Embudu Village

Embudu Island, Emboodhu Finolhu, South Male Atoll, Kaafu Atoll, Maldives | 3 star hotel
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A travel blog entry by woodgeandfidge


Wow! A stunning place! We arrived at our island by speed boat transfer from the airport jetty. They even let Mark drive the speedboat most of the way (slightly scary). A fabulous place and even better we was met by my cousin and her hubby waiting for us at the bar with lots of bubbly. It's lovely to spend time with family and we spent most of the first afternoon and evening ...

No, those AREN'T large black birds...

A travel blog entry by brynandnate


... being naked on this very devoutly Muslim island. Oops.

My plan for the evening is looking into options for our second hotel here. This one is fine, but we are tempted by one of the all-inclusive resorts- here, we have to pay so much for each meal, each trip to the beach, each snorkel mask rental, that it seems like it might be just as cheap to stay somewhere nicer that has all that included... we shall see. Good night all!!!

The Maldives and Cochin,India

A travel blog entry by gail.koff


... although there are only six Jews left in Cochin.

The second Temple we visited was dating back to the 1400's and was the temple for the "white Jews" from Portugal and Spain escaping the inquisition. The two groups did not get along as they were all merchants, competing for the same business. Seeing this history really makes we want to read more history books, something I have never been keen on. In the 1970's, the last of the Cochin Jews made Aliyah ...

Maldives Part I

A travel blog entry by hsa


... bemused workforce strewing petals. The meal is $300 plus tax but Helen cannot
be tempted. We head back and get the scuba gear out again. This time I am more
successful, having realised you don’t have to keep one hand on your breathing
pole at all times. The tide is further out but there’s still much to see. Most
of the coral here is dead, not sure if that’s normal or not. Maybe the inner
reefs die and then it carries on further out across the ...

Moya Thalaboa!

A travel blog entry by martinoneill


... Cokes Camp sits on the beach perfectly positioned with a front row view of Cokes surf break and Chickens surf break across the channel.

I spent the majority of my time on Thulus, the daily routine went something like this: eat brecky, wait for the tide, hop on a boat to a different surf break, ride waves, boat back to Thulus, rest, ride waves at Cokes, eat, sleep, repeat. The great thing about surf lodges ...

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    Never come back!


    We stayed at Embudu for just one night in March 2007 and decided that we would never come back again!

    I'm a resident (i.e., expatriate) living in the Maldives and have stayed at more than 10 resorts in this tropical island country. Unfortunately, Embudu is the worst resort so far... I went there because I had a wonderful time in old Embudu 15 years ago, but now it totally changed: too cramped accommodation/restaurant, dirty sanitation, and awful services!

    We stayed at a so-called "standard" room. It's not standard, but a dump shared with staff and workers. The access corridor to the room was dark, dirty and stinky, with scattered staff members' shoes, belongings and rubbish. You will exactly feel like being a backpacker staying at $5-dollar shack in somewhere in the South Asia.

    From the balcony of our "standard" room, we constantly smelled a very bad odor; so we walked around this small island and looked for the root of this odor. It came from the sea water on the beach just under the water cottages (I'd like to call them "water shacks" because they are way behind from the standards of water bungalows). The sea water around these water shacks was very murky and stinky because the short sewage pipe from the septic tank was exhausting toilet water there! You can see feces floating on the surface of sea water. Yuck, yuck, yuck!

    Furthermore, our disappointment peaked at the restaurant. When we came to the restaurant for lunch, a waiter said that there was no table for us. When we claimed to the restaurant manager, he brought us to the table where a couple of old Germans had already seated. Looking at Germans' embarrassed faces, we requested the manager for necessary table arrangement for us. However, the manager refused to provide us with a private table and we argued each other in the front of many other guests at this totally cramped restaurant. Final words from the manager were "I don't care" about the service for customers. Surprise, surprise, surprise! Afterwards we went to the front desk to claim this situation, but they had no intention to solve the problem. They just told us that the restaurant does not have enough tables to accommodate all guests. We had to wait for a table for 40 minutes to find other guests finishing their lunch. At that time, most of buffet meals were gone... By the way, food was very basic with limited variations and tasted like an institutional food...

    I felt very sad because I expected the same nice & relaxed atmosphere as I first came here 15 years ago. Unfortunately this place has changed badly and we will never come back!

    Spitzenmäßig !!!


    Hallo an alle die sich für Embudu interessieren.

    Wir waren auf Embudu vom 12.02.- 05.03.07. Das war unser zweiter Besuch auf dieser Insel. Das erste mal waren wir im April 2004 dort. Dazwischen waren wir im November 2005 auf der Insel Villamendhu im Ari-Atoll. Dass wir Embudu das zweite mal besucht haben, zeigt schon, dass wir mit der Insel sehr zufrieden waren. Der nächste Malediven-Urlaub geht mit Sicherheit wieder nach Embudu.

