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The Maldives are a chain of coral atolls that lie in the India Ocean due south of Sri-Lanka.

Meeru

image of beach bar on Kandooma

Beach bar

We went in August 1999 - rainy season!, for two weeks. We went through Air Tours, but the resort seemed to be mostly Kuoni.
The first week was pure sunshine, but the second featured a fair bit of rain, mostly a sudden hour long monster downpour around an otherwise only slightly cloudy but hot and dry day. We did get one complete wet write-off of a day. The locals did say that this was one of the wettest rainy seasons for years, and the last day of that week reverted to pure sunshine (just as we were leaving!)

The resort, Meerufenfushi was one of the larger islands (you could circumnavigate it on foot in about 30-45 min, maybe 1.5Km long and about 600m wide ?)

image of Dolphins off Kandooma seen during the Dolphin trip

Dolphins!

It was a relaxed place, since the whole island (in common with all resorts) is owned by a single hotel you got there, signed in, locked your passport and money in the safety deposit, then spent the next two weeks literally barefoot in shorts, signing for anything you wanted (including the dive schools services) with nothing more drastic to worry you than where you left your room key.

The resort had three bars, shop, restaurant, did trips (to other resorts, fishing villages, the capital and a deserted island), and a very good dive school. The islands house reef acts as a nursery for most of the main reef life so if you snorkel rather than dive the lagoon (30 seconds from you room) contains juvenile specimens of nearly everything (and loads of foot long reef shark, and sting rays)

It has to be one of the most relaxing holidays I have ever had, and would happily go again, just be prepared for some rain if you go in rainy season :-)

This was a Kuoni holiday if you want to try it yourself.

Kandooma

image of the shop on Kandooma

Shop

We went in August 2002 - rainy season!, for two weeks. We went through Kuoni.
The first day was pure rain, but the rest of the trip reverted to sunshine.

The resort, Kandooma is a small island, with predominantly German tourists, but a good proportion of Brits and Italians too.

It is a relaxed place, since the whole island (in common with all Maldivian resorts) is owned by a single hotel, when you get there you simply lock your passport and money in the safety deposit, then spend the next two weeks literally barefoot in shorts, signing for anything you wanted (including the dive schools services) with nothing more drastic to worry about than where you left your room key.

image of room on Kandooma

A typical room.

The resort had a bar, a shop and a restaurant, ran trips (to other resorts, fishing villages, the capital and a deserted island), and a very good dive school (Aquanaut). The island’s house reef is not readily accessible from the resort unless you take the twice daily (free) dhoni snorkelling trips out to it

It has to be one of the most relaxing holidays I have ever had, and would happily go again, just be prepared for some rain if you go in rainy season :-)

This was a Kuoni holiday if you want to try it yourself.