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