Equator Village Maldives - Things to do in Gan Island resort, Addu atoll. Backpacking Maldives on a budget, Maldives travel blog, South Asia

 

Is one night at a resort in the Maldives really worth it?!

Well, I’m not really one to stay at beach resorts ($$$), but…

When in Rome! 

Or, when in the Maldives…

 

Equator Village Maldives - Things to do in Gan Island resort, Addu atoll. Backpacking Maldives, South Asia

 

The Maldives is pretty much known for luxury resort stays.

So when I saw that there was a “resort” on the island I was flying into and the price seemed reasonable enough to give it a try, I decided to book a stay.

This was in no way a high-end luxury resort, so maybe not the “typical” Maldives resort… like a $500 a night deluxe villa, a $1,000 a night ocean pool villa, or a $1,500 a night bungalow

But still something that seemed nice.

I was traveling during the off-season (May), so I do believe that brought down the price a bit! 

 

Equator Village Maldives - Things to do in Gan Island resort, Addu atoll. Backpacking Maldives, South Asia

 

Simply put, I loved my 24 hours at Equator Village!

Of course, spending more time would be better.

But if you want to mostly travel to the Maldives on a budget and don’t mind a one-time splurge, then this can be it.

Think of the price you’re paying as a “tour” with unlimited (all-day) snorkeling and amazing views at your doorstep, with food and accommodation included.

Then, after you’ve gotten a nice welcome to the Maldives by staying at a resort for a short time, you can head to an airbnb in another part of the Addu atoll.

Make sure it’s one of the connecting islands (more on this a little later) for ease of travel.

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Here are ideas for 4 days in the Maldives, with day 1 at Equator Village!

 

 

If you’re looking for more of the typical Maldives resort ($$$), see the Shangri-La on Villingili island, the resort island in the Addu atoll. (This Shangri-La doesn’t offer day passes.)

 

 

Now…

First, the quick list of how to spend 24 hours at the Equator Village resort on Gan Island.

Then, a bit more details of what it was like to spend one day on Gan Island! 

 

 

So…

What might 24 hours at Equator Village look like?!

Equator Village Maldives - Things to do in Gan Island resort, Addu atoll. Backpacking Maldives, South Asia

Your experience may vary! 

 

 

1. Start with tropical fruit juice

Equator Village Maldives - Welcome drink with tropical juice. Things to do in Gan Island resort, Addu atoll. Backpacking Maldives, South Asia

 

 

2. Go snorkeling

Equator Village Maldives - Best snorkeling spots in Addu atoll. Things to do in Gan Island resort. Backpacking Maldives, South Asia

 

…or do nothing

Equator Village Maldives - resort near beach. Things to do in Gan Island resort. Backpacking Maldives, South Asia

 

 

3. Eat lunch

Equator Village Maldives - Food all-inclusive full board, lunch. Things to do in Gan Island resort. Backpacking Maldives, South Asia

 

…with tropical fruit

Equator Village Maldives - Food all-inclusive full board. tropical fruit - papaya, passion fruit, pineapple. Things to do in Gan Island resort. Backpacking Maldives, South Asia

pineapple, papaya, passion fruit

 

 

4. Go snorkeling again

Equator Village Maldives - Best snorkeling spots in Addu atoll. Things to do in Gan Island resort. Backpacking Maldives, South Asia

 

…or do more of nothing

Equator Village Maldives - resort swimming pool. Things to do in Gan Island resort. Backpacking Maldives, South Asia

 

 

5. Catch the colors of the sunset

Equator Village Maldives - Addu sunset time. Things to do in Gan Island resort. Backpacking Maldives, South Asia

 

 

6. Eat dinner

Equator Village Maldives - Food all-inclusive full board, dinner. Things to do in Gan Island resort. Backpacking Maldives, South Asia

 

 

7. Do more of nothing while hearing ocean waves crashing

Equator Village Maldives - evening, night. Things to do in Gan Island resort. Backpacking Maldives, South Asia

 

 

8. SLEEP!

Equator Village Maldives - double room bed, all-inclusive full board. Things to do in Gan Island resort. Backpacking Maldives, South Asia

