Given the massive selection of perfect beaches in the Maldives it can be so difficult to find the best ones. But here’s a guide to the top 20 to help you decide!
This is a rather unique place to visit since the island is quite large and yet the village itself is small. Whether you choose to visit the village or not, you can expect several miles of perfect beaches (which you’ll very often get to yourself), lush vegetation and a sandy spit from where you can watch the most amazing sunsets in utter peace and quiet. Getting here is fairly easy too – it’s just over 2 hours by chartered seaboat from Male airport; which just one change en route when the final boat ride, lasting around 15 minutes, transports you to the island.
Nestled on the Maldivian Baa Atoll with its own unique strip of sand, this beach is perfect for exploring, especially on a honeymoon , since its location enables you to visit three other uninhabited islands. The beach itself is dotted with tall palm trees and its large lagoon makes for a great place to swim. There are two ways of getting to the island – one is via seaplane from Male International Airport (which takes around half an hour); and the other is by flying into Dharavandhoo (around 20 minutes from Male) before taking the hotel’s speedboat for the remaining 10 minute journey.
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Being an exclusive private island in Baa Atoll, the beaches here are excellent and quite distinct from each other. Whilst some beach areas are dotted with palm trees other parts of the coastline has more bush vegetation, making it more typically Maldivian. Entry into the water is quite sandy but the coral gardens make for excellent snorkeling opportunities . You can reach the island by seaplane, which takes around half an hour from Male airport – otherwise you can catch a domestic flight to the island of Dharavandhoo, which is about 20 minutes away and then take the 15 minute journey onto the island via the hotel’s speedboat.
Renowned as being one of the local islands in South Ari atoll, Dhigurah has a perfectly secluded beach to the south which ends with a gorgeous sandpit; perfect for sunbathing. It’s also one of the best places in the Maldives to dive with whale sharks and there are a few good dive centres for anyone wishing to explore slightly further afield than the typical beachside snorkelling places. You can reach the island by taking the MTCC ferry to Mahibadhoo from Male airport which takes just over 4 hours and then taking the number 308 ferry to the island (a further 1 hour 40 minutes each way). Ferry services are limited so it’s worth checking these in advance.
This is another private island on the South Ari atoll which offers a beautiful yet varied beach which is considered quite typical of the Maldives. The sea bed here is sandy with a comfortable water depth, making it perfect for swimming and there are no breakwaters. To the north of the island you’ll find a long sandspit where, at low tide, you can even walk to Dhigurah island. To get to the island you need to fly by seaplane from Male airport, which takes around 30 minutes.
Known for being popular as a beach resort , this island offers perfect white sand, palm trees and clear water – simply everything a holiday in the Maldives should be. It’s also perfect for both snorkeling and diving and can be reached by the hotel’s speedboat which takes around 50 minutes from Male airport.
Not far from the capital city, this private island offers a perfect tropical escape with perfect white sand and palms which hang lazily over the water. For those wishing to snorkel there’s a good house reef and the beaches are everything you’d expect them to be. Being just 20 minutes via speedboat from Male airport visitors should expect a little noise from passing seaplanes although these certainly don’t spoil the whole ambience of it all.
Being the closest beach to the international airport, this resort has no reef so whilst snorkelling opportunities aren’t available there’s still a gorgeous beach to relax on and in fact it’s very typically Maldivian in every sense of the word. The island is easily reached by the hotel’s boat; just remember that being so close to the airport you’ll also see and hear the planes passing over.
Offering a perfect beach with palms and lush white sands, this private island in the South Ari atoll offers great access to the water albeit without any corals. During the daytime free boat rides are offered to the neighbouring island of Lonubo which itself has a further pretty beach and plenty of space to sunbathe in peace. Getting here is simple too; it’s simply a 25 minute flight by seaplane from Male airport.
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If you’re looking for something perfectly quiet then the beaches on this small island are usually deserted and there’s also a home reef for those wishing to snorkel. To get to the island you simply need to take the hotel’s speedboat from Male airport, which takes around 40 minutes.
This particular island is absolutely beautiful and the beaches are amazing – however a breakwater does tend to restrict the view to the water so be sure this won’t affect your enjoyment. Other than that, the sand is gorgeous and it’s just a 10 minute boat ride from the airport, which makes it a great choice for families with younger children.
This is a super luxurious resort and each bungalow has its own perfect beach for that added touch of luxury. Snorkelling opportunities are good here too; just beware of the strong currents that can quickly move you out into the open ocean. Getting to the island is really easy since it’s just a 30 minute boat ride from the airport in the hotel’s own speedboat.
The beach here is gorgeous and there tend to be no waves which make it a great place to swim from. The sea bed is really sandy although there can be a few broken corals to look out for! To get to the island you simply take the seaplane from Male airport which takes around 30 minutes.
For some of the best beaches on the Maldives, Thoddoo is definitely the place to head for . Situated on the North Ari atoll the island is also home to many fruits such as a watermelons and bananas (although, ironically, they’re not often sold on the island!). Getting to the island is via ferry from Male to Rasdhoo island on the Route 304 ferry, which takes just over 3 hours and then via the 303 ferry to the island which takes a further hour. Alternatively there’s a daily speedboat from Male to the island which takes just 1 hour 20 minutes.
Boasting beautiful white sand and a long sandspit this private island is definitely worth a visit if you want something a bit more lively than the other resorts. The island itself is big, beautiful and dotted with palm trees, giving it a truly beachside feel for those wishing to sunbathe or stroll in the sun. To get to the island you need to take a domestic flight to Maamigili airport from Male and then take the 10 minute journey by the hotel's own boat.
This island is perfect for snorkelling since there’s a reef just 10m off the coast and good entry into the waters. The beach has beautiful white sand and trees for a truly tropical fee. Although it can be too shallow to swim at low tide, swimming is always possible outside of the reef which is safe enough even for children. To get to the island you simply take a hydroplane from Male which takes around 25 minutes, although you can expect to wait for the plane on occasion.
This is an artificial island boasting the longest coastline in the Maldives. Suffice it to say, the beach is perfect almost everywhere and the water has no stones or shells either. In fact, the only downside to the island is that there are no snorkelling opportunities. To get to the island you need to take the hotel’s luxury, high-speed yacht from Male airport, which takes around 40 minutes.
This island boasts some fabulous beaches which are overlooked by huge water villas. On the north coast you’ll find palm groves and sandspits which make for a great place to explore although, being just 25 minutes from Male airport by speedboat, you can expect to see seaplanes flying over the island at certain times of the day.
Whichever beach you choose during your visit to Maldives it’s very unlikely you’ll be left disappointed. Put simply, they’re perfect.