A couple of years ago, when we traveled around the Maldives with our two small children, we discovered the island of Dhiffushi. A small and very local island characterized by its friendly people, delicious food, pearly white beaches and a turquoise blue sea. After only a few days, we had fallen in love with this magical little island, and we thought we would give others the opportunity to come and visit the beautiful island of Dhiffushi. Our adventure with Air Dhiffushi had begun.
Air Dhiffushi gives you the opportunity to experience the authentic Maldives at a price much lower than the average market price. With help from the local community, we have renovated a guesthouse with four beautiful rooms – only 50 meters from the beach.
Our guesthouse Air Dhiffushi
The guesthouse is called Air Dhiffushi and is centrally located on the island, only 50 meters from a true Maldivian beach with white sandy beaches and a turquoise blue sea – the best beach on the island.
Air Dhiffushi has four rooms – two double rooms and two family rooms with prices ranging from 600 DKK – 1250 DKK per night. All rooms are equipped with air condition, private toilet, a small courtyard and an outdoor shower. All the furniture in the guesthouse is designed in corporation with the local carpenter and produced locally.
In addition to the private courtyards, the guesthouse has two common outdoor areas. In front of the guesthouse you can relax in the lounge area and enjoy some of the books and games that are available. You can also leave your beach toy and snorkel equipment to dry and wash off sand and saltwater under the outdoor shower. Behind the guesthouse, under the biggest Pandan Palm on the island, you will find our canopied dining area, where all meals are served. The spacious common garden is 300 square meters, so we have put up a few hammocks for you to relax in after a long day on the beach. In the guesthouse, you will also find a kitchen equipped with free coffee, tea and mineral water.
We provide breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as snacks during the day and true Maldivian afternoon tea. We always have a range of non-alcoholic beverages refrigerated, and coffee, tea and water is free of charge. The food is mainly traditional Maldivian food prepared by our local chef. For breakfast, you can choose between Maldivian mas huni (flatbread with spicy tuna), an egg of your choice and fruit, or continental breakfast with white bread, butter, marmalade, an egg of your choice and fruit. Lunch and dinner depends on the chef’s mood, but is always inspired by the Maldivian cuisine, which is known for using fish, chicken, greens, herbs, rice and coconut. The prices vary between $2-$15 per meal and can be found in the House Menu. If you have any special food wishes such as lobster, beach barbecue or a birthday cake, please let us know and we will try to accommodate your wishes. We keep a tap of all your meals and drinks during your stay, that you will pay on the last day before you depart the island.
The island Dhiffushi
We think Dhiffushi is something special and we are not the only ones that think so. In 2016 www.guesthouses.mv named Dhiffushi, the best local island to live on as a tourist.
Compared to other Maldivian islands, Dhiffushi is located nearby a range of unique coral reefs, sand banks, deserted islands, the best surf spots, and fishing- and dolphin areas. The location of the island also means that you can get to the capital Malé or the airport in only 35-45 min.
The island is 900 meters long and 200 meters wide. It is covered with palm trees, the roads are made of coral sand and with few exceptions, the island is car-free. There are approximately 1200 residents on the island, whose primary occupation is fishing. The island is safe, and the crime rate so low that the Maldivian police have decided not to permanently reside on the island. The island has its own medical center and pharmacy. The beaches, the playground, the football field, and the school makes Dhiffushi extremely child-friendly. The local community loves children, and the limited amount of traffic makes the island a safe place for children to explore the Maldivian nature.
One of the unique things about the island is the local community and its willingness to cooperate. The different guesthouse owners do not view each other as competitors, but as partners, and the same goes for the rest of the local community. The help each other out, and you can really feel that as a tourist, when you visit the island.
Dhiffushi houses several small grocery stores and souvenir shops. The selection of products may seem modest, but if you have any special wishes, you can always ask our Manager for help. Many products are available in the capital Malé. On Dhiffushi you can only pay with cash, either Maldivian Rufiyaa or American Dollars, but you should remember to withdraw money at the airport or in Malé, as there are no ATMs at the island. At the airport you can only withdraw Maldivian Rufiyaa, so if you need Dollars, you need to get them at a bank in Malé.
The island has three cafes; Cozy Café, Dream Corner View and Faruma, that all serve food, coffee/tea and freshly squeezed juice at low prices. The other guesthouses on the island does also serve food and drinks. At the smaller guesthouses, lunch and dinner should be order well in advance, preferably a few hours in advance, so that they have time to shop for supplies. The biggest guesthouse on the island, Rashu Hiya, serves a buffet every evening for $12 containing both Maldivian and international dishes. At Rashu Hiya you can also find cozy dining seats down by the water.
