Fihalhohi Tourist Resort
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Me and my boyfriend stayed at Fihalhohi 2nd july-17th. You wont be dissappointed. Its amazing. We stayed in the comfort room which is the middle room and was lovely. we booked with first choice and am still shocked they class fihal as a 3* resort!! The views are amazing, sea life and animals fab. Take your own snorkle gear and fins so you dont have to buy them. Please also do diving if you never have. We regretted not doing it so much. Open water qualification is just over £200 which is great and what a place to do it. Also make sure you do night snorkling. its very scary at 1st but you see all the fish sleeping, massive eels and even sharks out hunting. its fab!! This isnt an action holiday so if you want to chill out and see the amazing fish, its for you. We saw sharks, eels, lion fish, rays, squid, parrot fish and there is a turtle that lives in the house reef. The staff are fab and you must tip them as they go out of there way to help you and a few days in theyl know you and your room number. drinks and food are so cheap. we spent just over £500 for two weeks and drank every night and did excursions. The food is good although samey at times. Its not excellent but theres lots of choice. pancakes, waffles and crossonits in the morning and fish and curry in the evenings. i would recommend having breakfast at the surf cafe as you get tea, coffee, juice, eggs, toast and a big basket of cakes and bread for about £3!! Dont bother with excursions as they are rubbish. Especially the island hopping. This trip only showed us how amazing our island is. although shopping is good on this trip i wouldnt advise it. we also did sunset fishing but its too long and i didnt catch anything!!!
we would definatly go back and are looking into it already. Dont worry about the weather either. we went in the wet season and still got sun everyday and 40 degree heat so.... This island is perfect and is so rustic and unrunied. Email me if you have any questions. Lesley.firstname.lastname@example.org
Everything we expected and more
We chose Fihalhohi because we dive and had read about the house reef. It was wonderful. Everything from Sharks and Turtles to little critters with the freedom of diving whenever you wanted.The dive shop was faultless with friendly helpful and professional staff and the boat dives were great too. Really can't fault a thing. Loved it so much going back next year
We spent our honeymoon (12 days) on Fihalhohi island on the Maldives from 26th June 2006 - 7th July 2006 and we had a wonderful time!!
We flew with SriLankan Airlines - everything went well and service was great, arrival and airport greeting - everything went very smooth. According to me, the speedboat transfer to the island was bumpy and horrible and I was both seasick and afraid all the way - even though my husband didn`t bother too much.
Arrival greetings at Fihalhohi island with drinks and cake & general information by the staff was very nice.
We stayed in a comfort room on the beautiful north cost and we even got the exact room number which we had wished for.
The beaches are wonderful with powder white sand, lots and lots of palms bending over the blue-green lagoons, lots of interesting animals, for example fruit bats (they really are so cute!), small geckos, herons, baby sharks and lots and lots of beautiful fish and corals to see underwater.
The housereef is accessable directly from the beach at some parts and there`s so much which we did see during snorkelling: all the colourful fish, corals, moray eels, sting ray, spotted eagle ray, squint, baby sharks and so on.
Service was also great, the staff is very friendly. Our room boy always decorated our bed with beautiful flowers in the evening and our waiter was very nice!!
The island itself is very beautiful and we walked around (takes approx. 30 minutes depending on the many photos stops) several times every day.
There were lots of excursions available, but we did none, as we were so busy with just being on our honeymoon and enjoying the peace and natural beauty of this island - and snorkelling of course!!
We can really recommend Fihalhohi Island Resort and we are hoping to return some day!!
Annika&Peter from Sweden!!
Wonderful - can't recommend it enough!
We booked through Eclipse (First Choice) on a budget option for Fihalhohi Island Resort for 7 days (10 would have been better). I was a bit nervous and not sure what to expect from what they rated as a 3 star hotel but it was brilliant! It looks exactly as the website and photo's show and better which is a refreshing change!
We arrived by a 50min boat transfer from Male Airport and were greeted with coconut drinks and hot towels before checking-in into our Comfort option rooms. We were offered an upgrade to the water bungalows at $90 extra per night but we decided to stick with the Comfort room. The rooms are clean and well appointed with a turn down each night and a fridge which came in handy for bottled water. I guess the only reason why it is not rated higher is because there is no TV or tea/coffee making facilities in the rooms but when you are in place as beautifiul as that who needs it!
