12 lesser-known islands in the Maldives that you must visit

Date : 08 Mar 2021
Categories: Maldives Islands

If you are planning a trip to the Maldives, then your research must have told you that you should include Male Island, Hulhumale Island, Biyadhoo Island, and Fihalhohi Island in your list as these are the best islands here. But if you are someone who wants to take the path less explored and spend time away from the crowds, then we present here twelve lesser-known islands in this archipelago nation that are the truest epitome of serenity. Read on… 

  1. Olhuveli Island

    Olhuveli Island is highly pristine and uninhabited and if you want to visit a place where time stands still, then this is your one-stop destination. Its white sandy beaches will take all your worries away. All you have to do is sit back, relax, and enjoy the aesthetic views of the ocean. If you are a honeymoon couple, then include this in your travel itinerary. The best months to visit Olhuveli Island are April and May. June is very hot here.

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    What to do in Olhuveli Island

    Laze at the serene beaches of the island and listen to the sound of splashing waves as it is all that you are going to listen here. Enjoy complete seclusion and peace.

    How to reach

    You can reach the island via a speedboat from the international airport in around 45 minutes. 

    Where to stay

    • Olhuveli Beach & Spa Maldives
    • Fihalhohi Island Resort

    Where to eat

    • The Four Spices
    • The Lagoon Restaurant
  2. Baros Island

    For relaxing at the water pool villas, visit Baros Island in the Maldives. Not many people know about this paradise and it is less-frequented as well. Thus, it is quite an untouched island if you want to relax on a remote island. Let your hair down and have your share of fun and sun at its sandy beaches. There is a myriad of beautiful attractions here and you can also enjoy snorkeling in its crystal clear waters. August to February is the best time to visit this island.

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    Things to do in Baros Island

    Have a romantic dinner date at one of its fine-dining restaurants.

    How to reach

    Take a speedboat from the international airport to reach Baros Island in just 25 minutes. 

    Where to stay

    • Baros Maldives
    • Angsana Ihuru

    Where to eat

    • Lime Restaurant
    • The Light House
  3. Thoddoo Island 

    This oval-shaped land is located at a distance of 67 kilometers. One of the less-explored islands in the Maldives, it is popular for its watermelon production. If you are a honeymoon couple, then you would love this island. Experience the authentic Maldivian lifestyle here and learn about its diverse culture. Savor delicious seafood and stay at a lavish resort to make the most of your Maldivian holidays. The best months to visit this island are April, June, and July.

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    What to do in Thoddoo Island

    • Stroll around the vibrant markets.
    • Interact with the locals.
    • Indulge in authentic food.

    How to reach

    There are daily speedboats from Male to this island at 3 pm and from Thoddoo to Male at 7 am. On Monday and Thursday each week, there is also a public ferry from Male’s New Harbour to the island. 

    Where to stay

    • Thoddoo Retreat Grand
    • Holiday Cottage Thoddoo
    • Coco Villa

    Where to eat

    • Holiday Cottage Thoddoo
    • Maracuya Restaurant
    • Sunset Corner
  4. Ukulhas Island

    One of the cleanest islands in the Maldives, Ukulhas Island is also the most beautiful island here. It is considered one of the most tourist-friendly destinations. It is home to groups from different ethnicities as well. Staying true to its culture, Ukulhas is one of the best islands in the Maldives for solo travellers and honeymooners alike. November to April is the best time to visit this island.  

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    Things to do in Ukulhas Island

    • Indulge in food.
    • Interact with the locals.
    • Explore the local culture.
    • Roam around the vibrant streets. 
    • Explore the scenic side of the island.

    How to reach

    You can take a public ferry to the island that is available thrice a week and takes around four hours to reach there.

