World trip month 7: Island hopping in the Maldives
Our stay in Sri Lanka ended in a tragic way as the country got attacked 2 days before we left for the Maldives. So sad and cruel what happened there… No words can describe these awful deeds. Our thoughts are with the victims and their families.
In month 7 of our world trip, we went to the Maldives to relax and enjoy our (both) birthdays. Valerie is turning 30! this year and I wanted to make it a little bit special (read “we travel on a budget”). Many of us think that the Maldives is only for the rich and wealthy people but that’s not true at all. We explored the local islands of the Maldives and experienced a totally different experience.
Read also our previous world trip update: World trip month 6: Sri Lanka
1 month in the Maldives
Yes, you read it well! In the previous update, we said that we will spend only a week in the Maldives to celebrate our birthday’s but when we found out how easy and cheap the Maldives is, we decided to stay as long as possible.
The Maldives is not as cheap as countries like Thailand or Laos but yes, the Maldives can be traveled on a budget and we wrote everything in the article about the Maldives on a budget: the ultimate travel itinerary + tips
In the Maldives, we traveled around 5 different local islands in 3 different Atolls with most public ferries and discovered the amazing underwater world. For those who are divers, the Maldives is the best place for diving! We swam with nurse sharks, dolphins, manta rays, blacktip reef shark, turtles, … just wonderful.
Diving, snorkeling, and making new friends on Rasdhoo Island
Rasdhoo was the island where we spent most of our time in the Maldives as we met some lovely locals on this island. These guys made our stay really fun and explained to us more about the local life in the Maldives. We did many boat trips to sandbars, snorkel trips with turtles and manta rays and we even did a Hammerhead shark dive but unfortunately, we didn’t saw them however, the dives were magical and beautiful.
During the last snorkel trip with manta rays, we had some bad luck, Valerie fell off the stairs of the boat and got injured on her shin, it needed to be stitched, so no more swimming for Valerie for the next couple of weeks.
Besides that Valerie was not allowed to swim anymore we also lost our drone. With a sunset dolphin boat trip we wanted to fly the drone and in some way (we still don’t know how) the drone decided to fly downwards instead of going up. Now he is laying down 60m on the bottom somewhere between Rasdhoo and Finolhu.
Luckily for us we took all the footage from the memory cards the day before, so we didn’t lose all our pictures and videos.
Read also: Best hotels and guesthouses in the Maldives
A day-trip to Thulusdhoo
Not far from Rasdhoo Island is Thoddoo, the agricultural island of the Maldives, where they crop vegetables and fruits and they have even a Coco-Cola factory.
We went for a day-trip from Rasdhoo to Thoddoo with our friends and we actually regret that we didn’t stay longer. There are so many things to do on the island and the beaches are just stunning. We visited a papaya and watermelon farm, drove around the island with scooters and a caddy, relaxed and snorkeled on Thoddu Beach.
If you go to the Maldives we recommend visiting Thoddoo for sure as it is also very easy to reach by ferry or speedboat from Malé.
Snorkeling around Mathiveri Island
After our 2 weeks on Rasdhoo Island, we went to Mathiveri island, which is located in the Alif Alif Atoll. We stayed on Mathiveri Island for a few days but as it was the end of the season, there wasn’t much to do anymore.
We met a local guy who took us on a snorkel trip where we saw the beautiful coral reefs around Mathiveri and an amazing shipwreck. The next few days we spent some time on the beautiful tourist beach, where baby sharks swam along the shore and we explored the little town of Mathiveri Island.
With low tide, you can walk through the ocean to the sandbank next to Mathiveri Island which is just stunning. we sent out our drone to take some beautiful pictures.
The hidden gem of Fulidhoo Island
The next stop was Fulidhoo Island in the Vaavu Atoll and a true little gem, where we would spend a few days diving with nurse sharks and exploring the tiny island. Unfortunately, Valerie was still not allowed to swim with her injury so we decided to do no dives and save the money for another time.
Our days were filled with nothing more than relaxing at the beach and cool down in the turquoise blue ocean.
Fulidhoo is an island that we definitely want to visit again as it has a relaxed atmosphere, it’s a great island for snorkeling and diving and the small tiny beach is just amazing. Oh, in the morning you can spot rays at the jetty.
On Fulidhoo we also ate at a local restaurant Café de Orzo, where we’ve got the tiniest bill ever.
A luxury resort and diving on Maafushi Island
After we spent 3 days on Fulidhoo, we took the ferry to Maafushi Island, which is the main local island of the Maldives and easy to reach from Malé.
In Maafushi, we stayed for a week and did some snorkel trips, sandbar trips, and 3 dives with sharks. We also booked a trip to see the whale sharks in a natural environment but due to bad weather, the trip was canceled.
The Maldives really surprised us and we never thought it was possible to explore these beautiful atolls in a budget-friendly way. But of course, visiting the Maldives wouldn’t be complete without staying in a resort, so we booked a 1-day pass in Adaaran Prestige Vadoo at the end of our stay in style.
Read also: 11 most unique things to do in the Maldives
What’s on the planning for month 8?
After 28 days in the Maldives, we booked our flights from Malé to the Philippines with a layover in Hong Kong for 24 hours, so we gonna spend some time in Hong Kong and buy a new drone. We have visited Hong Kong already in 2015 but we still want to explore some other parts of the city.
After our visit to Hong Kong, we will travel around the Philippines and explore some islands like Coron, Siargao and we’ve also planned an awesome adventure in Palawan.
In 2016 we already traveled around the Philippines on a backpacking trip. We went to the islands of Cebu, Bohol, and Boracay so now we want to discover new places.
Hopefully, you enjoyed the update! Stay tuned for more.
Mik & Valerie
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