We were seated at the same table at their restaurant throughout and got to know our waiter Maahir who was always willing to share info about the island and was attentive throughout our stay. It is recommended to tip your waiter $10 for the week and the housekeeping staff $10 so make an allowance for that in your budget.
The two bars - Fishermans bar and the Blue Lagoon (my favorite) were both lovely and we spent most nights enjoying the glorious sunsets and trying out the cocktails (there is a service charge on drinks and food served outside of the main restaurant so be aware of that). The food is good especially the curries which were delicious. I guess it could get a bit repetitive if you stay longer than the seven days but you can go for meals (not inculded on fullboard) at the Blue Lagoon bar and in the evenings they set tables on the beach itself for dinner by candlelight if you book in advance - very romantic.
We booked a snorkelling excursion but unfortunately it rained that day so we had to abandon that idea but even with the rain it was hot and still beautiful with plenty of rainbows. Just by swimming a few yards out from the beach or looking off the diving pier you will see loads of tropical fish anyway. We saw squid, baby reef sharks, parrot fish, rays and angel fish just to name a few.
I had a head massage at their Ayvedic center which was lovely and it was not just a head massage. By the time I was finished I was covered from head to toe in fragrant oils and quite relaxed so I would recommend going for a treatment there. It is a spiritual experience.
I can't say enough how absoultely beautiful the island was (15min walk around the whole island) and the hotel is unobtrusive on its surroundings also you hardly notice that there are other people staying there.
There is little "night-life" or evening entertainment so if you are looking for something other than complete peace and relaxtion this isn't the place for you.
The only minimal downside is having to queue in the visa/passport area when you arrive at Male airport after a 10 hour flight and then having to queue again for the First Choice counter once you get out of the airport to meet your rep for details on your transfer and info on the resort but this happens with most holidays. Also whilst waiting for your boat you are guided to a resuarant to sit at which is a bit pricey. Those are the only down sides I can think of!
It was a perfect holiday and I can't wait to go back!
Unbelievable luxury on budget island
We booked last minute with First Choice for a trip with Full Board at this resort.
A 10 hour flight from London, relatively comfortable (i actually slept!), then a short 20 minute wait at Maldives airport where people try to sell you drinks (they are not offended if you say no) before a 1 hour speed boat ride to the island.
Tip: Put your bags down on the boat and sit out the back with the crew. Inside is hot and stuffy and uncomfortable and outside you might spot turtles and dolphins like we did.
We were only there for a week. I think this island would be ideal for 10 days and no more.
Its a small island, takes 15 minutes to walk around completely, and is just beautiful.
Lovely clear blue waters, lovely white sand, and great house reef for snorkelling with great range of tropical fish, baby sharks - take a photo of these underwater, cause when you get photos back, the shark looks huge!, turtles, manta rays and possibly dolphins.
Our accomodation was very comfortable. We had comfort room (middle level). It came with air conditioning. We didn't always use it, but it was great to escape the humidity which was everywhere else. the budget room don't have air conditioning, (or you can rent for $10 per day) but my advice is pay a little extra to ensure your comfort - you are then in control.
The water bungalows were unavailable. We asked about upgrade, but would have cost an extra $90 per night, which wouldn't have been worth it.
Food for Full board was buffet every breakfast, lunch, dinner. All food is expertly prepared.
TIP: STAY with eating the local food - curries, fried rices, noodles etc. The european food they try to make is not the same at home, but the local food is delicious. Always, something nice grilled fresh as well, eg tuna. and lots of fresh fruit.
Only problem, almost having TOO much tuna over the days.
Try the FISH curry - its absolutely divine.
Bottle of wine costs £10 - $15 from France, Australia or Sth Africa, and all very good value. Cocktails generally were about $7, beer $3.30. Cocktails and soft drinks were never quite 'cold enough'...
Water costs $3 per bottle. Given you won't need much luggage (very few shoes - you could survive in flip flops, there is no where to wear high heals or enclosed shoes), and maybe your snorkel gear, take 10 litres of water with you. You won't feel it in your luggage, and it saves money!
