A nice trip to Thinadhoo
It’s a week since we’re home but the emotions are still bright so I’ve decided to take some time to say thanks to Alexander and his blog for being so helpful for us. This was our honeymoon trip and we’ve decided that it should be something exotic. So we stopped on Maldives. Everyone knows it’s a luxury and costly holiday but there’s a way to save money here too and the name for these are guest houses. They are some kind of cheaper hotels in comparison to luxury resorts. But in terms of the scenery it’s still Maldives islands. And we were lucky enough to enjoy all that Maldives has – the turquoise ocean and white sandy beach. We did plenty of snorkeling – it’s impossible to stay away from underwater wonders. And as for activities we also did a trip to a picnic island where we stopped by to do some more snorkeling and had lunch in the most romantic surroundings. And here we are, very pleased and happy, looking forward to our next destination which is probably be Maldives again.
Here’s my full review on liveaboard diving with Azalea cruise. It’s been a wonderful trip but let me describe it in some details. My wife and I are quite divers I would say and for our holiday we’ve came across this interesting concept of diving while sailing so that means living exactly from one dive to another on a luxury cruise ship! And here I’d like say thank you Alex for suggesting us Azalea Cruise Liveaboard, it’s never been a regret. For the room we’ve chosen Master Suite because we were quite worried about the sizes of the accommodation – it’s a ship and we didn’t want to be stressed out because we’re on holiday. But it appeared that most of the time we spent outdoors either suntanning on its numerous decks, dining or relaxing in the lounge areas and of course the time spent for diving is the best! We’ve seen so many celebrated diving spots and all the time it was new impressions, new memorable adventures and of course the reef and the sea life is just superb. What concerns about the staff – all the instructors were very knowledgeable, experienced and very helpful. also great thanks to the chefs and the waitresses who were always eager to help on choosing the best match of wine and Maldivian speciates. The only slight disappointment was probably with the equipment, it was a bit used but all in all it is still perfect quality and there was no problems with it at all. So glad that we did this trip, it was a great value for the money.
We’ve just arrived back home and I wanted to express all the emotions before they calm down. This trip was truly wonderful – from the very beginning until the end. It’s been like a long breath and we wanted the time to stop. First of all I need to mention we had some doubts about spending a vacay sailing but we are so much into snorkeling and Maldives appear to be just the right place for this. Its marine life is fantastic, we saw mantas, lion fish, different tropical fish of all possible colors and even a small octopus! And that’s not all, on our last day we did big game fishing and caught a gigantic barracuda which we had barbecued later on for dinner! If you worry It’s all in the sea and you don’t have a seas sickness – do this trip as believe me you will never get bored at all due to active and diverse pastime. Suntanning on a sundeck, snorkeling along the reef, gazing the stars with a glass of wine during the night – all this romantic moments made our trip the most memorable experience ever. So I’d love to thank Alex for his personal assistance. All that he explained was exactly to the matter.
We are so happy! This was the best family holiday ever. For our destination we have chosen Finolhu. This is a fantastic resort if not the best, very chic and sophisticated. But we were having so much doubts which resort is more suitable for our honeymoon – I’m a bit of a perfectionist and this is such a special time for us so we wanted everything to be as perfect as possible. And this blog came in handy for us, although we did a lot of research it still was quite unclear about all the amenities and activities but then I’d love to thank Alex for his helpfulness in this question. He gave the answers to all our questions and helped to reserve the best transportation for the most reasonable price. We flied to Dharavandhoo and then took a speedboat to our destination and yes I completely recommend to do this except of a simple seaplane ride because in this way you get the opportunity to visit another island which is also worth seeing. All in all Maldives is a dreamy location for a romantic getaway and we are such visional people so a nice picture is a must when we travel. And Maldives you will never forget how beautiful this country is, every single second of being here is thrilling with its perfection. As for the room type we recommend the Ocean Pool Villas facing the lagoon and providing the most spectacular sunsets you could imagine. Anyway, you will never go wrong with any overwater accommodation in Maldives – it’s impressive for its uniqueness.
