ON MY SECOND DAY IN MAAFUSHI, I take a daytrip to Biyadhoo Island Resort, a short speedboat ride away. The resort is just one of the myriad choices of resort daytrips companies in Maafushi offer, but it is the cheapest (USD 48 gets you a whole day use of the resort’s beaches and a buffet lunch, plus USD 20 per person for the speedboat).
The lower price means you don’t get any water bungalows or infinity pools, but the beach is still spectacular, and if you’re more into nature than luxury, then the lack of these facilities aren’t discouraging factors either.
I arrive at shortly around 9 in the morning. (The resort’s time for some reason is one hour ahead of the official Maldivian time, so it was around 10 am when I arrived in Biyadhoo time.) After paying the entrance fee, I quickly head to the western part of the island where I finally lay my eyes on the tropical paradise I’ve been expecting.
Due to its proximity to Maafushi, Biyadhoo has been a popular daytrip destination for budget travelers. Since this is a resort and not an inhabited island, bikinis and alcohol are allowed. More than this, though, the reef around the island provides snorkelers with the spectacular display of marine life the Maldives is famous for. You don’t even have to get your toes wet to see one – juvenile reef sharks can be seen swimming near the beach.
But go underwater and you’re presented with an amazing array of marine life. It’s one that certainly becomes the highlight of a trip to the Maldives for anyone with the slightest interest in marine biology.