Before visiting the Maldives, I struggled to find a lot of information about the local islands, so I picked somewhere to stay at random from the accommodation that was available. The place we were heading to? Fulidhoo.
After spending our first day at a beautiful resort, I was excited to head to the next destination and find out what life on a local island was like. I knew nothing about Fulidhoo — I had no expectations. Would it be busy? Were the beaches nice? Would I need to be fully covered at all times? (The Maldives is a muslim country, if you were not aware).
It was quite a long journey from Male on a Dhoni (a local ferry) as the water was a little rough, which was not fun for me – I don’t like boats and suffer from sea sickness, however when we arrived on Fulidhoo I was blown away. The water was incredible, so many different shades of blue and we spotted stingrays when stepping onto the jetty.
Another surprise was how small the island is! It is only around 600 meters long and does not have any roads – the staff from our guesthouse used a wheelbarrow to transport our luggage. We were given a tour of the island, there is one main street with two restaurants, a few small convenience stores and a brightly painted mosque.
The best part of the island is the beaches, though. They are so tranquil with the most amazing water I’ve ever seen. There were never more than a few people on bikini beach and many times we had it to ourselves, spending the majority of our time swimming or snorkelling – checking out all of the colourful tropical fish. We often spotted a heron hunting for fish near the shore.
Meeting some locals from the island was another highlight of staying on a local island, they were so friendly and welcoming. Especially the staff at our guesthouse – Thundi Guest House, who could not have been more helpful and have a wealth of knowledge about their country.
I fell in love with this island, it’s not often that you find a slice of paradise that you can enjoy all to yourself. In the Maldives, you can.
- Ferries do not run to Fulidhoo every day from Male. Check with your guesthouse which days they run, otherwise you can take a speedboat – but this will cost significantly more.
- Be prepared to eat fish for every meal. Okay, not every meal. But don’t be shocked when most of the time your food options include fish. I guess it’s not surprising, given that 99% of the country is comprised of water.
- Go now! I know this is a cliche thing to say, however the number of rooms available for tourists to stay on the island is about to double. There was a lot of construction work happening and I worry that this little island could lose it’s tranquil charm if it becomes too crowded.
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