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Maldives, Baa Atoll, Fulhadhoo beach, clear water
Fulhadhoo is a beach in the Maldives. This place is unique. Most of the Maldivian islands are expensive luxury hotels, or local islands completely built-up with houses. But this island is relatively large, and the village occupies only a small area. All the rest is completely yours. Several miles of white sand like flour, lush tropical vegetation and a sandy spit with clear water and perfect sunset. Most of time there is no one on the beach - neither locals, nor tourists. And you can get all of this even with a limited budget. / read more » /
Rating: 9.6 (1222 votes)

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Maldives, Baa Atoll, Finolhu Kanifushi beach, sandspit
Finolhu Kanifushi is an island in the maldivian Baa Atoll with a unique strip of sand, which makes it possible to walk for a long time in the ocean and visit three other uninhabited islands. The beach is excellent everywhere with tall palms and without broken corals in the water. A large lagoon is good for those, who like to swim far away. / read more » /
Rating: 9.3 (254 votes)
Maldives, Baa Atoll, Amilla Fushi beach
Amilla Fushi is a private island in Baa Atoll, Maldives. All of the beaches are excellent and quite different from each other. There are areas with palms - more looking like the Caribbean, while other coast has a lot of bush, - which is more typical for the Maldives. Entry into the water is sandy, but soon you'll find coral gardens with excellent snorkeling. / read more » /
Rating: 9.2 (100 votes)
Maldives, Lhaviyani, Atmosphere Kanifushi island
Atmosphere Kanifushi is a resort island on Lhaviyani atoll in the Maldives. The northern beach is great - with palms and white sand. And only the west end of the coast has a rocky bottom. However, the island is long (2 km), so you can always find a suitable spot. There are also minor downsides. For example, trees are located rather far from the coastline. In addition, the island has no the home reef. But the hotel makes excellent snorkeling boat tours several times a day. / read more » /
Rating: 9.2 (11 votes)
Maldives, Ari atoll, Dhigurah isl, beach
Dhigurah is a local island in South Ari atoll, Maldives. This is one of the best islands in the country, but not overcrowded yet. The island is very long with a perfect secluded beach in the south, ending with a gorgeous sandspit. Women can swim in a bikini, though not everywhere. It is one of the best places in the Maldives to dive with whale sharks, while the snorkeling on the house reef is also good. The island has cheap cafe, shops and few independent dive centers, giving great oportunities to reduce your expenses. In a theory, you can have a vacation comparable with Thailand by costs, getting the real Maldives in its best. / read more » /
Rating: 9.2 (292 votes)
Maldives, Four Seasons (Landaa Giraavaru) beach, Landaa sandpit
Four Seasons is a beach of Four Seasons hotel of Baa Atoll in the Maldives. Best features - Landaa sandpit. / read more » /
Rating: 9.1 (226 votes)
Maldives, LUX* South Ari Atoll
Dhidhoofinolhu is a private island in the South Ari atoll being quite large by the Maldivian standards. Everywhere there is a beautiful and varied beach, giving a complete picture of what the Maldives can be. The bottom is sandy with a comfortable water depth, and there are no breakwaters. To the north there is a long sandspit, so you can walk at low tide to the local Dhigurah island. / read more » /
Rating: 9.1 (62 votes)
Cocos isl, Direction Island, beach, pier
Direction Island is an uninhabited island in the Keeling atoll (Cocos Islands). The beach is the best in the region. The island is equipped for picnics, and it's a popular day-trip destination among tourists. / read more » /
Rating: 9.1 (33 votes)
Maldives, Ari atoll, Vilamendhoo beach
Vilamendhoo is a private island in the atoll of Alifu Dhaalu, Maldives. Beach bungalow are located at some distance from the shore. So almost everywhere on the island you can see the perfect beach only - with trees, palms hanging over water, white sand and comfortable entry into the water, while the house reef offers excellent snorkeling. As for the disadvantages we may note that sea water is too shallow on the north of the island, while the south side suffers from the coastal erosion. / read more » /
Rating: 9.0 (80 votes)
Maldives, One&Only Reethi Rah beach
Reethi Rah is an artificial island with the longest coastline in the Maldives. The beach is perfect almost everywhere - with white sand, palms and good entry into the water without stones and shells. The bad thing is that there's no snorkeling at all (no fish, nor corals in the water). And besides many electric cars always drive around the island, that is not very comfortable for a secluded holiday. / read more » /
Rating: 8.9 (58 votes)
Maldives, Ari Atoll, Constance Halaveli beach, pool
