When planning my trip to the Maldives, some friends of mine recommended me to go to a local Island and to not stay only in the so famous Maldives resorts.
When talking with my friend Sarah about diving, she recommended me Fulidhoo so we decided to give it a try.
How to get to Fulidhoo from Male?
Fulidhoo is situated in the Vaavu Atoll and is there are two options to go to Fulidhoo, the first one and the cheapest one (3,50dollars and around 3 hours away from Male) is to go by Ferry and the second one is to go by speedboat (around 50dollars and 1,5hours away from Male).
One thing to know when traveling in the Maldives is that Island transportation is not running all the time or everyday so it is best to plan in advance in order to not loose time. Also you should bring enough cash money with you as there is no ITM on the island.
Where to sleep on Fulidhoo?
Fulidhoo is an Island in full bloom. There are a few guest houses on the Island and many in construction. We stayed at the Luau Beach Inn, it is a lovely guest house situated not too far from the pier and with a few seats on the beach. Nothing too special but the host are very nice and the food is very good as well.
What to do on Fulidhoo?
- Diving on Fulidhoo
As mentionned before, Fulidhoo was recommended to me by my friend Sarah who is the owner of Girsl that Scuba, the biggest scuba diving community for women. She did scuba diving in some of the best places in the world and she told me Fulidhoo is one of her favorite and is really good if you want to dive with sharks. On Fulidhoo there is a 5 stars Padi Dive Centre, owned by Ali Miuraj & Adele Verdier-Ali. Both very nice and professional people. Ali is Maldivian and therefore knows the Maldives and the area around Fulidhoo by heart. Also he has some good work references like being a dive instructor at the Four Seasons resort in the Maldives. I am a recently certified open water diver so I am definitely not a good diver yet, but Ali always was very patient, helped me relax and get better. Thank you so much for this!
You indeed don’t need to be an advanced diver to experience great diving around Fulidhoo but if you are you won’t be disappointed either. The Vaavu atoll has got many channel dives where you can see Sharks, mantas, rays, turtles etc. Also from Fulidhoo you can go to the Alimatha House Reef for a night dive where you can see up to 100 nurse sharks. I will definitely go back for this one!
Good to know : Fulidhoo dive has a four day package with 8 dives starting from 599usd per person on a half board basis. Contact them for more infos!
- The beach on Fulidhoo
When going to a local island on the Maldives one should know that you can’t go to the beach in your bikini everywhere. On every local island there is a bikini beach where you can go in your bikini. The one on Fulidhoo is rather small but since there are not many tourist yet on the island it does not really matters. It is super nice and there is a little bar serving fresh coconut and other stuff.
For the active ones, it is possible to rent a kayak and more close to the pier.
- Day trips
Your guest house or Fulidhoo dive organizes some day trips to unhabited islands close by that are so called picnic island where you can go snorkeling or also to some luxury resort islands if you want to experience the other face of the Maldives.