A Budget Visit in Maafushi Island
Maafushi Island, is a small but elegant inhabited island 26.2 kilometer away from Malé City the capital of Maldives. It takes 40 – 50 minutes speedboat ride from Male airport to the property. Maafushi is quite big compared to the other islands in the same atoll, with 1.27 kilometer x 0.265 kilometer land area (is it big?, i guess for you ,No, but in here it is 🙂 ). Maafushi island is one of the most visited local island in the Maldives, a number of budget travelers recommended this place and also for us. Maybe you wonder where is Maldives is, here where the exact location the Maldives.
How to get there
From Malé city, we had ride a speedboat about 10:00 in the evening (that was a last trip from Male airport to Maafushi) arranged by the hotel with the cost $25 for a tourist, $10 (for the local and work permit holder), it takes 40 minutes before we arrived in the Island.( Check here, Male to Maafushi transportation schedule).
Where we stay
As we arrived in the island, a lovely staff of Crystal sand (Envie) welcomed us and brought us to their property. With a welcome drinks, Mr. Jack ( a very approachable Reservation Manager) gave us a briefing to their policy , offered us their excursions and activities as well as sending us to our fantastic room for just $100 per night good for two pax (standard room with breakfast). For their sea-view room it will cost $150 per night for two pax half-board (with free breakfast and buffet dinner) .
Things we did in Maafushi Island
Early morning, after we took our breakfast, we go to the beach, since Envie is free and still don’t have her a work, she accompanied us (good thing we have a free photographer hehehe). She toured us in this small island, we roam around, took some pictures, posed every beautiful spots, photo-shot in the beach all of that we have done and enjoyed every single thing. Before the battery of our camera got empty, we had swimming and snorkeled in bikini beach area. The spot is so nice however it does have a limited area, so if it is a high season expect to see it crowded.
Along the beach there’s a lot of booth where you can avail an activities and excursions such as, water sports(motorized and non-motorized), snorkel to the beautiful spots near in Maafushi, wind surfing, diving, resort visit and more. for less hustle, you can ask from your hotel to arrange your excursion.
Crystal Sands excursion package
Fun and adventure trip = $35
>> 3 spot snorkeling / turtle point, nemo point, stingray point and biadhoo reef (all equipment included), lunch in the sandbank.
Fullday trip = $45
>> visit at Guraidhoo island, 2 point snorkeling (coral garden, long reef). BBQ lunch at sand bank. Gopro photograpy,water and softdrinks (09:00 – 16:00)
Romantic Candle light seafood Beach Dinner = $120/couple
>>Romantic setup on the beach (private). 3 Course dinner with seafood item. Symphony special desert & personalize waiter services (18:30-21:00)
Fun package watersports = $35
>>Jet ski & fun tube 15min and 1hr kayak (between 09:00 – 17:00)
Most of the hotel the breakfast is included to your room package, they served local foods in the morning meal or if you don’t feel like eating their food, you can go around and find some restaurant which fits your taste buds. I recommend to try in crystal sands. They do serve Ala Carte for $8 – $10 and buffet for $15 (breakfast,dinner).
Bajiya – fish, onion and coconut;
Baj – rice;
Garudhiya – A tuna fish soup
Mas huni – fish coconut flakes and onion;
Rihaukuru – fish paste;
Roshi – flat bread ;
Theluli kavaabu – croquette with fried fish;
Theluli mas – A pieces of fish with pepper and garlic;
Fihunumas – pepper-rubbed fish;
Foni boakiba – rice pudding with coconut milk;
Hikimas – dried and soft smoked fish;
Maldivian Hedhikaa – a deep-fried snack, which includes smoked fish, coconut flakes, lime juice, onion, and chili.
Gula – fried meat balls with tuna and coconut;
Dhiyaa hakuru – coconut milk;
Keemia – rolls with fried fish;
Kiru sarbat – sweet milk;
Kulhi borkibaa – pasties with fish and spices;
Mas – fish;