Dhivehi Experience
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Dhivehi Experience

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#2 of 2 lodges in Dhigurah Island
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3.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Budget
Trendy
Languages Spoken
English
Property amenities
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Beach
Diving
Airport transportation
Spa
BBQ facilities
Baggage storage
Wifi
Restaurant
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Complimentary tea
Complimentary welcome drink
Fishing
Shuttle bus service
Massage
Non-smoking hotel
Shared bathroom
First aid kit
Umbrella
Laundry service
Room features
Air conditioning
Additional bathroom
Desk
Fireplace
Coffee / tea maker
Minibar
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Room service
Safe
Seating area
Separate dining area
Sofa
Bottled water
Clothes rack
Iron
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Refrigerator
Hair dryer

Location

Ocean Road, 00070
Getting there
Somewhat walkable
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Janet W wrote a review Jan 2017
Brussels, Belgium
3.0 of 5 bubbles
I stayed at Dhivehi Experience mainly because the other two hotels were more pricey for me as a single traveler and I Di not want a full board option. I went to Dhigurah primarily to dive and there are two dive centres on this island. There are only three rooms, and for my first two nights there was a very large family from Malé staying in the other rooms and they were extremely noisy from early morning until late at night. I know that the manager felt badly about this, however he was reticent to ask them to be quieter. It's a six and a half-hour ferry ride from Malé and when I arrived, I wanted to rest a bit, which was impossible with this family laughing and shrieking just outside my room.

By the way, the MTCC Dhoni Ferry costs less than $5 for a one-way ticket from Malé and the boat leaves near the Vilingili Terminal in Malé around 9am (be there at 8:30am). But check the internet for the ferry schedule, because it doesn't leave every single day. A quicker option is the speedboat, which I've heard takes around 2 hours and costs $60, but it leaves at 3:30pm and only goes certain days of the week. A third option is flying, which is extremely expensive. The nearest airport, I believe, is Maamagili, from where you would need to take a private speedboat, I suppose. I don't know if they have sea planes going to Dhigurah. I will list the good and not-so-good aspects of Dhivehi Experience....

Positive points:

-I was met at the ferry on arrival from Malé by the manager and the manager and he
also took my luggage back to the ferry for my departure. It was about a five-minute walk.
-The staff tried their best to please me.
-The room was simple but pleasant. Water in the shower was generally fairly warm, though for a short time. The air-conditioning worked fine.
-Water, coffee, and tea were available anytime, though there were not always cups there.
-Breakfast was egg & toast, as well as the local specialty (a tasty, spicy tuna and coconut mixture) with chapatis, juice, coffee or tea.
-They offered a free 2-hour snorkelling trip in their boat to a local coral garden (though the coral is mainly bleached) and you could see plenty of lovely fish.
-I believe you could order meals there, too, but I ate my meals elsewhere.
-It's only a short walk to TME Retreat or to Boutique Beach, where the dive centers are located.

Negative points:

-Internet only worked if I stood right next to the reception desk, not in the room or even in the courtyard.
-There was seldom anyone at the guesthouse, so it was necessary to keep my key with me.
-There was no TV in the room, but there was one in the courtyard. No fridge in the room. No soap or shampoo in the bathroom. The room was only cleaned once in the four days I was there,
-I felt the room price ($65, plus taxes) was too high for what was offered. But as other hotels were even more expensive, this was probably the cheapest available in Dhigurah. A much nicer guesthouse in Dhangethi, the next island, cost $13 less per night.
-There were loads of mosquitoes in the courtyard all the time, as well as ants crawling all over the table with the coffee cups. Using spray and mosquito coils would have been a big help, instead of just turning on the fan high-speed.

