What are The Best Islands to Stay in The Maldives?

The Maldives is made up of approximately 1,900 islands, so choosing which is the best island to stay in is not an easy task. This incredible earthly paradise is located in the Indian Ocean, south of India.

With the information we provide below, we hope to help you decide which island is the one that best suits your needs. Of the almost two thousand islands that comprise this archipelago, only 188 are inhabited and distributed in 26 natural atolls.


What makes the Maldives special and, at the same time, so characteristic is that it is made up of small islands whose surface area rarely exceeds one square kilometer and whose maximum height is 2.4 meters above sea level. So it has earned the title of being the lowest country in the world.

On the island of Male is the capital of the Maldives, Male. It is the most populated island in the entire archipelago, it has 140,000 inhabitants in its scarce 5.8 square kilometers.


The magnificent resorts located on the most touristy islands are a claim for any self-respecting traveler who is looking for a dream vacation.

If you are looking for calm and solitude, you will find it in resorts where their staff will practically accompany you. If what you are looking for is more action and activity, there are also resorts equipped with all kinds of facilities and material, so you don’t stop for a second.




Located in the South Male Atoll, it is the most touristic island in the Maldives. This implies that it is an island with a large and varied hotel offer. It is perfect if you are looking to do activities related to the sea, such as diving, snorkeling, surfing, kayaking, etc., and it also has a spectacular “bikini beach.” To reach this magnificent Eden, you have two options from the island of Male. By ferry, whose transfer does not take just two hours, or by seaplane, whose duration does not reach one hour. All of the above make Maafushi the ideal destination for an active vacation. It is also an excellent starting point for an excursion to the wonderful sandbanks.




Also located in the South Malé Atoll, it boasts of being an underwater paradise. Highly recommended if what we want is to know the most genuine side and the customs of the locals. We will also find a “picnic island” (small uninhabited desert island) at a very short distance, so that the most daring can even swim. The great variety we find for diving lovers, its rich marine life, and its perfect visibility make Guraidhoo the best option if we want to dive in the Maldives.




Located in the South Male Atoll it has one of the most incredible resort complexes in the Maldives. When you think of the Maldives, you think of one of those huts raised above crystal clear waters from where we can look out in the morning when we wake up. In Dhigufinolhu, we can find the Anantara Dhigu Maldives Resort complex just 35 minutes by boat from the Malé airport. It shares the lagoon with the other two resorts, the Anantara Veli Maldives Resort and the Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas. The three as a whole offer us a paradisiacal landscape, with all kinds of luxuries, exclusive beaches, dreamy views, incredible sunsets, all of which will make you forget your worries, stress, and almost your name.




It is located in the North Malé Atoll, it is a good option, since it achieves the balance between tourist offers, local restaurants, and excellent hotels, which are combined perfectly with activities to do during our stay. It has an excursion and water sports center, where you can rent equipment to practice your favorite hobbies such as jet skiing, kayaking, paddle surfing, snorkeling, and much more. Dhiffushi welcomes us with a beautiful “bikini beach” to complete the experience, which will take us to the seventh heaven.




It is located on the North Ari Atoll 3 hours and 30 minutes from Malé by ferry. In it we find restaurants, souvenirs, hotels, resorts, all accompanied by a pleasant local atmosphere that gives it a charming air, making it special. From Rasdhoo, we can hire excursions to nearby points on the island that are ideal for snorkeling. Madivaru is a “picnic island with sandbank” to which you can take a nice excursion from Rasdhoo, yes, don’t forget your lunch as you won’t find restaurants there.


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