Hanifaru Transit Inn
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Hanifaru Transit Inn

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Welcome to our delightful guesthouse located in Dharavandhoo Baa Atoll, a mesmerizing destination surrounded by the UNESCO biosphere reserve. With four spacious and comfortable Deluxe rooms, our family-run guesthouse offers a cozy and inviting atmosphere for your stay. Situated on a local island, you'll experience the authentic Maldivian lifestyle while enjoying the tranquility of nature. Indulge your taste buds at our in-house restaurant, Café Hanifaru, where you can savor a variety of local delicacies prepared with fresh ingredients. Whether you're craving traditional Maldivian cuisine or international favorites, our restaurant is sure to satisfy your cravings. Immerse yourself in the beauty of the surroundings with numerous excursions and activities available. Explore the vibrant coral reefs through snorkeling or diving, and witness the breathtaking marine life that thrives in this area. Embark on island hopping tours to nearby islands, visit cultural sites, or simply unwind on pristine sandy beaches. Our friendly and attentive staff are dedicated to ensuring your comfort and satisfaction throughout your stay. Experience the warmth of Maldivian hospitality as we cater to your every need. Book your stay at our guesthouse and create unforgettable memories in this enchanting paradise.
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Property amenities
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Bicycle rental
Canoeing
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Free airport transportation
BBQ facilities
Baggage storage
Wifi
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Diving
Snorkelling
Windsurfing
Fishing
Airport transportation
Shuttle bus service
Concierge
Convenience store
Gift shop
Non-smoking hotel
Picnic area
Shared lounge / TV area
Sun terrace
Sun umbrellas
24-hour front desk
Private check-in / check-out
Laundry service
Ironing service
Room features
Air conditioning
Private beach
Desk
Housekeeping
Room service
Safe
Flatscreen TV
Bath / shower
Bottled water
Clothes rack
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
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3.5 of 5 stars
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Quaint
Languages Spoken
English

Location

Arumaan, 06060
Getting there
Somewhat walkable
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Dharavandhoo AIrport
Ifuru Domestic Airport
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Neli wrote a review May 2021
Kempten, Germany
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
I would recommend everyone who are planning to go to Dharavandhoo to stay at Hanifaru transit inn! 🙂 We have spent one week there and it was great experience! Ahmed, his family and his staff made us feel so good, they offered clean rooms and very delicious food (cooked from Ahmed's wife), alot of information about the island, underwater world and Maldives. Ahmed owns a boat and offers good day trips and activities. We will never forget all of the beauty that we saw- corals, colorfull fishes, dolphins, turtles and especially the swiming with sharks🦈. Ahmed and his family are so nice people with big hearts!

Thank you Ahmed for everything! You made our vacantion unforgettable!

Neli and Rosen 🙂
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Date of stay: April 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Bassam Ahmed, General Manager at Hanifaru Transit Inn
Responded 9 May 2021
Dear Neli and Rosen, Thank you for the beautiful review about us. We are glad to hear that you had an unforgettable vacation during your stay with us, it's our goal to create a unique Maldives experience for guests who stay with us, I will pass the feedback to the entire team. We look forward to welcoming back another year. Once again thank you Kind Regards Bassam
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Davide S wrote a review Jan 2020
Collegno, Italy
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed at Hanifaru Transit Inn for one week, for the end of the year.
Our experience with this guest house was fantastic. The gentleness and the attention of the owner, Ahmed, and the staff towards our needs was impressive.
The island is nice and it has a reef in the bikini beach area. The only problem of the island (as many of the island where local people live) is the garbage, sometimes even on the beach.
The structure is very nice and our bedroom was comfortable and always clean, they change even the beach towel very often.
We had the full board, all the meals were good and abundant. Ahmed's wife prepares them and she's a very good cook. To help us to taste Maldivian food she used less spices. Water is always available.
Excursions are available. We had booked the excursions before our arrival, we experienced:
Desert island picnic: a trip to an island with lagoon and a nice reef. Lunch was included
Shark/turtle reef: 2 snorkeling experiences guided by Ahmed
Sandbank excursion: we had a longer stay because we really enjoyed the experience
We enjoyed them all. Anytime Ahmed brought water and fruits.
We recommend this guesthouse, everything was excellent: staff, structure, food, excursions.
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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RebeccaKl153 wrote a review Mar 2020
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We loved staying at Hanifaru Transit Inn.
Ahmed and his family are just lovely, always helpful and reliable.
We got picked up at the airport when we first arrived and everything went smooth. The rooms are very clean and have everything you need. We had half-board (so breakfast and dinner) and the food was just delicious. Freshly prepared by Mona, Ahmed's wife, we got to enjoy different Maldivian and other yummy meals. It was great! Every evening Ahmed would come and sit with us, chatting about our day, telling us about the island and the local culture and assisting us with any requests and questions. We felt really welcomed at their guest house.
The beach is nice and a short walk away and the divining around the island is absolutely fantastic. We will surely be back when it is Manta season!
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Date of stay: March 2020
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Aaron B wrote a review Jul 2023
Vancouver, Canada
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Our stay at the Hanifaru Transit Inn was amazing. The staff are wonderful and extremely helpful. The manager (owner) Ahmed met us at the airport and even arranged a car to take our luggage to the Inn.

