Resort vs local island – there’s a clear winner for me and you might be surprised which it is
I first visited the Maldives three years ago when I went in search of mantas and stayed at a very nice resort in Baa Atoll, about half an hour by seaplane from Male. It was a lovely week, you can read all about it on my blog, and yes I did see mantas and enjoyed the full resort experience. As with this latest trip I was there out of season and as some of you will know, I’m a big fan of travelling this way as not only do you avoid the crowds and get a much more personal experience, it’s also much more affordable (although to be honest, nothing in the Maldives is ever cheap!).
Reviewing the options for my solo trip
So here was my thought process for booking this trip. I really wanted to see whale sharks. They’d eluded me on so many holidays. I was fed up with the whole ‘you should have been here last week’ routine. This time I was going to find them. I Googled the best places to see them in September and landed on the southern atolls of the Maldives. Looking into it further I found that the locally inhabited island of Dhigurah was one of the best places to stay in order to see them and so I selected a lovely boutique guest house there and booked a week with a dive package included. Up until that point, I hadn’t realised that a local island was an option. I’d always assumed that it was a resort or nothing and although I hadn’t set out to particularly find a less expensive option it seemed that, by chance, I had landed on a very affordable alternative. Result!