Fihalhohi Island Resort, Maldives

by Mridula on April 23, 2014

in Birds,Canon D550,Cell phone photography,Lumia 1020,Maldives,Photography

We opted to go to the Fihalhohi Island Resort, Maldives because it was easier on the pocket. We were actually staying on Maafushi, which is a budget island. The excursions were available to both Anantara and Taj Exotica but it was so expensive for me. Most of the islands take day guests. So, the population on a resort island is made up of tourists who are staying at the resort and floaters like us, who visit it just for a day. Fihalhohi is a beautiful island but then so is Maafushi.

Fihalhohi Island, Maldives

Fihalhohi Island, Maldives #Lumia1020

The most expensive part for us about this island hopping was the cost of the speed boat once again. It was 65 US Dollars per head. In contrast the resort entry fee was 24 dollar and with lunch 48 dollars. We opted for the package with lunch because we knew we would be hungry by noon. Staying outdoors does something to the appetite. We were told that the lunch was from 11.30 to 1.00 pm Male time. That puzzled us. They said this island was 1 hour ahead of Male time. Now this was new for me, that different islands were in different time zones in Maldives.

Water Bungalows, Maldives

Water Bungalows at Fihalhohi Island, Maldives #Canon550D

The water bungalows were a sight to behold! I was completely mesmerized with them. There was a staircase going down straight from each bungalow to the sea! When I came back to Maafushi I checked the price of the standard room at Fihalhohi island Resort, Maldives. It was about 200 dollars without taxes. I didn’t even bother to check the water bungalows as I am sure they would be much more expensive. They surely looked good though. On both the islands everyone accepted US dollars. In fact I never used the local currency anywhere except Male. My nephew did use it on Maafushi too. I am not sure if the local ferry will accept dollars though.

Fish at Fihalhohi, Maldives

Fish at Fihalhohi, Maldives #Canon550D

The water was so clear around the resort that I could see fish right from the sitting deck near the reception. So, I clicked this picture with my 70-300 lens like I would click a bird! After Maldives I am wondering if I should buy camera casing for the cell phone so that I could take it underwater. You see I always find ways to spend more money!

Fish by the Beach, Fihalhohi Island, Maldives

Fish by the Beach, Fihalhohi Island, Maldives #Canon550D

By afternoon the paradise became incredibly hot. Even a die hard photography person like me was forced to retire to the shade. I did venture in the middle to click this group of fish that came swimming right by the shore. The black spot is formed by a group of fish!

Grey Herons at Fihalhohi

Grey Herons at Fihalhohi Island Resort, Maldives #Lumia1020

Grey herons were the only birds I could photograph at Fihalhohi. Though I saw Koels and fruit bats too. These herons were such fearless birds that I could click them with my cell phone. They knew no fear of humans or cameras being waved in their faces. They flew away when you tried to get extremely close. Even then they would just hop around lazily a few steps away from you in the most bored fashion.

Bird

Grey Heron in Search of Shade #Lumia1020

But by mid afternoon even the birds were looking for shade. It was time to move in and have lunch. Lunch was in a big restaurant. They had stuff for vegetarians and a nice dessert section. They started closing the counters right on time, by 1.00 pm Male time they started removing food.

For us island hopping was expensive but then it was beautiful too. The islands get a lot of day visitors. The only trouble was that they had nothing really going for day arrivals. I thought there would be a few changing rooms at least for day guests but I was told there were not. Wash rooms were there, so was an open air shower. I guess it would add a lot to the experience if they dedicated a few changing rooms for day visitors as anyone who came there would like to go to the sea. I managed to change in the bathroom and had no real trouble.

Overall, Fihalhohi is a beautiful island and by Maldives standards not too expensive. If you are wondering why I don’t have any sunset pictures, it is because we went back to Maafushi at 3.00 pm so that my nephew could play football with the locals at Maafushi!

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Shulee July 3, 2014 at 5:29 am

Also how much is it to participate in the water activities?? wana do everything but within a budget :)

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Mridula July 3, 2014 at 10:00 am

We paid 70 dollar per person for a dive at Maafushi. There is another shop that quoted 80 for two dives but they were sold out. Every guesthouse has snorkeling masks and fins which you can rent. At Maafushi it was 25 dollars. As we stayed for more than 3 nights we got to use it free one time.

I would say if snorkeling equipment is cheap at your home buy one and carry it with you. Makes sense if you anyway take many beach holidays.

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Shulee July 3, 2014 at 5:26 am

Hello guys, travelling to maldieves in October, just wanted some advice on fihalhohi island. How much would it be from male to fihalhohi per person ? And then fihalhohi to maafushi? Thinkin of staying in hulhumale for few days or is it worth spending abit more and going to faihalhohi?? Please need help! Thanks

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Mridula July 3, 2014 at 9:52 am

Shule I did Fihalhohi from Maafushi so I do not know the cost from Male. I say check the local ferry schedule and see if there is one for Fihalhohi. Speed boats cost a lot of money unless shared. I have not been to Hulhumale but all islands are beautiful that is what my general conclusion is. Hope this helps a bit.