The town is tiny and very safe. From the Inn you can walk just about anywhere in 5 minutes and we felt comfortable walking any of the streets well into the evening. Hanifaru Transit Inn is a bit off the main streets but it was not an issue since we don’t mind walking the 3-5 minutes to get to a restaurant or the harbour.

I would recommend having them arrange your plane fare in and out of Dharavandhoo as they can save you some money even if you are transferring to a resort afterwards. We made the mistake of letting the resort arrange the water taxi from Dharavandhoo and Ahmed explained he could have arranged a boat for much less. Plus we wouldn’t be at the whim of the resorts time table.

I would also recommend booking Hanifaru Transit Inn’s snorkelling trips. They are very reasonably priced and go to all the popular reefs. They have a small boat that allows them to take 2-4 people out at a time. It is much nicer to have a small group in the water then one of the bigger boats were your have people everywhere. Ahmed was even able to take us to a spot to see 15-20 Manta’s when there was none at the Hanifaru Bay Bio Reserve. It was truly an amazing experience to be 1 of only 3 people in the water with that many Manta’s. Later in our trip we went to Hanifaru Bay and it was a bit crazy with so many different resorts showing up and what seemed like hundreds of people in the water. Almost all my pictures and videos from that trip has fins and arms from tourists. I cannot thank Ahmed for taking us to that secluded reef to see the Manta’s by ourselves.

The food was tasty even though we only had breakfast included we did dine there on 2 evenings. The grilled fish was great and the curry’s were very nice and spiced well for our western palates.

If I ever come back to the Maldives I will probably spend my whole time in Dharavandhoo staying at the Hanifaru Transit Inn.
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Date of stay: July 2023
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Book Hanifaru Transit Inn’s snorkelling trips.
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Response from Bassam Ahmed, Revenue Management at Hanifaru Transit Inn
Responded 3 Aug 2023
Dear Aaron, Thank you for sharing your wonderful experience at Hanifaru Transit Inn! We are happy to hear that you had a great stay and enjoyed our services and amenities. Our team takes great pride in providing excellent hospitality and personal care to our guests. We are pleased to know that our staff is wonderful and helpful, especially Ahmed, who made sure you arrived safely and helped you explore the beautiful Dharavandhoo . We appreciate your suggestion to arrange your airfare, as it is cost-effective and offers great flexibility. In addition, we are happy that you have enjoyed our snorkeling tours which give you an experience close to nature, away from the crowded places. It warms our hearts to know that you have enjoyed the delicacies of our hotel, especially the fried fish and curry dishes that suit your western palate. Thank you for choosing Hanifaru Transit Inn, we look forward to welcoming you on your next visit to the Maldives. If you need any help or have additional information, do not hesitate to contact us. We extend a warm welcome, Best Regards Bassam
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dikshantrajbhandari wrote a review May 2021
Berlin, Germany
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I missed the amazing manta rays of Baa Atoll because I was there in the wrong season, but nevertheless, the owner of Hanifaru took me on a solo (thanks covid!) snorkel trip to a reef only 5 mins away from the island and it was the best snorkeling I did during my one-month long Maldives stay.

