A February 2006 trip
to Maldives by Vicho
Quote: This article will take you out of this world and into the land of love.
Don’t forget to bring sunbathing creams of different factors. Even factor 30 UVA/UVB protection can sometimes be too low here for the first few days.
Local language: Dhiveli thank you=shukuriya
Transport to your island will be provided and arranged by your island, and will leave from the airport island.
Fast and exiting way of getting to the remote islands is by hydroplane. The views are magnificent.
Around Male you can easily walk, or take a taxi if it gets too hot. They all have air-conditioning.
Attraction | "Experience with Dive Ocean"
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 1, 2006
Dive Ocean Biyadoo
Biyadoo Island Resort
Hotel | "Biyadoo First touch of paradise-part II"
There is also a bar here, and even if Maldives is a Muslim country you can get a selection of alcoholic drinks here. Some evenings locals sit in front of the bar and play their native drummy music and forcing guests to dance, other evenings can be accompanied by live hit-song music performed by local singers. There is a selection of daily activities available like fishing, snorkeling, or deserted Islands trips. The program can be found in the reception area.
The best you can do to make your holiday here really special and absolutely unforgettable is to have a dinner arranged on the beach. Tables with red candles and covered with red and white flowers are just a meter or so from the sea so you can listen to its tender swinging melodies accompanied by thousands of cicadas. This is only interrupted when your dinner is being brought, sizzling as it has been just taken off the fire. You can arrange any food you like, but I recommend the seafood; for example, a big lobster as it will be fresher then anywhere else. Make sure you order the right wine to go with your meal, and the right champagne to go with your poster. Then, just sip it and watch the sky, full of bright big starts, hold hands and waiting silently for your shooting star to appear.
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 6, 2006
Biyadhoo Island Resort
Hotel | "Halaveli –Be Part of Family"
In Halaveli, the manager of the Island will come to welcome you personally. Some little snack might be prepared for you in the bar, then you will get your room number and someone will take you and your luggage there. Room number actually refers to a small single house, with lots of space inside. There is a wardrobe, tables, chairs, and huge comfortable beds in the main room. Through a little hall, and double door, you get to a huge bathroom. Cleaning of the rooms is twice a day, always providing clean towels and decorating your linen in romantic looking shapes.
The beach is always about 5 meters from your house, see at about 40 as the beach here is wider. There are plastic sun beds available on the beach, so you can use them even for sunbathing in the sea. This island is mainly visited by Italians, and so all the daily programs are in Italian. There are many of them. You can participate in guess song competition after lunch, or have free cups of hot or cold tea with biscuits at 5pm, or simply watch the theater performance in the evening.
You can play table football, or table tennis in the rare bar area, read the books available at the local mini-library, or participate at real football or beach volleyball hold in different times of the day. There is also water aerobics available for women who want to keep themselves fit. Lots of outing activities, such as sunset fishing, snorkeling, or deserted island visits are available here. Food here is delicious; especially good is the Italian pizza. Breakfast and lunch are in the form of buffet; dinner is served as a choice of two dishes.
Being here you will soon get to know the staff and they will get to know you. At the day of your departure, you will not be leaving the island, you will be leaving a great bunch of people. And they will be there at the harbor to give you the last hugs and kisses, and will stay there waving as your boat takes you away.
Constance Halaveli Resort
Alifu Alifu Atoll
Halaveli, Maldives 09130
(960) 666 7000
Sand tongue is a strip of sand about a 30-minute boat trip from the Halaveli island. It is inhabited only by birds, black ones and white ones. It is really interesting to go on this trip even if you might wonder what can be so interesting on the strip of sand. It is the fact that there is nothing else, just the view to the distant island. The birds are a very tempting target to be photographed from different angles, either flying around or resting on the land. As time passes, the island starts disappearing. Your stuff is no more safe even not on the tiny table brought here for u to keep your camera on while bathing. Make sure you bring with you very strong sun protective cream as you will need it. The trip price is $15, paid at the end of your holiday, based on your signature requested on the boat on the way back.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 6, 2006
Hotel | "TGI Diving International-my special experience"
I was a bit worried about having a lunch on the boat, as sometimes my stomach feels funny, but it was perfectly fine this time—perhaps because the boat was not stopped at one place and was moving toward the other dive place, or because the size of the boat was reasonably big. There is a place for about 30 people on the boat but we did not have that many with us. Lunch was lovely; pizza, pasta, eggs, fruits, whatever you wished, and also a cup of hot coffee at the end. The water was also available.Our next diving place was called Manta point. And as expected, the huge manta was soon around us. One of the most elegant movements I have seen n my life. We dove just to 14m this time, which allowed us to stay a bit longer—almost 50 minutes.
On the way back all the woman took strategic position on the deck, sunbathing and relaxing, while the men were getting bored and ate the leftovers from lunch. So typical of them. No matter how different we are, we all enjoyed our trip.
Another dive I would like to recommend is called Maaya Thila, and it is the best night dive I could dream about. We saw a huge turtle sleeping in the cave, and sharks playfully chasing each other. I got really surprised when an enormous Murray was sneaking through the holes in the caves—it must have had at least a half-meter diameter and it was about 5m long. I could not believe what I was seeing, and still staring in disbelieve toward the cave suddenly a 2-meter long barracuda appeared. It did not look friendly at all, but fortunately it did not decided to have us for dinner. But anyway what happened that night under water will stay a story to be told on special occasions by all the participants. It will be told with a smile on the face, hiding the true feelings in heart. The best way of getting to know about diving places and prices is to check the website www.tgidiving.com.
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