Top 13 islands in the Maldives for the perfect beach vacation

Date : 08 Mar 2021
Categories: Maldives Islands

The Maldives, the island nation, comprises as many as 26 oval-shaped atolls and more than 1,000 coral islands. All over the world, it is known as the top destination for an exotic honeymoon. But it is an equal perfect vacation spot for families, solo travellers, and married couples as well. There are a number of privately owned artificial resort islands that are preferred by romantic couples. If you are travelling to the Maldives, then you should know in advance which the best islands there are. If you are a hopeless nature enthusiast, then you will be left awestruck by this tropical destination. Its overflowing natural beauty comprising gorgeous white-sand beaches, colorful corals, turquoise lagoons, and lush greens are sure to spellbind you in their charm. For postcard-perfect photographs, this is a great location. If you want to enjoy the privileges and comforts of the modern world along with the seclusion with your loved ones, then read this article where we present the top 20 islands in the Maldives. You can visit as many as possible as per your budget and timeframe.

Top 20 islands in the Maldives

There is an exhaustive list if you are thinking about how many islands are there in the Maldives. Whether you are willing to have a romantic gateway or an adventurous vacation, this country has something for everyone. We have prepared a list of the best islands to see in the Maldives for a blissful holiday. 

  1. Malé Island 

     

    Whether you are a honeymoon couple or a solo traveller, Male Island in the Maldives is counted among the best islands. The major international airport of the country is located here and you can spend a couple of days in the beginning of your vacation. You can experience the true Maldivian tradition and culture here. Moreover, if you are a shopaholic, then you should not miss exploring this place at any cost. The best time to visit this island is April and November.

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    Things to do in Male Island 

    • Enjoy a seaside lunch.
    • Take island-hopping trips to nearby islands. 
    • Indulge in snorkeling and underwater scooter riding.
    • Take a dip in Male’s protected ocean pool called the Artificial Beach.
    • Visit Grand Friday Mosque, Mal- Fish Market, Mal-s National Museum, Tsunami Monument, and Sultan Mosque. 

    Where to stay

    • Maagiri Hotel
    • Hotel Jen Malé
    • Maldives by Shangri-La

    Where to eat

    • Belle Amie Bistro
    • Seagull Café
  2. Hulhumalé Island 

    Hulhumale Island is located very close to Maldivian capital, Male. It is an artificial island that was planned for decongesting the population of Male. It has a pretty coastline and very less crowd. Thus, it is perfect for you if you are looking for some privacy and peace. Being a less touristy place, it is the most sought-after island among honeymooners. The best time to visit here is from December to April.

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    Things to do in Hulhumale Island 

    Lazing on the beaches known for clean waters, lovely flowers, and lush greenery 

    How to reach

    Take a flight to Velana International Airport and then a cab or taxi to reach Hulhumale Island. 

    Where to stay

    • Hotel Ocean Grand 
    • UI Hotels

    Where to eat

    • Bombay Darbar
    • Shell Beans Hulhumalé
  3. Biyadhoo Island – Serene Honeymoon 

    If you are looking for a serene island vacation, then visit Biyadhoo Island, which is located in the South Male Atoll. This island is particularly famous as a honeymoon island in the Maldives. It is known for its abundant vegetation growth that consists of bananas, coconuts, mangoes, cucumbers, cabbage, and tomatoes. If you are an adrenaline junkie, then you can try your hands on various exciting water sports here. The best time to visit is between December and April.

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     Things to do in Biyadhoo Island

    • Snorkeling
    • Scuba diving
    • Canoe-paddling

    How to reach

    Take a flight to Velana International Airport and then a cab or taxi to reach Biyadhoo Island.

    Where to stay

    • Hotel Ocean Grand 
    • UI Hotels

    Where to eat

    • Shell Beans Hulhumalé
    • Tandoori Flames Hulhumale
  4. Fihalhohi Island

    To witness beauty at its best, visit Fihalhohi Island in the Maldives. It is situated in the Kaafu Atoll of South Male and is along the loveliest places to see in this island nation. The Fihalhohi Island Resort is counted among the most romantic Maldivian resort. Its overwater bungalows are perfect for honeymoon couples. The best time to visit in January. 

