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6 Stunning Local Islands For Paradise on a Budget - Maldives

Here's good news for all those travel fanatics! The Maldives is no longer a super luxury, resort-based holiday destination. You can now spend a pretty decent holiday on a local island. Or even stretch in your existing holiday to explore some local life. Check out our listing of six go-to islands;


Hithadhoo Island District, Addu Atoll

Hithadhoo is the second-largest island in the Maldives after the capital city Male. The southern tip of the island is an ideal holiday destination for those looking for an authentic Maldivian holiday with lush vegetation, palms and shrublands. As same as any Maldives luxury island resort, you can enjoy the beaches, go diving, and sunset fishing whilst enjoying the countryside and a more laid back atmosphere.


Himmafushi, Kaafu Atoll

Himmafushi is less than a kilometre in width and length. This is exactly where a budget-conscious traveller would want to be. FYI; Maldives is a Muslim country and rules do apply. Revealing clothes and alcohol are not allowed in the local islands. Himmafushi has a designated 'Bikini Beach' area, which is a very family-friendly beach with shallow and calm waters. Bring in your snorkelling gear or you can even hire them at the island.


Huraa, Kaafu Atoll

Huraa plays a significant role in Maldivian history. It was the last standing royal dynasty in the Maldives in ancient times. Snorkelling, sandbanks, dolphin watching and excursions to other local islands are some of the activities you can look forward to at Huraa.


Gan Island, Laamu Atoll

Gan Island is the largest island in the Maldives. The island can be reached via domestic flights and its easy to get around once you're on the island as well. There are roads connecting to neighbouring islands as well. The remnants of ancient Buddhist ruins show the cultural influences of the past and fascinating stories built around them. As Gan is the most developed island, it has pretty decent accommodation facilities for an affordable rate. Budget-friendly excursions and diving lessons will keep you busy all day.


Thulusdhoo, Kaafu Atoll

Thulusdhoo is another quiet island located northeast of Male. You can use a ferry or speed boat service to get to the island, but don't plan for it on a Friday. The island is basic but has budget-friendly lodging and meals. Quiet beach strolls, day to day life and nature are three words to describe the experience at the island. You can spot plenty of dolphins whilst you take a dip into the pristine waters to catch up with the exquisite underwater world.


Maafushi, Kaafu Atoll

Regaining its pieces from the 2005 Tsunami, Maafushi is now a thriving local island. There are more than a dozen guesthouses and loads of activities on the island that you can engage in., Scuba diving, Snorkeling /sandbank trips, day and night fishing, watersports, visiting picnic islands to have a camping trip to an uninhabited island, beachside cruises to spot whales, dolphins and mantas are all part of the package if you need it. If you need to experience some on and off luxury try Island or resort hopping and spend a day or two at the Adaaran Club Rannalhi.