Halaveli is an island resort in the North Ari Atoll, Maldives. All of the beaches are perfect with many tall palms and sandy entry into the water. As it became common last years, now the island is protected by a breakwater almost from all sides, which slightly spoils view to the ocean. Snorkelling on the house reef is good - especially outside the breakwater. / read more » /
Rating: 8.9 (48 votes)
Maldives, Gili Lankanfushi, overwater villa
Gili Lankanfushi is an island in the Maldives with that huge overwater villas more looking like a Thai prison. However, the beaches are excellent, - especially the north coast with palm grove and sandspit. In a daytime seaplanes regularly fly over the island, that is very sad for such an exclusive hotel. / read more » /
Rating: 8.9 (30 votes)
Maldives, Baros island, lagoon
Baros Maldives is an island resort, probably with the best lagoon in all of the Maldives. Reef snorkelling is excellent, beaches are beautiful with white sand and palms, but a breakwater in the north and east of the island slightly spoils the view to the open sea. / read more » /
Rating: 8.8 (37 votes)
Seychelles, Praslin, Anse Lazio beach, child
Anse Lazio - the best beach in Praslin island. The beach is located in enclosed bay, so there is almost no waves. The water covers most of the shore during the high tide, but some pieces of sand are still available. / read more » /
Rating: 8.8 (294 votes)
Seychelles, Mahe, Port Launay beach
Port Launay is one of the best beaches in Mahe island. Formally, this is the coast of Constance Ephelia Resort, but access to the beach is free for all - like everywhere in the Seychelles. While the southern bay is rather mediocre, the northern bay is just what you need. There are many trees and palms, perfect white sand, a smooth entry into the water, no waves and good snorkeling on the stones aside. In addition, it never becomes overcrowded, and there is no problem of low tides (no shallow water any time of the day). / read more » /
Rating: 8.8 (1 vote)
Maldives, Faafu, Filitheyo isl, beach, aerial view
Filitheyo is a budget island resort on the atoll of Faafu, Maldives. The beach is perfect, but entry into the water is rocky almost everywhere with broken corals. The snorkeling is good on the edge of the home reef, and further away there are few more stunning reefs with a couple of ship wrecks. / read more » /
Rating: 8.8 (3 votes)
Maldives, Meeru Island Resort, beach
Meeru is a beach resort in the North Male Atoll, Maldives. This is a good place with white sand, palms, clear water, good snorkeling right by the beach and excellent diving a little further away. The island is big enough to spend a week or more. / read more » /
Rating: 8.8 (46 votes)
Maldives, North Ari Atoll, Kuramathi beach, sandspit
Kuramathi is a private island in the North Ari Atoll. The island is large and diversified with excellent beaches, while sandspit is one of the longest in Maldives. There is also a house reef with good snorkelling. / read more » /
Rating: 8.7 (41 votes)
Maldives, Lhaviyani, Hurawalhi island, beach
Hurawalhi is an island resort in the Maldives (atoll of Lhaviyani). Both the beach, as well as snorkeling/diving in the coastal water are great. Entry into the water is comfortable, but there are occasional broken corals, - like everywhere else in the Maldives. The only downside is that the beachfront bungalows are located very close to each other. So this is not the best place, if you look for complete seclusion. / read more » /
Rating: 8.7 (6 votes)
Seychelles, La Digue, Anse Source d'Argent beach, palms
Anse Source d'Argent - the most famouse beach in the Seychelles. It is located in La Digue island. However, this beach is more suitable for a spectacular photo session, but not comfortable for swimming. Also it may be hard to find good point to make pictures because of crowd during the daytime. / read more » /
Rating: 8.7 (71 votes)
Maldives, Per Aquum Huvafen Fushi, lagoon
Per Aquum Huvafen Fushi is a private island in the North Male Atoll, Maldives. As for a pure beach holiday, it's perfect in all respects. But the main feature of this island is a shallow lagoon to the north, which gives great opportunities both for snorkelling, as well as for fishing. / read more » /
Rating: 8.7 (23 votes)
Bandos Maldives beach
Bandos Maldives is a private island not far from Maldives capital town. This is a perfect tropical escape with white sand and palms hanging over the water. There is also a house reef with good snorkelling. The island has always a lot of tourists, as it's located near the international airport. Seaplanes often pass by the island, but these are not very loud. / read more » /
Rating: 8.7 (55 votes)
India, Goa, Palolem beach
Palolem is the best beach in Goa. It is hard to find a place under the palm due to the beach cafes and bungalows. Also there's always a lot of people during the high season. However, it doesn't spoil the holiday. Unique positive atmosphere (rare not only in India but in the whole World) is the key feature of this place. Also, in a contrast to the beaches of North Goa, there are no strong waves. / read more » /
Rating: 8.7 (108 votes)
