Located in South Male’ Atoll, it takes 20 minutes’ speedboat ride from Velana International Airport to reach the island
cheap air- tickets to the maldives, non-stop flight, great deals

Related Pages

10 Best Maldives Luxury Hotels
10 Best Maldives Luxury Reorts - Most Popular 5*-stars Maldives Hotels The best luxury hotels in Maldives are idyllic retreats for wealthy travellers, offering world-class accommodation, fine dining options, luxurious facilities, and impeccable services for a fulfilling tropical holiday Read More
Top 10 Best Snorkeling Resorts
10 Best Maldives Luxury Reorts - Most Popular 5*-stars Maldives Hotels Today, the main theme is house reef snorkeling - the easiest way to explore the abundance marine life of the Maldives. Located in the top 10 list of the best world's destinations because Read More
10 Romantic Resorts in Maldives
10 Best Honeymoon Hotels in Maldives 2018, Most Romantic Maldives Resorts, Amazing deals on top 10 best romantic hotels and resorts in Maldives. Book with us to make sure you're getting the best accomodation  at the best price, beat honeymoon villas Any of these romantic resorts in Maldives can serve as the perfect backdrop to your honeymoon or romantic getaway on the island. This hotels usually offer more space and a greater sense of privacy Read More
10 Best New Resorts in Maldives
Топ 10 Лучшие Бутик-Отели The new is always the best, and the wave of new hotels in the Maldives proves once again that nowhere else in the world is the ideal combination of sea, sand and splendor, as on these islands in Indian Ocean Read More
10 Best House Reefs in Maldives
Top 10 Best House Reefs in Maldives 2018, 10 Maldives Resorts with Best House Reef for Snorkeling, coral, fish, marine life, Which Resorts have the House reef snorkelling is a great bonus to your Maldives beach experience. The best house reefs for snorkelling in Maldives are generally readily accessible; you only need to don a mask, a snorkel and fins Read More
10 Best Water Villas in Maldives
10 Best Water Villas in Maldives - Most Fabulous Overwater Villas in Maldives The best water villas in Maldives offer you a holiday experience with unique designs, luxury amenities, sense of privacy, and the added feature of doors opening to a sea views to-die-for. These are easily Read More
10 Best Dive Resorts in Maldives
10 Best Dive Resorts in Maldives With warm waters and rich marine life, the Maldives is one of the best diving destinations in the world. Almost every resort in the Maldives has its own diving center and there is plenty to see wherever you go. Read More
10 Best South Male Atoll Hotels
The 5  Best South Male Atoll Hotels 2018 , Most Popular Resorts in South Male Atoll, best places to stay ts close to Male Airport, Hotels in South Male atoll come in a variety of choices, from five-star luxurious ovewater pool villas that pamper its guests with a range of personalised quality services around-the-clock, to budget guest houses Read More
Summer Island Maldives Resort
Summer Island Maldives Resort, Male City, Maldives, hotel, Hotels The Summer Island Maldives Resort is absolutely amazing, peaceful and relaxing. The resort occupies a private island in North Male Atoll complete with powdery white sand beaches, blue seas and villas Read More
Maldives Transfers
How to Book Transfers from Airport to Your Hotel in Maldives Transfers to / from the hotel usually do not fill most of us with fun, but in the Maldives everything is different. Forget about the long taxi trip from the airport, the unique location of this island nation means Read More
Maldives New Hotels 2018-2019
Новые Отели на Мальдивах 2018-2019 A popular destination, the Maldives is looking forward to the opening of new hotels in the season of 2018 and early 2019, expanding its portfolio of luxury resorts. To support the growing number of tourists Read More
Niyama Private Islands
Niyama Private Islands Maldives, Kudahuvadhoo, Maldives, R:Dhaalu Atoll, hotel, Hotels, NIYAMA, Indian Ocean, over water villas Developed by Per Aquum (Huvafenfushi) and co-owned by Anantara, Niyama Private Islands Maldives is a resort with a rich ancestry. Sharing design and quality of service of both resorts, what Read More
Dusit Thani Maldives
Dusit Thani Maldives, Dharavandhoo, Maldives, R:Baa Atoll, hotel, Hotels, luxury, house reef snorkeling, diving, maldives magazine If the idea to stay on the Maldives in a Thai-style hotel raises your eyebrows, think about what it gives you. The warm hospitality of Thailand in an unprecedented luxury setting: two of the best aspects of Read More
Angsana Ihuru
Angsana Ihuru, Male City, Maldives, hotel, Hotels, luxury resort maldives A true island paradise, Angsana Ihuru is an eco-friendly luxury resort located on the tiny beautiful island with the best house reef in the Maldives. Two categories of stylish, modern villas under thatched roofs Read More
First time in Maldives
Первый Раз на Мальдивы  - Где Остановиться? If you're first time im Maldives and unsure about your upcoming trip, this section will put you at ease. Planning the first trip to the Maldives can be not an easy task: 26 atolls and 1,192 islands sparkle Read More
Топ 10 Best Beaches in Maldives
The Most Stunnig Beaches in the Maldives The Maldives is sprinkled with some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. But an experienced visitor knows that the best of them do not have clear borderline (not permanent). Sand moves Read More
Adaaran Prestige Ocean Villas
Adaaran Prestige Ocean Villas, Male City, Maldives, hotel, Hotels,Best Experience: for Couples, All Inclusive, Value Full renovated in 2015, Adaaran Prestige Ocean Villas is all inclusive luxury resort that offers some of the most affordable water villas not far from Male Airport. It was and remains one of the few resorts in Read More
