Bliss Dhigurah

Experience the island life, plunge into the local culture and gorgeous nature of the Maldives. Let us exceed your expectations at Bliss Dhigurah! Bliss is located on Dhigurah, one of the most beautiful islands in the Maldives. We have long sandy beaches and oceans frequented by whale sharks all year round. Turtles and manta rays are no strangers to our shores.

After a day in the sun and sea, go on a culinary adventure, be it a local dish or comfort food. Unwind in the rooftop jacuzzi, enjoy smoothies and mocktails from our juice bar and use our free high-speed WiFi to keep your friends and family updated on your tropical escapades.

Adventures to remember, food to look forward to and service with a smile.

Compact Room

Compact Room
Compact Room

For the outdoor minimalist who’s looking for a cosy room to recharge. It’s a compact room but has everything that you’ll ever need! All rooms are equipped with a television for the occasional rainy or lazy day. Breakfast is included.
The hammock in this room is partly inside, due to the smaller balcony.

Max Occupancy: 2 people

Deluxe Room

Deluxe Room
Deluxe Room

Our popular deluxe rooms all have the cosy benefits such as TVs, comfortable beds, fridges, etc. Is it getting too hot outside? Hop in your hammock! Breakfast is included.
The standard rooms have a larger bathroom than the Compact Room.

Max Occupancy: 2 people

Suite

Suite
Suite

For the select adventurers. The suite is the size of two of our typical rooms. You’ll be able to work in the living room if you’d like or relax in the large balcony.
The bathrooms are equipped with double vanities, a shower and a bathtub. All rooms are equipped with a television for the occasional rainy (or lazy) day.
Breakfast is included
Max Occupancy: 3 people

Connecting/Family Room

Connecting / Family Room
Connecting / Family Room

For the adventurous family/group. Similar to our standard rooms, our connecting rooms are comfortable, yet compact and efficient accommodation with smart, space-saving solutions. Our connecting rooms are ideal for a small family or travelling friends! The rooms (two people each) are connected by two doors, both of which are lockable. All of the rooms are also equipped with a television.
Breakfast is included. Take one connecting room for the price of a Standard room. Take both rooms and get a better deal on the rate!

Max Occupancy: 4 people

Bliss rooftop
Bliss rooftop

Rooftop
Our rooftop is equipped with two jacuzzis and a tanning deck. During the evening it is possible to have dinner under the stars! We have a juice bar as well, ready to serve fresh fruit juices and smoothies!

Remote Work Wifi
We understand that some of our guests would like to stay connected for work. Fear not! We have a dedicated high-speed fibre line (50 MBPS).
Coffee
How do people wake up without a proper cup of coffee? We grind our freshly purchased coffee beans into delicious espressos, cappuccinos, cold brews and other coffees!

Gym

Bliss - Gym
Bliss – Gym

Your workout routine doesn’t have to go on vacation! Eat as you wish before burning those calories in our complimentary gym.

Hermits
We hope all the splish-splashing has worked up your appetite! As foodies, our restaurant makes no compromises and we use local products whenever possible.

On Dhigurah, we locally grow coconut, breadfruit, screw pine and chilli. You’re right! The seafood is fresh from the ocean. If items aren’t readily available in the region, we source responsibly. Don’t hesitate to ask us where your food is from.

We strive to keep our menu simple and delicious. If you have any special dietary requirements, please let us know in advance so that we prepare an alternative meal for you. Please, keep in mind that in the Maldives, pork and alcoholic drinks cannot be consumed on any non- resort/local island.

EXCURSIONS

Diving

Excursion - Diving
Excursion – Diving

We welcome you to explore the underwater world by learning how to dive! If you are already certified, hop aboard the ‘Dhoni’ (boat) and be amazed by our surrounding nature.

Snorkelling
South Ari Atoll is well-known for its amazing variety of fish and rich ocean life. Groupers, sweetlips, surgeonfish, fusiliers, moray eels, turtles, eagle rays, manta rays and many many more can be spotted. Nemo and Dory await you!

Sandbank Picnic

Dhigurah Sandbank
Dhigurah Sandbank

Escape the daily grind and enjoy the serenity of a sandbank for a few hours. Take out some snorkelling gear to explore the surrounding reef and have some refreshments under an umbrella.

