Pedestrian's guide to Dhiffushi island, Maldives

by - 4/18/2023

 

If you are a regular reader of this blog or might have read a single post, I am sure you have gotten the idea that we are all for experiencing local culture while travelling. Which means most of the time staying in Air B n Bs, using public transport or self driving and of course visiting the less touristy and more local areas. So our agenda was the same during our Maldives trip too. Instead of booking a 5 star resort for our entire trip, we broke out trip into 2: local island and a resort island.



We chose Dhiffushi to witness the Maldivian style of living. Now Dhiffushi is a tiny island; so tiny that we used to encircle it everyday. There are of course no cars here, only motorbikes and bicycles. So here is a pedestrian guide as to see what all they have in this mesmerizing tropical island.

1. Public Beach: The public beach hardly has any public (the population is really sparse) and it would feel like your very own. The water is turquoise and crystal clear when you go in. The sand is silver and the softest that has ever touched your feet. One thing to be taken care of: bikinis and alcohol are not allowed on the public beach. You should always respect local culture while travelling.

2. Rashu Hiya Hotel: I am not advising you go inside this boutique hotel but to enjoy this area. There are cute boutique cafes here, restaurants which serve good food, quaint souvenir shops and of course a big Dhoni where you can take pictures. The styling here is too good!

3. Crown Beach Hotel: Again no need to go to this hotel but the beach here has some great styling. Swaying coconut trees with swings, just like you see in pictures. Also the Meeru Island resort in the backdrop provides stunning sea scape.

4. I ❤️ Dhiffushi sunset point: This is not to be missed. There is a framed swing with I ❤️ Dhiffushi sign that looks straight into the sea. You can witness the sun going down in the sea from this point. However if you want a good picture in the swing with the ocean in backdrop, then you have to come in the morning so that the sun falls on your face.

5. Butterfly sign: There is a life-size butterfly mural that everyone takes a picture with.

6. Dhiffushi port and pier: You have to pass through this place while boarding and de boarding the ferry. But it would be better if you come here again outside the boat timing. The vibe here is beautiful and you can see big ships sailing in the turquoise ocean. At night, the sea twinkles from so many vessels sailing.

7. Dhiffushi school and football ground. It's fascinating how a tiny island like Dhiffushi has its own school. It's really commendable because the children don't have to go far. Also Maldivians are crazy about football. You can see matches happening in the stadium even during late night!

The island is absolutely picturesque and you would find intriguing, pretty things in every nook and corner. It was a delight staying in this tropical paradise!

This post is a part of #BlogchatterA2Z 2023 


This blog post is part of the blog challenge ‘Blogaberry Dazzle’

hosted by Cindy D’Silva and Noor Anand Chawla

in collaboration with Zariya Healings.

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24 comments

  1. This post makes me book my tickets right away. My daughter too just came back from maldives. But she is into adventure..scuba diving course, swimming with sharks and manta rays in Maldives.Your trip is more my style. Thanks for sharing your lovely trip pics.

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  2. The beach sounds absolutely perfect, Mandira. White sands, crystal clear water. I am more of a laid-back traveler and prefer to relax instead of doing all the activities. I will definitely look up Dhiffushi when I set a Maldives itinerary.

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  3. You are lucky to have visited paradise. I would love a holiday where I could spend time enjoying the place, just walking aorund, Dhiffushi island looks heavenly from your pics. Also, Maldives might undergo many changes with clmate change, so I must say, this is really cool.

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  4. Maldives is been on list forever. Definitely one day ill b there and you exploring fact is going to be very helpful.

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  5. I have been to Maldives twice and I still haven't had enough of this tropical paradise nestled in the Indian Ocean. With its crystal clear turquoise waters, pristine white-sand beaches, and vibrant coral reefs, it offers breathtaking natural beauty. Loved all the pictures in the post.The Maldives is renowned for its stunning sunsets. It is such a haven for relaxation, water sports and fun activities, making it a dream destination for beach lovers and adventure seekers alike. You sure had an enjoyable trip.