Отдых на Тодду
Добрый день, Александр! Большое Вам спасибо за организованный отдых! Нам все понравилось. Остров отличный, на 100% подходит семьям с детьми, где то 95% отдыхающих русские. Очень много магазинов, ресторанов. Кстати, они делают второй бикини бич, вход конечно жесть, но все равно, ВТОРОЙ)) не единственный) Гест нам тоже понравился, первую ночь мы были в другом гесте, не хуже, а затем нас переселили в наши комнаты. Единственно что нам не понравилось так это сухая рыба, которую подавали на обед несколько раз. Она была абсолютно нежевабельна. Все остальное просто волшебно. Адам подарил нам незабываемые эмоции при выезде на пикник айленд, за что ему огромное спасибо) Подруге, которая не поехала с нами, я уже все Ваши контакты передала) она тоже через Вас туда поеде) С уважением, Лаура
Amazing holiday in Thoddoo Retreat
I would like to say big thank you to Alex, who helped me with accomodation in Maldives. We spent one week in Thoddoo. Thoddoo and especially Thoddoo Retreat guest house was the best choice for my family. Alex is really helpfull and kind person, always answering my questions aboout Maldives. The accomodation was really good, clean rooms with bathrooms and well working air conditioning.Breakfatsts and dinner were tasty and fresh everyday. Owner of this guest house is also great, he showed us things which we have never seen before - like plankton, mantas and toher. Thank you so much Alex for this experience.
Staying in Guraidhoo
Hi Alex. Thank you for writing such a wonderful blog and also suggesting Ithaa beach Maldives. It was a memorable trip for the entire family. We had a fabulous time. Looking forward to doing more trips in Maldives to different islands. Once again Thank you.
My Holidays In Rasdhoo
Hi Alex, the stay was really great, we enjoyed it a lot. Shallow Lagoon was really a very nice guest house, very clean and quiet. Thank you for that. We really loved spending time on Madivary Finolhu, it was truly amazing, I’ve never seen such blue colours in my life. On the other hand we have experienced also the local hospital, because my fiancee got some kind of allergy and she had blisters all over her forearms. We visited the doctor at the hospital and he was really nice and prescribed her some medicine which cured the allergy. Our stay continued to Huraa island. We booked Maldives Seashine guesthouse and it was really a disaster. I’ve never seen such a dope, it couldn’t be compared to Shallow Lagoon at all. Everything was covered in dust and smelled pretty badly. So we told the manager that we wanna cancel it and we immediately booked Pearl Sands of Maldives hotel. And our vacation on Huraa finally started. This hotel was a bit pricey but it was worth every penny. Thanks again for all you recommendation and help. We had a great time! Sincerely, Adam Studenic
Diving In Rasdhoo 2018
Rasdhoo was amazing and the diving experience as well! Thank you so much for all your help and helping me planning this trip! I loved everything about it! The people there were so kind. I could just decide whenever I wanted to go diving and the dive sites were only minutes away! It was my last stop on my 5 month long journey and I definitely stopped on top ?? The only (little) bad thing was the time schedule with the flight and the boats. The boats are departing from Rasdhoo 7.30am and 2pm on Fridays. I booked the flight back to Sri Lanka at 3.25pm because you told me to, but it meant that I had a lot of hours to kill in the airport from 8.30am to 3.25pm ? But otherwise everything was absolutely perfect! ??