Whale Sharks

Excursion - Whale shark snorkeling
Excursion – Whale shark snorkelling

Gentle giants 12 months per year! Board a traditional Maldivian boat (Dhoni), and cruise along the reefs of Dhigurah and neighbouring islands in search of these gentle giants! Once spotted*, jump in and swim alongside the largest fish on the planet! The British led Maldivian Whale Shark Research Group, who are based on Dhigurah, have recorded over 300 whale sharks in our area. The average length is 5.92m, which makes them “teenagers”. The whale sharks are spotted all year round, but inclement weather conditions can make them harder to find.

ACTIVITIES

Line Fishing

For centuries, the Maldives was primarily a nation of fishermen. Experience the traditional fishing lifestyle by joining the inhabitants of Dhigurah on their fishing adventures. Throw out a fishing line from an anchored boat and find out what the ocean has in store for you!

Water Sports

Standup paddle board
Standup paddleboard

Standup paddleboard or Canoe Be one with the sea and explore the shoreline on a canoe or a SUP. Jetski, waterski, wakeboard, banana, fun tube. Ready to get your adrenaline pumping? Jump aboard our 260 HP JetSki!

Dolphins

Pods of dolphins enter South Ari atoll early in the morning. Rise early to catch a glimpse* of Bottlenose and/or Spinner dolphins! On rare occasions, smaller pods for 4 to 10 dolphins merge to form a superpod that can range anywhere from 50 to over 100 dolphins.

Romantic Dinner

Activity - Romantic dinner
Activity – Romantic dinner

On the beach! Surprise your loved one with a romantic dinner on the beach! Let yourself be amazed by the chef’s menu pick, or have a chat with him to select your favourite meal in this tropical paradise! Stroll barefoot on the beach when the sun is setting, lead your partner to the candle lights at dusk, enjoy a romantic dinner and relax in a bean bag by the campfire under the stars. Then, with a little luck, swim with bioluminescent plankton at night!

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TME Retreats Dhigurah

TME Retreats Dhigurah is a hotel that offers the fullest sense of intimacy on the beautiful island of Dhigurah. The property is well-equipped with modern convenience as well as amenities. The hotel is located a little far from the village, but that does not hinder guests from enjoying the unique island lifestyle of the Maldives.

Guests can stroll along the refined, white sandy beach with a length of more than three kilometers. You will feel as though you have the beach all to your own. For divers, the hotel is located in the renowned diving sites such as Manta Point and Kuda Rah Thila. The area is also particularly popular for spotting whale sharks and manta rays.

Whale Sharks on land in South Ari Atoll: The Second Annual Maldives Whale Shark Festival

Press Release: Maldives Whale Shark Research Programme (MWSRP) and The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN Maldives) is collaborating with Maldivian artists to celebrate the whale shark in The Second Annual Maldives Whale Shark Festival. Hosted in Dhangethi, this year’s festival will be the culmination of months of community engagement workshops in which school students and community members have come together to create artwork representing their island and celebrating the marine diversity of South Ari Atoll and its Marine Protected Area (SAMPA).

This unique festival, which places island communities at the centre of creative decision making, will transform the host island on Saturday December 6th, festooning the streets with colour, filling the air with ‘Boduberu’ and providing an unmissable learning experience for over 250 people who have participated in its development. The carnival procession at 1pm will see 3 whale sharks swim above the heads of the crowd, a giant green turtle, butterfly fish and manta ray dance through the streets and a feast of brightly coloured costumes created by each island.

Considering the dimensions for their kinetic sculpture of a butterfly fish.
Considering the dimensions for their kinetic sculpture of a butterfly fish.

Each participating island has chosen a mascot to make and has been working with professional artists to realise their designs for large scale, kinetic sculptures and mobile recycled artwork and costumes. Inspired by the stories of their community they have been working with creative practitioner Fazail Lutfe to create high impact, theatrical presentations to share with festival goers. Weaving together the traditional forms of ‘Raivaru’ and ‘Boduberu’ with contemporary storytelling, each island will tell part of the Atoll’s story, giving voice to the area’s rich cultural heritage.

