Thinadhoo Island in Maldives. Full review
Thinadhoo is one of five inhabited islands in Vaavu Atoll. Located at about 78 km to the south of Male it neighbors Felidhoo and Keyodhoo. This Island should not be messed up with another one which has the same name. This Thinadhoo is located in Gaafu Dhaalu Atoll which is on the south (it means more to the south) of the Maldives.
But let’s speak about our Thinadhoo. The island itself is divided into two parts. One part is occupied by village with population of 120 islanders. But in reality there live only about 40 of them. There are not so many islands where you can encounter such situation. There are jungles between the village and the bikini-beach. Surprisingly but there’s no garbage out there in comparison for example with Dhigurah and even Thoddoo. Everything is clean and well-maintained. The way to the beach takes 5-7 minutes.
Only a couple of shops, two dive centers and a café you can find on the island. Surprisingly, there are 5 guest houses packed mostly with Italians and a hotel where Eastern Europeans usually spend their holidays. There’s no school, stadium or hospital on the island – that’s why you can call it a “local” resort.
Beach and house reef
Despite its rather moderate size Thinadhoo can boast one of the best bikini beaches on Maldives. The beach is really adorable – there are almost no dead corrals on beachside where you enter the ocean. The house reef surrounding the island is gorgeous which makes Thinadhoo one of the prettiest places on Maldives.
You can easily find a shade under the palms and relax on one of sunbed. Thick vegetation creates plenty of private and enclosed places where you can sneak away and enjoy your privacy.
As I’ve already mentioned, the house reef of Thinadhoo is really impressive and captivating. There are plenty of fish and colorful corals. You won’t get enough of it even if you’ve been snorkeling for several days. The most interesting part or reef, as usual, on the edge. The easiest way to explore the reef is while drifting along the current without any movement.
The size of this shell is 30-40 centimeters!
Yet you may find dead corrals – unfortunately the global warming didn’t pass by this paradise island.
Entertainments in Thinadhoo
Besides the beach and the house reef you may discover the neighboring picnic island and several sandbanks where you can make a barbecue or simply spend a day far from civilization.
There’s been a day when the dolphins playing around, showed up so close to the beach that one could easily join them once happened to be on the edge of the reef.
If you’re tired of snorkeling around the island you can visit one of the closest outside reefs. Not to say that night snorkeling with sharks is definitely a must! That’s fairly true near Alimatha Resort you can enjoy the company of nurse sharks which are completely safe and friendly in relation to a human. There you can meet around 20-30 sharks! Isn’t that impressive?
Starting from 1 May 2017 new island tax 1$ per person per day will be charged.
The diving should be described in particular. In the “shark” place mentioned above I did scuba diving which is much more intriguing because the sharks are only several cm far from you. The only problem is a number of divers – there were a lot of them! So it’s better to wait until the very end when all of the divers ascended. Because in a while dozens of sharks were appeared from nowhere all the way around so that was really unforgettable experience. I can compare that feeling only with manta snorkeling in Hanifaru Bay.
In Vaavu Atoll I tried 6 different dive points. You can read more from my Azalea Cruise review.
The next morning we headed for another dive point which is about several kilometers away from Thinadhoo. It’s a varied reef wall with plenty of diverse fishes. The current was pleasant there so that we only drifted.
This map is not really complete, but in fact there you get even more dive points. Diving here is much better in comparison with South Male and North Male.
There are only two dive centers on the island. One of them is owned by Plumeria Boutique Hotel and the other — Blue Horizon. I went on a diving trip with the first one but you can compare prices with the second as they can probably be lower.
Read my Plumeria Seaview review here.
Transfer to Thinadhoo
By a public ferry:
— price: $5 per a person one way;
— time: 5 hours 20 minutes (there 2 stops at Maafushi and Fulidhoo)
Male — Thinadhoo, Vaavu Atoll: 10:00 on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Thinadhoo, Vaavu Atoll — Male: 9:00 on Saturdays, Mondays And Wednesdays
By ferry at request:
The ferry runs every day at 14:30, except Friday from Male to Guraidhoo. It sets off from petrol jetty. From Guraidhoo to Thinadhoo the transfer is done by a private speedboat. To get prices email to your guest house.
By scheduled speedboat:
— time: 1,5 hour;
— the departure from Male to Thinadhoo: 10:00 and 16:00;
— the depature from Thinadhoo to Male: 7:00 and 14:00
Please, note, this is Plumeria speedboat
By a private speedboat:
You can get a private transfer by a speedboat from the airport to Thinadhoo, Vaavu Atoll every day at request (time of travel 1,5 hour). This type of transportation is recommended for a group from 6 people. The price is $750 for a trip.
Transfer by a seaplane to Thinadhoo, Vaavu Atoll takes about 20 minutes and costs $420 per person both sides. This trip should be booked in advance (not less than 5 days before arrival).
Seaplanes fly only at a daytime from 6:00 till 16:00.