Two Maldives islands named amongst world’s best beaches
Two islands in the Maldives have been named amongst the best beaches in the world.
To create this spectacular list of the world’ 50 best beaches, FlightNetwork — Canada’s largest online travel website — consulted with 632 top travel professionals, including journalists, editors, bloggers and agencies and had them vote on their favourites.
In this wanderlust-inducing list are two islands in the Maldives: Fulhadhoo and Dhigurah.
Listing Fulhadhoo’s beach in the 22nd spot, FlightNetwork described it as sitting on a little-known piece of paradise lost in the azure waters of the Indian Ocean. This “snow-white sand beach” is surrounded by far more coconut palms than people, it added.
About Dhigurah’s beach, which is ranked at 34, FlightNetwork said: “With two-thirds of the island covered in lush green Maldivian forest and never-ending silky-smooth sand, you’ll feel like you’re starring in your very own castaway movie.”
An inhabited island, Fulhadhoo is located in the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve of Baa atoll. A local village of some 250 people lies on the eastern part of the island, while the rest features a sort of a primeval landscape with palm trees, turquoise lagoons and snow-white sandy beaches.
With a few guesthouses offering travellers affordable accommodation options, Fulhadhoo is a great place for those who love snorkelling and free diving.
Dhigurah is located in the South Ari Atoll, about 20 minutes by domestic flight from the main airport. With more than 3 km of natural white sandy beach, it is considered one of the most beautiful inhabited islands in the Maldives.
With a population of about 600, Dhigurah has all the necessary facilities for human habitation, including a school, medical centre and a harbour. The population is concentrated on a small area in the north of the island, with the rest reserved mostly for fruit and vegetable gardening and natural vegetation.
Dhigurah is close to some of the most famous dive spots in the country such as Kuda Rah Thila, Manta Point and Reethi Thila. Guests staying in one of the guesthouses on the island can also get easy access to whale-shark watching locations in the South Ari Atoll.
The Maldives is known world over for its unique natural beauty, especially for its powder soft white sand beaches, turquoise waters surrounding the islands and palm trees. Over a million tourists visit these islands every year for once-in-a-lifetime experiences.
Main photo: Fulhadhoo beach. PHOTO/ FLIGHTNETWORK