Wonderful and helpful staff, beautiful garden for breakfast and comfy rooms. A bit "far" from beach (around 5-10 mins walk). Instead of the regular tourist beach, I'd recommend the one next to the harbor, and another next to the electricity/water facility - much cleaner and quieter spots.
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Date of stay: March 2021
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Ramkannan C wrote a review Aug 2021
5.0 of 5 bubbles
My title describes it all. Hanifaru Transit Inn stay made me feel at home. The staff were very warm, smiling and friendly and were ready to provide their hospitality. The rooms were very clean and tidy. Shaheel, a diligent staff who ensures the same. And the best thing is Food. I bet you will never get to taste such a delicious homely food and very neatly presented as well in the whole island. Thanks Ahmed and family who are very particular in serving such kind of food to all the guests. Ahmed is a veteran in the ocean and took us for memorable Snorkeling trips especially the manta ray trip @ Hanifaru bay. I have already scheduled and committed to myself to bring my family to Dharavndhoo island and in particular Hanifaru Transit Inn.
Other places to enjoy are the Beach walk and the diving
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Date of stay: August 2021
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Room Tip: First floor rooms are with windows toward outside to experience fresh outside air. Rooms in...
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giuseppe f wrote a review Sept 2022
Zocca, Italy
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed in this guest house for 10 days in August. Everything was perfect. The manager Ahmed and his son were very attentive to all our needs. Every day they organized some excursions for us and accompanied us in snorkeling. Food was very good and abundant and they always tried to satisfy our tastes. Breakfast and dinner were served in a patio with feet in the sand. The room was very clean, with WIFI and air conditioning. 3 minutes walking from the wonderful Bikini Beach. Certanly if we went back to Maldives we would choose this guest house again.
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Date of stay: August 2022
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Mezabel wrote a review Nov 2023
Preston, United Kingdom
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Fabulous guesthouse 5 min walk from bikini beach. Very nice staff, clean rooms and delicious food. I was a solo female and felt very safe walking around the area night and day. Excellent wifi and good snorkelling trips arranged by the guest house. Hanifaru Bay is very close and Ahmed, the owner will let you know when is a good day to go and see the mantas as he speaks to the rangers at the bay. Free tea, coffee ( instant) and biscuits to help yourself to all day and night.
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Date of stay: October 2023
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Trip type: Travelled solo
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Response from Bassam Ahmed, Revenue Management at Hanifaru Transit Inn
Responded 8 Jan 2024
Thank you for your amazing review! We're thrilled to hear you had a fantastic stay at our guesthouse. Ensuring safety and comfort for all our guests, especially solo travelers, is our priority. It's fantastic to know you enjoyed our clean rooms, delicious food, and the convenience of nearby attractions like Bikini Beach and Hanifaru Bay. We're delighted Ahmed could assist with snorkeling trips and Manta Ray sightings. We appreciate your kind words about our staff and amenities. Looking forward to hosting you again soon! Best Regards Bassam
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Helen W wrote a review Aug 2022
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Amazing stay in a wonderful hotel. Lovely people who were incredibly kind and helpful. So clean and tidy and a big room. Food excellent. 100% recommended for all visitors, could not have asked for a better place to stay.
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Travelled solo
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Krasimira Ilieva wrote a review Nov 2023
Sofia, Bulgaria
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This was a once in a life time trip. We spent 10 days in Hanifaru Transit Inn, and wish we would have stayed longer.

We were really impressed by the excellent service and the friendliness of the staff. The entire team at Hanifaru Transit Inn was outstanding and the accommodations were excellent. They paid attention to the details.

Ahmed and his family made us feel right at home. We were helped in every aspect.
They took us to an amazing boat trips. From swimming with dolphins to discovering mesmerizing reefs and diving in breathtaking locations, every moment was filled with wonder and happiness. However, the pinnacle of our journey was the unforgettable experience of swimming with graceful manta rays at Hanifaru Bay. Little did we know that an even more extraordinary encounter awaited us when we unexpectedly came face to face with a magnificent whale shark. It was a moment that took our breath away and will forever be etched in our hearts.

We will definitely go back again and I highly recommend Hanifaru Transit Inn.

Thank you Ahmed, Bassam and Bashar! You made our stay unforgettable!

Highly Recommended!

