8 of the Best Islands in the Maldives

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Comprising of over 1,000 coral islands, 26 ring shaped atolls and many tiny islets, the Maldives is the beautiful holiday paradise of the Indian Ocean. Most loved for its beaches, corals, blue lagoons, warm hospitality and a rich cultural charm, this island destination promises spectacular experiences for all. Here is a list of the islands that tourists must visit while on their holidays to Maldives.

Malé

Famed for its stunning architectural wonders which include old monuments, mosques and contemporary buildings, Malé is the beautiful capital city of the Maldives. Home to some prominent structures and complexes dating back to the early colonial era, the city is one of the best places to learn about the history of the island. Malé Friday Mosque, Tsunami Monument, Islamic Centre, Munnaaru and National Museum are among the top attractions here.

Vaadhoo

Best known for its magical ‘Sea of Stars’, Vaadhoo is a gorgeous coastal retreat in the Maldives. With its blue waves and beautiful sandy shores, Vaadhoo promises a truly fascinating experience to the guests. Besides enjoying water sports, a romantic stroll on the beach with your loved one, or a candle lit dinner under moonlight is perhaps the most cherished experience here. The place is only a 15-minute speed boat ride from Velana International Airport in Malé.

Biyadhoo

Popularly known as scuba-diving Island, Biyadhoo is one of the most popular resort islands in the Maldives. Best known for its surreal surroundings and serene beaches, this coastal retreat is the perfect spot for the beach lovers and adventure sport enthusiasts. Kandooma Thila, Kandooma Caves and Guraidhoo Kandu are few of the well-known diving sites on the island. Besides, there’s abundance of vegetation growth especially bananas, mangoes, coconuts, cabbage, tomatoes and cucumbers in Biyadhoo. Snorkelling, windsurfing, catamaran sailing, and canoe paddling are other water sports enjoyed here.

Fihalhohi

Home to some of the most beautiful overwater bungalows and water villas, Fihalhohi is a true paradise for the couples.  Surrounded by turquoise blue ocean waters and promising views of a breathtaking landscape, a stay here means memories of a lifetime! Besides sunbathing and relaxing on the beaches, you can try diving here in the waters around the island. Then there are different spas here, making sure you have a relaxing and rejuvenating time.

Alimatha

Sitting on the Vaavu atoll, Alimatha is another beautiful resort island in the country. Known for its sun-kissed beaches, gorgeous lagoons and clear waters, this island makes sure you have a great time with your loved ones, taking in the picturesque views and enjoying the different water sports. Snorkelling and scuba-diving are two of the most popular water sports here. Offering a range of massages and spa therapies, several wellness centres and spas can be found all across the island.

Veligandu

Dotted with some of the most pristine beaches, beautiful lagoons and attractive corals, Veligandu is one of the finest honeymoon destinations in Maldives. Boasting a range of thrilling water sports and other interesting activities, a visit to this beautiful island is truly a wonderful experience. Scuba-diving and snorkelling are quite popular here. While you are here, make sure you savour the delicious food including fish and pork dishes at the popular restaurants and streetside shacks.

Nalaguraidhoo

An ideal place to enjoy those long walks on the beach with your loved one, Nalaguraidhoo is the perfect escape for the newlyweds and couples in general. Lying on the South Ari atoll, with lush greenery and shiny waters, this island is an ideal spot to enjoy the best of sun, sand and surf. Swimming with the dolphins, snorkelling along the reefs and feeding the rays as well as enjoying a range of water activities like windsurfing, canoeing, diving and jet skiing are top pursuits at Nalaguraidhoo.

Fuvahmulah

Locally translated as ‘Island of the Areca nut palms’, Fuvahmulah is another beautiful island in the Maldives. Known for its gorgeous beaches, attractive lagoons and hidden corals, this beautiful retreat offers the travellers a chance to enjoy a range of exciting water sports. Thoondu, Dhadimagi Kilhi, Gemmiskiy and The Havitta are among the popular points of tourist interest on the island.