10 Best Resorts near Male Airport
Top 10 Best Hotels near Male Airport, Best Maldives Resorts Accessible by Speedboat from Male Airport, most popular maldives resorts you can reach without seaplane, with Prices, 2018 The white powdered sands of the sprinkled atolls that make up the Maldives have, for some time, enthralled travelers seeking peace and luxury in stunning surroundings. The most phenomenal resorts Read More
Adaaran Select Hudhuranfushi
Adaaran Select Hudhuranfushi Adaaran Select Hudhuranfushi is a solid 4-star, a mid-range all inclusive resort, very popular in the Maldives, because it provides the basis for a great price, plus it can offer several of its own unusual Read More
How to Travel on a Budget
How To Travel The Maldives With $60 A Day Or Less The Maldives is a destination fast being added to many traveller's holiday bucket list. But how to enjoy a 5-star luxury Maldives vacation on a Budget? Would you believe me if I told you that an exotic island vacation Read More
10 Best Thing to do in Malé
10 Best Thing to do in Malé Malé for most visitors to the Maldives is nothing more than a urban spot on an untouched horizon, and the capital is usually used as a transit point to the five-star luxury resorts of the archipelago. Read More
Internet and Communication
Leading digital services provider in the Maldives WiFi in the Maldives is available in almost all hotels and resort islands. Not infrequently the Internet is only available in the lobby area, in bars and restaurants, and a considerable fee is charged for using wifi Read More
Adaaran Club Rannalhi
Adaaran Club Rannalhi, Male City, Maldives, R:Baa Atoll, hotel, Hotels, luxury, holiday Adaaran Club Rannalhi is located in the South Malé Atoll and has everything you need for a perfect holiday in the Maldives - stunning white sand beaches, warm turquoise waters, water sports, all-inclusive meals Read More
Makunudu Island
Makunudu Island, Makunudhoo, Maldives, R:Kaafu Atoll, hotel, Hotels Makunudu is a true relaxing island escape with welcoming staff and idyllic seclusion. Perhaps Makunudu Island will close soon, and have a major upgrading at some point, so now is the time to come and experience Read More
Top 10 Budget Islands in Maldives
Top 10 Best Maldives Budget Islands - Most Popular Islands for Budget Holiday in Maldives The 10 best Budget Islands give you the chance to get cheap everything what Maldives has to offer. These inhabited corners of the island nation certainly appeal to all those who prefer to spend their money Read More
Nika Island Resort & Spa
Nika Island Resort & Spa, Maldives, Nika Island, Maldives, R:Ari Atol Nika Island Resort & Spa is still Nika: unique, beautiful, stylish and private. People fall in love with Nika. They cannot forbid themselves to return here year after year, attracted by the irresistible beauty Read More
Fihalhohi Island Resort
Fihalhohi Island Resort, Guraidhoo, Maldives, R:Kaafu Atoll, hotel, Hotel In a quiet corner of South Malé Atoll, Fihalhohi Island Resort continues to offer its guests a good and high-quality product. With best beaches, house reef snorkeling and affordable overwater accomodation Read More
Biyadhoo Island Resort
Biyadhoo Island Resort, Biyadhoo, Maldives, R:Kaafu Atoll, hotel, Hotels Biyadhoo Island is not a new hotel, in fact it is one of the oldest resorts in the Maldives, but snorkeling on the house reef is a daily joy and one of the reasons why many guests choose Biyadhoo Island Resort. Read More
Diving in South Male Atoll
Diving in South Malé Atoll South Malé Atoll diving in the Maldives is famous for it's pelagic dives and it's Kandus. A fun dive trips and liveaboard are good for all levels of experience. The capital of the atoll is Maafushi Read More
Budget Maldives Ultimate Guide
1st Time Diving in Maldives, Scuba Diving in Maldives for Begginers, dive, maldives diving guide Budget travellers choose Maldives as their destination of choice thanks to the variety of affordable stays available, which range from budget guesthouses to backpacker-friendly hotels – there are all Read More
Malahini Kuda Bandos Resort
Malahini Kuda Bandos Resort, Malé, Male City, Maldives, hotel, Hotels, Value, maldives magazine, Best Experience: Couples, Beach, honeymoon Malahini Kuda Bandos Resort is a tiny island in the North Malé Atoll that offers a great-value Maldivian escape. Accessible by short boat ride from Male airport, the resort has 82 beach rooms in two categories Read More
Dangerous Fish in The Maldives
Dangerous Fish in The Maldives,  Scuba Diving in The Maldives guide Dangerous fish in the Maldives? Of course there is, but in the last ten years only a few accidents have occurred. Sharks, despite their bloodthirstiness and a large number of divers never attacked people Read More
10 Best Maldives Cheap Resorts
10 Best Maldives Cheap Resorts, The Most Affordable Water Villa Resorts in The Maldives, 10 Best Resorts in The Maldives for less than US$ 200 Our list of the 10 best cheap hotels in the Maldives will certainly be useful to all those who aspire to spend a budget holiday in these honeymoon islands of the Indian ocean, are afraid of the cost Read More
Snorkelling in The Maldives
Maldives Snorkeling, Maldives Water Sports, snorkelling, house reef, snorkel, Everything You Need to Know about Snorkeling in Maldives Snorkeling in Maldives is perhaps the easiest way to enjoy the underwater wonders. You don't need a tank on your back and you don't need too much diving experience or any scuba diving certifications Read More

