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Swimming with turtle in Thoddoo island, Maldives

What do you have in mind if talking about Maldives ? A fancy resort full of high class hospitality ? yes we thought the same. But, for me travel is not only for leisure but also a journey of experience new things. After spending 4 days in Maafushi island arranged by Maldives Low Budget,

Jump into the stories :
1. My first impression and 10 facts About Maldives I Just Know
2. A proof that Maldives is a beautiful piece on earth. 

I decided to extend my stay in the Maldives moving to another island. My friend suggested me to go to Thoddoo Island, a small island in the east of Male. There are two ways to reach the island, but yes you need to be in Male to start the journey. Arrived in airport ferry port where all the boats coming from Maafushi island to Male, we took the taxi to go to Villingli Ferry Terminal for 3 USD to catch ferry to Thoddoo island at  08.45 am. The ticket price Male – Thoddoo island is 3,5 USD. The ferry took 3-4 hours and transit in Rashdoo island for 2 hours, from Rashdoo to Thoddoo took 1 hour. 

Arrived at 04.30 pm in Thoddoo island, I was picked up by the staff of Holiday Cottage Thoddoo, Maldives, the place where I stayed for the next 4 days. Ali the owner of the cottage greeted me and showed me the room. The room smells so good, the bed is very comfortable and what I love the most is, the outdoor shower room where you can staring to the sky while showering on the night.
Holiday Cottage Thoddoo, Maldives


Thoddoo island provides something different that you might imagine about Maldives. In Thoddoo island, instead of travel, I felt more like a local, Since the first day I arrived, nobody doesn’t give a smile and say hello to us, we spent our time chasing the sunrise to start the day and sunset to end the day.

Bikini Beach is Just 10 Minutes Walk
yes, they have this beach which you can go swimming around with bikini, How about the other area ? As Maldives is a muslim country, you are only allowed to use bikini in bikini beach where tourists do sun bathing and swimming. It was really a perfect beach at noon, white sand beach, blue clear water and blue sky, couldn’t ask for more.
Bikini Beach, Thoddoo Island, Maldives

Bikini Beach, Thoddoo Island, Maldives

You Will See Shark, Manta rays, Turtle while Snorkeling.
Thoddoo island located between the ocean that you will easily meet those underwater creatures. On my first day snorkeling, I found a shark passing by my feet just 1 meter away. There is also a manta point where you can swim together with couple of manta rays. Another good spot to snorkeling is right in front of the bikini beach, you can even reach it by swimming from the beach. There are like a round coral reefs whose turtle’s favorite kind of spot.
Coral reef in Thoddoo Island, Maldives

5 Minutes Walk to The Epic Sunset and Sunrise
The sunset is just right behind the cottage and to see the sunrise is just 10 minutes walk to another side. Literally, I finished the day watching the sunset everyday, looking how the sun perfectly set.
Sunset in Thoddoo Island, Maldives

Sunset in Thoddoo Island, Maldives

Sunrise in Thoddoo Island, Maldives

Thoddoo Island has the scenic landscape
Thoddoo island is one of those island in Maldives that has different contour, it’s not only consisted by beach but also farm, the famous fruit farm is watermelon.
Farm in Thoddoo Island, Maldives

Thoddoo Island, Maldives

Thoddoo Island, Maldives

Food and Hospitality Service is On Point
Like really, Maldivian is the friendliest people that I’ve ever meet. Especially during my stay in Holiday Cottage Thoddoo, Maldives. All the staffs were so extremely nice and sincere, I still remember how Ali (the owner of the cottage) always be ready to help 24 hrs, he took us to the best spot in Thoddoo island, he even helped us to top up our internet data.
Breakfast in Holiday Cottage Thoddoo
Thoddoo Island is The Best Place to Chill
Every corner in Thoddoo island has such those chill places, one of the unique things about Thoddoo is this kind of swing chair. Thoddoo islan is far from that kind of touristy place. It's very quite, most of tourists spend their time sun bathing in the bikini beach, that's the reason why i seldom see any tourist walking around the street. Thoddoo island is pretty much for those people who want to chill.
Thoddoo Island, Maldives
Where to Stay
- We stay in Holiday Cottage Thoddoo Island, it’s one of the best cottage in the island I’ve ever stayed. It’s closed to every best spot in the island. A Bangladesh guy who cook the food always serve amazing food. Click here to book the Cottage (they are currently have special discount via AGODA)

How To Get There
- From Maldives airport take ferry to Male (1 USD)
- From the port take taxi to go to Villingli Ferry Terminal (3 USD)
- Buy ticket from Male to Thoddoo Island at 08.45 (3,5 USD)
PS : For Maldives trip, check www.maldiveslowbudget.com for the next trip.


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