left our booking till late and options were above our budget or below and we chose the latter. After reading some bad reports we were unsure of what the island would be like. This was our 5th trip to the Maldives and the greeting was much the same as other islands, half of the island rooms have been refurbished and luckily we were in room 89 which was almost brand new nothing to complain about there, bathroom, shower spotless. apparently from room 50 upwards has been refurbished. Unlike other islands we have been to there were no beach towels or the usual toiletries etc but that was not a problem as we had read about that before we went, no TV in the rooms we were in beachfront villa. The sunbeds are hard rigid fibre glass, we bought airbeds from the shop approx £50 and left them near our sun loungers only to find the next day they had been taken by a German couple so strongly recommend you write your room number and name. Food was very good different themes every night. Snorkeling around the island is really good, small sharks, plenty turtles, reef is teaming with lots of fish, the current around the island can be quite strong so make sure you take note of the entry and exit points its great to be in a drift but we saw quite a few people being rescued from the reef!!. We went on a couple of snorkeling trips which were well worth it, lots of pods of dolphins, One pod in particular came right up to the boat and the small Dolphins started jumping and spinning what a spectacular sight, we also saw Manta not far from the island. Most folk on the island when we were there were French and German, not many English we found a lot of people return year after year and love it. We could not dive as my husband had a problem with his foot but the diving school appeared to be well run and friendly. The Water bungalows were in three rows of 4 with no access into the sea as far as we could see, apparently a viewing area but they had no privacy really. All in all it wasn`t the best island we have been too but great value for money, staff are really friendly and cannot do enough for you. We have booked our holiday for 2013 back to South Ari Atoll on 3rd Feb, cannot belie ve Thompson have stopped flying direct to Male from Manchester, it is a bit of a chore having to go from Gatwick.
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