Yes, traveling the Maldives on a budget is possible! This is my personal travel tip when you are looking for a great guest house in the Kaafu Atoll region and wanna explore both, beach and city life. Exceptional service, clean and great location. Prices start very low at EUR 90 per night.

Located just a 30-min speedboat ride from the airport or one and a half hours by ferry ride from the capital island, Malé, Thulusdhoo has become a major tourist attraction point in the last few years.

Known for its world-class Surf Breaks, Thulusdhoo attracts many surfers from all over the world. If you are looking for a more local experience, the ferry, which is available every weekday, will take you to the island within an hour and a half. The ride won’t be long as you take in the scenic view that passes you. Picturesque emerald-green dots sparkling in the blue horizon, make the view all the more unique and breathtaking. The cool winds from the seas, and the calm, deep blue waters will sail smoothly to the island, while you relax on the deck of the Dhoni.

Canopus Retreat Maldives in Thulusdhoo

Conveniently located, Canopus Retreat Thulusdhoo is a great base from which to explore the vibrant city. The city center is merely 28.2 km away and the airport can be reached within 30 minutes. With its convenient location, the hotel offers easy access to the city’s must-see destinations.

Offering hotel guests superior services and a broad range of amenities, Canopus Retreat Thulusdhoo is committed to ensuring that your stay is as comfortable as possible. To name a few of the hotel’s facilities, there are 24-hour room service, free Wi-Fi in all rooms, convenience store, daily housekeeping, fax machine.

The hotel features 5 beautifully appointed guest rooms, many of which include television LCD/plasma screen, internet access – wireless (complimentary), non-smoking rooms, air conditioning, wake-up service. The hotel offers wonderful recreational facilities such as canoe, watersports equipment rentals, snorkeling, surfing lessons, private beach to make your stay truly unforgettable. Whatever your reason for visiting the Maldives, the Canopus Retreat Thulusdhoo is the perfect venue for an exhilarating and exciting break away.


Built to fit the modern times in trendy interior designs, with an authentic touch to give the rooms a more local feel, these rooms  are well designed to feel homey, cozy, and comfortable. Your ‘home away from home.’ This guesthouse offers 5 Standard Deluxe rooms, 1 Family Deluxe rooms and 7 Deluxe Ocean. All rooms equipped with modern furniture and amenities.

Cable TV, Wifi, Mini Bar, Safety Box, Air-conditioned rooms, attached toilets with hot/cold water, ironing facility on request, hairdryer & universal shaving point, tea & coffee facility, complementary bottled water, and daily housekeeping services. Rooms are also fitted to cater to your every need. But whichever room you choose, your experience at this retreat will be unique and exceed expectations.

Outstanding service and hospitality

The team’s top priority is to make sure your stay is an unforgettable one. They make you experience the island life with the locals, which is just awesome. You get to mingle with the people of the island, and make friends from around the world. Guests are provided entertainment by the locals with cultural activities, performances, and other interesting things – a way of interacting and learning about the local way of life on your holiday getaway.

Canopus Retreat Thulusdhoo, inaugurated in March 2015, was the first guesthouse under the Canopus Retreats brand focusing on providing premium services to the growing numbers of budget travelers and backpackers around the globe.


Paradise for Water Sports and Beach life

Join their excursions for some excitement and discover the Maldives and the traditional way of life and its inhabitants. A full range of excursions is available ranging from deserted Island Picnics, visits to other local islands, snorkeling trips, dolphin cruise at sunset and fishing trips.

Canopus Retreat Thulusdhoo is the first choice for “Watersport Lifestyle” guesthouse in Thulusdhoo Island, with a perfect location directly on the beautiful shores of the island. Guests staying at the hotel are in the prime position to take advantage of some of the Maldives’ finest spots for surfing including the islands’ very own Cokes surf-break, and short boat rides to Chickens, Pasta Point, Jailbreak, Sultans,Ninjas and Lhohis.

And if you’re looking for more adventures during your vacation, they offer full range of PADI and SSI courses from beginner all the way to professional level. All of their watersport and other activities are organized by professional instructors at Sea Retreat, their dive and watersport center.

My opinion: Secret tip for budget travelers!

The location is spectacular and the entire team makes you feel very welcome. If you focus more on exploring the magical untouched nature, love the outdoors and are open to learn more about the culture, this is your place to travel to. My personal recommendation: watch the beautiful sunset over the Indian Ocean from the sea while kayaking. It does not get any more romantic than that.

Whether you are traveling with family or with friends, looking for an adventurous holiday or a quiet, romantic getaway, Canopus Retreats offers you an unforgettable experience which exceeds your expectations. <3

At Canopus Retreat I experienced one of the best service so far – cordial, friendly, very helpful and flexible, simply lovely!


photo credits: V’s World, Canopus Retreat

I was cordially hosted by Canopus Retreat to do a travel story on the Maldives and explore its facilities. However, that did not influence my personal opinion.