After spending an idyllic four days on Fulidhoo, it was time to head to the next destination. It was bittersweet to leave the island I had enjoyed staying on so much, yet I was excited about what adventures island hopping in the maldives would hold.
We arrived on Maafushi, after a pretty rough boat ride due to a huge downpour of rain, I realised that this island was a veritable metropolis compared to Fulidhoo. We were greeted from the boat by a member of staff from where we were staying and he showed us to the guesthouse.On the walk there I was asking a lot of questions because I enjoy learning about where I’ll be staying – one thing I was not expecting to be told? This island is home to the national prison for the Maldives. I hadn’t seen that information when I had been reading about Maafushi before staying there. However, we didn’t actually see the prison during our stay and were informed that it’s “totally fine, no worries”.
The first thing you notice about Maafushi is the amount of visitors there – tourism has exploded on this island! Everywhere you turn there is construction underway on new hotels and the bikini beach was packed with sun worshippers.Whilst it did have some pretty spots, I can’t say I was massively impressed with the island itself. However we had planned to use this as a base to go island hopping in the Maldives, so we didn’t spend too much time on Maafushi during the day. Also, a perk of being so touristy meant there were many more restaurant options and the island did maintain a relaxed ambience during the evenings.One of my favourite days from the Maldives was when we headed to an uninhabited island! We had dolphins jumping alongside the speedboat, spent the day relaxing, snorkelling on the reef, swimming with the sharks in the bay and had an incredible BBQ lunch. It was total paradise and genuinely one of the best days I’ve experienced. We also took a snorkelling trip, where we headed out to three different reefs. The water clarity was amazing, you could see the coral and tropical fish so clearly! Again, we had the pleasure of seeing a huge group of dolphins swimming and jumping next to our boat.
The last excursion we planned from Maafushi was a sandbank picnic. We headed to the sandbank and I have to be honest – my first impressions were not good. We jumped out of the boat to see a ton of plastic and rubbish washed up on the sand. That made me SO sad, we need to preserve our planet and stop littering.
Never the less, we explored around the sand bank and found that the other side of it was beautiful, with clear water and white sand. It’s everything you could wish for and more. We spent the time enjoying the water and eating food that was prepared freshly for us.As a little extra, we were taken to another local island on the way back to Maafushi and given the opportunity to wander around. Guraidhoo is much smaller than Maafushi and very colourful. The locals were friendly and chatting to us about our time in the Maldives. Unfortunately, we didn’t have the time to check out the whole island, but I would be interested to go back again. It had such a laid back vibe and was a cool little extra stop on our trip.
On our last day, we woke up early to go see the sunrise at the beach. The sunrise is on the beach at the other side of the island from bikini beach. I was so glad we got up on time, it was such a beautiful, peaceful experience and I think Maafushi won me over, in the end.
Do you prefer busier more touristy places when you travel? Or more undiscovered places that perhaps have less amenities?