In an article about beaches in Maldives, you won’t find a ranking of the best beaches because it simply doesn’t exist. With 3,000 beaches spread across 1,200 coral islands, each beach boasts palm trees, white sands, crystal-clear warm oceans, and coral reefs. Since all of the country’s islands are of coral origin, all the beaches in Maldives are located right on coral. However, let me tell you about the peculiarities of the beaches and beach vacations in this country.
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Beaches in Maldives: general information
Here are the main points regarding beaches in this country:
- The Maldives consists of 1,200 islands, with any island larger than 2 by 2 kilometers being considered a large island. Most islands are much smaller.
- Beaches surround any island’s perimeter (except for the capital, Malé). Some are equipped for leisure, while others are not.
- All beaches in Maldives are sandy, with predominantly fine, white sand. The water’s entry is shallow, and there’s never any depth right away since all the islands are of coral origin. The cliff starts where the coral reef ends. The reefs of any island can be well seen on satellite images on Google Maps.
Important note:if you’re staying on a resort island, any beach on the island is open and accessible for sunbathing in a bikini swimwear. However, if you’re on a local island, tourists can only sunbathe in such swimwear on special bikini beaches.
Follow the link to an article for those who don’t fully understand the difference between a local island and a resort island. There, you’ll also learn where to go for the best vacation experience.
All about bikini beaches in Maldives
Let’s start with some general information:
- The Maldives is a Muslim country, and quite conservative at that.
- If you sunbathe in a bikini swimwear on the island’s public beaches where locals also relax, you will offend their religion. Tourists have their own designated beaches where they can sunbathe.
Interesting fact:A swimsuit that exposes elbows, shoulders, and knees is already considered a bikini in the Maldives. The term “bikini” here refers not only to bikini swimsuits but to all types of swimwear, women’s swimsuits, and clothing worn by Europeans for sunbathing in any country in the world.
Locals are not allowed on bikini beaches, but tourists are free to roam anywhere. However, sunbathing in a swimsuit is only allowed on designated bikini beaches.
It’s important to understand that tourists are welcome on any local island. Each island tries to designate the best part of the shore for the bikini beach.
However, it’s still important to carefully choose local islands for your vacation. There are islands where the bikini beach is long, has a great reef, and is suitable for children. The island’s municipal services also keep it well-maintained. But there are islands where the bikini beach is tiny, without a reef, and quite dirty compared to others.
Here are two useful articles on this topic:
- Trends in Maldives tourism and whether it’s worth visiting
- How to travel to the Maldives independently or on a budget
Here’s a list of local islands with big, beautiful, clean bikini beaches that I definitely recommend: Ukulhas, Dhigurah, Thoddoo, and Rasdhoo.
And here are the places I don’t recommend, where everything is much worse: Gulhi, Guraidhoo, and Maafushi.
Beach features in the Maldives: what can spoil your vacation
The beaches in Maldives are not just a paradise vacation spot; they have their own characteristics and even dangers that you need to know about.
- There are no sea urchins in the water here, but there are stonefish that you can step on and injure your foot, and there are also many small dead corals everywhere that can easily cut your foot. It is mandatory to have insurance coverage and coral shoes. However, 90% of tourists walk barefoot and are still alive, so it’s up to you to decide.
- The beach cleaning process is different on each island, and in general, it is endless. They clean the beach in the morning, but by evening, the ocean brings more debris to the shore. Therefore, some beaches are dirtier than others.
- Not all beaches in Maldives have shade; some areas are without it. Be careful. The Maldives are located on the equator, and nobody pays attention to the air temperature, which is around 30 degrees Celsius year-round. You need to check the UV index. The sun is deadly; you can get sunburned with blisters within 30 minutes, especially for children.
- And don’t forget that the closer the end of the coral reef is to the beach (the distance is different everywhere), the stronger the lateral current. When you swim to the outer side of the reef, without fins, you may not be able to return to the shore due to the strong currents.
- Read about currents and dangers on the reef during snorkeling in a separate article via the link.
In conclusion, the beaches in Maldives and beach vacations on any island are beautiful. If you are traveling on a package tour to a resort island, you don’t have to worry at all; you’ll end up on a paradise beach anyway. For independent travelers, I recommend choosing the “right” local island, and then you’ll have just as much fun as in paradise.
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