Just back from two glorious weeks on Gas. Description accurate to most reviews, rooms tired, food & staff fantastic. During our time we stayed in room 36, on the west side of the island which was windy, although we were grateful for this as second week in room 1 where it was almost too hot to spend time out in the sun.
Snorkelling around the island itself is not the best as it is too shallow although worth spending time around the groynes- we found moray eels and lobsters hiding out in these as well as lion fish under the wooden jetty. However, there was a boat trip out twice a day, to the house reef on the west of the island, or if it was too rough to outside of the atoll on the east side if the island. The boat trips were great, the east side provided opportunity to swim with mantas, reef sharks and turtles with sting rays and moray eels also present. The house reef had some decent coral and a wide variety of fish, my favourites included the unicorn fish and oriental sweetlips amongst others.
Must also give a mention to "George" the heron who my wife took a shine to. Very friendly and loved having his photo taken!
Sunset cruise was good as was trip to local island. Latter provided opportunity to buy souvenirs much cheaper than the shop on the island.
As Gas was over booked we volunteered to spend two days on Meeru - a complete but lovely contrast as we stayed in a JWV. Beautiful accommodation and Meeru had loads of facilities, tennis,golf and swimming pools amongst them but Gas has a charm and friendliness that Meeru couldn't match. Snorkelling was decent around Meeru and the JWV provided a night time viewing opportunity with both sting ray and sharks passing by your feet standing on the steps down to the water.
To sum up, Gas is a small friendly island with minimal facilities but great charm and friendliness. Food & service was excellent.
Only downside we heard about, which didn't affect us, but did a couple of others, was that they suffered bites from bed bugs.
- Also Known As:
- Gasfinolhu Island Hotel North Male Atoll
- Gasfinolhu Island Hotel
- Gasfinolhu Island Resort Maldives/North Male Atoll
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