Considered to be one of the most beautiful tropical islands in the world, Maldives has left a long-lasting impression on travellers especially due to its opulent beaches. While it may be famous for luxury, some offbeat destinations in the Maldives have attracted travellers of all types to its islands. Be it scuba diving or lazing on the white-sand beaches, this island nation has everything to offer for a deep pocket traveller. However, many new places that have come up in recent times are budget-friendly and are perfect for those seeking authentic local experiences.
So, what are these offbeat destinations in Maldives island that are attracting travellers across the globe? Let’s find out!
Located on the northernmost atoll of Maldives, Utheemu has a historical significance to it. Once home to Sultan Mohamed Thakurufaanu who is well-known for driving out the Portuguese from the Maldives, Utheemu is now famous for its sky blue waters and a gorgeous palace built from timber where the Sultan grew up. The heritage site of Utheemu Ganduvaru is a distinct feature of this island nation decorated by pristine beaches and luxurious resorts.
Yet another place in the Maldives with some historical significance is Feydhoo. During WWII, Feydhoo became home to people of Gan (a nearby Island) and was later transformed into an airbase by the British troops. Since then, people living in the pristine alleys of Feydhoo have called it their home and decorated it with their beautiful walkways and lip-smacking seafood.
3. Thulusdhoo Island
This undiscovered jewel in Male Atoll is a great place for surfing and enjoying a barbeque evening with locals on their antique fishing boats. Apart from the obviously beautiful beaches, Thulusdhoo carries the calming yet upbeat vibe of a Caribbean island.
If you are looking for some offbeat destinations in Maldives that are away from the rest of the island chains, then Fuvahmulah is one of those places! Fuvahmulah’s best-kept secret is an inland lake called Dhadimagi Khilli, which is, in fact, a rare sight in the whole of the Maldives. You can also embrace the beauty of a golden sunset from the old lighthouse at the northernmost tip of the atoll.
One single resort occupies the entire isle of Kuredu which nestles in the Maldivian archipelago. Along with rustic bamboo shacks and bungalows that stand in the sea like cranes, the resort also has a beautiful verandah that flirts with the elegant waves. Kuredu is also considered to be one of the most well-equipped locations for snorkelling and scuba diving in Maldives.
6. COMO Cocoa Island
The tiny tropical nation in the Indian ocean is quite proud of its white sandy beaches and COMO Cocoa definitely takes the cake for being the prettiest one. With approximately 30 resorts and water villas, the island is a popular destination for a serene rendezvous with the ocean accompanied by a luxurious stay at any of its resorts.
7. Kunfunadhoo Island
A beautiful symphony created by the waves and a romantic candlelight dinner that decks up the whole beach makes Kunfunadhoo Island a sought after luxurious destination in Maldives. If you are looking for nothing but some splurging on an extravagant resort in Maldives, then this island is a perfect place to experience that. For many years now, it has been hailed as one of the most indulgent places in the country thanks to its infinity pools, swim-up bars, and a dining escapade on a private sandbank.
8. Banana Reef
This place needs no introduction! Considered to be the most beautiful location for Scuba Diving, Banana Reef is a colourful world of corals beneath the North Male Atoll. Scuba divers arrive here in numbers to spot Reef Sharks, Barracudas, Manta Ray, and the vibrant corals sculpted by the underwater currents. Do not miss out on this destination if you would like to spend some time in a calm environment of the underwater world.
The beauty of Maldives lies in its tranquil beaches and romantic vibe that exudes from them. But at the same time, adventure junkies can experience the adrenaline by surfing, snorkelling and diving in the vast Indian Ocean that surrounds this tropical nation. So without any further delay, pack your swimsuits, sunscreen, and a beach body to experience a luxurious and adventurous retreat in Maldives!
While exploring the capital city of Maldives may not seem like the most ideal thing to do with your significant other, Maldives breaks this notion skillfully. The capital city of Male is a bustling metropolis surrounded by unimaginable beauty and manmade marvels, galore. Being a small cosmopolitan, you can take a walk around town and cover almost all the major landmarks.