Maafushi Island in the Maldives could indeed be one of the most interesting islands that I have travelled to over the last couple of years.
For a country that is world renowned for its world class beaches and luxury resorts, few regard the Maldives as a prime backpacking destination. This stereotype is beginning to change. Here are the main websites we used for planning this trip to Maafushi in the Maldives:
Maafushi Island has been recently drawing more and more tourists over the years ever since the Maldivian government started to allow local residents to open up guesthouses (and small hotels) on inhabited islands.
Prior to this, tourists only stayed on uninhabited resort islands which really restricted the backpacking industry within the country. Now, with things changed, some of the small islands in the Maldives have been starting to thrive and this has been a win-win situation for visitors and locals alike. Tourists get a taste of Maldivian culture and the locals get additional income from tourism.
Experience the Local Culture
Maafushi is regarded as one of, if not, the most popular “guesthouse” island in the Maldives. A couple of things make Maafushi a solid destination for tourists. First of all, you can access the island in under 2 hours with the affordable public ferry service from Malé, the capital of the Maldives.
We conveniently made it to Maafushi by public ferry and we would highly recommend this mode of transport for your trip. Another feature we liked about Maafushi, was the very “local” feel to the island. We noticed lots of local families walking around the island enjoying sunsets and the crystal clear water (which is ideal for swimming).
Maafushi has a super laid back vibe without the same touristy feel that most resort islands around the world tend to have.