Maldives Promotion House - Angsana Ihuru has unveiled its newly refurbished 45 beach villas. With 20% more indoor space, several of the resort’s villas can now take up to four guests and is ideal for families or groups of friends travelling on a dive-centric holiday. As part of its refurbishment, the resort also boasts a new dive centre with enhanced facilities and is the first to offer SNUBA in the Maldives, which enables snorkelling up to six metres below the surface.
Just twenty minutes away by speedboat from Malé in the North Malé Atoll, Angsana Ihuru arguably houses one of the best reef in the Maldives which encircles the island and teems with vibrant marine life and coral just steps from the beach. Divers also have access to sister resort Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru’s stunning house reef, located just five minutes away. Both resorts are passionate about their reef conservation projects which serve to combat devastation of Maldivian corals in 1998 from high water temperatures. These projects include coral transplantation onto a man-made barnacle steel structure charged with electricity to speed up coral growth.
Twenty six metres deep on the ocean floor at Angsana Ihuru lays the magnificent Rannamaari Wreck which acts as a habitat for thousands of sea creatures. With its rich cloak of algae spawning plankton, the wreck provides an abundant source of food for local marine life and acts as a protective barrier from strong currents and predators. With shimmering waters so clear that visibility can stretch up to fifty metres, divers at the wreck can expect to see giant moray eels, scorpion fish, stingrays, groupers, batfish, squirrelfish, nurse sharks, fusilier fish and more.
Divers at Angsana Ihuru have easy access to over thirty sites including Lankan Manta Point, located one hour away on the reef of Lankan Finolhu and a world-renowned site for manta rays during the south west monsoon period of April to December. Forty five minutes away is Kudaa Ha, a protected marine sanctuary resembling a two-humped camel covered in sponges and corals, where bluestripe snapper, basslet, and butterfly fish and even sharks can be found. Closer to Angsana Ihuru, just fifteen minutes away, is Hoholha Gaa in North West Malé Atoll, a beautiful reef formation with unique dwellers including longnose hawk fish and red anemones.
Angsana Ihuru offers a 5 Star PADI Gold Pal Dive Centre with training facilities in major languages. The centre offers seven instructors who provide basic PADI to professional dive courses. The centre is one of the few in the Maldives to offer a photo lab where instructors can help divers take pictures or videos and compile them onto a DVD upon request.
Nitrox is offered on a complimentary basis to all divers and the resort is located twelve minutes away from the DAN (Divers Alert Network) medical facility with a hyperbaric chamber.
For those who prefer snorkelling or are new to diving, Angsana Ihuru is the first resort in the Maldives to offer SNUBA, which facilitates a feel for diving without the need for deep underwater submersion. Breathing air is supplied from a long hose that is connected to a floating raft on the surface, allowing guests to dive up to six metres.
Children ages four to six can also participate with their older siblings or parents in SNUBA Doo, a specially designed flotation device which keeps them buoyant at the surface while the others SNUBA dive below them.
Angsana Ihuru celebrates these developments with a ‘Reopening Celebration Offer’ featuring 25% off Best Available Rates. This is applicable for bookings with a minimum four-night stay from now until 25 August, valid for stays between 1 July to 31 August 2012.