rustic simplicity and a wealth of underwater wonders

Bathala is a pure and simple paradise for scuba divers and snorkellers alike. This Maldives resort boasts one of the best house reefs in the area frequented by a host of exciting marine life including grey reef sharks, nurse sharks, manta rays and eagle rays. There are six entry and exit points for direct access from the spectacular white sand beach. What’s more, there are more than 50 dive sites in the vicinity to explore. Start your day by diving with grey reef sharks on the house reef, exploring coral-encrusted caves and overhangs or taking a morning boat excursion to a fascinating thila or wreck.

If you’re already a certified diver the friendly Werner Lau Dive Centre team can kit you out with equipment and then you’re free to dive the house reef with your buddy at your leisure, or if you’re a novice you can learn to dive with us. Perhaps you want to expand your experience, skills and knowledge with a diving course, taking you to the next level of certification. We offer a comprehensive range of SSI, CMAS and PADI courses for all levels, from beginners courses right up to dive master level.  Whatever your skill level and requirements we have plenty of diving experiences available daily to entertain you There are also daily dive boat excursions to the incredible dive spots across Ari Atoll.

Bathala itself is a charming and lush tropical island and our guests keep coming back year after year. This rustic resort harks back to the early days of tourism in the Maldives when adventurous travellers could revel in the natural beauty of their surroundings without the desire for the latest high-tech gadgets. Today as it was then, Bathala is an unfussy, laid-back, affordable retreat which offers excellent value for money.


Simple villas open out onto a powdery white sand beach and glorious turquoise vista. Within seconds you can be in the crystal clear water surrounded by shoals of reef fish, sharks and turtles. 


We offer 46 Maldivian-style villas which are dotted around the fringes of the sun-soaked island. The quaint white-washed villas are circular-shaped with tiled floors and coconut thatch roofs. The tiled floors help to keep the villas cool and the coconut thatch reflects a centuries-old Maldivian building tradition. Each villa has air-conditioning, a small fridge, semi-open air garden bathroom, hairdryer and sunbeds. (Wi-Fi is available in The Bar).

Our villas offer you an authentic Maldives holiday experience and are perfect for holidaymakers seeing an affordable option combined with a genuine Maldivian character. You won´t find the latest gadgets and gizmos in our villas at Bathala. But why do you need them when you have an island of stunning natural beauty and an ocean full of colour and life to explore. When you stay at Bathala you can disconnect from the hectic modern world and reconnect with the beauty of nature and the simple pleasures of life.

Superior Villas
Superior Villas

Set amongst the white sand and verdant foliage, these villas can vary slightly in size but each villa faces the beach

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The Main Restaurant is a charming coconut-thatched building located on the southern side of the island. You can run your toes through the sand of the traditional Maldivian sandy floor as you enjoy your meal.

At the Main Restaurant you can discover a range of tasty international buffets for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Our team of skilful and friendly chefs man the live cooking stations and are ready to whip up a dish tailored to your personal taste such as fresh pasta sauces or breakfast eggs just the way you like them.

Private Dining

Private dining is available on request for special celebrations. We can set up a romantic dinner or BBQ on the beach, under the stars.

The Main Bar

This is the place to relax after a day of diving or excursions. Open daily until after midnight, The Main Bar serves alcoholic beverages including wine, beer, spirits, cocktails from 10am onwards while you can enjoy juices and carbonated drinks from 7am. You can enjoy your beverages either inside in the shade, perhaps accompanied by one of the resort cats, or outside on the sand as you admire the sea views. This is also the venue to visit in case you want to check your emails as it’s also our Wi-Fi hotspot.   


Bathala is one of the most famous and legendary diving resorts in the Maldives. The resort has been providing guests with access to some of the most incredible dive sites in the country for more than a quarter of a century.

The glorious house reef is a treasure-trove of wonders. Each time you dive it from any one of the six access points you’ll see something new, from sleeping nurse sharks hiding in a cave to a tiny and intricately detailed nudibranch resting on a rock. Shoals of reef fish of every colour of the rainbow create a technicolour spectacle, moray eels proudly peer out from holes and grey reef sharks cruise around the stunning coral reef. Some guests stay for one week and find enough to thrill them on the house reef alone.

The Werner Lau Dive Centre is fully-equipped with a range of modern equipment and we provide daily diving excursions including half-day and full-day trips. Our team of welcoming dive staff are multilingual and highly professional.  

Bathala Thila

This famous site measures 80m in length by 20m wide. Here your chances are very good of seeing grey reef sharks and big schools of tropical fish including groupers, fusiliers, trevally and even leaf fish. Some colourful and beautiful macrolife can also been spotted at Bathala Thila including nudibranches.

Bathala Maaga Kan Thila

A popular spot for grey reef sharks, the 300m long thila features a wall which drops down to 30m on one side. During incoming currents big schools of fish fill the scene with colour. You might also see manta rays here on the outgoing current during April through to November.

Fish Head

Fish Head is one of the most famous scuba diving sites in North Ari Atoll. Large schools of fish including napoleon wrasse and trevally can always be found here, not to mention green turtles and hawksbill turtles which divers see on practically every dive at Fish Head. There are a lot of soft corals at the top of the reef which the turtles love, plus vibrant blue-striped snapper.

Maaya Thila

Divers love Maaya Thila because this is a dive site where you can usually see everything! Common sights include white-tip reef sharks, barracuda and schools of mackerel. It’s also a great spot for night dives due to the large number of reef sharks which congregate towards the top of the reef after sunset.

Fesdu Wreck

This 30m-long fishing boat was sunk for divers during the 1980s. Today it’s completely covered in soft corals and is an excellent place to observe macrolife including manta shrimps and cleaner shrimps. The wreck lies upright with the bottom tip resting on the sandy bottom at about 29m, surrounded by garden eels. There’s also a small 40m by 50m thila nearby. The top of the thila is covered in anemones and during the right season it is sometimes used as a manta cleaning station.

Maalhoss Thila


The excursion to Maalhoss Thila is a full-day trip consisting of two dives, one of which can also include Fesdu Wreck or another exciting location). The huge thila measures 200m in length by 50m in width and is a popular spot for reef sharks, nurse sharks and manta rays as well as fusiliers, blue-striped snappers and sweetlips. On the south side there’s a wall running down to roughly 10m, with another wall at 20 to 25m and yet another dropping away beyond 30m. There are overhangs filled with beautiful blue and white soft coral, known as ‘the blue caves’.


Whilst diving is the most popular activity at Bathala (please see the separate section on diving with the Werner Lau Dive Centre team) there are also plenty of other activities and excursions available at our Maldives resort. These include volleyball, table-tennis, darts and board games.

As well as this we offer a range of exciting excursions such as night fishing, snorkelling, local island visits, dolphin watching, sand bank excursions and shopping trips to the capital city, Male’.

We also present a weekly ‘bodu beru’ show – one of the Maldives’ proudest and most exciting cultural traditions. ‘Bodu beru’ is a traditional form of drumming and dancing thought to be influenced by some of the country’s ancient African heritage. (Present-day Maldivians are descended from Indian, Sri Lankan, African and Middle Eastern roots, as the country was located at a major crossroads for ancient traders). The thrilling spectacle of traditional Maldivian dancing accompanied by the rhythmic beating of the drums makes for a mesmerising and exciting spectacle.