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  6. I have been to Maldives twice and I still haven't had enough of this tropical paradise nestled in the Indian Ocean. With its crystal clear turquoise waters, pristine white-sand beaches, and vibrant coral reefs, it offers breathtaking natural beauty. Loved all the pictures in the post.The Maldives is renowned for its stunning sunsets. It is such a haven for relaxation, water sports and fun activities, making it a dream destination for beach lovers and adventure seekers alike. You sure had an enjoyable trip. (Dipali Bhasin, Spoons and Sneakers)

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  7. The beach looks so pretty. You always bring out these rare gems. I also prefer places that are not too crowded and at this age, I prefer not to do all the activities. We are hoping to visit Maldives soon and I will surely check out Dhiffushi island.

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  8. Yes, I have read your previous post and I absolutely love your approach to travel and your dedication to experiencing the local culture.
    It's these off-the-beaten-path experiences that truly allow us to connect with the soul of a place and its people. Thank you for sharing your travel philosophy and giving us a glimpse into your remarkable journey on Dhiffushi. I can't wait to read more and be inspired by your adventures!
    -Anjali (messymom)

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  9. Unlike your other posts Mandira, where u take us on a virtual tour, this one was more matter of fact. Still, I enjoyed reading it and loved the accompanying pics too. Dhiffushi seems to be a secluded beach place where u will have a private time with your travel partners. There are not many places outthere that gives u that kind of privacy in that budget.... kaveri.

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  10. I love how all your posts make the local seem so accessible. I've noticed this, how the local way of doing things, especially in these touristy places, can seem scary. But you make it look doable!

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  11. Wow! A beach that is public but not crowded, sounds like a paradise already.Dhiffushi seems the perfect place for sunbathing and exploring on foot. Love your posts -always detailed and practical with great pictures.

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  12. I love sea, waves and beaches ... I dont know why it attracts me so much... I love the waves changing its patterns as if narrating a new story and emotions every time when it touches my feet. Reading your blog I can feel that this place for me where I can enjoy some me time with my family. Dhiffushi seems to be a place where I can get some cozy and beautiful pics for my travel diaries . Thanks for the informative post.

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  13. I always love to read your posts. I think I have told you several times before but I enjoy seeing the pics that go with the post. They add such a beautiful touch to each of your posts. Lovely!!

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  14. from the beach to sunset point, you have written all the splendid spots to check it when visiting the island.

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  15. I'm a sunset lover and would love to take a pic on those cute swings. Such a beautiful place this is and indeed gives a wonderful glimpse of Maldives.

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  16. I love how private and personal these photos are. Unlike those promotional photos for tourists to visit Maldives. The water is really amazing and the sand....ugh!!! Appreciate you sharing this amazing trip and giving information needed for next travellers (hoping to be us😁) - MommyWithAGoal

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  17. Your pics are just amazing, I hope to visit dhiffushi island it surely looks like a memorable experience.

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  18. Ah, I am just back from an island vacation and I totally get you. What lovely pictures you have shared. Thanks for sharing relevant information from your travel to Maldives.

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  19. Have always seen posts of resorts & fancy places when it comes to Maldives. Your post is a refreshing change and quite detailed too with the tips.

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  20. The beautiful pictures are making me wanna book the tickets and head there for my next trip

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  21. Such a well-detailed post about Dhiffushi Island in the Maldives. I would love to get a taste of the local life and culture instead of staying at the done-to-death similar resorts spread across the island nation.

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  22. Paradise looks amazing. I love to relax and enjoying the place or just walking around leisurely, Dhiffushi island looks heavenly here in your colourful and amazing pictures. This is such an amazing post so I must say, with some super cool, trendy pictures.

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  23. I've been to Maldives twice and never thought to stay in a public island - that would certainly be a unique experience! Thanks for sharing.
    Noor

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