Best Activities to do in the Maldives


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Many people’s idea of things to do in the Maldives involves lying on a beautiful white sand beach sipping cocktails. However, there are so many activities to do in the Maldives, mainly water activities and marine adventures! Here is my list of the best activities to do in the Maldives followed by some tourists’ favourite experiences here in paradise islands. 

  1. Snorkel with turtles
  2. Scuba dive with sharks (in Fuvahmulah island)
  3. Swim in crystal clear water (check out Gulhi island‘s top beach)
  4. Explore local islands
  5. Wreck diving
  6. Freedive with manta rays
  7. See wild dolphins on a dolphin cruise
  8. Go on a liveaboard boat
  9. Stay at a luxury resort (even if you’re on a budget!)
  10. Visit a sandbank
  11. Eat local Maldivian food – kottu roshi is my favourite!
  12. Go on an excursion, usually includes several snorkelling trips and a sandbank visit
  13. Experience a resort spa
  14. Jet ski
  15. Kite surf
  16. See bioluminescence plankton lighting up
  17. Kayak around islands
  18. Watch boduberu – a Maldivian drum and dance show
  19. Fly on a seaplane
  20. Have a drink on a party boat
  21. Snorkel with whale sharks
  22. Take photos with graffiti art
  23. Buy lacquerware souvenirs made in the traditional Maldivian way
  24. Go surfing (Thulusdhoo island has one of the best surfing spots in the Maldives)
  25. Go fishing (all fishing is done in a sustainable way in the Maldives)
  26. Stroll or cycle around the whole island
  27. Smoke sheisha on the beach
  28. Do Stand Up Paddle Boarding
  29.  Fly a drone and take amazing photos
  30. Try parasailing

Cal from Mar Pages loved his manta ray experience

Soneva Fushi is known to be one of the top barefoot luxe hotels in the Maldives. Situated on the mostly untouched and jungle-esque Kunfunadhoo island, it’s a locally owned hotel chain with a focus on exploring the uniqueness of the area – over any glitz and glam. After flying in the Maldivian seaplane, you’re welcomed to a world of luxury among the foliage. Water-based experiences are second-to-none at Soneva Fushi, as it’s based in the UNESCO-listed Biosphere Reserve Baa Atoll, which is in close proximity to some of the country’s most epic dive sites. It also has one of the most popular manta areas, where you can jump in the water and swim with the soaring creatures in season. As Soneva has its own dive centre with freediving lessons, you’re almost guaranteed a perfect experience. Personally, it was sensational to be surrounded by these gentle giants who seemed to want to get closer and closer. I had to make sure not to stretch out my legs and arms to avoid touching them and really enjoyed seeing them dance around in the ocean. Even if you’re not a swimmer, there are tons of dry water-based activities at Soneva Fushi. The most extravagant is hopping aboard the Soneva in Aqua Luxury Chartered Yacht which includes a glass-bottomed spa bath. There are day experiences or even surfaris available to Goidhoo, one of the country’s most premium breaks.

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Suzanna from Meandering Wild loved Wreck Diving in Addu Atoll

When you think about diving in the Maldives, wreck diving is not the first thing to come to mind.  However, in Addu Atoll it is possible to dive on a fairly intact shipwreck.  In the Second World War, Addu Atoll was a secret British naval base. It is the most southerly of the Maldivian Atolls and is over 500 miles from Malé. The British Loyalty was an oil tanker that was hit by a torpedo in 1944 and spent the rest of the war in the atoll.  In 1946 when the British Navy withdrew they scuttled her (intentionally made holes to make her sink).  She sank on her starboard side into 33 metres of water just offshore inside Addu Atoll. 

The dive is gentle and if you are not qualified to dive to 33metres the port side is a beautiful coral garden at 16metres.  Dropping over the edge of the port side you can find the hole where the torpedo struck which allows you into the hold and engine rooms to explore.  It is also possible to find the stern section with the propeller still in place, covered in black coral and surrounded by elegant batfish.

