Local islands are reopened on 15 October 2020 onwards. Maldives Reopening Guideline.
Huraa Island is situated between Himmafushi and Thulusdhoo islands. It is located just 21 km away from Male, the capital of Maldives. The population of the island is 750 people. Its size is 850 x 300 m. There are a few restaurants.
Huraa is well known in Maldivian history as the last royal dynasty to rule over the Maldives has its root in Huraa island. It was founded in 1757 by Sultan al-Ghazi Hasan ‘Izz ud-din. It is very important because it included Kings, Prime Ministers, and many people from important government posts. This Dynasty started from Dhonmarudhuru Fadiththakurufaanu (Fadikkaleyfaanu) of Male’ Atoll Huraa.
There is a mangrove swamp located to the north of the island, declared a protected nature reserve. Its environment with its unique vegetation provides a safe resting place for species of protected birds. In a study conducted by the IUCN, ten different varieties of trees were identified, some true mangrove and other mangrove associate plants.
There is a very small bikini beach area on the north of the island near Pearl Sand of Maldives hotel. The island was extended recently, but not developed yet. You can swim and relax under the sun wearing bikinis. In the village, ladies should wear clothes covering their shoulders and knees.
No house reef available on Huraa. To see beautiful underwater life you have to take a snorkeling safari.
The best surfing time is May-October, because of theSouth-West monsoon period and the offshore wind. There are total 15 breaks for intermediate surfers, the best wind is the southwest one. The typical Maldivian wave rolls up like most point breaks with workable corners, fun pockets, and long rides. Very rarely will the sets wall up or close out the channels.
Top surfing spots:
Chickens in North Male Atoll is an exposed beach and reef break that has quite reliable surf offshore winds are from the south. Clean groundswells prevail and the best swell direction is from the southeast. A reef breaks left. Good surf at all stages of the tide.
Cokes in North Male Atoll is an exposed reef break that has fairly consistent surf. It’s named after the Coca-Cola factory located nearby. The surf tends to be best in the spring. Offshore winds blow from the northwest. Groundswells more frequent than wind swells and the ideal swell angle is from the southeast. A reef breaks right.
Lohi’s is an exposed reef break that has inconsistent surf offshore winds blow from the north northwest. Most of the surf here comes from groundswells and the optimum swell angle is from the south. A left-hand reef break. Be wary of rips – they make surfing here dangerous.
It’s an exposed reef break that has reasonably consistent surf. The surf tends to be optimum in the spring. Perfect winds are from the north northwest. Groundswells are more common than wind swells and the best swell direction is from the south. There is a right breaking reef. When the surf is up, surfers are likely to take care of dead coral.
It’s an exposed point break that has very consistent surf. The surf tends to be optimum in the spring. Offshore winds are from the north northwest. Groundswells are more common than wind swells and the ideal swell angle is from the south. Surfers ride left-hand point. Surfable at all stages of the tide.
It’s an exposed reef break that has quite reliable surf. The surf tends to be optimum in the spring. Offshore winds are from the northeast. Clean groundswells prevail and the ideal swell angle is from the south. A left-hand reef break. Surfable at all stages of the tide.
It’s an exposed reef break that has reasonably consistent surf. The surf tends to be best in the spring. Offshore winds blow from the south-southwest. Groundswells more frequent than wind swells and the best swell direction is from the south. There is a right-hand reef break. Good surf at all stages of the tide.
It’s an exposed reef break that has consistent surf. The surf tends to be favored in the spring. Ideal winds are from the north. Tends to receive distant groundswells and the ideal swell direction is from the south. There is a right breaking reef. Good surf at all stages of the tide.
Around 700 different species of coral fishes, colorful coral reefs, stingrays, sharks, turtles, dolphins. Many different places to go – amazing coral reefs full of life – deep or not deep – up to your skills and request.
Manta point. The best time to go is June-October when mantas come for feeding. They are absolutely harmless for humans. Must have experience in the Maldives.
Turtle snorkeling. A unique opportunity to swim with wild ocean turtles. They can be very friendly!
Shark safari. Join the shark expert on an expedition to track and swim with reef sharks.
Spend an afternoon watching everyone’s favorite mammals jumping and playing near the island. Huraa Lagoons are known and famous to see 300 different Dolphins every season. From Bottle Nose Dolphins and Spinner Dolphins to Pilot Whales. Dolphins have a regular daily routine – feeding offshore at night, coming into atolls in the early morning, and leaving for the open ocean late afternoon – so it is easy to find them.
Accompany local fishermen on a fishing expedition during the night or day. Learn and enjoy the way locals do the fishing. Never like before, you will learn the tricks of how to catch the fish. Keep your catch for a fresh fish dinner!
Resort day visit. For those of you who want to add a little luxury to your stay, it’s possible to arrange a day visit to the neighboring Club Med Resort or Cinnamon Dhonveli for dinner and drinks.
Sandbank trip. If you want to be away and the island and spend time on a remote sandbank, it’s possible to arrange the trip with the local recreational guide.
If you decide to visit this island or Himmafushi, Thulusdhoo, or Diffushi, you may also consider the possibility to visit not one, but some of them, because every island has its own beauty. You’ll be able to try as many activities as you can and compare all these islands.
The route itself is as follows: Diffushi – Thulusdhoo – Huraa – Himmafushi – Male.
Here are some prices:
Breakfast: fried eggs or omelet with sausages, jam (tasting nothing like home-made jam), toast, fruit, a bottle of water, juice/coffee/tea. The cost is $5.
Lunch or dinner: two courses (rice or pasta), fish (fried or grilled) or chicken, vegetables, fruit, water, tea/coffee/juice. The cost is $10.
BBQ fish – $20.
BBQ lobster – $55.
The Harbor. This restaurant is near the main jetty and serving local and continental food. There is AC inside and a beautiful terrace.
Blue Terrace. Mostly for tourists place. Loved the concept and design. The table arrangements were perfect. The best thing is the view. and sunset is the best time to be there. There are lots of good food options but beverages lack
Caffeine Hub. Certainly, this by far the best cafe opened in Huraa. Clean and peaceful environment. Perfect for coffee lovers.
Family Cafe. Very local place with a lot of Maldivian snacks.
There are a lot of places to stay, but I advise Pearl Sand of Maldives, and that’s why.
– The only hotel (not a guest house) in Huraa;
– Super friendly staff with experience working in resorts. So high-quality service is guaranteed;
– Sea view rooms;
– #1 inns in Huraa based on Tripadvisor
– Amazing in-house restaurant with a great variety of local and continental cuisine;
– Unlimited coffee and tea;
– Private surfing trips;
– Private beach area;
– Own 8 pax capacity speedboat for cruising on nearby islands;
– Free Airport meet and greet service;
Book Pearl Sand of Maldives with the lowest rates.
The ferry departs from Male at 14:30 every day, except Friday. The ticket cost is $2 per person. The traveling time is 1,5 hours.
The ferry departs from Huraa at 8:00 every day, except Friday.
Male-Huraa, daily, 11:45, 15:00, 16:45, 22:00. On Friday 9:00, 16:45, 22:00
Huraa-Male, daily, 8:00, 15:35, 12:30, 18:15. On Friday 8:00, 14:00, 18:15
Price is 15 USD per person.
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