- Hanimadhoo island
Hanimadhoo is located in the North and it is one of the most beautiful islands of Maldives: lush vegetation, long beaches and turquoise lagoon. It opens the door for an adventure and genuine gateway where to be spoiled with a true Maldivian warm hospitality.
Hanimadhoo is a quiet fishing village with lots of tree-shade and swings. Fishing and agriculture is what most of the 2000 habitants of the island do for work.
It is a typical island custom that everyone finish their work by late afternoon, take their daily shower or bath near their wells, dress the children in fresh clothes and go for a stroll in the island, visiting friends and relatives, delivering small bowls of fresh homemade curry or taking some time to relax at the beachside, watching the late afternoon sun while children play around the beach.
Hanimadhoo community services: school, mosque, health center, climate observatory, local village, police station, airport.
Visas is issued free of charge upon arrival and it is valid 30 days
- Domestic transfer
45 minutes of domestic flight Malé International Airport plus 15 minutes by car from Hanimadhoo Airport to The Barefoot Eco Hotel. Your flight details and full names of your traveling party will be required at the time of booking or at least 3 days prior to your arrival. Upon receipt of your flight details the resort will organize all transfer requirements. A hotel representative greets and meets all passengers at Male International Airport upon arrival/departure. Baggage allowance is 20 kg and 5 kg hand luggage per person, excess baggage is chargeable and must be paid directly to the Maldivian Aero. A single luggage exceeding 20 kg will not be accepted.
- Time Zone
In order to make full use of the hours of sunlight the hotel is one (+1) hour ahead of Male Time.
- Languages spoken in the resort
English, Italian, German, French, Spanish, Hindi and Divehi.
The hotel accepts USD and EURO.
Dollars with prior issuing series of 2006 are not accepted by Maldivian banks (and the hotel) as well as the bad bills.
Bad bills are those with writings, stains, stamps, damaged, crumpled and look very old.
- Credit cards
Visa, MasterCard, American Express can be used to pay all extras.
220 Volts and there is a 110 volt socket in the bathroom, Italian plugs can be used.
- Cell Phones
To maintain a peaceful atmosphere, we ask you not to use your cell phones in public areas and, if possible, to reduce the volume of the ring tone.
The Maldives enjoy a year-round tropical climate, subject to the influence of the monsoons, winds that blow in different directions according to the seasons. There are two seasons: the dry season of the “Iruvai”, monsoon from the Northeast, from December to May, and the rainy season of the “Hulhangu”, monsoon from the Southwest, from May to November. The wind that brings the rains blows from the southwest towards the northeast, whereas the winter monsoon (which brings the good weather) blows from the northeast to the southwest, bringing the dry season with little rain. Temperatures average 28°-31° all year round. The water temperature is always pleasant, around 27°-29°.
Practical and informal summer clothes, without forgetting a sun hat, sun glasses, sun cream and rubber shoes. Dress code: both in daytime and in the evening, it is not permitted to enter the bar and restaurants in bathing suits or with wet clothes and guests are requested to always wear at least a T-shirt in these areas. In the evenings and after dinner, bermuda shorts and wraparound skirts are allowed. Guests are more than welcome to go barefooted anywhere on the hotel. Nudity is strictly forbidden.
- For the little ones
Children are most welcome. Parents are kindly requested to look after their children avoiding situations which could spoil the tranquility and atmosphere which is typical of the resort. We also recommend to avoid situations and activities which may lead to dangerous consequences. Children, who must be at least 8 years old, can take part in the Padi “bubble-maker” courses, whereas children, who must be at least 10 years old, can take the “junior open water diver” license.
- Customs regulations
It is absolutely forbidden to import underwater spear guns; sacred images or statuettes; pork meat or sausages; alcohol of any type; pornographic magazines; videos and DVDs’ (except for unused videos and DVDs still in their packaging). Nor is it allowed to bring in domestic animals of any kind. Very severe penalties are in force against the importation and use of drugs. It is strictly forbidden to export turtle shells, coral and shells not bought through legitimate commerce. In the interests of the environment, it is forbidden to break or walk on coral.
Alcohol is not allowed in local islands.
- Energy Supply
We are able to offer full solar power (only) during day time and at night we may need some support from the islands power house (not own generator).
- The barrier reef
The reef appears to be like a rock, but in reality it is a collection of millions of organisms: the touch of a fin for example may be sufficient to destroy many years of nature’s work. Some species of coral can cause injuries like cuts and blisters. For your safety and the one of the reef, we would like to encourage you not to stand, walk or swim too close to the barrier. It is forbidden by Maldivian law to collect coral, shells or sand from the Maldivian waters. The government is very strict about it and ignorance might very well end up in cash penalties.
- Special recom
It is kindly requested that the guests bring back with them certain wastes such as empty tubes, used batteries, etc. that could damage the environment.