Hello I would like to say thank you to Alex and all the staff from thoddos, male who made my vacation so unique Maldives is the place to be if you want close to paradise Ready to come back again Miguelangel
Rasdhoo diving is Nov 2017
when we decided to go to the Maldives on a budget, I was so relieved to have found Alex's website. it was exactly what I needed to decide which island to go to. the info given is accurate and up to date, so perfect to plan our vacations. once I was in contact with Alex to book things, I realised that he was offering great deals by combining lodging, diving, excursions, transport... and I really appreciated his advice on what to do, as well as not having to worry about a thing once there. we went to Rasdhoo island, stayed at Rasdhoo lagoon and dove with rasdhoo scuba. nothing bad to say about any of those places. friendly people, reasonable prices, and very professional people. I would definitely go back and try another island next, and even though I am a big travel planner, next time, i will go again through Alex to plan our trip. Thank you Alex
Как на картинке
Александр,здравствуйте! Как раз планировала вам написать,очень долгая дорога домой была! Но скажу с полной уверенностью - оно того стоило!!! Спасибо вам огромное за помощь в организации! Ну и поделюсь немного впечатлениями) В первую очередь отмечу,что идеальным вариантом было посетить первым Тодду,потому что пляж и море там просто божественные! И именно это место стало нашим первым впечатлением от Мальдив! Уже потом мы поняли,что если бы мы оказались на первом острове на Расду,то это было бы небольшое разочарование,потому что пляж там,скажем честно,не очень... Зато гест на Расду (Shallow Lagoon Rasdhoo) нам понравился больше всех из трёх в плане комфорта и обстановки! Все развлечения испытали в первые 3 дня на Тодду и оставшиеся дни просто уже балдели на пляже! Абдулла (Thoddoo Retreat) и его команда молодцы,организовали для нас шикарные развлечения,отличная команда! В целом,эмоции и впечатления-да, Мальдивы они прям такие как на картинках в журналах ? Поэтому вам ещё раз огромная благодарность!
Отдых На Острове Тодду
Александр, здравствуйте!Только добралась до личной почты. И хотели Вас поблагодарить за помощь! На о. Тодду нас встретили, заселили, ездили на экскурсии с Абдуллой, проводили в день отлета. Всё замечательно! Спасибо :)В целом отдых получился потрясающим! Мы влюбились в Мальдивы! Конечно, очень понравился отдых на резорте, это сказка! На локальном острове в принципе тоже неплохо, но там быстро приелась еда, пляжи не такие красивые. Океан супер везде! Хотелось бы нам вернуться? ДА! На резорт 🙂
Diving In Rasdhoo
We had a great holiday, thank you very much! Shallow Lagoon Rasdhoo is a beautiful place to stay, the staff was super attentive and made our stay memorable. The diving was great as well, we really enjoyed ourselves. Greetings from the Netherlands, Rose and Richard
Спасибо большое за отличную организацию, везде все четко и без заминок. Нам все понравилось, только по вечерам ,как стемнеет, на острове немного скучновато, делать практически нечего, но это, на сколько я понимаю, специфика Мальдивских островов.Спасибо еще раз
Hammerheads At Rasdhoo In Septembe
Hi Alex,Just wanted to say thank you for the information and booking advice. Our trip went very well and we had a great time.The room at Shallow Lagoon was very nice and most people were very friendly. The only problem was the butler (Garre?) was asking too many questions and wanted to know what we were doing and where we were going even after we told him we would let him know if we needed anything. Maybe he was bored because there was no one else staying there. Anyway we didn't feel comfortable when he was at the hotel. But the other people who work there were excellent.For diving, we went with Rasdhoo Scuba (5 dives) and with Rasdhoo Dive Club (3 dives) so I can compare the service from the two. People at both dive centres were very helpful, friendly and competent dive masters. The main difference is that Rasdhoo Scuba offers better quality but at a higher price. The equipment is in a slightly better condition. Also Simon at Rasdhoo Scuba insists on only doing good dives while Rasdhoo Dive Club will still take you diving if the conditions are not good for diving. Off course if you have very little time and really want to dive in Rasdhoo then maybe the Rasdhoo Dive Club is a better option (or only option).Take care!Tertius
