Thulusdhoo maldives is located just 28 km north of Male. It is the capital of Kaafu Atoll. Approximately 1400 people live on the island. The size of Thulusdhoo is 700 x 400 meters (according to Google Maps). After the devastating tsunami that happened in 2004 on Rinbodhoo island, more than a half of the population had to move to Thulusdhoo, so the population of Thulusdhoo maldives grew.
Oh Thulusdhoo! Thulusdhoo maldives is wonderful local island in Maldives which bursts colour and life. It’s in Kaafu Atoll, which means it’s very close to the capital city, Male – less than 18 miles, which was about 40 minutes via private speedboat transfer, or an hour and a half by public ferry.
Getting to Thulusdhoo maldives is extremely simple so long as you DON’T TRAVEL ON A FRIDAY. The ferry leaves from Male at the Villingili ferry terminal every day (except Friday) at 14:30 and costs around 20 rufiyaa ($1.30). This is an excellent ferry as it has several stops along the way- meaning your trip could include many islands for next to nothing! After leaving Male it goes to Hinmafushi, then to Hura, then stopping at Thulusdhoo before finally finishing off at Dhihfushi. There’s only one boat a day though, so if you do get off on one of the islands be sure to organise a stay at one of the local guest houses.
The ferry then makes it return journey early in the morning from Dhihfushi. It leaves Thulusdhoo maldives around 7.25AM but I was there from 7:00 to be safe. At Hinmafushi it actually stopped for about 10 minutes, so I was able to hop off and go buy fresh coconut juice from a local stall.
There are loads of guest houses around the island, all of them great value and super friendly. Our group had NINE of us in total and we hadn’t arranged bookings beforehand. In the end half of us stayed at Thulusdhoo Surf Camp, while the rest of us stayed with Surfer’s World. (I can’t seem to find Surfer’s World own website, but you can call the owner, Musthaq, on (+960) 751-6386.
I absolutely loved Surfer’s World- the rooms were spacious, clean and comfortable and they had a lovely private garden, perfect to seat ALL nine of us (even though half weren’t even staying there) where we enjoyed a MASSIVE feast of a barbecue, arranged by the very helpful owner, Musthaq, at a tiny price of 150 rufiyaa each (less than $10, including drinks). He also helped us organise a day trip to an uninhabited island very close to Thulusdhoo, called Kuda Villingili (Chicken’s Island), for just $5 each for transport plus a $5 entrance fee.
There used to be a chicken farm. It doesn’t exist now, but the Chickens’ name got stuck to it forever. There are also other Maldivian surf spots nearby, which made North Male Atoll famous: Lohis, Sultans, Jailbreaks, Honkys и Ninjas.