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Maafushi Island in Maldives

Maafushi Island- For a Tranquil and Adventurous Holiday
Maafushi Island In Maldives

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About Maafushi Island in Maldives

Lying in the Kaafu Atoll at a mere 27 kilometres away from capital Malé, the bustling Maafushi Island is the largest and most popular island in the Maldives. This elongated island houses almost 3,000 people but is far from being overcrowded. The island has a tourist zone to its North, where guesthouses, restaurants and gift shops abound. To its south is Maldives’ only prison. Right at the heart of the island is a central mosque, a school, stadium and administrative offices. The addition of guest houses has led to a boom in tourism, as well as in local population with several locals moving over to tap into the growing tourism trade.

Much of Maafushi’s natural charm is left untouched by urbanization or development. The sandbar to the North of the island is a perfect spot for sunbathing or snorkeling, while the Furafathi sandbar to the West in the middle of the sea is teeming with natural underwater flora and fauna.

Geography of Maafushi

Compared to other Maldivian islands in the same Kaafu Atoll, Maafushi Island is relatively large. However, its Northern shoreline is prone to erosion. It was quite severely damaged in the tsunami of 2004 and has thereafter seen several construction and rebuilding initiatives. Currently, tourism and fishing industries thrive here and several community schemes have gotten the island and its inhabitants back on their feet.

Economy of Maafushi

The economy of Maafushi is thriving with tourism and fishing seeing a new lease of life. Government regulations that had earlier restricted the opening of guest houses on the local islands have lifted, and Maafushi has seen good investment in tourism and accommodation in form of Maafushi Island resort. This has, in turn, led to the inflow of foreign currency, with even visitors from neighbouring islands making their way here to explore souvenir shops in Maafushi. Public ferry services transport visitors between Maafushi and Malé each day, with the exception of Fridays.

Tourism plays a huge role in Maafushi’s economy. The Maafushi Island hotels keep tourists entertained with activities such as fishing, water sports, snorkelling, and diving and picnic island excursions. There are also late-night fishing programs to enjoy. Night fishing, in particular, is quite relaxing and many local groups arrange fishing trips with guides, equipment and in some cases even meals. Many other guest houses offer catamaran rides, and once a local catch of fish is brought in, there are cultural dances such as the “Bodu-Beru” that are added attractions. Maafushi Island in Maldives amazes tourists with it’s never ending charm and surprises them at every step. It is also one of the places that take you close to the rich Maldivian culture and tradition.


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Which Atoll is Maafushi located on?

This island is located on the Kaafu Atoll in the Maldives.

How do I get to Maafushi Island?

Ferries and speedboats can get you there.

What is special about Maafushi Island?

It is one of the biggest islands in Maldives, and certainly one of the most popular.