Dhiffushi is a part of Kaafu Atoll. It is located 36,6 km northeast of Male, the capital of Maldives. Another inhabited island of Thulusdhoo is situated just 8 km south of Dhiffushi. The island itself is small (just like the majority of inhabited islands); its size is 950 m x 200 m. Approximately 1200 people live in this little paradise. More and more locals are getting engaged in travel industry, but fishing still remains one of their major activities.

A Little bit about the island

There are two bikini beaches on the island – one on the northern part of the island, a small one, and the other on the opposite side of the island. The first beach has rather a good entry to the water and the sand is nice. But the channel leading to the deck is at about 10 m so you should be careful with the running boats. Each guest house owns its lounge chairs and umbrellas. The length of this beach is around 50-70 m only.

However, they don’t surround it with a fence and the locals can also come to the beach. You may sunbathe in a bikini on this beach (but there are still signs prohibiting that). The locals who use the beach are very tolerant of this rule. 

The second beach is bigger, but not very clean – quite a lot of garbage. Most of it is garbage that brings the ocean to the island. During the low season, this problem is particularly relevant because of the western monsoon, which brings all the garbage to this part of the island. Near the beach a lot of algae. Therefore, you need to go a little to the left to swim in clear water. There is shallow water, so the beach is suitable for families with children. On the beach, many sunbeds and built artificial shadow. Despite this, the southern tip of the beach has a great reef for snorkeling, at the edges of which there are several living reefs. 

Also, there is something like a sandbank, which is a bit hidden under the water at high tide. Small white crabs are running everywhere on the beach, they don’t bite, but it’s very difficult to catch them! After sunset, the light turns on, which attracts stingrays, small sharks, and fish. One of the few entertainments on the island in the evening.

You will find on the island a school, a mosque, a health center, a stadium, a couple of shops and cafés, several hotels, and plenty of Maldivian hammocks (“joali” in Dhivehi). There is no ATM in Dhiffushi. In the case of an emergency, you’ll have to go to Male. That’s why make sure that you have taken everything you need with you in advance. In most places, you can pay in US dollars, though you’ll receive change in either dollars or Maldivian Rufiyaas and won’t always have the choice to choose between the two.

The island has three dive centers, the prices are quite high compared to other islands. The island itself is not for diving, so for this it is better to choose another place. But there are 2 water sports centers: water ski, surfing, windsurfing, kayaks, etc. Good location for this, because there is no coral, the deep part is very close. In general, despite some annoying, and unusual to us, it is very pleasant and friendly people. They love to talk about their island, what, where and how, were happened, they are interested in you and want to show themselves and their country from the best side. Most of them speak English very well.

Disadvantages – sometimes it is very difficult to get rid of such an interlocutor. Perhaps this feature is inherent in the entire population of the region (Maldives, India, Sri Lanka). Advantages – the service they have even in cheap hotels just at the highest level. We are ready to do everything for the sake of the client, always with a smile, always helpful, everyone will tell, show, there is not even talk about any rudeness. Almost no garbage on the streets. There is an unspoken rule, according to which every resident is obliged to clean up the area around his house every day.

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Brittany Foxx
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