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Angaga Island Resort
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“One of the most beautiful/natural islands”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2013

Picking the right island in the Maldives is really important. The resorts are all a bit different so make sure you pick one that suits your need.

If you want to visit the Maldives because of their natural beauty, you will love Angaga. Very comfortable bungalows, great food and one of the most beautiful lagoons in the country. We decided against staying at a luxury resort because luxury uses a lot of resources so the more stars the resort has, the farther away you get from “natural”. And really, who needs a swimming pool if you have one of the world’s best beaches right in front of your bungalow.

WiFi is available in the lobby but a bit expensive. It’s worth picking up a local SIM card at the airport. Dhiraagu has a reliable network on Angaga.

We had half-board and since both breakfast and dinner are buffet-style you can easily skip lunch. For the fact that most of the food has to be imported, they really offer a great choice.

We had the chance to stay at an overwater bungalow for the first night. They feel quite a bit brighter and more airy than the regular bungalows. So if the price difference isn’t too much, it might be well worth it.

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2013

We have been to the Maldives five times now, and this was our first time to Angaga. We will not write any comparisons, since the other places we have been to are of different categories and different prices. (for that you will have to check out the forum ;)
We arrived at Malè airport and was greeted by a lovely gentleman from the guest relations who took us to the Angaga desk, the wait there was very short, we were quickly taken in to the check in counter for the air taxis, and they put us on a bus, and we were on our way to the "air taxi airport. the wait there was only 40 minutes, and we were on our way to Angaga. All very quick and smooth.
The flight to Angaga took around 30minutes, first view of Angaga from above, what a beautiful picture postcard island. so small, which was perfect for us, air taxi landed not too far from the reef itself (which i thought was not a good idea, and got confirmation later, keep on reading). After a quick welcome drink, we were taken to our watervilla, accompanied by Mohamed, who answered all my questions about the island and the reef.
WATER VILLA: The room is very pretty, bambu bed and chairs, spotless clean, very nice bathroom with tub, and back door to the bathroom that goes on to the veranda where you have two sunbeds and an umbrella (very handy, because the heat becomes unbearable sometimes) and of course, stairs that go straight in to the water from your water villa. The room was really nice and clean, but looking a bit old, the curtains were all weary and towels were "worn out" and some had holes in them. A glass table where you can see the water under and the fish. lovely. but alas, no minibar! there is a fridge but it's empty. this kind of sucked! But the sightings from our water villa made us forget everything: Turtles, sharks, nurse sharks, sting rays, eagle rays, lots of different fish... and this was just sitting on the veranda of our water villa. amazing to say the least.
BEACH: is just AMAZING! beautiful white sand all around the island, you can walk bear foot without worries, and also getting around the island, the staff keeps it very clean at all times, you can forget your shoes or slippers until the day you leave. and the water is such a crystal blue like we have never seen before. pure paradise.
HOUSE REEF: something exceptional, never seen so much coral, in different sizes and shapes so compact in one house reef! Lots of sharks, rays, spotted morena, nurse sharks, feather-tailed sting rays, the list goes on and on and on, the house reef is just fantastic. but yes, the air taxis land too close, you can hear them SO loud, that the first time i heard them underwater i freaked out. and the jetty where the dhoni's come to drop off people or supplies, also runs right top of the reef, so when snorkeling you have to be careful of all the boat traffic, and the big fat ropes that float around underwater.
FOOD: alas, i am sorry to say that Food was the only thing that we found very disappointing. there was not enough variety, we were on FB and there was days where they had the same options for lunch and dinner, and that little variety they had, the quality was average. But the service and the staff was lovely.
Overall for the price you pay, you can't complain, everything is just great. If you are a looking for a good snorkeling holiday, Angaga will not let you down.

Room Tip: Watervillas, on the sunset side (162, 163 etc)
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2013 via mobile

This place definitely has a boutique feel to it. There are not many bungalows, there are really only two bars and not too many people. This, along with a fairly unspoiled reef makes this place a fantastic resort. The restaurant offers great food, which is important, since there is no alternative food option. The huts are clean but a bit dated. Still, great place for couples and people not looking for too many modern thrills. It is a dive & snorkel little paradise. A firm recommendation from me. Only issue I had was with the high price of spa treatments. Had they been lower, I would have definitely try them.

Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2013

We were at Angaga at the end of March early April. What a fantastic place. It was the first time in the Maldives for me. My partner had been to three other Islands and says this was by far the best. We stayed in one of the beach bungalows; in my opinion is the best option of the three types available. The room was cleaned twice a day and all the staff were unbelievably polite and courteous. The food was excellent, but not much choice for vegetarians. I did my open water diving qualification whilst there. I have to say the staff at the dive school were all brilliant. Kelvin especially was very patient and professional. We went on a few diving trips which were organised from the dive school. We saw some amazing sights, Giant Mantas, Whale sharks, Turtles just to mention a few. The snorkelling in the house reef was fantastic; I have never seen so much sea life in one place. The whole place is so idyllic and we intend to go back next year. Awsome

Room Tip: Rooms 120 to 140
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Haneef M, General Manager at Angaga Island Resort, responded to this review, May 16, 2013
Thank you very much for the positive review and complements and looking forward to welcoming back to Angaga at all the times
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Kiel, Germany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2013

We`ve been on Angaga for 12 days in September 2012. It was an amazing time on that little "paradise island" ;) and our first stay on the Maledives.
The resort is in a good condition and the stuff is kind and friendly. A perfect place for people who need a quiet relaxed time!!! The beach bungalows are typical maledives style and cleaned twice a day. They are additionally equiped with aircon, fridge, waterboiler, coffe and tea and the view on the ocean is breathtaking!!! A very tasty cocktail at the sundowner bar (at the end of the waterbungalow jetty) is an absolutely must do and one should not miss the so called "band night" every friday evening with live music!!!
The food (buffet) was very good and varied. We had half-board - that was more then enough. If we were hungry during lunch time we went to the bar and got some sandwiches and french fries. Yumm! :)
The white beach is fantastic and the house reef just amazing! The island is perfect for snorklers but we went there for scuba diving and the team of the sub aqua divecenter made our stay absolutely perfect! I want to mention Gitti, Johanna and Kelvin, who where perfect dive guides and thanks to Johanna and Kelvin we can call ourselfs advanced divers now! The course was absolutely awsome! In the 15 dives we had during our stay we learned a lot from our English and German speeking teachers, even though the course was done we still improved our skills during several fun dives with our 3 guides! That is how diving should be and how it is real fun! The basis is small but has everything that is needed, included nitrox for free and we loved the very friendly and familiar atmosphere! The team of sub aqua tries to fulfill all the wishes of their guests when it comes to the dive spot planing. They try to go for different tilas every day depending on the weather conditions and the skills of the present divers. It is very nice to dive in small groups of max 5 divers included the guide! Even though we had strong currents and inexperienced divers with us (even though certified advanced divers with more logged dives then we had) that endangered the whole team by not following the basic rules, Kelvin and Johanna stood calm and managed the situations very professional!! And they are on top excellent Whaleshark and Dolfin spotter!!!Thanks to you two for all those experience and fun we had with you!!!! :) We will come back or follow you on your journey!!!
We can recommend the Angaga Island Resort especially for divers who want to have a relaxed time with unforgettable impressions!!!

Room Tip: Beach bungalows close to the water bungalow jetty!
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Haneef M, General Manager at Angaga Island Resort, responded to this review, May 16, 2013
Thank you very much for the complements and we Angaga team is looking forward to see you in Angaga again and again.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2013

Angaga is very pretty, small, round, great sandspit, rustic and old school Maldives - pretty much what we wanted. It was our 9th Maldives island holiday and we choose a different island each time. We go for the 'older style' islands as for us, the Maldives is about the relaxing desert island feel, and the snorkeling.

The weather was fantastic and we asked for and got rooms on the lagoon side of the island ,which were near the dive school. We werent worried by noise at all, twice saw smoke rising from the middle of the island, when obviously something was being burnt, but it was brief, both times.