Shallow Lagoon Rasdhoo
Hey Alex, We are very good. We are now traveling in Sri Lanka. Our stay is Rasdhoo was perfect. We fell in love with that Island. We loved everything about it! Shallow lagoon was also perfect. The accomodation was beautiful , the room was perfect, we loved the little garden and the sitting area. Most of all we loved the staff there. They where great! Everything was plannend perfectly and they where super friendly. We had a perfect week there! We would recommend this Island and esspecialy shallow lagoon to everybody! We had a dream vacation. Thank you! Fioralba and Fatima Zzahra
Hi Alex, We are now back home. We loved our stay in Dharavandhoo! The guest house (Hanifaru Inn) was great: nice and clean room, excellent service, everyone was extremely nice and helpful. We ended up having most of our meals there, and the food was very tasty. Ahmed was also a star. He took good care of us and was always available for any question or to help us organise everything. there was nothing that we disliked. We realised that eating out wasn't really an option (only 2 not-so-great restaurants), so ended up with full board, but that was totally fine and food always delicious. We really liked staying in a local island, and the diving and the snorkling were extraordinary. We did the diving with Dharavandhoo divers, and they were proffessional and had a nice boat. My friend had a little incident (mild decompression sickness, undeserved), so she was only able to do 2 dives, which was a shame. But, other than that, all was good. We ended up staying the last 3 days in Kihaa resort, which was very nice. Thanks so much for helping us organise all this. We absolutely loved it. Best regards Isa
Александр, добрый день!Спасибо вам за нужные советы, отдых был выше всяких похвал.Без лишней лирики: понравилось все. Для детей Гаре стал близким, как дедушка. Плакали, когда уезжали.Невероятно уютный, замечательный гостевой дом. Еда - до отвалу, под конец мы боялись их обидеть, просили подавать чуть меньше, уже не могли все, что подавали, осилить. Не только Гаре, весь персонал, на каждом шагу оказывали любую помощь в любом вопросе. Сипе постоянно с нами плавал на сноркелинг 🙂 показал все окрестности. Нарыбачились. Не хотелось уезжать.Чуть позже я напишу свой отзыв на TripAdvisor.Остров чистый, везде строятся гостевые дома, но стройки идут так тихо и чисто, что этого даже незаметно.Пляж хороший. После сильного ветра на пляже может появится битое стекло от бутылок, но думаю, это скорее прибоем прибивает мусор и разбивает о рифы (но его быстро убирают)… поэтому нужно быть осторожным не только из-за кораллов.Очень хочется прилететь еще раз.С уважением,Екатерина
When I discovered Alexander's page, it presented totally new world for me: budget Maldives! And not only that he shares his experience, he also gives advice about things that I probably wouldn't think about. We decided to stay on Rasdhoo, small island, but at a very short distance from the airport (which is important) and with its own home coral reef (as Alexander describes it on his page). He provided the transfer for us and accomodation for a good price. It was really enjoyable experience, which I would like to repeat as soon as possible! Thank you very much for everyhting! Anja
Отдых В Июне 2017
Доброй ночи! Александр, хотелось поблагодарить Вас, за помощь в организации отдыха! Все было очень здорово!! Будем с удовольствием рекомендовать Вас нашим друзьям и товарищам! Еще раз большое, спасибо! С уважением, Александр и Анна.
I just wanted to thank you for everything one last time. We had an amazing time in the Maldives much thanks to your help. Thomas and Tria
Hi Alex and Firaag,Thank you so much for your help and cooperation during our visit and in the planning stages.We enjoyed our stay so much. Rasdhoo was Awesome and Shallow Lagoon Inn was Superb. Firaag and everyone else was very helpful and friendly.We have fallen in love with the turquoise waters and white sands of Maldives and will definitely visit again.Thank you so much for making our stay a memorable one.Thanks guys :)Nipun & Thilini
Помощь с отелем
Решили первый раз самостоятельно съездить в путешествие. Просмотрено было много интересных сайтов про Мальдивы (и этот в том числе). Александр помог с одним из отелей. Честно говоря, было немного страшно с переводить деньги незнакомому человеку. Но все было замечательно. В отеле нас ждали, встретили на причале, было всё замечательно. Спасибо.
