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Inhabitants Islands in Maldives
Written by Arundhati Toshniwal on February 16, 2022 Share on

List of Inhabited Islands in Maldives – Must Visit!

The Maldives is a unique and popular island destination with around 1192 islands. The country, in total, is divided into 20 natural atolls with different types of islands, which are inhabited islands, uninhabited islands, resort islands, and even some disappeared islands. There are many resort developed islands and some islands are still under development. So, here are some famous atolls with some must-visit inhabited islands in the Maldives. Let’s get started!

List of inhabited Islands in the Maldives –

  1. Kaafu Atoll (Male’ Atoll)
  • Malé (the capital of Maldives)
  • Maafushi
  • Thulusdhoo (capital of Kaafu Atoll)
  • Huraa
  • Kaashidhoo
  1. Baa Atoll
  • Fulhadhoo
  • Thulhaadhoo
  • Maalhos
  1. Haa Alif Atoll
  • Dhiddhoo (capital of Haa Alifu Atoll)
  • Filladhoo
  • Utheemu
  1. Raa Atoll
  • Vaadhoo
  • Meedhoo
  1. Lhaviyani Atoll
  • Kurendhoo
  • Naifaru (capital of Lhaviyani Atoll)

1. Kaafu Atoll (Male’ Atoll)

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Malé (the capital of Maldives)

Malé is the biggest and the most populated city in the Maldives. Here, you can easily explore the culture, tradition, Maldivian food, historic monuments and so much more about the Maldives. You can better understand how a Maldivian way of life looks like. You can indulge in snorkelling, underwater scooter riding, and many more adventure sports.

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This tropical paradise offers sparkling ocean waters, splendid resorts, and thrilling activities to its tourists. The island ranks as one of the top islands to visit and explore in the Maldives. You can sunbathe on the sand bar in the north, or take an island-hopping tour on a boat.

Thulusdhoo (capital of Kaafu Atoll)

Thulusdhoo Island is that destination that reeks of Caribbean vibes and spirits and is just perfect for those whose paths are less taken. The pristine beaches with seafood barbeque make it much more appealing.

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Crystal clear waters, sun-kissed beaches, aquamarine lagoons, and spa centres, you can have everything here! Huraa ensures a romantic stay for the honeymooners whereas also provides fun water sports to those who visited the Maldives for some thrill and fun!


Another important name in the list of the best islands in the Maldives to visit and have some fun! Abundant greenery and picturesque views make this place more fun and make you want to stay longer. Kaashidhoo is a good place where you can without any doubt, visit and enjoy.

2. Baa Atoll

Inhabited Islands in Maldives
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It is around 100 km away from Malé and is a comparatively remote place from the main tourist islands which makes this place truly wild. You can participate in night fishing, safari snorkelling, visit the sandbanks, and other water sports activities.

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It is a small island, where you can buy great souvenirs and enjoy your time while shopping. Lacquer workpieces or craft delightful artworks are just perfect to take back home as a memory. You can buy these amazing items from local shops.


Maalhos is located in the only UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and offers quality time to its visitors. Nearby Maalhos, just a couple of minutes away you can explore Hanifaru Bay which is known for its abundant marine life. You will be pleased by white sand beaches, fringed coconut trees, crystal clear waters and the hospitality of local people.

3. Haa Alif Atoll

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Dhiddhoo (capital of Haa Alifu Atoll)

Dhiddhoo is a good place whereas the people of Dhiddhoo are diligent and famously known for their hard work. It has beautiful white sanded beaches to relax and enjoy the amazing water sports activities.


Filladhoo is an island-level administrative constituency in the upper north province. Also, it is geographically part of the Thiladhunmathi Atoll, Maldives. It is a place that offers rich and luxury resorts, beaches, spas, water sports, great food and so much more!

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Most vacationers aren’t well-aware of this location, but Utheemu is a great place to explore. It is also the birthplace of Sultan Mohamed Thakurufaanu, who fought the Portuguese invaders. It has a rich history to explore as well as amazing soft sanded beaches, spas, water sports activities and so on.

4. Raa Atoll

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Vaadhoo is a magical island with a lot of surprises for its visitors. This place has a magnificent sea of stars, which sparkles at night. Due to scientific reasons, the presence of bioluminescent creatures in the water, this natural phenomenon takes place. This wonderful island promises some unique experiences, which should not be missed!

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Here in Meedhoo, you can experience some great resorts with amazing and luxurious facilities, ambience, staff and much more thrills! You can visit the Spa, hike through the tropical forest, relax on the sandy beaches, and head on an oceanic adventure and enjoy till the end of your trip.

5. Lhaviyani Atoll

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Kurendhoo is one of the oldest islands in the Maldives. It is all about turquoise blue water that could not be more crystal clear and the sand on the beaches couldn’t be whiter. It has good shopping options with plenty of resorts to stay in too!

Also read – Maldives Resorts For Couples

Naifaru (capital of Lhaviyani Atoll)

For a perfect laid-back vacation, hop onto this beautiful island of Lhaviyani Atoll. You can take your boat to the endless sea and spend some romantic time with your partner in the middle of nowhere!

There are more inhabitant islands providing so different and unique experiences to its visitors. Do all the research needed and get ready to explore the tropical paradise! Also, you can check out Pickyourtrail for the best deals on Maldives packages, where you can customise your itinerary on your own, according to your preferences. A vacation to the Maldives is what you need to relax and be thrilled, together in just one place!

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