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:

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

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 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!

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.

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

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