 

 

9. Eat breakfast

Equator Village Maldives - Food all-inclusive full board, breakfast. Things to do in Gan Island resort. Backpacking Maldives, South Asia

 

…with local cuisine

Equator Village Maldives - Food all-inclusive full board. local cuisine - mashuni, tuna and coconut, with roshi and buffalo curd. Things to do in Gan Island resort. Backpacking Maldives, South Asia

Mas huni (tuna and shredded coconut), buffalo curd, roshi (bread like chapati or roti). I ate this as a wrap. The mashuni was spicy so I added the curd (basically plain yogurt) to it!

 

 

10. Go snorkeling (again)

Equator Village Maldives - Best snorkeling spots in Addu atoll. Things to do in Gan Island resort. Backpacking Maldives, South Asia

 

…or do more of nothing (again)

Equator Village Maldives - resort near beach. Things to do in Gan Island resort. Backpacking Maldives, South Asia

 

 

So…

How much does this all cost?!

 

There are different levels that you can book with your hotel stay at Equator Village:

  • No meals included
  • Half-board (some meals included)
  • Full-board (all meals included)
  • All-inclusive (meals and unlimited drinks included)

 

I went for all meals included, and this was US$125, including tax. 

Again, this was off-season.

 

For the buffet-style meals, there is a variety of western food offered, along with some local cuisine.

 

 

See the current price here. (partner website)

 

 

Or put in Equator Village as your destination along with your travel dates on the map below (partner website) to see how much it might be at the time you’re looking to go to the Maldives!

 

And by comparison (and for fun)…

See the price of the Shangri-La luxury resort!

 



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Now…

A little bit more about time at Equator Village on Gan Island!

 

Flight to Gan Island, Addu atoll, Maldives

Equator Village Maldives - Flight to Gan Island airport with Sri Lankan Airlines, Addu atoll. Backpacking Maldives, South Asia

 

So the Equator Village resort is located in the Addu atoll of the Maldives.

The Addu atoll is made up of several islands, and it’s said that it is a unique atoll because there’s a road that connects between a number of these islands. (Basically, islands in the Maldives are generally not connected by road at all, and that would mean that ferry/boat or plane is the only way to get between them.)

And within the Addu atoll, Equator Village is located on Gan Island.

This island also is the location of the international airport of the Addu atoll.

And there’s a bus that can get you to the connecting islands from Gan Island. 

 

If you’re flying to the Maldives from elsewhere in Asia, Sri Lankan Airlines can be a perfect choice to get to Gan Island. 

Sri Lankan Airlines is one of the only (if not THE only?) major airline that flies internationally into the Addu atoll. 

Otherwise, if you fly into the main international airport of the Maldives in Male (Velana airport), then there are flights from Male to Gan Island as well. 

Flying Sri Lankan Airlines to Gan Island does mean that you’ll have to transit through Colombo airport in Sri Lanka. 

But flying through this airline is also what made this 24 hours at Equator Village possible, because of the flight timings. (Of course, flight itineraries can change!)

At the time I flew, all flights from Colombo arrived to Gan Island at around 8:30am. 

And, Equator Village allowed for early check-in. 

This meant that I was able to start my day at the resort mid-morning, which was kind of amazing. 

Of course, early check-in is NOT guaranteed! Again, I was traveling in the low season, so this likely helped. 

 

Search for Sri Lankan Airlines flights here to see how much it may cost you, and to see if there’s a direct flight from your home airport to Colombo. (Which would mean just the single layover at Colombo airport.)

While there are direct flights from Kerala to the Maldives, there are no direct flights from Kerala to Gan Island. The direct flights are to Male, from Cochin COK (SpiceJet, Indigo) and from Trivandrum TRV (Air India). You can also try searching from these Kerala airports with Sri Lankan Airlines if you do decide to go to Gan Island. 

 

 

Shuttle from airport to resort

Equator Village Maldives - Shuttle bus from Gan Island airport. Addu atoll. Backpacking Maldives, South Asia

 

You can arrange for a shuttle from the airport directly from the resort (for an extra charge of US$12 round-trip or US$6 one way).