Embudu Village Resort

Best Experience: Couples, Family, Beach, House Reef Snorkeling, Diving, Value


Embudu Village Resort is an ongoing success story that follows a simple, proven formula. Embudu’s success is based on its proximity to Malé, value for money, a homely atmosphere, an excellent house reef snorkeling and top diving.

It does not seem like luxury to you, but Embudu Village is one of the most affordable and suited resorts in the Maldives. Visitors do not come here for luxury accomodation or for fine food (although both are worthy of generous praise) - they head for perfect beaches, snorkeling, diving and water sports, which are on par with the best resorts in Kaafu Atoll. Travelers who want to try a seaplane should also check Kuredu Island Resort, which has better facilities and similar peak prices.

Embudu Village Resort  is  One of our best sellers in Male City!

The Island

Without paved walkways, an explorering of this 122-room resort is a bit like a jungle adventure. Deciduous trees are planted everywhere, and under the feet is a soft sand (including the floor in the lobby). Dozens of tiny beaches are hidden between the trees, making it easy to claim a private place under the sun. Large areas of the beach are also available - just explore the entire length of the island (it takes less than 10 minutes for a full circle). Small iguanas and geckos jump everywhere in the foliage, and it is almost impossible to peek into the crystal clear water without noticing a colorful fish or reef shark. The house reef is so good that the luxurious Taj Exotica, located on a nearby island, brings its guests to snorkeling in Embudu. DOWNLOAD RESORT MAP

Partly like Maayafushi, the key to this resort is not a built environment, but a leisurely, calm homely atmosphere. There is no rush here, no airs or graces. No, this is a place for lingering over sunsets, staying in the ocean until dark, leaving the salt in your hair and the sand between your toes. Here, life is slow and the living is easy. This, of course, helps and is abetted by great staff, half of whom have been working here for 10 years or more, while the formidable general manager of Ramsey Pereira, has been running Embudu Village for more than 20 years. The Embudu family know what it's like not to want to leave this special island, which is why they never have. Not surprisingly, most guests come back year after year.

4 reasons to choose Adaaran Prestige Vadoo

One of the latest changes was the construction of a new main jetty on the opposite side of the island to the original (for boats at low tide). Now you do not need to go to the registration through the decorative bar and through the flower garden, and go around the open service area located nearby.

