My wife and I went to Kuredu to celebrate our 30th wedding Anniversary, our first holiday alone since we married. The flight was long but the approach into Male was something else, looking out of the windows as you come in over the atolls is fantastic.
When we landed the time at the airport seemed to pass quite quickly and we were handing over our luggage to the island staff not to be seen again until it was in our room on the island later that night. Then came a highlight of the holiday, a seaplane transfer, superb. I was watching the sea taxis take off and land and really could not wait to get on board and experience it for myself. The views from this small plane where even more spectacular than the view form the jet.
On arrival ...
at Kuredu you are met off the plane by tow of the reception staff and then escorted along the quay to book in, on approach to the island the drums start up to welcome you, a very nice touch. The beach bungalow we stayed in was basic, but very clean and well maintained, although showering in the great outdoors did take all of one time to get used to. The room was made up everyday and you had clean towels for both the bathroom and the beach left in your room. The little gekkos which tend to share the room, were actually very cute, however the cockroaches outside were not. Read More
It was very strange to see gangs of women sweeping the jungle everyday, and on you trip back to your room at night you could see the many bats that are on the island, during the day the lizards which inhabit the island made good photo subjects.
The island, apparently one of the largest has beautiful white talcum powder beaches, a football pitch, a small golf course, par three pitch and put holes all of them, but its a paradise. The large coconut palm trees, were shedding their fruit whilst we were there, a couple did fall well away from us though. The frigate birds flying above whist you sunbathed either by the pool or out in from of the bungalow. One of the highlights for me was the late night walk along quay, where there were not lights and you could look up and see the Milky Way, the first time I have ever seen it, no light pollution absolutely magnificent.
For the divers well its the Maldives and what more do I have to say, its everything you\'ve read and then some, my wife was into spotting fish whilst swimming along by the side of the quay, even here in the relative shallows you could see a whole range of reef fish including moray eels, she was very keen to snorkel everyday.
Another highlight was the day trip on board the Britt with Captain Mohammed, the man can smell manta rays, we snorkelled with four different groups of rays, what superb creatures, when the come towards you and then fly right over the top its just so fantastic, on the day trip we also swam with dolphins in relative open water, and the food on board was like ambrosia.
The food on the island was, well I put on a fair few pounds over the fortnight, the mango pieces were sweet and melted in your mouth, everything was perfect, and the staff in restaurant and you get your own dedicated waitress or waiter for you stay, superb and polite.
There is not much to do in the evening, there is limited entertainment, although the slide show by Pro divers was very very good, the local room boys gave a night of local dancing, with cracking open one or two the coconuts which fell from the trees. The slow pace of the evenings gave my wife and I time to chat with each other quietly, also with other guests as there was no loud music, this was a fantastic holiday, and one we will be repeating very soon.
Tour Operator: Direct Travel