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Rasdhoo is a smallish island with 850 citizens and a capital of Alif Alif Atoll (or North Ari Atoll), Maldives.

Understand[edit]

Get in[edit]

Rasdhoo can be reached by a public ferry from Malé on Su, Tu, Th at 09:00, trip takes 3 hours and costs Rf53. Timetable can be checked at the company operating these routes web site. Fast boats depart on the same days at 16:00, trip lasts for less than an hour and costs US$50.

Three times weekly (at 15:10 on Su, Tu and Th) there is a public boat to Thoddoo, trip takes 1 hr 15 min, costs Rf25.

Everyday except Friday there is a public boat to Ukulhas, departing at 13:00, trip takes 55 min and costs Rf25. The same boat proceeds then to other islands of North Ari Atoll: Bodufulhadhoo (trip takes 1 hr 30 min from Rasdhoo), Mathiveri (2 hr), Feridhoo (3 hours), Maalhos (3 hr 30 min) and Himandhoo (4 hours). Besides, there are private fast speed boats operating on this route, run three times daily.

1 Ferry dock. It doesn't have a building or anything of that sort. Just a marine with handful of boats.

It's also possible to charter a private jet with some unrealistic prices.

See and do[edit]

The main draw there is undoubtfully beaches, the bikini beach on the island is very small.

  • 1 Bikini beach. You can also snorkel and see Mantas, Stingrays and some sharks which will swim away once you try to get close to them.. However, its coral reef has started degrading due to touristic activity and perhaps will die off in several years. And yay, bikinis are allowed here, in opposite to all other beach areas on the island where it's strictly prohibited.
  • 2 Masjid Hudha.
  • 3 Picnic Island (Madivaru Island). Accessible by boat which could be arranged by any of the hotels.It is cheaper to ask a local fisherman to take you there. Just negotiate price and time with the fisherman

Diving and snorkelling[edit]

One even doesn't need a mask to spot myriads of fishes, some of which can easily be seen yet from the beach: sharks, manta rays, etc.

Buy[edit]

Lots of shops selling overprices souvenirs. Not much less of grocery shops with very extensive range of products from all over the world, which is quite surprising, they also sell some fruits and vegetables.

Any place on the island will readily accept US dollars as a payment, but not cards.

  • 1 Bank of Maldives, Rasdhoo branch. It has 24-hr ATM with Rf10,000 maximum withdrawal limit + Rf100 fee. Exchange rates are substandard, so it's better to change money in Male.

Eat[edit]

  • 1 Coffee Ole, Bodu Magu, +960 777-8097. Nice place to drink a good cup of coffee. Menu is somehow limited to about a dozen of options, of which soups are better to avoid, some sorts of fried noodles are tasty. They also try to promote some meals that can be prepared by only preordering them one day in advance, however, in reality it then turns into variety of reef fish or even a lobster. Big fish served for us came on table after long waiting though a bit undercooked so it went back to kitchen for further processing.Disappointing experience, but tasty barracuda. However, general impression is positive for fish, curries, cocktails and coffee. Do not waste time for any Western type of food, it is not a place for that. WiFi is available for Cafe guests. Rf50-120 + 6% service charge.
  • 2 Palm Shadow, Ghaazee Magu, +960 996-9961. Very simple cafe with simple, overcooked food. It faces the ferry dock. Rf70-120 + 12% service charge.
  • 3 Coconut Garden. 09:00 - 00:00. Small restaurant on a side street with good food and cheap prices. However, owners cheat with total bill prices, which kills all the impression. Rf30-50 +12% service charge.

Mid-range[edit]

  • 4 Icoco, Bodu Magu (adjacent to Rasdhoo Dive Lodge), +960 9577222, . 07:30-23:00. Serves decent food in a western environment. 3 times a day they offer buffet meals, which cost USD18 per person including all taxes. Inbetween buffets, they prepare a la carte dishes. Rf60-700 + 22% service charge.
  • 5 Lemon Drop, Anboofannu Magu. Typical choice of dishes: fried noodles, rice, sandwiches, pizzas. USD5-15 + service charge (menu prices quoted in dollars).

Sleep[edit]

Budget[edit]

There are 16 guesthouses, most of which are quite basic, with prices starting at US$40-50.

Shallow Lagoon Rasdhoo is one of the biggest hotel in Rasdhoo and has 8 spacious deluxe rooms and huge garden area. A few min walking to Bikini Beach and next to hospital.

Splurge[edit]

  • 1 Kuramathi Island Resort, . Occupies entire island of Kuramathi which is bigger than proper Rasdhoo island. Offers different types of accommodation, one of which is luxurious private villas with a spa bath and flat-screen TV. Resort features an infinity pool, 15 dining options and a spa, 2 dive centres. It has 290 hotel rooms. From USD500.
  • 2 Veligandu Island Resort & Spa, . Resort occupies entire island and has outdoor pool, children's playground, spa centre, restaurant and a bar. Free WiFi throughout the property. 91 hotel rooms in total. From USD600.
  • Constance Halaveli Maldives, . A 5-star luxury island hideaway that offers unforgettable dives and unspoiled beaches. From overwater bungalows to family water villas and beach villas, the resort offers a wide range of accommodation options. US$1200.

Connect[edit]

Both mobile operators (Dhiraagu and Ooredoo) operate on the island and offer LTE connection.

Guesthouses tend to have WiFi with very slow and sometimes nonexistent Internet. Surprisingly, none of the restaurants offer WiFi.

There is also a 1 Post office.

Go next[edit]

This city travel guide to Rasdhoo is a usable article. It has information on how to get there and on restaurants and hotels. An adventurous person could use this article, but please feel free to improve it by editing the page.