Spend the Holidays Island Hopping in the Maldives

The MaldivesYou know the drill. You try to pick out the best sweater or tie for the in-laws. You argue over whether you’ll visit Podunk, Ohio or Podunk, Nebraska. You get the snow tires…. OK. Enough of that. Really. Enough. Instead, this year, pack your swimming suit and sunblock and forego the arguments. Head to the Maldives and go island hopping instead.

1192 corals islands spread across 26 atolls, Maldives is a place that inspires adventure and excitement. Because there are so many islands, island hopping is really the best way to experience the Maldives. Depending on your interests, you can choose an island hopping experience that is tailored to your hobbies. Here is a possible itinerary to give you an idea of an island adventure. You can hire tour companies or make your own way.

Day One:

Land in Male.

Day Two:

Male to South Male.

From the airport in Male, you can get a speedboat taxi or a tour guide to take you from Male to an island resort. The entire boat ride will take no more than 30 minutes!

Day Three to Five:

From South Male, you’ll cruise over to Biyadhoo Island, a simple old-school island that is surrounded by an incredible reef where you can find amazing snorkeling. Here you’ll discover a great cave full of fish and shrimp. You can organize a trip with a diving company that can show you currents that will impress the best divers out there.

Day Six to Nine:

From Biyadhoo Island, you can head to Ari Atoll. Here you can go to Kuramathi just one hour away.

Day Ten to Fourteen:

From Kuramathi head to Makunudu.

On Makundu, you’ll feel like you’re the only people in the world. Windsurfing, kayaking and diving will be incredible in this clear-blue water. At the end of the day, enjoy an Oceanside dinner right on the beach.

Options for touring and traveling:

  • motorbikes – In Male’, the capital, you can get a ferry from the airport. Once there, Male is covered with motorbikes. You could also take taxis around this main island.
  • seaplanes – This is the fastest way to get around and it also offers a great view of the geography below. From the plane you can see the reefs coloring the shallow water around islands. You may even be able to catch a glimpse of dolphins crossing the channels.
  • speedboat – Two options exist for speedboats. You can hire a speedboat and zoom across the ocean from island to island. You can also take the Dhoni, a local boat used by the locals, which is a more gentle and relaxing way of boating from island to island.

Instead of getting those hand-knitted sweaters out to pack, get out your swimming suit, and tell the family you’re not choosing sides; you’re choosing sand and sun. The Maldives will keep you on the go without the stress of traveling. Once you’re there, the island hopping is actually relaxing. You won’t miss your parka for even one minute.


Tami Therone writes for travel blogs where you can read more about island hopping holidays and scuba diving in the Maldives.


  1. That’s really a cool day by day description it seems like you dint have time to rest you just kept on roaming around.

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