Discovering Thulusdhoo Island in the Maldives

As you'd expect from a Maldivian Island, Thulusdhoo is characterised by crystal clear turquoise water, palm lined shores and balmy weather. What makes this island even more special  are its world class surf breaks, fantastic snorkelling AND it's possible to have a luxurious getaway without the exuberant luxury price tag!

Thulusdhoo Island is the perfect tropical escape in the Maldives suitable for all travellers and holidaymakers on any budget.

Thulusdhoo Island is the perfect tropical escape in the Maldives suitable for all travellers and holidaymakers on any budget.

The Island itself: 

Since Maldivian authorities started allowing local island tourism in 2008, Thulusdhoo is the pioneering island to welcome international tourists.

The opening of some Maldivian local islands to tourism has come at a benefit to both tourists and locals alike; presenting a new means of income and business to the local population and giving travellers the opportunity to discover the beautiful Maldives without the price range previously offered by exclusive resort only islands.

Thulusdhoo is a tropical island getaway in the Maldives possible on any budget.  

Thulusdhoo is a tropical island getaway in the Maldives possible on any budget.  

Thulusdhoo Island in particular has a bountiful array on offer including world class surf breaks, beautiful marine life and corals, water sports such as snorkelling, kayaking, jet skiing and diving, all possible on this breathtaking palm lined paradise.

The local population on Thulusdhoo are friendly, accomodating and laid back, the island vibes are very much alive on this island and it won't take you long to kick back, relax and slow down into the island rhythm.

Relax and unwind in pristine crystal clear waters at Thulusdhoo Island. 

Relax and unwind in pristine crystal clear waters at Thulusdhoo Island. 

The best time to visit Thulusdhoo:

The dry season in the Maldives, coincidently is also the tourism high season and runs from November through to April.

This season is characterised by warm, clear sky summer days and balmy nights. It's the best time of year to visit the Maldives to ensure prime weather, however the bigger crowds also mean higher prices.

For surfers the best time to visit Thulusdhoo Island for quality waves is from May through until the end of October.

For surfers the best time to visit Thulusdhoo Island for quality waves is from May through until the end of October.

Shoulder season (just before and after high season) in the Maldives also offers amazing weather majority of the time, albeit a little less predictable. This would be the best time of year to travel if you're a backpacker or budget traveller as accommodation often offers great discounts to attract tourists during these periods and there are  normally plenty of flight deals on offer too.

For surfers, May through until the end of October is your best bet for getting the best wind and swell direction for the surf breaks such as Chickens and Cokes that are both accessible from Thulusdhoo Island.

Thulusdhoo Island is small enough that you can explore the whole island by bike, and take in stunning sunsets like this one! 

Thulusdhoo Island is small enough that you can explore the whole island by bike, and take in stunning sunsets like this one! 

Getting to Thulusdhoo:

Thulusdhoo Island is one of the most easily accessible local islands in the Maldives, a short 23kms from Male and the international airport and serviced by a multitude of travel options.

For budget savvy travellers, the daily public ferry is your best option, leaving once a day from Male at 14:30 and only setting you back US$5. Once arriving from your flight, take the speed boat across the channel from the airport to Male (US$1) where you will catch the public ferry from.

Depending on your budget, there are a number of options including public ferry, public speed boat and private speed boat to get you from Male to beautiful Thulusdhoo. 

Depending on your budget, there are a number of options including public ferry, public speed boat and private speed boat to get you from Male to beautiful Thulusdhoo. 

It's advisable to book a flight arriving before lunch to give yourself enough time to clear immigration and get to Male for the ferry.

There are also twice daily public speed boats operating between Thulusdhoo Island and Male, these cost slightly more at US$30 but only take 25 minutes between the islands.  

If you'd prefer the convenience of leaving Male as soon as your flight arrives, most accommodation will offer you a private chartered boat for around US$200 per boat that can carry up to six passengers. These boats are far more luxurious than the public ferry and mean you won't need to wait or stress about missing the public ferry.

The view flying into the Maldives is divine - travel in shoulder seasons for the best flight & accommodation deals! 

The view flying into the Maldives is divine - travel in shoulder seasons for the best flight & accommodation deals! 

