We stayed on Meeru for two weeks during February to March 2012, we have been to the Maldives in the past to Sun Island in the South so this was a completely different experience to our last one.
After a nine hour flight from the UK, the transfer from Male to Meeru by boat was quite refreshing and took less than an hour. No hassles at all, very smooth transfer. On arrival we were told we had a “free upgrade” for two nights, so we did fall slightly foul of the overbooking we read about in other reviews. We got upgraded to one of the sea front rooms with a Jacuzzi and slightly more space in the room, obviously two days later we had to move rooms but the staff move your bags for you so no issues there.
The resort on land is stunning, all the paths are sandy, no paved routes so it’s flip flops or bare feet all the way during this holiday. Walking round the island takes about an hour and we did this several times during the holiday. Kayaking is also recommended, in our case it sparked some lively debates about who was paddling and who wasn’t!!! It seemed like we were not the only couple who had that conversation
The bars and restaurants are great. In the main bars and restaurants the floors are all sand so again no shoes if you want to really relax. Even the outlying bars all have sand floors. The atmosphere is totally relaxing. The staff are really friendly and helpful which really does help make any trip here feel special.
The food is all buffet style if you don’t use any of the a la carte restaurants. The quality and variety of what is on offer is superb. We especially loved the Maldivian nights when the curries would all come out.....in a word, heaven. The head chef is European so yes you do get some European influences in the food and theme nights but this just adds to the variety. The only restaurant we dined at outside of our all inclusive package was the Hot Rock where your food is served on a rock that is almost glowing. Food is to die for and the bar next to it is very quiet and if you want a quieter evening away from the larger bars.
The reason for our trip was to dive the area. The Ocean Pro dive school is on site and they offer a great number of dive sites with something for everybody. All the PADI courses are on offer including a re-breather course or try dive which we took part in.
Ingrid, the base leader answered our e-mails with our list of questions very quickly and no question was left un-answered. Before we arrived we got the sense that we would be in good hands and as it turned out, we were. All of the instructors speak great English and are all very approachable and helpful. There is a map in the dive centre showing all the dive sites and a book which provides details on the sites in different languages. Superb idea! They even have a wish list so that you can list a site that may want to visit or re-visit. If the numbers are there they will try and accommodate your wishes. The wet room where guests store their gear is one of the best we’ve seen and each guest has their own box and allocated section.
The dive boats and crews are great. When we dived, we never had more than 12 divers on the boats but I recall that there was a maximum of 18 divers per boat. My wife got sea sick during one trip and the crew really looked after her. The crews are really helpful and tipping them at the end of a dive trip is highly recommended.
To list all our dives and experiences would take a while. All we can say is that we loved every dive, we lived our dream of diving with sharks and we can highly recommend the re-breather experience if you have never tried that kit before.
Whether you are a diver or not you will love Meeru. Very rustic feel but with some great facilities. Would we go back, definitely yes.
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