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Indulge Maldives had the pleasure of showing Marie Fe and Jake Snow, a German-Aussie Insta-famous Travel Couple, the best local islands in Maldives and the best Maldives resorts in November 2019. Travelling for 2 weeks, Marie and Jake visited 3 Maldives local islands and 2 five-star ultra lux, high-end Maldives resorts. We show you how to travel the best local islands in Maldives like Marie and Jake! Here’s Marie and Jake’s Maldives itinerary…
THULUSDHOO ISLAND MALDIVES ITINERARY
Rooftop infinity pool | Gym | Spa | Beachfront Location – an adventure lover’s paradise.
Tropical addicts looking to travel to the best local islands in Maldives are spoiled for choice when it comes to Thulusdhoo Island. With more than 25 hotels and guesthouses, starting from USD$65 per night, be sure to include it in your Maldives local island itinerary. This is one of the most popular Maldives local islands that offers plenty of budget-friendly accommodation.
If you’re looking to fill your Maldives itinerary with the best local islands in Maldives, you really can’t look past Thulusdhoo. Season Paradise Hotel is our hotel of choice and is ideal for families, couples, honeymooners and solo travellers. Indulge Maldives recently invite Marie and Jake to stay at Season Paradise for 3 nights to kick-start their Maldives local island itinerary. It is the largest hotel at Thulusdhoo Island, with a rooftop infinity pool, gym, large in-house restaurant, spa treatment rooms and is in beachfront location. Prices start from USD$120 per night at this local island in Maldives.
BEST THINGS TO INCLUDE IN YOUR THULUSDHOO ISLAND MALDIVES ITINERARY:
Highlights to include in your Maldives local island itinerary: Surfing, snorkeling, scuba diving, free diving, fishing, swimming, paddle boarding, dolphin watching, sandbank island excursions & resort day trips.
Start your Maldives local island itinerary at one of the best local islands in Maldives, Thulusdhoo Island – perfect for adventure lovers seeking to explore budget-friendly Maldives local islands, yet fill their days with plenty of holiday activities. Discover Thulusdhoo Island with Marie and Jake’s Maldives itinerary and you will never be bored. There is a huge range of excursions, day trips and water sport activities available at this Maldives local island.
- A sandbank island excursion is a must in any Maldives itinerary. Lucky Asdhoo Sandbank is located just 15 minutes via speedboat from Thulusdhoo. Keep your eyes peeled like Marie and Jake, and sight playful dolphins in the lagoon.
- Dive or snorkel directly off Thulusdhoo Island drop-off and spot the resident eagle rays, green sea turtles and hundreds of colourful fish. If you wish to free diving like Marie and Jake in Maldives, the locals at Thulusdhoo Island may just share with you their secret swim-through.
- Surfers worldwide regard Thulusdhoo Island as the best surfing island in Maldives. With two excellent surf breaks, ‘Cokes’, (right) and ‘Chicken’s’ (left), plus four other surf breaks close by, it’s no wonder surfers return to this Maldives local island annually. Maldives Surf Photographer is a highly experienced surf photographer and surf guide based at Thulusdhoo Island. He can assist you with your Maldives local island itinerary, and will take care of all your surfing needs.
HOW TO GET TO THULUSDHOO:
Our Thulusdhoo Island Guide has all the info you could possibly need to plan a trip to Thulusdhoo, including how to book Thulusdhoo Island speedboat transfers. Thulusdhoo is located 30 minutes north of Malé Airport via speedboat, costing USD$30pp one-way. Book your Thulusdhoo Island accommodation with Indulge Maldives & we will arrange your speedboat transfers too.
ISLAND # 2 ON MARIE AND JAKE’S MALDIVES ITINERARY:
DHIGURAH ISLAND MALDIVES ITINERARY
3 NIGHT: BLISS DHIGURAH
Rooftop Jacuzzis | Hermits Restaurant | Coffee Shop | Beachfront Location |
Still undecided on the best local islands in Maldives to visit? Dhigurah Island is high on locals’ and tourists’ Maldives local islands bucket lists (including Marie and Jake’s), and it’s certainly not hard to see why. Picture white powdery sands and tropical coconut plantations stretching 3km into the mesmerising blues of the Indian Ocean. Dhigurah translates to ‘Long Island’ in local Maldivian language, Dhivehi. The widest section of the island is just 250m across, meaning all hotels on this Maldives local island are perched between two postcard perfect beaches..