The reception / office, café / lounge and the metal-roofed restaurant building are dim and hot during the day, but come to life in the evenings when turning on the lights and talking work miracles. The main bar with its wooden platform over the water comes to life at sunset, and once a week there is now a disco, but, in fact, it's a quiet good place to recharge batteries - very popular among Europeans, for a short run between snorkeling and diving trips.

Almost three-quarters of the guests are Germans, a quarter are French. The rest are small Britons, Italians and Japanese. German travelers are frequent visitors to the resort - so much so that signs in German (in addition to English), and five shelves of German books are available in the library lobby.

embudu village life


Paradise is easier to find than you might think. Located on its own private island in the South Malé Atoll, Embudu Village Resort can be reached by speed boat, which departs directly from Malé Airport. When you arrive at Velana International Airport, an Embudu team member will be waiting to greet you and to guide you to the resort's transfer vessel. Travel time is 35 minutes. The shallow lagoon is filled with coral patches (which are teeming with colorful fish and small reef sharks). The staff of 160 people lives and works on the island all year round.

Villas and Rooms

The 72 superior rooms have air conditioning, fresh water, a hairdryer and a refrigerator. The furniture is simple but adequate. About half of them recently received make-up, with new beds and furniture, so they usually look fresher, although the most high-tech supplement you will find in them are new tea and coffee making facilities. 16 Delux Rooms are located in water bungalows with 4 rooms each. The brown rectangular boxes are outside, they are relatively luxurious inside and have satellite TV, a safe, a glass panel in the wooden floor and a narrow but separate balcony.

If you have good food and drinks, a full day of diving or snorkeling, then a simple bed can be all that you need. Embudu can easily give you everything you need for a comfortable stay. Its 36 standard rooms are probably the only “old-style Maldives” rooms. Without air conditioning, hot water in the shower and - how nostalgic! - in the sink there is salt water. The rooms still have fans on the ceilings and your veranda opens right up to the beach.

superior room in embudu

Most of the rooms at Embudu Village are superior rooms located near the beach. Inside, expect a mini-fridge, patio and “king” beds (in fact, two large beds are pushed together, which can be separated). The decor is basic: white walls, cheap wooden furniture, cartoons of fish and without a TV. You will find the most beautiful rooms in Water Villas. Spacious and warmly designed, the water bungalows are set along the far end of the island each with a private terraces overlooking the metropolis of Malé and an infinite view of the ocean. In addition to the usual amenities, the bungalows have flat-screen TVs, true king-size beds, hydromassage baths and wooden floors with glass eyes (approximately 1.20 x 1.20).

Embudu's room numbers began to tire a little, but management finally took the time to fit into the much-needed updates related to the high demand for accommodation. About half of them received a new life sentence in 2011, and the other half was updated in 2013.

water villas  in embudu

The Beach

According to his “natural as possible” ideal, there was no sand pumping on the island to create artificial beaches, and no barriers were built, although several low walls were considered essential elements of the ocean horizon. Shrubs are allowed to grow on the beach, which stabilizes it, but sometimes means intermittent beach. Sand, not subject to the pumped material, has the highest quality.

The small secluded beaches between the trees offer plenty of shade, while several large beaches are ideal places for sunbathing or snorkeling off the shore. The island is absolutely clean, and do not forget to bring beach towels, because the resort does not provide any.

Villas are equipped with a balcony, LCD TV with DVD player and Chinese TV channels, minibar, home theatre surround system and personal 24-hour butler service with in-room dining. A pillow menu is available. There is an electric kettle. Slippers and dental kit are provided.


There is one large, buffet restaurant on the island which serves three times a day (meals are on, but drinks are extra). Drinks can be enjoyed at the beach bar with its lovely over water patio. Everyone prefers full board, and all 3 mouth-watering dishes are worth looking forward to for breakfast, lunch and dinner — the kitchen has never seen a budget cut. The approach is simple enough. The chef buy quality, local and regional ingredients, especially they are very cautious in getting fresh fish and other seafood from the best sources. Separate buffets and live kitchen outside the house ended with a long queue. Smiling F & B manager and his team waiters, exciting chatter among low-lit tables and, most importantly, really great food, make dining one of the highlights of the day. Also during the week expect: Barbecue Night, Asian Night, Western Night, Chinese Night, Carvery Night, and Italian Night.

embudu dining options

For those who want something extra special, their à la carte lobster and steak dinners can be enjoyed in the flower garden or at the water's edge with the sand between your toes. Don't forget to join a crowd for a cocktail in the bar while you enjoy a beautiful sunset.

