Visa is issued free of charge upon arrival
The tourist VISA is valid for 30 days only
- Airport transfers
Seaplane 25 minutes of scenic-flight from Malé International Airport. 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. Seaplane transfers only fly in daylight hours.
- If flight arrives before 15:30 a transfer to the hotel will be arranged same day.
- If flight arrives after 15:30, guests need to make arrangements to stay in Malé overnight (at their own cost)
- If flight departs Malé before 09:30, guests may have to check-out a day prior and stay overnight close to the airport to catch onward flight.
Baggage allowance is 20 kg and 5 kg hand luggage per person, excess baggage is chargeable and must be paid directly to Seaplane Company. A single luggage exceeding 20 kg will not be accepted.
Our airport representative greets and meets all arrival and departure passengers at Male International Airport.
- Time Zone
In order to make full use of the hours of sunlight Gangehi is one hour ahead (+1) of Male time.
- Languages spoken in the resort
English, Italian, German, French, Spanish, Arabic, Hindi and Divehi.
The Maldivian Rufiyaa (USD 1 = MRF 15 subject to change).
The currency of the resort is USD. Extras can be paid in USD, EURO or by credit cards.
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
American Express, Visa, MasterCard 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 island. Nudity is 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. As the Maldives are a Muslim country, topless sunbathing is to be avoided as well as entering bars or restaurants without a T shirt or going to the city in short skirts or shorts.
- Energy Supply
The resort itself is adapting special arrangements to reduce power consumption as much as possible. For example we use low consumption lamps, and the air conditioning system also works as a water heater using the heat exchanger inside. This small but ingenious invention allows us to save an average of 1,200 KW per day and contributes to making Gangehi an eco-resort.
- 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.
- Fish and their nutrition
Gangehi is surrounded by a beautiful lagoon where you can swim safely (no dangerous sharks or aggressive barracudas around…).
It is understandable that people tend to believe that the huge amounts of small fishes around are hungry creatures. Actually, there is plenty of food in the Ocean which meets their nutritional needs. Due to some kind of affection towards the fish, some people feed them with food such as bread, pizza, etc. which is most likely to kill them, since these foods are not compatible with their digestive system.
Please also note that it is not allowed to fish from the beach, seaplane deck, canoes or pontoons by whatever technique. Penalties are very high; the resort is responsible and has to make sure law is respected.
- Birds and other animals on the island
In addition to the aquatic life around the island there are other types of animals that you may encounter.
Flying foxes are a species of bat (the only flying mammal) common throughout the Indian Ocean. Despite their impressive size they only eat fruit and nectar in the flowers.
You will also see herons, terns (black and white), the Indian Ocean cuckoos and crows. You better not encourage them to come closer by feeding them.
Some species of reptiles are present on the island including lizards, geckos and iguanas. The gecko lizard chameleon tightrope, with suction cups that allow remaining attached to the walls and ceilings, feeds on insects of various kinds, ambushing near light sources.
The population of crabs is very large. The ghost crabs looking for food on the beach at sunset prepare deep holes, where they will spend hours of the day holed up. Other crabs inhabit holes in breakwater walls. The hermit crabs stay on the land and spend their lives dragging an empty shell for protection.