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Biyadhoo Island (Maldives)
Member Name: smudge377
Biyadhoo Island (Maldives)
Advantages: Great snorkelling, beaches and spa
Disadvantages: Restaurant lacks atmosphere
I have just returned from a week's holiday here and wanted to give my thoughts about this island.
I have previously visited 4 other islands, so feel able to make some comparisons.
On this trip I went with Hayes and Jarvis and flew from Gatwick to Male, via Dubai.....I will be writing an emirates review shortly.
On arrival at Male airport, you step thru the doors from customs, and walk thru all the waiting tour operators and you are on the edge of the harbour. It's great, as it is sooooo easy.
We found our island rep and he advised we grabbed a drink while we waited for other passenger.
We waited about 45 mins, then headed off.
Biyadhoo is in the South Male atoll, and is approx 40 mins by speed boat from Male.
It's a great trip watching the Indian Ocean speeding by with flying fish, and interesting looking islands.
You step out onto the quay, and are met by the general manager and staff, who whisk your luggage off in a wheelbarrow.
You do the standard check in things, and get a coconut drink and a cool flannel while you wait.
I had emailed the island in advance by Facebook and requested a room on the east side of the island. We were lucky enough to get a corner room which is substantially bigger with 2 bed, double and single. It's a plain room, which could do with a lick of paint, but was clean and we were quite happy. It has a mini bar, hair dryer, plenty of wardrobe and drawer space. Umbrellas in case of downpours. All beach and room towels plus flannels, but no toiletries. He room also has a tin of bug spray but no plug in or burning movie killers, so take some as I got very bitten.
Balcony almost overlooks the sea, but thick palm growth inhibits the view, and does make it a bit dark. Our room boy was great and cleaned room twice daily.
The beaches are lovely, I recommend the small beach by the quay. It's quite here, only about 8 people here, as opposed to main beach which is quite busy. Plastic loungers can be a little tricky to get.
The snorkelling off the quay beach is easy access to the reef, and most of the time with little current, and lots to see.
The spa was peaceful and nice treatments. I did the three treatments for $150 + tax.
The dining room lacks real atmosphere, but is fine. There isn't a huge selection, but food is ok. Nice curries every night , plus a pasta choice and a western meal too. Always salad and soup and puddings.
We went all inclusive, so our meals were included but we did have a nice burger in the bar one night, which we paid for.
All the staff were friendly, ESP room boy and the chefs and reception staff.
Biyadhoo is a great option for a "cheap " Maldivian destination, but it is not the luxurious destination often found in this part of the world.
If you want to enjoy the sun, sea, sand, if you want to snorkel, be spa'd and eat good curry, then this is the place for you. If you want 5 star luxury, choose another resort.
Summary: Fantastic opportunity to see Maldives on the cheap