Best beaches in the Maldives 2024

Discovering the Best Beaches in the Maldives 2024

Are you yearning for a slice of tropical paradise? Look no further than the Maldives, an exquisite archipelago nestled in the heart of the Indian Ocean. With its pristine beaches, crystal-clear waters, and vibrant marine life, the Maldives beckons travelers from around the globe to experience its unparalleled beauty.

Cocoa Island

Whether you are looking for a romantic retreat or a fun family holiday the COMO Cocoa Island is a dream destination for both. Crystal-clear water and powder-white sandy beaches await you in, what can only be described as, paradise.

The COMO Cocoa Island is a peaceful sanctuary that will provide a break from your bustling world, where you can be lulled into relaxation or catapulted into adventure – whichever suits you.

With its tropical weather, the Maldives are perfect for traveling year round. From the incredible staff, to the fine dining, beautiful villas, and assortment of activities to do, the COMO Cocoa Island has guests wanting to stay forever in this little slice of heaven.

Located in South Malé Atoll, this private paradise is 40 minutes from Malé airport. Reach your destination with a bird’s eye view from a seaplane or by water via private transport offered by the resort.

Surrounded by a blanket of blue sea, the COMO Cocoa Island resort rests on an island known by the locals as Makunufushi. It is situated in North Malé, a less populated area of the island, making it a prime location for guests who desire a quieter and undisturbed stay.

Embark on a journey to Cocoa Island, a luxurious hideaway in the South Malé Atoll. Here, you’ll find the renowned COMO Cocoa Island resort, where sugar-sand beaches and crystal-clear waters await. Dive into the live coral reefs on a scuba diving adventure, or simply bask in the privacy and serenity of this idyllic island retreat.

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Best beaches in the Maldives 2024
Best beaches in the Maldives 2024

Landaa Giraavaru: Where Luxury Meets Wilderness

Experience the epitome of luxury at Landaa Giraavaru, home to a Four Seasons resort that promises an unforgettable escape. Immerse yourself in the natural UNESCO Biosphere Reserve wilderness, where iridescent blues and dazzling whites collide.

From serene beaches to vibrant marine life, this paradisaical island offers a sanctuary for the soul. Bask in the million-dollar views of Blu Beach with its kilometre of white sand, meandering sand spit and more-than-Michelin-starred dining at Blu Beach Club. Snorkel with mantas; rehabilitate sea turtles; and experience world-class wellness at AyurMa, a haven for people and the planet.

Fulhadhoo Island: Unspoiled Beauty Beckons

Fulhadhoo is one of the most beautiful islands of the Baa Atoll, a veritable lost paradise in the middle of the Indian Ocean. Despite that Fulhadhoo falls within the bounds of the administrative territory of the Baa atoll, geographically it lies significantly far away from a great part of other inhabited islands, and at that far away from busy sea and tourist routes. This means that the ocean by the Fulhadhoo island abounds in coral reefs, and hundreds of equatorial fish school here, while dolphins and turtles have no fear of humans.

This is a great place for those who love snorkeling and freediving. More than fifteen uninhabited islets surround Fulhadhoo, giving joy with their sandbanks which you can visit for swimming and relaxation far away from civilization.

Seeking tranquility and untouched beauty? Fulhadhoo Island beckons with its powdery white sands and swaying palm trees. Escape the crowds and discover serenity like never before on this hidden gem of the Maldives.

Hulhumale: A Vibrant Escape

Conveniently located near the capital city of Malé, Hulhumale offers a vibrant escape for both locals and tourists alike. Stroll along the promenade, soak up the sun on the sandy shores, or indulge in thrilling water sports activities for an unforgettable day by the sea.

Hulhumale Island is located very close to the Maldivian capital, Male. It is an artificial island that was planned for decongesting the population of Male. It has a pretty coastline and is very less crowded. Thus, it is perfect for you if you are looking for some privacy and peace. Being a less touristy place, it is the most sought-after island among honeymooners. The best time to visit here is from December to April.

A vacation in Hulhumale Island is not less than a dream come true. Each resort there provides its occupants with exclusive tranquillity as it is an enclave perched on an individual island. It is the best place to spend quality time with your better half. Imagine waking up on a beautiful island amidst lush greenery, turquoise sea, and serene soft white sand while you are here. It is the perfect place where you can create unforgettable memories with your sweetheart. There is so much to do here that can never be compiled in a list.

Veligandu Island: Luxury Redefined

Indulge in luxury at Veligandu Island, where upscale resorts and exclusive amenities await discerning travelers. Whether you’re unwinding in a private villa with direct beach access or pampering yourself with a spa treatment overlooking the ocean, this island paradise offers the ultimate in relaxation and indulgence.

Veligandu Island Resort & Spa is located in the east of the Rasdhoo Atoll. A whimsical tropical paradise of swaying palm trees, powdery sand beaches, crystal clear water and exuberant coral reefs, teeming with abundant marine life. This lush island escape offers privacy and tranquillity that nourishes one’s wellbeing. The island extends over approximately 22 hectares and is 25 minutes by plane from Malé International Airport

Bikini Beach, Rasdhoo: Thrills and Adventure

For those seeking a lively atmosphere and water sports galore, Bikini Beach in Rasdhoo is the place to be. Dive into the underwater wonders of the Maldives, or simply soak up the sun on the vibrant shores of this public beach.

