In case you haven’t yet heard, the Maldives Islands are more accessible than ever for travelers on a budget.
Until recently, visitors to this extremely secluded country, which boasts of more than 1200 tiny islands, could only stay at pricey resorts. However, in the past 8 years, local islands started opening their doors to tourists creating what is now a booming guest house industry.
Isolated in the ocean, but not isolated from tourism, guesthouses have come a long way in a short time. The facilities come in a full range – from basic to luxurious – including private beaches, swimming pools, diving schools, and spas. Package rates are around $100-150 USD for a double occupancy room, including full board! Some packages also include daily excursions.
Despite the influx of tourists, you can still experience the island dream that the Maldives is known for – you just need to know where to go. And, after reading our list of the best guesthouse islands, you will indeed know how to vacation in the Maldives without the usual high end price tag!
Here are the top 10 islands among the Atolls (regions) of the Maldives:
Dharavandhoo – Aveyla
Baa Atoll is known for superb marine life with magnificent manta rays and whale sharks regularly gracing the underwater scenes. This region is designated as a UNESCO marine bioreserve. Accessed via domestic flight, Dharavandhoo Island lets you truly get away from it all.
Nestled on Dharavandhoo you’ll findAveyla Manta Village. It’s one of the guesthouses that strive to achieve resort quality, while maintaining local influence. Unlike many guesthouses, the beachfront property offers an in-house spa and a dive center.