A December 2006 trip
to Maldives by Vicho
Quote: Anyhow you want to feel, this mini guide has something for you.
Attraction | "Central Hotel & Apartments"
As the name of the hotel prompts it is in the middle of the island-of the Male, capital of Maldives. This is very convenient for exploring local historical sites, shops with souvenirs or traditional fish market. Even if this hotel is not far from the boat jet, especially with many pieces of luggage you might want to take a taxi. It will cost you about 15 NMR. As the taxi drops you off, hotel personal will take care of your luggage and you only have to register at the reception, pick up your key and take a lift to your floor.Rooms are reasonably specious with comfortable beds. Very pleasant welcome in hot Maldivian weather is a bottle of water waiting for you next to the bed. All rooms have satellite TV, due to many Russian clients one programs is even in Russian, others as English, German, French or Italian are also available. Bathroom had shower and sink, all was very clean. Our room even had a little balcony with the view to the town.
All seemed to be more than perfect till 5 in the morning when nearby mosque started calling for prayers. I really wanted to sleep. Apparently it depends which way your room is facing, in some rooms you can not hear the calling at all. Try to arrange this while booking your room. One of the upper floors hosts the restaurant with nice views if you want to enjoy it but they also provide service to the rooms. You can have breakfast if you wish but you can also pay room only. Prices here are nearly a half of what you can get for the same elsewhere. Check details on firstname.lastname@example.org or email to www.centralmaldives.com
Even if the morning wake up call was very unpleasant, this would be the place to stay again.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 19, 2007
Central Hotel & Apartments
Male, Maldives 20-04
You can sit here for hours watching the moon sipping wine or beer. Yes, I said sipping wine or beer. This is the only place (except tourist islands) the alcoholic beverages are served. I don’t think I am an alcoholic but a romantic night out with a loved one would just seem incomplete without a glass of wine.
The food here is very delicious. You can order such a special things as lobster soup served in the bread. Steaks and seafood are also very tasty here. Reserve a long waiting time for your dish as all is prepared from fresh ingredients upon your order. Well what is time when you are here to relax and have a good time?
Considering the quality of the food, prices here are not bad at all-well not bad at all is to let the man pay.
Hulhule Island Hotel Poolside
PO Box 2118
Attraction | "Jade Bistro"
Drinks are not the only thing that’s worth taking here. They also serve selection of imported food. All is very fresh and tasty which explains why the prices are not exactly low.
If you prefer to enjoy your meal in the hotel, Jade runs takeaway services as well. For those working in the office Jade has an in office catering service or simply set your special event celebrations here.
Jade is a very pleasant place, the tender music in the background can be listened to by business partners as well as lovers having just few romantic minutes together.So, did you find enough reasons why I called this place oasis? No? Here is one more: Jade is open. I mean Jade is open when all other shops, restaurants, etc., are shut during the afternoon prayers. This makes Jade really special. The last, but not the least to be praised is the kindness of the personal. Mr Bala was very good waiter from star to finish. When I mentioned to write journal on IgoUgo, he would have cut himself in two halves to give as much as he could. He gave me company business card but added his private phone numbers 7774610 and 7607757 and also his private email: Bala2511@yahoo.com so he can provide his excellent services to as many customers as possible.If you happened to be in the area stop here for a while, you will not regret. Details at email@example.com
The one-minute walk in fear was well worth it. We ended up in a perfect seaside bar. This place was full of local young people, spending here their Saturday evening. It was interesting to watch all non alcoholic night out, young man and woman together kind of escaping from strict Muslims rules. Laughing, shearing talking enjoying themselves. One couple even briefly hold hands. You could sense in the air, the passion and desire for more but at the same time thankfulness for having this little extra "closeliness." We ordered cappuccino for a very local price and sipped it while watching planes landing on the opposite island and boats crossing the sea. If you want to hold hand of your loved one or just meet the proper local life, this is the place to go.
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 19, 2007
Attraction | "Biyadoo Dive Ocean"
Would you like your holiday to be a bit more exiting? Then dive!
I visited the Biyadoo island for the second time after 10 months. In a life of an average person 10 months doesn’t mean that much but Biyadoo diving center went through big changes. Its previous excellent leader was promoted and the center got new Italian bases leader. Unfortunately, this guy did not prove himself to be very good and the interest in diving among island guests was rapidly increasing. As everything in capitalist world is driven by profit, this guy was left very soon. Center was taken over by Daniel Linares, the ex-base leader in Makunudu.He started building all over the good fame of the center. When I was there, he had only 4 dive instructors to attend increasing interest of the guests. Diving was becoming very popular. Sometimes in the mornings even the second boat was borrowed from the other island so all divers get maximum from their dive. This is not only for a bigger comfort of the guests but mainly for a better security. Normally mornings dives require more experience as they take place in the canals-promising big fishes to be seen. Using all instructors and the base leader, there were never more then 5 people with one instructor, but usually 3-4. As for the dive sites: In the morning I would recommend Guraidho corner or Cocoa corner. These sites are not with that much current-if you are lucky and you can still see a lot. If current is what you want then go for Kandooma Thila or Medu Faru. I am not current and wave’s friend so I enjoyed the afternoon dives. Triton Giri with high probability of seeing frogfish, Villivary Giri and its Ghostfish or Horua Hura and its cozy caves full of small creatures.
Biyadoo diving center also organizes a wreck dive to Kuda Giri Wreck. This boat is at the depth of 30 meters and is very well preserve. For me it will look better when corals will start taking over but men appreciate it as it is now. House reef in Biyadoo is very nice dive, as well. It is an obligatory check dive to be admitted for the boat dives. After showing to the instructor that you can loose and find your regulator and your mask, you will enjoy nice calm dive where with a bit of luck you will see turtles, lobsters, rays, morays, sharks, napoleons or octopuses. Biyadoo have dive sites for everyone, from beginners to very advanced divers searching for real adventure. Dive normally sums up to 60 dollars per dive but dive packages and discounts are provided. Courses from baptize dive to instructor course can be taken here. Experienced diving instructors are here to teach you and make you feel good while diving.
Dive Ocean Biyadoo
Biyadoo Island Resort
Leicester, United Kingdom