Baa Atoll, Kihaad Maldives beach
Kihaad Maldives is a private island in Baa Atoll of the Maldives. The beach is perfect with white sand, palms and good entry into the water. Kihaad island is the nearest one to the lagoon of Hanifaru Bay, which is one of the best dive spots in the world. Snorkelling on the house reef is also great. / read more » /
Rating: 8.7 (27 votes)
Maldives, Anantara Dhigu Maldives beach
Anantara Dhigu Maldives is a five-stars beach resort in the Maldives. This place is unique by Maldivian standards, as it's not a single island, but a few islets of different size. Thus there is a shallow lagoon without waves, as well as several tiny islands for day trips. Refined luxury is everywhere. That is fine on the one hand, but you loose a chance to feel the atmosphere of the real Maldives. / read more » /
Rating: 8.7 (37 votes)
Maldives, Lhaviyani, Kuredu island, beach
Kuredu is a great budget private island on Lhaviyani atoll, Maldives. This place is perfect for those looking for something cheaper, but not wishing to stay on a local island. There is everything, that we expect from Maldives - white sand, clear water, palms and sandspit. However, northern beach is bad, and, moreover, it is prohibited to swim there. Please also note, that the water is shallow everywhere near the coastline, while algae starts just a little further away. However, this is not a real problem. / read more » /
Rating: 8.7 (6 votes)
Maldives, Ari atoll, Maafushivaru island
Maafushivaru is a private island in the South Ari atoll, Maldives. The beach is perfect with palms, white sand and convenient entry into the water without corals. During the day time there are also free boat trips to the neighboring Lonubo island giving additional pretty beach. / read more » /
Rating: 8.7 (6 votes)
Maldives, Taj Exotica beach
Taj Exotica is a beachfront resort - the closest to the International Airport of Maldives. This is real Maldives from a postcard. Recent years the east of the island was spiked with stones to prevent coastal erosion, but western beaches are still good. There is no reef around the island, so the snorkeling is bad. Also there is no enough seclusion due to the airport, as airplanes often fly over your head. / read more » /
Rating: 8.7 (22 votes)
Maldives, Holiday Inn Kandooma beach
Holiday Inn Kandooma is an island resort in South Male Atoll, Maldives. Beach with palm trees is very good and looks more like the Caribbean. Local Guraidhoo island located nearby spoils the view from the good beach, while other side of the island has rocky coast and is not suitable for swimming. Snorkeling is also mediocre on that rocky side. / read more » /
Rating: 8.6 (12 votes)
Velassaru Maldives beach
Velassaru Maldives is a five-stars island resort in the Maldives, - close to the airport. In general, this is a perfect tropical paradise. A small disadvantage is that almost everywhere the trees are far from the shore. So there's no chance to find palm trees hanging over the water. As for the reef snorkelling, it is also not the best. / read more » /
Rating: 8.6 (38 votes)
Seychelles, Praslin, Anse Kerlan beach
Anse Kerlan - great beach near the airport of Praslin island. It is the most comfortable of all Seychelles beaches, though not the most photogenic. / read more » /
Rating: 8.6 (126 votes)
India, Laccadives, Bangaram, beach, palms
Bangaram is an atoll in the group of Laccadive islands in India. This is the only place in Laccadives where alcohole is officially permitted. The beaches are beautiful. There are also few uninhabited islands nearby, that are perfect as a day trip destinations. / read more » /
Rating: 8.6 (120 votes)
Cocos isl, West Island, Yacht Club Beach
West Island is the the largest in the Cocos Islands. It has Australian population, unlike the muslim Home Island located on the other side of lagoon. Trannies beach in the north-west of the island is the best one around. / read more » /
Rating: 8.6 (28 votes)
Maldives, Four Seasons (Kuda Huraa) beach, aerial view
Four Seasons - Kuda Huraa is an island resort in the Maldivian North Male Atoll. Like in all hotels of this brand, beach has a designer feel and is in perfect condition. / read more » /
Rating: 8.6 (63 votes)
Seychelles, Mahe, Petite Anse beach (Four Seasons), tree
Petite Anse - is an excellent beach of Four Seasons hotel in Mahe island in the Seychelles. Keep in mind that you are free to enter the beach even if you stay in another hotel. Moreover you don't have to make a reservation at the Four Seasons restaurant. / read more » /
Rating: 8.6 (147 votes)
Maldives, Ari atoll, Mirihi island, beach
Mirihi is a small private island in South Ari atoll in the Maldives. The beach is great with palms, trees and white sand, while the water has comfortable sandy shallows. As for diving and snorkeling, these are excellent, - especially in the lagoon located to the west of the island. / read more » /
Rating: 8.6 (13 votes)
Sri Lanka, Unawatuna beach, wet sand
