If you are staying on a budget at Maafushi, but want to experience the Maldives in a luxurious way, you can book a range of excursions at most hotels and guest houses on Maafushi Island, which varies from ( night ) fishing trips, snorkelling and diving, relaxing on a nearby resort, sunset trips, submarine trips, manta ray or whale shark spotting ( depending on season ) or a picnic on a sandbank in the middle of the ocean to name a few.
So how did we explore the Maldives like royals without paying the big bucks?
Sexy Beach Romance
We went to a sandbank in the middle of the ocean which is called Furafathi ( also known as sexy beach by the locals 🙂 ) and is located right in front of Maafushi only a 15 minute speedboat trip away. With a bit of luck you re the only ones on the sandbank and you can experience complete peace and privacy with only an umbrella, towel, and an esky filled with cool drinks and snacks.
When we arrived mid afternoon ( because we wanted to see the sunset ) there where some people leaving and there was only a newlywed couple who did their wedding shoot, which was amazing.
At the end of the day with the sun setting, we were just with the two of us, till it was almost dark. ( Luckily our skipper didn’t forget about us and picked us up a bit later )
For this excursion we paid around $30 USD, which was for the speedboat return and the esky with some snacks and drinks ( non alcoholic )
Relaxing at the Luxurious Holiday Inn
The other excursion we did was one of the resort excursions which are located close to Maafushi.
A few resorts we could choose from where; Fihalhohi, Fun Island, Rihiveli, Holiday Inn Kandooma, Anantara and Biyadu. Some where very secluded, some had more activities than others and the prices between the excursions varied from $36 USD to $160 USD including speedboat transfer and depending on the amount of people and package.
We picked the Holiday Inn Kandooma, which was $135 USD. $35 USD for our return speed boat transfer and $100 USD for the resort island fee, but this was basically your all-inclusive package as the 100 USD was your minimum usable credit towards your final bill at the end of the day.
When we arrived at the Holiday Inn Kandooma we instantly felt like we had landed in paradise. Even the speed boat trip from Maafushi to the Holiday Inn resort was an excursion itself as we crossed a few really nice looking water bungalows, amazing turquoise Laguna’s and tiny tropical islands. At the resort it`s all about turquoise water, pearl white beaches, palm trees, cocktails, a really nice swimming pool, friendly people and beachy vibes. There were a lot of couples and families with children. We spend all day relaxing, soaking up the Maldivian sun, walked around the island, did some snorkelling, had an amazing lunch and sunset drinks. A great way to enjoy the resort style holiday on a budget. Just after sunset we re heading back to Maafushi to spend a nice evening eating and drinking at one of Maafushi`s nice restaurants and bars. Read more about Maafushi here
We only spend 4 nights in Maafushi, but if you have more time you could visit another resort every day and have this resort feeling everyday, but don’t pay for a room you are barely spending time in.
Also spending time in Maafushi is great, you can walk around the island have a drink in one of the seaside restaurants, soak up the sun on the public beach or catch a fish with the locals.
Maafushi is a great base to discover the Maldives and suitable for every travel budget. For more information about Maafushi and what to do and where to stay Click here