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    How to reach

    Ferry transfers

    Where to stay

    Fihalhohi Island Resort. Its Palm Groove, Aeolus Dive Centre, and Anggerik Spa offer a splendid experience. Its pristine private beach is surrounded by swaying coconut palm trees.

    Where to eat

    Palm Groove Restaurant, Fihalhohi Island Resort

  5. Maafushi Island 

    Maafushi Island is a tropical paradise in the Kaafu Atoll of South Male. It is world-famous for its sparkling ocean waters, lavish resorts, and enthralling activities. It is ranked among the top ten islands in the Maldives, especially for honeymoon couples. The island is also the proposed capital for Medhu Uthuru province. One of the best islands to stay in the Maldives, Maafushi has local inhabitance along with a large number of guesthouses as well. As a step to promote tourism, opening guesthouses on inhabited islands was allowed but it was earlier prohibited. It has emerged as the best Maldivian island over the years. The best months to visit are January and February. 

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    Things to do in Maafushi Island

    • Snorkeling 
    • Catamaran rides
    • Take sunbaths on the sand bar in the north.
    • Take an island-hopping tour on a boat.

    How to reach

    Take a taxi to Villingili Ferry Terminal or Maafushi Ferry, located on the southwest corner of the island, from Male Island. 

    Where to stay

    Nirvana Guest House, Maafushi

    Where to eat

    • Bandharu Kada
    • Blossom Cafe
  6. Alimatha Island 

    Sitting on the eastern edge of the Maldives in the Vaavu Atoll, Alimatha Island is appreciated worldwide for its natural beauty. Here, you will be mesmerised by its crystal clear waters, lush greens, sun-kissed beaches, and aquamarine lagoons. It also has spa centers that make it one of the best islands for complete rejuvenation. The Alimatha Aquatic Resort is a noteworthy property that offers plush stay options at overwater villas and beachfront bungalows, along with a number of thrilling water activities. The best months to explore this island are between May and November. 

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    Things to do in Alimatha Island

    • Try snorkeling and scuba-diving. 
    • Go on boat trips on the azure waters.
    • Enjoy massage and spa sessions at Ayurvedic massage centers and spas.

    How to reach

    You can reach Alimatha Island in one and a half hours if you go there via boat. It is located in the north of Male at a distance of 65 kilometers.

    Where to stay

    Dhiggiri Resort, Alimatha

    Where to eat

    • Dream Hut Fulidhoo
    • Plumeria Beach Restaurant
  7. Veligandu Island 

    If you are a honeymoon couple, then Veligandu Island can be the most exotic spot for you in the Maldives. It is located in North Ari Atoll and has the aura of a serene, romantic destination. Its shimmering waters, soft and silky sand, and bright sun will augment your beach experience. The best months to visit this island are February, followed by May and January. 

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    Things to do in Veligandu Island

    • Savor delicious seafood on fishing village tours.
    • Rejuvenate at Duniye Spa of Veligandu Island Resort.
    • Scuba-diving and snorkeling at the amazingly beautiful lagoons.

    How to reach

    You can reach Veligandu Island Resort & Spa from Velana International Airport in about 20 minutes. The distance between them is around 50 kilometers. 

    Where to stay

    • Kuramathi Maldives
    • Veligandu Island Resort & Spa

    Where to eat

    • Dhonveli Restaurant
    • Madivaru Restaurant
  8. Nalaguraidhoo Island 

    Famous for its natural beauty, this island is a prime attraction in South Ari Atoll in the Maldives. Its picturesque setting ensures a romantic stay for the honeymooners. You can stay at Sun Island Resort & Spa here for a memorable island vacation. February is the best month to visit Nalaguraidhoo Island. 