Local artists Nadee Rachey and Kareen Adam from Malé city have been leading on the artistic vision for the festival, collaborating with Festival Director Chloe Osborne from the UK, to provide a series of multi-disciplinary art workshops with 4 main islands – Dhigurah, Dhangethi, Dhiddhoo and Mandhoo, with support from neighbouring islands and resorts.

“This is just the beginning – we plan on putting the festival on the cultural calendar for the Maldives, bringing people from across the country and the world together to celebrate the rich marine and cultural diversity of the archipelago. Nowhere else is uniquely placed to support the collaboration between Marine Biologists and Artists, community members and international researchers. We look forward to building on this year’s success and, with thanks to our generous sponsors, to offering the opportunity to participate to more islands everywhere.”

Chloe Osborne – Festival Director, Maldives Shark Research Programme.

We hope to attract festival-goers from across the Atoll, Malé and beyond with this yearly opportunity to celebrate the craftsmanship and creativity of the island communities and to celebrate the area’s unique role in the International Whale Shark ecology.

The 2014 festival has been created with support from our technical partner IUCN Maldives with sponsorship from Voyages Maldives, FlyMe, Allied Insurance with Mirihi, Lux* Maldives, Lily Beach, Vilamendhoo, Holiday Island and Sun Island resorts, online partner Maldives.com, and our official hydration partner 100PLUS.

MWSRP programme coordinator Ibrahim Shameel added “For the past 5 months MWSRP have been working with the local islands to bring this festival to life. Along the way we have been fortunate enough to work with some amazing people without whom this festival would not be possible. The idea of a festival is still a very new concept to the communities but have been delighted at how the openly the idea has been received. Its been an inspiration and an honour to witness this festival bring people of all ages come together in a shared endeavour.”

Ends

Festival Background: Developed by MWSRP and IUCN Maldives in 2013, the festival is designed to provide the island communities of South Ari Atoll with the opportunity to celebrate the Whale Shark and the Marine Diversity of their Atoll whilst promoting environmental sustainability and conservation at a grassroots level.. Seeding the idea of an international collaboration between marine biologists and artists and promoting the use of community art as a tool for social and environmental engagement, the project seeks to boost local and national awareness and tourism to support future generations.

Maldives Whale Shark Research Programme

The Maldives Whale Shark Research Programme (MWSRP) is a charity that carries out whale shark research and fosters community focused conservation initiative in the Maldives.

What initially began as a scientific expedition in 2006, the MWSRP has grown to become the only long term organisation dedicated to study the iconic, yet vulnerable whale shark species in the Maldives.

Our goal is simple: we seek to advance the field of whale shark knowledge and to advocate for sound conservation policy in the Maldives. By encouraging and valuing community and industry stakeholder participation, we are able to leverage the scientific research to safeguard the rich biodiversity and fragile marine ecosystems that are the basis for not only whale sharks, but also life, livelihood and culture in the Maldives.

Community mobilisation is one of our core values. Participation from the local residents of South Ari Atoll and throughout Maldives is very important to the work of MWSRP.

contact for more information: Richard Rees, Managing Director MWSRP
[email protected]

IUCN Maldives Marine Projects

The objectives of the IUCN Maldives Marine Projects were developed to address the environmental priorities and challenges that the Maldives faces. They include enhancing coral reef resilience (both social and ecological), supporting climate change adaptation, advancing marine species management and increasing environmental awareness across different sectors. These are ambitious but urgent priorities that require vision, dedication, perseverance and commitment by many individuals, groups and stakeholders of society in order to address them.

contact for more information: Ali Nizar, Communications Officer
[email protected]

Rifaee Rasheed, IUCN Social Sciences and Outreach Officer
[email protected]

 

Message from the Managing Director of MWSRP Richard Rees

November 2014, this month we welcomed our festival director Chloe Osborne – along with Malé based artists Nadee and Kareen – to South Ari. In a very busy week they were able to carry out planning workshops on Dhangethi, Dhigurah, Dhidhoo, Mandhoo and Maamigili.

 

We’re delighted to report that all of the local islands are excited to be attending the festival and embraced the concept of representing their island by creating and parading their very own colours and mascot during the carnival style procession. These giant ‘marine life mascots’ will be judged by a special panel on the day, and the winner of this ‘best creation’ competition will host next year’s festival!