3 Stars

Jan - Dec

18 Hours


From £2165

Equator Village

Tropical paradise with the added enjoyment of history and culture.

Equator Village offers you a very different side of the Maldives, not only does it pose the usual tropical atmosphere with the lush green vegetation and long white sandy beaches it is much larger in size, often referred to as a ‘real island’. All the islands in the Addu Atoll span 18 km and are connected only via a series of causeways. Gan the largest island has a population of 25,000 allowing you to get a real insight and understanding into the true Maldivian lifestyle as there will be plenty opportunities to interact with the locals. Excursions are a real treat and the hotel offers free bicycles for guests to use so they can explore the island at their leisure.

Gan was an RAF base until March 1976, British troops were suited here during the Second World War and there is a War Memorial which was built by the British on the island. Maradhoo, another island in Addu Atoll, has a building that was used as an Armoury by the British forces during the war and 30 metres down on the seabed lays the British Loyalty, a cargo ship that was torpedoed by the Japanese. It is one of the best wreck dives in the Maldives along with its abundance of exquisite marine life and verdant dive points it is a truly unspoilt and untouched area.

The Equator Village compromises of 78 bungalows on an all-inclusive basis, the rooms are situated around a peaceful garden courtyard with beautiful flowers and well-presented shrubs. Every room is simplistic in design, clean and spacious with an outside sitting area. The resort offers a bar, lounge area, a restaurant that opens out to the garden and a billiard room with an RAF relic pool table. The freshwater swimming pool has direct access to the beach and has a pool bar as well as a paddling pool for children. Around the pool, there are plenty of beach chairs and umbrellas at no cost to hotel guests. For the sports enthusiasts, there are tennis, squash, and volleyball courts, as well as darts, table tennis, catamaran sailing, windsurfing facilities and a spa.

Diverland is the professionally managed on-site dive centre offering a range of courses for new and qualified divers, the resort’s house reef is rich in colour, both coral and fish and is a relaxing gentle dive about 25 metres from the hotel. For the more experienced underwater enthusiastic looking for a thrill the guides know the 20 local sites like the back of their hands and are happy to show you the incredible dive spots around Addu Atoll. Due to the remoteness of Addu Atoll, from Male or any other resort, it means that the local dive sites are well-preserved and undisturbed. There are a number of dive sites to suit all abilities, Gan Inside is ideal for beginners, a small wall starting at a depth of 5 metres dropping to 14 metres and sandy bottom where sting and eagle rays often hover to the more difficult Huludhoo Outside, a spectacular drift dive with sleeping sharks and sting rays. There is by no means an abundance of reef fish around the Addu Atoll, here you will be blessed with sighting big barracuda, white tip sharks, manta rays, eagle rays, white-tip sharks, sting rays, lobsters and turtles. Along with big napoleons, fusiliers, jack fish and beautiful coral gardens.

Board Basis

Double room

Standard Room

The 78 rooms are located in a pleasant garden area with a profusion of flowers, bushes and trees. All rooms are simplistic in design, sizeable and equipped with all modern amenities. There is an outside terrace where you can enjoy the peace and quiet of the resort and relax after a day’s exploration.

  • Air conditioning
  • Tea and Coffee Making Facilities
  • Mini Fridge
  • T.V.
  • En-suite Shower
  • Seating Area
  • Terrace
  • Double or Twin beds



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Diverland Dive Centre

Equator Village

Diverland Dive Centre is the on-site dive centre at the Equator Village, it has been recently renovated and enlarged to cater for the rise in demand for diving on the island. It is the only dive centre as well as resort on the island which means that the dive sites are not overcrowded with other divers and are in pristine condition. The team consists of 5 knowledgeable international diving instructors and 6 members of the boat crew. A new equipment storage house has been built for you to store personal equipment and diving with nitrox is possible for a small added cost. The dive centre is equipped with a sufficient oxygen supply for safety requirements.

The dive centre offers PADI courses, diving packages and speciality courses, all courses are arranged by the needs of students and full equipment is available to rent including international brands such as Mares and Sea Quest. The maximum class size never exceeds 4 divers and continuing-educational courses are run by enquiry for example advanced, night diving specialty, deep diving specialty and so on, and any rebreather courses at the dive centre are run by the course guidelines of the association IART (International Association of Rebreather Trainer).

There really is something for everyone around Addu Atoll whether you are a new or experienced diver the staff will ensure you get the most out of your time here, it is one of the few places in the Maldives that you can see giant manta rays throughout the year, the channels and outer reefs are home to number of different sharks, hawksbill and green turtles and schools of huge fish. It even hosts the largest ship wreck ‘British Loyalty’ in the Maldives!

Dive Centre opening times: Around 9am - 5pm

Equipment Rental

  • Complete equipment USD6 per dive
  • Mask USD3 per dive
  • Fins USD3 per dive
  • Snorkel USD2 per dive
  • Diving computer USD1 per dive
  • Diving lamp USD8 per dive
  • Compass USD2 per dive
  • Wetsuit shorty USD7 per day

  • Please Note: The dive prices below do not include the boat fees and these will be paid directly by you at the dive centre counter.

  • Single boat dive - USD15

  • Important notices:

    Diving Courses:

  • Equipment, manuals, certification fees and boat transportations is included in the courses listed above.

  • Goods & Service Tax:

    The Maldivian Government has implemented a 12% GST (Goods and Service Tax) and will be charged to all clients for all services provided at the resort, which will also include additional diving services. Pre-booked diving rates include this charge.