To dive the British Loyalty you will need to book onto a dive boat.  The easiest to use is Aquaventure based out of Maradhoo.  They are not linked to a resort and can provide all the kit and training you need. 

For more about wreck diving in Addu read Suzanne’s post here

Wreck Diving in the Maldives
 

 

Claudia from My Adventures Across the World  loved her sandbank visit

One of the most unique things to do in the Maldives is visiting a sand bank. These can be found scattered in the archipelago, there are various of different dimensions, and they are nothing more than just a line of incredibly white sand surrounded by the clearest waters you can imagine. Close to the sand bank you will also find a coral reef, which is perfect for snorkeling.

In order to reach a sand bank you need to hire a boat – most islands (local or privately owned by luxury resorts) will be able to provide this service and a captain that knows where to find the closest sand bank.

As the sand is bright white and there is absolutely no shade, you will need to apply a lot of sun block and preferably wear a t-shirt for the duration of your stay. Most boats will provide umbrellas or other forms of shelter from the sun. Some boats are too big to be able to get directly on the sand bank, so you may have to walk in the water to make your way there.

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Visiting sandbanks

Best activities to do in the Maldives

 

Jacs from Flashpacking Family loved seeing turtles

Our family holiday to the Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa in the Maldives is, hands down, one of the best holidays we’ve ever had. Not ones for sitting around on a beach all day, particularly our adventurous boys, we were slightly concerned about whether we would get bored, but as it turned out, those fears were completely unfounded.

On arrival, we were given a run-through of all the activities on offer and suddenly realised that we may not have enough time to do all of them. We decided that we absolutely had to go on a snorkelling trip and try some diving as the Maldives is one of the best destinations in the world to do this. If you have never been diving before, the Centara Grand offers dive courses ranging from introductory to full PADI courses. 

Thankfully, the resort had the best kids’ club which the kids loved going to, so we were able to take a few trips. Although the corals are mostly bleached, we saw so much marine life, but a turtle gliding by within a metre of us was a big tick on our bucket list.  They are the most graceful and ancient creatures and to have one swim by us of its own choice and in its own home, was mesmerising.

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Snorkelling with turtles in the Maldives

For more about the Maldives read my other blog posts to discover more about this amazing country!

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Best Budget Resorts Maldives: Kihaa Resort Review


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Cheap Maldives Resorts in Baa atoll

There are many Maldives islands and resorts in Baa atoll. Baa atoll is one of the best tourist destinations in the Maldives because it is a UNESCO biosphere reserve and has the best place to swim with manta rays in the world. Luckily there are also some more affordable resorts that include cheap overwater villas and budget beach bungalows.

Which resort to stay in in the Maldives?

My recommendation for a budget resort in the Maldives is Kihaa Resort in Baa Atoll.

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Arriving at Kihaa Resort by speedboat to these gorgeous views

Cheap Resorts in the Maldives: Kihaa Resort Review

I have now stayed at Kihaa resort in both 2018 and 2019. It is one of the most affordable resorts in the Maldives and one of the top resorts in the Maldives, in my opinion, because it has Hanifaru Bay on its doorstep, the best place to snorkel with manta rays in the world. I really enjoyed both my stays at Kihaa and I would definitely go back again.

Cheapest Resort in the Maldives: Kihaa Resort Accommodation

There are overwater villas and beach bungalow options here both which are some of the cheapest resort deals in the Maldives. Both times we stayed in a beach bungalow and I absolutely love them! They have amazing outdoor bathrooms, huge bath tubs and two outdoor showers. The villas themselves are an unusual octagonal shape which I love and all of them have a view of the beach. Even the Kihaa beach villas set a little way back are a short stroll to the beach. The housekeeping staff were fantastic, even doing special set ups during turn down service while we were out at dinner.