Staying on Thulusdhoo:

Thulusdhoo Islands offers a number of guest houses and one major hotel which offers the full luxury Maldives holiday without the exclusive resort island price tag.

Season Paradise is the ultimate accommodation option on Thulusdhoo Island, offering a full 360 degree view of the entire island from its stunning infinity pool on the roof. It's the perfect place to enjoy a morning swim and even a sunset, overlooking the beautiful clear Maldivian ocean and neighbouring islands.

The stunning view from the rooftop pool at Season Paradise hotel on Thulusdhoo Island. 

The stunning view from the rooftop pool at Season Paradise hotel on Thulusdhoo Island. 

This newly built hotel caters to everyone from families to watersports enthusiasts and surfers, right through to honeymooners and those looking to just escape and relax.

Offering a daily delicious spread of fresh fruits, Maldivian cuisine, European pastries and western style meals, the Season Paradise buffet and restaurant is a must do! 

Offering a daily delicious spread of fresh fruits, Maldivian cuisine, European pastries and western style meals, the Season Paradise buffet and restaurant is a must do! 

Season Paradise is the only hotel on the island and because of this, it offers everything you would come to expect from a holiday in the Maldives. With well appointed rooms, complete with stunning ocean views, rooftop gym and pool, direct access to the gorgeous beach, day spa, and an al-a-carte restaurant with delicious daily buffets and full board options possible, you'll be hard pressed not to feel relaxed.

For the active travellers who don't want to miss a workout while on holidays, Season Paradise offers a roof top gym complete with free weights and exercise machines all with breaktaking views of the ocean.  

For the active travellers who don't want to miss a workout while on holidays, Season Paradise offers a roof top gym complete with free weights and exercise machines all with breaktaking views of the ocean.  

For day trips, surf trips, snorkelling and dive or any other sightseeing adventures you might want to take on Thulusdhoo Island, Season Paradise has the ability to organise and guide you on these trips with friendly staff and knowledgable guides and boat drivers, you won't miss any of the action staying here! 

 Season Paradise is the ultimate accommodation option on Thulusdhoo Island, offering well appointed rooms with ocean views catering to everyone from families, honeymooners and surfers alike. 

 Season Paradise is the ultimate accommodation option on Thulusdhoo Island, offering well appointed rooms with ocean views catering to everyone from families, honeymooners and surfers alike. 

Things to do on Thulusdhoo:   

Thulusdhoo offers an array of outdoor and watersport activities, whether you're an adventure seeker or simply want to relax, there's something on offer for everyone. 

Thulusdhoo Island offers some of the best quality waves in the Maldives.  

Thulusdhoo Island offers some of the best quality waves in the Maldives.  

For those active travellers the hotel also offers a rooftop gym, snorkelling and kayaking equipment, boat access for surf trips and has a running partnership with both dive schools currently operating on the island - giving guests the ultimate chance to experience all of the watersports options possible in the Maldives.

Cruising the beautiful ocean to neighbouring islands and coral reefs is a great way to spend a day on Thulusdhoo Island. 

Cruising the beautiful ocean to neighbouring islands and coral reefs is a great way to spend a day on Thulusdhoo Island. 

From Thulusdhoo Island there are also a number of other world class surf breaks accessible by short boat ride including, Sultans, Jailbreaks, Honkys and Ninjas. For those wanting the ease of surfing daily without the travel there's world renowned Cokes surf break and Chickens right on your door step - both offering incredibly clean barreling waves on the right conditions.  

 There's always plenty of quality swell on offer on Thulusdhoo Island, with Chickens surf break just across the channel. 

 There's always plenty of quality swell on offer on Thulusdhoo Island, with Chickens surf break just across the channel. 

Things for travellers to consider: 

The Maldives are a Muslim country with strict laws on alcohol consumption, especially for the locals. Thulusdhoo Island is an alcohol free Island, however there are a number of day trips possible to other islands if you want access to bars and alcoholic beverages.  

The are a number of restaurants and a rooftop juice bar at Season Paradise that offer delicious  alcohol free drinks and juices, so you'll hardly feel the need to drink alcohol! 

Thulusdhoo Island offers stunning sunsets like this one every single afternoon!  

Thulusdhoo Island offers stunning sunsets like this one every single afternoon!  

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