Inhabited islands: +- 227
– Resorts: 127
– Local islands: +- 100
There are two main transfer options from Velana International Airport (MLE) to our hotel, either by domestic flight or by speedboat.
1) Flight: Domestic flight to Maamigili (20 minutes) + Speedboat to Dhigurah (20 minutes). The departure dates and times are flexible. Price: $140 per adult, one way, $70 for children <12 at the time of traveling.
2) Speedboat: Direct speedboat to Dhigurah. Departure at 3 or 4PM from Male’/Airport to Dhigurah (depending on the day and weather conditions), 6:30AM from Dhigurah to Male’/Airport. Duration: ~2 hours. Price: $60 per person, one way, from the airport, $50 from Male’.
Please let us know which option works best for you and we will take care of booking it. You’ll be able to pay for the transportation costs upon your arrival.
The cost of transportation will be added to your room bill, which will be settled upon check out of Bliss.
We would like to book your transport at least 3 days in advance to secure your seats in high season. During low season it is possible to book your spots last minute, though we cannot make guarantees.
Yes. We will meet you at Dhigurah’s harbor to pick you up!
The speedboat leaves Male’ at 3 or 4PM (depending on the day and weather conditions), it will be at the jetty from around 3:40PM onwards. If you prefer to be picked up from the airport, that would be possible too, by latest at 3:05 or 4:05PM after it leaves Male’. The price will be US $10 more for an airport pickup. The speedboat from Dhigurah to Male’/Airport leaves at 06:30AM.
No. Unfortunately the speedboat goes only once per day, leaving Dhigurah at 6:30AM and returning from Male’ at 3 or 4PM. If you would like to come earlier and not spend the day in Male’, it would be possible to take the domestic flight. The airline will schedule your flight according to your international flight arrival time.
The speedboat leaves from Jetty Number 1 at 4PM, though it will be waiting there from around 3:40PM. We can send you a map showing how to get from the airport to the departure point. In case you face any issues, please call us on: +9607201234.
If arriving before 2:30PM and departing after 11AM, you should be able to catch the connecting speedboat on arrival and international flight on departure. For more information, please send us an email.
We can book your domestic flights + speedboat transport to Dhigurah. To make this booking we need the following details: Mr/Mrs/Ms, First name(s), Last name, Nationality, Date of birth, Passport number, Date of passport expiry, International flight number connecting to domestic flight.
The airline will book seats as closely connecting as possible to your international flight. We will receive your booking information quite quickly after booking and will communicate it to you. However, the airline might make some minor changes to flight times up to the day before traveling. In case of changes, we will get back in touch with you.
Current online displayed schedule can be found here. Though, the airline makes quite some changes throughout the year.
Nevertheless, they will book seats as closely connecting as possible to your international flight.
To guarantee your spot on the plane and assure a favorable flight connection, we need to book your tickets at least 3 days in advance. Even though we might be able to get spots with a shorter notice, we cannot make any guarantees anymore.
We can easily arrange private speedboat transportation from Dhigurah to nearby islands. The price would depend on the proximity of the island. If you would like us to check (current) prices to specific islands, please let us know and we will find out.
Alternatively, to local islands, you could take the public ferry, MTCC Route 308. They currently travel every day except for Mondays and Fridays.
Unfortunately, transportation to further islands is quite difficult. Public transportation is limited and private transportation might get quite costly. We could find out what a private speedboat to the island will cost you, but are quite certain that it will be a more affordable to travel back to Male’ by public speedboat and go to different islands from there.
Please do let us know if you would still like to know the price of a private speedboat, then we will find out!
Example packing lists are made because we receive a regular question of what to pack to the Maldives. Feel free to keep our lists as guidelines but keep in mind that a packing list changes drastically per person. You might want to add or subtract items for your own list.
You can find the lists here.
Please drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
We have universal sockets next to your bed and in quite some public spaces (like the coffee bar and rooftop) Most of these sockets have a USB charging point as well. For the other sockets in the room and building we have Type G (British/ Square 3-pin).
We love to stay connected ourselves and therefore invested in a 50mbps internet line for our guests as well! There are rarely issues with the internet and hardly any power cuts.
We always have some special deals going on! If you book through us directly by sending an email, we might be able to offer you a secret deal depending on the season and duration of your stay! Just drop us an email.
We have limited space in our rooms and therefore it is not possible in most of our rooms to add an extra bed.
It is possible for a third person to sleep in the Suite. For families we recommend the connecting family rooms (4 pax). If there is a family of 5 people (3 children), it would be possible to add an extra bed to the family room, but this would limit moving space significantly for the kids.
Children under 6 years old could share the same bed with the parents.
The official policy is as follows: “The guest can cancel free of charge until 14 days before arrival. The guest will be charged the first night if they cancel in the 14 days before arrival. If the guest doesn’t show up they will be charged the total price.”
However, we are usually very flexible with our cancellation policy for direct bookings. Nevertheless, we hope for your understanding in cancelling your booking. If you indeed do need to cancel, it would help us if you let us know as soon as possible (preferably 14 days or more in advance).
We’re happy to share our menus! Though, please keep in mind that he menu and prices might slightly change over time and season. If you have specific dietary restrictions, please let us know. We’re very flexible, but would need a heads up if we need to order special ingredients.
You can find our current menus here.
