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Top 10 Local Islands to Visit in Maldives

Maldives is a dream destination for many people. The cruise, the exotic resorts, and the splendid natural beauty tend to attract tourists from all over the world. In addition to these luxurious facilities, the Maldives also has numerous local islands. For the first time traveler, it isn’t easy to short-list some of the best islands among so many of them.

To make this task easy, we bring you a list of Top 10 local islands in the Maldives. Have a look at them, and make your vacation planning a bit easier.

1. Maafushi

It is one of the most famous local islands which have become a popular tourist attraction. This island is quite budget-friendly. You can find a large number of shops and eateries and very affordable guesthouses. However, this leads to a lack of privacy. You will find a greater number of tourists even during off-seasons. You will not feel the peace that the Maldives is supposed to serve you on this island.

2. Ukulhas

Ukulhas is a local island of the North Ari atoll that offers budget tourism with various choices of guest houses and mini-hotels. It is known for good ecology, cleanliness and high marine biodiversity. Ukulhas inexpensive package is one of the best ways to discover the sun, sand and sea of the Maldives without spending a lot of money! Guests are allowed to dive into the local fishing community and get experience of authentic Maldives.

3. Rasdhoo

If you are a fan of exploring the aquatic life, then you must visit this island. It has a large variety of house reefs. You can even spot sharks and school of fishes to which will give you a spellbound view. If you are a fan of adventures, then again, you should visit this place. You will find some good diving points on this island to enjoy your day.

4. Hangnaameedhoo

This island is the best choice for budget friendly holiday in the Maldives. It offers a lot of activities for its tourists. From numerous water sports to relaxation on clear beach, everything is available. This place is most suitable for the one who wishes to explore the ‘real’ Maldives along with its culture and charm.

5. Thoddoo

This island is close to the capital of the Maldives, i.e., Male. It consists of a gigantic green farm and two beaches. However, the house reef is quite far from the beaches. This island is a satisfactory place for a family vacation.

6. Dhigurah

It is one of the longest local islands of the Maldives. It consists of long beaches and numerous corals. The beach’s resorts are quite affordable. Diving is also comparatively cheaper than on the other luxury resorts in Maldives. However, the restaurant’s quality might not satisfy you.

7. Mathiveri

It is a small island which consists of three beaches. There is a point on the island from where its all the four sides are visible. This point provides a very different view to the tourists.

You might find it challenging to find a good restaurant here. Some might be over expensive too. However, the resorts will always come to your rescue.

8. Dhangethi

The beach on this island is tiny but suitable for you if you are a fan of water sports. There are many options for diving activities available on this island. You can also find many eateries and local shops. These locations of the shops are in close vicinity from the point where you can spot the sharks and whales.

9. Kelaa

Known for having the most beautiful beaches, Kelaa Island is an inhabited island in the HaaAlifu atoll in the Maldives. When it opened its budget tourism in 2015, Kelaa has a handful of guest houses on the island, white beaches, a beautiful lagoon and an impressive sea life. Be it a solo trip, a honeymoon or a family vacation, everyone can find their own piece of paradise. The locals are very sympathetic and hospitable, and they will do everything for the unforgettable experience of their guests on Kelaa.  Guests who have visited Kelaa plan to return to the island again.

10. Fulhadhoo

Fulhadhoo is one of the local islands of Baa atoll in the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve Maldives. Fulhadhoo together with the two other local islands: Goidhoo and Fehendhoo, as well as several uninhabited islets, they form the Goidhoo atoll. Known for its crystal clear waters and beautiful sandy beaches, good snorkeling, comfortable budget accommodation and warm hospitality of local residents, Fulhadhoo is an excellent option for an inexpensive holiday. Travel is only 2 hours by speedboat from Malé International Airport (VIA).

It is a tough task to pick one island while traveling to the Maldives. However, choose the one which suits your hobby. Some islands are suitable for family vacations, while some are good for water sports.  Each island has its pros and cons. So, choose the one that suits your purpose.

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