Prices and booking
Book your nights at Air Dhiffushi here. As soon as your booking is completed, you will receive a confirmation mail with an invoice from us. If you have any questions regarding the booking, please contact us at email@example.com or by phone at +45 28 29 47 47.
All bookings include bedroom, bathroom, private courtyards with an outdoor shower, access to the common outdoor areas, as well as mineral water, coffee and tea ad libitum. To get to the island, you must buy a plane ticket to the capital Malé. You will arrive at the airport island Hulhule and from here you must travel by boat to Dhiffushi. You can read more about the different types of transportation in the “Good to know” section.
The Maldives are so much more than relaxation, beautiful beaches and crystal-clear water. At the Maldives, you can partake in all sorts of activities, and our team is ready to help you plan your vacation, so you will not miss out on anything. Our local connection to the island of Dhiffushi and our close cooperation with the local community means that we can ensure a holiday destination, that lives up to your expectations with a variety of interesting activities at competitive prices. If you are interested in joining some of the activities, simply contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Diving. At Dhiffushi you will find the renowned scuba diving school TGI Maldives, where you can rent diving equipment, a boat, hire a guide and get your scuba diving certification. The Maldives are known for its crystal-clear water, coral reefs and exotic marine life that makes any dive here something special. At the Maldives, you can dive with Manta rays, dolphins and watch sea turtles swim around in the water.
Snorkeling. All the way around the island of Dhiffushi you will find spots perfect for snorkeling. At our guesthouse, you can rent masks and fins and we will gladly assist you in planning a snorkeling trip, where you will be taken by boat to the best reefs in the area.
Watersport. We collaborate with SN Watersport. Here you can rent equipment and try different types of watersport activities such as wave surfing, wind surfing, catamaran sailing, kayaking, paddleboard, jet skiing and fun banana boat and water tube rides.
Fishing. A fishing trip at Dhiffushi is a great experience for both beginners and more experienced fishers. If you want to try your hand at sport & game fishing, we regularly arrange vacation packages at www.libertinefishing.com. If you want to try fishing like the locals, we can arrange traditional Maldivian fishing trips. If you bring your own fishing rod, you are welcome to fish anywhere on Dhiffushi. The coast around the island is as made for wade fishing, whether you fish with fly or spinning gear.
Visit a deserted island. Who has not dreamed of visiting a deserted island? With more than 1800 deserted islands across the Maldives, now is your chance. We recommend that you bring a picnic basket from Air Dhiffushi and visit the beautiful deserted Chicken Island.
Sailing in a Maldivian Dhoni. Try sailing in a traditional Maldivian sailboat – Dhoni – and experience the Maldives archipelago.
Sunset and dolphins. Every night the dolphins feed offshore of Dhiffushi. We arrange a boat trip, so you can see them at close sight and enjoy the sunset on the way back to the guesthouse.
Visit a luxury resort. A great deal of the Maldives is exclusive luxury resorts, only few people can afford to stay at. We collaborate with a number of the nearby resorts and arrange one-day trips, so you can experience luxury out of the ordinary. Alcohol is generally banned in the Maldives, except for at the private islands, where you find the luxury resorts. Here it is possible to enjoy a drink or a beer, before returning to Dhiffushi.
Trip to the sandbanks. Around Dhiffushi, there are several sandbanks that comes and goes with the tide. We will pack loungers, beach umbrellas and a cooler bag, and sail you out to one of the sandbanks. When you have enjoyed some time at the beautiful banks, we will pick you up and bring you back to Dhiffushi. There are good chances of seeing dolphins on the boat ride to and from the sandbanks.
Budo Beru. Experience the traditional and historic Maldivian song and dance – Budo Beru – that originates from East Africa and to this day, still is practiced by the local community.
Maldivian BBQ. If you want a special night a Dhiffushi, we can arrange a BBQ on the beach, where coconut shells are used as coal and the menu is freshly caught fish. A cozy evening in the company of the locals.
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Good to know
When you arrive by plane, you will land on the airport island Hulhule, close to the capital Malé. From here, you must travel by boat to the island of Dhiffushi. You can either use the public ferries or rent a private speedboat. We do not take the responsibility for the transfers, but we are more than happy to help you with the transportation.
Speedboat. The fastest and most direct way to travel to Dhiffushi is by speedboat. Dependent on the weather, the trip only takes around 45 minutes. We can help you with the boat and pickup in the airport. The rate is between $130 - $260 per trip dependent on the number of passengers, type of boat and the wether. The price is paid directly to the operator of the boat. If you wish to transfer by speedboat, please indicate in the comment box, when you book your stay, how many people you need transferred and what time you arrive.
