Maldives Surf/Stay Questions! - 2008/06/20 07:46Some questions about the Maldives.
2 of us are planning on flying in from India in early summer of 2009. Hopefully going to spend a few days exploring Mele before heading to a resort/charter. After that, we'll probably fly out to Bangkok.
So the questions:
Mele: - Are there any budget lodgings within walking distance of the central market and fish market? - Is there anything that we should not miss while in Mele?
Resorts: - Can anyone recommend a good resort that is not too expensive and has good surf? I've seen a few online, but I'd like personal recommendations. - Are there any places we should avoid? - Are there any surf resorts with lagoon cabins (over the water, swim-in/swim-out deck, etc.) that can be rented for a few nights of splurging? (yes, I know this will be expensive) - Expensive resort recommendations are welcome if you think it's worth the money for the treatment you get.
Charters: - Can anyone recommend a good budget surf/snorkel charter boat? Safe for women, good at getting surf, maybe also one that stops for beach visits, snorkling, and/or fishing? - Has anyone heard of Tropical Cruises? They offer a pretty good good deal cost-wise, but I've read some bad reviews; stuff like the boat's battery being dead each morning and not being able to get underway to get to the surf. The person also complained about bugs, but that's not a big issue for us.