Depending on your budget, you can either stay on resort islands or local islands.
Resort islands are famous for their iconic overwater bungalows, ocean view cinemas, and facilities that will make your jaw drop. Popular resorts include LUX* Resorts and the Four Seasons - which often come with the hefty price tag that the Maldives is known for!
On the other hand, the local islands are a great option for you to consider when booking a trip to the Maldives. With more and more local islands opening up to tourism, it's becoming a great way to see this beautiful country for only a fraction of the price.
Here are some of the popular local islands to visit:
Located 85-minutes via ferry ride away from the capital Malé, Thulusdhoo is one of the easiest local islands to get to.
There's a great selection of accommodation on the island for all budget types, as well as many activities to keep you entertained from paddle boarding to the pod of local dolphins that swim past most days. What's not to love?!
The island is also well known for its famous surf break 'cokes' - named after the Coca-Cola factory located nearby.
Take a 2-hour ferry from Malé and you'll find yourself in the beautiful island of Maafushi. It's popular with tourists for its sandy beaches, colourful houses and snorkeling.
This Maldives island makes for the perfect beach bum destination and can easily be linked up with visiting Fulidhoo.
A little more off the beaten path, Fulidhoo is certainly a little piece of paradise that's calling your name! With a ferry leaving Malé 3 times a week and only costing $4, it's certainly a must-visit.
Fulidhoo is known for its diving and being located in the heart of the channel means it's likely you'll get to see a variety of sharks, manta rays and turtles.