Mathiveri Inn is a very good value for money and therefore a great choice not only for backpackers but for anyone who wants to spend some time in this paradise and experience local cultur unlike in resorts. The guesthouse is VERY clean (cleaned couple times a day), nicely decorated, the staff is very friendly and helpful and the breakfasts are perfect!
The island itself is small and currently, there is only one guesthouse. What I absolutely loved about Mathiveri was that there are almost no tourists as tourism on local islands as opposed to resorts is still quite new. As previously mentioned, bikinis are not allowed on the island, but there is a little desert island nearby (no more than 5 minutes by boat) that allows bikini swimming, sunbathing and snorkeling. This was an absolute highlight and its a perfect place for someone who doesn´t mind having no beach bars or sunbeds for an exchange of a robinson-crusoe-like paradise. The only downside is a long ferry ride (6 hours). Also, the ferries run only on certain days, make sure to check the schedule before booking. But don´t be put off by that! The island can be also reached by a speedboat or a sea plane, which is much more expensive than the ferry. Also, the guesthouse is located opposite the mosque, which may be loud (especially at 5AM), but it is also a part of the cultural experience. Overall, we had wonderful time at Mathiveri Inn and we are happy to reccommend it!!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Mathiveri Inn guest house is first guest house opened in Mathiveri Island. Mathiveri is located at the middle of North Ari Atoll within 6 hours of transport from Male' by ferry service and 2 hours by speed Boat. The island, surrounded by the breathtaking ocean, measures about 0.775 Km in length and around 0.475 Km in width. Distance from Male' 84.82 Km. Population 834. Mathiveri means greatness. There is no greatness where there is no simplicity, so come explore, indulge, experience and enjoy the greatness of simple island of Mathiveri. Mathiveri is a place for everything, and everything in it's place. Experience the island life, indulge in the local cuisine and explore the Maldivian culture. Relax and relieve your stress in our serene, quite and amazing atmosphere. Be part of our Mathiveri community, take part in the local activities. Relax on the white sandy beaches with sun lights and crystal clear lagoon, and experience the traditional activities while you are in Mathiveri Island. ... more less
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