    Where to stay

    • Beach Villa Ukulhas
    • Ukulhas Villa
    • West Sand
    • Ukulhas Inn

    Where to eat

    • Retro Royal
    • Olhumathi Restaurant
    • Beach Villa Ukulhas
  5. Asdhoo Island

    A slice of heaven with crystal clear cobalt waters, silky soft sand, and dreamlike sunsets, the beaches of this island are counted among the best in the Maldives, especially for a honeymoon vacation. Spark the romance while enjoying the gorgeous views of this paradise at its lavish resorts. Take a dip in its blue calm waters and enjoy the marine life for the best tropical holiday experience. The months between November and April are the best for visiting this island.

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    Things to do in Asdhoo Island

    • Enjoy incredible ocean views and white sand beaches. 
    • Luxurious and comfortable hotels for a blissful staycation
    • Swim into the blue waters.

    How to reach

    You can reach Asdhoo Island in three hours via a public ferry from Male. It is operational on Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday at 9 am. 

    Where to stay

    • Palm Residence
    • Club Gabbiano

    Where to eat

    • Lemon Drop
    • Icoco
    • Cafe Ole
  6. Dhidhdhoo Island 

    One of the largest Maldivian islands, Dhidhdhoo Island is known for having serenity all around. Every nook and corner of this place emits love and romance. Peaceful and tranquil vibes encircle the atmosphere and thus, it is a great place to enjoy solitude and natural splendor. Offering the perfect combo of luxury and comfort to tourists from all over the world, Dhidhdhoo Island has a number of lavish resorts and hotels. It is located in the Upper North Province and is home to innumerable marvels of Mother Nature. The best time to visit the island is anytime between November and April. 

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    Things to do in Dhidhdhoo Island

    • Walk around the beach.
    • Try out night fishing.
    • Enjoy candlelight dinner.
    • Embrace the luxury of the resorts.

    How to reach

    From Male, you can reach Dhidhdhoo in about two hours by seaplane. Take a plane from Male airport to Dharavandhoo Island Airport first. It takes half an hour to reach Dhidhdhoo Island from there.

    Where to stay

    • Hideaway Beach Resort and Spa
    • Paradise Hondaafushi Island Resort and Spa
    • Athiri Inn Kella

    Where to eat

    • White Tern
    • JA Manafaru
  7. Utheemu Island

    When we talk about this archipelago nation, Utheemu Island is that Maldivian island that has historic importance attached to it. It sits in the northern region of Haa Alif Atoll and was once home to Sultan Mohamed Thakurufaanu. He was the one who drove out the Portuguese invaders in the late sixteenth century. Along with white sparkling beaches and glittering blue waves of the Indian Ocean, the island is home to various heritage sites as well. For instance, a timber-built palace named Utheemu Ganduvaru. It is preferred by honeymooners from all over the world. December to April is the best time to visit. 

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    Things to do in Utheemu Island

    • Go for swimming.
    • Explore the timber palace.
    • Soak in the beauty of beaches.

    How to reach

    You can reach Utheemu Island either by flight or ferry. Take a flight from Male International Airport to Hanimaadhoo Domestic flying field. To reach the island, take a ferry from there. 

    Where to stay

    • The Barefoot Eco Hotel
    • Raakani Home
    • Fanhaa
  8. Feydhoo Island 

    For a true Maldivian life, visit Feydhoo Island. It is a famous island that has an interesting tale behind its foundation. It was formed when the British invaded Gan Island during WWII. Because Gan Island was converted into an airbase, its locals were transferred to the island next to it in the Seenu Atoll. This island where locals were sent came to be known as Feydhoo Island. At present, you can see the authentic Maldivians living in tight-housing blocks on leafy streets. Due to its rich history, friends and families prefer visiting this island. December to April is the best time to explore it. 

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    Things to do in Feydhoo Island 

    • Stroll around the serene walkways.
    • Get an insight into the lifestyle and cultures.
    • Indulge in the true flavors of Maldivian seafood curries.

    How to reach

    Gan Island links six islands with port Feydhoo Island. Take a flight to reach Gan and from there, either take a jetty or a ferry to cover the splendidly beautiful coastal route that is thirteen kilometers long.