WE took a few excursions (about $15 - $20 per person). 1 snorkel safari, to 3 different reefs; 1 dolphin safari where we saw 50 completely wild dolphins enjoying themselves. We were invited to swim with them, but they are wild, and they get frightened quite easily, and before you know it are on the other side of the boat. Almost better to stay on boat.
and Sunset fishin - go fishing at sunset, catch many fish - doesn't take long, and then they cook it for you. Only problem - they cook it at 11pm, so half our party didn't come meaning we had so much fish. But it was delicious and worth the wait. Have a snack from the dinner buffet while you wait.
One person we met went on night fishing. Catch fish and they cook it on the ship for you, but apparently they didn't clean fish first, so wasn't good. But our fish was properly cooked by resort chef, and was superb.
Really, this island has everything you want, quietness, good fellow customers (mainly dutch, german), your own deck chairs which you can take anywhere on island, meaning NO fighting, and great service.
But after 10 days, maybe the island might start to feel a little small. The nightly entertainment was ok, but don't expect a big party. Most people go back to their rooms at night leaving dancefloor, karaoke etc quite empty.
TIP: Don't walk along beach late at night to check out full moon and stars unless you love crabs. There are 500 million (rough estimate) who come out at night. They won't run after you, but gave my girlfriend a great scare!!
Highly recommended (and we weren't disturbed by any hol reps ever!!)
Our roomboy who does up your room every day, tried to make shapes out of sheets, but wasn't very good, and didn't always take our towels for cleaning. Our waiter was great. We gave $10 tip to our roomboy (standard) and $25 to waiter. Think about how much tip you leave for staff where you come from where you can tip for poor service, and compare it to the service here. You will want to tip more than recommended. DOn't forget these people are in a 3rd world country. I asked my waiter how often he sees his family (they are 45 minute boat ride away) and he says once a year. He works 7 days a week, and always happy!
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Very, very impressed
Just got back from Fiha Lhohi (not sure if that's the authentic spelling or not). Fantastic two weeks with First Choice. After two months of investigation online (thank you TripAdvisor) opted for FL as it seemed no one had a bad word to say about it. A travel agent quoted a price which we then managed to reduce by a significant amount by booking on the First Choice website. Flight was excellent - I'm 6'3" and the leg room was fine, even for 11 hours. Meal was acceptable and although you have to pay for drinks (apart from tea and coffee), they're not extortionate. All round service from First Choice was very good indeed. Thanks to the rep Zita for making us feel valued.
As for the island - well, the three most important things in the Maldives are the sun, the sand and the snorkelling. All three were fantastic on FL. The house reef was magnificent - very easy to swim to the reef edge from the beach (except at low tide) and although it was quite windy during our stay, the water was very clear and the current is not strong. The fish are amazing - haven't been to any other islands in the Maldives to compare, but have snorkelled in Australia (west and east coasts), Galapagos and the Caribbean, and for sheer numbers and diversity the Maldives wins hands down. Also saw turtles, rays, Moray eels and small sharks up close.
The room was excellent (stayed in the newer Comfort rooms) with air con, big double bed and little terrace which was very useful for drying snokelling gear etc. Food was pretty repetitive but for a 3* resort was fine and on occasion really very good. They have, not surprisingly, a lot of fish dishes and the most effective days tended to be when they did local dishes (as opposed to the themed nights - 'Orient Express', 'When in Rome' etc).
The biggest surprise was the price of drinks. Expected it to be extortionate, but a large glass of draft beer (less than a pint, but more than half) was only $3.50 or about £2. A bottle of Australian wine was between $10 and $15 and cocktails were between $5 and $8. Naturally these things have a habit of adding up, but for a Muslim country in the middle the ocean, I though the prices were excellent value.
As for day trips - heartily recommend the snorkel safari, which consists of a boat trip to three separate reefs out in the sea. Coral was more developed than on the house reef and the range of sea life greater.
Don't really recommend the sunset fishing as it generally consists of holding a line in the water for three hours and if you're lucky you might catch a rather pathetic fish. The sunset is no different than when viewed from the comfort of the Blue Lagoon bar on the island itself.
Final word on the staff. Really, really friendly. Excellent service, nearly always with a smile and very happy to have a chat about life in the Maldives. There's no surliness, or expectations of tipping. Incidentally - on tipping; there is a 10% service charge on everything not included in the half or full board package. This means that if you tip, you are in effect paying twice for the service. I don't know whether tips are pooled by the staff (I suspect they are, as they have tip boxes on the bars), but if they are, then you're not really rewarding individual service, just providing another round of income for the island. Tip the room boy and the bag carriers, but personally I feel tipping the bar staff is excessive when they already levy a charge automatically.
