Exploring the Local Island of Maldives

Gaafaru Island

Kaafu Atoll

Gaafaru Island, located in the Kaafu Atoll.

Gaafaru Island is located in the Kaafu Atoll, which is a popular tourist destination in Maldives. The island is approximately 22 km north of Male, the capital city of Maldives. The most common way to get to Gaafaru Island is by speedboat from Male. The ride takes approximately 45 minutes and costs around USD $70 per person.

If you’re looking for a more affordable option, you can take a local ferry from Male to Thulusdhoo Island and then take another ferry to Gaafaru Island. The total cost for this option is around USD 10 per person, but the journey can take up to 3 hours.

History and Culture

Gaafaru Island has a rich history that dates back to the 17th century. The island was originally inhabited by a group of people known as the “Ganduvaru,” who were skilled in boat-building and fishing. The island has been influenced by various cultures over the years, including the Portuguese, Dutch, and British.

Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit Gaafaru Island is from November to April when the weather is dry and sunny. The temperature during this time ranges from 25°C to 30°C, making it perfect for outdoor activities such as swimming and snorkeling. The rainy season in Maldives is from May to October, and it is not recommended to visit during this time.


There are several budget guesthouses on Gaafaru Island, ranging from . These accommodations offer a range of amenities, including air-conditioning, Wi-Fi, private balconies & Dining facilities.

Things to Do in Gaafaru Island

  • Sandbank Trip
  • Snorkeling with Nurse Shark
  • Shipwreck Snorkeling
  • Dolphin Watching
  • Fishing
  • Watersports


Gaafaru Island is ideal for budget travelers. Nowadays, it is very difficult to find a tourist island with fewer crowds, but Gaafaru Island still remains more of a cultural island with fewer guest houses. You can have a better experience of Maldives by visiting Gaafaru Island. On Gaafaru Island, you can have all types of local experiences within your budget.

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