Last Updated on June 17, 2022
The Fushifaru Maldives Resort is one of the quintessential Maldives resorts. It is surrounded by beautiful white sand beaches, incredible turquoise water, and features a small island with a lush green center and all the amenities you could need. It also happens to be a dream for all Instagram lovers out there, with multiple Instagrammable locations on the island. Staying at Fushifaru provides the true Maldives experience for those looking to get away from the world.
We spent 3 nights at Fushifaru Maldives and are sure that if you love snorkeling and diving, and pristine white sand beaches, you will have an amazing time at this Maldives resort. Our stay allowed us to put together this Fushifaru Maldives review to help you decide if this is the right resort for your trip to the Maldives.
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Fushifaru Maldives Location
The Fushifaru Maldives Resort is located on a private island in the Lhaviyani Atoll. The Fushifaru Maldives is approximately 90 miles (145 km) north of Male. Everyone arriving in the Maldives will initially fly into Male International Airport and from there, you will then take a 35-minute airplane transfer to the Fushifaru Maldives Resort.
If you’re visiting the Maldives for the first time, the whole arrival process can be quite intimidating. It’s a bit of complex organized chaos which always seems to work. It can be a stressful experience, especially if your incoming flight is delayed, but in reality, it will all work out and there’s nothing to worry about. Check out our Maldives for First-Timers Guide for all of the in’s and out’s of how traveling to the Maldives and the private islands works.
As the only way to reach the Fushifaru Maldives Resort is by seaplane, this mandatory charge is part of the Maldives experience, similar to nearly all other Maldives resorts. The cost is $460 USD per person for roundtrip airfare, which is one of the more affordable seaplane transfer fees around, and it will be included as part of your final hotel bill when you check-out.
Fushifaru Maldives Arrival
Once you pass through Maldivian Customs & Immigration, grab your bags and head outside the airport. You will be met by a crowd of representatives from different hotels, all waving their resort’s sign in the air. Look for the friendly Fushifaru representative, or if you’re not able to find them you can ask a representative from a different hotel to help you find them. The Fushifaru representative will take you through all the steps to get on your TransMaldivian Airways flight.
Once aboard your TransMaldivian Airways flight to Fushifaru, there’s nothing to do except sit back and enjoy some of the best seaplane views in the world. You’ll fly over countless atolls with their turquoise waters, as well as other resorts with beautiful overwater villas. Flying on TransMaldivian Airways never gets old.
The Fushifaru Maldives has its own dock and platforms where the seaplanes arrive. After about 35 minutes of flying time, as you descend toward the island, you’ll get some more amazing views of the beautiful waters here and the reefs and islands that surround the Fushifaru Maldives.
As the seaplane pulls up to the dock, be prepared for a warm and friendly welcome to the Maldives from the Fushifaru staff. You’ll be greeted and welcomed, and then will make the short walk to the reception area, where you will receive a refreshing towelette and welcome drink.
As we arrived during COVID-19 times, safety precautions were taken. All staff are wearing masks throughout the resort but guests are not required to wear masks.
Check-in was completed quickly, and the layout of the resort, dining options, and other amenities were all explained to us. We were then escorted to our room via golfcart, with our luggage following shortly thereafter.
Fushifaru Maldives Rooms
Fushifaru Maldives is one of the smaller Maldives resorts, giving it a boutique feel and making getting around the island quick and easy. The intimate island offers 44 beach villas and 19 water villas. Despite the smaller size, they still offer a wide array of activities and room types available.
The entry level rooms are the Beach Villas, which are located on both the sunrise and sunset side of the island, allowing you to choose which side you prefer. The Beach Villas are spacious, include a double bed, outdoor bathroom, and large outdoor terrace; not to mention direct access to the beach and stunning turquoise water. There are also a select group of Pool Beach Villas, so that you can enjoy the comfort of a private pool during your stay. These villas are also slightly larger than the entry level Beach Villas. In addition, Fushifaru offers much larger Beach Duplex Villas, which would be of interest to those looking for lots of extra space, or while traveling as a family.
All rooms, no matter the location, include all the amenities you’d expect of a Maldives resort such as a minibar and wine fridge, ironing board, large flat-screen TV, fully stocked bathroom amenities, bathrobes, a beach bag and beach towels.
