Maafushi Island

Maafushi Island, Maldives

Welcome to Maafushi Maldives! People say that the Maldivian islands are where they find their inner peace and calmness; so much so that the entire country's economyis literally built around the hospitality business.But you’ll have to experience the sudden change of pace, from your flight to the hustle and bustle of the capital city of Maldives, to the utter change of pace that you’ll experience on a remote island in the Indian Ocean to fully understand what this means.

About 90 minutes away from Malé by ferryboat, Maafushi Island is a preferred that's often visited by a lot of backpackers. Located in the South Malé Atoll, the island is relatively large, compared to other islands in the very same atoll, but also experiences disintegration on the northern shoreline.

Severely damaged in the tsunami calamity in the initial decade of the millennium, the island therefore has been rebuild by the International Federation of Red Cross and also Red Crescent motions, and also currently houses an industrious area flourishing in fisheries and tourism.

How to Get To Maafushi, Maldives

Since Maafushi is really close to Male as well as among one of the most popular local island destinations there are plenty of departure times from both the airport and Male City.

Depending on your budget (and time frame) there are 3 main options to reach Maafushi, these run from both Man City as well as additionally from the International Airport;

  • Local Ferry- the best balance of time and cost, it takes around 35 mins and is $25 per person.
  • Local Speedboat- the most effective balance of time as well as expense, it takes around 35 mins and is $25 per person.
  • Personal Speedboat- if you do not want to wait around for the general public alternatives or are traveling in a team a personal speedboat transfer will certainly take 25mins as well as is around $150.

Things to Do in Maafushi Island Maldives

Bear in mind that the majority of the local islands offer really comparable field trip (which I make sure you'll determine if you browse a few of my Maldives local island guides) so if you're bouncing around a couple of places try and also spread them out!

Tourist/Bikini Beach- The Maldives is a Muslim country so it's respectful to conceal (particularly shoulders as well as knees for the women), so don’t expect to wander around in just bikini or boardies! However most local islands (Maafushi included) have a dedicated bikini/touristy beach where you’re all good to shed some layers, swim and top up your tan!

Dolphin Watching- There are thousands of dolphins who call the atolls of the Maldives home and one of the easiest means to see them is a dolphin enjoying cruise ship-- perfect for those who don't wish to splash either! If you locate them the local spinner dolphins constantly put on a show.

Turtle Snorkelling- There are a number of reefs off the island home to a wealth of turtles, so if you want to cool with these remarkable little men this is the excellent excursion.

Snorkelling Day Trip - These trips go to reefs closer to the island than the various other specialist snorkelling trips so are a bit cheaper, prefect if you're taking a trip on a budget plan.

Sand Bank Trip –Head out to a magnificent sandbank for a barbecue lunch, an awesome area to break loads of gorgeous photos and also enjoy the clear waters.

Scuba Diving- Although I didn't dive on Maafushi (I headed to Fulidhoo for that) there are a lot of dive centres on the island and also it's reasonably affordable to dive there. The South Male Atoll has plenty of dive sites for all levels of diver too.

Resort Day Trip- Maafushi is surrounded by many high-end resort islands and also you can head over to them for the day, a number of which are all comprehensive and also you can delight in a cool beer or cocktail (you can even head to Anantara Dhigu for the day which is where I stayed on one of my previous journeys.

Kite surfing-- up by the bikini beach is a watersports centre which supplies kite surfing rental (if you already know what you're doing!) or if you fancy learning they do lessons as well.

Jetskis- not my cup of tea but hey if you fancy jumping on a jet ski for you fast paced fun they’re available!

Floating Bar- Just off of Maafushi there's a floating hotel by Kaani which has a full bar, so you can bob about in the sea with a cold beer and also kick back with views of the island. There's a totally free run down transfer which runs twice an hour and also it's the ideal place for some dolphin watching.