Converting stoics into romantics for years, the breathtaking island of the Maldives look like a shining leaf from the Nature’s book of beauty. While allures of the ocean and that of world’s finest and most luxurious resorts are common to most islands, there are some very subtle differences between these islands, best discovered on an island hopping tour of the Maldives.
We bring you top five Maldivian Islands along with the sweet surprises they have in store for visitors:
Kicking off your journey should be the capital, the Malé Island, boasting showings of a modern city in addition to the natural charm that the destination promises. It is as easy to find a hip bar and a world-class shopping centre as it is to indulge in various ocean adventures including snorkelling, diving, swimming and more. What is unique to Malé in comparison to the rest of the Maldives, however, is a multitude of sightseeing opportunities to popular attractions. These include the Tsunami Monument, Grand Friday Mosque, Sultan Mosque, Malé National Museum and Malé Fish Market.
Mirihi Island is a solitude seeker’s paradise, also delivering the essential Maldivian encounters in spades. The balmy waters of the Indian Ocean and the crystalline sands keep visitors a relentless company as does the bright sun whereas an array of luxurious resorts propose decadent indulgence. The famous wreck of Made-Ge makes it possible to discover several schools of fish species including glassfish, batfish and jacks. The island also offers proximity to whale sharks or dolphins. Honeymooners come seeking the spectacular sunsets over the Mirihi Island.
The stunning corals and diving sites of the Biyadhoo Island prove that the Maldives is stunning not just above but under the water as well. Nicknamed the Scuba Diving Island, Biyadhoo gives a chance to discover the glorious underwater life of the Maldives, especially around Kandooma Thila and the Protected Marine Area of Guraidhoo Kandu. Additionally, you can sign up for a mix of some thrilling water adventures here including windsurfing, surf ski paddling and canoeing.
Sitting on the spectacular Kaafu Atoll, Maafushi is one of the most loved islands in the Maldives and the one that promises the best insight into local life and culture. The unpaved roads lead to stunning tropical scenery and you will notice an immediate slowing of pace at Maafushi. Long, leisurely walks are one of the best ways to get to know locals, their culture and traditions. Those seeking the sun can head to beautiful beaches, including a rare bikini beach. The pursuit of the warm water will lead you snorkelling and scuba diving adventures whereas those seeking a unique experience will find night fishing trips from the island very exciting.
Kuredu Island can woo visitors just with the promise of an underwater restaurant yet it gives a visitor to the Maldives a whole lot of memorable experiences to chew on. The romantic sailboats leading to picture perfect lagoons, an aerial tour of the island and surrounds on a seaplane, the world-class fine dining opportunities as well as exciting fishing excursions are just a few of its many charms. The fact that it is one of the few Maldivian islands where one can get a taste of the nightlife scene on the island is a cherry on the cake for many.