Public transportation. If you do not wish to travel by speedboat, it is possible to travel to Dhiffushi by local ferries and discover the local transportation first hand. First, you must take a ferry from the airport island Hulhule to the capital Malé. A trip that takes less than 10 minutes. You will find the ferry by going through customs and turn left, cross the street and continue along the pier to the right until you reach the ticket office. Bring cash for the tickets. As in most places in the Maldives, they will accept Maldivian Rufiyaa and American dollars. You will find an ATM to the left, when you exit customs. From Malé you can take two different public ferries. We are happy to assist you in buying tickets and make sure you get a spot on the ferry.
Ferry Airport Island - Malé / Malé - lufthavnsøen
Ferries Malé - Dhiffushi
Ferries Dhiffushi - Malé
The Maldives. The country consists of approx. 2000 islands, of which approx. 200 are inhabited – Dhiffushi being one of them. The rest of the islands in the Maldives are either private-island resorts, uninhabited or sole used for agricultural purposes.
Language. The official language on the Maldives is Dhivehi Raajje, but they also speak a high degree of English.
Time zone. UTC+5. They do not switch to summer time at the Maldives, which means that they are 3 hours ahead of Danish summer time, and 4 hours ahead of Danish winter time.
Vaccinations. Dependent on the length of the trip. Consult your local health care provider well in advance of your departure to make sure you get the vaccines that you need.
Risks. There are no dangerous animals on Dhiffushi
Sun protection. The Maldives is located very close to the equator, so the sun is very intense. Take your precautions and use sunscreen as well as clothing to protect you from the sun.
Drinking water. Do not drink water from the tab. Mineral water ad libitum is included when you stay at Air Dhiffushi.
Price level. The price level is generally lower than in Northern Europe and dining out is significantly cheaper.
Tips. It is not custom to tip in the Maldives, as it is included, but if you experience a service beyond the ordinary, it is good practice to tip.
Religion. Islam (sunni).
Dress code. Nudism is prohibited by law and may be punished with fines of up to $1000. On the beach, bikinis and bathing shorts is perfectly acceptable, but when walking around on the island, it is expected that you cover up in shorts and t-shirts. Out of respect for the local culture, we recommend you to follow these guidelines.
Libertine – Estate & Travel assumes no responsibility for unforeseen events such as extreme weather conditions, illnesses, natural disasters or acts of war.
The prices are fixed and includes accommodation. Prices will not be affected by currency fluctuations, taxes or similar conditions.
The price will be added Maldivian taxes TGST, which is 12% of the room rate and green tax on 3 USD per person per day.
A deposit of minimum 20% of the total amount is required to be paid, when booking a stay. The remaining amount of the total price must be Libertine – Estate & Travel at hand no later than 60 days prior to departure. For trips booked less than 60 days prior to departure, the deposit and the remaining amount must be paid simultaneous with the booking of the trip.
As a customer, you have the right to change and/or cancel your booking under the following conditions:
- The person responsible for the booking, and to whom the voucher is forwarded, is considered the owner. The owner is the only person who can change and/or cancel the trip. Any correspondence from us regarding cancellations and/or changes in the booking will be addressed to this person.
- If it is possible for Libertine – Estate & Travel to comply to wishes regarding changes in the booking, the guest can do so without any additional charges.
- The deposit of 20% will not be refunded, neither in whole nor in part, in the event of a cancellation within 60 days of the departure.
- Libertine – Estate & Travels obligation to refund the payment waives in the event of a cancellation less than 60 days prior to departure.
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Libertine – Estate & Travel reserves the right the right to cancel and/or change a reservation under the following conditions:
- In the event that Libertine – Estate & Travel will be forced to cancel or change the reservation, the guest must be informed as soon as possible.
- If Libertine - Estate & Travel cannot supply the agreed services or make changes in the journey that is of lower quality than agreed upon when booking, the guest has the right to cancel the booking and get a full return of the amount paid. The same conditions apply if Libertine - Estate & Travel cancels the trip.
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If the guest show up to late or not at all, Libertine – Estate & Travels obligation to refund the payment waives as it is considered a cancellation of the booking.
As a guest, it is your responsibility to behave with respect to the Maldivian customs and norms and follow the rules and regulation of the Maldives throughout the trip (nudity is prohibited).
It is the customer’s own responsibility to be up-to-date on vaccinations prior to departure and bring valid identification. It is further the responsibility of the guest to print and bring the voucher sent from Libertine – Estate and Travel. The voucher is used as documentation in the airport and upon arrival at the guesthouse.
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