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Asdu Sun Island: A Mid Range Maldives Experience

Welcome to Asdu Sun Island, one of over 1000 tiny islands in the Maldives. The beaches are white, the colour of the water is mind blowing, and just like Shakira, what it lacks in size it more than makes up for in beauty. It takes about a minute to walk across the island, maybe 5 minutes to walk from end to end, and is completely surrounded by electric blue water – if you’ve been searching for a proper island paradise then look no further.

A beach at Asdu Sun Island Resort, the Maldives

Bright blue water at Asdu Sun Island Resort, the Maldives

A white sand beach on Asdu Sun Island, the Maldives

A hair-raising 45 minute speedboat ride from Malé, the capital of the Maldives, Asdu Sun Island is a resort for people who don’t like resorts. You won’t find any water bungalows, Michelin stars or butlers on this island; instead you’ll find peace, relaxation and the image of that water burned into your retinas (in a good way). It’s mainly frequented by Italians, so even though you might hear people talking from time to time, you won’t understand what they are saying, further enhancing its appeal as a place to escape.

I’ll go into more detail on the resort in an upcoming post, but if you can’t wait till then I’ll give you a tip – if you are on a budget but still want a perfect Maldives getaway, this could be the island for you. It’s one of the few locally owned resorts and has been open since the 70s, and while no one would ever describe it as flash, it does the job. I was there for the island itself, not for a nice room, so it really didn’t bother me.

High tide on Asdu Sun Island, the Maldives

A school of fish at Asdu Sun Island, the Maldives

The water is the biggest attraction in these parts, and one of the best things to do is to go for a sunset kayak around the island. You can also just walk out to the reef and watch fish (and the occasional shark) going about their day, or you could lie on the beach, swim, play some badminton and chase the roaming chickens around the island.

If you want to visit the Maldives but don’t want to shell out your life savings, head to Asdu Sun Island. It’s an island paradise with none of the extra stuff that you really don’t need anyway.

Walking through the water on Asdu Sun Island, the Maldives

Sunset on Asdu Sun Island, the Maldives

Have you been to an island in the Maldives? Let me know how it was!


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  1. March 25, 2014 at 6:31 pm — Reply

    Jon, your photos of Asdu Sun Island look really amazing! I was thinking of visiting the Maldives when I was travelling in India and Sri Lanka, but then reckoned that it would be too expensive. Seeing the resort that is not a resort, but as beautiful as Shakira makes me second guess my decision now and I will definitely keep it in mind for future travel considerations… 🙂

    • March 25, 2014 at 6:53 pm — Reply

      Cheers Dennis. It is still pretty expensive, luckily my girlfriend paid for her share! You can go to local islands as well which would be cheaper, but it still wasn’t too bad for a one off kind of holiday.

  2. March 25, 2014 at 11:41 pm — Reply

    Stunning photos! The island looks so pristine and gorgeous.

    • March 26, 2014 at 12:07 am — Reply

      Thanks Renuka, it’s a great place to spend a few days!

  3. March 26, 2014 at 11:38 am — Reply

    Okay, I think these just got bumped up to the top of my bucket list! Gorgeous photos! I’ve always thought the Maldives would be too pricey but if you can do it on a budget, that sounds great! We don’t really care about the resorts either, just love beautiful beaches! Thanks for posting!

    • March 29, 2014 at 12:40 am — Reply

      Cheers Christine! I think almost all of the resort islands will be pretty amazing, so you may as well go to a cheap one.

  4. April 8, 2014 at 7:23 pm — Reply

    Beautiful pics – makes you wan to go there.

    • April 10, 2014 at 11:38 am — Reply

      Cheers, I want to go back!

  5. May 17, 2014 at 2:29 pm — Reply

    It really does look like a perfect paradise! Gorgeous photographs. I like that it doesn’t have big resorts–who needs fancy rooms when you have an island like that to explore!

    • May 17, 2014 at 11:36 pm — Reply

      Thanks Jenna, the resort had all you need – a clean room and a deck with a view of the beach.

  6. June 24, 2014 at 3:27 am — Reply

    Great pictures. Maldives is so nice. My plan is to have my honeymoon in Maldives and given by the pictures that you’ve taken and the information you’ve written, I really think I will continue with that plan. Thanks for sharing this great post.

    • June 26, 2014 at 11:12 pm — Reply

      It’s a great plan, good luck!

  7. Johan
    June 26, 2014 at 8:26 pm — Reply

    Awesome images! Keen to visit the Maldives, and this seems like a good option. Kayaking at dusk sounds great. Do they have trips out to nearby islands as well?

    • June 26, 2014 at 11:13 pm — Reply

      It was great! They do but we didn’t do any. You can also do fishing, diving etc.

  8. October 2, 2014 at 10:50 pm — Reply

    Would love to visit the Maldives,but always assumed it was just too expensive! Would love to learn more about Asdu Sun Island in your upcoming posts!

    • October 3, 2014 at 11:18 am — Reply

      Cheers Robert, it’s definitely not cheap but it’s bearable!

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