Activities - Spa & Diving
There are many activities available around the island offered by the Dive Centre and Water Sports Centre, such as diving, Big Game Fishing, Sunset Fishing, Champagne Cruise, Dolphin Sunset Cruise, visit to local villages, canoeing, snorkelling, windsurfing etc. Most of these activities are chargeable and quite costly I would say. There's also a Recreation Centre which offers free book and DVD rentals, darts, table tennis; as well as a spa.
While hubby was very tempted to try sunset fishing, the less than desirable weather conditions held him back. In the end, we only did a spa treatment and 3 dives.
The Spa, open daily from 1000hrs to 2200hrs.
We made a booking a day in advance as spa treatments were rather popular especially when the weather was bad rendering outdoor activities unsuitable.
Dive Centre, open daily from 0830hrs to 1800hrs.
We were really looking forward to diving in Maldives since the atolls are so beautiful, so would expect a large array of sea creatures for us to explore.
It was already too late to do a check out dive (mandatory) when we arrived on the first day so we had to settle for the check out dive at the House Reef on the second day and 2 boat dives on the third day.
1st Dive - House Reef
This is an interesting wall dive with several overhangs. Spotted large moray, lion fish, shrimps, a few nudibranch, with lots of beautiful sea fans. Unfortunately the visibility was only about 10-15m, otherwise we reckon it would be even nicer.
Jessica told us this is mainly a reef site, but there's an interesting cleaning station for mantas, so I was pretty excited. Overall very boring site with nothing much or new to see, worst the visibility wasn't good. Somehow, we also didn't go to the cleaning station she mentioned.
In the end, both hubby and I were pretty disappointed with the diving. The Chinese DM told us not to expect something like Sipadan where we could see many different sea creatures in one site. Yeah, I was expecting sea turtles everywhere just like Sipadan but I guess I was wrong. They did arrange a dive to Shark Point (on our fourth day) which promises lots of shark action but we decided to skip it.
Ok, this final post concluded our trip to Maldives. The location itself was lovely just slightly marred by some service lapse. Would we return again? Unlikely... maybe 10 years later? But whatever it is, certainly not Hilton Iru Fushi. I mean, not that we were still sore over the incident but there are so many properties in Maldives that we could try. Next time for sure, no seaplane anymore. We were contemplating on Velassaru or Baros (nearer to Male, only speedboat required) previously. So maybe, just maybe, 10 years later.
Here's a parting photo, with yours truly in front of the airbus :) To me, it's rare to be able to board an airbus on ground so must take photo lah. Haha.