Ellaidhoo, Maldives - Reviewed
Ellaidhoo island resort is a fantastic divers paradise, but
non divers will enjoy other maldive Islands a little more..
Review of Ellaidhoo
Ella is over and above everything else a place to come diving.
Regal dives call it one of the finest diving resorts in the Maldives. The
house reef is the reason people rave about Ellaidhoo. Easy to get to and
so full of life, there is no need to ever get on a boat except when arriving
Ellaidhoo sits on the eastern edge of North Ari Atoll, about
40 km from Male’ Airport . Transfer time is roughly 1 hour and a half
hours by speedboat.
Underwater, you will find all the great Maldives favourites
right there on your doorstep. We really enjoyed swimming with baby sharks
and turtles down at the southern end of the island. The Padi team were first
rate and eager to show you how to extend your adventures to your best advantage.
Take the time to make friends with the dive staff and your scuba experiences
will be so much more interesting.
Facilities on Ellaidhoo
Ella is a circular island with a diameter of just 300 metres.
This gives the island just about 1km of beach and with a maximum of 188
guests It sometimes feels a little crowded. Also the sand erosion has left
some parts of the beach looking a little industrial, with concrete pontoons
jutting out onto the reef.
There are 94 bungalows on Ellaidhoo, each facing the sea.
The atmosphere is totally chilled. Geccos adorn the walls like jewels, Hermit
crabs wander the beach and Mynah birds will come and eat out of your hand
if you are patient with them.
Food on Ellaidhoo
Pasta and pizza, pasta and pizza. Thank you the Italians.
When you are diving all day you really do need the carbs, so I couldn't
complain, but for non-divers the food was a big turn off. The dining room
is a bit dark and foreboding which doesn't help matters. If you are looking
for gourmet excellence look elsewhere. For that matter, if you are looking
for a great maldives brochure experience, go elsewere, but if you want to
dive, dive, dive, you cannot come to a better island in the maldives than