About the Maldives and Rasdhoo
The Maldives are located in the Indian Ocean, to the south east of Sri Lanka. The country is made up of 26 atolls and around 1200 islands, of which about around 200 are inhabited. The most beautiful of these islands is Rasdhoo!! This is where you can find the winter home of Bezz diving. We chose Rasdhoo, on Ari Atoll, because as well as offering beautiful, clean surroundings and great diving (we can see hammerheads, mantas and the occasional whale shark), it is also only a short distance from Male, which keeps the cost of travel low, as well as minimising our impact on the environment.
Rasdhoo is a local island, as opposed to a resort. This will give you a more real Maldivian experience, but it does mean that there are minor things that will require a little planning.
The best idea is to exchange the money you will need before you travel. If this isn’t possible, then you can change money at the airport. While it is possible to change money at your accommodation, you won’t receive the best rates and there may be some unexpected card fees.
The local currency is the rufiyaa (Rf). As a very rough guide, 20 RF is equal to 1 US dollar, 1 euro or 1 British pound.
If you plan to stay for a while or make lot of local calls and you have an unlocked phone, you can buy a local SIM card at the airport. The telephone provider with the best coverage for Rasdhoo is Ooredoo.
Public telephones available at your accommodation are not cheap to use. If you have internet access, Skype is a better option.
While it is possible to arrive to the Maldives by sea, air travel is the more usual option. We recommend the googleflights.com search engine to find the best flights from your location. The destination airport is Malé International Airport, located on the island of Hulhumale. You can travel from the airport to Male by ferry (10 RF) and then take a taxi to the Vilingili ferry terminal (25-35 RF). The public ferry tickets cost 53 RF.
There are several options for travelling between Male and Rasdhoo. The cheapest is the public ferry. The public ferries depart from from the Vilingili ferry terminal on Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday at 9am.
The public ferry from Rasdhoo travels back to Male on Saturday, Monday and Wednesday, departing at 11:00am. The ferry arrives at Male at around 2:30-2:45pm, Tickets cannot be pre-booked, and are sold on the ferry.
Other options for travel include daily (excluding Friday) speed launches and the Kuramathi resort launch. For more information visit this site: http://rasdhoo.com/transport.php