Where to fly to in the Maldives for the first time?

The Maldives, located in the Indian Ocean, is a true paradise for lovers of beach holidays, diving and privacy. This archipelago consists of 26 atolls with more than a thousand islands. Magnificent white sand beaches, crystal clear water and rich underwater life attract tourists from all over the world. If you are planning to visit the Maldives for the first time, it is important to choose the right place for your holiday to get the most out of this trip.

Main atolls and resorts of the Maldives

North Male Atoll

The capital of Male in the North Atoll of the Maldives

North Male Atoll is the heart of the Maldives, home to the capital Male and the main international airport Velana. This atoll is the most developed in terms of tourism and infrastructure. It includes many resorts, each offering unique holiday experiences.

  • One&Only Reethi Rah Resort – is one of the most luxurious resorts, offering villas with private pools and stunning ocean views;
  • Kurumba Maldives Resort – is one of the first resorts in the Maldives, known for its beautiful beaches and high-class service.

South Male Atoll

Overwater villa located in South Male Atoll Maldives

South Male Atoll is located just south of the capital and is also popular with tourists. Here you will find excellent conditions for snorkeling and diving.

  • COMO Cocoa Island Resort – known for its unique overwater villas, designed in the form of dhoni boats;
  • Anantara Veli Maldives Resort – offers a variety of water activities and a romantic atmosphere for couples.

Ari Atoll

Dive site in a colorful underwater place in Ari Atoll Maldives

Ari Atoll is one of the largest atolls and is famous for its magnificent dive sites. It is an ideal place for lovers of the underwater world.

  • Constance Moofushi Resort – offers excellent diving conditions and a relaxing spa;
  • LUX South Ari Atoll Resort – famous for its white beaches and a variety of water sports.

Baa Atoll

UNESCO World Heritage Site in Baa Atoll, Maldives

Baa Atoll is a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and is ideal for those seeking privacy and natural beauty.

  • Soneva Fushi Resort – offers eco-friendly villas and unique nature excursions;
  • Amilla Fushi Resort – is famous for its modern villas and a magnificent restaurant.

Raa Atoll

Family friendly place in Raa atoll Maldives

Raa Atoll is located in the northwest of the archipelago and is less known to tourists, making it ideal for those looking to escape the crowds.

  • Kudafushi Resort & Spa – provides excellent conditions for a family holiday;
  • Dhigali Maldives Resort – offers a variety of activities and a calm atmosphere.

What to do in the Maldives?

Kayaking in the crystal clear waters of the Maldives

The Maldives offers a variety of entertainment and activities for tourists. Here are some of them:

  • Diving and snorkeling – a rich underwater world with coral reefs, exotic fish and sea turtles;
  • Fishing – night and day fishing for tuna and other marine life;
  • Excursions to neighboring islands – getting to know the culture and life of local residents;
  • Spa and wellness – a variety of spa treatments and wellness programs;
  • Water sports – kayaking, windsurfing, parasailing and much more.

Compare resorts

ResortАтоллТип размещенияОсновные особенностиЦена (за ночь)
One&Only Reethi RahNorth MaleVillasLuxurious conditions, private poolsfrom $1000
Kurumba MaldivesNorth MaleBungalowBeautiful beaches, high level of servicefrom $500
COMO Cocoa IslandSouth MaleWater VillasUnique Dhoni Boat Villasfrom $800
Constance MoofushiAri AtollBeach VillasExcellent diving conditions, spa centerfrom $700
Soneva FushiBaa AtollEco-villasEcological excursions, unique villasfrom $1200
Kudafushi Resort & SpaRaa AtollBeach VillasExcellent conditions for family holidaysfrom $600

The Maldives is a unique destination that will leave a lasting impression on any tourist. Whether you choose a luxury resort in North Male Atoll or a secluded hotel in Raa Atoll, you will have an unforgettable holiday. The Maldives offers ideal conditions for all types of recreation – from active diving to relaxing time on the beach. Let your first trip to the Maldives be the beginning of a long-term love for this paradise on Earth.

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