My Dream Trip to the Maldives!
I always thought that you had to be super rich to go to the Maldives, that it was something I would do for my honeymoon and that I would be paying it off for a while. I was wrong. I had no idea that the Maldives could be affordable! Staying on a local island in a guesthouse enabled me to see how the locals there live and learn a lot more about the Maldives as a country, and made me see that there are so many things I didn’t know before!
The local island I stayed on was called Omadhoo. The island was an hour and a half speedboat ride from Male Airport, costing $25 each way. It was a bumpy ride the day we went! Once settled into the guesthouse, I ran outside to the beach, and saw lots of little crabs running away from me! From here was the most stunning sunset.
The Maldives is made up of over 1,000 islands, and some of these remain uninhabited. An amazing day trip, on a tiny little island. Some amazing snorkelling, fresh fruit and swimming!
One day we visited a sand bank in the middle of the sea! Be prepared, as you need to go when the tide is at the right level, or there may be no sand bank at all! The sand bank was also surrounded by corals, everywhere seems to be amazing for snorkelling in the Maldives!
One day we had a trip for just snorkelling, and we went out to a reef that was not attached to a specific island. We swam with small sharks, an eagle ray, and the entire cast of Finding Nemo! Unfortunately no manta ray, guess I’ll have to go back!
A bit of luxury
On our last day we decided to go and experience a luxury resort, since we were in the Maldives! We headed to Bandos resort, a 10minute speedboat ride from the airport, which is handy the day of your flight! We arrived to our villa on the beach, fully equipped with a Jacuzzi and outdoor bathroom and we felt totally spoiled! The food was divine and we had a fabulous time exploring this little island!
We were very glad we had spent the trip on a local island but it was lovely to have a bit of luxury and a drink!
Tips before you go
As the Maldives is a Muslim country, here are a few things to remember before you go!
If you are staying on a local island, there will be a designated bikini beach, so make sure you are appropriately dressed while not on the bikini beach!
Pork and alcohol are illegal in the Maldives. Alcohol is served at resorts, but never pork, so make sure you are aware of this!
Check when monsoon season is in the place you are going to as it differs throughout the Maldives, although we were lucky and only had two cloudy days anyway!
You can use dollars while in the Maldives, but change will be issued in Maldivian currency.
Take lots of mosquito repellent! We found it hard to sunbathe in the afternoon after our trips as we were constantly attacked by mosquitos!
There are also plenty of palm trees to climb!
hank you Kirulhiya Guesthouse for having us on Omadhoo Island!