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Follow me to Kihaa’s beautiful white sand beaches, just a stroll from our beach villa

Kihaa Island Resort Reviews: Best activities in Kihaa

The best activity to do in the Maldives is snorkelling and scuba diving. The house reef around Kihaa means it has some of the best snorkelling in the Maldives. In a couple of hours snorkelling we saw two turtles, multiple black tip reef sharks, a nurse shark, moray eels and beautiful schools of banner fish. Scuba diving around Kihaa is great because of the fairly decent coral reefs and you have a high chance of seeing manta rays while diving because of the proximity of Hanifaru Bay. Please note that you can only snorkel with mantas inside Hanifaru bay as scuba diving is prohibited due to strict regulations by the Maldivian government to protect this area for manta conservation. For more about snorkelling with manta rays in Hanifaru Bay, read my post here. 

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Snorkel trips to see manta rays in the Maldives

Kihaa Resort: Best Swimming Pools in the Maldives

Kihaa resort has a gorgeous infinity pool with a bar behind it. You can drink cocktails in the swimming pool and spend the day lounging on sunbeds all around the pool. At the end of the infinity pool, there is a beautiful, white sand beach which stretches all the way around the island. The beach opposite the arrival jetty is the most picturesque. There is a second swimming pool surrounded by palm trees on the right of the lobby which also has a kids pool.

The infinity pool at Kihaa Beach
Dancing in the gorgeous infinity pool at Kihaa Beach

Best Budget Resort with the best beach in the Maldives

While I haven’t been to all the resorts in the Maldives, I can definitely say that Kihaa Resort has one of the best beaches I have seen. The beach opposite the arrival jetty is a huge area of white sand and crystal clear waters. They also have the best beach furniture of all shapes and sizes to lounge on and take photos with. They even have a manta swing!

Squad Goals for my 30th birthday celebrations in Kihaa Resort

Maldives Best Budget Resort: Kihaa Resort Restaurants

The main restaurant is by the beach and offers a buffet menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner with live stations. The first visit to Kihaa I was not that impressed with the food but on my second trip, a year later, I thought the food was great! We stayed on a Monday evening and experienced Arabic night which was delicious, with hummous, pita bread and a yummy pumpkin curry. It was very vegetarian friendly. During our stay we had the full board package in Kihaa which I think is definitely worth the money. The pizza from room service is also excellent. In my opinion, it is therefore one of the best budget friendly resorts in the Maldives because of the full board package. They also offer an all-inclusive package which could be worth it as the alcohol is not cheap.

Kihaa Resort and Spa

The spa at Kihaa doesn’t look that attractive from the outside but when in the spa it is over the water and looks out on the beautiful Indian ocean views. I didn’t try out any spa treatments as I am more a fan of the water activities.

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Read more reviews and book via booking.com here.

Kihaa Resort Contact

If you want to email them directly than contact Kihaa Resort via email: reservations.kihaamaldives@coralislandresorts.com
They usually reply within a couple of days. If you want to call them you can call Front Office on +960 6606686.

How to get to Kihaa Maldives one of the best affordable resorts, Maldives

For a transfer to Kihaa Maldives, you will need to take a domestic flight from Male to Dharavandhoo airport. You can book this through with domestic airlines such as Maldivian, Fly Me or Manta Air. Maldivian usually has the cheapest domestic flights in the Maldives. Once there Kihaa can arrange a short transfer from Dharavandhoo island by speedboat. It is the next door island so won’t take more than a 10 minute journey.

Maldives Resorts offering work permit rates

Kihaa is one of the best resorts for work permit holder rates in the Maldives. If you hold a valid work permit for the Maldives then they offer a rate of $180 per double room including the full board package. So that works out to $90 per person per night with three meals included. For me, this resort is great value for money because of the beach villas, great snorkelling and swimming pools. Even without a work permit, this is one of the best budget resorts in the Maldives.

