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How do I decide upon which Island to choose when booking a resort? I am for good beaches, scuba diving option.
I spent 2 weeks on the Maldives a couple of years ago and we choosed the Island based on the following facts:
We were on an Island close to Male, and took a motorboat from Male to the Island. To other Islands far-off Male you usually take the waterplane (which is a great experience). Next time I would go for an Island not so close to Male.
Our resort offered day trips to Male & other Islands. I guess this is sth. every resort offers, but I am not sure.
I have seen several Islands and I can say all Islands I saw had fantastic beaches.
I am not sure, if this answer is what you were looking for. If not, just give me a hint...
Well, considering that the Maldives are considered the most expensive destination on the planet, it is difficult not to find an island you will like. Sometimes the prices are just way out of the park. The Baros Island Resort, prices for instance, will jump from $600.00 to $1200 per night, depending on the day and month, and that is for the least expensive room, which is still a Deluxe Villa. An over the water villa (Water Villa), the price jumps to $900.00 and up.
Here is the Baros Island Resort webpage for review.
Remember to include any of the activities that you may want to partake in. Also remember that all the resorts need either water transport or flights/heli transport. Further, most of the transfers are not included and they are VERY expensive.
The Komandoo is a good choice as well. Cannot tell the present rates, but judging from the diving prices, they are likely in the same range as the new Centara.
First you should be aware that June/July and well into August, are the monsoon season. I do realize that those resorts that are open during the low season are likely attractively priced, but understand also that high season is quickly booked up, and the prices skyrocket.
It is best to drink only bottled water and avoid ice in drinks. Know that water is expensive at the resorts. Be real careful in the ocean as swimming in the shallows can cause some serious cuts by the coral reef, and also not a good idea to walk barefoot in the sand due to small pieces of coral, (mainly due to storms and tsunamis), that can cut you.....and watch out for the Trigger fish amongst other things. (Do ask the staff).
Do not attempt to bring alcohol with you, as this is a Muslim country. It is available in the resorts but do not expect it anywhere else.
It has been a while since I was in the Maldives. (I was a five star tour director), but I do keep up on things. If resort costs do not face you, then likely the resort will arrange transport. However, if you are considering using the dhoni as a water taxi, read on. Back then it was quite easy to rent a dhoni, and unless someone here says otherwise I would say that it is surely still possible today. It is almost impossible to go to the Maldives and not find yourself on a dhoni several times. Be aware of inflated price attempts though.
.........further, - do not forget to see a travel medicine specialist, for information on malaria tablets and such. Do not take advise on this issue from non-medical personnel, including us. If you are from the U.S., do not assume that your regular doctor knows what to tell you. Also take PLENTY of bugspray. Remember you are relatively isolated and cannot easily run to the store. If you go anywhere other than the resort islands, do dress relatively conservatively.
Also, they may tell you that the water is drinkable, but I advise against it.
By he way, the Adaaran Group has a fine collection of resorts in the Maldives. Take a look.....
However, my personal favorite is the One & Only Resort called The Reethi Rah. I have stayed at several One & Only resorts like the Ocean Club, Bahamas, Le Saint Geran on Mauritius, and the Reethi Rah in the Maldives, and I have also visited the Palmilla in Los Cabos. I highly recommend any of them.
Hope this helps……d:o)
You might want to check to see if the resort has a "house reef" which means the reef is right off the beach, so you can snorkel from the island. Otherwise, you will have to sign up for and pay for (if it is not included) snorkeling excursions.
As the other posters have noted, you'll want to check the cost of transport to the island, as the seaplane is quite expensive.
Have a great trip! It's beautiful there!
I'll second the house reef point. If you want to snorkel or dive this is one of the most important thing to check. Then check that there is a dive centre on the island, check their website so you get an idea of prices and variety of dive sites. Finally choose the time of your visit carefully. Optimum time of diving is between December and April, May at a push. You'll get calmer sea, good viz and nice weather with only the occasional shower. During that time channel dives where you can see the big stuff (sharks!) are generally better on the east of an Atoll so choose a small atoll or an island East of it.
Thanks for the response.....
I suggest the Kurumba Maldives on Vihamanafushi, which has a proud history as the first resort in Maldives. It's surrounded by a house reef which is an absolute explosion of colour, and you can scuba dive, snorkel or kayak in the clear blue waters of the surrounding lagoon.
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