If you really want the quintessential Maldives experience, look no further than staying in a Water Villa at Fushifaru. With beautiful turquoise water on both sides of the overwater pathway, on your first trip out to your villa, you will already think that it is worth it. Not to mention the added novelty, solitude, and extra perks of staying in a Water Villa. At Fushifaru, the Water Villas are located at the far end of the island, compared to the welcome jetty and restaurant area, however given the small size of the island walking never takes that long.
Fushifaru has three Water Villas types, a Jacuzzi Water Villa, Pool Water Villa, and Premium Pool Water Villa. All of the Fushifaru Water Villas feature stunning bathrooms with glass doors that completely open to the outside, and a beautiful freestanding tub in the middle of the room. It is a very luxurious and relaxing place to be. The Jacuzzi Water Villas feature an intimate outdoor jacuzzi, the Pool Water Villas an outdoor plunge pool on your deck, and the Premium Pool Water Villas feature enhanced design, four-poster beds, and a glass pool overlooking the ocean. During our stay at Fushifaru Maldives, we stayed in a Pool Water Villa, facing the sunrise.
When you enter your villa, you will notice that the Pool Water Villas open into a large bedroom, with a towering ceiling, and King-size bed located in the center of the room. There is ample storage on either side of the entrance, as well as a small closet, desk, and minibar located on one side of the room. On the other side you will find the television, and sliding door to the bathroom.
The bathroom is extremely large, and includes separate private rooms for the toilet and rainfall shower. The main room includes double sinks, and a beautiful freestanding bathtub in the middle of the room. The sliding glass doors allow you to completely open up the room to the fresh sea air.
Back in the main room, there is a small sitting area and couch, and large sliding doors that open onto a partially covered deck. The deck has a covered daybed, lounge chairs open to the sun, and a beautiful private plunge pool, which we used every day of our stay. Of course, you also have direct access to the ocean, perfect for those looking to get in a morning or midnight swim, and those that enjoy snorkeling at any time of day.
Fushifaru Maldives Amenities
When you go to any resort in the Maldives it’s important to consider all of the amenities available on the island because you don’t have the option of heading out somewhere if you happen to get bored. Luckily, Fushifaru Maldives packs a punch in the activities area, despite being a small island.
The Fushifaru Maldives Resort has a number of amenities available on the island to keep you entertained throughout your stay. The main pool area is located just in front of the main bar, and directly faces the sunset. This pool is popular and available for everyone to use. Nearby the pool there is a huge basket swing hanging from a palm tree, which is so much fun that you have to try it!
There are lounge chairs located throughout the island on the beach, for those wanting to enjoy the beach. Additionally, on the Water Villas side of the island there is a hammock located in the ocean, an additional tree swing, and juice truck.
The Fushifaru Maldives Resort also has a fitness center which is available 24/7 and located in the center of the island. Amongst the tropical plants on the island there is also a multi-purpose tennis court available for use.
Note that for families staying at the Fushifaru Maldives Resort, there is the Kokko Kids Club available on the island.
One of the great things that the Fushifaru Maldives Resort includes is complimentary snorkel equipment, helping make it a snorkeling paradise. We’ve dedicated the full next section to snorkeling and diving at Fushifaru Maldives.
Last but not least, some of the most spectacular sunsets in the Maldives are included free of charge!
Snorkeling and Diving
You may be wondering why the Fushifaru Maldives is a snorkeling and diving paradise, and that’s because not only is the water incredibly clear, but Fushifaru Maldives has an Underwater Playground. Here they have an underwater swing with a Fushifaru sign, bicycles, and more all included underwater. During low tide you can snorkel and free dive to these underwater sites.
Diving is available at Fushifaru Maldives, starting with beginners’ courses, and those that stay on the island by visiting the Underwater Playground. If you want to go for a larger diving experience, the Fushifaru Marine Biologist and Diving Team can arrange for boat charters so you can really get out and explore the nearby coral reefs, and dive with manta rays, dolphins, turtles, white-tip sharks, and more fish than you can count.
Wi-fi is included in all room rates, and the high-speed connection is easily accessed anywhere on the island. We had no problems connecting either in our room, while dining, or even while relaxing on the beach.
Additional Available Amenities
As mentioned above, there’s both a dive center and water sports center on the island. The water sports center also rents jet skis, windsurfing boards, or you can arrange a boat trip for sightseeing, snorkeling, water-skiing, and more. There are tours available to visit a nearby local island, to enjoy a dolphin sunset cruise, go on a turtle excursion, go fishing, and more. If you love yoga, Fushifaru offers Sunset Yoga classes on the beach starting at just $10 USD, plus many additional yoga classes available by appointment. For a fun night under the stars, be sure to organize a movie under the stars, which is set up right on the beach and includes drinks and popcorn!
