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Top 5 Islands to Visit in the Maldives

The Maldives is an incredible country, comprising over one thousand islands, two  hundred of which are inhabited. It’s a destination that – despite its rich offerings –  is actually new on the global tourism scene. But it’s not to be overlooked! 

Now, maybe you don’t have time to visit 1,192 islands! But let’s start with five: 

Malé Island 
The location of the capital city – and the main international airport – this island is a  must. But don’t just land here and then run off to your next destination. Spend some  time soaking in the history here – in the Grand Friday Mosque, built in 1658 out of  coral stone, and hearkening back to the age of the sultanate. Soak in the sights and  sounds (and maybe the smells too!) of the Malé Fish Market – an essential hub for  the locals, many of whom get their sustenance from the ever-present ocean that  surrounds them. Lounge at the luxurious beaches, in a glamour that’s not to be  surpassed. 

Biyadhoo Island 
Biyadhoo Island is a scuba-diver’s paradise. This densely vegetated, city-less island  is where nature thrives – particularly in the water, as the island is quite close to  many of the country’s best diving spots. And not only does it boast world-class  scuba, but there are a range of other water sports, and countless opportunities for  thrills. Or, if you prefer to relax, most of this island is made up of the splendid  Biyadhoo Resort – a delightful spot to relax and soak in the tropical sun! 

Alimatha Island 
No visit to the Maldives is complete without a stop at Alimatha island, a treasure  trove of wonderful resorts and spas. Come here and truly unwind by getting an  ayurvedic massage, at one of the expert-run massage centers. Or relax at a lovely  beach bungalow, or an over-the-water property where you can stare down beneath  your floor and see the tropical fish drift lazily past. And then, of course, for the thrill  seekers you can find excellent scuba, windsurfing, canoeing, and cat sailing! 

Como Cocoa Island 
The entire, tiny Como Cocoa Island is a blissful resort – but not just your everyday  luxury stay. All of the suites here aren’t built on land, but over the water – where  you can not only see, but live in, the beautiful turquoise lagoon off the edge of the  island. Get out of the city, and away from civilization, and spend some moments of  truly blissful – and truly quiet – contemplation. A visit to this island isn’t something  that you’ll ever forget – so make memories that will last for your lifetime. 

Vihamanafushi Island 
Don’t worry about trying to pronounce “Vihamanafushi” – just let a local guide take  you there! This fabulous island is home to Kurumba Beach, where you can find the  Kurumba Maldives Resort. Which is an excellent destination for honeymooners, or  anyone who just wants to chill at the beach, with a wide range of activities and  entertainment. Best of all? It’s just a hop, skip, and a jump from the international  airport!

Where will you start? Download Maldives Travel Guide