Regards,

Krasi & Tony from Bulgaria
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Date of stay: October 2023
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Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from Bassam Ahmed, Revenue Management at Hanifaru Transit Inn
Responded 15 Nov 2023
Dear Krasi & Tony, Your enthusiasm and joy leap off the page! We're thrilled to hear your time at Hanifaru Transit Inn turned into a remarkable, once-in-a-lifetime experience. It warms our hearts to know that along with our entire team, we’re able to create such fantastic memories for you. It's wonderful to hear that the activities, especially the encounters with manta rays and the surprise meeting with a whale shark, left such a profound impact. We take great pride in ensuring our guests have access to these breathtaking experiences. Your kind words and recommendation mean the world to us, and we can't wait to welcome you back for another round of wonder and happiness. Warm regards, Hanifaru Transit Inn Team
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debora102016 asked a question Jun 2019
Anzio, Italy176 contributions41 helpful votes
Buongiorno volevo sapere se l'hotel organizza anche l'uscita di snorkeling ad Hanifaru bay e qual è il costo. Grazie
Answer from Ale19742013
Prata di Pordenone, Italy34 contributions63 helpful votes
Si la organizza. I costi vi vengono mostrati il giorno dell arrivo. Noi avevamo un pacchetto di escursioni perciò non so il costo singolo
dany6284 asked a question Sept 2018
10 contributions16 helpful votes
Ciao volevo sapere quanto costa il supplemento pensione completa se è disponbile!grazie
Answer from dany6284
10 contributions16 helpful votes
Trasferimento 180 dollari a testa circa!te lo prenota l’hotel perché altrimenti sarebbe più caro! Le escursioni hanno diversi prezzi,dipende dalla durata e da tante cose,partono dai 25 dollari a persona in su!
Answer from stefania
Bologna, Italy137 contributions51 helpful votes
c'è la spiaggia dove si può stare in bikini che si trova a 5 minuti a piedi dalla guesthouse, li ci sono a disposizione degli sdrai dati dalla guesthouse, ma anche altra gente delle guesthouse dell'isola stanno in quella spiaggia. Per le escursioni noi con Ahmed il proprietario ne abbiamo fatte tante, dallo snorkeling per vedere per le tartarughe, lingua di sabbia, isola deserta, uscite di pesca, poi c'è la possibilità di andare a vedere i delfini, insomma di cose da fare ce ne sono, e loro sono sempre molto disponibili, inoltre sull'isola c'è un diving di 2 ragazzi italiani, se interessa fare immersioni, anche senza brevetto si può fare il battesimo del mare che sicuramente ne vale la pena!!
Answer from Bassam A
Hulhumale6 contributions2 helpful votes
Buongiorno e Saluti da Hanifaru Transit locanda. possiamo organizzare viaggio di pesca in una barca di velocità. fateci sapere via e-mail in modo che possiamo darvi prezzi. Per il trasferimento stiamo organizzando un volo interno. Grazie . Saluti
Aaron B wrote a tip Jul 2023
Vancouver, Canada34 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Book Hanifaru Transit Inn’s snorkelling trips."
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Jesper S wrote a tip Jul 2022
5 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"There are 4 rooms and they are all equally well equipped, clean and comfortable"
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Ramkannan C wrote a tip Aug 2021
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"First floor rooms are with windows toward outside to experience fresh outside air. Rooms in ground floor are quiet."
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Nerone25012007 wrote a tip Dec 2019
Burgau, Germany246 contributions60 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"there are only 4 rooms, all are good"
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tupliSqq wrote a tip Jun 2016
Singapore, Singapore9 contributions5 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"They have a total of 4 Rooms, I will go for Level 2nd, easy access to Roof Top for a overall view and enjoy the Sea Breeze!! "
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£40 - £79 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
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NUMBER OF ROOMS
4
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Frequently Asked Questions about Hanifaru Transit Inn
Which popular attractions are close to Hanifaru Transit Inn?
Nearby attractions include Hanifaru Bay Marine Protected Area (1.7 miles), Coral Boutique (0.2 miles), and Game Fisher Maldives (0.2 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Hanifaru Transit Inn?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Hanifaru Transit Inn?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a desk.
What food & drink options are available at Hanifaru Transit Inn?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and barbeque facilities during their stay.
What are some restaurants close to Hanifaru Transit Inn?
Conveniently located restaurants include Benjarong, Fresh in the Garden, and Down to Earth.
Does Hanifaru Transit Inn have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Hanifaru Transit Inn offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Does Hanifaru Transit Inn have airport transportation?
Yes, Hanifaru Transit Inn offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Is Hanifaru Transit Inn located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.09 miles away from the centre of Dharavandhoo.
Are pets allowed at Hanifaru Transit Inn?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
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