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Hangnaameedhoo | Travel Guide – Updated Sep 2020

Hangnaameedhoo

2020-09-08 11:18:22

Local islands are reopened on 1 Oct 2020 onwards. All you need to know is here.

Hangnaameedhoo is located 72 km western from Male in Alif Dhaal Atoll. Island size is 980x230m and the population is only 500 people. Hangnaameedhoo is a tiny charming island where you can experience the real Maldives life. Being on an island you’ll are lucky to get a chance to see Maldivians true culture and traditions by yourself.

Hangnaameedhoo beach area

Things to do in Hangnaameedhoo

Bikini beach and house reef

The bikini beach is just 5 minutes’ walking distance from a hotel. The beach is equipped with chairs, loungers, and hammocks to relax which is really nice. Here you can swim, sunbathe and snorkel in a bikini. The area is fenced, but you can go outside without any problem. In general, beach size is almost the same as in Omadhoo – another inhabited island in this area.

The house reef is long and you can snorkeling either in the west reef or in the east reef. The rich diversity of corals, fish, sharks, rays can be found out there.

Hangnaameedhoo sandbank

Sandbank visiting

Whenever you feel like getting away from it all and having a relaxing time on your own, hop on our boat and let us take you to the private sandbank the experience is yours for two-four hours slot. This bare sandy bank with just a few bushes is a famous spot among the tourist staying in luxury resorts. Don’t forget your snorkeling equipment to see an amazing underworld! Sun umbrella, towels, and water are included.

Hangnaameedhoo picnic island

Picnic island trip

Spend your day with your loved ones in an uninhabited small island. These islands are away from the local islands thus preserving its natural beauty. This is a half or full-day excursion, so lunch, water, towel are included. There is a long reef nearby to explore as well.

Hangnaameedhoo dream island

Dream Island

This is one of the most beautiful uninhabited islands in this area. Travel time around 30 mins. The uninhabited island where, for a day, you may feel like Robinson Crusoe. The house reef is full of colorful fishes, rays, sharks.

What to choose: Picnic island trip, Sandbank, or Dream Island. The price for these trips varies from $US 60 to 85 per person. As for me, I’d like to check each of them without spending too much. So the only option is the full-day trip that includes all these three islands.

Hangnaameedhoo snorkeling

Safari Snorkeling

Take a small boat trip to snorkel in one of the most beautiful reefs around the region. Swim with the fishes of so many different kinds. The excursion takes about an hour and a half. And you will visit at least 2 reefs.

Manta ray snorkeling. Manta Rays are inquisitive by nature and if you can control your excitement and remain still and not splash around, the rays will swim around you with tremendous elegance. The spot is rather far from Hangnaameedhoo, so trip costs $US 150 per person. If you want to see mantas, you should go to Ukulhas, Dhangethi or Dharavandhoo.

Hangnaameedhoo dolphins

Dolphin Cruise

Can there be a more fascinating and beautiful experience during your tropical holiday than watching dozens of playful dolphins in the light of the setting Sun? Take a great shot of those graceful creatures while they are spinning or doing other acrobatics. This activity is not cheap as well – $US 100 per person. It’s because you have to take a 30-40 min trip to a possible spot location (possible, because they are wild animals and swim wherever they like).

Hangnaameedhoo fishing

Sunset fishing

A line and some bait are all you need to participate in the sunset fishing experience. Catch one if you can, and hotel chef will be delighted to prepare it to your liking. The excursion takes about two hours by dhoni. Even if you are not lucky to catch a fish, the hotel chef will cook some they have.

Other activities

Whale shark trip. Swimming alongside the largest fish in the sea is one of the ultimate bucket-list experiences. But the spot is near Sun Island Resort and inhabited island Dhigurah. So the trip will take a full day and cost $US 170 per person (in Dhigurah it’s $US 75 per person).

Resort day visit. A few nearby resorts are opened for a day visit. Package includes transfer, lunch, resort facilities (pool, towel, entrance to bars). Price starts from $US 120 per person.

Hangnaameedhoo infrastructure

Hangnaameedhoo Infrastructure

There are two schools, Magistrate court, health center 24/7, a pharmacy, dockyard, playground, shops & groceries, souvenir shops, cafes, police, mosque, and football field on the island. Walking in the island you will find local shops to buy some stuff and local craft shops to buy genuine “Made in Maldives” wood carving and lacquer works. One dive center is located on Hangnaameedhoo.

Where to eat

Continental breakfast (sausages, eggs, toast, butter, cheese, jam, chocolate spread, national Maldivian dish – Mas Huni Roshi is fresh roses with a tuna, coconut and onion stuffing, very tasty, some fruit, water and drink.

For lunch and dinner, you will be offered by local curry, pasta, rice with vegetables.

If you’d like to try local restaurants, check the below list.

Pilot whale cafe’. Various types of food available here. take some time to make your order, so have to wait with little bit patience.

Cafe El Clasico. A very local style place. Good price and tasty food, but it take some time to prepared.

Two Leaf Garden Restaurant. Really delicious food and quick service.

Food Place. Tea/coffee place with local snacks.

To be honest, I don’t know why reviews for cafes in this island are so bad. From my experience in vast majority local restaurants they serve nice food, but with slow service. I assume, guests expect high-quality service like on a luxury resort, but it’s a local island. Don’t expect high standards, just enjoy your meal and local atmosphere.

Hangnaameedhoo view

Transfer to Hangnaameedhoo

Scheduled speedboat

Male – Hangnaameedhoo. Sunday to Saturday at 15:00 or 16:00h. Friday at 9:00 am. Thursday at 11:00, 16:00
Hangnaameedhoo – Male. Sunday to Friday at 07:00 am, Thursday & Saturday at 10:40 am

Price is $US 30 per way per person.

Duration is 1 hr 20 mins

Public Ferry

Male’ – Hangnaameedhoo. Saturday, Monday, Wednesday at 09:00 am
Hangnaameedhoo – Male. Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday at 09:00 am

Duration is 5 hrs. Subjected to weather condition and depend on schedule speed boat transfer timing

Price is $US 10 per way per person

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