Maafushi Island Activities - Maldives

Overview

Visit Maafushi island and enjoy the snorkeling and other activities. Maafushi is a local located in the south Male atoll, it is one of the first islands opened for local tourism in 2010. The population of the island is around 3000 people. Estimated 95 tourist hotels are available on the island and all of them offer budget stays.

Guided Tours

The tours usually start from 10:00 am and end on depending on the length of your choice. The tours include snorkeling in 2 or more different points (Biyaadhoo reef and Turtle reef), Sandbank visit and dolphin chasing trip. Snorkeling equipment is included and guided by the boat crews. Sandbanks are the first to form of the islands, we will take you to a nice sandbank where we will arrange lunch for you. The tour comes with lunch included (local-Tuna Noodle/Tuna rice with Juice and water). After the sandbank visit will cruise to find dolphins, now the dolphin trip is called a lucky dolphin trip because we cannot promise to you that we will find the dolphins, but we will ride to open water areas where usually dolphins are seen. in Maldives it is a very high chance to see dolphins.

Half Day Tours

(10:00 am – 02:00 pm)

40 per person

Group Tour

Minimum 6 pax required (Single bookings are accepted but confirms once we receive enough travelers)

240

Private Tour

Maximum 6 pax

Includes:

  • Biyaadhoo reef visit
  • Turtle reef visit
  • Sandbank Visit
  • Dolphin trip
  • Snorkeling Equipments
  • Life vest
  • Lunch (local)
  • Beach towels & Umbrella

Full Day Tours

(10:00 am – 04:30 pm)

85 per person

Group Tour

Minimum 6 pax required (Single bookings are allowed and we will confirm once we receive enough travelers)

510

Private Tour

Maximum 6 pax

Includes:

  • Nurse shark point
  • Coral garden visit
  • Sandbank Visit
  • Dolphin trip
  • Snorkeling Equipments
  • Life vest
  • Lunch (local)
  • Beach towels & Umbrella



What Is Maafushi?

Maafushi now has more than 90 Guest Houses in operation, with over 1200 guest rooms, and it is the local inhabited island with most number of guest houses and guest beds in the country. The local entrepreneurs started investing on guest rooms, diving centers, restaurants, and other guest facilities, and over the past 10 years, Maafushi has become the ‘hub’ of guest house tourism in the Maldives. As a result, there are improvements in the health facilities, cleanliness of the Island, and educational opportunities for the children and youth. Apart from fishing, most youth and others had to depend on the low-paying Government jobs, that were also very limited in number. Catamaran sailing, fishing, flyboarding, fan tube, kayaking, surfing, waterskiing, kneeboarding, underwater scooters, and standup paddling. Prior to 2010, Maafushi was an island with a small population of about 2,000 locals, mostly depending on fishing, and public sector jobs. 1000-1500 per month! This place employs almost the entire local population that is not working in tourism. The place is known for its fresh produce seafood and local markets, marked by seawalls. Naturally, the residents of Maafushi, or any local island in the country did not get the direct benefits of the country’s tourism industry.

This was very evident, when the Government in year 2010 amended laws allowing tourist establishments in local islands, Maafushi residents were the first to open guest houses for tourists. Until 2009, the government of Maldives used to allow tourists to stay in resorts located in private islands only. A few Maldives resorts for couples are Bandos, Amilla Fushi, Naladhu private island resort. A beautiful island in South Asia, Maldives is one of the most beloved honeymoon travel destinations for couples. Book, Pack & Escape your Maldives honeymoon package with Honeymoon Bug just like hundred of couples are doing in this wedding season. Get familiar with manta rays, turtles, sharks by doing snorkelling. It’s a great island if you want to witness the turquoise waters that the Maldives is so famous for, behave like a tourist and still get affordable prices. Imagine, the stars above in the sky and on the land, what else do you want to witness more with your soulmate?

The Secret of Maafushi Island

Some of the best snorkeling sites are Maavelaathu, Banana Reef, Vilivaru Corner, Turtle Garden and Maafushi Corner. Although this city is rarely visited, it has some fascinating sites if you travel through the streets. Very close to North Male Atoll, Banana Reef was the first diving site discovered in the Maldives and continues to be one of the best diving sites in the world. You may not exactly picture Maldives with long-term travel or even independent travel, for that matter, but it would be a mistake to consider this country only for the rich and wealthy. The reason is simple - Maldivian people either open another hotel by themselves or lease land with a house and move to Male or Hulhumale. These local hotels are called guest houses and they are very affordable. Maafushi has a Bikini Beach which is the only beach where tourists are allowed to wear swimsuit.

the northern part of the island, there is one of the prisons in the Maldives. In the center of the island, opposite the jetty, a school, the administrative office, a playground, and a central mosque are situated. If you are going to a group of 8-12 people, it’s possible to organize an excursion to Ari Atoll to swim with whale sharks. You will typically discover unique "swimwear zones", where you can swim in an open swimming fit, however you must be dressed in a conservative way (long dress and a headscarf to cover your shoulders) when travelling through the village to get there. Some guesthouses carry chairs and tables outside, giving the opportunity to enjoy dinner in the open. If you want to go for a decent budget resort, you could get a handsome deal for as low as $100 USD per day which would include full board meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner). It is no more only a luxury destination but can be done on a budget as well. This island is one of the must-visit places for the tourists whether they are expensive or budget tourists.