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Die Insel Helengeli auf den Malediven, Bild: Colours of OBLU

Maldives Islands: Helengeli


The island of Helengeli

Helengeli is located at the tip of the northern Malé Atoll. Guests can reach this barefoot island after a 50-minute speedboat ride from Male International Airport. Dense tropical vegetation and the turquoise lagoon underline the natural charm of the island.

Helengeli Island offers an exotic house reef with excellent channel diving opportunities, just a few meters from the beach. The location is unique – in the middle of two deep channels that form the largest water inlet in North Male Atoll – and ensures that the house reef has an abundance of tropical fish and a great biodiversity. A paradise for divers!

The Island Resort

The four-star superior resort is home to 116 villas with colorful interiors that, in combination with tropical, local design, highlight the natural aesthetics of the Emerald Isle.

The service is of the highest level. The Maldivian hospitality with a warm smile and the attitude of “nothing is too much hassle” makes guests feel welcome.

This spirit of giving extends to the environment as well. OBLU NATURE Helengeli is a Green Globe certified resort. A sensitive approach to the island’s ecosystem, sustainable drinking water solutions with a water bottling system from EcoPure Waters, the support of local communities and other green initiatives are part of the norm here.

At OBLU NATURE Helengeli, guests can choose between 116 villas in four different categories. Modern aesthetics, tropical color accents, and cozy décor like driftwood desks and starfish-shaped light fixtures exude tropical flair.

Each villa has a private outdoor terrace and an outdoor bathroom with double sinks (except in the Beach Villa), as well as a small garden. All villas have the following standard amenities: king-size bed, air-conditioning, fan, coffee and tea making facilities, hairdryer, electronic safe, beach bag, life jackets and a flat-screen TV with satellite channels. The mini fridge is replenished daily with beer, soft drinks and water and is included in the overnight rate.


Helengeli Island has two restaurants and a bar. The main restaurant, The Spice , serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. A rich international buffet, menus from all over the world and live cooking stations await guests.

Just Grill is the specialty restaurant with outdoor seating and romantic flair right on the beach. Guests here enjoy fish and meat dishes overlooking the ocean (one visit for every seven nights is included in the OBLU Island PlanTM).

Helen’s is the main bar of OBLU NATURE Helengeli and is open daily from 9.00 am to 1.00 pm. It offers a wide selection of alcoholic beverages (whiskey, gin, vodka, and rum), a wine list of twenty house wines, including sparkling, red, white, and rosé, four types of beer, including draft and canned beer, and a rotating selection of cocktails and mocktails. These are included in the OBLU Island PlanTM.

Buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner at the main restaurant, The Spice – guests can choose from a sumptuous buffet of international cuisine and local Maldivian dishes, live cooking stations and a bar with freshly cut fruit.

A finger food service is offered daily at sunset from 16:00 to 18:30 in Hedhikaa Hut next to HELEN’S Pool Bar. Hedhikaa refers to the deep-fried snacks and small dishes, both sweet and savory, served in Maldivian homes and teashops in the evening. These snacks are best enjoyed with a cup of hot tea or coffee.

Drinks and Drinks

Dinner Helengeli
Romantic dinner in the evening hours, Image: Colours of OBLU

At The Spice, Just Grill, HELEN’S Pool Bar and Adult’s Pool, guests have unlimited non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages at their disposal. HELEN’S Pool Bar is open every day from 9.00 am to 1.00 am.

  • A wide selection of spirits such as whisky, gin, vodka and rum
  • Signature cocktails and mocktails from a menu of ten cocktails and ten mocktails each
  • Wine list with twenty house wines, including sparkling, red, white and rosé wines
  • Four types of beer, including draft beer and canned beer


  • A 225-square-meter family pool overlooking the sea, next to HELEN’S Pool Bar
  • A 137-square-metre adults-only pool with cabanas and views of the sea
  • Fully equipped gym

Activities and adventures

With the Island PlanTM , guests can experience exciting activities and adventures on the water to their heart’s content.

  • A complimentary sunset fishing trip, once during the stay
  • This includes a guided island walk where guests can gain insight into Maldivian culture and crafts and purchase souvenirs
  • Unlimited use of all non-motorized water sports (stand up paddle boards, kayaks, pedal boats) and snorkeling equipment during the entire stay

Gym & Activities

The fully equipped gym overlooks the lagoon and is open daily from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. A fitness calendar offers group activities that are also part of the OBLU Island PlanTM . These include yoga, meditation, Pilates, jogging on the beach, body sculpting, core stability and endurance training. Trained trainers are available to advise on the workout. Private fitness activities are also available for a fee.


Helengeli House Reef
Explore the underwater world in the house reef of Helengeli, Image: Colours of OBLU

Much of the beauty of the OBLU NATURE Helengeli lies beneath the surface of the azure Indian Ocean – on its exotic house reef with six entry points. The house reef is ideal for channel dives and watching large predatory fish. Sea turtles, reef sharks, manta rays and schools of colorful fish are just a leg or two away. In the vicinity of the small island paradise there are more than 30 world-famous dive sites, such as “Bodu Thila” or “Fairytail”.

The 5* PADI certified diving school and water sports base TGI Helengeli is run by a team of experienced, multilingual professional divers with excellent knowledge of the local waters. Both beginners and experienced divers can discover the treasures of the underwater world around Helengeli Island.

The house reef is also suitable for off-dive explorations. With snorkeling equipment provided free of charge by the resort, guests can dive into the crystal clear waters directly from the beach. Around the island of Helengeli many different animal and coral species can be discovered.

TGI Helengeli offers a range of diving certifications for beginners and advanced divers, such as PADI Discover Scuba Diving, PADI Adventure Diver (ADV) and more. Guests will be assisted by highly qualified instructors to complete the dives required for certifications.

Medical facilities

The island of Helengeli has a medical center with a specialized, resident doctor who is available around the clock for any medical assistance. There is also a 24-hour boat service to the nearest local hospital.

How to get there

Velana International Airport is located about two kilometers from the capital Malé. Upon entering the Maldives , guests will receive a free visa that is valid for 90 days.

Guests will be welcomed at the airport by the Helengeli team. From the international airport, a speedboat takes guests to Helengeli Island. The journey takes about 50 minutes.

Hotel Website: www.coloursofoblu.com