Unawatuna - the best beach in Sri Lanka island. Unlike most beaches in the country there's almost always no waves in the sea here, so this place is not suitable for surfers, but it's perfect for families with children. / read more » /
Rating: 8.6 (365 votes)
Maldives, Angsana Ihuru beach
Angsana Ihuru is a private island near international airport of the Maldives. The beach has white sand, palms and good entry into the water, while right near the coastline there is a reef with excellent snorkeling. Every two hours free boat runs to the neighboring island, thus you get two different islands for the price of one. / read more » /
Rating: 8.5 (34 votes)
India, Big Andaman, Long Island, Lalaji Bay beach
Lalaji Bay - is the best beach in Andaman islands. It's located on the small island called Long Island. By a happy coincidence, this place is not well known, so there is no crowd of tourists like in a popular Havelock island. / read more » /
Rating: 8.5 (141 votes)
Maldives, Baa, Goidhoo, Fehendhoo beach
Fehendhoo is a local island in Goidhoo atoll, Maldives. The beaches are almost as good as on the neighboring Fulhadhoo island. There are also ancient archaeological sites of the Buddhist period. The island is large, so you will always find a secluded spot. There is also a bikini beach. / read more » /
Rating: 8.5 (161 votes)
Kurumba Maldives beach, breakwater
Kurumba Maldives is an island resort - the nearest one to the International airport of Maldives. The island is beautiful with excellent beaches, but it has some disadvantages. The first problem is a breakwater, which spoil view to the water. The second problem is that the island is packed with buildings, so it is hard to find a secluded place. And besides, ugly barges often pass near the island to the Male capital located nearby. / read more » /
Rating: 8.5 (35 votes)
India, Laccadives, Agatti, beach, palm over water
Agatti is the only island with the airport in Laccadives in India. Many tourists choose Agatti due to its convenient transport accessibility. / read more » /
Rating: 8.5 (131 votes)
Maldives, Lhaviyani, Kanuhura island, beach
Kanuhura is a private island in the atoll of Lhaviyani, Maldives. This is a perfect tropical escape being a true paradise with palms and white sand. The north of the island has a large sandbank, while two small uninhabited islets can be found a little further to the north. As for the downsides, it is worth to mention a lot of seagrass in the water. In addition, beach bungalows are located too close to each other. / read more » /
Rating: 8.5 (7 votes)
Seychelles, Mahe island, Beau Vallon beach, bay
Beau Vallon - most popular beach in Mahe island (Seychelles). Usually it's relatively many people here, but it does not spoil the vacation. / read more » /
Rating: 8.5 (264 votes)
Maldives, COMO Cocoa beach
COMO Cocoa is a small island in the South Male Atoll, Maldives. Water bungalows are the only accomodation option, so the island itself has no many buildings. There is a great sandspit in the east of the island, the northern beaches are deserted, while the west end features a large swimming pool with palms. Near the coast there is a home reef with good snorkelling. / read more » /
Rating: 8.5 (26 votes)
Maldives, North Ari Atoll, Veligandu beach, aerial view
Veligandu is an island resort in the North Ari Atoll, Maldives. The island is small, but cozy - with good beaches and snorkeling. Entry into the water is comfortable almost everywhere, but it is hard to access the home reef at low tide as the water is shallow. / read more » /
Rating: 8.5 (25 votes)
Maldives, Sheraton Maldives beach
Sheraton Maldives is an island resort near the Maldives international airport. It has a good beach, but breakwater spoils the view into the open sea. And besides, domestic planes fly near the hotel with notable noise. There is a house reef, but the snorkeling is bad there. / read more » /
Rating: 8.5 (17 votes)
Alifu Dhaalu, Rangali islands, beach
Rangali are the twin islands in Alifu Dhaalu atoll, connected by the bridge. The key feature are underwater rooms and a restaurant, that can be rarely met even in the Maldives. As for the beaches, these are probably overdeveloped with total luxury, but without a small piece of a wild nature. / read more » /
Rating: 8.5 (15 votes)
Seychelles, La Digue, Anse Pierrot beach, rocks
Anse Pierrot - a great beach in the south-west of La Digue island. The beach is quite comfortable for swimming. In addition, there are usually no much people. / read more » /
Rating: 8.4 (41 votes)
Maldives, Holiday Island Resort Dhiffushi, beach
Dhiffushi is an island resort in Alifu Dhaalu atoll, Maldives (not to be confused with the local Dhiffushi island in North Male atoll). Nearby there is a large Maamigili island with the airport, however, you won't see and hear it from the northern beach. But this disadvantage makes significant discounts for this great Maldivian beach. In the west of the island, there is a beautiful sandspit popular for weddings. It also has a house reef with good snorkelling. / read more » /
Rating: 8.4 (94 votes)
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