Rasdhoo has a public beach, “Bikini Beach”, where bikini bathing is allowed (no nudity). The guesthouses provide sufficient towels for a trip to the beach, and those located directly on the beach also offer deck chairs. You can also bring a beach mat or buy one at one of the souvenir shops.

Numerous other activities are on offer, e. g. snorkelling, day and night fishing, day trips to “Picknick Island” or to Kuramati Resort etc. Each room at the Palm Residence also has a small brochure listing the activities, and the staff are always there to help with arrangements.

Maafushi Island: Island Charm and Cultural Delights

Experience the laid-back charm of Maafushi Island, where local culture meets pristine natural beauty. Immerse yourself in island life, sample delicious Maldivian cuisine, and witness breathtaking sunsets over the horizon.

The most popular of the local islands, Maafushi, is also the best-budget island in the Maldives. Occupying just over 1 KM (1275 meters in length) and 265 meters in width, it is one of the inhabited islands of Kaafu Atoll and the largest of the local islands.

It is easy to orient yourself when on the island. The North beach is usually reserved for watersports; the bikini beach occupies a small portion of it. You can see many hotels and water sports centers along the beach. The South Beach is more of a local beach and is usually empty. Around 1,500 people live on this island, and yet it somehow doesn’t feel overcrowded.

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Thulusdhoo Island: Surfer’s Paradise

Surfers and beach lovers flock to Thulusdhoo Island for its world-class waves and laid-back vibe. Whether you’re catching your first wave or seeking the ultimate surfing experience, this beach promises adventure and excitement on the water.

The island has its own bikini beach, reserved specifically for tourists. The beach is small and fenced from the ocean with blocks of stones. In addition, the area of the island was extended by an artificial embankment on the east side, which is not yet built up.

There’s actually a pretty decent reef just outside the boat entrance, and there’s heaps of fish and beautiful coral.  If you’re lucky, you might even be surrounded by dolphins who swim nearby the island.

Outside Thingiri snorkeling point is definitely for you. There you’ll surely see sharks and manta rays and other bright and spectacular underwater flora and fauna.

Ukulhas Island: Eco-Friendly Oasis

For eco-conscious travelers, Ukulhas Island is a shining example of sustainable tourism practices. Discover pristine beaches, clear waters, and a commitment to preserving the natural beauty of the Maldives for generations to come.

This island is a perfect place for families with small children because the distance from the beach to hotels is a maximum of 100 m. Ukulhas is very popular among Italians, about 80% of tourists are from there.

There is almost no garbage on Ukulhas, as on many local islands. Moreover, the island is considered one of the most environmentally friendly in the Maldives and in 2014 received the award from the government.

Opposite the bikini-beach, there is a long and beautiful house reef with live soft and hard corals. Many fish, including huge schools of parrotfish, can be seen during a snorkel. Also, almost every day you will see stingrays, small cuttlefish, turtles, and octopuses. Sometimes there are even mantas! I saw only once mantas during the off-season.

In the northern part of the island, there is a lagoon with a coral reef. A couple of years ago there were some alive corals, but not so long ago I swam there, and no sharks, no stingrays, no live corals, only some fish.

Truly large schools of fish, living corals, and manta rays can only be seen during a snorkeling safari.

Dhigurah Island: Marine Wonderland

Embark on a marine adventure at Dhigurah Island, where whale sharks and manta rays await eager snorkelers and divers. Explore vibrant coral reefs, swim alongside majestic marine creatures, and create memories that will last a lifetime.

Dhigurah is located 96 km southeast of Male in southern Ari Atoll. The length of the island is almost 4 km, the width (in the widest part) is 300 m. The island narrows in a southward direction and ends with a sandbank.

The entire western part of the island is occupied by the beach (it’s around 4 km!). Nowadays, not many dead corrals can be found here. The beach is lined with palm trees, which provide natural shade from the sun and create a tropical ambiance.

The bottom of the beach is sandy and comfortable for swimming. Great for children. On the southern edge of the beach is a road that runs through the jungle. The whole way is about 3 km. If you wish, you can go along the beach, but at high tide, it will be not so easy. The island ends with a long sandbank that leads to the neighboring island of LUX South Ari. There you will find a sign warning you to ban visits to this resort.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Best time to visit the Maldives?

The dry season from December to April is generally considered the best time to visit.

How to get to the Maldives?

Most visitors arrive by plane to Malé International Airport.

Do I need a visa for the Maldives?

Visa requirements vary by nationality, so it’s important to check before traveling.

What currency is used in the Maldives?

The Maldivian Rufiyaa is the local currency, but USD is widely accepted.

What are typical things to do in the Maldives besides the beach?

Snorkeling, diving, surfing, watersports, and cultural experiences are popular activities.

Are there any all-inclusive resorts in the Maldives?

Yes, many resorts offer all-inclusive packages. Please, be aware before processing your booking order review all details service which are exclusive from your order.

How much does a trip to the Maldives typically cost?

The Maldives can be expensive, so research costs based on your desired experience.

With each beach offering its own unique charm and allure, the Maldives is truly a paradise waiting to be explored. So pack your bags, grab your sunscreen, and prepare for an unforgettable journey to the best beaches the Maldives has to offer. Paradise awaits!

“The Maldives is not a place, it’s an experience. An experience of forgetting the world and finding yourself.” – Anonymous

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