Local tourism in Guraidhoo aims to new heights in 2023

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01 January, 2023

The Maldives was first promoted in tourism using the concept of ‘One Island One Resort’. However, in the last decade or so, the government has changed the concept and started expanding tourism in residential areas so that the benefits are directly available to the people. One of the islands that is benefiting from this is K. Guraidhoo.

Accessible by ferry or speed boat from the capital of Malé, Guraidhoo will give a chance to dive into traditional Maldivian island life without forgoing modernity. With a serene and tranquil ambience, the island is a stone’s throw away from some of the world class dive sites and the area boasting some of the best surf spots. This is the perfect destination to go if you love the water adventures and nature that're guide your holiday with a beauty, rhythms and magic.

President of Guraidhoo Council Hussain Yameen said that the island’s future in local tourism is bright. He pointed out that earlier, the youth of the village had taken the initiative to build guesthouses in the island, but now investments are coming from outside the island. Noting that efforts are still underway to develop guest houses, Yameen said that the number of beds for tourism from the island will cross 700 in the next one or two years.

The Island Council is working to make Guraidhoo a model island in tourism. The Guraidhoo Council also plans to use more concepts in local tourism. Discussions are currently underway to use the picnic island developed by the government from the Guraidhoo lagoon for a picnic that will satisfy the general public in the island.

The council is in talks with guesthouses operating in the island to ensure that the income enters the island under certain rules so that the general public does not face difficulties. One of the main objectives of expanding tourism in the inhabited islands is to showcase the lives of Maldivians to tourists through local tourism and the growing cultural tourism.

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Today (oct 2023) there are 17 hotels on Guraidhoo island and generally all budget accomodation is excellent! The staff is very friendly and helpfull from meeting at Male airport to check out. The rooms are are designed with your comfort in mind and are fit for families, couples, and solo travellers. All rooms are equipped with comfy beds, Air Conditioner and hot and cold water availability in bathrooms, TV and free wifi. Some of the rooms also have a fantastic location right on the beacha, little balcony and a beautiful patio/ seating area. Check out our 10 best Guest Houses in Guraidhoo

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