For more information about travelling the Maldives

Travelling to local islands for a budget trip to the Maldives? Read this blog post with all my local island info and advice

Not sure what to pack for your Maldives holiday? Follow my Maldives island packing guide here

Interested in scuba diving? Read my post about the Maldives best kept secret for the best diving in the world

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One Week in the Maldives Itinerary


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One week itinerary for the Maldives

For a short vacation to the Maldives you could consider the below one week itinerary for your Maldives trip.

Is a week long enough to visit the Maldives?

I think it is definitely enough time to visit two islands in your one week trip without feeling rushed. You can also experience snorkelling, scuba diving and surfing within this itinerary, and all within 30 minutes by speedboat from Male airport so you won’t waste your week in the Maldives travelling around.

I recommend visiting two islands in one week. If you are planning a budget trip to the Maldives then visit local islands near Male so that you can take speedboats and ferries rather than a domestic flight which can be expensive.

 

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Visit Thulusdhoo: One of my favourite local islands only 30 minutes from Male airport

Where to go for one week in the Maldives?

If you love water activities and are happy to stay on local islands then stay on Thulusdhoo or Gulhi which are islands close to Male airport.

One week trip to the Maldives: Visit Thulusdhoo local island

Thulusdhoo is one of the best islands to visit in the Maldives as it is great for surfing, has some decent scuba diving sites and some gorgeous boutique guesthouses. It also has a floating bar which is a nearby party boat where you can still drink alcohol which you cannot when on Thulusdhoo island itself.

One week in the Maldives: Visit Gulhi

Gulhi is one of the best island destinations for beautiful bikini beaches, it even has swings for your Instagram shots. It is a much quieter island but still offers some surfing and scuba diving and great local Maldivian food.

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The beautiful bikini beach in Gulhi – local island near Male

Resort Day Pass

If you want a taste of the a resort experience but without the high price of a luxury resort in the Maldives, try a resort day pass like at Club Med. For a fraction of the price of staying overnight you can use the facilities, all inclusive drinks and food and sometimes transfers can be included too. Message them on their Facebook page for up-to-date prices.

How much is a week in the Maldives?

The cost of a 1 week Maldives vacation will depend totally on if you decide to stay at a luxury resort. The price of Maldives resorts usually range from $300 per night up to $18,000 and more.

One week budget itinerary – the Maldives local islands

The cost of a Maldives trip if on a budget can be around $70 per day depending on activities. On local islands, guesthouses can cost around $50 per room so the cost for a couple visiting the Maldives will be around $25 per night for accommodation.

 

One week budget trip to the Maldives

Eating local food on islands can be around $5 per meal so very budget friendly and breakfast is usually included in the room price. Snorkelling trips can cost around $20 per person, the price of scuba dives from around $40+.

One week luxury Maldives

If you want to stay at a luxury resort in the Maldives then I recommend staying for 6 nights and having your final night visiting a local island to experience the authentic Maldives. Lots of resorts offer package and all-inclusive deals so compare them for the best Maldives package. I think it is great to experience a resort for the luxury holiday side but local islands will always be my favourite islands to explore especially for a budget Maldives trip.


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The best rooftop infinity pool in the Maldives

One Week in the Maldives itinerary – evening at Crossroads

Another alternative to a resort and local islands is to visit Crossroads. This up and coming island is home to several different resorts, bars and restaurants so is worth exploring and will have much more going on in the evening than local islands. You can take the ferry here from Male Ferry terminal, ferries take 15 minutes, leave every 30 minutes from 11am-11.30pm and costs approximately $42 return for tourists. Work Permit Holders and Locals cost is 160 Rufiya/ $10 return.

One week itinerary in Baa Atoll, Maldives

If you only have one week to visit the Maldives but are keen to snorkel with manta rays in the best spot in the world – Hanifaru Bay then book domestic flights from Male to Dharavandhoo and spend 7 days in Baa atoll. For more information on snorkelling with mantas in the Maldives read my blog post here.