    Gewohnt hatten wir im Zimmer 87. Dieser Bungi liegt auf der windstillen Seite und hat Klima, Meerblick, Kühlschrank und alles was man im Paradies so braucht. Embudu ist nichts für Leute die Luxus suchen. Sie ist eine einfache Insel die schon seit über 20 Jahren von Touris besucht wird. Sie ist klein (man braucht nur ca. 15 Minuten um die Insel zu umrunden, wenn man langsam geht). Embudu ist sehr sauber (im Gegensatz zu Villamendhu), jeden Tag laufen einige Gärtner über die Insel und kehren jedes einzelne Blatt auf, das von den Bäumen fällt, daher gibt es auf dieser Insel auch keine Mücken (im Gegensatz zu Villamendhu). Die Bungis sind in Reihen gebaut (ich glaub immer 4 Doppelbungis aneinander). Sie sind schon etwas hellhörig, aber man muss ja nicht unbedingt schreien. Und wie oft ist man schon am Bungi wenn man Sonne, Strand und Meer vor der Tür hat. Sie sind zweckmäßig eingerichtet. Bett, Schrank, Schreibtisch mit Spiegel und noch eine Ablage. Die Bäder sind sauber (auf Villamendhu hatten wir ein halboffenes Bad, das hab ich etwas vermißt). Achtung beim Buchen, es gibt auch Bungis in zweiter Reihe. Das Essen ist Spitzenmäßig. Jeden Tag haben sie ein anderes Thema (wird beim Frühstück an die Tafel geschrieben). Freitag: Italienische Nacht / Samstag: Asia Night (extrem scharf) / Sonntag: Barbecue Night. Von Montag bis Donnerstag wird abgewechselt zwischen Western Night / Mongolische Nacht / Caverin (oder so ähnlich) Night / Flamb Night / China Night und Easter-Wester-Night. Man hat immer was gefunden, was gut war. Nur Asia und China-Night sind etwas gewöhnungsbedürftig. An diesen Tagen haben wir immer Mittag gegessen. Es gibt auf Embudu auch Schweinefleisch. Viel Salat, gute Dessings, gute Nachspeisen. Wir waren jetzt 3 mal auf den Malediven und ich muß sagen ich bin eigentlich sehr empfindlich was fremdes Essen angeht, aber auf den Malediven hatte ich noch nie Probleme. Also Imodium könnt Ihr zu Hause lassen. :-)

    Jeden Tag kommt der Roomboy zweimal. Er bringt morgens eine Thermoskanne frisches, kaltes Süßwasser und abends auch wieder. Manche nehmen es nur zum Zähneputzen, aber wir haben es immer zum Tauchen mitgenommen.

    Was All inclusive angeht, ich bin der Meinung das braucht man nicht. Speziell für Tauchen die zwei bis dreimal täglich tauchen wollen ist es unnötig. Ein Cola/Sprite kostet gerade mal 1,60 €, ein Shandy (Radler) kostet 2,00 €, Bier 2,40 €, Wasser (1,5 l) 1,60 €. All inclusiv ist nur rentabel wenn man abends dann auch Alkohol trinkt. Bei All inclusive gibt es immer einen anderen Tages-Cocktail der aber (vom Hörensagen) nicht so der Reißer sein soll. Also wir haben auf 3 Wochen zwei Personen zusammen gerade mal knapp 450 € gebraucht.

    Haustiere ? Nur ein paar Ameisen, die man aber eigentlich auch nur gesehen hat, wenn man mitten in der Nacht aufstehen musste. Am Morgen waren sie alle wieder weg. Zweimal hatten wir einen kleinen Geko im Zimmer die aber sehr unauffällig an den Holzbalken geklebt sind.

    Tauchen auf Embudu: was soll ich sagen, einfach spitze ! Die Bootscrew ist super, die Basisleitung ist super (sie mögen sehr gerne Nutella, Gummibären, Kaugummi, Bonbons) Abends werden die Tauchplätze für den nächsten Tag an einer Tafel bei der Rezeption angeschrieben. Man muß sich nirgends eintragen, man ist am nächsten Tag um 08.30 Uhr einfach an der Basis, richtet seine Sachen her, die Jungs bringen das Zeug zum Boot und dann kann es los gehen. Wenn man nachmittag wieder mit will, läßt man die Tasche am Boot und kommt und 14.30 Uhr wieder zu der Basis, lädt eine neue Flasche auf den Wagen und fertig. Die Plätze sind super. Wenn man aber keine Strömung gewohnt ist (z. B. Ägypten) sollte man bei den Kanal Tauchgängen etwas vorsichtig sein. Auch der Express ist nicht von schlechten Eltern. Embudu Channel ist eigentlich recht einfach zum Tauchen. Ein Guide taucht voraus. Beim Express war nur mein Mann dabei, da war ich zu feige. Aber was mein Mann so erzählt hat ........ Wenn die Brille mal zum Wackeln anfängt wenn man zur Seite schaut und man Angst haben muß sie fliegt gleich davon dann, na ja ich glaub das muß ich nicht haben. Man merkt, dass sich die Korallen allmählich wieder erholen. Der Korallen-Garten war vor 3 Jahren noch ein Friedhof. Jetzt sieht er schon wieder ganz passabel aus, ich bin sicher, in 3 - 4 Jahren (wenn nicht wieder was kommt) sieht er wieder spitzenmäßig aus.

