We had a wonderful week at Angaga. Went on a package with Thomsons and upgraded the flight to premium. No delays either way. Food was better the BA WT+ and cabin crew at least as good. Smooth transfer at Male and great seaplane leg with one prior stop at Vilamendhoo. No fuss on arrival, just a quick drink, handout about the AI package and off to our beach bungalow.
We chose Angaga for the snorkelling. It was fantastic. We saw different things every day including numerous wrasses, damselfish, parrotfish, various rays, reef sharks and on the final day, the turtle on a newish reef area right outside our room. I enjoyed it more than Angsana as the water was mainly calm, even on the outside of the reef. That may have been just lucky, or because we were 7 weeks later this year. There are some areas of damage, but hopefully these will slowly build and recover.
I don't dive but OH does and was very happy. Diving is big on Angaga and was safe, well organised (German run) and interesting. We have great photos of passing mantas and the guides were good at spotting little things such as nudibranches, ghost pipefish and flatworm.
Food was all buffet style. Good bits: grilled fish (and meat), salads, curries, fresh fruit. Not so good: bread, cakes, desserts. The barbecue on the beach one night was enjoyable for a change. Being on AI, we tried lots of cocktails, mainly in the sundown bar before dinner. House wine was fine. Not sure if the economics of the AI upgrade were worth it but mentally it made for a relaxing holiday and we did do the included snorkel trip to Pineapple Island one afternoon. Coral there was amazing.
Our room was fine. We had beautiful sunsets to watch every evening. Everyone has their own numbered sunlounger and you can move it to sun, shade or the beach as you wish. There are lines and pegs for washing/drying. Beach towels replaced every evening.
What I liked most about the island (apart from the snorkelling) was the peace. There was a band one evening and that was it for nightlife. Long may it stay this way. People chatted a bit, but not loudly. There was no canned music and everyone used headphones. Mercifully there was only one child, aged about 4, when we were there although a family with teenagers arrived just before we left. At a guess, 75% of the guests were German, 10% each British and Japanese and the remainder other European. Most were couples but there were some singles and friends too.
One day I hope we will return. In the meantime, go if you are content with reading, snorkelling/diving, and fresh food. Don't go if you will disturb the peace or rate five star dining above the enjoyment of a beautiful island.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 1. Angaga Island Resort & Spa is located in the South Ari Atoll and is surrounded by a wealth of natural beauty along with crystal clear waters and a white sandy beach. The island is approximately 45,000 square metres and is superb for snorkeling and diving with the house reef just 7-8 metres from the beach featuring live coral and beautiful marine life. This is a great island for those holidaymakers seeking peace and tranquility. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Angaga Island Hotel Angaga Island
- Hotel Angaga Island
- Angaga Island Resort Maldives