It was our first visit to Maldives and we had a great time during these few days in Mathiveri. Room was spacious and cleaned every day. We enjoyed tasty local food and pizza. We chose Maldivian breakfast which was great and big (fish roshi, pancakes, egg,..).
Staff were very nice and helpful. Ismail welcomed us in harbour, prepared a fresh coconut welcome drink and made an excursion of the island. He also helped us when it was not sure if the public ferry to Male would be cancelled (be aware that it may happen in rainy season) and found alternative transport, otherwise we would have to go by expensive speedboat or sea-plane.
Also the agency in Male contacted us before our arrival, bought us the ferry tickets to Mathiveri in advance and welcomed us in Male. We really felt that the people took care about us all the time, don't be afraid that you will be lost in Maldives.
The island is beautiful, especially white beaches and clear water. Most of the time, we had the beaches for ourselves. You can also go by boat or swim to the close Picnic island and feel like Robinson Crusoe - if current gets very strong, it may not be just feeling ;) You can snorkel around both of the islands - corals, fish, stingrays, baby-sharks and maybe more. The guesthouse also arrange snorkelling trip to reef, unfortunately there were not good conditions for us to try it.
The place is very quiet and we slept very well, the only thing disturbing our sleep was a morning prayer from nearby mosque. If you are not an early bird, it will wake you up around 5 am – but I guess it is the same for all places on local islands.
There is no cash machine/exchange on the island, but the guesthouse prefers payment in USD, ruffias are useful in shops/cafe.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Mathiveri Inn Hotel is located on one of the local islands named Mathiveri in Maldives, Mathiveri is located at the middle of North Ari Atoll within 6 hours of transport from Male’ by ferry service and 2 hours by speed Boat. The island, surrounded by the breathtaking ocean, measures about 0.775 km in length and around 0.475 Km in width. Distance from Male’ 84.82 km. Population 834. ... more less
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