Located southwest of India and Sri Lanka, the Maldives is a beautiful country that is made up of 1,192 tiny coral islands that form an archipelago of 27 atolls. If you love nature or just want to have the best time of your life by the beach, this country should be your next summer destination. There are hundreds of alluring Maldives beaches, and it is difficult to pinpoint which ones are the best. They are all among the best in the world. Here are just five of the Maldives beaches that you should check out.
Nalaguraidhoo Beach in South Ari Atoll is located in the beautiful island of Nalaguraidhoo, which locals refer to as “the flower of the Indies.” As you set your feet on this island’s powdery white beach, you are sure to be among those who stand speechless at the beauty of this place. The sand is blinding white as it reflects the scorching tropical sun while the turquoise water is so clear that you shall not be able to help yourself in diving in for a snorkel. And as though the beach itself is not enough to impress you, the island also has colorful corals very near the shore that makes for a perfect snorkeling experience. But what’s really amazing is that you don’t need to jump into the water to see the corals and tiny fish. The water is so clear you can stand from a distance to enjoy the underwater view. Everything that you imagine about Paradise is here in Nalaguraidhoo. It is perfect for swimming, snorkeling, sunbathing, strolling, fishing, dining and simply beach bumming.
Second is Banyan Tree Island, and this place is definitely a must-visit. Located only 20 minutes by boat from the Male International Airport, you can book a package to Banyan Tree that comes complete with meals and accommodations in your own private beach and villa. The reef house is very relaxing, while the flower aroma treatments and massages are to die for. And after you tire from a day of swimming and snorkeling, relax to a night of cultural evening shows that feature beautiful Maldivian dancers moving to traditional drum beats.
Third in your list should be Cocoa Beach simply for its white sand and crystal clear water. This is one of the many Maldives beaches that is never without guests. It is just half an hour drive from the airport.
Another beach near the airport is the Nika Island Resort. It’s one of the smallest beaches in the Maldives but equally as enchanting. You can walk from end to end in just 10 minutes. The real beauty of this resort is that you can have it all by yourself – your own private beach in the middle of the Indian Ocean. There is a house reef and lagoon for a perfect day of swimming and snorkeling.
Finally, make sure to check out Paradise Island. There is good reason why this island is named this way. About 10 km from the airport or 20 minutes away by speed boat, Paradise Island is a well-known luxury resort that offers rooms on stilts with an amazing view of the sea. Watching sunsets and sunrises is just spectacular.
These are just five Maldives beaches among many more. You can never go wrong. The Maldives is truly paradise on earth.