MALDIVES - GURAIDHOO GUEST HOUSE - BUDGET ACCOMMODATION
About 3h by traditional dhoni or about 45min by speed boat from Male.
A typical fishing island with about 2,300 inhabitants, sandy roads and palm trees.
You can walk around Guraidhoo in 30min and thereby experience the true and real Maldives.
Rather than staying in isolated and sterile resorts you can find pure nature and live with local families and experience the fascinating culture of the Maldives and the warm hospitality of the Maldivians.
The Maldives as they really are.
There are day-trips from surrounding resorts, so Guraidhoo is kind of used to tourists.
As tourism on local islands is only possible shortly, thanks to changes in law by the new president of the Maldives. Tourism on Guraidhoo is just starting and developing.
Next to a couple of small shops and souvenir shops, there is a hospital and pharmacy, a pre- and main school, several cafes and restaurants and a bakery.
At the local shipyard you can watch the carpenters traditionally constructing the typical local dhoni boats in all sizes.
The mostly calm Indian ocean has a very constant, hat and tropical climate.
Even at night temperature rarely is below 25 Degrees Celsius.
The climate is influenced by the south-west-monsoon (May to October) and north-east-monsoon (November to April).
That also may lead to more intensive rain showers in June/ July.
Simple but clean and nicely furnished and decorated rooms at local families or surrounding buildings.
Different room options are possible and rooms can be set for 2-4 persons.
The rooms have air-condition, Van and separate bathroom with shower, also a refrigerator and electric kettle.
Sitting and meeting area is mainly inside or outside of the houses of the families.
For the garden and other spots there are hammocks available.
We are planning the construction of a separate guest house.
CATERINGThe Families treat you as a member of them and next to the cafes and restaurants you normally eat at and with them.
On the menu there is traditional Maldivian food of course combined with a lot of fish in many variations. But of course the families also offer European food and we can arrange special needs and wishes.
Breakfast, Half- and Full-Board is possible.
With pleasure freshly caught fish can be served.
Within the Maldives' Islamic culture, alcohol is strictly prohibited on Guraidhoo.
In the evenings unfortunately, drinking alcohol is not possible at cafes, restaurants or 'at home'.
Trips to surrounding resorts can be arranged, but after having drinks there, it is important respecting the Islamic culture after returning to Guraidhoo.
Football, volleyball and cricket are popular things to do on the island.
Sunbathing on the beautiful beach of Guraidhoo or its offshore island Lohsfushi is no problem.
Respecting the Islamic culture you should wear appropriate clothes being on the island and with locals.
Guraidhoo is an ideal island for surfing with its own wave in front of the little offshore island 'Lohsfushi' which is in the South of the island at the edge of its lagoon.
There are 3 more spots in the channel or round the corner and many more in South- and further in North Male Atoll.
Surf transfers by dhoni to the spots around the island can be arranged individually. Excursions to other spots can be organized any time in small or large groups.