For the second island on their Maldives itinerary, Marie and Jake stayed 3 nights at Bliss Dhigurah. Bliss Dhigurah is one of the best hotels on a Maldives local island and features rooftop Jacuzzis, a coffee shop, Hermits restaurant and a tropical beachfront location. Hotels at Dhigurah Island are slightly more expensive compared to other cheap Maldives local islands. Hotels start from USD$95 per night, due to its more remote location and unique holiday experiences on offer, like swimming with whale sharks & manta rays (like Marie and Jake did!).
BEST THINGS TO INCLUDE IN YOUR DHIGURAH ISLAND MALDIVES ITINERARY:
Highlights to include in your Maldives local island itinerary: Swim with whale sharks & manta rays, watch beautiful Maldives sunrises and sunsets, enjoy romantic beach dinners, dive at over 25 scuba diving sights or explore a nearby resort.
Perched at the south end of South Ari Atoll, Dhigurah Island is only local island in Maldives where whale sharks and manta rays are sighted year round. Dhigurah Island is surrounded by many dive sites for all levels, making it one of the best local islands in Maldives for scuba diving.
HOW TO GET TO DHIGURAH ISLAND ON A BUDGET:
Our Dhigurah Island Guide has all the info you need to plan a trip to Dhigurah, including how to book Dhigurah speedboat transfers. Dhigurah is located 2hours south of airport via speedboat and costs USD$55pp one-way. It is also possible to take a domestic flight to Dhigurah Island for USD$140pp one way.
1. 2hour speedboat – USD$55pp per way.
2. 20-minute domestic flight to Maamingili Airport a 15-minute speedboat – USD$280pp return
Book your Dhigurah Island accommodation with Indulge Maldives and we will arrange your transfers.
ISLAND # 3 ON MARIE AND JAKE’S MALDIVES ITINERARY:
GOIDHOO ISLAND MALDIVES ITINERARY
3 NIGHTS: OLIVE GOIDHOO
Highlights to include in your Maldives local island itinerary: Excellent excursions, discovering an uncharted area of Maldives, exploring the beautiful Baa Atoll and gracious Maldivian hospitality.
Travel Maldives local islands like Marie and Jake and you will discover one of Maldives best kept secrets… the natural tranquility of Goidhoo Island. This is what makes it one of the best local islands in Maldives. With only two guesthouses on this Maldives local island, it’s perfect if you’re looking to travel a little off the typical tourist map. Be sure to include Goidhoo Island in your Maldives local island itinerary if you are looking for beautiful and cheap Maldives local islands. It’s likely you’ll be rewarded with entire picturesque beaches all to yourself if you make the journey to Goidhoo Island.
Olive Goidhoo is perched inside Baa Atoll and is one of the most picturesque Maldives local islands. Olive is the most modern of the two hotels on Goidhoo Island and prices start from USD$95 per night. The hotel is new and is in a beachfront location. Highlights to include in your Maldives itinerary are the overwater swings, watching sunsets from the hotel rooftop and experiencing the wonderful Maldivian hospitality..
BEST THINGS TO INCLUDE IN YOUR GOIDHOO ISLAND MALDIVES ITINERARY:
Sail a catamaran, swim with turtles, discover deserted sandbank island, encounter wild manta rays, plus island hop to neighbouring islands Fehendhoo & Fulhadhoo.
Baa Atoll is home to UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve, Hanifaru Bay. Visit during July to November and you have a great chance of sighting manta rays like Marie and Jake did, plus maybe even a whale shark.
As Marie and Jake discovered in Maldives, Olive Goidhoo was one of the best local islands in Maldives for exploring deserted sandbank islands, snorkeling unique coral gardens, sailing catamarans in turquoise lagoons. Don’t be surprised if you spot plenty of green sea turtles and manta rays at this Maldives local island. With 2 tourist beaches plus hopping to neighbouring Fehendhoo and Fulhadhoo Islands, there’s plenty of blue water beaches and to discover, making it one of the best cheap local islands in Maldives, as Marie and Jake showed us!
HOW TO GET TO GOIDHOO ISLAND ON A BUDGET:
Goidhoo Island is a 1hr and 45min speedboat journey from Velana International Airport, costing USD$80pp for a return trip. Indulge Maldives can book Goidhoo speedboat transfers and accommodation for you at a cheaper than online price.
OVERVIEW: MARIE AND JAKE MALDIVES LOCAL ISLAND ITINERARY
3 NIGHTS SEASON PARADISE – THULUSDHOO ISLAND
Sandbank Island Excursion, Surf lessons, Wakeboarding, Snorkelling & Free Diving.
