On our last trip to the Maldives we visited 3 local islands, Ukulhas, Fulidhoo and Maafushi. Here is a comparison in accommodation, transport, food and excursions. If you are interested in a comparison between a local island and a resort, click here and you can read about our experience.
|Transport||Local ferry 1,5 hours 4 USD
Speed boat 45 min 25 USD
|Local ferry 4 hours 4 USD
Speed boat 1,5 hours 50 USD
|Local ferry 2 hours 4 USD
Speed boat 1 hour 15 in 40 USD
|Accommodation||From 40 USD per night||From 30 USD per night||From 35 USD per night|
|Food||Lots of restaurants with different food; pizza 8 USD, dinner buffet 12 USD (+12%, + 10%)||Had lunch and dinner at the hotel as we found only 1 restaurant open in low season||2 Restaurants and cafes, we had a tuna with rice, which was delicious|
|Excursions||Snorkeling and sandbank 25 USD
Manta point 25 USDSnorkeling 25 USD
Sunset dinner 25USD
|Sandbank picnic 90 USD
Manta point 90 USD
Snorkeling 70 USD
Sunset dinner 70 USD
|Sandbank picnic 50 USD
Manta point 50 USD
Snorkeling 45 USD
|Diving||35 USD per dive||65 USD per dive||40 USD per dive|
|On island transport||On foot, it’s small||On foot, it’s very small||On foot, it’s very small|
|Highlight||Number of affordable excursions||Best bikini beach||Snorkeling with stingrays offshore|
Although Ukulhas is more expensive (transportation and accommodation), the bikini beach is one of the nicest we’ve seen and the snorkeling directly from the beach is amazing. We enjoyed the peace and quiet for a few days, but the decided to move to Maafushi because of the diving prices.
Maafushi got quite touristy – it developed a lot and construction is still going on. There are many guesthouses, restaurants and bars and due to competition, the prices of excursions are much lower than on other islands we visited.
For Fulidhoo we can say we enjoyed our short stay very much, the bikini beach is nice, but the highlight for us was swimming with stingrays, which is possible directly from shore – local fisherman feed the stingrays, that’s why they are often around. But be aware you’re not on bikini beach, that’s why you have to go into water in shorts and a t-shirt. It is a very calm and quiet island, with a few guesthouses and restaurants.
If we would have to choose, it would depend on our needs at the moment – you want to relax and nothing else? Go to Ukulhas or Fulidhoo. You want to go on excursions, drink a coconut on the beach and have different dining option for dinner? Go to Maafushi. We would mix it up and visit at least 2 of these island. But to be honest – you cannot go wrong with any of the Maldivian islands.