lifeinthehood wrote: ↑
Wed Mar 22, 2023 1:18 am
how's difficult was it to get there? How is the cost of living, like if I were willing to go stay for a couple of months (if the visa allows)?
It's rather easy & cheap - comparing to most of other atolls. Guraidhoo is in a 45min reach by speedboat from airport.
No need to take a local expensive hydroplane.
You can hire a speedboat for yourself (160-200USD) or use a schedule ones (25-35USD).
I recommend Escape from Guraidhoo: https://www.facebook.com/escapespeedboats/
Generally speedboats are like taxis for people living in cities.
Below speedboat schedule for Maldives and read more about this kind of service in the link:
There is a public ferry sailing to Guradihoo too (ticket 1 or 3 USD). However it takes 3 hours and takes off in Male so you would need to take a speedboat from the airport terminal to the capital and then cross the city by a taxi.
Anybody willing to visit Guraidhoo and asking for details - send me a pm.
Cost of room
for regular two tourists - 40-100USD per day. Renting for a couple months it would be cheaper.
- very simple and basic. Don't expect sophisticated dishes. Small food amounts are served and forget about nice seafood. Most of fish and meat is overcooked, over-boiled, over-burnt, overdone etc...
So called "restaurants" usually are basic without any decor. Look poor in our standards. Average dinner 7-15USD per person.
This is good to know in advance. First arrived tourists usually complain about quality of meals as they watched too many catalogues or commercials of resort islands before first visit in Maldives.
Local islands have nothing common with resort ones except surrounding environment which is just amazing in the same way. Surfing, kiting, paddling, diving, snorkelling is the same
Visa is free
up to 30 days for tourists. Might be extended another 60 days. Don't know too much about details as we stayed the longest 3 weeks.