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Top 12 Best Things to do in Maafushi, Maldives

What are the top attractions to visit in Maafushi?

Diving in Maldives

Bucket List: Top 12 Best Things to See and Do in Maafushi, Maldives

Maafushi Island is one of the most famous destinations in the Maldives for travelers on a budget. It is located at Kaafu Atoll south of Male, offering many best things to do, from water sports activities to adventurous tours. And if you’re heading to the island soon, here are the top 12 best things to do in Maafushi.

Beach Hopping

Public beach area in Maafushi by Ice Tea via Unsplash
Public beach area in Maafushi by Ice Tea via Unsplash

Maafushi is a small yet beautiful island offering breathtaking beach views. And the best way to explore the island is by beach hopping. Maafushi offers four beaches, including Bikini Beach, Public Beach, Coral Beach, and Water Sports Beach.

Visit Nearby Islands

Island Hopping near Maafushi by saffu via Unsplash
Island Hopping near Maafushi by saffu via Unsplash

If you’re visiting Maafushi and want to maximize your stay, explore the nearby islands. Hotels arrange private tours, including island hopping, and a day trip to the Male city capital is the most popular destination.


Snorkeling in Maldives
Snorkeling in Maldives

Whether you’re a novice or pro in snorkeling, one of the best things to do in Maafushi is witnessing its marine life. All hotels offer trips to explore the spectacular coral reefs at the best snorkeling sites at Banana Reef, Maafushi Corner, Maavelaathu, and Vilivaru corner.


Diving in Maldives
Diving in Maldives

For a more exciting water adventure, Maafushi offers many diving centers on the island, and Maldives Passions Dive School is one of the best based on TripAdvisor. The center provides SSI and PADI diving courses, so even if you’re a novice, you can witness the vast marine life of Maafushi.

Fishing Tours

Fishing in Maldives
Fishing in Maldives

Most hotels on the island offer barbecue facilities where you can cook fish that you’ve caught yourself. So if you like to try something different, go on a fishing tour where you can capture fresh fish, whether it’s daytime or nighttime.

Sandbank Tours

Visiting the Maldives won’t be complete without exploring sandbanks. So book a sandbank tour while in Maafushi to catch sight of fine white sand in the shallow waters. It consists of visiting a sandbank, diving in lagoons, and snorkeling nearby reefs.

Gulhi Island

Another perfect day tour activity you can do while in Maafushi is to visit Gulhi Island via public boat. The Gulhi Island is a 30-minute boat ride away from Maafushi and reachable via public boat at 7:30 am and 4 pm.

Dolphin Safari

Dolphin Safari Maldives
Dolphin Safari Maldives

If you’re not keen on diving underwater, the Dolphin Safari is the perfect thing to do to catch sight of the beautiful sea creature. Many operators offer Dolphin watching tours, boarded on a motorboat headed to the center of the ocean.

Floating Bar & Safari

Since Maafushi Island is Islamic, alcohol consumption on the island is prohibited. But you can enjoy them on floating boats. So if you’re thirsty for beer, go on an evening cruise at Floating Bar & Safari, serving alcohol and food, and overnight accommodation.

Stay at a Luxury Resort

Arena Beach Hotel Maafushi
Arena Beach Hotel Maafushi

Maafushi is known for having one of the best resorts located right on the clear blue waters of the ocean. So if you got cash to spare, staying at Maafushi’s famous luxury resort is ideal. You can also go on a day trip tour to visit the island’s best resorts, including Rannalhi, Olhuveli, and Fihalhohi.

Water Sports

To make your stay more exciting, you can try different water sports while on the island. Hotels offer varying water sports activities and equipment rentals such as parasailing, canoeing, and jet skiing to explore the beautiful waters of Maafushi.

Explore the Maafushi Town

Village in Maafushi
Village in Maafushi

Lastly, exploring the small yet fascinating town of Maafushi is the best way to start or finish off your visit and will last about an hour. Despite the island’s slow-paced life, Maafushi is self-reliant, offering cafes, a football pitch, schools, and a gym.


  • Radhakrishnan, 9 Things To Do On Maafushi Island For A Thrilling And Splendid Vacation In 2022, Travel Triangle
  • 13 Things to do in Maafushi Island (Travel Guide), Gamin Traveler
  • Evan, (2017), 10 Awesome Things to Do in Maafushi Island (Maldives)!, Eat and Travel with Us

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Written by Melo Villareal

Melo Villareal is the Online Publisher of He is an Accountant by profession who left the corporate world at the age of 23 to explore his beautiful country and the rest of the world. Today, Melo works as a part-time Social Media Manager for local and international clients. His full-time work focuses on discovering interesting culture, explore different cuisines and take memorable photos from local and international destinations he's visiting.

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