In March 2016 we started our Asia trip with one week in the Maldives. We traveled independently and away from the resorts. In there we visited the islands of Maafushi and Fulidhoo and had a great time, with plenty of relax and exciting snorkelling trips. Here is our Maldives Photo Album with a selection of our best photos.
Maafushi, in the Kaafu Atoll, is 1.5h by ferry from Male, and the most touristy of the “local” islands. There are around 40 guesthouses (and quite a few more under construction) in the 1.2×0.2km island. We found the island a bit too over-developed and a bit spoiled. But the place is gorgeous and the beaches still unspoiled.
Fulidhoo (Vaavu Atoll) is further south, about half the size of Maafushi, and a population of around 500 people. This is a complete different experience than Maafushi, in part because there are only 3 small guesthouses and a more relaxed atmosphere. We loved Fulidhoo and think that this is one of those paradise places that are becoming incredibly rare to find.
We wrote an extensive post about our trip in Maldives, you can read it here.