Review — For backpackers and surfers who want to experience a different side of Maldives, one which does not require spending thousands of dollars on high-end resorts, the island of Thulusdhoo in North Malé Atoll is a great alternative. The island is inhabited and is as beautiful as any other Maldivian island. This means, not only do you get to enjoy the pearly white beaches and turquoise waters, but you also get to see the real people of Maldives. It has a decent number of affordable guest houses and all the facilities that an ordinary holiday-maker would require.
Thulusdhoo is a favorite spot for surfers because of its amazing surf point, Cokes-named after island’s famous Coca Cola bottling plant, the only Coca Cola plant in the world that makes the famous beverage from desalinated water. Daily ferries commute between the capital Malé and Thulusdhoo and the journey takes only an hour, which makes visiting the island extremely convenient.
Besides swimming, surfing, snorkeling and fishing, there is another fun thing to do in Thulusdhoo-stargazing. Yes, Stargazing! The reason I recommend stargazing in Thulusdhoo is because there is a large area of barren land on one side of the island.
Lying there, on the white sandy ground, on a clear night is the best feeling in the world. With no sound or light pollution, the Milky Way is so beautifully visible to the naked eye. On a clear night, there are so many shooting stars you’ll want to make a wish and fall asleep right there, to the sight of an endless sky full of glistening gems.
Every place is unique and has a special magic. Surfing and stargazing in Thulusdhoo is pretty magical. You just have to visit and find out.