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List of Islands of the Maldives

Maldives is a treasure trove of perfect bliss to the travellers yearning for charming beauty and sublime heights of luxury. Here are the best islands in Maldives to go sightseeing.


Uninhabited Islands

Perhaps the most pristine environments in all of Maldives, uninhabited islands do not have a permanent human habitation. Lined with breathtaking sandy beaches and natural attributes uninhabited islands are often visited by tourists as a part of island hopping excursions. Some of the more well known uninhabited islands in the Maldives includes Gaamathikulhudhoo, Beenaafushi, Dhapparuhuraa, Innafinolhu, Gaafushi and Kudafinolhu while Kudafinolhu, Dhigufaruhuraa, Maafinolhu and Govvaafushi are among the countless other uninhabited islands in the archipelago.


Inhabited Islands

Inhabited islands are recognized as towns, villages, fishing communities and farming sectors that comprise of human habitations are considered inhabited islands in Maldives. Chiefs are known as Katheeb in the local tongue in these islands and they act in the interest of the communities inhabiting his jurisdiction. Visiting these islands will give you a dose of culture and tradition as well as a chance to savour local home cooked Maldivian fare.


Disappeared Islands

Disappeared Islands in the Maldives comprise of islands that have eroded into the sea, submerged due to rising sea levels or have been integrated into other islands. Some of the disappeared islands hold important significance to the country's history and are recorded in the history books; in respect of this historical significance atolls such as Thiladoo and Addu have been named after these islands. Ilhadoo meaning 'seen first' is an atoll named to remember disappeared islands that were home to the first settlements.



The capital city of Maldives, Male is one of the islands that must visit. Serving as the hub of Maldives' administrative and cultural affairs, Male is filled with many attractions and things to see and experience. Conveniently accessible if you are staying in Dhaalu atoll hotels such as the PER AQUUM Niyama Maldives, the island of Male has many iconic landmarks such as the Grand Friday Mosque and the Islamic Centre, the National Museum of Maldives, Sultan Park and the Muliaage Palace. The shopping areas of Chaandhanee Magu, Orchard Magu, and Majeedhee Magu are also attractions that are sure worth visiting


Alimantha Island

Alimantha Island is one of the world famous islands in the Maldives owing to its amazing diving sites. Recently declared a protected diving zone by the Government of Maldives, Alimantha Island offers its visitors the whole Maldivian package – a beautiful island, warm turquoise waters, and a breathtaking coral reef which is ideal for diving. Thus, if you are a diving enthusiast you simply cannot afford to pass up a visit to this amazing island. Even if you aren't that into diving, the island is beautiful and serene and exploring the island and its beaches are sure to create lasting memories