Welcome to Maafushi

Maafushi may not be the most attractive island, with only a few good beaches that tend to get crowded, but it's well located for dozens of day trips and, quite frankly, the sheer amount of guesthouse competition keeps prices affordable. Welcome to Maldives for backpackers.

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$145 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Local Island Day Trip from Hulhumale

Make your way to Hulhumale Jetty and depart by speedboat on a small-group tour with the guide and boat captain. Dependent on the choice of the tour, we will cruise north or south of Male. Cruising north, visit the islands of Himmurfushi and Huraa offering firsthand information about local island life. Our experienced guides will accompany you on a tour of each island sharing information on their culture and tradition. In Huraa, gain insights into the simple life led by the villagers, visit a boat building yard and view the process of making Maldivian dry fish. Discover the mangrove swamps and freshwater lake and learn more about this fragile eco-system. At Himmurfushi, take lunch at a local restaurant and visit souvenir shops where you may purchase local handicrafts and mementos.Cruising south, visit Gulhi and Maafushi. In Gulhi, wander the quiet streets of this small local island. Take time out to relax on the beach and listen to the waves breaking on the white sands. At Maafushi experience life on the island that has led the way with guesthouse tourism. Take lunch at a local restaurant and visit souvenir shops where you may purchase local handicrafts and mementos. For those feeling active, there is time to participate in the many watersports on offer here.In between island visits, it is possible to snorkel and discover the beauty of this underwater paradise. Sites vary, depending on weather and current conditions, but you can be guaranteed an abundance of colorful tropical fish and coral life. Following a safety briefing on responsible snorkeling, put on your provided fins, mask, and snorkel and jump into the warm, azure waters of the Indian Ocean. Keep your eyes open for sea turtles, reef sharks, and rays the Maldives is home to, youngsters will want to be on the lookout for Nemo (aka clownfish).The snorkel guide will not only act as your 'spotter' to point out marine life that may not have caught your eye but will assist less confident or inexperienced snorkelers, ensuring the equipment is comfortable and feel safe in the water. Buoyancy aids are available if needed, but participants should have the ability to swim unaided.The itinerary concludes at the starting point in Hulhumale.

$699 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Maldives 4-Night Tour with Male Airport Transportation

DAY ONE (Meals: D)Arrive at Male International Airport where you will be greeted by your guide who will assist you with your speedboat transfer to your local island in South Male Atoll. The ferry operates every day, excluding Friday, and takes 90 minutes to journey across the Indian Ocean to Maafushi. You can choose to sit up top and view the beauty of the many Maldives islands as you pass, keeping your eyes open for dolphins, or sit inside and chat with the locals.                Upon arrival at your guesthouse you will have time to settle in before exploring the island with your local guide to acquaint yourself with the layout and observe Maldives local life. Experience traditional afternoon tea known as ‘hedika’ and Maldivian savory and sweet snacks served with black tea at a local cafe. Dinner will be served at your guesthouse.DAY TWO (Meals: B, D)Breakfast this morning is served at your guesthouse before being taken out by boat to enjoy a 90-minute guided snorkeling trip to nearby reefs to discover the underwater world of the Maldives. The afternoon is yours to relax, or for those feeling a little more energetic, take advantage of the many water sport options available including surfing and diving. Enjoy a local dinner with the option of joining a local family in their home, allowing you to truly access Maldives life.DAY 3 (Meals: B, L,D)Following breakfast you have a free morning before being taken by speedboat to an idyllic sandbank just a short distance from Maafushi. Here you have the opportunity to swim, snorkel or just lie back and relax. A picnic lunch will be served before you head off to snorkel. The soft corals available on this reef usually mean its lunchtime all the time for turtles! On your return journey to Maafushi cruise the Indian Ocean and possibly spot dolphins. Subject to weather conditions your dinner will be served alfresco.DAY FOUR (Meals: B )Today is yours to enjoy as you please. Relax on the beach or participate in the various optional water sport activities offered. Optional diving trips can be organized for certified divers and day visits to resorts are also available. All optional activities can be arranged prior to or during your stay.DAY FIVE (Meals: B)Following an early breakfast you will transfer on the early morning public ferry to Male. Accompanied by a local guide you will discover the history of the capital city and visit places including The Friday Mosque, The National Museum (entrance fee not included) and Sultan Park.                          The remainder of your day is free to explore Male, enjoy lunch, buy souvenirs, or just watch the world go by from a local coffee house. Your small-group tour concludes with transfer to Male International Airport.