    Where to stay

    • Clove Beach
    • Lodger Guest House
    • Equator Village Resort

    Where to eat

    • Tasto Restaurant
    • Palm Village
    • Fashala
  9. Maradhoo Island 

    Counted among the best yet lesser-known islands, Maradhoo Island sits right next to Feydhoo Island on the Seenu Atoll. Running along the pristine Indian Ocean, this thin and long island has calm beach fronts and lovely groves of coconut palms. This narrow island is known for its welcoming and humble locals who make your experience even more comfortable. Maradhoo Island is a perfect destination to enjoy a laid-back beach vacation. It is also one of the best islands for honeymoon couples. November to April is the best time to visit this island. 

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    Things to do in Maradhoo Island

    • Explore local shops.
    • Try spicy and authentic seafood.
    • Savor sandwiches served by roadside vendors.
    • Stroll around beaches sipping on delicious coffee.

    How to reach

    Take a flight to Gan International Airport from Male International Airport. From there, take a ferry or a bus ride to reach Maradhoo Island.

    Where to stay

    • Fehi Inn
    • Equa Reef
    • Shangri-La

    Where to eat

    • Palm Village
    • Q Corner
    • Cherry Tea
  10. Thulusdhoo Island

    Emitting Caribbean vibes and spirits, Thulusdhoo Island in the Maldives is one of the most beautiful destinations across the world. If you are someone who is willing to take the path less taken, then go and explore this is majorly undiscovered. Its humongous coconut trunks sprouting from the sandy floors will leave you spellbound. The experience of strolling at the beaches having seafood barbeque is extremely fun-filled. The best month to visit there is October.

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    Things to do in Thulusdhoo Island 

    • Surfing
    • Fishing
    • Swimming
    • Paddle boating
    • Enjoy a sandbank excursion trip
    • Enjoy a seafood barbeque night

    How to reach

    Take a speedboat from Male Airport to reach Thulusdhoo Island. You will reach there in just twenty minutes.

    Where to stay

    • Dream Inn
    • Cokes Beach
    • Reef Edge

    Where to eat

    • Aveli Restaurant
    • Contagious Pizza Cafe’ Five
    • Toulouse by Salsa
  11. Fuvahmulah Island 

    It is a unique island as it is the one that occupies an atoll all of its own. The island is counted among the best yet lesser-known islands in the Maldives. Go there to experience absolute peace and solitude as it does not have any neighbors. There is also an inland lake that is definitely a rare sight. Owing to its proximity to the equator, Fuvahmulah Island remains steamy throughout the year. Whether you are travelling alone, with friends, or with your newlywed, this island is a perfect destination to explore. January to April is the best time to go there. 

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    Things to do in Fuvahmulah Island 

    • Enjoy on the island alone with less crowds.
    • Scuba diving

    How to reach

    Reaching this island is very easy. Take a flight from Male International Airport to GAN Airport. From there, take a ferry to reach the island.

    Where to stay

    • Cottage 316
    • Calyx Grand
    • Marina Boutique Hotel

    Where to eat

    • Pebbles by Royal
    • Royal Restaurant
    • Real Breeze
  12. Hithadhoo Island 

    Hithadhoo Island is one of the largest and most populated islands in the Maldives. Its southern floor is covered by mangroves, shrubs, and marshes. A number of chic cafes and bakeries serving tasty delicacies cover its northern side. You get to enjoy the best of whole worlds on this island. Experience the charming and laid-back vibes here, away from other resort-savvy islands. Visit there in September to experience the best of it.

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    Things to do in Hithadhoo Island

    • Snorkeling
    • Diving
    • Shopping
    • Savor local food from street stalls.

    How to reach

    It is very to reach Hithadhoo Island from Male. Just take a domestic flight from there.

    Where to stay

    • My Fine Stay
    • Rekidhiye Inn
    • Green Wing Guest House

    Where to eat

    • Suvadive Café
    • Power Park

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