    Badetücher: Laut Beschreibung sind keine Badetücher im Preis dabei. Gebt einfach dem Roomboy ein paar Dollar und legt ihm einen Zettel hin dass ihr zwei Handtücher mehr braucht, dann ist das kein Problem. Oder Ihr hängt die benutzten Badetücher an die Wäscheleine dann legt euch der Boy zwei neue Handtücher ins Bad. Dann hat sich das Problem auch erledigt.

    Sonnenliegen: es gibt auf Embudu genug Liegen für jeden. Es gibt zwar auch Leute die früh morgens um 6 laufen und Handtücher auf irgendwelche Liegen legen, aber ich glaub dazu muß ich keinen Kommentar abgeben. Idioten einfach.

    Mehr kann man zu Embudu nicht sagen. Ich konnte weder heuer noch vor 3 Jahren irgend etwas negatives finden.

    Ich wünsche jedem sehr erholsame Tage und richtet Ela und Janosc ganz liebe Grüße und Thomas und Tanja aus Bayern aus.

    Solltet Ihr noch Fragen haben, meldet euch einfach. tanja.jobst at gmx.net



    I can only agree with all the wonderful things that others have said before me and disagree with anybody who has found fault.

    Personally we found the accomodation good and were pleased that we hadn't booked the water bungalows. They are on the windy and less attractive side near the dive school and seemed quite pricey.

    The massages at the Spa were lovely, especially The Adam and Eve which we had together.

    The bufet style food was amazing as I prefer to choose small portions and have lots of different tasty bits. I did not find the service invasive, which I can at more expensive resorts. The staff were very friendly and couldn't do enough. In fact they even fixed my neighbours suitcase, which had been damaged at the airport! Snorkelling and scuba amazing, although I did find being severely outnumbered by Germans at the diving school a bit trying at times. All the fish are friendly, even the baby sharks and stingrays in the shallows!!!

    We found the prices slightly cheaper than listed in The Lonely Planet and as we didn't drink that much and were Full Board that the all inclusive deal not worth it, but not by much.

    Most of all this was very relaxing, good value holiday!

    Wonderfull embudu


    we have just returned from embudu and had a fantastic time staff were friendly and helpfull nothing was to much trouble snorkling was out of this world and the christmas festilities was fantastic a very small island but you get to know evry one so it feels like a big family party the sea was a bit rough at times so that made the water bungalow a bit noisey at times but that would not stop me going again

    Un vero paradiso!


    Le parole non bastano per descrivere la meravigliosa vacanza trascorsa al villaggio Embudu, il personale era talmente cordiale e disponibile, la sistemazione era ideale, il cibo delizioso e il menù sempre vario...che budini gustosi!! L'isola in sé è semplicemente meravigliosa, è così tranquilla durante il giorno! Chissà dove se ne vanno tutti quanti! Lo snorkeling è stata un'esperienza fantastica: io non sono pratica di immersioni, ma in realtà non c'è stato alcun bisogno di immergersi. Le ragazze del centro benessere hanno le mani fatate. È veramente un posto splendido, impareggiabile per il relax e la tranquillità che offre!

    Paradis absolu !


    Aucun mot ne peut décrire les fantastiques vacances que nous avons passées à Embudu : le personnel était très serviable et gentil, le logement idéal, la nourriture délicieuse, avec beaucoup de choix tout les soirs... et de très bons gâteaux !! L'île est tout simplement magnifique, et si calme durant la journée qu'on se demande où sont passés les gens !!! La plongée avec tuba est fantastique, je ne pratique pas la plongée sous marine mais cela n'était pas vraiment nécessaire. Les filles du spa ont des mains d'anges. C'est un endroit magnifique, pour une totale relaxation et de la tranquillité il n'y a rien de mieux !

    Great holiday -shame about the rain!


    The resort is a little tired now (open for 30? years), but is very welcoming and the snorkelling/diving is great. This year the weather has been awful, in that it has rained most days in the last few months - really hosed down! - but it is still warm and the water is too.

    The staff (mainly Sri Lankan) are very nice and do everything they can to make your stay pleasant - only get about $150 per month so rely on the tips! The island is about 150 yards wide and 250 yards long so it doesn't take long to walk all around it.

