Сheap beach vacation and the real life of Maldives in one.
I see that many people are interested in a budget holiday in the Maldives and decided to share my experience of travel in this heavenly place for little money. Maybe my experience will help someone save the family budget.
Maafushi island (Maldives) is the best place for a holiday if you're looking for a cheap place for the best beach vacations and wanting to find the real life of Maldives.
The island is located in South Male’ Atoll, just 30 minutes from the airport and the capital male ' if you go on a speed boat. Also to the island can be reached by regular ferry coming from Male’ from 10 a.m. and 2.30 p.m. all days except Friday. Cost one way for one person is 2.5 - 3 $ and it takes 1.5 hours of time.
Maafushi is really nice local island! It is not resort but it is great place for those who want to immerse in the atmosphere of the local life of Maldives and Resort of Maldives at the same time.
On the island there are hospital, police station, school, many shops of food, clothing, household goods, fields for football and volleyball, concert Playground, bar, cafe on the shore of the ocean, where tables are standing right in the sand. There's two good beach with white sand and a very good coral reef.
All the prices are low as they are for local residents in contrast to the island-resorts. While you can at least every day to travel to the neighboring island-resorts, which are located in a few minutes by speed boat and spend a whole day there, taking advantage of all the infrastructure free of charge. (For example, a trip to the nearby Byadhoo island-resort with dinner, beach towels, the opportunity to enjoy all of the amenities of the hotel, transfer to a whole day worth of Summer Villa guest house of $15).
The Maafushians are very friendly people ever ready to help without any sign of self-interest. So you will be able to by souvenirs times cheaper than they sell for the resort tourists. Local shops (except souvenirs) have fixed prices and you can by fruits, snacks and even swimming fins there for the real (not resort) price.
Maafushi it is a where you can see the ocean from any place on the island. The Indian Ocean is calm and very beautiful. You can enjoy it as a natural swimming pool. There is a nice coral reef nearby.
There are two beaches on Maafushi on opposite sides of the island. The reef is located in the west side, if you walk away from Summer villa Guest house on the left. You must walk on the snow-white sand in shallow water a few meters long and there begins a good riff. Steep wall of coral and fish. I saw there a huge turtle, eagle rays (very nice!), Dolphins and groups of all kinds of fishes. It should carry with them flippers necessarily because it is the ocean, and without them hanging like an empty bottle.
It is a great choice for the tourists that want "budget holidays". Resort rest (15$ all day with lunch), the snorkeling, fishing from boat, swimming with manta ray and dolphins , a picnic on a deserted island, rest on a small beach in the middle of the ocean (a small island, where nothing except sand), a concert of national culture and etc.
There are some guest houses. I stayed in Summer Villa Guest house. It is an excellent Guest House with wonderful family-like atmosphere. The Guesthouse is kept by a Maldivian family. So all the relatives are really interested in each guest and make everything possible to make the guests happy all the time. I came here twice and it was an absolutely different experience in comparison with the previous visit but again wonderful. If you decide to go there you will feel yourself like in out-of-town house with the amazingly beautiful warm ocean and palm trees near by. All staff is very friendly and caring like your good friends.
A cozy place. To be honest, I examined in detail on this island, the benefit was a lot of time there. And when the question arose to what hotel to choose, my husband said unequivocally Summer villa guest house and I myself did not want to go anywhere else. You feel yourself in his hotel like in your cottage in the Maldives, it is true! You will see yourself. They organize excellent excursions. Rooms were spacious and furnished with a large soft bed and bedside tables, a large wardrobe with a wooden safe inside, a dressing table with bench, fridge, powerful AC, fans, etc. Every room had a private toilet and shower with hot water. Bed sheets and pillowcases were changed regularly. Room was very clean and cozy. There are soap and shampoo in bathroom. Staff cares for you if you are like the owner of this house and they are your staff. )) Really nice!
There was also a kitchen for guests in Summer Villa. Everyone could use tableware, toaster, and coffeemaker facilities or take boiling water for independent meals. But it was also possible to order the stuff to cook lunch for you.
Dinner was a buffet. Every evening the staff lighted candles and so each dinner turned into a romantic dating. If you decide to come with children you should not worry about food. My son (3 years old) enjoyed food in Summer Villa café.
Summer Villa guest house is the best place to relax, have a good rest and get a charge of positive emotions and energy. The same time if you wish an active or extreme leisure the hotel staff can arrange excursions and active kinds of sports for you. The guest house provides cheap excursions to several resort islands, Park Island, Sand Bank, Manta and Wale shark spots. They can arrange dolphin watching, fishing and snorkeling in very picturesque areas. I also saw Bodu Beru - the show of traditional dances and songs of the Maldivian culture.
There is free Wi-Fi in the hotel.
It is advisable to swim in a solid swimsuit or in a t-shirt, tunic. But I saw tourists in a separate bathing suit. Nobody remarks are made. However, there is a law and it must be respected. And the sun in the Maldives is quite hard so you need to use long sleeves because you can get a sun burnt! And you can walk around the island as you like. And in T-shirts and shorts and a short skirt! For tourists there is a special relationship - complete freedom within reasonable limits.
And on any excursions you can use a separate bathing suit. I used tunics, t-shots and sunscreen and always have nice even tan, believe me. And no sun burnt. I was afraid it also at first time but the nature dictates its own laws and I used except tunics leggings the first days.
There are no alcohol on this island as it is prohibited on all local islands. But there are a non-alcoholic beer, champagne and other drinks in cafes and bars, as well as in stores. Especially I advise ginger beer is very pleasant to the taste and refreshing. And all this is small money.
Agree on a time when staff from your hotel will take away you with resort can be agreed individually. So you can enjoy a dinner at the resort with wine and other alcoholic beverages. However the cost of dinner and wine will be quite expensive, as all on the Islands-resort.
But I had an experience a romantic dinner on a small sandy island, where dinner was served only for one couple. In the middle of the ocean only a couple in love, on the sand in the form of heart candles, and inside this heart only one table for two. It was fabulous! And with wine This was arranged by the staff of Summer Villa guesthouse and worth several times cheaper then a dinner on resort. So this is very romantic option which will remain an unforgettable experience for all. Believe my experience.
Very good alternative to expensive resorts. A wonderful place with wonderful people always on hand to help and make sure your holiday lives up to all your expectations!
Maafushi island are a piece of Paradise! My impressions in own video http://youtu.be/Sej-fKURONw