It’s a short drive, like 5 minutes.

 

 

And then…

Equator Crossing Certificate

Equator Village Maldives - Equator crossing certificate. Gan Island resort, Addu atoll. Backpacking Maldives, South Asia

 

YES! 😉

If you live in the northern hemisphere, you will actually be crossing the equator to stay at Equator Village! 😀

You can be proud of your accomplishment! 😉

 

Equator Village Maldives - Maldives at equator, map of latitude. Gan Island resort, Addu atoll. Backpacking Maldives, South Asia

 

The entirety of the Maldives isn’t at a latitude south of the equator.

 

Equator Village Maldives - Maldives at equator, map. Gan Island resort, Addu atoll. Backpacking Maldives, South Asia

 

The islands in the Addu atoll are among the islands in the Maldives that you can visit in which you will be traveling across the equator. 

 

 

Snorkeling at Equator Village resort house reef

Equator Village Maldives - Snorkeling at Maldives resort house reef in Addu atoll. Gan Island resort. Backpacking Maldives, South Asia

 

The Addu atoll is said to be among the top destinations in the Maldives for snorkeling. 

And you can find some of these snorkeling spots at Equator Village. 

This can make staying at Equator Village highly convenient!

Basically, you have access to unlimited snorkeling, which means you can come and go between your room and the beach with ease.

The thing about snorkeling is that sometimes snorkeling spots need to be accessed by boat. 

The good news is that there is some snorkeling you can do at Equator Village right off-shore from the beach. (aka there is a house reef at this Maldives resort.)

 

So…

Where is the best snorkeling spot at Equator Village?!

This is among the first questions I asked the staff.

I was told that it’s possible to see fish anywhere along the resort area.

But the best snorkeling is over to the right side (when you’re facing the ocean). 

So that’s where I went snorkeling. 

 

So basically, there are a bunch of “lagoons” at Equator Village.

These lagoons are divided off by something like “piers.”

 

Equator Village Maldives - Lagoon. Gan Island, Addu atoll. Backpacking Maldives, South Asia

 

You can try snorkeling at any of the lagoons to see what you can find!

But the one I went to…

So there is the lagoon with the little sheltered area, a mini-hut.

 

Equator Village Maldives - Lagoon beach hut. Best snorkeling spots in Addu atoll. Gan Island resort. Backpacking Maldives, South Asia

Equator Village Maldives - Lagoon beach hut. Best snorkeling spots in Addu atoll. Gan Island resort. Backpacking Maldives, South Asia

 

I spent most of my ocean time at the lagoon directly to the right of this one (again, when facing the ocean).

And then basically, start making your way out to the rocky area that’s alongside the pier!

 

Equator Village Maldives - Snorkeling at Maldives resort house reef in Addu atoll. Gan Island resort. Backpacking Maldives, South Asia

 

There’s high tide and low tide here that’s noticeable, and that does make a difference in how far out you’ll be able to stand. 

 

I did also see people at Equator Village who were in scuba diving gear and went out a little further. 

 

Equator Village Maldives - Scuba diving in Addu atoll. Gan Island resort. Backpacking Maldives, South Asia

 

Renting snorkeling gear

If you don’t want to pack snorkeling gear for your trip to the Maldives, there’s snorkeling gear available for rent at the resort.

You can rent by the day or by the week. 

 

Equator Village Maldives - Renting snorkel gear cost how much price, schnorchel. Snorkeling at Maldives resort house reef in Addu atoll. Gan Island resort. Backpacking Maldives, South Asia

Photo taken May 2019. Prices subject to change!

 

So the above snorkel rental info is listed in German as well.

I guess there are a lot of Germans who come to this resort. That would explain why someone spoke to me in German at first.

He asked me if I saw a shark as I was coming out of the water. I later figured out why he asked me this. Apparently you can spot small sharks here too!

 

And be sure to see what to wear snorkeling in the Maldives, as well as the best sunscreen for the Maldives!

 

 

Resort beach

Equator Village Maldives - Beach at Maldives resort in Addu atoll. Gan Island resort. Backpacking Maldives, South Asia

 

There’s really not so much of a beach for beach-lazing here.