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Snorkel trips to see manta rays in the Maldives

Where to stay in Male, Maldives

I would personally avoid staying in Male unless necessary. I think it can be worth a day trip if you have time to spare but it is extremely busy and crowded. That said there are some great restaurants, cafes and boutique shops that are worth visiting for a day trip in Male. Hulhumale has much nicer accommodation for similar prices. Male has a lot of hotels but most of them are very expensive, they can cost from $150+ per night and the cheap hotels are not particularly nice. The cheapest hotels in Male are usually around $60 per night for work permit holders/locals and will be more expensive for tourist rate.


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One week diving trip in the Maldives

Fuvahmulah in the south of the Maldives is the best scuba diving in the world, and definitely in the Maldives. The marine megafauna in this area is so incredible, in three days of diving we saw thresher sharks, tiger sharks, whale sharks and oceanic manta rays. Read my Maldives blog post here for how to get to Fuvahmulah, the best diving destination in the Maldives.

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Me admiring an oceanic manta ray while scuba diving on a budget in the Maldives

For more information about the best islands in the Maldives for budget trips, read here for island advice about Gulhi, Maafushi and Thulusdhoo.

For more information about visiting local islands, what to wear on local islands and where you can drink alcohol in the Maldives, read this blog post

For what to pack for the Maldives, consult my Maldives packing guide.

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Maldives Packing List: What to Bring to the Maldives


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What to Bring to the Maldives: Packing List

When visiting luxury resorts or local islands I recommend this Maldives packing guide to help you decide what to pack for your Maldives holiday.

Essentials to Pack for the Maldives: Mosquito repellent

While most Maldives resort islands fumigate for mosquitoes even the most 5 star luxury resorts have an ongoing battle against the mosquito population so be sure to bring mosquito repellent that contains DEET. I recommend a 50% DEET mosquito spray like this one from Amazon. The Maldives does have incidents of dengue fever which is spread by mosquitoes so be vigilant with mosquito repellent on both resorts and local islands.

Essential Items for the Maldives: Suncream

It is very easy to get sunburnt in the Maldives even when using suncream. It is best to use factor 30 or SPF50 especially if spending extended time in the water or on a boat. Coral reefs in the Maldives are under a huge amount of pressure due to rising water temperatures so I try to use a reef-friendly suncream that is also gentle on the skin. I love this Cerave one which a dermatologist recommended to a friend.

Maldives: What to Pack-  Sunglasses

Even on cloudy days, the sun, sky and white sand beaches are incredibly bright. I’ve recently stopped buying cheap sunglasses at markets because they don’t protect your eyes properly. I actually bought these ones from Amazon in the hope they would suit me and I love them!

Packing List: Bring snorkelling gear to the Maldives

I suggest bringing snorkelling gear if you have your own. I love my mask and I think it is the best scuba diving mask for small faces. I bought it from Simply Scuba in the UK and the brand is Oceanic mini ice. I definitely recommend it as it fits perfectly and I love the hammerhead on the back. You can always borrow from the hotel, resort or guesthouse but even in the top resorts the snorkelling equipment is not as decent as buying your own.

Maldives Packing List: Sun hat/ Sun cap

Particularly if you have thin hair like me, I strongly recommend a hat during the midday sun. I have had a painful burnt scalp before!

What plug do I need for the Maldives?

Electricity adapters – most resorts will have British 3 pin plugs but on local islands and guesthouses there can be a whole range so I recommend bringing a multi-use electricity plug – these ones from Amazon

Maldives Trip Packing List: Underwater camera

Because of the amazing marine life in the Maldives, I strongly recommend bringing a Gopro or similar underwater video camera to video marine life like turtles, sharks and manta rays. Always use a red filter if you’re scuba diving to bring out the vibrant coral colours.


Maldives Packing Guide: Dry Bag

A dry bag is one of my essentials when travelling Asia, especially places like the Maldives and South East Asia where rain can appear suddenly and I spend a lot of time on boats! I love 5l bags as they aren’t too big and can still fit a reusable water bottle and other diving essentials. Check out some dry bags here. 

