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Island Hopping in the Maldives

February 19 2019

Synonymous with luxury island living, the Maldives, with it’s glittering azure waters and world-class, palm tree-lined beaches, is the ultimate holiday destination for those seeking serenity. This tropical haven is the quintessential destination for discerning travellers looking to soak up some vitamin D in the most sublime of settings and where luxury comforts abound. 
While lazing in the sweet magnificence of an exclusive island resort is certainly alluring, this sublime destination is made up of some 200 inhabited islands (of the approximately 1 200 islands in the archipelago), and it would definitely be branching out from your dream-like resort islands and seeing how diverse the destination actually is by exploring some of the local islands. 
Interested in island hopping in the Maldives? These are some of the best islands to visit to get a true sense of this gorgeous holiday destination:


Male Maldives

If you are the type of traveller who searches for unforgettable and authentic moments while on holiday, then Malé should definitely be a stop during your island hopping excursion in the Maldives (best as either the starting or the end point of your island hopping tour). This fascinating city is remarkably small and hugely busy, but it still offers a wondrous array of things to see and do. From historical, religious and cultural sites as well as an artificial beach to local markets, phenomenal shops and excellent restaurants, Malé has a little something for anyone interested in island hopping in the Maldives.
If you do decide to stop off in Malé while island hopping in the Maldives, then while you are there, you might as well make the most of its easily accessible neighbouring island, Hulhumalé. Found a stone’s throw from the capital city, this is the island where the international airport can be found. Technically an artificial island, it has an array of local restaurants and shops that are well worth exploring. 



Located in the Kaafu Atoll, this wonderful local island is home to vivid houses, quaint local shops and incredible locals and you would never guess it had been extremely hard hit by the tsunami in 2004. Apart from the shimmering turquoise waters and sublime beaches, this fascinating island is now also where you can find more budget-friendly accommodation (as of 2010) as well as an array of stunning local eateries and shops. It gives travellers an insight into the Maldivian culture and the daily lives of the locals. You can also indulge in a wealth of water-based activities here or simply soak up the sunshine on one of the picturesque beaches. 
A charming, unassuming island (one of the smallest in the Maldives) in the Vaavu Atoll, Fulidhoo is the perfect stop while you are island hopping in the Maldives, especially for travellers who enjoy something a little more off the beaten path. This wonderfully crowd-free island allows wild-hearted travellers an opportunity to explore an exceptional little local island at their own pace. Enjoy the views of the pristine ocean at sunset from the soft, sugar-white Bikini Beach and make the most of the local food and snacks. This hidden gem, just 2 hours from Maafushi, is a must-see. 
Situated in the Gaafu Dhaalu Atoll (it’s actually considered the capital of this atoll), this sparkling oasis is perfect for sea lovers and sun worshippers. An island that actually boasts a rich, albeit chequered and complicated history, Thinadhoo is today a stunning place with incredible locals (who speak their own dialect of Dhivehi), mosques, schools, stunning houses and picture-perfect beaches. 
The house reef here thrives with an array of magical, vibrant fish and crystalline waters that make for excellent snorkelling. 



Island hopping in the Maldives wouldn’t be complete without a stop/stay at one of the incredible luxury resort islands, boasting magnificent hotels, facilities and experiences that you would struggle to find elsewhere in the world. One such island is Kanuhura, which rises out of the sparkling teal waters of the Lhaviyani Atoll. A mere 40-minute seaplane ride will take you from Malé to this dazzling haven, with stunning accommodation, glorious beaches and sumptuous, world-class food. Styled with ‘gypsetters’ in mind, this sensational resort perfectly balances stylish elements with romantic whimsy. Open to families and couples, this high-end establishment is the perfect place for an exclusive getaway in paradise. 
Kanuhura is 1.4km long with immaculate beaches on every side and elegant, light rooms that boast a sophisticated bohemian flair. Any holiday here is enhanced by top-notch culinary experiences, water sports, novel classes and so much more—it truly is the ultimate resort island, the type where your island holiday dreams can become a reality. 
Looking to treat yourself to a holiday of a lifetime at the five-star Kanuhura? Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.

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