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which island? Reethi beach, Komandoo, Dhiggiri,Maayafushi,..

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which island? Reethi beach, Komandoo, Dhiggiri,Maayafushi,..

I thought that going to the Maldives for the 5th time would make it easier to choose a hotel but it really isn't. We have already been to Kuramathi, Olhuvelhi, Filitheyo and Angaga, and would prefer to go somewhere else. We are a family of 3 adults and love snorkeling so a house reef is a must. I myself am a diver, so want good divesites (not necessary the best sites, because I think they are in the ari atoll).My dad loves to socialise, And we like to be able to walk around the island (or a big part of it)

Which of the following islands would you pick?

Reethi beach

Komandoo

Dhiggiri

Maayafushi

or Athuruga (most expensive of them all by about 950 pounds; is it really worth it?)

Thanks

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1. Re: which island? Reethi beach, Komandoo, Dhiggiri,Maayafushi,..

Maayafushi and Athuruga have the best house reefs out of the islands you mention. Have only been to Athuruga and the snorkelling was fantastic.

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2. Re: which island? Reethi beach, Komandoo, Dhiggiri,Maayafushi,..

Thank you Irene. Just read your comparison between Angaga and Athuruga and I must say we are leaning towards Athuruga as we loved Angaga and if Athuruga is like you describe it, it is even better.

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3. Re: which island? Reethi beach, Komandoo, Dhiggiri,Maayafushi,..

Not been to any of the others you refer to but have been to two other Maldivian resorts - once each and Ath lots of times. I'd definitely say Ath is worth what you pay for it. The reef is great. The food is good (- other than apparently fried eggs - something I do not consume if someone else has cooked them) the resort is quite pretty, the staff are excellent and the AI is truly AI. Even though its a small island, I always felt that I had plenty of space. It's quite, nice and quite good in my opinion.

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4. Re: which island? Reethi beach, Komandoo, Dhiggiri,Maayafushi,..

We went to Maayafushi in 2006 when Thomson did package deals to there. The house reef was outstanding, in my opinion better than Vilamendhoo and Filitheyo which we've subsequently been too and way better than Reethi BUT I believe it's almost 100% Italian now, it was owned & run that way when we went with other nationalities very under represented. So some day animation & entertainment in the main bar every night - quiz, disco etc. Plus the Italians were rather noisy on the beaches, all talking at once!

Reethi is a lovely friendly island with great restaurant choice but the house reef was disappointing for coral & big stuff like sharks.

Athuruga and Komandhoo are both on our future lists if that's any help as I've researched them both heavily. Ath is more expensive but I believe AI is outstanding. Kom is adult only but I understand a JBV is needed to not be opposite the local island & here the call to prayer etc.

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5. Re: which island? Reethi beach, Komandoo, Dhiggiri,Maayafushi,..

athuruga is by far the best choice from your options . maayafushi is much more budget oriented second. as a diver i would exclude reethi and komandoo . the diving out of dhiggiri is good but keep in mind that most divesites here are kandus .. meaning deep and stong currents . unless you are well experienced, you will definitely have more fun in the ari atoll.

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6. Re: which island? Reethi beach, Komandoo, Dhiggiri,Maayafushi,..

Thanks onon and parrotfish. Athuruga is definately our number one chose at this point, just awaiting the last bit of info from our German agent.

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7. Re: which island? Reethi beach, Komandoo, Dhiggiri,Maayafushi,..

Thank you Spammie, was waiting for your reply, as I know you have visited all or most resorts on my list. Hopefully we get a positive reply from our agent and will book asap.

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8. Re: which island? Reethi beach, Komandoo, Dhiggiri,Maayafushi,..

If you loved the reef at Angaga, you will love love love the reef at Athuruga :) We thought Angaga as an island was prettier, but if snorkelling is your priority then Athuruga is the winner.

Edited: 05 April 2013, 22:36
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9. Re: which island? Reethi beach, Komandoo, Dhiggiri,Maayafushi,..

Athuruga booked! 82 sleeps wiehoe

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10. Re: which island? Reethi beach, Komandoo, Dhiggiri,Maayafushi,..

Great choice, lucky you ;-) Hope you have a fantastic time!