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  • Writer's pictureSadé Richardson

1,192 Islands! Start with Five

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:

1. 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.

2. 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!

3. 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 centres. 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!

4. 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 civilisation, 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.

5. 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 would you start first?

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