Rasdhoo Island is one of the most popular destinations among diving amateurs. The island is located in Alif Alif Atoll 56 kilometers west from Male. Rasdhoo is a rather small island, it’s about 500 m in length and approximately 600 m in width. The population of Rasdhoo today is around 1500 people. Yes, the number of people on such a small piece of land is large, but you won’t really notice it.
The beach on Rasdhoo is not so long as on Ukulhas or Thoddoo, but well maintained. Its length is about 100m. Entry into the water can be difficult during low tide due to dead corals. But there is a shadow made by trees where you can hide from the hot Maldivian sun.
I’d like to add that the beach on Rasdhoo is hardly worse than on other popular islands. Yes, it’s smaller than on Thoddoo or Ukulhas, but it is clean and well maintained, with almost no dead corals on the beach. There is a shadow where you can take a rest. While entering the water you may feel some discomfort by the presence of algae, but they are absolutely safe and don’t cause any troubles. A few tourists usually you can find there as well.
I’ve been in Rasdhoo 6 times already. The first time was in 2015 when there was very few information about local islands. Every time I’m coming back there are some improvements.
In this island (like in any other local island, it’s forbidden to appear in public places in a bikini. The restriction does not apply to the bikini beach and guest house territory.
Rasdhoo is known for its house reef – it’s around 50-70 m from the beach area. It’s better to swim there during high tide. There is a strong current on the edge of the reef, so it’s better to swim towards one of the points (it depends on the direction of the current). Lie and not to move – the current will carry you. You can see a huge number of a variety of fish, living soft and hard corals and marine life, such as reef sharks (safe for humans), eagle rays and sea turtles.
Apart from that, you can take a guided tour around the three snorkeling points. It should be noted that outside the house reef, the corals are looks better. There is manta ray point, where you can see giant manta rays. There is a turtle garden where you can see up to 4 turtles!
I’ve seen glowing plankton in Rasdhoo only one time. It happened during the low tide, without the moon, and with calm ocean. We were fishing 2-3 km away from Rasdhoo and on a way back we’d seen it. Unfortunately, its brightness was not enough to make a photo or video.
Yes, Rasdhoo is the second island where you can find floating bar with alcohol: Bear, liquir, wine are available. Jun 2018 update: the boat in under maintenance, so it closed for tourists.
Unforgettable evening cruising with a bunch of dolphins. Sometimes they can be seen opposite the bikini-beach, but usually, they play between Rasdhoo and Thoddoo. They’re swimming close to the boat, you can even pat them.
Perhaps one of the most beautiful places to visit in the Maldives is uninhabited islands near Rasdhoo. It’s a chain of 2 picnic islands and 3 sandbanks, You can walk between them. It’s better to go there during low tide (usually morning time or afternoon). You can check tides here.
Near one of the islands, in the lagoon, there is a small but beautiful live reef with a lot of fish, which themselves come to you while you swimming to the reef. You can go to the islands for a whole day or for a half day. It is best not to go there on Friday, as there will be a lot of people.
Rasdhoo is truly famous for its dive-points. They said, some of the dive points are among the best in the Maldives. Dive schools offer to take fan dive, that includes theory, teaching shills in the shallow water and finally a dive in depth of 8-10 m with the instructor. A great advantage of Rasdhoo is the availability of points for diving for beginners.
For certified divers, 17 spots are available. The most popular among them:
Madivaru corner. One of the most famous dive-points in the Maldives because of an excellent reef, a large number of fish, sharks, and rays. At this point, I dived 5 times and each time I saw something new. It depends on your guide as well.
In my case, once there was a guide from Germany, who has been living in Maldives for about 5 years and thanks to him we saw a huge school of tuna, a school of bat-fish, reef sharks, eagle rays and a lot of small fishes. And all because we did not swim with all the divers, but separately and went in the other direction.
Caves. The furthest point from Rasdhoo. It’s a drift-dive with many caves at different depths. It has a wide variety of soft and hard corals. We managed to see 6 lobsters! And 3 of them were in one place before I’d never seen such a thing.
Hammerhead point. It’s one of the few places in the Maldives where you can see sharks-hammers. Morning dive, which starts at 6:00. The chance to see sharks 50/50.
Manta point. It’s a cleaning station for mantas. It’s possible to see up to 5 mantas during one dive. I’ve seen only 2 of them.
Shark point. You can see white tips, black tips and reef sharks here.
The perfect solution is to take a package of 8-10 dives and dive into the most popular places. You can make up to 3 dives per day.
To catch fish, you don’t always need a cool fishing rod with expensive bobbin and line. Only a line, a hook and ledger bait will be enough. That’s a simple way how to catch a fish for dinner. Real fishing amateurs can go to Big Game Fishing on a fully-equipped boat.
The island itself, in general, is very well maintained. Litter, as on any other local island can be found as well, but very few. Therefore, if you are embarrassed, then it’s better to spend your vacation on the resort. Locals clean the territory near their houses every day.
In Rasdhoo tourists can find all necessary infrastructure:
– groceries and hardware stores. There you can buy fruit and drinks, and also beach gear. It’s very convenient for those, who left something at home.
– gift shops. There are 5 or 6 gift shops on the island. There are lots of various souvenirs, everyone can find something to his liking.
– several cafes. There are 5 cafes on the island, and what’s more, most of them are intended for tourists.
– dive centres. There are 5 constantly functioning dive centers on the island. And one water sport center
– a bank;
– ATM (your can withdraw rufies only, the service fee is 100 ryfiyaas, and it doesn’t matter how much money you’re going to take out);
– a branch office of the mobile network operator. Here you can also buy a SIM-card with mobile internet, however there is free Wi-Fi in every guest house.
– a hospital. They can help you in a case if you have got a minor illness. Otherwise, they’ll transfer you to Male by speedboat.
– a post office;
– a police station.
Using a drone, you can take the best photos of Maldives.
There you can also take a ferry to the neighbouring Thoddoo or Ukulhas. Today every local cleans up the area near their houses. But, what’s more important, every week special voluntary clean-ups are organized. A separate area on the island is chosen, and everyone cleans it.
Transfer to Rasdhoo
The ferry runs from the airport to the capital every 15-20 minutes. The ticket price is $1. There is a taxi service in Male, the taxi fares are fixed – $2.5, or 40 rufiyaas to any place.
Rasdhoo to Male at 11:00
Every : Sunday , Wednesday
Male to Rasdhoo at 9:00
Every: Monday, Thursday
Runs daily, there are 3 speedboats right now. Departure point from Male depends on boat. Contact your guest house. Duration is 1 hour 20 minutes, $35 per person.
Male-Rasdhoo at 10:30 and 15.30 – 16.00, on Friday at 9:30 and 15:00
Rasdhoo – Male at 7:30 and 13:30.
Transfer upon request
Private speed boat
the travelling time is about 1 hour 20 minutes, the cost is $550-650.
the travelling time is about 15 minutes, the return ticket is $348.