Maldives Islands They are made up of several large atolls that extend into the Indian Sea stretching from north to south. We arrived by plane to Hululu (Hulhule in English), the island of the airport next to Male, the capital of the country. The next morning, we boarded a seaplane of the Maldivian Airlines line to go to the Velavaru Island. The 144 km journey took us south and from the air we could see several large atolls pass slowly under us. Each of these atolls consists of dozens of coral reefs. It is curious to see how the circular reefs are just below the water level and the mainland is limited to mere white spots in an immense blue landscape. Since the water is so crystal clear, the lagoons inside the reefs are spectacular turquoise. After only 45 minutes, we reach the atoll of Dhaalu and land in the lagoon of the Velavaru reef. Here is the hotel Angsana Velavaru, where we spent four nights.
This hotel opened in 2006 consists of two parts. One is the island itself, which is the mainland part of the coral reef. Here is the reception of the hotel, the restaurant, the aquatic activities center and 79 rooms of different categories. The other part is on the other side of the lagoon, it was built in 2009 and consists of a restaurant and 34 “water villas”, rooms or rather apartments without kitchen that are supported on the sea by posts, connected to each other by a walkway . All have a private pool. The Angsana Velavaru was the first hotel in the Maldives to have this section of "water villas" totally independent from the rest of the hotel. In most hotels in the Maldives, this type of apartment is usually connected to the mainland by a long walkway over the sea.
The seaplane left us next to a floating platform and there came to find us a little boat to take us to the island. Looking closely at the intense turquoise blue of the water is the first thing that surprised us, and we immediately drew a smile from ear to ear. This promises! Upon arrival at the hotel reception, we were greeted with a damp towel and a mini lemon, melon or mint mini-ice cream. We did the check-in and then we went to eat at the restaurant, at an outdoor table on the white sand. The menu of self service It includes salads, sausages, pasta, chicken and veal dishes, tuna steaks, rice, pizzas and various desserts and fruits, and the dishes change every day.
In the afternoon we leave the luggage in the room. It was a "pool villa" and that means that it includes a closed patio with a small private pool. The room itself was huge and on the opposite side it overlooked a little piece of beach with two sun loungers and the typical coconut palm tree. The white sand of the beach shines in the sun and, if you look, you can see how it consists of tiny pieces of white coral. You can even find some slightly larger pieces that the sea has dragged to the coast.
Private pool of the room type "pool villa" of the Angsana Velavaru hotel
In the middle of the afternoon, a hotel employee named Alissa accompanied us for a walk around the island. He taught us the «marine center» where aquatic activities such as snorkeling on the reef, night fishing or the excursion to see whale sharks are hired, which is very popular. In fact, Angsana Velavaru offers no less than 101 different activities. And snorkeling and all non-motorized water activities are free. You can do kayaking, paddle surfing, windsurfing, water skiing, riding an inflatable raft dragged by a boat, the list is very long.