Veligandu Island Resort, Maldives

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Thoddoo - 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.

Island 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 - 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.

Snorkelling 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.

Night 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.

Big 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.