My trip to Gulhi Maldives – The complete Guide for Gulhi Island on a Budget

Friday, 17th January 2020

When it comes to discovering one of the most beautiful local islands in Maldives and with hundreds of islands to choose from, visiting Gulhi is something you should think about it. Planning to go to the Maldives remains a bit confusing and difficult for first time travelers because you can not visit all the major islands in Maldives on one visit. So you should choose the island that suit your goals, budget and personal preferences, and most likely Gulhi Island meets all criteria.

Medium budget travelers like me and experienced travelers have the opportunity to experience the Maldives without spending hundreds in the resort room every night, as accommodations in Gulhi mainly consist of boutique hotels and affordable guest houses.

Gulhi Beach South End

Gulhi is located in South Malé Atoll and a speedboat trip to Gulhi from the capital Malé takes just 30 minutes and cost only 100 MVR for Maldivians and Residents for one way, and 20 USD for tourists (Some speedboat operators 25$ ). Perhaps staying in a luxury island resort in the Maldives limits your connection with the locals and discover their way of life, which you will find in Gulhi. At the same time, it will give you a better opportunity to discover the local Maldivian culture. You will see how the locals eat, interact and live on a daily basis…

Gulhi Island is not very big, therefore, it is easy to get to know the island within an hour, and it takes very little effort to find shops and restaurants and you need to taste the delicious local food. The island is mainly a fishing village with friendly local people. The small island have also two amazing bikini beaches one in the north and one in south. There is also a small sandbank island near Gulhi that you can reach it even with Catamaran, and watch many dolphins in your way, and you can take amazing pictures there. Gulhi is really great island for snorkelling and scuba diving . All water sports and excursions are available there as well. Personally i prefer Gulhi island much better than Maafushi island for many reasons and especially you will never find the crowd of Maafushi in Gulhi, you will really enjoy there and relax and it’s really peace of mind.

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The location of speedboat to Gulhi : the Jetty in front of Bank of Maldives in Malé.
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My dinner in Gulhi : Chicken Biryani rice, Maldivian snacks, banana milk. All for around 80 MVR
A wonderful sunny day in Gulhi Island

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Transfer to Gulhi by Public Ferry 

You can reach Gulhi also in very cheap way and save lot of money. Once your flight arrive to Velana International airport and after you collect your luggage, just head to the airport ferry jetty and take ferry boat to Malé, ticket cost around 1.5$ , (just 10 to 15 minutes) and then from Malé take a taxi ride to Villingili ferry terminal (You can also walk and it take maximum 20 to 25 minutes by feet). Then once you arrive to Villingili terminal you can buy ticket for just 2$ however the journey duration will be around 80 minutes. Ferry runs everyday except in Friday and Monday.

Ferry departure from Malé : 03:00 PM
Ferry dparture from Gulhi : 07:50 AM

Ferry Route : Malé > Gulhi > Maafushi > GuraidhooMaafushi > Gulhi > Malé

Amazing Gulhi

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Where to Stay in Gulhi ?

In Gulhi you can find easily nice affordable guesthouses very near to the beach, cosy and comfortable and where double room rate start from 45$ per night. I know personally some of this friendly local Hosts, and i can recommend you to stay in one of this 7 Guesthouses and you can book directly with our Partner Agoda through the following links. Don’t forget to withdraw some cash from ATM in Airport or in Malé City because there is no ATM in Gulhi (This is dated January 2020)

Sandy Heaven Maldives is my highly recommendation in Gulhi, I have been to this property and it’s just few minutes from the bikini beach and it’s a home to 7 guest rooms. All are tastefully furnished, and many even provide such comforts as locker, closet, cleaning products, complimentary tea, towels. The property’s host of recreational offerings ensures you have plenty to do during your stay. Price per night starting from 60$ for 2 persons on bed & breakfast rate. Reserve your stay now here and you can pay at the hotel even.

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Please feel free to contact me or drop a comment if you need more informations about Gulhi or anything else in this small paradise.
The beautiful Swing in Gulhi
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A trip to sandbank island from Gulhi

A beautiful sandbank island in Kaafu Atoll, not far from Gulhi

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