The best way to discover the Maldives on a budget, is to stay at Maafushi Island and book your day trips from here. This way, you can enjoy the facilities and luxury of the expensive resorts for a day, but don’t have to pay for a room you’re only sleeping in.
There are no fancy water bungalows at Maafushi, as it is not a resort Island at all, but just a tiny Island with some really nice, small and cosy hotels and guest houses managed by super friendly people.
Maafushi is so small you can walk around the island in a couple of hours, or you take a bit longer if you rest and sit down to have a drink at one of the water front bars.
Maafushi is really relaxed and you will experience this typical island vibe, no massive resorts, star restaurants or luxury shops, but just the simple local life, which we personally love.
Where to stay at Maafushi Island
We stayed for 2 nights at the Ocean Vista Guest house
The Ocean Vista Guest house is quite new and has a cosy ski chalet feeling, with their interior containing lots of wood and cane. The rooms are also really cosy with a beachy feeling, and even though our room door was basically in the reception, we didn’t have any noise from people coming in and out.
The staff members are beyond friendly and really welcoming. We got picked up by the ferry, we got a welcome drink during check it ( which went really smooth and relaxed ) and they offered a range of very good excursions, which we booked for a good price via them. Check out the excursions we did from Maafushi over here
We booked our room via www.agoda.com , which has the best deals for the Ocean Vista Guest House, and paid only $50 USD per night per room in January, which is tourist season.
We also stayed 2 nights at the White Shell Island Hotel.
This hotel is less cosy and slightly bigger than Ocean Vista, but a bit more luxurious and it’s position on the island is better. The people here at the White Shell Island Hotel are also really friendly and the rooms are comfy! We booked a sea view room, which was great, but we really missed a nice balcony to enjoy those tropical views even more!
Again, a really nice accommodation which we also booked via www.agoda.com and we paid $75 USD per night per room in January.
Where to eat, drink and chill out at Maafushi
Maafushi has a few nice restaurants, café`s and bars. Be aware that this is no party island, so you won`t find a cappuccino strip, party street or anything like that, but just the laid back, relaxed little places to go.
One must go restaurant / bar is the Stingray Beach Inn. You can also stay here, but we went there for our after dinner drinks. Especially when it`s dark, the garden is amazing with bean bags, hammocks, cosy lights, hanging egg chairs and a Jacuzzi! ( yes we are serious ).
For lunch and dinner we went to White Shell Restaurant, Rehendi Restaurant and Arena Beach Restaurant which are all located on the beach with sea / sunset views and have great meals for decent prices.
Maafushi also has a few souvenirs shop where you can score your next fridge magnet 😉
Want to know more about Maafushi? Click here to discover the excursion possibilities!