Forget water-villas, try local island hopping @ Maldives

Tripoto
14th Dec 2016

If you wish to visit Maldives but do not want to burn a hole in your pocket by booking the water villas, then you can stay at different local islands and also experience the local life.

We stayed at 3 different islands for 2 days each and travelled by speedboats as well as local ferry.

On the day of arrival and departure, we had booked a hotel on the same island as the airport.

Day 1

View from hotel room @Hulumale

Photo of Hulhumalé, Male, Maldives by Amruta

It was relaxed day at beach at Hulumale. Some water sports are available such as JetSki, Canoeing, Banana boat ride etc. We also walked around the city to explore the local shops and hotels.

Next day we left for Fulidhoo island by speed boat which costs $30 per person. You may also travel by local ferry which is very cheap (less than $2 per person). Make sure you check the speed boat and local ferry time in advance as they are not available every day.

Fulidhoo is a small, quiet local island with 2-3 resorts. It has very few tourists and the place is very beautiful and peaceful. Water sports like jetski, canoeing and snorkeling is available here but is a little expensive. A snorkeling trip at 3 spots will cost around $30 per person and takes around 2 hours. But the water here is very clear and has very beautiful corals.

Day 2

View from Resort room @Fulidhoo island

Photo of Fulidhoo, North Central Province, Maldives by Amruta
Day 3

Clear waters at Fulidhoo

Photo of Fulidhoo, North Central Province, Maldives by Amruta

Speed boat ride from Hulumale to Fulidhoo

Photo of Fulidhoo, North Central Province, Maldives by Amruta
Day 4
Photo of Maafushi, North Central Province, Maldives by Amruta

After staying at Fulidhoo for 2 days, we left for Maafushi by a local ferry. Maafushi is a local island crowded with tourists. It has a lot of hotels and restaurants. It also offers a lot of water sports including parasailing, snorkeling, jetski, kayaking, scuba diving etc. A snorkeling trip here is cheaper than Fulidhoo island. It costs $25 per person for snorkeling at 3 spots, lunch and dolphin ride, and takes around 5 hours. The hotels also offer full day trips to private islands which cost around $100 to $120 per person. They also have full day picnics where they take you to different islands. In short, Maafushi offers a lot of activities as compared to Fulidhoo, whereas Fulidhoo is a quiet island where can just relax and unwind.

After spending 2 days at Maafushi, we left for Male.

Day 6

Mosque at Male, Maldives

Photo of Malé, Male, Maldives by Amruta
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Old Mosque at Male, Maldives

Photo of Forget water-villas, try local island hopping @ Maldives by Amruta

After roaming at Male for one full day, we boarded our flight back to India.

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