Rasdhoo Island is one of the most popular destinations for diving in Maldives. The island is located in Alif Alif Atoll 56 km west from Male. Rasdhoo is a rather small island, it’s about 500 m in length and approximately 600 m in width. The population is around 1500 people.
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. There is a shadow made by trees where you can hide from the hot Maldivian sun.
It should me mentioned that the beach on Rasdhoo is hardly worse than on other islands. It’s smaller than on Thoddoo or Ukulhas, but it is clean and well maintained, with almost no dead corals on the beach. While entering the water you may feel some discomfort by the presence of seaweed, but they are absolutely safe and don’t cause any issues.
In this island (like in any other local island, it’s prohibited 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). Just relax and don’t move – the current will carry you. You can see a great variety of fish, living soft and hard corals and marine life, such as reef sharks (safe for humans), eagle rays and sea turtles.
More over, 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 mantas rays. And a turtle garden where you can see up to 4 turtles!
It’s very rear to see glowing plankton in Rasdhoo only. Usually, It happened during the low tide, without the moon, and with calm ocean.
Unforgettable evening safari with a group of dolphins. Sometimes they can be seen in a front of 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 (at least close to Male) 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 offers fan dive, for those who never dived before. It includes theory, skills 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. You can do even 3 dives here and every time it will be different.
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. You can see up to see 6 lobsters!
Hammerhead point. It’s one of 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.
Shark point. You can see white tips, black tips and reef sharks here.
The best way 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 need a cool fishing rod with expensive rod 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 lovers 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. Locals clean the territory near their houses every day.
In Rasdhoo you can find all necessary:
– groceries and hardware stores. There you can buy fruit and drinks, and also beach staff. 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 3 cafes on the island, and what’s more, most of them are intended for tourists.
– dive centres. There are 5 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.
– 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.
From Rasdhoo you can also take a ferry to the neighbouring Thoddoo or Ukulhas.
Rasdhoo to Male at 11:00
Every : Sunday , Wednesday
Male to Rasdhoo at 9:00
Every: Monday, Thursday
Runs daily, duration is 1 hour 20 minutes, price is $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.
Private speed boat
The traveling time is about 1 hour 20 minutes, the cost is $550-650.
The traveling time is about 15 minutes, the return ticket is $375.