All in all, 10 out of 10. Oh and the weather was great too!
Absolute paradise. Flew first choice airway , top class, huge seats, very comfy. Once you get to Fihalhohi a speedboat takes you to the island which is a treat in it's own right, keep an eye out fo rthe dolphins who like to race the boats on your way to the island. Once you get there you just leave the hustle and bustle behind you, look forward to a holiday with no telephones, no television, just pure relaxation.
Not sure of the correct terminology but at first we were in a mid-range room which we thought was nice until we upgraded to the water villa, cost us$80 per night but worth every penny. go see reception (really nice and helpful) once you get there if you are interested in an upgrade - we asked our travel agent (first choice) to arrange this before we went but apparently this is something that needs to be done once you get there.
Day trips are excellent but they could do with giving a little more info in advance, e.g. island hopping involves optional snorkeling so bring your snorkel! Dolphin watching was fab but spoiled by a couple of french chaps who dived in every time we got near the dolphins therefore scaring them away. Apparently other trips where people didn't dive in the dolphin came right up to the side of the boat.
Food was nice but not very varied, worth going in just to see the staff dressed up for the various theme nights. Every night has a theme (chinese, indian, bbq etc) and the staff dress up n coyboy outfits etc.
Bar was reasonably priced - Carlsberg/Heinekin 1/2 litre cost us$3.5, bottled beer $3, spirits $2.5, soft drinks $2.
There was some entertainment each evening ranging from Bingo, Karaoke, Crab Racing to (surprisingly good) live band. All very cheesy but good fun.
Overall, loved it, second time in Maldives and would go back here again. Staff couldn't have done more and were genuinely friendly and helpful. We were in Velavaru before which was outstanding and while Valavaru had probably better food Fihalhohi comes out tops overall. Looking forward to the autumn already!
We stayed at Fihalhohi from 08/03 - 22/03. This was our second visit to Fihalhohi. We booked and flew with First Choice. This was a much improved service from our flight in September 2005 with Monarch. Wider seats, bigger seat pitch, seat-back TV, infact exactly what they say on their website. We departed a few minutes late but made this time up enroute.
Arrived at Male airport, queued to see our rep (only 15mins or so) and were soon on our way to Fihalhohi.
The transfer by boat took about 50mins. From leaving your luggage with the boatcrew you will not have to carry your luggage again till back at the airport. The crossing was pretty smooth and no problems. When we
arrived at Fihalhohi it wasas if we hadn't been away - everything was exactly as we remembered it. We checked in with reception and got our keys, identified our luggage to be taken to our rooms and were on our
It is customary to tip $1 per case taken to room. This time we were staying in th mid-range, comfort room. Our particular room was in a block of four (2x2). We were on the 1st floor. The room has a/c, ceiling fan,
fridge, safe, bathrooms (shower over bath), balcony. The biggest difference to the Classic room which we stayed in last time was the inclusion of a/c in the price. The room was clean on arrival, towels provided
(including beach towels) and everything worked.
Fihalhohi is classed as a 'budget' resort - three stars. It certainly is not plush (except for the waterbungalows) but it has everything you
need for a comfortable holiday.
The first five days of the holiday my partner completed with OpenWater Diving course (ISS). He had 1:1 tutition as no-one else was starting the same time as him, however we met other guests who had completed the course during their holiday. I had not previously dived before this holiday and decided to try the Island's 'resort course' which is aimed at
complete beginners. You see a videa, go through shallow water skills (this is done in the lagoon as Fihalhohi does not have a swimming pool)
and then go out for a dive. There is never more than four students to one memebr of dive staff. On this occasion the ratio was 2:1. After my partner had completed his OW course we went on a further three dives together. The housereef is literally a couple of steps in the ocean from the beach, so even though i was limited to 12m depth, the experience was
fantastic. The dive staff were patient, helpful, always close by but also gave you space to learn. If it takes 10+ attempts to do a mask clearance in shallow water skills (resort course) then that is fine. We would personally highly recommend the dive centre on the island. We saw plenty of fish and other sea creatures including giant moray eels
(three live in the housereef), sharks (nurse shark from boat dive, grey & black tip reef sharks in house reef) lion fish, trigger clown fish, blue
fin trevelly, squid, octupus, stingray, eagle ray and hundreds of pretty little fish.
