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How to choose which Maldives island to visit

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With their pristine beaches, crystal clear waters and year-round hot weather, it’s little wonder that millions of holidaymakers are drawn to the pearlescent white sands of the Maldives each year.

Many of the islands here are tiny, and are privately owned by the resorts that sit upon them. This means that guests to these resorts often share the island only with the resort’s staff, creating a unique opportunity to indulge in true tranquility.

No two islands in the Maldives are the same. These tiny specks in the Indian Ocean are all different shapes and sizes, some are scattered with palm trees, others surrounded by colourful coral reefs. Some seem to be crafted especially for honeymooners, whilst others are geared up more towards the perfect family holiday.

Which enclave you choose to stay on is up to you, but we recommend doing a little bit of research first to ensure you’re going to get the most from your island getaway. In this handy guide, we’ll explore the Maldives based on the kind of holiday you’re after, so you can get a feel for the islands prior to making that booking!

For couples and honeymooners


Located on the tiny island of Makunufushi in the South Malé Atoll, the Cocoa Island by COMO resort is a heavenly escape that’s perfect for couples and honeymooners. This is actually one of the smallest resorts in the Indian Ocean, so it’s a wonderful choice for couples looking for a secluded getaway, far away from the stresses of modern life.

Feel the pristine white sand between your toes as you take a romantic stroll along the coastline with your other half, or opt for a private beach dining experience and watch the sun set over the ocean. For an extra special treat, why not celebrate your love by enjoying a champagne breakfast at sunrise? You could even indulge in a couple’s treatment at the luxury spa - the possibilities are endless.

The Jumeirah Vittaveli resort is located on the stunning Bolifushi island, and is just a 20 minute catamaran ride from the Malé International Airport. The resort is made up of 89 sea villas and suites, offering a romantic seclusion that can’t be found in other hotels.

This idyllic resort features four world-class restaurants, including a beachside dining experience that’s known to be among the most romantic eateries in the world. Sip an exquisite cocktail in Bar-ee, or book a candlelit feast under the stars - the perfect surprise for the love of your life.

For families

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Located on the island of Kanuhura in the Lhaviyani Atoll, the Kanuhura Maldives resort is just a 35 minutes seaplane journey from Malé International Airport - so once you touch down the kids won’t have to endure much more travelling.

With kid-friendly restaurant menus, a children’s pool and a fantastic kids’ club, your little ones will never be short of things to occupy them during your dream holiday. The kids’ club offers activities including beach and water sports, and pirate games, as well as welcome and parting gifts. If you have younger children, each villa offers in-room amenities including bottle sterilisers, high chairs and baby cots.

For a truly luxurious family experience, Soneva ticks all the boxes. Located on the tiny Kunfunadhoo island, this spectacular resort features an onsite ice cream parlour, with 65 colourful flavours to choose from. If cocoa’s more your game, visit the chocolate room for an explosion of delicious treats - from truffles to tarts, pralines to profiteroles and everything in between - the chocoholic in you will be in heaven!

For snorkelers and scuba divers


If you enjoy scuba diving, the Maldives is the perfect destination for your holiday. The green island of Biyadhoo has a plethora of diving opportunities. The PADI Diving Centre is perfect for beginner, intermediate and advanced divers, and has all the equipment you’ll need to have a fantastic diving experience. Experienced divers are welcome to bring their own equipment and store it in the wet room.

Angaga island resort that’s located in the South Ari Atoll, and is praised for having one of the best house reefs in the whole of the Maldives. Hailed as a snorkeler’s paradise, here you’ll be able to see shoals of tropical fish, as well as colourful coral through crystal clear waters.

No matter what kind of holiday you’re looking for, the Maldives are a wonderful choice. Discover our Maldives holidays and jet off on the getaway of a lifetime.