Embudu Village - Maldives


The Embudu family welcome guests wanting a remote, secluded paradise with white sands beaches and clear turquoise waters. Located on its own private island in South Male Atoll, Embudu Village is close to over 30 dive sites and is a popular choice for those on a budget.

  • 7 nights’ accommodation
  • Flights
  • Speedboat transfer
  • Full Board
  • 6 days unlimited house reef diving
  • Cylinders and weights
  • Beachfront and Water Bungalows
  • Classic and affordable accommodation
  • Spa, dive centre and house reef
  • Restaurant and bar
  • Exceptional service and eco-friendly
  • 20-minute transfer from Male

One of the first resorts in the Maldives, Embudu Village remains simple and natural. The pace of life slows down as soon as you arrive, kick your shoes off at the jetty and take in your surroundings. There are no airs and graces, just a warm welcome that will make you feel like you have been there many times before. The team at Embudu are like a family, with the General Manager Mr Ramsey having been there for over 30 years.

Along with giving exceptional service to every guest, the team are also focused on being guardians to their island’s habitat. Water is heated by rooftop solar panels, fruit and vegetables hydroponically grown on a nearby island, and the launder-when-needed programme assures there is no water wastage. Their ethos is to tread lightly on the earth, leaving only footprints in the sand, and they encourage their guests to do the same.

Offering great value for money, Embudu is a small island less than 2 miles long, in a great location close to Male (South Male Atoll), just a 20-minute speedboat ride from the airport. The atmosphere is laid back and the efficient service always comes with a smile. A beautiful lagoon surrounds Embudu where the spectacular house reef starts just steps from the beach in some places and over 100 metres offshore in others. The Village has a lovely mix of Waterfront and Beach Bungalows, and a buffet style restaurant with a variety of dishes to tempt all palates.

For some serious pampering visit The Serena Spa, part of the Heaven on Earth brand, an international wellness group operating across the Indian Ocean and beyond. Treatments include a wide range of Ayurveda and Asian massages, along with many other luxurious beauty treatments. The resort also arranges a daily schedule of excursions and activities such as paddle boarding, snorkelling, and windsurfing. Excursions include visits to island villages where you can immerse yourself in local culture or pop across to lively Male for some shopping and sightseeing.

Superior Beach Bungalow

Room Ext


  • Hairdryer
  • Air conditioning
  • Tea and Coffee Making Facilities
  • Mini Fridge
  • Telephone
  • Wi-Fi
  • Bottled water
  • Hot and Cold Water
  • Safe

The simple and tasteful Superior Beach Bungalows each have a lovely veranda onto the beach, along with a kingsize bed, individual air-conditioning, free WiFi, a built in mini safe and of course stunning views. Two complimentry bottles of water are supplied each day.

Water Bungalows

Water Villa Interior


  • Hairdryer
  • Air conditioning
  • Tea and Coffee Making Facilities
  • Mini Fridge
  • Jacuzzi Bath
  • Telephone
  • Wi-Fi
  • Bottled water
  • Hot and Cold Water
  • Safe

Set along the far end of the island are 16 Water Bungalows each with a private balcony overlooking the ocean. They are spacious with tasteful decor and have individual air-conditioning, jacuzzi bath tub, glass floor panel, satellite TV, free WiFi, tea and coffee facilities, and impressive views over the Indian ocean. Two complimentry bottles of water are supplied each day.

All meals are served in Embudu’s open air restaurant. Their chefs prepare a delicious buffet every night, each with a different theme. From home cooked pastries to traditional curries, there is something for all tastes. They buy quality, local, and regional ingredients, and leave the wonderful chefs to do the rest!

For those special occasions’ dinner can be served in the flower garden or at the water’s edge. The wonderful a la carte menu has a mouth-watering selection including lobster and steak dinners, and for a perfect end to the day enjoy a cocktail in the cosy bar watching the beautiful sunset.

Full board or all-inclusive options are available at Embudu Village.

Embudu’s dive centre, Diverland, are an experienced and multi-lingual team focused on ensuring divers have the best possible experience whilst always remaining focused on protecting the environment.

As with most of the Maldivian islands the diving is organised as either a non- limit 6 consecutive day house reef package, or a 10 house reef dive package, boat dives are booked and paid for locally for a supplement of approx $17 for 1 trip or $150 for 10. For 24 hours a day you can choose from 6 different diving profiles on the house reef that gently extends to 30m. Be prepared for encounters with rays, sharks, morays, napoleons, lobster, turtles and on occasion mantas, all of this can be seen on the house reef alone.

More than 35 of the most beautiful dive sites of the North- and South-Male-Atoll can be reached within 30 minutes to one hour by boat from Embudu. These include sites such as Canyon, Cathedral and The Wall, the colourful Dragon’s Mouth, and famous Lions Head. Several cave sites and the famous Victory wreck are also close by. One of the highlights is the legendary Embudu Express, a real action drift dive in the Embudu Channel, just 10 minutes away by speed boat, and renowned for its big stuff.

The house reef is also a fantastic place to snorkel, Embudu has a strict snorkelling policy to ensure that the underwater residents of the house reef are undisturbed by human presence.

Diving the Maldives is year-round, with its hot tropical climate. The Maldives lies in the monsoon belt of the Indian Ocean and has quite a varied weather pattern although the temperature remains fairly constant. There are two monsoons, the southwest from May to October and the northeast from November to April. Generally, the southwest brings more wind and rain in June and July, and a plankton bloom in early May can cause lower visibility but attracts whale sharks and manta rays. The peak time to visit is generally November to March.

The Maldives is renowned for the large pelagics that visit the area and the reefs that form channels and lagoons, along with encounters with some of our ocean favourites such as whale sharks, mantas, eagle rays, reef sharks, nurse sharks, and hammerheads. There are also some stunning channels with beautiful soft corals, along with amazing pinnacles to be explored.

Average temperatures in Summer (May-November) Air 25-30°c / Sea 28-30°c

Average temperatures in Winter (December-April) Air 26-32°c / Sea 28-30°c

Flights are available from several UK airports throughout the year. You can fly direct to Male with British Airways which takes around 11 hours, and other airlines offer options with one stopover.

Your transfer from Velana International Airport to Embudu island will take around 30 minutes by speedboat, and all transfers are included in your package.

You do not require a VISA to enter the Maldives

The Maldivian Rufiyaa is the currency in The Maldives
The time difference is GMT + 5 hours
Calling code +960
Plug types are D and G
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