From my point of view, there are 4 main characters travelling the Maldives
- People with too much money
I can’t really imagine what else you could do on one of the many small islands. OK, yeah, making babies maybe but thats just an assumption by me. Nevertheless we came especially for one thing: Diving and Relaxing
Bear in mind that if you are not happen to be in “bridal-shape” or “honeymoon-mood” you might be a little bit irritated by the many couples hanging out and clearly up for something.
Maldives teached me a lesson on All Inclusive Resorts. I thought I will never say that but I can give you a clear recommendation to go to an AI Resort. I am not kidding you, every other option will leave a big black hole in your wallet.
The Maledives are most likely the most expensive vacation you will ever do. Due to lack of competition on the Island, prices are sometimes getting unreasonable. Thats the main reason why I would recommend you that AI option. Another big price difference will make the travel via Water Airplane. Bear in mind that some of the resorts can only be reached via Water Plane, that makes another 300 – 400 USD/ per Person/ per Trip.
Our first trip to the Maldives led us to a new and truly wonderful island only 30 mins via Water Plane away from Male – Atmosphere Kanifushi Resort.
Kanifushi is most likely one of the bigger developments on the Maldives – it has also capacities to host more guests than the average Island on the Maldives. Nevertheless we never felt it was crowded or we felt disturbed in our privacy.
Different types of Beachfront Villas depending on your vacation style are on offer. Also bigger ones for families. At the moment all of the Villas are located on the Beach but we have seen constructions going on that the hotel will be expanded with Water Bungalows soon.
4 Restaurants on the Island offer a decent mix of tastes. Main Restaurant with Themed– Buffet, Japanese Teppanyaki Dining, Beachfront Restaurant and a pure Vegetarian restaurant are serving food for everyone.
Alcohol selection is surprisingly good and anywhere you are on the Island available. Even your Minibar hosts a good selection of Drinks.
Due to the island being artificially extended, the sand is not that fine yet. That will still take some time. Nevertheless you will see Baby Sharks, lots of Crabs, fish and other ocean inhabitants especially along the Jetty.
So we travelled there mainly because of the diving (as I was not asked being married or similar – HA! – so I was the only one who wasn’t in “bridal shape” – ….. !!!)
The diving was beautiful but not breathtaking. I guess Maledives has better spots to offer. One great thing though were the dolphins that we saw during each diving trip. Incredible, really, when they are swimming along with the boat.
On average we spent 100 USD per Person for one Dive. Can you imagine that? I would say at least 50% more expensive than anywhere else. Further to this, the diving guides were a little bit chaotic. We have lost Divers at least twice and it took them quite a while to go back up and solve the situation.
If we would have had a proper diving instruction upfront (what to do when one gets lost etc.) that might have solved a lot of troubles.
One dive we managed to have one lady going into Deco Zone which is clearly a sign of being too deep too long. That should not happen with amateur diving.
As we do have quite some Dives in our logbooks so at least we felt comfortable looking after ourselves.
All in all, we were quite happy with our choice. Going again on the Maldives for a short period we would rather take a venue that can be reached via boat from Male. Alternatively we would hop on to a Dive Safari which is most likely the best way on how to dive in the Maldives. What I think is really missing is a Hop on Hop Off Diving site. During the day some diving, staying overnight or the afternoons on a nice resort. I guess that would be some nice compromise for a lot of people.
Atmosphere Kanifushi Island, Lhaviyani Atoll, Maldives, Malediven
Diving at Dive & Sail Kanifushi