Omadhoo. Full review
Omadhoo is located in South Ari Atoll and that is about 70 kilometers far from the capital Male. About 800 people live on Omadhoo but this shouldn’t bother you at all like on many other islands in Maldives it’s not busy here. Not so long ago the island has started to develop. The new guest houses are popping up, the litter is being thrown away and the size of the bikini beach is increasing. What is more the transport communication is being rapidly developed too. These are really very satisfying news!
The beach and snorkeling around the island
At the moment of my visit to Omadhoo the bikini beach was not really large. But according to some recent news the council of the island has changed (this is like the Mayor of the city). And the new one has promised to enlarge the beach area so that it’s more appealing for the tourists. Although it takes some time due to the conservatism of the locals who are still not that easy for a change. But the beach is clean indeed.
The main house reef is located to the south if the island, although there’s much to see from the bikini beach side too. The reef is 300 meters long and it’s very diverse so you won’t get bored really. The most exciting spectacle awaits you at the very edges of the house reef as well as on the most other islands. On the whole this reef is 80-90% alive so you can see very much of everything: shoals of fishes, lots of actiniae with Nemo fish and beautiful coral gardens. It is even possible to see turtles and different types of rays.
Activities on Omadhoo
Snorkeling and diving
For those who enjoy active pastime this island is a merit for a visit. The main reason is because the bikini beach is really very modest in its size. South Ari Atoll is famous for the best snorkeling and diving spots. Vibrant coral gardens, huge shoals of colorful fishes attract the underwater-lovers from all over the world.
Also there’re several manta points near Omadhoo. That is so you will be able to see manta rays here throughout the year.
You can also set off on a Whale Shark Watching trip from Omadhoo. This region features about 260 species of these gigantic fish. They are not so easy to find so it takes more time before you can see them. With the help of a drone that could be much easier but for some uncertain reason it’s a non-issue.
South Ari Atoll is the most popular diving area in Maldives. And this is an absolute truth because it’s the quintessence of what Maldives can offer for you.
More info about diving you can find here
There’s an uninhabited island near Omadhoo. This island is maintained by the guest house from Hangamedhoo but still its infrastructure leaves best to be desired so that tourists from Hangamedhoo barely visit this island.
This is quite a large island on the scale of all the uninhabited islands in Maldives. It takes 20-25 minutes on a speedboat to get to the island from Omadhoo. This island is rented by the guys from Omadhoo Inn (a partner to Budget Maldives), so it’s being cleaned and taken care of every day. They also allow other guest houses, island resorts and safari boats to access the island.
So they’re always aware of how many guests are on the island at the moment. This is very convenient because in this case you know for sure when the whole island belongs to you only. Sometimes when safari boats throw up parties on this picnic island you can also join them. But the most memorable experience should be staying overnight on the island. The guest house will kindly provide you with a tent.
Candlelight dinner is included in the price of such a trip. Alcohol is for additional payment though. Just imagine how cool is that to spend a night on an uninhabited island in the middle of the ocean! And by the way there’s 4G internet on the island so you won’t be missing out.
Regardless of the variety of resorts in this region there’re only several available for a visit. They are Centara Grand Resort and Lily Beach.
By a speedboat:
It runs every day except Friday. The price is $25 per person.
Male – Omadhoo at 16:00
Omadhoo – Male at 7:00