12 Awesome Things to do in Omadhoo Island (Travel Guide)

Last updated on July 31st, 2019 at 03:12 pm

Omadhoo Island is located 70 kilometers far from Male. The island is only one kilometer long and there are less than 1000 people living in Omadhoo Island. In a small place like this we will tell you all the things to do in Omadhoo island, how to get there, where to stay in our full Omadhoo island travel guide.

Located in Ari (Alif Dhaal) Atoll, the beautiful island with white sandy beaches and abundant marine life. In Omadhoo Island you will find a real Maldivian fishing village life experience. The life in Omadhoo island is quiet, peaceful with just a few people going around.

Read 40 things to know before visiting Maldives!

Read here all the things to do in Dhiffushi Island, Maafushi, Gulhi Island, Male, Hulhumale and Thulusdhoo Island.

Omadhoo Island Travel Guide

How to get to Omadhoo Island

How to get to Omadhoo Island by Speed Boat

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Speed boat costs $25 per person per way and takes 1 hour and 30 minutes to reach. It’s leaving Male 4 pm everyday from the ferry port except Fridays. The schedule can be changing and the best way is contacting you guesthouse in Omadhoo Island and they will organize for you.

We took the speed boat from Omadhoo Island to Male ferry port. It was leaving at 7 am and 10 am. There is wifi in the boat. But at the time that we rode the speed boat it was raining and windy and the trip was little bit hard.

How to get to Omadhoo Island by Public Boat

Public ferry costs less than $4 per person 53 Rufiyaas per way and takes 5 hours to reach Omadhoo Island from Male. Public ferry leaves from Male to Omadhoo at 9 am on Saturday, Monday and Wednesday.
And the public ferry leaves from Omadhoo to Male at 910 am on Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday.

How to get to Omadhoo Island from the airport

If you are coming from the airport. First to go to Male you can take a public ferry for less than $1 only 10 Rufiyaas (10 minutes) or taxi ($6.5 for 4 people) to Male.

From Male to Omadhoo you will have to take the speed boat or public ferry to Omadhoo Island in the schedule that we mentioned above.

Best time to visit Omadhoo Island

Maldives might be hot and sunny all year round, but it still consists of two seasons; the dry season and the wet season.  The best time to visit the Omadhoo Island is from December to April is the high season, which encounters the drier northeast monsoon and when most resorts rates rises. The rainy season starts from June to September so prices can go down but maybe it will be rain.

Click here to know more about the weather in Omadhoo Island!

ATM In Omadhoo Island

There is no ATM in Omadhoo island so make sure you bring cash from Male. Local currency and USD are accepted. You can pay with credit card in most of the guesthouses. If you eat in your guesthouse and you organize day trips ith them as we did you will not have that problem. We stayed at Nemo Inn and we will give more information below.

Visa and Currency in Maldives

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Maldives is Visa-friendly. You will get 30 days free visa when landing in Maldives. You just get a stamp and you’re good to go! The official currency in the country is the Maldivian Rufiyaa and the exchange rate is around $1=15.4 Rufiyaas. Click here to know the exact exchange rate before you visit.

Wifi and Internet Connection in Omadhoo Island

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Internet connection was working great in Gulhi Island! We managed ourselves for work with the wifi of our guesthouse. We recommend you to buy a local Sim card in Maldives. So you will enjoy of data connection when wifi is intermitent. A local Sim card costs $30 USD for 14 days with 17 GB and $20 USD for 7 days.

Daily Budget Travel in Omadhoo Island

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You can get snacks for 2-3 RFY ($1=15.4 RFY). It´s very common for locals have tea with these snacks. You can have rice with fish curry for 25 RFY where they will give you a kind of chips for free, perfect for sharing the food. Most of the dishes have fish and curry but you can also find chicken here A bottle of water costs 15 RFY while cookies and small snacks go for 5-10 RFYForeigners’ meals cost $7-10. It’s mostly just pizza and pasta, though. There is also Chinese food for around $5-6 USD per dish.

If you decide to do activities will cost you $30 USD per person for snorkeling, dolphin watching and visiting the sand bank. If you decide to visit a luxury resort in a day trip with activities and lunch included will cost you $100-150 USD per person. In our opinion much better if you travel as a couple find a great deal and stay in the resort. Click here to find the best hotel deals in Maldives with Agoda.

There are only 11 guesthouses and hotels in Gulhi Island. Prices starting from $40-60 USD depending on the season. Most of them included breakfast so take advantage of that freebie. We stayed at  Nemo Inn and everything was great. We will write below in this blog post about our experience with pictures.

