The Maldives is made up of over 1,000 islands. And These includes sandbanks, private island resorts and local islands inhabited by Maldivian people. But If you want to experience the real, authentic Maldives, so consider traveling to the local islands in Maldives. Spending a holiday at a local island of the Maldives it worth. And it can be considered one of the cheap or budget holiday
Each local island in the Maldives is very different. In some islands you might come across but the incredibly beautiful bikini beaches. And While the other will be famous for the whale sharks all year round. Thulusdhoo near Male’, might be considered to be one of the best surfing islands in Maldives. And Maafushi will be the popular local island to visit as there are dozens of guesthouses and so even dive centers to choose from. Nevertheless, so if you plan on staying any of the local islands you should know but it will be cheaper compared to the resort stays. And you will have the perfect combination of an authentic experience plus a nice holiday.
Excursions that you book in a local island will be half the price that you will be offered from the resorts. And You can book your snorkeling trips, diving and visiting sandbanks nearby the island for a very low cost.
Culture of Local Islands
The easiest way of learning about Maldivian culture is by visiting the local islands in Maldives which will be pretty difficult to experience if you stay in a resort. And You will be amazed to see that Maldivians are the most generous and friendliest people you will ever meet. And Almost all the Maldivians speaks a little English so it will be easy for you to get around.
The local foods you can get in the local islands will be like no other cuisine in this world. You can try traditional local foods like mashuni, garudhiya and even try to learn few words in the local language, Dhivehi.
As you may already know that Maldives is a 100% Muslim country and there is a total restriction of alcohol on all local islands. So If you want to enjoy drinking you have to take a day trip to a nearby resort or hop on a safari boat and to enjoy your favorite holiday cocktail.
The local currency in Maldives is Rufiyaa. In the local islands you will need to pay in the local currency. But in some islands might not have BML ATM’s. And Its advised for you to carry few cash around. So You can easily exchange the currency from the airport.
But If you want to have a tropical vacation for more than a week you should consider staying in a local island. So Every island is famous for its own unique beauty. But You should choose wisely!