- A remote island 11 kms to the north of Veligandu Thoddoo is
in a tiny atoll of its own measuring only 2 kms in diameter.
Veligandu offers a half-day, weekly excursion to this fertile
island covered with thick vegetation. Here you can see at close
quarters, the daily life in a typical fishing village. The people
of Thoddoo also grow a few crops, and the island is also famous
for its watermelons and vegetables. Come and meet the friendly
and hospitable people. A statue of a Buddha was found in the
remains of a 'Buddhist dhagaba' excavated in 1958. Several other
mounds still exist and remain to be excavated. It is important
to wear modest clothing for this excursion.
Hopping - This full day excursion takes you around to three
very different islands. Beginning in the morning after breakfast,
the first stop gives you the chance to snorkel in total privacy
in the lagoon of 'Madivaru', a desert island. A barbecue lunch
is provided on the beach, and then you are off to one of the
island of Rasdhoo. With a population of about 800 people, Rasdhoo
is an old inhabited island with archeological evidence of a
Buddhist past. The last stop for the day is at Kuramathi, a
resort island occupied by three different resorts. Wander round
and take this unique opportunity to sample the atmosphere at
other island paradises.
- Rasdhoo, the capital island of North Ari Atoll has a population
of 800. This half-day excursion provides you with an opportunity
to meet some of them, and sample the Maldivian way of life.
Take some time to stroll around the shady village streets, and
take a look at the architecture - this is the real Maldivian
style. And before you leave pop into one of the souvenir shops
and see if you can find anything to bring back with you.
Safari - The resort's excellent house reef lies 150 metres
from the beach, but at Veligandu they've thought of everything,
and the long jetty provides you with easy access by leading
you right over the reef's edge. However you may wish to see
more of the underwater wonders that Maldives has to offer. With
this in mind the resort organises a snorkelling excursion once
a week. This excursion takes you to two or three different reefs
from amongst the many dotted around the resort. A half-day trip,
which departs in the morning after breakfast, this excursion
could bring you some surprises. Mantas and other pelagics often
frequent these reefs.
Fishing - This is a very different type of fishing, even
for the seasoned fisherman. A chance to relax and ponder, as
you sit in the boat under the stars, waiting for the next big
one to bite. Setting off at five in the evening, the boat anchors
at a reef just in time for you to enjoy a magnificent sunset.
The crew prepares your lines with bait, hook and sinkers. You
drop your line until it almost touches the bottom. Peace and
quite sets in the boat and you can relax in the boat as you
wait, holding your line, feeling the fish pecking at the bait.
Soft murmuring can be heard, as people start discussing their
day's activities. Darkness sets in and millions of twinkling
stars appear above. Suddenly someone has a bite, and there is
excitement on the boat as everyone looks on to see what you
are pulling in. A Snapper? A Grouper? After returning a special
barbecue is held on the open-air deck next to the restaurant
and you can find out for yourself just see how tasty fish can
be if you have caught it yourself.
Game Fishing - Big game fishing is organised on request.
A dhoni - the traditional fishing boat - is made available for
two or three hours, along with lines and rods that may be rented.
You never know your luck, a few runs along the outer reef of
the atoll, and you may be able to haul in the biggest catch
in your life. Wahoo, sailfish, jacks and mako are some of the
more likely catches that you may make.