You can also do Airbnb in Gulhi Island click here to get $30 USD of your first booking with AirBnB.

Read here our review of Kuramathi Island Resort!

Click here to check the best deals in Gulhi Island!

How Many Days Shoul I Spend in Omadhoo Island

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At least 3 days would be great to spend in Omadhoo Island. The place is small but there are day trips to do for snorkeling, sand bank, dolphin watching and more. One day relaxing in the island around the bikini beach and around catching the sunset or snorkeling.

Make sure you check the schedules of the public boat and speed boat. Also that you book in advance your guesthouse. There are 10 Guesthouses in Omadhoo Island so make sure there is availability for you.

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There are small shops for buying snacks and food! There are schools and you can see people playing cricket around.

Things to do in Omadhoo Island

1. Visit the bikini Beach

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The bikini beach in Omadhoo island is so beautiful and quiet. There is a sand bank and it’s a nice place for snorkeling. It was rainy when we visited! It’s in the East side of the island!

2. Snorkeling in the reef in Omadho Island

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Apart from the water that is so clear in Omadhoo island. There are many fish in the water. It’s great to get your camera and try to find manta rays and turtles.

3. Island Hopping around Omadho Island

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There are islands with no people around. Just get a boat and have an island for yourself. The guesthouses will organize your trip. It depends on you want to stay only in the island or add more activities.

4. Fishing Trips

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It’s a fisherman island and most of the people work fishing. It can be an amazing experience fishing in the sunset. Most of the people choose this excursion in Omadhoo.

5. Water Sports

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If you are spending the day in bikini beach or you are going around hte islands. You will have the opportunity to try water sports.

6. Dolphin Watching

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One of the most popular things to do in Omadhoo Island is dolphin watching at sunset time. The activity costs $30 USD per person and it will take 1-2 hours.

7. Turtle Snorkeling

If you want to try turtle snorkeling you will have to join a tour organized for the guest houses. Prices are around $30 USD per person. The trip will take 1-2 hours.

8. Smoking Shisha

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After dinner locals love smoking shisha is always great chance to meet locals and make new friends. After the sunset and having dinner can be the best way to relax and be ready for next day.

9. Watching Manta Rays

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You can see them right in the port or around the island. The best hours to see them is in the morning and at sunset. We spot a lot of them in the port!

10. Sand Bank trip

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We didn’t join for a sand bank trip in Omadhoo Island since it was raining. But prices are similar and it’s so worth it the experience. Better going early morning or at lunch time to avoid the crowd. Prices are around $35 USD per person.

11. Visit a Luxury Resort

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There are tours going to luxury resorts and prices are going from $100-150 USD per person depending how many people are joining with lunch included, snorkeling and visiting sand banks. The best way is organizing in your guest house.

In our opinion 2 people paying $150 USD will be $300 USD and if you click here you will find offers to stay one night for $300-400 USD in a luxury resort and enjoying the paradise of Maldives. Who isn’t been dreaming with this?

Read here our review of Park Hyatt Hadahaa in Maldives!

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12. Diving

If you decide to leave the island for activities you have to try diving in Dhiffushi. The resorts offer tours going there and be ready to enjoy! Prices for 2 tank dive is around $150 USD.

Where to stay in Omadhoo Island

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Our choice was Nemo Inn running for Moosa and his brothers. The yare really nice and they took care of us. They organize day trips, they cook Western and local food. Also they will help you with your next destination booking your speed boat and letting you know the schedule.

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The place is small 4-5 rooms with nice views from the balcony where you will have your meals. And it’s located close to the port and just 5 minutes walking distance of the bikini beach.

Click here to check prices and availability in Nemo Inn!

Click here to find the best hotel deals in Maldives with Agoda.

You can also do Airbnb in Gulhi Island click here to get $30 USD of your first booking with AirBnB.

What to eat in Omadho Island

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We didn’t see local places to eat around the island. Just a cafe near the port. We ate all the meals at our guesthouse Nemo Inn. We tried local and Western food and everything was great. Check the pictures below:

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Hope you find useful our favorite things to do in Omadhoo Island and feel free to share our Omadhoo Island travel guide with your friends going to Maldives. You will enjoy paradise for affordable prices.

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Happy Travels!

Ruben Arribas is a Spanish traveler who has traveled more than 70+ countries around the world. He believes in travel without money. Recently, he finished a bicycle trip, 9500 km, from Madrid to North Cape.

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