When we think of Maldives, the words that come to mind are : luxury, expensive, honeymoon, couples, exclusive resorts, private islands and unaffordable. Maldives is on almost every beachbum’s wishlist. However, the Maldives is now an option for both budget and solo travellers. There is such thing as affordable luxury for all in Maafushi Maldives!
In 2010, the government of Maldives allowed undiscovered local islands to open up their doors to tourism. This meant that larger, habited islands are being developed for tourists and are offering options for budget and affordable luxury accommodations and cheaper means of transportation to get there.
One of the larger local islands just 30 minutes by boat away from Male Airport is Maafushi. This small island houses numerous guest houses and affordable luxury hotels. Don’t expect over water villas or butler service, but do expect great views and the same warm Maldivian hospitality.
Mainly populated by Muslims, most beaches in Maafushi require tourists to modestly cover up. Fret not, as there is an area aptly named Bikini Beach, where you can still swim around and tan in your preferred swimwear.
Food is affordable and the whole feel of the island is very laid back with dirt roads and only a few locally owned cars. Not sure why they’d need a car when the island can be covered entirely on foot.
A surprising fact about Maafushi Island is that is also houses one of Maldives’ largest prisons. Located towards the southern end of the island, this prison is well guarded so tourists have nothing to worry about. You’ll get to view the outsides of the prison but require special permission to view it from the inside.
Maafushi is currently being developed fast with an number of high rise hotels around Bikini Beach, but still maintains its charm and island way of life. In the next few years, this island will gain more popularity with younger tourists and families looking for affordable options in Maldives. Unlike the other private resorts, Maafushi offers a variety of accommodations and restaurants, ensuring you’re spoilt for choices.
Click here to read more on how to get to the island, the best places to stay in Maafushi and the best places to eat and enjoy alcoholic cocktails! Enjoy affordable luxury for all in Maafushi Maldives!