I stayed in Rasdhoo Island for 5 nights in Shallow Lagoon Hotel. I choose the island by reading Alex's blog. I had no idea where to go and reading the blog gave me confidence to buy ticket and come to Maldives. I always thought Maldives are too expensive for me. But after reading blog I realized I can do it! Really liked the guest house Alex recommended as well. I think it was the Best in Rasdhoo. They met me at the Harbour from the ferry and welcome me with refreshing drink and cold towel. The hotel is new, tastefully decorated with great staff! You feel looked after every minute - anything you want was done! Hotel also organized my diving - super! In my opinion the hotel has a good value for price. I really glad I found Alex's blog and came here. I also heard many other tourist were able to arrange their holiday through blog. I would recommend anyone to contact Alex and make their holiday easy and enjoyable.
Я впервые воспользовалась услугами Budget Maldives в июне 16г, когда искала вариант съездить на Мальдивы для дайвинга относительно бюджетно. Очень рада, что взяла пакет, предложенный Александром Хорошевичем, в отель Плюмерия, все, что было обещано было выполнено, без всяких доплат и разводок. Единственная шероховатость - меня не сразу нашли на причале ответственные за трансфер, понервничала, но, на самом деле, сама виновата, надо было заранее взять номера телефонов. В феврале летим опять, теперь втроем, и надеемся, что все будет не хуже. Услуги Budget Maldives рекомендую. Светлана
Хочу выразить благодарность Александру за помощь в организации отдыха на Мальдивских островах. Я проделал большую работу по анализу многих вариантов (http://my-rubbish.com/turizm/strany/maldivskie-ostrova-poleznye-ssylki) и в результате воспользовался его предложением (http://my-rubbish.com//index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=766). Спасибо.
If you going to Maldives on a budget you need to know a lot before you come. I am very grateful that I found Alex's website where there is a great deal of info about each island - restaurants & ATM's, where to stay and what to do. I needed more info about the ferry so I contacted Alex via email. He responded very quicky, was helpful and very kind. Thank you Alex
Very Helpful !
Alex help me and my husband to spend good honey moon. He help me with the choice of islands and he also help us when we lost our flight to France.You can trust him, he is a very kind person. Alex know every things about Maldives he can give you a lot of good advice.thank you again Alex !Marie and Francois from Paris
Большое спасибо за информацию по островам, очень помогла при составлении самостоятельного путешествия. Паром Расду -Укулхас сейчас изменился, одним днем туда сейчас не скататься, уточняйте у местных. На Тодду делают душ и wc на пляже, через полгода-год там будет вообще супер. Кафе к сожалению на пляже нет, но можно заказать еду с доставкой на пляж из геста. Лично мне местная еда так себе, но в гестах обычно есть кухня, можно готовить, если особые пожелания к личному питанию. Средства от комаров не берите с собой, купите местные, стоят доллар и помогают, наши не действуют. Море супер, пляж Тодду идеален, на Расду на пляже делать нечего, но хороший дайв и поездки на пикник-айленды лучше оттуда
Чудесный Блог Для Тех, Кто Хочет Узнать Как Можно Больше О Реальной Жизни/Отдыхе На Мальдивах
Огромная благодарность автору за столь свежую и полезную информацию о жизни и вариантах бюджетного отдыха на островах. Блог постоянно обновляется и интересно улышать мнение человека, который на данный момент непосредственно находится там и может помочь и рассказать о Мальдивах с первых уст и как оно есть на самом деле. Спасибо!
Спасибо Александру за блог, сложно найти достоверную информацию в интернете. А посоветоваться с русскоговорящим человеком, который непосредственно находится на Мальдивах - большая удача! Очень отзывчивый и терпеливо отвечает на любые вопросы связанные с поездкой. Если хотите экономно и качественно слетать на райские острова - изучите рекомендации:)
Help from Alexander
Alexander was very, very helpful! I emailed him my Maldivian Island itinerary and asked his advise on how to get to the Islands I was trying to visit. He pointed me to the right direction and fortunately, two of the 5 Islands I want to visit have been reviewed by him! I'm very happy I stumbled on his website. Looking forward to an awesome vacation now 🙂