Things To Do In Gan Island, Maldives

Gan Island is the southernmost island of the Maldives. It is quite large by Maldives standards. Gan Island is part of Addu Atoll, and it is the second-largest island there. It is connected to other islands in the Atoll by a bridge. But don’t confuse it with two other Maldive islands, also called Gan. Gan was formerly inhabited, but its inhabitants were moved to other islands after the British airbase was built. Now there is the Equator Village Resort there, and that’s where we stayed.
Gan Island is the southernmost island of the Maldives. It is quite large by Maldives standards. Gan Island is part of Addu Atoll, and it is the second-largest island there. It is connected to other islands in the Atoll by a bridge. But don’t confuse it with two other Maldive islands, also called Gan. Gan was formerly inhabited, but its inhabitants were moved to other islands after the British airbase was built. Now there is the Equator Village Resort there, and that’s where we stayed.
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Equator Village Resort offers 78 rooms. You can choose between standard and twin rooms. Everything is full of greenery. Between rooms, thick green shrubs are blooming with pretty flowers. The atmosphere there is peaceful, and it’s easy to find a corner just for yourself. I had a full board stay, which means breakfast, lunch, dinner, and all drinks (except alcohol) included. I suggest the same as that is the easiest way as there aren’t many restaurants close.

What to do in Gan Island in the Maldives?

Participate in the fun activities offered at the resort

In the resort, you can do some fun activities, such as playing tennis, table tennis, table football, pool and many water activities like canoeing, jet ski, paddle boarding, snorkeling, etc. You can even rent a bike and cycle around the island. All equipment (bikes, snorkeling gear, etc.) you can rent at the resort.

PRO TIP: If you leave the resort, you have to cover yourself (especially women) as Maldivians are mostly Islamic.

Take part in daily trips

The most fun part for me was daily trips. I would suggest doing as many as you can. Honestly, I would be a bit bored without them as I’m not the type of person to chill and relax the whole day, so this was perfect for me. The trips you’re paying additionally, and their prices vary. The prices are usually between $20 to $60.

1. Picnic and snorkeling

The trip I liked the most was Bushy Island. In the morning, we took a boat to a tiny island locally called Bushy Island. It got its name after bushes on it, as that is the only thing there. It doesn’t even exist on the map. First, we took a bigger boat, and then when we got closer, we transferred to a tiny one. As we got to the island, we went snorkeling right away. Water is so bright and blue; it’s that classic „Maldivian“ color. I enjoyed the snorkeling so much as I saw many cute fishes. And the best part; you get a nice lunch after. It was the perfect place for a picnic and chilling.

2. Dolphin watching

A Dolphin cruise is also a great experience. You can see dolphins during any boat trip, but here you go straight to them, and when you do see them, it’s just incredible. They are jumping all around and playing; you can’t get bored of that sight quickly.

3. Explore Addu Nature Park

Another cool trip is the one to Addu Nature Park. Great place to see many birds and other wildlife in the Maldives. You can explore it by bikes or golf carts or if you have enough time and energy, by foot. A great thing to do is to snorkel there as it has a live reef. Unfortunately, I didn’t do it this time as I didn’t have enough time, but as a snorkeling lover, I highly recommend it.

4. Catch your dinner on a fishing trip

For all those fishing lovers, you can choose between sunrise and sunset fishing (or do both). I never went fishing before, but this was for sure, a fun thing to try. You can try handline fishing. The key is to be patient and feel the line moving so you can know when you have caught something and react fast. This was a pleasant experience because I enjoyed the lovely sunset on the boat. Besides fishing, we talked and had lots of laughs. Highly recommended. If you want, they can also prepare the fish you caught for dinner at the resort.

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