The Maldives has always been a dream honeymoon destination for tourists from around the world. Maldives is comprised of 1,192 coral islands that are grouped as 26 ring-shaped atolls. Boasting of breathtaking coral reefs, the Maldivian islands are set on a submarine ridge measuring upto 960 kilometers in length. The abundance of natural beauty can put any tourist in a dilemma as to where to start first.
8 Best Atolls To Enjoy Island Hopping In Maldives
Hence, this is why we give you a short introduction to the most popular Maldivian islands that would make planning for island hopping in Maldives much easier
1. Male Island – For The Glitz And Glamour
What better plan than to start or end an island hopping tour in Maldives with the capital – Male Island? With brilliantly lit buildings, luxurious resorts, restaurants, bars and numerous sightseeing sites to explore, Male Island tends you make you fall in love with the Maldives with little effort.
How to reach : Male International Airport or Velana International Airport on Hulhule Island
Things to do in Male Island : Swimming in the protected ocean pool and artificial beach, underwater scooter riding, snorkelling and sightseeing at the Tsunami Monument, Grand Friday Mosque, Sultan Mosque, Male National Museum and Male Fish Market.
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2. Mirihi Island – The Tropical Paradise For Honeymooners
If you’re looking forward to a holiday to put your feet up and gulp in gallons of detoxifying, pollution-free air, Mirihi Island should definitely be on your Maldives Island hopping holiday itinerary. Mirihi is popular among divers for the wreck of the ‘Made-Ge’, which is host to numerous attractive fishes such as glassfish, batfish and jacks.
How to reach : Flight from Male International Airport or a Trans Maldivian Airways seaplane from Male Island.
Things to do in Mirihi Island : Exploring the House Reef, sighting whale sharks or dolphins, diving, sailing or snorkeling, sunsets and private snorkelling at Manta Point.
3. Biyadhoo Island – For An Affair With Scuba Diving
A wide range of water sports opportunities has gained Biyadhoo Island a special place in the heart of its every visitor. Lush vegetation of coconuts, bananas, cucumber, cabbage, mangoes, etc. gives it a very ‘tropical’ ambience too, not to mention the promise of delicious meals at the restaurant and resorts offered because of it.
How to reach : 30 minute speedboat ride from the Airport
Things to do in Biyadhoo Island : Diving, snorkelling, scuba diving at exotic sites with soft corals and dense school of fishes, and canoe-paddling activities.
4. Maafushi Island – A Peek Into Maldivian Culture
“Halu Kahinay!” (Hello!) Though an island which has encountered unimaginable destruction at the hands of tsunami in 2004, one would feel nothing but the positive attitude towards life shown by the inhabitants in their brightly coloured homes, prosperous shops and their warm, welcoming attitude. The streets of Maafushi Island makes a great venue for leisurely strolls, and is a great exhibit of Maldivian culture.
How to reach : 27 km from Male Island, approachable by boat.
Things to do in Maafushi Island : Snorkelling in banana reef, diving, shopping, sunbathing at Bikini beach, lounging in steel-framed joali hammocks and swimming with wild dolphins (if you dare).
5. Baros Island – For The Sun, Sand And The Sea
A pleasure paradise offering the opulence of the turquoise waters, white sands and golden sun, Baros Island promises to be a fun-filled stop on your island hopping tour in Maldives. The picturesque island boasts of numerous sightseeing attractions and water pool villas too.
How to reach : 25-minute speedboat ride from the International Airport of Maldives
Things to do at Baros Island : Water sports, indulging in the spa, sunbathing on the beach.
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6. Fulidhoo Island – For a slice of solitude
One of the smallest islands of the Maldives, gives you a crowd-free zone to enjoy the beauty of the ocean and the powder-white Bikini beach while you snack on hedhikaa (short eats) or spicy fish curries served with roshi breads at the few shops.
How to reach : 2-hour ferry ride from Maafushi
Things to do in Fulidhoo : Sunset walks on Bikini beach and enjoy traditional Maldivian delicacies.
7. Kuredu Island – For A Chance To Dine Underwater
Home to breathtaking natural beauty that can be enjoyed from one of the top rated resorts in Maldives. The presence of an underwater restaurant in Kuredu Island takes it up a notch higher and makes it a definite addition to anybody’s itinerary for island hopping in Maldives.
How to reach : Seaplane or boat transfer from Male Island
Things to do in Kuredu Island : Dine at the underwater restaurant and aircraft ride over the island for stunning views.
8. Vaadhoo Island – To Dip Your Toes In The Sea Of Stars
Among the other Maldivian Islands, Vaadhoo Island has something special to offer – a chance to witness nature’s magic at the ‘Sea of Stars’. The phenomenon of bioluminescence observed in the sea waters surrounding the island is truly a sight to behold – a special moment that can make your Maldives Island hopping tour, an experience of a lifetime.
How to reach : Flight or boat ride from Male Island
Things to do in Vaadhoo Island : Relax on the beaches during daytime and behold the ‘Sea of Stars’ at nightfall.
So there! You can easily see that every Maldivian Island is special in its own way. Pick your favourite island hopping cruise, and experience bliss on your next trip to Maldives!
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