The rooms were comfortable and very clean with good air con. The age of the island showed at times, in the condition of the piers, and sundecks - but it wasnt a problem for us.

Food was plentiful at the buffets, varied, with lots of delicious fresh fruit, veg and salads for picky eaters or vegetarians - altho my husband was slightly disappointed there werent more curries on offer. Once on the island we opted for the Half Board Plus option, whereby for an extra $38 per person per day, all cocktails, both alcholic and non, beer, house wines, soft drinks, water, tea and coffee are included as well as light snacks during certain morning and afternoon hours. While this worked for us in some ways, we found the snack menu very limited - and the hours the free snacks were available werent quite near enough to lunchtime to really suit us. However, sitting at the Beach Bar, in our swimwear, gazing out at the stunning views around us, or actually wallowing in the sea with our cocktails in hand, takes a lot of beating! And being able to indulge in refreshing drinks at any time of day, and in whatever quantity we liked, was great. We thought the management could, with a bit of thought, improve a few things in this regard tho...like supplying sun umbrellas on the deck. In the heat of the day, you simply cant sit out on the sundeck - in fact you cant even walk on it without shoes as its just too hot. Umbrellas over the tables and chairs out there would have made a big difference to the whole area. Also, on either side of the deck, on the actual sand, under the palm trees, is a lovely area for plastic tables and chairs, and its a lot cooler as you dont have the hot sun deck radiating heat back at you. We eventually asked for plastic chairs to be set up there for us. Small things I know, but they make a big difference to your enjoyment of the facilities.

We found the house reef to be very good with some great coral, with fantastic table coral and a lot of colourful Acropora finger coral in particular. Access to the reef was good. There are areas around the reef where the coral is dead or bleached, but thats not unusual. Beautiful fish of course, lots of species - however we didnt see the shoals we have previously seen, and there seemed to be a lack of bigger fish about. Lots of great close up turtle sightings and sharks, eels but no eagle rays.

Our Half Board Plus option also included a snorkel trip to Pineapple Island - a 20 minute dhoni ride - always nice to snorkel a different reef - but we felt the snorkeling there was no better than the house reef at Angaga. We went on a night fishing excursion - $18 each, which was good too, with everyone catching fish which they could later eat for their evening meal. The manta/whale shark trips, at $55 each, we felt were too expensive.

Sunsets veiwed, drink in hand, from the Sunset Bar at the end of the water villa pier, were stunning - but again, we felt food/snacks could and should have been obtainable from the bar area. Due to the prevailing wind at the time of our holiday, the bungalows on the reef side of the island didnt have much beach in front of them at all...and the beach erosion in some areas was bad, so we were very happy with our room choice on the lagoon side.

All in all, a great holiday, a picturesque little island, that offered all we wanted and was just as we expected it to be. Our travel agent Ingrid, from Barefoot Breaks was excellent in helping us with every aspect of our very enjoyable holiday. Coming from South Africa, its a long 21 hour trip for us to get to the Maldives, but as always, its worth every minute!

Room Tip: Choose your room depending on wind direction at the time of your trip. From pretty much November to...
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Haneef M, General Manager at Angaga Island Resort, responded to this review, May 16, 2013
Thank you very much for the complements and valuable comments. We will consider all comments
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2013

A great place to be, if you like diving. The location is far away from Male/ Airport, and thus from pollution and commercialization. This is naturally beautiful and romantic. We stayed in Water Villa and the experience was amazing. If you are a vegetarian, food would be an issue. But the place is so good to compensate the food factor. The trip to resort form Male was breath taking... The reef is unspoiled and in its natural best. Great dive instructors.

Room Tip: Water villa is amazing
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Haneef M, General Manager at Angaga Island Resort, responded to this review, April 9, 2013
Thank you very much for your complements and positive review about our Beautiful Island. It is always our pleasure to have our valuable gueats at Angaga repeatedly.
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Location: Maldives > Alifu Atoll > Southern Ari Atoll > Angaga Island
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Hotel Class:4 star — Angaga Island Resort 4*
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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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