The food a Fihalhohi is generally good. We were on Half board basis. Every meal at the resturant is buffet basis, however the Blue Lagoon bar also does food which is an additional cost. Breakfast is OK. We tended to have cereals, toast/breads/pastries, cheese, fruit and whatever was being cooked at the grill. This changed daily, eggs, waffles, pancakes. As pork products are illegal, the sausages and 'bacon' are beef based and were something that i couldn't get a taste for. We occasionally missed breakfast (07:30 - 09:30) so had lunch at the Surf cafe. For $4
each you could have toast, pastries, muffins, tea/coffee and juice. Breakfasts went up to about $7:50. Lunch we had at the Surf cafe and
generally had toastie and chips though occasionally had the 'special'. For $3.50 you could have a toastie, chips and coleslaw salad which personally we thought was great value. Food here was very good. Other foods were burgers chips and colslaw from $5, pizza (from $4), salads (from $3). Each meal was cooked to order. Drinks are reasonable:- 1.5 lt water $3.50, mug of beer $3.50, 330ml soft drink $2, milkshake (made with
icecream) $3. Fruit cocktails from $3.50 and alcoholic cocktails around $6. Don't forget there is a 10% service charge on these.
Dinner was again buffet style and was theme. Somtimes the food did look a bit 'samey' but it was usually pretty good and hot. There was always salads, soups, breads, rices, pasta, meat, fish, grill, fruits,
deserts. We also had a candlelight dinner on the beach but unfortunately we never made it on the beach due to bad weather. Nevertheless the food was fantastic. I had the seafood platter (saltbeef & cucumber roll,
vegtable soup & bread, seafood platter which included half lobster, giant prawns, calamari, fish, salad, fries, fresh fruit, tea/coffee for $36) my partner had the fillet steak (seafood cocktail, carrot soup and
breads, fillet steak, salad, fries, tea/coffee for $24) Excellent value in our opinion.
The evening entertainment generally passed us by as we had seen it all before, so mainly sat in the Fisherman's bar chatting. The entertainment is low key.
The coral cove does snacks if you are peckish which was mainly hot savoury pastries from $0.80 to $2 like chicken sausage roll, prawn puff and tuna bun. They also have a fab range of cake which again i think are
reasonably price from $1.50 - $3. The portions are big!
In terms of 'bugs' the main creatures you will see are ants, some of which are really quite big but they are harmless and important for the island. We saw two cockroaches which were dealt with swiftly. There are
also snails. Other animal life includes, fruit bats, crows, gekkos and herons.
We did a couple of excursions. Sunset fishing, Island hopping and Guraidhoo. As always the sunset fishing was great (went 4 times last visit). The boat crew remembered us (infact all the staff did) and could not
have been friendly. We specifically wanted to return to guraidhoo to see how the post-tsunami work was going. Things are improving but very slowly. Only eight houses built since our last visit in September. We took a couple of footballs with us from home for the kids but to be honest i found the experience quite upsetting. The desperation of the show owners comes across. Most of the shops sell exactly te same things. Our group split up so most of the shops were visited at least once.
At Fihalhohi you have two sunloungers that are marked with your room number so others shouldn't use them, however on two occasions i had to hunt mine down on the beach but that's not the resorts fault. The beach
is very good and quite wide in some places and whilst the island was fully booked when we were there there was still plenty of room. There is a lot of broken / dead coral so aqua soes can be useful.
Overall we feel that Fihalhohi is great value for money. What you pay for two people (£1500)on this island wouldn't cover one person on many
other islands. We did spend quite a bit on the island around £1000 whilst we were there, but half of this was diving courses and additional dives. I also had three treatments at the Spa.
We are planning to return in September 2006. We love Fihalhohi, service is great, friendly and relaxed and has everything we want in a holiday. The new FCA are a bonus!
We traveled with first choice they were excellent, the island was paradise, the snorkeling was amazing and the reef drop off was so close to the shore, The food was of good quality but not a big choice, the rooms (we stayed in a comfort room No 36) was very clean and comfortable, the staff very friendly, we could not fault this beautiful island.
what a brialliant holiday!!! excellent beach, didnt wana come back. Its true paradise. one of my best holidays...
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