Inflatables for your Maldives packing list

My favourite is this whale shark that I ordered from Amazon but they have so many different types of inflatables. The Maldives is the perfect setting for photos and fun with these floats as the crystal clear water and lagoon environments mean the currents are not strong and the waves can be non-existent at times.

Maldives Packing List: Small Lightweight Speaker

I bought this one from Amazon last year and I really recommend this speaker as it is perfect for travel. It’s so light and the sound quality is still so good for something that cost around $30 dollars. I definitely would buy it again for such a cheap price. I have also had bluetooth issues with other speakers but not with this one so far!

Pack for the Maldives: Ear Plugs

Local islands can be noisy with generators and lots of islands have awesome but noisy fruit bats so I recommend bringing ear plugs to the Maldives to help get a good night’s sleep.

Maldives Packing List

As the Maldives has over 1000 islands, getting and feeling seasick can happen very easily. Instead of seasick pills I use these seasick travel bands which for me are the best item for dealing with travel sickness. I use them for mountain roads and have also used them on boats when feeling seasick. How do travel seasick bands work? Supposedly, the bead in the band pushes on a pressure point which can help with nausea. It might just be psychological but either way – it works for me! I bought mine from Boots but these are an Amazon example.

What currency to bring to the Maldives:

I recommend bringing US dollars as they are used widely in resorts and local islands. Be aware that on local islands you will likely receive change in Maldivian Rufiya (the notes are really beautiful!). In some shops in Male, only Maldivian Rufiya is accepted but in tourist areas US dollars are always accepted. For resorts you can bay by debit or credit card at the end of your Maldives trip. To pay for local guesthouses I recommend paying in cash as foreign cards don’t always work and there will usually be a 3% card fee.

And finally what not to bring to the Maldives

The Maldives is a Muslim country and has strict laws prohibiting certain items. Therefore, you cannot bring alcohol, pork products or pornography into the Maldives.

For more posts about the Maldives:

For the best diving in the Maldives check out this blog post all about Fuvahmulah island and the cheapest diving in the Maldives!

For more information about local islands, a great alternative to expensive resort islands, read here.

For the most beautiful beach in the Maldives, check out Gulhi island

For two local islands in the Maldives with lots of water sports, scuba diving, surfing and party boats where you can drink, visit and stay on Maafushi and Thulusdhoo islands. These are great to visit as they are near Male and the airport.

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Messing on my whale shark float in the Maldives

 

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Maldives on the Cheap: Thulusdhoo Local Island


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Local Island Guide: Thulusdhoo

Thulusdhoo is one of the most beautiful islands in the Maldives. It is one of the best islands to visit if you are on a budget as it is a local island with a lot of cheap hotels. It also has a mid-range hotel with one of the best infinity pools in the Maldives! I also have to say it’s one of my favourite islands so far, along with the best scuba diving island Fuvamulah.

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Hanging out on this picturesque jetty in Thulusdhoo

Maldives on a Budget – What to do in Thulusdhoo

Thulusdhoo island has lots of activities like surfing, snorkelling and scuba diving and all are cheap activities for the Maldives makings this the perfect island for an affordable Maldives holiday! I really enjoyed strolling around the island as many islands are too small to have an enjoyable walk. Other activities can include a tour of the Coca Cola factory that is here.

Surfing in Thulusdhoo

Thulusdhoo has some great surf spots and lots of visitors to this island come for the surfing. From what I saw the surfing looks like it is not so beginner friendly (so not for visitors like me!) as I saw huge waves and a lot of really good surfers out there. There are lessons for beginners available too.

Snorkelling in Thulusdhoo

I didn’t snorkel or see many snorkellers around Thulusdhoo so I definitely recommend trying a snorkelling trip to snorkel sites where the snorkelling should be better. That said, from just walking around the island I saw bumphead parrotfish and baby black tip reef sharks cruising around so while the coral may not be decent, there is still a lot of marine life to see.

