Beautiful island with very attentive staff. Excellent house reef for both snorkelling and diving. Many of the people we met here, who had visited other Maldivian Islands, said it was the best reef in the Maldives. My husband dived but I decided to just snorkel this time and I saw black tipped sharks, eagle and sting rays, tortoises and free swimming moray eels, as well as all the usual tropical fish.
We had a recently renovated room which was fine, with tea and coffee making facilities in the room and plenty of extra coffee/milk/tea sachets left each day so no need to bring your own. Also, no need to take travel adapters as the sockets are UK 13amp. We had a gecko in our room that cherped and woke us every morning at around 5am!
Beach towels are not provided so you do need to take your own and the hair dryer is one of those on the wall ones in the bathroom that just does not seem to work as well.
We found the food much better here than other islands we have visited, with lots of choice and a most impressive Easter barbecue. Again the restaurant staff were very friendly and attentive - special thanks to Hassan for great service every day.
There is a distinct lack of comfortable seating on the island. The sunbeds and outside bar chairs are hard and there is a notice asking people not to remove chair cushions from the covered bar area; I guess other people have found the seating uncomfortable too. Having said that, lots of people brought their own inflatable beds and we would do the same if we visited again.
We were given a fold up sunbed, with a mattress, by an English couple who inherited it from another English couple. Apparently it was brought to the island by an English lady originally (not sure when) who must have brought it as baggage to be stored in the hold of the plane as it is quite large. It was really comfy and when we left we handed it to another English family. Hopefully the bed will continue for a while longer providing a comfy place to snooze in the sun.
A weekly disco provided the evening entertainment and this was enough for us as we were content to sit on the deck with a drink in the evenings.
The guests were mainly German, with French and Italians and a few Brits when we were there. This did not really bother us although my husband would have preferred some English company on the dive boat; to enable him to discuss/compare dive experiences etc. more easily.
We travelled with Thompson Holidays and they do not have a rep based on the island. This was a bit worrying when we were told there was a Tsunami warning and we all had to group together in reception to await further instructions. We had to rely on the German rep to tell us what was happening each time, after she had explained things to the German guests. We did feel a bit abandoned and thought Thompson Holidays could have got some sort of message of reassurance to us during this time.
All in all we had a very relaxing fortnight in a beautiful location and would not hesitate to recommend this island to people who want total chill out without canned entertainment or the need to 'dress' for dinner each evening. We did not wear shoes at all on the island so one pair of flip flops is ample.
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