3 NIGHTS BLISS DHIGURAH – DHIGURAH ISLAND
Swimming with Whale Sharks & Manta Rays.
3 NIGHTS OLIVE GOIDHOO – GOIDHOO ISLAND
Lagoon Catamaran Sailing, Snorkelling with Sea Turtles, Sandbank Island Picnic & Island Hopping.
TOTAL ITINERARY COST FOR 3 MALDIVES LOCAL ISLANDS:
- 9 nights accommodation
- Daily Breakfast
- 6 x return speedboat transfers
- 1 x swimming with whale sharks
- 1 x manta ray snorkelling
- 2 x turtle snorkelling excursions
- 2 x sandbank island excursions & picnic
= STARTING FROM USD$1225pp
TO DISCOVER MORE CHEAP LOCAL ISLANDS IN MALDIVES FROM USD$50pp per night
MARIE AND JAKE – 6 NIGHT LUXURY MALDIVES ITINERARY
RESORT # 1:
Meaning ‘My Island Home’ in local Dhivehi language, Marie and Jake fell in love with Amilla Fushi, the first resort on their Maldives itinerary. Also situated in the stunning region of Baa Atoll, contemporary whitewashed villas seamlessly stretch over turquoise tropical lagoons, and ultra modern beach houses line Amilla Fushi’s sandy shores. Think innovation, minimalism and total luxury!
Marie and Jake loved the fact that Amilla Fushi has a big focus on health and wellness. The couple enjoyed daily yoga classes in their Maldives itinerary, and visited the Amilla Wellness Café for healthy snacks and juices. Amilla Fushi offers state-of-the-art spa treatment rooms including a Turkish Hammum and a Sensora Light Chroma Therapy space – (one of only 7 worldwide). Feeling Koi is the signature restaurant of Amilla Fushi, serving a fusion of Japanese and Nikkei cuisine, in a fun and playful overwater dining setting, ideal for groups. The Baazaar offers a spectacular multi cuisine gourmet dining experience and Maldives’ only Sky House Bubble is situated in Sky House Avenue – totally romantic!
Amilla Fushi is situated just 15 minutes from UNESCO protected World Biosphere Reserve, Hanifaru Bay. One of the highlights of Marie and Jake’s Maldives itinerary was swimming with over 50 manta rays inside Hanifaru Bay during their November stay. Manta season is from July to November and is usually best around the full moon.
HOW TO GET TO AMILLA FUSHI MALDIVES
To reach the resort guests can take a 30-minute seaplane journey from Velana International Airport, or a 30minute flight to Dharavandhoo Domestic Airport, followed by a 10 minutes speedboat journey.
RESORT #2 ON MARIE AND JAKE’S MALDIVES ITINERARY
Arriving at Soneva Fushi’s floating sea plane terminal, all guests and staff including Marie and Jake, have to remove footwear to comply with the island’s barefoot bliss policy of ‘no shoes, no news.’ Soneva Fushi is one of the most unique and premium five-star resorts in Maldives, featuring 57 eco-conscious wooden villas – all situated on their own part of the island, complete with a stretch of secluded private beach. .
Soneva Fushi boasts six spectacular restaurants and dining settings that have to be included in your Maldives itinerary! Signature restaurants include ‘Into The Blue’ by Maldivian Chef Sobah and ‘Fresh in the Garden’, complete with its very own wooden suspension bridge entrance high above the canopy tops. Mr.& Ms. Friday Butlers are at your service 24/7 to attend to your every need, plus why not star gaze in the Observatory, using the most powerful telescope in Maldives. Soneva Fushi also set the standard for Maldives resort waste management, recycling & reusing 90% of the resort’s waste.
Soneva Fushi is one of Maldives’ finest addresses, situated in Baa Atoll, just a stone’s throw from UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve, Hanifaru Bay.
HOW TO GET TO SONEVA FUSHI MALDIVES
A 25-minute seaplane journey will transport you directly to another world of natural coconut plantations, sustainable wooden villas and an over water restaurant with home-made chocolate and ice cream room.
OVERVIEW: MARIE AND JAKE LUXURY MALDIVES ITINERARY
2 NIGHTS AMILLA FUSHI RESORT – BAA ATOLL
One of Maldives’ finest addresses. Swimming with manta rays in UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve – Hanifaru Bay & Jetski riding.
4 NIGHTS SONEVA FUSHI RESORT – BAA ATOLL
5 star eco-resort – all things health & wellness & vegan food.
TOTAL RESORTS COMBINED VALUE = USD$30,000