Image Source Cocoa Island, Maldives.
Known for being one of the top sun destinations in the world, and a coveted destination that many travelers would love to strike off their dream travel itinerary, the Maldives, located just south of Sri Lanka, offer some of the most beautiful beaches and clearest turquoise waters in the world. The infamous island archipelago is a place of beauty and serenity. The Maldives resort islands offer charming white sand beaches, which sun worshippers and adrenalin junkies can enjoy equally. Bask in the hot sun and soak up some color or indulge in any number of water sports on offer, including snorkeling, diving, surfing and parasailing. Whatever your reason for visiting, the Maldives offer everyone a chance it enjoy nature at its best and a chance to relax and rejuvenate your body and soul.
Consisting of 26 ring-shaped coral islands or chains of islands, known as atolls, the Maldives offer a number of exciting and varying options for visitors looking for the perfect beach vacation. Thousands of years ago, the Maldives were rocked by volcanic eruptions, which slowly and gradually started to diminish. The volcanic activity led to the formation of beautiful coral atolls, which can rise thousands of meters above sea level and they offer the perfect habitat for marine life. Each atoll is looked after by an independent Atoll Chief, who is appointed by the President of the Malaysian Government. It is no small wonder that the Maldives are thought to be one of the best diving destinations in the world.
Haa Alif – The northernmost atoll in the Maldives.
North Kaafu Atoll
North Ari Atoll
Soneva Gili, Maldives
Maldives beaches are known for being almost flawless, but the ultra expensive Soneva Gili resort reigns supreeme for its over-water villa which come equipped with little luxuries that you never even knew you needed. The resort offers outdoor bathrooms, room service by speedboat, and a private butler service that will take you to deserted private beaches and entertain you with picnics on demand.
Seenu – The southernmost atoll in the Maldives.
South Kaafu Atoll
South Ari Atoll
Nalaguraidhoo Beach is known for being the most stunning beach in the Maldives.
Banyan Tree Island
Baa Atoll is located in the west of the Maldives atoll chain. It is formed of 75 islands. 13 of those islands are inhabited, and the overall population of Baa Atoll is just over 11,000. To date, five other islands are being developed into resorts, while the rest are uninhabited.
Baa Atoll consists of three separate atolls:
- Maalhosmadulu Atoll in the south, which consists of nine inhabited islands.
- The Fasd?ther? Atoll, which is wedged in between the two Maalhosmadulu Atolls and separated from north Maalhosmasdulu Atoll Moresby Channel
- Goifulhafehendhu Atoll
- Gnayivani Atoll is the smallest atoll in the Maldives.
- Raa Atoll
- Dhaalu Atoll
- Faafu Atoll
- Lhaviyani Atoll
- Meemu Atoll
- Vaavu Atoll
- Gaafu Alif is the largest atoll of the world.