à la carte lobster maldives

The House Reef Snorkeling

Snorkeling is a permanent source of fun in Embudu Village. House Reef has an easily access through 5 passages to ever-growing coral, a variety of schools of fish and pelagics, including rays, turtles and reef sharks. And for really big sea creatures that appear here from April to November, snorkeling exursions with Mantas are run almost daily.


Since many years Embudu is known as one of the most popular diving islands of the Maldives, and today scuba diving remains a popular and enjoyable activity at the resort. Popular due to the variety of superb world-class dive sites nearby, and fun, thanks to the leaders of the diving school, and especially friendly and hospitable staff, and efficient service.

Embudu is surrounded with a house reef within easy walking distance and drops to 30 meters. 24 hours a day you can choose from 6 different diving routes on the house reef. Already on the house reef you con see nearly everything the underwater world offers. From rays, sharks, moray to Napoleon, lobster, turtles and sometimes-even mantas nearly every meeting is possible. Who is interested in bizarre coral formations will find in the current free coral garden what he is looking for.

Diverland PADI 5 Star Dive Centre offers several boat trips per day to dive sites on the outside of the atoll. More than 35 of the most beautiful dive sites of the North- and South-Male-Atoll can be reached in 30 minutes to one hour by boat. Embudu Candu Marine Protected Area is located a few minutes from the island and includes spectacular drift-diving at Embudu Express, Canyon, Cathedral, Embudu Thila coral gardens and Shark point.

The dive school also offers courses from the Open Water Diver up to the Divemaster. You can dive even with Nitrox or Rebreather or you can be trained on these systems.

Things to Do

In addition, to sunbathe, dive and eat, there is little that can be done on the island (most of the activity is on the water or under water). Activities on land are limited to badminton, mini football and table tennis. Once a week there is a disco-acrobatic show. Other amenities include a small lobby library, a tiny business center (where guests can pay for the internet), a gift shop and a spa offering massages, facials, scrubs, manicures and pedicures.

For those who want to pay extra, the resort offers many available excursions, including shopping in Male, night fishing, island hopping and diving. The diving school also organizes offshore dive trips and rents snorkeling gear. Kayaks, catamarans and windsurfing are available on the beach.

beach massage


Reviews for the Embudu Village Resort are mostly quite positive, although everyone seems to have arrived with lowered expectations, as this is a 3-star hotel and one of the cheapest in the Maldives. Most guests were quite happy with the snorkeling and the food in the buffet restaurant. Some reviews mention that the rooms seem outdated, though recent ones have said that some of the resort has just been renovated as of 2011. Generally, the resort seems to offer great value and has satisfied customers, and it could work well for those looking for a small resort on a limited budget.

... Great value for money, Quite and peaceful maybe even too much quite, Wonderful stay at Embudu which we would recommend to others, A beautiful location and a very nice resort, Awesome. We will go to this place again, A wonderful & delightful stay, highly recommended, Simpler place, but with maldivian standard of beaches, Great stay, fantastic diving, Wonderful resort, Diving paradise, quaint Island, a relaxing holiday!, Overall was worth the price for Maldives, Our vacation was amazing! ...

Why stay here? What Guests Love

  • A great location close to Malé airport
  • A natural and unspoilt island
  • The staff are friendly and helpful
  • Beautiful beaches
  • Fabulous House Reef snorkeling
  • Delicious and varied food
  • Fantastic Diving
the beach

What You Need to Know

  • Embudu Village Resort is located in South Male Atoll and is 15 minutes by speedboat from Velana International Airport;
  • Check-in from 13:00, Check-out until 12:00
  • All children are welcome.
  • No pool or fitness center
  • No room service
  • No Internet in rooms (fee to use Internet in lobby)
  • Most rooms have no TVs (pro for some)
  • King beds in beach rooms are actually two beds pushed together
  • No minibars, bottled water, shampoo, or conditioner in rooms
  • Property is showing some wear and tear
  • No playground or kids’ club
  • Drinks (water, soda, alcohol, etc.) are not all-inclusive
  • Guests may have to share dining tables during high occupancy
  • Beach towels not provided
seafood dining

Check Availability and Prices in Embudu Village Resort


Maldives Best Hotel Deals
What's New, What's Fun and What's Best in Maldives, resorts, resort, guesthouse, hotels, travel, guide, local, information, transfers, booking, maldives map with resorts hotel,  Hotels, lodging, accommodation, special offers, packages, specials, weekend breaks, city breaks, deals, budget, cheap, discount, savings