One of our favorite special activities is the available Sand Bank Picnic. The Fushifaru team will arrange a picnic lunch with drinks for you, and take you by boat to the nearby sand bank where you will enjoy the whole sand bank island to yourself for a few hours. It is a wonderful experience, and the water color at the sand bank is really special. The sand bank has no buildings, but does have one small covered area for shade, and a hammock located in the water.
If you’re looking to relax on your Maldives vacation, Fushifaru Maldives has the Heylhi Spa located in the natural jungle of the island. There are all kinds of treatments available, and many feature local coconut in the treatments.
Fushifaru Maldives Dining
At all Maldives resorts, dining is important because, you can’t just leave the resort to head out for dinner if you don’t like what is on offer. The Fushifaru Maldives includes three different restaurants and one bar so that you have some dining variety during your stay. Given the nature of dining in the Maldives, the Fushifaru Maldives Resort also offers a few different meal plan packages to best suite your needs.
Meal Plan Options
Finding out the meal plan options before making your booking is important when choosing the right Maldives resort for you. At the Fushifaru Maldives Resort nearly every room rate will already include breakfast.
The next step up is a half-board meal plan. This adds on the ability to dine at Korakali Restaurant for their dinner buffet each night.
Above half-board is the full-board option. This option provides you with breakfast, lunch, and dinner at Korakali.
One thing to keep in mind with the half-board and full-board options is that no drinks are included in these packages other than water, coffee, and tea when dining at Korakali. There is also an all-inclusive package available for those that like to drink alcohol. Depending on how much you drink, this can be a great option because of the high per drink cost of alcohol in the Maldives.
Given the high cost of food in general in the Maldives, we think that the choosing one of the dining packages is the best option as opposed to ordering all food a la carte. The meal options let you have a delicious and filling meal after a day spent enjoying Fushifaru, but of course do what works best for you on your vacation!
The Korakali Restaurant is the main restaurant on the island, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. It is located midway between the Welcome Jetty and Water Villas, right on the ocean. The restaurant offers a combination of covered or outdoor seating, but it is all open-air.
For breakfast, the Korakali Restaurant offers a large selection. There are the usual Western breakfast options from cold cereals, to cold meats and cheese with bread, as well as oatmeal, and a rotating selection of hot items. Additionally, there is an extensive fruit selection, and rotating Indian, Maldivian, and other breakfast options. We found the quality of the buffet to be quite good, especially the Indian and Maldivian options.
For dinner, Korakali also offers a huge buffet. There is a large salad bar, fresh breads, great appetizers, and an extensive selection of hot items. The theme of the dinner changes each night, so you will have unique options throughout your stay. We especially enjoyed the freshly prepared pasta dishes during Italian night, and the extensive Indian curries during Indian night.
Korakali also offers a lunchtime buffet for those on the full board and all-inclusive meal plans.
The Fanihandi Bar is the main bar on the island, and is located at the entrance to the main pool. Here you can order all sorts of cocktails, mocktails, and other refreshments. Fanihandi also serves light bar bites and light casual dining throughout the day in the restaurant, or poolside.
The Raakani Restaurant is the premium restaurant on the island, with an emphasis on fresh grilled frish and grilled meats. At Raakani you can dine under a thatched pavilion, or with your feet in the sand, right on the beach. We enjoyed a private dinner here on the beach one evening, and loved both the grilled steak and seafood.
Other Dining Options
Of course, you can also order room-service anytime of the day or night and enjoy a great meal on your terrace, or even have breakfast in bed. Note that in-room dining is not included in any of the meal plans.
There is also a Teppanyaki Grill on the island, and Thundi, a small juice truck. If you are looking to elevate your dining, Fushifaru also offers floating breakfasts, private pool dinners, and exclusive romantic dining on the Handhu Platform outside Korakali restaurant.
Fushifaru Maldives Review Conclusion
Fushifaru Maldives is one of the best all-around Maldives resort for the true Maldives experience. The boutique-style resort has some of the best beaches and turquoise water in the Maldives, and offers a great selection of unique experiences to make your stay memorable. Fushifaru is particularly great for those that love snorkeling and diving due to the unique Underwater Playground. Overall, the Fushifaru Maldives is one of the best all-around Maldives resorts, and is perfect for couples looking for a romantic getaway.
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