Currently if you book a room + meal plan, you can pick off the a la carte menu, as we do not have buffet style restaurant. For Half Board, breakfast + one meal per day is covered by the guest house. Commonly this is dinner, but if you prefer you could swap it for lunch. For Full Board, breakfast, lunch and dinner are covered by the guest house.
You can pick any main dish and dessert from the menu. Please keep in mind that the menu might change slightly over time. Water is included in the meal plan, additional drinks are chargeable.
In time we might develop set (equally delicious) menus for meal plans.
Whale sharks can be spotted throughout the year. It depends a bit on the weather how easy there are to see from the boat. The calmer the sea and sunnier it is, the easier to spot them.
Other sharks are always around as well. Frequently (harmless) spotted sharks are: Black tip, White tip and Grey reef sharks. Nurse sharks are spotted more on dives. Occasionally we have a different shark species visiting, after which the snorkel/dive community goes out of their way to find them.
Mantas can be spotted throughout the year when diving. There is a cleaning station nearby that is frequently visited. For snorkeling there are some months with a lot of activity where the manta rays can also be spotted in our lagoon. Last year this was from January to about April, and it might repeat itself before the end of the year. However, it is harder to predict.
Yes. Most of the beach surrounding Dhigurah has soft white sand, with occasionally some coral. Definitely good to swim from!
Our ‘go-to’ resort is Amaya Kuda Rah, they currently (mid 2018) charge an entry fee of $50 per person of which you can consume food, drinks and other facilities the resort provides (e.g. massages). Other neighboring resorts charge a higher entry fee, of which you cannot consume. For updated transport prices, drop us an email at email@example.com
There are blocks of coral with fish and occasionally a turtle near the beach. The nearest reef is the inner reef (arches) further in the lagoon, which might be accessible by canoe or SUP, though it is quite the paddle.
The outer reef is on the other side of the island, and since the reef forms a natural protection wall for the island, it is only accessible going around it by boat. The outside reef has both more fish and coral and is nicer to snorkel on.
We are happy to share our dive price list with you. All prices are inclusive of taxes, drinks and applicable boat fees. Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
No. Though it’s safer to inform us about possible dive plans so that we can plan the dives accordingly, especially if you’re staying for a short period of time. Usually you can book while you are here, but in high season it is easier if we reserve a spot on the boat and plan the dives according to the dive certification (e.g. depth).
We accept a wide variety of card payments (among which Amex, VISA, Mastercard and Union Pay). Cash payments are preferred to be in US Dollars or Maldivian Ruffiyaa. Though Euros are also accepted.
!Please note that the Maldivian bank is very particular about the condition of the USD notes. Old and/or lightly damaged notes, even though still accepted in other countries, will be refused by the national bank of the Maldives.
Please don’t take offence, it is purely that the note will have no worth to the individual to whom you are paying.
Particularly the old US$100 bill is refused. The new $100 bills can be identified by the blue stripe that runs across.
No, there is no ATM on Dhigurah. Sometimes, if there is enough cash on the island, it would be possible to ‘withdraw’ from one of the local shops. Though to be sure we recommend to take some cash from home, or withdraw Maldivian Rufiyaa (MVR) from the airport upon your arrival.
No, for direct bookings there is no need for a deposit. If you confirm your arrival, we will block your room in our reservation system and send you the confirmation via email. You can pay for everything on your arrival or upon check out.
No, the local shops only accept cash. The souvenir shops accept USD as well as MVR, whereas the local grocery shops usually accept only Maldivian Rufiyaa (MVR). Furthermore, the pharmacy only accepts payments in cash in MVR.
Yes. We can prepare the bill in advance and you can make a payment transfer. The bank charges $15 as a transfer fee, which will be added to the bill.
Yes. There is a designated bikini beach within a few minutes walk from Bliss. The beach itself starts only 20 meters from our front door, but the fence is placed a little further.
There are two networks, Ooredoo and Dhiraagu. Both can be found at the airport and both are working equally well on the island. Though, rumor has it that Ooredoo has a slightly larger 4G coverage.
No. Unfortunately alcohol is not allowed on any local island in the Maldives. However, we can easily arrange a trip to a nearby resort for a day where you can have a drink!
No. The mosque is not near the hotel and loudspeakers can’t be heard.
Yes. There are a few souvenir shops on the main street of the island. There’s a handful of convenience stores, a pharmacy and a medical center.
Inhabited islands: +- 227
– Resorts: 127
– Local islands: +- 100
Degrees: 25°C – 32°C / 77°F – 89.6°F
Season: Rainy and dry
Weather: Often sunny
Dive weather: Almost always
“One island – One resort”
Advantage: National religion doesn’t apply. Some resorts serve pork, alcohol can be consumed and bikinis can be worn almost everywhere.
Disadvantage: Secluded from local experiences. When booked, you’re stuck at the resort and cannot easily change accommodation. Often high prices.
Live among the locals
Advantage: Experience life in the Maldives. More personal service. Cheaper than resorts for the same stunning beach and ocean.
Disadvantage: No alcohol served ón the island, a day trip to a resort is easily arranged. Bikinis can only be worn on the private bikini beach or on the excursion boats and while diving/snorkeling.
Translation: Long Island
Length: +- 4km / 2.5mi
Width: +- 300m / 328yd
Inhabitants: +- 600
Distance to MLE: 97km / 60mi
Attire: Modest in village, bikini on bikini beach
Alcohol: Illegal – Day trip to a resort easily arranged
Why? 1 Whale sharks spotted 12 months per year
Why? 2 Stunning long beach