There are beaches at each of the lagoons, but the water can come up all the way, so it’s not really a spot to lay out at.

 

Equator Village Maldives - Beach at Maldives resort in Addu atoll. Gan Island resort. Backpacking Maldives, South Asia

Equator Village Maldives - Beach at resort. Gan Island, Addu atoll. Backpacking Maldives, South Asia

 

Instead, just above these lagoon beaches is where there are beach chairs set up. 

 

Equator Village Maldives - Beach at Maldives resort in Addu atoll. Gan Island resort. Backpacking Maldives, South Asia

Equator Village Maldives - Beach at Maldives resort in Addu atoll. Gan Island resort. Backpacking Maldives, South Asia

Equator Village Maldives - Beach at Maldives resort in Addu atoll. Gan Island resort. Backpacking Maldives, South Asia

 

And then more seating areas in the sand. 

 

Equator Village Maldives - Beach view seating at Maldives resort in Addu atoll. Gan Island resort. Backpacking Maldives, South Asia

Equator Village Maldives - Beach view seating at Maldives resort in Addu atoll. Gan Island resort. Backpacking Maldives, South Asia

Equator Village Maldives - Beach view seating at Maldives resort in Addu atoll. Gan Island resort. Backpacking Maldives, South Asia

 

 

Resort swimming pool

And then, there’s also a swimming pool at this resort.

 

Equator Village Maldives - Resort swimming pool in Addu atoll. Gan Island resort. Backpacking Maldives, South Asia

Equator Village Maldives - Resort swimming pool in Addu atoll. Gan Island resort. Backpacking Maldives, South Asia

Equator Village Maldives - Resort swimming pool in Addu atoll. Gan Island resort. Backpacking Maldives, South Asia

Equator Village Maldives - Resort swimming pool in Addu atoll. Gan Island resort. Backpacking Maldives, South Asia

Equator Village Maldives - Resort swimming pool in Addu atoll. Gan Island resort. Backpacking Maldives, South Asia

 

 

No matter where you’re headed to in the resort area from your room, everything will practically be right there!

 

 

Equator Village Maldives - Things to do in Gan Island resort in Addu atoll. Backpacking Maldives, South Asia

Equator Village Maldives - Things to do in Gan Island resort in Addu atoll. Backpacking Maldives, South Asia

Equator Village Maldives - Things to do in Gan Island resort in Addu atoll. Backpacking Maldives, South Asia

Equator Village Maldives - Things to do in Gan Island resort in Addu atoll. Backpacking Maldives, South Asia

Equator Village Maldives - Things to do in Gan Island resort in Addu atoll. Backpacking Maldives, South Asia

Equator Village Maldives - Things to do in Gan Island resort in Addu atoll. Backpacking Maldives, South Asia

Equator Village Maldives - Things to do in Gan Island resort in Addu atoll. Backpacking Maldives, South Asia

Equator Village Maldives - Things to do in Gan Island resort in Addu atoll. Backpacking Maldives, South Asia

Equator Village Maldives - Things to do in Gan Island resort in Addu atoll. Backpacking Maldives, South Asia

Equator Village Maldives - Things to do in Gan Island resort in Addu atoll. Backpacking Maldives, South Asia

Equator Village Maldives - Things to do in Gan Island resort in Addu atoll. Backpacking Maldives, South Asia

 

 

Start planning your trip to the Addu atoll?!

Search for Sri Lankan Airlines flights to see if it’ll work out for you to fly from your home airport to Colombo to Gan Island.

Search for availability of rooms at Equator Village.

Search for airbnb homes in Addu atoll. (Be sure to look at the map for island location. Being on one of the islands that connect by road might be better!) Use this referral link for up to US$40 off if you’re new to airbnb.

 

Search for more hotels in Addu atoll

Zoom out to see hotels on connecting islands!

 



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Equator Village Maldives - Things to do in Gan Island resort in Addu atoll. Backpacking Maldives, South Asia

 

HAPPY EQUATOR VILLAGE RESORT STAY IN ADDU ATOLL!

 

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