$150 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Day trip to Local island included local Maldivian lunch and Day use private room

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Maafushi islandYou can stay and enjoy local island life.It is included Maldivian lunch and day use private-room with shower.*The room will be possible to use from 01:00pm until the boat departure time.Duration: 6 hours

$350 Multi-day & Extended Tours

4D3N All-Inclusive DELUXE Maldives Private Package with 4 Star Hotel

ITINERARYDay 1: Airport transfer – Transfer to Island via Speedboat – Hotel Check-in – DinnerPick up from airport and transfer to the secluded, pristine Maafushi Island. Hotel check-in and freshen up after the long flight journey. You will be welcomed to Maldives with a beautiful Dinner on the Beach (if the arrival to hotel is after 9pm, packed dinner will be provided)Meal: Dinner on the Beach Day 2: Sandbank White Sand Island – 3-point Snorkeling – Lunch at Picnic Lagoon Island - Dolphin Watching – Sunset Viewing – Night Fishing + BBQAfter breakfast, get ready for the excursion to the beautiful Sandbank where you will have chance to view the spectacular views of the ocean and the crystal clear beach. You will have lunch at the Picnic Lagoon Island. Then you will go on an adventure to see the Dolphins, sightings are possible throughout the year and then snorkeling at 3 most beautiful spots namely the Coral Garden (Biyadoo), Turtle Reef and Manta-point (Banana Reef). If you do not snorkel or swim, you can stay on the boat or island and view the sunset on the way back to Maafushi island. Once you’re back to hotel, you can rest a while and get ready for the Night Fishing and BBQ dinner on the beach with the cool sea breeze.Meal: Breakfast | Lunch at Picnic Lagoon Island | BBQ DinnerDay 3: Paddling/Canoeing/Shopping/Beach/Spa (Optional) – Floating Restaurant Safari Cruise with Sunset After breakfast, you may try activities and spa provided by the hotel or you can stroll around the Maafushi Island and do some souvenir shopping at the gift shops. You can also take a sun-bath or swim at the Beach. After lunch, you will get on the speedboat to hop on the Floating Restaurant Safari Cruise and spend a romantic evening enjoying the sea breeze and watch the sunset while sipping away your drinks at the upper deck of the cruise (food and drinks on cruise on your own expenses). After sunset, return to the island and take a good rest before having your dinner.Meal: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner on the Beach/RestaurantDay 4: Paddling/Canoeing/Shopping/Beach/Spa (Optional) Check-out – Airport TransferAfter breakfast, you may try activities and spa provided by the hotel or you can stroll around the Maafushi Island and do some souvenir shopping at the gift shops. You can also take a sun-bath or swim at the Beach. After lunch, pack-up and hop on the speedboat to get back to Male’ Airport for your departure.Meal: Breakfast | Lunch

$999 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Multi-Day Maldives Island Hopping Tour

Day 1: Upon arrival at Male International Airport you will be greeted and transferred to your guesthouse on Hulhumale. Day 2: (B, D)This morning your guide will accompany you on a tour of the capital city before transferring by local ferry to the local island of Guraidhoo, South Male Atoll. Dinner this evening is spent with a local family just don’t expect silver service as traditionally meals are eaten without the aid of a knife and fork!Day 3: (B, D)Following breakfast you will be taken by speedboat to nearby coral reefs for your first underwater encounter! The coral reefs of the Maldives are inhabited by diverse marine life and are teaming with colorful fish and corals. Keep your eyes open for turtles, sharks and rays you never know what may be in the blue! On return to Guraidhoo the afternoon is free for you to participate in optional water sports, diving or surfing. This evening enjoy a relaxed beach BBQ dinner.Day 4: (B, L,)Breakfast this morning is taken with a local family allowing you true access to Maldivian local life. You will then have free time at your leisure to relax on the beach or enjoy optional water sport activities.As the afternoon cools down accompanied by your guide time is spent exploring Guraidhoo, chat with children playing in the street and watch the ladies of the community begin their evening meal preparations. Stop by a local cafe to sample traditional ‘hedika’ - Maldivian savory and sweet short eats served with black tea. Day 5: (B, L,)Start early today for breakfast and then a transfer by local ferry  to the local island of Maafushi, just 20 minutes away. After checking into the guesthouse, this morning you will have the chance to once again enjoy the underwater beauty of the Maldives. We stop at a sandbank for lunch with time to swim or lie back and relax. Heading back to Maafushi we will cruise the Indian Ocean in search of dolphins. Day 6: (B) Today is yours to enjoy as you please. Relax on the beach or for those feeling energetic participate in the various optional water sport activities on offer. Optional diving trips can be organized for certified divers. Day 7: (B, D)Following an early breakfast we take a short public ferry journey to the quiet local island of Gulhi. Here you guide will accompany you on a tour of the island. Ready for relaxation you can choose to head to the bikini beach or for the more energetic snorkel from the island beach. Optional water sports and diving trips can be organized for certified divers. This evening we head out to soak up the atmosphere at a traditional local café for dinner.Day 8: (B)Following breakfast you are transferred back to Male by public ferry arriving at Male International airport by 10am.