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Dee June 17, 2014 at 3:01 pm

Hi, good to hear you had a great time! ,
Could you possibly tell me the best way to get from Maafushi to Fihalhohi? and how often the boats operate? and also from Fihalhohi back to Male?
I cant seem to find it anywhere on the net :-/

Thanks heaps :)

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Mridula June 17, 2014 at 3:06 pm

Dee we took a speedboat from Maafushi to Fihalhohi and did a day trip. We didn’t stay at Fihalhohi. So we went from Maafushi to Male and not Fihalhohi. Is Fihalhohi on the local ferry route?

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Dee June 17, 2014 at 4:08 pm

Ah yep I see.. We will be staying at the Stingray Beach Inn for 2 nights then off to Fihalhohi for 3 nights, then back to Male
I know that the ferries don’t operate on Fridays (so I’ve recently read anyways), Im not too sure if the local ferry picks up from Fihalhohi though, i’ll have to look into that one, so was that speedboat ride the $65/a head one was it?

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Dee June 17, 2014 at 4:27 pm

Also Mridula – did you need to apply for any special sort of Visa or anything to enter the Maldives? or can you just book and go there?

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Mridula June 17, 2014 at 4:49 pm

Dee they have Visa on arrival for almost all the world but check for the country you are from. It means standing in a queue after the plane lands where they stamp your passport with a visa free of cost. But check for your country.

Niranjan April 29, 2014 at 11:22 pm

Fihalhohi looks gorgeous. Excellent captures!

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Mridula May 2, 2014 at 12:03 pm

It is such a dreamlike place. Thank you Niranjan.

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Divya April 24, 2014 at 9:31 pm

We stayed in a water villa.. Yes it was super expensive…but worth it…wow it was like a dream come true for me….. I am writing a blog post soon on Maldives….
Your blog took me back to those days … Just loved the pictures…

http://www.dwindowseat.wordpress.com

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Mridula May 2, 2014 at 12:05 pm

Thank you Divya, I can only imagine and be jealous about your experience :D

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Preethi Venugopal April 24, 2014 at 8:47 pm

Wow…amazed.. Lovely captures..especially the water bangalows…

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Mridula May 2, 2014 at 12:05 pm

Thank you Preethi.

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Jayanta Tewari April 24, 2014 at 7:41 pm

Exquisite Maldives!! Super Photos.

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Mridula May 2, 2014 at 12:06 pm

Thank you Jayant, it was indeed beyond expectations.

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Deepa April 24, 2014 at 4:16 pm

Beautiful photos. :) My travel wishlist is increasing after viewing every post :)

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Mridula May 2, 2014 at 12:08 pm

Deepa :D I don’t have a wish list, I am willing to travel anywhere! :D

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Lady Fi April 24, 2014 at 3:07 pm

So amazing – a beautiful paradise!

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Mridula May 2, 2014 at 12:09 pm

Thank you Lady Fi.

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Indrani April 24, 2014 at 12:41 pm

Great sights. Terrific capture of the fish, looked like under water photography. :)

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Mridula May 2, 2014 at 12:11 pm

Indrani after this trip I am really after a casing for my cell phone so I could take it underwater.

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Amit Agarwal April 24, 2014 at 11:41 am

Amazingly beautiful!

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Mridula May 2, 2014 at 12:11 pm

Thank you Amit.

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Mary April 24, 2014 at 5:03 am

So amazing photos! I wish I could be there too!

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Mridula May 2, 2014 at 12:12 pm

I hope you go there soon Mary.

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Maniparna Sengupta Majumder April 24, 2014 at 2:40 am

Great pictures as usual.. the speed boat was really quite expensive but the views would compensate fully for the tourists..

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Mridula May 2, 2014 at 12:13 pm

Yes Maniparna the speedboat is the single most expensive thing in Maldives for budget travelers.

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Renuka April 24, 2014 at 1:36 am

Maldives is a PARADISE on earth. Beautiful! Thanks for such lovely pictures!

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Mridula May 2, 2014 at 12:14 pm

Renuka I did have a smashing time and I loved it.

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Rachel of Hippie in Heels April 23, 2014 at 11:00 pm

WOW So pretty, that’s an expensive speed boat though!

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Mridula May 2, 2014 at 12:15 pm

I agree speedboats just kill the budget in Maldives.

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Mahesh Semwal April 23, 2014 at 10:06 pm

Awesome pics ! thanks for sharing.

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Mridula May 2, 2014 at 12:24 pm

Thank you Mahesh.

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Chaitali Patel April 23, 2014 at 8:48 pm

Absolutely stunning pictures! Never knew that Maldives could be done on a budget. Great series of articles.

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Mridula May 2, 2014 at 12:27 pm

Chaitali so go now :D

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Chitra April 23, 2014 at 8:42 pm

How beautiful. really mesmerised by the pictures.

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Mridula May 2, 2014 at 12:28 pm

Thank you Chitra.

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