When you think of Maldives, the thought of high class resorts and dream-like luxury villas, possibly beyond your reach, will often cross your mind. However, in reality this is only partially true. Yes, Maldives is a country that boasts some of the finest, most expensive villas that are quite popular around the globe. But it’s also home to some budget resorts and Guesthouses in local islands that allows you to enjoy a budget holiday in Maldives.
Mafushi is a local Island in Maldives, located in the Kaafu Atoll, near the Maldives Capital (Male’ City). It is one of the most popular local islands in Maldives for both tourists and locals to enjoy a simple getaway. This is mostly due to the array of guest houses with drastically different prices along with the beach (bikini beach included) and the iconic turquoise waters of Maldives which surrounds the island.
Maafushi is certainly a destination that will allow you to enjoy a spectacular Maldives holiday without completely emptying up the wallet. So here is a complete budget holiday guide to Maafushi to get the most out of the island while still sparing some cash.
Public Ferry to Maafushi Island
The first one and the cheapest option is to take the public ferry which runs on a schedule. It usually costs around USD 3 per person per way and takes about 2 hours depending on the weather conditions. Ferries usually operate 6 days a week with Friday excluded. Ferries from Male’ (the capital city near the airport) usually operates every Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday while the ferries from Mafushi operates every Saturday, Monday, and Wednesday, although the schedule might vary.
Since there is a limited number of seats on Maafusi ferry it is advisable to book a ticket in advance by contacting the guest house or your travel operator.
Public Speedboat to Maafushi Island
The second option is to take the public speedboat which also runs on a schedule. Unlike the ferry, the speedboat will stop directly at the airport meaning you don’t have to travel to Male’ City to get to Maafushi. It also operates every day including Friday and takes about 35 minutes to reach Maafushi and vice versa. If you think the ferry takes a lot of time, then this is another cheap transfer option to Maldives which costs about 25 dollars.
Hire a Private Speedboat to Maafushi Island
Lastly, you can book a private speedboat if you like your privacy or if you find it difficult to wait for the scheduled times of the ferry and public speedboat. It does offer you a carefree ride to the island where everything is set for although it is advisable to book the private speedboat in advance. Although its quite tempting, the option is not at all suitable for a budgeted vacation in Maldives as it costs about 100 – 300 United States dollars.
Cheapest way to travel to Maafushi Island Maldives
In comparison, the best-budgeted option to travel to Maafushi Island Maldives is to take the local ferry. Even though you have to travel to Male’ city, which is not at all a problem with the introduction of the Bridge which connects the airport and the numerous ferry service to Male available, it is the cheapest option which will leave you with some spare cash to enjoy the rest of your holiday.
With Mafushi island already being so close to the international airport the duration of the transfer will not be an issue. The only downside is that the schedule might not meet the day of your arrival flight in which case you may consider the public speedboat.
Maafushi Ferry Timetable