We couldn't have asked for a better time in the Maldives. We went snorkeling to see whale sharks, manta rays and sea turtles as a part of an excursion. We also went to a local island to see what Maldivian life is like and picked up fun souvenirs there. The reef is big enough for snorkeling during the day and Vilamendhoo also offers a lot of excursions and water sports/experiences. We had good room cleaning services and the restaurant staff are friendly and kind.
We went there as a "last chance getaway" trip before the second baby so I cannot help to be in a natrually good mood towards everything. The mild yet tropical climit, the pollution-free ocean and air, and the kind people who are always happy to help, etc. We stayed in both the beach house and the water villa for a few nights. The agreed opinion is that the beach house has better interior design and more comnfortable. The outdoor shower space is very interesting and romantic. But the water house makes up the slight disadvantage by allowing you to go from bed to snorkeling with fishes by taking 10 steps out of your room. The weather in July/August was better than i expected. Before the trip we only checked weather after booking everything and found out it's rain season there. It would be a shame if it had been groomy every day on a sea island during our very limited stay. However, except a few showers, it gave us a lot of the white sand, blue sky, dreamy glowing ocean as i had always imagined. Activity wise we went snorkeing with manta, saw maybe 2-3, still marvelous. We went dolphin watching...nothing spotted :< and discovered that we both have motion sickness on boat when staying for long. The natural walk around the island was great fun for me or anyone who find lizards/bats/plants interesting. I had a feeling if we had brought our little she would loved it.