Sandbank is literally paradise on earth, an oasis of calm and beauty that can be found in the middle of the sea. It creates a perfect combination between amazing nature and a wonderful panorama. You will arrive here by boat
Thoddoo Maldives – on the Atoll Ari, there lies such a wonderful green island with a white 400 metres long beach for tourists. This island is called Thoddoo, and we can find it 65 km on the west of the capital city Male with an international airport.
On the island there live about 1.300 stable residents who ern a living especially by tourism, fishing and exporting fruit a vegetable as watermelons or papaya. A third of 2 km2, the total island area, is occupied by agriculture.
There are two diving centers on the island that offer certified services. The island also has a water sports center offering water skiing, parasailing and more.
Since the Maldives is an Islamic country, there are two mosques, one of which was built by the owner of a nearby resort. This is the largest mosque of all the local Maldivian islands.
On the island you will also find a school, a playground, a hospital and also a soccer field.
Thoddoo boasts a beautiful beach that is ideal for snorkeling. If you stick your head under the water, you will see huge corals with schools of fish and there will probably be turtles too. There is also a small bar in a tent at the beach entrance with fresh fruit, coconuts and drinks.
Thoddoo Island has a number of cafes and restaurants.
In several stores you can buy basic food, fruit or drugstore goods. Most of those are small stores where rupees and American dollars are taken and some of them offer pay by a card.
(Special offer – We offer you daylong visit of a resort Centara Ras Fushi Resort and Spa Maldives. Island Madivaru is also a very special trip.)
There are two beaches for tourists on the island. The main beach is located on the west side of the island. It is several hundred meters long. The beach is really beautiful, it has a very gradual entrance and incredibly fine white sand. In the main season, there are more people on the beach.
On the western bikini beach you will find toilets, showers and changing rooms. Palm trees provide plenty of shade.
The second, smaller beach is located in the northern part of the island.
The guesthouse is located in the centre of Thoddoo. It’s one of the closest hotels to the tourist beach while it takes about 10 – 12 minutes to get there by foot. The hotel has 9 rooms most of them are double-bedded and some are one-bedded. The rooms are new, spacious, light and clean with a big bathroom, shower with warm water and large comfortable beds. Everyday the charladies make cleaning of the rooms and they also change towels. You just find there everything you need. The reception is non-stop opened and is served by English talking staff.
You can choose variant of a stay with a breakfast, half-board or full-board. The variety of food consists especially of traditional Maldivian meals – for example fresh fish, rice, vegetable, pasta, chicken meals and so on. Drinks consumed with the melas are for free. Wi-fi is free of a charge and runs well which is unusual on local island. In a hotel you can pay by a card, but you need to know there is a 3,5 % bank tax while paying this way.
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1 – Maldivian Paradise with a Local Touch
Thoddoo offers an authentic Maldivian experience, combining stunning white sandy beaches and turquoise waters with local charm and culture. Unlike private resort islands, Thoddoo is inhabited by locals, giving visitors a chance to experience the true life and culture of the Maldives.
2 – Breathtaking Underwater Beauty
For diving and snorkeling enthusiasts, Thoddoo provides a rich underwater environment with colorful coral reefs, a wide range of exotic marine creatures, and crystal-clear water, ideal for underwater exploration.
3 – Agritourism and Local Produce
Thoddoo is also known for its significant fruit production, especially watermelons. Visitors can explore local farms, enjoy freshly harvested fruits, and learn more about the traditional growing and harvesting methods employed on the island.
4 -Bioluminescent Plankton
During certain times of the year, visitors to Thoddoo can experience the fascinating natural phenomenon known as bioluminescence, where plankton in the ocean glows in the dark, creating a picturesque and magical nighttime scene.
5 – Relaxed Atmosphere and Hospitality
The friendly atmosphere and warmth of the island’s inhabitants stand in contrast to the hectic life in larger tourist centers. This is the ideal place for those seeking a peaceful and relaxing holiday while still wishing to experience authentic Maldivian culture.