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Huvafen Fushi vs Niyama

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Huvafen Fushi vs Niyama


My fiancee and I are planning our honeymoon in the Maldives in November.

We've settled on either Huvafen Fushi or Niyama as we love the more modern decor and plunge pools in the water villas, but we're having a hard time choosing between the two (we know they are very similar as they're owned by the same company).

There are positives and negatives for both in our minds:

Huvafen pro: close to Male, smaller (more intimate), good rated house reef. Negative: more expensive than Niyama

Niyama: pro: less expensive, we like the rooms/bathrooms more (in the photos), free water and snacks in the room. Negative: further away, poor house reef?

We're not divers and not huge snorkellers but it would be nice to see some interesting wildlife when we do go snorkelling.

For anyone that has been to either, can you tell us what you think? Does Niyama have enough things to see while snorkelling?


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1. Re: Huvafen Fushi vs Niyama

Only been to Huvafen Fushi out of the two but we loved it and would go back in a heart beat. Would like to try Niyama but the reef is important to us.

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Both resorts are excellent and whilst both Per Aquum they do have two very different feels about them.

Niyama would be suitable for both couples and families, whereas Huvafenfushi really is aimed at couples only (although children are allowed).

In Niyama the Tribal Restaurant is great, you really do feel like you are in a Safari Camp in Africa rather than on a Maldivian Island. If you are a meat lover then you'll really enjoy the food in Tribal.

There seems to be more going on in Niyama, whereas Huvafenfushi really is very laid back and relaxed and perfect for couples wanting a romantic hideaway.

I don't think you'd be disappointed with either resort as you can still snorkel at Niyama although the reef is better at Huvafenfushi.

Have you considered Kandolhu Island as this is a small romantic resort but with a fantastic house reef. Reached by seaplane but only 25 minutes and I think will come in cheaper than Niyama also.

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More than poor snorkelling at Niyama, the is no snorkelling... what happens is that you can't reach the reef as it is very far, so you need to go in a boat or in an excursion, so you would only see the occasional fish, stingray, shark, that crosses the lagoon.

Which Kind of water Villa are you looking at Huvafen: lagoon or ocean?

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We were looking at Lagoon water villa at Huvafen. But we can basically get a deluxe water villa (pool plus outdoor jacuzzi) at Niyama for the same price!

Would there be nothing at all to see if we jumped into the water from a water villa at Niyama?

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This is a thread shared by Azurelagoon who has just been returned from Niyama recently.

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For those that have been to Niyama, is there a reef that the staff will take you to go snorkelling? And if so, do they charge you?

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