 

Cheap Scuba Diving in Thulusdhoo

I really enjoyed the scuba diving in Thulusdhoo. We saw some fairly decent coral, white tip reef sharks, two huge schools of bumphead parrotfish and a huge eagle ray. There is also a chance of seeing manta rays on a deep cleaning station. Though for the best place for manta rays in the Maldives, head to Hanifaru Bay in Baa Atoll, read more about that here. There are package deals for multiple dives and work permit/ Maldivian national discount is $45 per dive.

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Walking around Thulusdhoo and spotting baby sharks and surfers

Thulusdhoo Island Accommodation: Where to stay in Thulusdhoo

Thulusdhoo has some of the most amazing looking guesthouses in the Maldives. I absolutely loved staying in Seasons Paradise in Thulusdhoo. It has the best infinity pool on a local island, perhaps including resorts as the swimming pool is on the top floor with amazing ocean views. While I was swimming in the pool, I saw spinner dolphins cruising past. The double beds were huge, with TVs in the room and a small balcony outside. The hotel also has a rooftop spa and a gym although I didn’t use either as I was busy enjoying the best rooftop pool in the Maldives. The price is approximately $100 per night with breakfast included on a work permit/ Maldivian National discount so expect to pay a bit more for tourist price. There was also no issue with a foreigner and Maldivian sharing a room. The hotel will also offer Full Board and all inclusive package. I also loved the hotel design of this Thulusdhoo luxury beach guesthouse and it is also directly across from bikini beach.


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The best rooftop infinity pool in the Maldives

Bikini Beach in Thulusdhoo

You can wear a bikini on bikini beach in Thulusdhoo. As it is a popular surf spot in the Maldives. many locals seemed relaxed about tourists needing to be covered up and I felt that I could wear shorter dresses around the island that showed my shoulders as some Maldivian women were doing the same. You can wear a bikini while on the beach, however it is not considered respectful to walk around in a bikini or bikini top so take a cover up.

Drinking alcohol in Thulusdhoo

Thulusdhoo is a local island and therefore under Maldivian law you cannot drink or buy alcohol on this island. However, nearby there are some floating bars, liveaboard boats with licenses to sell alcohol so for a small fee ($5) you can take a short speedboat to these safari boats to have a drink or enjoy a party boat evening. Drinks are not expensive, a rum and coke was approximately $5.

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Instagram perfect photoshoot around Thulusdhoo

Thulusdhoo Restaurants: Where to Eat

I really enjoyed eating at Santa Rosa restaurant which also looks like a cute guesthouse. Here, we had some of the best kottu roshi in the Maldives! (that I’ve had so far!) and all for very cheap prices. Food costs approximately $5-10 a meal. I also recommend the pizza at Thulusdhoo Surf Camp and the views at Canopus Retreat where we stopped for a coconut on their beds with views of the surfers.

Transport to Thulusdhoo from Male

You can take the speedboat from Male or from the airport to Thulusdhoo. The journey takes around 30 minutes and costs 150 rufiya for work permit holders. There is also an island ferry which takes approximately 45 minutes.

Thulusdhoo Speedboats from Male and the Airport
Thulusdhoo Speedboats from Male and the Airport

Thulusdhoo Location

Thulusdhoo is one of the best islands to visit as it is close to Male and therefore close to the main international airport in the Maldives. It is very easy to travel to islands in Kaafu Atoll because Male has such good speedboat and ferry transport options.

More Travel Blog Posts about visiting the Maldives

For further information about visiting Maldives local islands, read my post of FAQs here

For the cheapest island to visit in the Maldives, check out Maafushi for cheap diving and water sports.

For the quietest island in the Maldives where you can avoid the crowds, check out Gulhi island. It also has the best beach in the Maldives (that I’ve seen so far!)

For the best budget scuba diving in the Maldives (and some of the top diving of my life) find out about Fuvahmulah island.

Planning a Maldives trip? Read my Maldives packing list here

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