At about 6 pm there is one of the highlights of the day... the sunset. And a colourful one it is... it starts in a soft blue-ish tone, then it turns yellow, then orange and finally the sky becomes flaming red, as if there was a fire there. The whole sunset doesn't last long, but it's an everchanging affair and it's different every day.more
The best Bathala sight, in my opinion, is neither the beaches nor the sea... it's what lives underwater - namely corals and fishes. Corals have suffered from El Nino and have turned white-ish, but recently they have started to recover... I have seen some shy shades of light blue. Fishes have not suffered anything and are plentiful... white, blue,...more
Water is the essence of all the Maldivian islands... and here in Bathala is no exception. There's a turquoise wonderful lagoon surrounded by a house-reef rich of corals and fishes. I found the best water to be on the south of the island... the lagoon is deeper and it's possible to swim there, and as you swim, thousand of colourful fishes will swim...more
There's only one restaurant on Bathala, with sand on the floor, so that you never need to wear shoes - and the meals it serves are all buffet style.
Favorite Dish: I had heard it before: the fish is never exceptional in the Maldives: confirmed! I only really liked uncooked tuna fish. The restaurant's curries were really good, in general, as well as the other western dishes. What made the difference, however, were the sweets... unbelievably delicious - and plenty of them!
There is very little nightlife on Bathala... the most exciting moment after nightfall is at 7 o'clock sharp on the north pier. A man from Bangladesh takes out all the daily fish leftover fo feed the sharks. There are normally five or six grey sharks and a white-fin shark that come regularly to the pier to be fed, as well as two large blotched fantail rays and hundreds of jackfish. Fun to say, but the quickest to get the food are the jackfish, while the mighty shark appear particularly clumsy and slow.
Bathala is an island sold exclusively by an Italian tour Operator: Azemar, so the vacations are all-inclsive and therefore in the price transport from Male to Bathala is included.You can choose to get there by boat or by sea-plane.If you go by boat, be prepared for a rather long trip: it is almost 2 hours by fast-boat. And if the sea is rough, it...more
Seaplanes are fun! Seaplanes land near a platform a few minutes by boat from your island - and this is the least interesting part of the trip. The best part is the flight... barefooted pilots fly them very low so that you can enjoy other islands, resorts and sand banks in the middle of the ocean. Spectacular sights. We flew Maldivian Air taxi: 20...more
No shoes, please.. on Bathala there is sand everywhere. The restaurant's floor is covered in sand, and so is the bar's floor. It's wonderful to spend a week without wearing shoes except... in your own bugalow! Well, to keep sand away from the bed, we resorted to wearing shoes only indoor - for the short walk door-bed-shower. As for the rest of the...more
bring shoes that you can wear in water (like reefshoes)... to protect your feet from corals and especially from the deadly stone-fish
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: high protection sun-screen (40 factor and over)
Photo Equipment: cheap underwater cameras
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: fins, snorkels and mask to enjoy marine life. Bring also a t-shirt for snorkeling, so that you don't burn yourself
The Ayurvedic massage centre is so well hidden that one risks to spend their time on Bathala without ever noticing its existance. In fact both times I went to reception to book a massage I was the first (and only) client of the day). It's a pity because the two Indian masseurs are quite good. There are several types of massage available: if you opr for the full massage, don't book the 45 minutes one, book the 30 minutes ... the masseurs are not really so much in a hurry that they will stop bang on time: they'll finish the massage - often in over 45 minutes anyway.
Snorkeling is how I spent my days in the Maldives - possibly I spent more time with my head underwater than overwater. The colours of the fishes near the reef - and the variety - was simple endless and unbelievable: I wish I knew the English names for them. My favourite, however, is the baby batfish in the picture: it stayed all its time under the...more
Many people go to the Maldives for diving - this gives you the opportunity to see wonderful colourful fishes. Forget about corals: most have been "whitened" by el Nino so it'll take some years before they recover fully. So basically diving in the Maldives is only for the fishes... the wonderful fishes - playful and friendly - and so beautiful. All...more
Bathala is a beautiful island in the north Ari atoll, about 56 kilometres from the airport. You can reach it by speedboat in 90 minutes or by seaplane in 20 minutes. Bathala, in particular is a natural island: no trees were cut to make room for the beach - no nasty walls were built to protect the beach from the sea. And It's tiny: it takes seven minutes to walk its perimeter
Fondest memory: I liked the white soft beaches and the different colours of the sea. I also and especially liked the fishes: I spent the best part of the day with my head underwater, snorkeling. Wonderful, colourful, amazing, curious and friendly little fishes. And by the way, Bathala is a sort of sweet potato. Go figure...