Well, Dhigurah is a nice, quiet village. There's very little to do, except for diving and water-related activities. The bikini beach (where tourists can wear swim suits) is a bit of a walk and the beach is rather dirty, with plastic bottles and other garbage. Snorkelling is not particularly interesting. In general, there's lots of garbage and unattractive stuff all along the beach path and around the city. More maintenance would be welcome. I found no restaurants except for at the hotels, except one snack place. The island was OK and Island Divers was good, but I much preferred the nearby island of Dhangethi, where I went next.
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Date of stay: January 2017
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
3.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled solo
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PierPasc wrote a review Oct 2018
Altamura, Italy
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I have a lot to say about this guesthouse, I will start from the best point: Ibrahim, Nimal ane Muri.
These guys are totally friendly and they are working hard to solve all the problems, doubts, or organizing excursions. We were speaking with them about everything, we really felt friends, not guests, I have never experienced this kind of feeling before this stay.
We would like one day to host them in Europe to thanks for all the good things they did.
The GH has 3 rooms and it s very easy to socialize with other guests.
The Maldivian breakfast is amazing, the intercontinental instead was nothing special, so I recommend the Maldivian one.
The room was very clean and with the air conditioning the temperature was very good. You can get room service if you ask for it.
During night it was very quite, it s not close to the mosque so you won't hear anything.
The position is very good, 5 by walk to the harbour (where you will take the boats for diving, fishing or other) and close to the beach.
About the bikini beach, the island has two coasts, the east coast (they say sunrise coast) where there are mostly locals, so is not a bikini beach, and the west coast (sunset) where you have to walk for 5 minutes and then the bikini beach starts.
The best place where to be in the island is the end, where there is the sandbank; is not part of the bikini beach but you can stay in bikini without any problem, maybe if you see a group of locals, just walk 50-100 meters more, it s just a way to respect their costumes.
The sunset is something crazy.
About diving I recommend you to dive with island divers (you can ask to Ibrahim to get in contact with them), they are a bit more expensive but I think they are the bests.
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Date of stay: October 2018Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Allison M wrote a review Mar 2018
Perth
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
If you are looking for somewhere to stay on Dhigurah with the advantage of being hosted by a genuine island local in a cosy three room guesthouse with a great budget price and personalised service then this is the place for you! I had an amazing time staying here for seven days. It is super clean, in the centre of the village, has strong reliable wifi, delicious cooked breakfast every day, fabulous air con/fans, relaxing sandy courtyard, coffee/tea/bottled water available to help yourself to whenever you like and even free snorkeling gear you can borrow to snorkel straight off the beach! But the best feature is the host Ebraahim who gets 11/10 for service! His previous experience working in a 5 star resort shines through in so many ways. That coupled with his generous, helpful, warm nature makes him the perfect host. He doesn’t live on the property but is available via message if you need anything, always replying within minutes, and pops in many times a day in person and of course it was always a pleasure to see him! He could not have done any more for me if he tried, from organising my tours, dropping me off and/or picking me up at the beach on his motor bike and even getting his father to catch me a fresh fish which he had a local cafe cook! From the moment I set foot in the door to my beautiful welcome coconut drink I felt at home and welcome. Thank you so much for everything Ebraahim, you are an incredible host and I look forward to catching up with you again next year!
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Date of stay: March 2018Trip type: Travelled solo
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Camilla M wrote a review Feb 2018
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We had a fantastic time with Dhivehi! The service they gave us were outstanding. The staff took us around the island to show us the beauty of it - and wow what an island! The long sandbank on the tip of the island is breathtakingly beautiful and the water that surrounds it is crystal clear! The location is super good and you are situated in the middle of everything. We went out on two excursions with Dhivehi and got to swim with mantas, dolphins, whale sharks, turtles and also a lot of colorful fish at two different snorkeling spots. Overall we had a great time with and at Dhivehi!
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Date of stay: February 2018Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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jezozwierz wrote a review Feb 2017
Gdansk, Poland
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dhivehi Experience is on the middle of the island among native people. It is very close to the beach, harbor and shops, including gift shops. The guest house has only 3 rooms. Mohamed, is a really nice and helpful guy. You can feel here like in a family. The breakfast and dinner are really great! We have visited two another islands of Maldivies and we have to admit that in this guest house, on this island we spent the best time. You can feel the real atmosphere of Maldivian life. The owner showed us everything on the island and even more. Everytime he tried to adjust his plans to ours to show us something new. He arranged for us divings, snorkeling and fishing tours. We really recommend this place.
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Date of stay: August 2016
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: I think that all 3 rooms are similar.
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1Fave1 wrote a review May 2017
Zurich, Switzerland
+1
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Marhaba! Welcome to the Maldives.

It was so nice to come back to Dhigurah!!
Thinking of the Maldives everyone thinks about expensive holidays and luxury.

