Top 5 Budget-Friendly Islands In The Maldives

Dreaming of the white sand beaches in the Maldives but restricted by a budget Check out our list of top picture-perfect yet affordable islands in the republic and start planning your idyllic getaway
Maldives also has several budget-friendly islands
Maldives also has several budget-friendly islands

Maldives' white sand beaches call out to everybody, whether you like your holidays to be luxurious or budget-friendly. While it has earned the reputation of being a costly destination, where it is easy to lose track of your splurges, the Maldives doesn't need to be out of your radar if you want to spend less. 

From local islands with authentic Maldivian charm to affordable resort retreats, the island offers a range of options for travellers seeking a tropical island getaway within a budget. Here are our top five islands in the Maldives you must head to for a more affordable beachy vacation. 

Fulidhoo, Vaavu Atoll

Maldives' Fulidhoo Island is considered the ultimate island getaway for budget backpackers. It perfectly blends affordability, authentic local culture, and serene views. Immerse yourself in the vibrant local culture with engaging, captivating "Langiri" (a folk performance) events, where traditional dances accompanied by rhythmic drums and tambourines will acquaint you with Maldivian traditions. Fulidhoo boasts two white sand beaches for sun-seeking beach lovers, perfect for a sunny day out. 

Activities to try The island offers a range of thrilling water sports for adventure seekers. Experience snorkelling and scuba diving amidst vibrant coral reefs. Try kayaking, paddle boarding, or jet skiing in the turquoise waters. You can also experience fishing and sunset cruises.  

Guraidhoo, Gnaviyani Atoll

Guraidhoo, a conveniently accessible island from Maldives' capital Male, can be reached within a 35-40 minute speed boat ride. Once a favoured leisure spot for sultans centuries ago, it now offers a serene retreat for travellers. Relax on its white sand beaches, where visitors can enjoy encountering turtles at Turtle Point and observe captivating Manta Rays at Manta Point. For a romantic experience, plan a picnic on a neighbouring uninhabited island and take a leisurely sunset stroll. 

Activities to try Travellers can enjoy swimming, snorkelling, and diving here. Those interested in surfing will find plenty of places offering the sport. For amateurs, they can take surfing lessons at Guraidhoo Surf Camp, a known surfing school on the island.

Naifaru, Lhaviyani Atoll 

The captivating island of Naifaru showcases a vibrant reef that offers a beautiful array of colours. Known for its historical boat-building industry, Naifaru provides an authentic Maldivian experience. Local fishermen craft traditional boats called "Dhoni." The island is also home to the family-friendly Atoll Marine Center, dedicated to rescuing and rehabilitating turtles. Accommodation options, including hotels and guesthouses, cater to various budgets.

Activities to try Exploring the surrounding islands of the Lhaviyani Atoll during a sunset cruise is highly recommended. Travellers can also enjoy local specialities on the beach. 

Bodufolhudhoo, North Ari Atoll

A relatively new island to tourism, Bodufolhudhoo is an ideal destination for budget backpackers. The island is renowned for its exceptional home reef, attracting snorkelers. Visitors can explore the underwater world through a local PADI-certified scuba school. It offers a serene glimpse into Maldivian local life, showcasing its charming small-town atmosphere.

Activities to try&nbspExperience the island in its most vibrant avatar through deep-sea fishing, beach barbecues, and whale watching.  

Feridhoo, North Ari Atoll

Feridhoo is a charming local island with beautiful white sands and lush greenery, providing an authentic Maldivian experience. It offers a range of enjoyable activities both in the water and on land, catering to various interests and preferences. Visitors can engage in water sports, snorkelling, diving, picnicking, island hopping, and boat tours for manta rays and dolphin spotting. In the evenings, locals delight guests with performances of the traditional Maldivian dance, Bodu Beru, adding to the island's cultural distinctiveness.

Activities to try Feridhoo is gaining recognition as a budget-friendly option for snorkelling in the Maldives. The island also offers scuba diving opportunities, with several impressive dive sites located a short boat ride away from the shore. 

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