I just spent 4 days at Embudu. I'd heard good things about the dive operation there and also I wanted somewhere that wasn't too far from the airport and was reasonably priced for a solo travellers. Embudu didn't disappoint.
The boat transfer from the airport took around 30 mins. This is not the most luxurious resort in the Maldives but the standard was more than adequate. I had no complaints about the accommodation; a big comfortable double bed, hot water and air conditioning.
The food was plentiful and varied. The barbecue night on the Sunday evening was excellent. I paid an additional $29 per day for all inclusive drinks, although as you have to pay this for the full duration of your stay, it's only worthwhile if you are going to drink alcohol every night.
The diving was exceptionally good and efficiently managed. Most days there was 1 boat dive in the morning, and 1 in the afternoon, with a choice of 4 different sites, plus diving on the house reef. On the Saturday, we went on a full day trip to a more remote location in the south of the atoll. The unlimited diving option for EUR340 is a good option for people who are going to do more than 10 dives.
My only criticism of the dive centre is they insisted I did a check dive even though I had dived the week before I arrived. Still, I would add that some of the dive sites they use have extremely strong currents e.g. Embudu Express, although they always offer an easy dive at another site for people who don't fancy the more extreme diving.
The house reef is quite pleasant and I saw manta rays, sharks and turtles while snorkelling. Note that on this island there is not much else to do except dive, snorkel, eat and sleep. There is no swimming pool.
The only thing that disappoints me about the Maldives generally is that everyone is given bottled water to drink and the amount of plastic waste this creates is horrendous. Clearly it's not an easy issue to resolve, but they could maybe start by giving people bottles that can be refilled from a water dispenser.
Overall, an excellent place to stay for people who don't want to pay the earth and are keen on diving.
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- Also Known As:
- Embudu Village Hotel Emboodhu Finolhu
- Embudu Village Male
- Embudu Village Hotel Male