Filitheyo Island ResortFaafu Atoll, Maldives
Surrounded by beautiful white sandy beaches with the island’s interior being covered in dense tropical vegetation, Filitheyo is an authentic, natural Maldivian resort offering an excellent range of facilities and incredible diving.
Only a short 35 minute flight by sea plane from Male, Filitheyo is located in the remote Atoll of Faafu and has more than 40 pristine dive sites within its reach, consisting of reefs, thilas, channels, wrecks and cave dives, all bursting with fish life and healthy corals . In addition to this, the resort’s house reef is often regarded as one of the best in the Maldives.
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Getting to the Maldives is pretty straightforward with many quality carriers stopping once en-route to Male. The most popular airlines tend to be Emirates, Qatar and Etihad who each have a short transit and arrive into your destination at a sensible hour. There are direct flights with British Airways from November to March from Gatwick, but only 3 days per week. The flight time is around 11 hours to Male from London.
Upon arrival in Male we arrange for you to be met by our ground representatives and shown to your seaplane transfer. The journey time is approx 35 mins followed by a boat transfer to the resort which takes approx 10 mins. We also liaise with the resort to arrange your seaplane transfer back to Male to tie in with your international flight or onward connection.
Guide price: 7nts from £1650pp*
Includes: Return economy class flights on Sri Lankan Airlines from London Heathrow to Male, meet and greet, sea plane transfers and 7nts half board accommodation in a twin/double Superior Villa.
*Price shown is for guide purposes only and is based on low season travel and for double/twin share accommodation. Any length of stay is possible, please contact us for a confirmed cost based on your preferred duration and time of travel.
Extend your stay
A perfect way to experience the best of the Maldives would be to combine your island stay with a liveaboard or another resort. As all our holidays are completely tailor-made this allows us to put together the perfect itinerary for you to suit your exact requirements.
Get some rest
There is a total of 125 villas on the island in 3 different room types. All rooms have air conditioning, ceiling fan, mosquito net, minibar, hairdryer, bathrobes, tea/coffee making facilities and a satellite flat-screen TV. The 94 Superior Villas and 15 Deluxe Villas are all located on the beach, built in the shade of the palm trees. The 16 spacious Water Villas stand on stilts over the turquoise lagoon.
The Superior Villas are semi-detached and are comfortably furnished with a semi-open bathroom with shower and spacious terrace with seating. Maximum occupancy is 2 adults and 1 child.
The detached Deluxe Villas are slightly larger, have a semi-open air bathroom with shower and bath tub, spacious terrace with seating and are excellently located for direct beach access. Maximum occupancy is 2 adults and 1 child.
The Water Villas have a private jacuzzi, a very large terrace with sun loungers and Maldivian swing bed, and direct access the ocean. Maximum occupancy is 2 adults.
Enjoy your stay
There are two restaurants on Filitheyo and two bars. The large main restaurant has a relaxed social atmosphere and offers an award-winning buffet with live cooking stations of local and international dishes. In addition, beach barbeques are regularly organised which offer Maldivian specialty dishes and freshly cooked seafood.
The Sunset Restaurant and Bar is the best place on the island to enjoy the spectacular sunsets. It is located on the tip of the island and offers fresh juices, cocktails, a huge selection of wines and al a carte meals.
The Filitheyo Bar has a tropical beach vibe and sandy floor. Offering a variety of spirits, wine and beer, guests can enjoy their drinks on the beach under the shade of a palm tree whilst listening to the sounds of the ocean.
In addition to diving and snorkelling, there is a wide range of watersports available, including catamaran sailing, paddle boarding, canoeing and windsurfing, as well as excursions to local uninhabited islands, island hopping, dolphin spotting, traditional Maldivian night fishing and sunset cruises. There is also an air-conditioned gymnasium, billiards room, and infinity swimming pool with a decked terrace area and sun loungers over-looking the ocean.
Filitheyo also has an incredible spa which offers an array of blissful treatments for the ultimate in relaxation and pampering.
The dive centre on Filitheyo is run by the excellent Werner Lau, who offer half day and full day boat dives with ‘Red’ boats offering less demanding diving and ‘Blue’ boats diving the channel corners in full current for more experience divers.
There are 3 diving boats/dhoni’s which depart daily at 0900 and 1430, and the knowledgable and experienced crew of 11 international instructors will take divers to explore the 40+ dive sites in the surrounding area of Faafu Atoll. And as the only resort in the atoll it’s highly unlikely you will meet any other divers.
Guests can also dive the house reef at any time during the day. Experienced divers can take advantage of the tank shuttle service and explore the reef in their buddy pairs. The house reef has eight entry/exit points, and features a colourful wall on the north side as well as two purposely scuttled wrecks to explore. Owing to the island’s location between two channels, both manta rays and whale sharks have been seen on the house reef, which is why Filitheyo is known as one of the best resorts in the Maldives for diving.
Werner Lau offer Nitrox diving free of charge.
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Great Escapes Diving Holidays Ltd
Office hours: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 10.00am - 12.00pm
Tel: 01473 921888