GUESTHOUSES

New choice for accommodation in the Maldives

Until 2009, laws prohibited the construction of guesthouses on islands inhabited by locals. Since the change in the law under former president Mohammed Nasheed, guesthouses have sprung up all over the country and are continuing to affect massive social change in this traditional and conservative nation. ‘Guesthouse’ is a catch-all term used for any type of accommodation on an inhabited island, be it a hotel, boutique hotel or the closest thing to a resort.

Staying at a guesthouse offers a totally different experience to staying in a resort, and so your first important decision once you’ve decided to come to Maldives is whether you want a resort- or a guesthouse-based holiday. It’s quite possible to combine the two, of course. If you choose a guesthouse holiday, you’ll have far more contact with local life and far cheaper accommodation, but staying in one also entails certain restrictions, particularly with regards to alcohol and attire.

The guesthouses are the most popular in the Atoll near Malé (North Male AtollSouth Male AtollVaavu AtollNorth Ari AtollSouth Ari Atoll). It takes only 3~4h to get there by ferry from Malé.

MALDIVES GUESTHOUSES

Guest houses are accommodations for tourists which are located on inhabited islands by locals. While some guesthouses are similar to hotels which are all inclusive, others are more like bed and breakfast inns. The luxury amenities, facilities and services are not similar to a resort however, guests have the opportunity for watersports, diving and other activities like night fishing and excursions to uninhabited islands and sandbanks through local dive and watersports providers in the islands. There is a huge variety of guest houses currently available.

The main difference between guesthouses and resorts are that guesthouses do not own their own island, which means guests will have to be respectful of the local community, will need to be more mindful of local customs, in particular, women will need to dress much more modestly than on a resort. By staying in a guest house, the guests will also have the opportunity to experience the real Maldivian life on an island and meet and interact with the locals in a more friendly atmosphere.

RECOMMENDED GUESTHOUSES

PEARL SANDS OF MALDIVES

Located in Huraa, Ferry from Male to Huraa takes 1h 30min.

SEASON PARADISE

Located in Thulusdhoo, Ferry from Male to Thulusdhoo takes 2h 10min.

ARAAMU HOLIDAYS

Located in Dhiffushi, Ferry from Male to Dhiffushi takes 3h 10min.

KAANI GRAND SEAVIEW

Located in Maafushi, Ferry from Male to Maafushi takes 1h 45min.

KINAN RETREAT

Located in Fulidhoo, Ferry from Male to Fulidhoo takes 3h 25min.

PLUMERIA MALDIVES

Located in Thinadhoo, Ferry from Male to Thinadhoo takes 5h 20min.

BANYAN VILLA

Located in Dhangethi, Ferry from Male to Dhangethi takes 5h 45min.

WHITE SAND DHIGURAH

Located in Dhigurah, Ferry from Male to Dhigura takes 6h 25min.

VILLA ROSA MALDIVES

Located in Feridhoo, Ferry from Male to Feridhoo takes 7h 5min.

UKULHAS VILLA

Located in Ukulhas, Ferry from Male to Ukulhas takes 4h 55min.

PUBLIC FERRY ROUTE

  1. After arriving at Malé International Airport, take a ferry boat 15min to Malé.
  2. There are many Taxis on the arrival dock, cost MVR35~MVR45 to Villingili Ferry Terminal.
  3. Tickets to various resident islands are purchased at the ticket counter, usually for a one-way fare of $2.

North Male Atoll

Dhiffushi Ferry Route

South Male Atoll

Gulhi Ferry Route

Vaavu Atoll

Felidhoo Ferry Route

North Ari Atoll

Rasdhoo Ferry Route

South Ari Atoll

Maamingili Ferry Route