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50 Best islands in the Maldives

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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 (1090 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 (222 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 (88 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 (3 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 (223 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 (220 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 (47 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 (63 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 (48 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 (42 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: 8.9 (1 vote)
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 (26 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 (38 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 (33 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 (33 votes)
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: 8.7 (1 vote)
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 (22 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 (24 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 (32 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 (48 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 (32 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: 8.6 (3 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: 8.6 (5 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 (55 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 (26 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 (23 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 (22 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: 8.5 (11 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 (139 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 (13 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 (30 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 (14 votes)
Maldives, Lankanfinolhu, Paradise Island Resort
Lankanfinolhu is an island resort in North Male Atoll - not far from the airport of Maldives. The southern beaches are located in a protected lagoon, so there are no waves. And the whole coastline has palm trees and white sand. Seaplanes often fly nerby, that may cause some discomfort. There is no reef around the island, but good snorkeling is available almost everywhere. / read more » /
Rating: 8.4 (65 votes)
Maldives, Lhaviyani, Komandoo island
Komandoo is a private island of Lhaviyani atoll in the Maldives. This is a great place focused on the honeymooners. The beach is beautiful and rather secluded. The only problem are breakwaters located along the entire perimeter of the island. They slightly spoil the view, and make a barrier for snorkellers on their way to the outer edge of the reef, - where the snorkeling is the best. The west coast is less preferable, as it has depressing view of the local Hinnavaru island. / read more » /
Rating: 8.4 (3 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 (77 votes)
Maldives, Jumeirah Vittaveli beach
Jumeirah Vittaveli is a luxury island resort on Bolifushi island, Maldives. Every bungalow has its own perfect beach. Some kind of danger is that the island is located on the edge of atoll, and it's shaped is the way that stong current may move you out into the open ocean (when change from high tide to low tide or otherwise). The snorkelling on the reef is good, but again you should be aware of currents. / read more » /
Rating: 8.4 (24 votes)
Maldives, Faafu, Magoodhoo, Bikini beach
Magoodhoo is a local island in Faafu atoll, Maldives. It has small Bikini beach, as well as a great sandbank a little further away. There are a lot of trash ashore, as well as in the coastal water, but it's quite typical for the local islands. Anyway the island is big and green with all of its west end being dedicated to tourists. So, is a theory, it is possible not to take expensive tours on the surroundings. / read more » /
Rating: 8.4 (1 vote)
Lhaviyani, Cocoon Maldives island, beach
Cocoon Maldives is an island in the atoll of Lhaviyani, Maldives. In general, the beaches are superb - with white sand, palms and clear water. But there are some downsides as well. First: Entry into the water is rocky almost everywhere, thus being very uncomfortable. Second: The home reef is located far from the island, so it is not possible to snorkel from the coastline. However, most Maldivian islands have similar problems, and these can hardly be considered to be very critical. / read more » /
Rating: 8.4 (2 votes)
Maldives, Alifu Dhaalu, Machchafushi island
Machchafushi is an island resort in Alifu Dhaalu atoll, Maldives. Almost all the coast is green with tall palms and great beach. During the low tide breakwaters slightly spoil the view, but this problem is common for the Maldives, and most of the time you won't see it. The house reef has good snorkelling, but of course corals are already dead. / read more » /
Rating: 8.4 (11 votes)
Maldives, North Ari Atoll, Constance Moofushi, aerial
Moofushi is a private island on Alifu Alifu Atoll, Maldives. The beach has nice white sand, but the vegetation is mainly located far from the water edge. House reef with lagoon is quite diversified and suitable both for snorkeling directly from the beach, as well as for diving from the boat. / read more » /
Rating: 8.4 (17 votes)
Maldives, Baa Atoll, Dusit Thani Maldives beach
Dusit Thani is an island resort in Baa Atoll, Maldives. There are few good beaches with white sand and good entry into water. However, most of the coast is not very comfortable with rocky bottom. The coastal vegetation is presented mainly with bushes, but occasional palms and trees are also available. The best thing about this island is a house reef with great diving. / read more » /
Rating: 8.4 (24 votes)
Maldives, Ari Atoll, Alifu Alifu, Thoddoo beach
Thoddoo is the main agricultural island in the Maldives (North Ari atoll). Watermelons, bananas and many other fruits are grown here. There are also beaches - one of the best in country. That's why the island has become extremely popular among budget travelers. There is a small bikini-beach. Strange, but the choice of fresh fruits in island's shops is limited. / read more » /
Rating: 8.4 (274 votes)
Maldives, Olhuveli resort
Olhuveli is a four star island-resort with an excellent beach in the Maldives. Nearby there is also uninhabited island, few sandbanks and reef with good diving. / read more » /
Rating: 8.3 (27 votes)
Maldives, North Ari Atoll, Nika Island Resort beach
Nika Island Resort is a private island in North Ari Atoll, Maldives. The beach is very good - with white sand and comfortable entry into the water. But frequent breakwaters look ugly and spoil view to the water. There is a great snorkeling right near the coast. / read more » /
Rating: 8.3 (19 votes)
Maldives, Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru beach
Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru is an island in the North Male Atoll, Maldives. In fact, this is more like a mini-atoll with its own reef and shallow lagoon with excellent snorkeling and diving. The beach is also fine, though not so good as neighboring Angsana island, which is accessible by the free boat that runs once per 2 hours. / read more » /
Rating: 8.3 (28 votes)
Maldives, Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu resort
Dhuni Kolhu is an island resort in Baa Atoll, Maldives. The beach is good with white sand and good entry into the water, but in west side of the island has no much shadow from trees. On the other hand east side suffers from the coastal erosion, so you can find exposed roots of trees or bags filled with sand protecting the shore. There is a great snorkelling near the island. / read more » /
Rating: 8.3 (17 votes)
Maldives, Ari atoll, Huvahendhoo, Lily Beach Resort
Huvahendhoo is an island resort in South Ari atoll, Maldives. The beach is beautiful, but numerous breakwaters spoil the view. In addition the bottom is mostly rocky, thus it is not very convenient for swimming. But diving and snorkelling on the house reef are very good. / read more » /
Rating: 8.3 (20 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: 8.3 (1 vote)
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[2015-04-15] Mimino

It's almost everywhere in Maldives sand with coral chips. I may advise Fihalhohi Island Resort. As for more expensive hotels, I think all of them have pretty sand beach.


[2015-04-15] Rita

Please advise island in Maldives with good sandy beach without coral stones.


[2015-03-04] Gendos

I think about Mathiveri. Probably it is better than Maafushi


[2015-03-04] Zoi

Please recommend cheap island in Maldives with good beaches. Thank you

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