    I stayed in a water bungalow; dear, but had tv and a spa bath - and glass panel in floor to look at the reef. No tea/coffee making facilities, no room service either. The roaring of the surf under the bungalow at night when the wind is blowing (most of my 2 week stay) doesn't make sleep easy!

    Took the All Inclusive option (at £23 a day per person, this is expensive; you can arrange locally on arrival at lower cost.

    Food was a buffet for breakfast lunch and dinner, with lots of choice - and I found it excellent. I even had the fish curry for breakfast a couple of times... Only stuff that isn't imported is fish and coconuts, so these appear in some guise at most mealtimes.

    Nice Spa at the resort, had several types of massage, facials etc.

    Thoroughly enjoyed snorkelling around the reef; enormous variety of fish and coral, all very accessible. Did not use dive school, but others found it very good.

    Absolute Paradise!


    Words cannot describe what a fantastic holiday we had in Embudu, staff were so helpful and friendly, accommodation ideal, food delicious, with lots of choice every evening...yummy puddings!! The islands itself is just beautiful, and soo quiet during the day, no idea where everybody goes!! The snorkelling is fantastic, I dont dive and there was no need to really. The girls in the spa have the hands of angels.

    It trully is a magnificent place, for complete relaxation and tranquility, you can't beat it!

    Wonderful holiday to recharge your batteries!


    Embudu Village is a 3 star resort, in other words it doesn't have the frills expected at 4-5 star resorts, but it is excellent value. The rooms are large and comfortable, no TV but if you must watch TV then there is one in the lounge. The rooms have a fan, airconditioner, fridge, chairs, desk, wardrobe etc. There are waterbungaloes which do have TV, glass viewing panel in the floor etc.

    Each cottage is adjoined to another one in blocks of about 8, around most of the island, and has a verandah outside with table and chairs to sit peacefully and read a book or watch the sea, passers by, look at the sunset, etc. There are also plastic loungers on the beach for relaxing in. Or relax in the Spa with massage or other relaxing treatments!

    We have been to Embudu Village twice and are returning in September 2006. We visit another different island each visit also, but find Embudu visit difficult to beat for all the island has to offer at the price.

    There is a shop on the island for small items and souvenirs, also a small jewellry shop with gems from Sri Lanka.

    Snorkling is great, dive school great, food is good for 3 star, all meals buffet with wide selection and dinner is themed with some great choices. Puddings are varied with large selection, including icecream and difficult to resist ! Special meals like lobster platter with all the trimmings are available at extra cost.

    Costs of extras like drinks are in low range, i.e wine, beer, soft drink, large bottle of water are around $US3. Evening entertainment is not big, but after a day swimming/snorkling/diving/excursions etc not too many people stay up too long. The outside bar has live music most nights.

    Excursions are interesting and most affordable. We had a great time swimming/snorkling with manta rays with the very helpful dive centre staff, and also an excursion to local fishermens village island and another tourist resort plus lunch on board and a stop for a swim/snorkel at a sand spit/ reef.

    The staff are very friendly and helpful which is all part of a lovely holiday.

    The island is only about 30 minutes by fast dhoni from the airport, far enough away to remain quite and peaceful but close enough to not have to travel a lot more after a long flight.

    Tipping is normal for baggage men, $US1 per suitcase, Room Attendant $US10 per week, Waiter $US10 per week, Dive School would appreciate tip for good service obviously, amount suggested is dependant on how frequent you use them, also when going on excursions it is normal to tip the crew for their efforts. All staff we have come across really do put effort in to make you welcome, ensure they do the utmost to make your stay special or your excursion/dive etc special, so we feel happy to express our pleasure at their efforts by tipping. Purchases, i.e at the bar do incur a 10% service charge which is fair enough and normal in most parts of the world now.

    Although there are many many places in the world to see and to visit, we keep returning to the Maldives as the holiday here always surpasses other places for the beautiful scenery, the wonderful swimming and snorkeling, the friendly people, the relaxation, the benefits to body and soul. The cost is mainly in the airfare as the island costs are most reasonable. Can't wait for another wonderful visit !

    Great low budget Maldives holiday


    Just returned from a great 2 week break. The rooms could do with some refurbishment, but they are clean and comfortable. The food is very good buffet style, although breakfast is pretty much the same every day. The hotel staff are excellent, friendly and helpful. The beaches etc are well kept but the plants could do with some heavy pruning in places. Drinks prices are on a par with UK levels, and 2 jugs of fresh water are supplied every day in the rooms for free. The coral house-reef is only just starting to re-grow after the 1998 El-Ninio, but there are plenty of fish to see. The island is quite busy but always had a pleasant and relaxed atmosphere. Overall a very good value for money, low budget resort.

    TripAdvisor Reviews Embudu Village Emboodhu Finolhu

    4.00 of 5 stars Excellent