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    Things to do in Nalaguraidhoo Island 

    Lazing on the beaches known for clean waters, lovely flowers, and lush greens 

    How to reach

    Male International Airport is 107 kilometers far from Nalaguraidhoo Island. You can opt for a seaplane ride which will take half an hour to reach there. 

    Where to stay

    • Sun Island Resort
    • Holiday Island Resort

    Where to eat

    • Maaniya Restaurant
    • Grill Terrace
  9. Vaadhoo Island 

    Visit this island to witness a mystical surprise. Vaadhoo is an inhabited island in Raa Atoll of the Maldives. It promises an exclusive experience to its visitors. Here, you can observe the bioluminescence in the waters surrounding the island at night. Isn’t it dreamy! May and November are the best months to visit. 

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    Things to do in Vaadhoo Island

    • Witness the Sea of Stars at night.
    • Relax on the tranquil beaches. 

    How to reach

    It is just eight kilometers from Male and you can reach there via road. 

    Where to stay

    • Adaaran Prestige Vadoo Resort
    • Holiday Inn Resort Kandooma Maldives

    Where to eat 

    • Bread Matters Green
    • Cafe Del Mar Maldives
  10. Villingili Island 

    To witness overflowing natural beauty, visit this island in the Maldives. It is an island in Addu City and is home to luxurious villas, white sandy beaches, infinity pool, and spa. The best months to visit Villingili Island are November and April.

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    Things to do in Villingili Island 

    • Relax on sandy beaches.
    • Hike through the tropical forest.
    • Indulge in the tranquility of spa sessions.
    • Head on an oceanic adventure by trying various adventure water activities. 

    How to reach

    Take a five-minute boat ride from Gan International Airport on Addu Atoll.

    Where to stay

    • Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort Island & Spa
    • Equator Village

    Where to eat

    • Fashala
    • Palm Village
  11. Milaidhoo Island

    For the perfect tropical vacation, visit Milaidhoo Island, which is hidden in the heart of the UNESCO biosphere reserve. It is known for its abundant greenery and picturesque landscapes. The island has the bluest waters and the cleanest sand on the beaches. If you are seeking peace, privacy, and adventure, then staying on this island is your best bet. May to October is the best time to visit this island. 

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    Things to do in Milaidhoo Island

    • Snorkeling 
    • Scuba diving 

    How to reach

    From Male International Airport, you can reach Milaidhoo by a scenic 30-minute seaplane ride. 

    Where to stay

    Milaidhoo Island Maldives

    Where to eat

    • Shoreline Grill Restaurant
    • Ba’theli by the Reef
  12. Kuredu Island

    Travel to Kuredu Island for a romantic expedition as it has one of the top-rated resorts for honeymoon couples. Here, you can relax while overlooking the alluring views of the sea. The property has a private swimming pool merging straight into the ocean. Enjoy a romantic meal on the edge of the ocean while you soak yourself in the beauty of the mesmerising sunset in the evening. Don’t forget to book yourself an aircraft ride over the island. You will be left in total amazement! February and March are the best months to visit this island. 

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     Things to do in Kuredu Island

    Dine at the underwater restaurant

    How to reach

    You can reach this island via a fleet of 55 De Havilland twin-otters.

    Where to stay

    • Kuredu Island Resort & Spa
    • Hurawalhi Island Resort

    Where to eat

    • Sangu Restaurant
    • Beach Shack
  13. Mirihi Island

    For the perfect tropical retreat, visit one of the smallest islands in the Maldives- Mirihi. Perfect for a laidback vacation in the island nation, hop onto this island. There is a lot to do there despite the fact that it is a tiny island. The best time to visit the island is between December and April.

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    Things to do in Mirihi Island

    • Go for spotting sharks. 
    • Have romantic moments in the middle of nowhere in the ocean.

    How to reach

    You can reach Mirihi Island via seaplane. The flight takes only half an hour.

    Where to stay

    • Mirihi Island Resort
    • Conrad Maldives Rangali Island

    Where to eat

    • Muraka Restaurant
    • Ithaa Undersea Restaurant

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