We transfered from Faru 29.01.09 on all inclusive basis as Faru were getting overbooked.
Transfer was good, 45 mins. Rooms were allocated on arrival. We had a comfort room 92. Lots of mosquitos in room when we arrived we killed around 30, but we went to reception and they came and sprayed the room straight away. We were not bitten on the island.
Island is smaller than Faru - no gardens to walk through as everything is sand. Bars were nowhere near a good as Faru due to the lack of quality entertainment and the service was quite slow. Drinks were extortionate and we were glad we were all inclusive!, we had to sign for everything we had for the week which we did not go mad sticking to water and soft drinks in the day then wine and mixer in the evening and our total bill would have been $1000 including service!!, so be warned!. Beer is now $5.50 water $3.50 coke etc $3.50 wine (house) $8 for 250ml. Tea/Coffee $4.
Food was good equal quality to Faru, not as much choice but plenty to eat. Never found food to be cold and plates were kept in warmers. Gorgeous puddings, apple pie, bishbash! (coconut cake) gateaux too.
Bar staff were nice and friendly asked if we wanted more drinks etc, possibly due to the amount of drinks we were having compared to other guests!. Bars emptied at 10.30 probably due to cost and rats which run around and not just in the rafters. We saw them every night in the bar around 11.15 every time!, once they had become quieter (Jill & Andy will confirm!!!)
Snorkelling fantastic we saw an amazing amount of fish, rays, eels etc. Saw a turtle one day too. Recommend the flippers to go against currrent if not a strong swimmer.
Beaches lovely had own sunbeds, beach mainly on one side although not too crowded, unless you want the shade!
Poor entertainment in the bar but we weren't too fussed as we were chatting to other couples. Crab racing could be expensive as you have to bet in beers which are charged to your room. If you win your winnings are then given to you in whatever the bar manager decides, a couple won $110 and all they got 2 bottles of champagne and 4 bottle of beer. We would have expected it be knocked off their overall bill or they could at least decide what to spend it on themselves!!
Compared to Faru equally for food, found Faru a nicer island to walk around having the gardens as well as the beach. Bars better at Faru. Only bonus to Fihalhohi was the beach and snorkelling and the location being in the middle of nowhere. Faru was too close to the main island (Male) for us.
Overall an overpriced but nice island - Go to Faru and get a free transfer we say!!!!!
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