I recommend everyone to experience the real maldives.
Meet the inhabitants, live with them, taste real (very nice) maldivian food, lern more about their culture, traditions and their religion.
And do it for a fair price and above it all: you can support the Maldivians with their business -> their lovely guest houses.

I experienced THIS guesthouse as a warm and lovely guesthouse with an attentive host.
Mohammed lives for his job and he does it very well!

We received a welcome coconut, we had some real good breakfast served by Mohammeds father and the dinner was just PERFECT!!
Mohammeds mother cooked a maldivian tuna curry for us. And I tell you: it is authenic and really nice. Try it out!

And not to forget: Mohammed took us on boat trips with his own boat :-) .
He did some very nice excursions with us. We had some fresh fish and some coconut nicely cooked over a fire at the beach. Just perfect!

If you ever plan to go to the Maldives: Check out Dhivehi Experience!
You will like it!
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Date of stay: April 2017
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Andrea C wrote a review Apr 2017
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We had a great and true Dhivehi experience (cool name btw)! The guesthouse is run by a very nice family and offers activities with reasonable prices for the Maldives like night fishing with bbq of the fish caught the next day - they prepared food, the bbq, chairs and table by the beach all with a big smile and cosy feeling. Their breakfast was the best we had in our 2-week island hopping trip through the Maldives! Dhigurah is one of the best islands in the South Ari atoll not only for its location for dive sites but also for the island itself. The bikini beach (public) on Dhigurah is bigger and nicer than most.
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Date of stay: January 2017Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Melanie W wrote a review Oct 2019
Portland, Oregon
5.0 of 5 bubbles
While walking on the beach one day I met lovely Fahima who was fishing. She was so friendly and welcoming and easy to talk to I just wanted to hug her!

Then I had a horrific experience at a nearby hotel I was staying that refused to book excursions and ruined the one I did get arranged. I went into the village to find a boat owner to hire myself and had the awesome fortune of hiring Mohosin who was able to get me into the water a couple yards from a 20 foot whale shark before the horde of flailing tourists from the other boats stampeded us. Mohosin really saved the day and made up for my previous bad experiences. He is a wonderful human being that treated me with the utmost respect and caring!!

The guesthouse is cozy, very well maintained, and super clean. The most important thing is that they have a lot of competition from very greedy and shady hotels nearby that will manipulate and extort you. But the name of their business is spot on. If you want to experience the absolute best the Maldives has to offer you won’t find it in any better people!!
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Date of stay: October 2019Trip type: Travelled solo
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Roam748099 wrote a review Mar 2018
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Had a wonderful stay at this place. The owner Ibrahim and the staff was very helpful in every way. I loved my time here and I'm very thankful for all the hospitality. The room was also very nice, clean, big and comfortable with ac. It was a good location too. Close to everything. The island is big and its absolutely stunning in the end of it (opposite harbor side). It takes around 40 min to walk along the beach to that area. There's some restaurants and some shop. I recommend this from my heart.
~♥~ / Felicia
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Date of stay: February 2018Trip type: Travelled solo
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Katia K wrote a review Dec 2017
5.0 of 5 bubbles
cute mini-hotel at an affordable price. Very friendly atmosphere, everything is as at home. Administrator Ibrahim ( looks like Johnny Depp🙄) will help in resolving any issues, organize a transfer, will give an opportunity to use the kitchen. The rooms in the hotel are clean, for each visitor 3 soft towels. There is a Wi-fi for good speed.
Thanks for taking care)
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Date of stay: December 2017Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Response from -Ibrahim-DE, Manager at Dhivehi Experience
Responded 27 Dec 2017
Dear Katia K, Thank you very much for taking the time to review our property. I and my team, we are very pleased to hear our Services and staffs were appreciated. It was our pleasure having you here and We’re looking forward to having you again as our Guest. Best Regards, Ibrahim
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jezozwierz wrote a tip Feb 2017
Gdansk, Poland2 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"I think that all 3 rooms are similar."
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Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Dhivehi Experience?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Dhivehi Experience?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and barbeque facilities during their stay.
What are some restaurants close to Dhivehi Experience?
Conveniently located restaurants include Hermit's, Malaveli Restaurant, and Allegria.
Does Dhivehi Experience have airport transportation?
Yes, Dhivehi Experience offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Is Dhivehi Experience located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.5 miles away from the centre of Dhigurah Island.
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