Our 10 favourite beaches in the Maldives
Serenity and peaceful vibes… Welcome to the Maldives! Tucked in the Indian Ocean, the Maldives are circled by white sands and crystal-clear waters. Magical, fascinating and splendid are only a few adjectives to describe this perfect spot for travellers looking for laid back island life.
#1 Kanuhura Beach
Sunbathing surrounded by sparkling waters and beautiful palm trees, what else? With its three kilometres of sandy shoreline, Kanuhura is the only Maldivian seaside property to make it into the top 10 of the world's 50 best beaches in 2019, according to the Daily Mail.
#2 Velassaru beach
For those wondering, paradise does exist and its name is… Velassaru Maldives! At only 20 minutes by boat from Male, the 5-star resort is a haven of romance:
« The warm hospitality of its people will have you wondering why you didn’t come sooner. Daily fruit sticks, refreshing towels and ice cream are delivered by the beach. This truly is a place to celebrate life! » - Cathy, Islandian Expert.
Velassaru Maldives’ eye-pleasing natural beauty and vibrant marine life, should be on everyone’s must-see list. The organized snorkelling excursions of the resort allows you to swim among stunning shipwrecks and coral reefs, for some epic underwater shots!
#3 Fulhadhoo beach
Fulhadhoo beach is known as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world - raw beauty in a serene environment:
« This small hidden gem is nestled on Baa Atoll, and it will take you about two hours by speedboat to get there. If you are looking for a tranquil beach destination where you can bliss out crowd-free during your trip to the Maldives, Fulhadhoo may be the one. » - Patrice, Islandian Expert.
Amidst coconut palms and a sapphire-coloured lagoon, this dream beach is great for an intimate and stylish getaway. You are unlikely to come across many visitors, only one or two fishermen looking to catch their lunch or dinner of the day.
#4 Dhigurah beach
Don't just limit yourself to one island; a twin-centre Maldives holiday is easier than you might think! Dhigurah beach is about 4 kilometres long on the outskirts of Ari Atoll South, fringed by crystal blue waters. It takes a 4-hour seaplane ride to get there and yes - it's a long flight - but you definitely won't regret a minute of it!
On some parts of the beach, swimsuits are allowed for the great pleasure of sunbathers! If you fancy a break from the beach, enjoy a coffee and a quick shopping session in the few nearby shops.
#5 Bikinis Beach
Maafushi, nestled in the atoll of Kaafu, is the perfect spot for sunbathing fans travelling on a budget. Here, days can be spent long and languid, or ram-packed with your favourite sports and activities.
Not so far away and a 50-minute ride by speedboat from Male International Airport, we’ve got the right place for you: Oblu Select at Sangeli. Oblu Select at Sangeli is a chic 4-star beach resort taking the Maldives by storm! Nestled on the North-western tip of the North Male Atoll, this sumptuous resort is perfect for families and couples alike.
Rendez-vous in paradise for a stress-free retreat!
#6 Gulhi Beach
Gulhi beach is one of the inhabited islands of the Maldives, located in the South Male Atoll. This stunning beach is based near Maafushi’s island and is connected daily, except on Fridays, by the MTCC ferry. After a fun 25-minute speedboat ride from Male International Airport, chilled drinks and a warm welcome await you at Velassaru Maldives, a private coral island:
«Tucked away in the tropical gardens, sitting along the beachfront or perched over the water, the contemporary-styled villas and bungalows of Velassaru Maldives will win you over! » - Cathy, Islandian Expert.
#7 Finolhu beach
Set on the picture-perfect Baa Atoll - declared as a biosphere reserve by UNESCO – is Finolhu, a wonderful beach. This charming and highly “instagrammable” spot is great for a honeymoon trip to the Maldives!
Not far away, on the secluded paradise island of Dhuni Kolhu, is the Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu. The fabulous resort is just over 100 km from Male International Airport or a splendidly scenic 30-minute flight by seaplane. It provides you with everything you could dream of: a tranquil atmosphere, an exotic beach, 98 delightful thatched villas, spectacular views over the lagoon, professional animators, personalized services and a choice of five culinary hotspots!
« Committed to an ecological approach and part of the Green Globe members, the Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu is nothing short of the ultimate tropical paradise. » - Shirley, Islandian Expert.
#8 Hulhumalé beach
Just south of the North Male Atoll and 15 minutes away from the airport, lays a gem of an island called the Hulhumale! This beach is a long stretch of white sand, sheltered from tourist crowds. There are lots of small white crabs, and in the clear water, you may meet a multitude of colourful fish!
Floats have been placed to create a natural swimming pool in the sea, where locals usually enjoy their morning swimming lessons. Hulhumale is also filled with different exotic experiences one can indulge in, with markets, boutiques and more.
#9 Gili Lankanfushi beach
Nestled on the tiny yet beautiful and intimate island of the North Male Atoll, Gili Lankanfushi is a short 20-minute boat ride from Male. This highly respected address ranks among the world's best holiday resorts in terms of service, quality and customer satisfaction.
This 5-star resort offers easy access to the city's must-see destinations while ensuring a pleasant stay to all travellers:
« The villas have been built with noble materials with respect for the environment, and offer top-of-the-range services for you to enjoy your stay in complete privacy!” – Shirley, Islandian Expert.
#10 La plage de Iru FushiThe Sun Siyam Iru Fushi is the ultimate luxury retreat set in a 52-acre property, at the heart of Noonu Atoll. More than the crystalline lagoon and the white sandy beaches, it's another idea of the Maldives that you come looking for.
The transparency of the sea is perfect for admiring the rich and lovely marine life. Close to the nearest reef, you may experience snorkelling and diving sessions, as well as water activities such as paddle or kayak:
“This hotel is famous for its breathtakingly beautiful diving site and its worry-free stay promise!” - Patrice, Islandian Expert.
Now, you know it all! Beyond the beauty of its rich marine life, unspoiled nature, white sandy beaches and turquoise waters, the Maldives impress. A lovely necklace of atolls nestled at the heart of the Indian Ocean, guarantying understated luxury holidays, to be ticked off your bucket list!
With the Islandian Experts, each trip to the Maldives is tailored to fit your idea of wanderlust. Just tell us what you want, and let us do the organizing work. For more information, kindly contact us.
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