Maledives: 7 Tips for a holiday on Kuramathi island
A holiday on Kuramathi island: 5 resorts in 15 days. That was my own small personal project for the Maledives. Honestly, I feel like a bit of an expert on the Maledives now, and can recommend a suitable resort for everyone! I already wrote about Kurumba in my post “Korumba for beginners and dolphin lovers”. So today it’s all about Kuramathi, the island for families and holidaymakers who want it all.
At 1.8km in length,Kuramathi island is quite big and boasts incredibly diverse vegetation, including its own small rain forest and 700-year-old Banyan Trees. I can say one thing with certainty – it’s hard to be bored here! I had a fully packed schedule for three days and want to share my top 7 tips on Kuramathi with you. Things you shouldn’t miss out on!
1. Holiday on Kuramathi island – A walk on the sand bank
This is what makes Kuramathi so special, an island with its own sand bank you can walk along for approximately 500m out to sea, which is particularly stunning at dusk. I took the best photograph of my entire Maledives trip on this sand bank. Me on the sand bank and the apocalypse behind me. Amazing, isn’t it?
Facing the apocalypse
Turns out is was only a light shower of rain!
The view of the island from the sand bank and the sunset. Swoon.
2. Holiday on Kuramathi island – typical breakfast
When I’m in a foreign country I love trying traditional local fare. On Kuramathi it’s best to start the day with a typical Maledives breakfast. Careful, this isn’t great for sensitive stomachs and people who don’t like a heavy breakfast. It certainly packs a punch! I was a huge fan! The Island Coffee Shop starts breakfast at 9:30am, serving fish curry, chapati, tuna sambol – tuna meatballs, rice, juice and coffee. A hearty start to the day!
3. Holiday on Kuramathi island – pampering above the ocean
The best place is always the spa. Not just in hotels but on islands, too! So time to don the bathrobe and hit the Kuramathi spa, for every treatment imaginable from a Swedish to an Indian massage. With a lot of luck you might even get a massage in a oceanfront bungalow overlooking the sea. An incredibly beautiful place with a stunning view over the endless ocean. There’s also yoga classes on here every morning from 7am til 8am. Bliss. And after your treatment you can enjoy a nice cup of tea and take in the view.
The deckchairs by the oceanfront bungalow
4. Holiday on Kuramathi island – And Action
Enough lazing around and munching on delicious food! Time to move around a bit and hit up the water sport centre. It has almost everything on offer: kayaks with transparent floors, stand-up paddle boarding, wind surfing, water ski, wake boarding, katamaran sailing, banana boats….. Paradise for all lovers of watersports! For those who prefer exercising on land there’s also a gym, a tennis court and a football pitch where you can challenge the locals to a match or two.
5. Holiday on Kuramathi island – Under the sea
Whoever visits the Maledives without exploring under water deserves to be flown home immediately! Snorkelling is a must and once you try it you’ll be hooked! I recommend taking your first snorkelling trip with a guide, who can show you everything and knows the best stops. And please, dear snorkelling newbies, listen to the rules on what you can and cannot do!
I saw my first stingray on Kuramathi. It was incredible!
6. Holiday on Kuramathi island – Behind the scenes
I don’t know how it is for you, but I couldn’t settle down properly before figuring out how life on the island works. Where does the food come from? What happens to all the rubbish? The island’s chief engineer is more than happy to show you around and answer all these questions. Very interesting!
7. Holiday on Kuramathi island – the perfect spot for foodies
Kuramathi island is the top island destination for anyone who enjoys great food. The choice of restaurants is huge and I tried to test as many as I could for you! At Barbecue Island your food is flambéed at your table. The restaurant’s specialty is the Steak Diana and I ate the best bruschetta I’ve ever had. For those looking for something romantic, try The Reef, which is on the beach. I love the concept – they only serve what was caught freshly that day. And if they only caught tuna, then that’s all there is on the menu. There’s also a free crab show on the beach. Those animals truly are fascinating. Duniye offers a fine dining experience from all over the world. It opened last year and is the only female-run restaurant, from the chef to the waitresses! And the island’s best ice cream can be had at Palm.
And after dinner? Time for a mojito. The mint is grown on the island itself at the Hydroponic Garden.
BONUS: Why I’d recommend Kuramathi to families? Well, there’s the Bageecha Kids Club. Bageecha means “park” or “garden” in the native language. Young guests between the age of three and twelve can participate in a number of activities while Mum and Dad have a well-deserved break.
Getting here: Kuramathi lies 56 km west of Male international airport. Upon arrival you will be greeted by a staff member, who will check you in for the 20-minute hydroplane flight to Kuramathi.
Accomodation: Kuramathi has 290 villas and I’m pretty sure there’s one for each budget and holiday wish!
Sunset on the sand bank
My thanks go to Kuramathi for their support for this trip.