LOCAL ISLAND – WHAT IS IT?
Maldives is a country laid on 26 geographical atolls and over 1.200 islands on the Indian Ocean. It is a country with its own nation, language, culture, currency. Inhabitated islands are like small cities or villages in the Western World – but separated with the water, not land. Such island has a Council, well organized harbour, musk, caffees, restaurants and shops, medical facilities, often school, police station, football field… It depends on the size of the island if you can find it all, but generally they are self contained places with everything that is necessary for everyday living of Maldivian family. For tourists they’ve been called “local islands” to differentiate them from the resorts where only the hotel and its infrastructure can be found.
Life on the local islands
Since around 10 years local islands can welcome tourists from all over the world. You may find wonderful accommodation in guest houses and hotels run by Maldivian owners, sometimes with investors from other countries. Experienced and professional diving centres and water sports facilities – islands became fully prepared to give guests wonderful Maldivian memories.
As a muslim country, Maldives have their rules that tourists are expected to follow and respect. So – you will not find and you can not bring with you any alcohol or pork. In the village or town you should cover your shoulders and knees, avoid showing too much of the skin. There are specially designated areas on the beach – so called “bikini beach” – where we can feel free and sunbath and swim in our swimming suites. On the beach by the village we can swim in our clothes – as all Maldivians do.
What local island can give you?
Spending time in local islands, among the native people of the archipelago, gives you unique opportunity to communicate with precious and underestimated culture and heritage of the nation but also to feel the hospitality of the most gentle and kind people that are always ready to help. In these islands you will also find the most beautiful sandy beaches, longest sandbanks, vivid and green jungle, colourful flowers and magical banyan and breadfruit trees… The nature of those places is simply overwhelming.
Cost-wise holiday on local island is very attractive – compared with resort it is often few times cheaper, so during last years it is becoming more and more popular way of travelling to Maldives.
SOME OF OUR FAVOURITE LOCAL ISLANDS
Dhigurah, South Ari Atoll
Goidhoo, Baa Atoll
Our favourite, beloved island blessed with beautiful long beaches and spectacular sandbank. large area of this teardrop-shaped island is covered with natural jungle. It is ideal diving destination, famous for whale shark and manta meetings. On Dhigurah you will find great local cafés, restaurants, shops, few dive centres and guesthouses. It is a great place for active as well as relaxing holiday.
Fulhadhoo, Baa Atoll
Small, sleepy island with beaches from fairy tales and multicoloured waters washing the shores. Those who are looking for peace, quiet and empty beaches will find their happiness here. Amateurs of active holidays may enjoy everyday trips with our local friends, who will show you treasures of Maldivian nature and take to hidden places you won’t find in any printed tourist guide.