There are many reasons why you might consider exploring islands beyond the Maldives, even though it’s a stunning destination. Here are a few key points to ponder like the Cost of travel, Maldives is renowned for its high price tag.
While you can find budget-friendly options which offer a more affordable vacation experience like Lakshadweep Islands, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Langkawi, Malaysia etc with its lush rainforests, hidden waterfalls, and pristine beaches, for a more budget-friendly Maldivian vibe.
Also the Uniqueness part, While the Maldives boasts stunning turquoise waters and overwater bungalows, other islands offer distinct experiences and landscapes. Palawan, Philippines, for example, is known for its El Nido Marine Reserve, with turquoise lagoons, hidden beaches, and dramatic limestone cliffs.
10 Maldives Alternative Islands that Needs your Attention
1. Lakshadweep Islands
New in Highlight of Indian Tourists…
Since India’s beloved Prime Minister Narendra Modi was insulted by Maldives Minister, PM Modi just woke up & decided to show the World, the Immense serene beauty of Lakshadweep Islands.
He said on Twitter, Recently, I had the opportunity to be among the people of Lakshadweep. I am still in awe of the stunning beauty of its islands and the incredible warmth of its people. I had the opportunity to interact with people in Agatti, Bangaram and Kavaratti. I thank the people of the islands for their hospitality. Here are some glimpses, including aerial glimpses from Lakshadweep…
How to Reach Lakshadweep
Way To Reach Lakshadweep By Air
Although this is one of the fastest ways to reach Lakshadweep, there are no direct flights to the islands. The nearest airport is Cochin International Airport which receives flights from several cities in India and even abroad. Lakshadweep has just one airport which is in Agatti island.
From Cochin, there are Air India flights that reach Agatti in one and a half hours and these operate six days a week. From Agatti, if you want to travel to Kavaratti island, there are helicopter services which run throughout the year. During monsoon, it’s possible to go to Bangaram from Agatti. If you want to visit Lakshadweep islands, you also need to take a tourism permit from Kochi.
Way to Reach Lakshadweep By Sea
Expensive Way: For those who like the idea of cruises, there are some which come from Mumbai, Chennai, Vishakapatanam and Cochin.
Cheapest Way: This is the most common way to reach Lakshadweep as it is an island and water accessibility is excellent. There are seven passenger ships that take people to Lakshadweep. They are MV Arabian Sea, MV Dweep Setu, MV Kavaratti, MV Bharat Seema, MV Minicoy, MV Lakshadweep Sea and MV Amindivi Sea.
The ships offer all forms of entertainment such as cafeteria, entertainment lounge, snack bars, walkway etc. Other amenities such as health services and doctors are also available on board. However, it’s best to take this journey if you are not in any big hurry to reach Lakshadweep. This journey takes anywhere between 14 to 20 hours.
2. Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India
Cradled inside the Bay of Bengal, south of Myanmar and west of Thailand, this coral-encrusted archipelago is made up of 572 islands, only 38 of which are inhabited. Along with turquoise waters, ivory sands and sensational diving (dense coral belts, 55-metre drops, shipwrecks, volcano dives), visitors can hike through rainforest, kayaking through mangroves and feast on tandoor snapper, coconut prawn curries and grilled lobster garnished with butter, parsley and chilli flakes.
Where to stay: Perfectly positioned on one of the best beaches in the archipelago, the Taj Exotica Resort & Spa offers a Maldives-level luxury experience. Or, try the atmospheric rainforest retreat Jalakara.
Mauritius, like the Maldives, is located in the Indian Ocean. It is a multicultural society with influences from India, Africa, China, and Europe. You can experience this rich blend of cultures through music, dance, and cuisine.
The island features a range of luxurious accommodations, including beachfront villas and all-inclusive resorts, perfect for a romantic or indulgent getaway. It is also surrounded by vibrant coral reefs, making it a haven for swimming, snorkeling, and scuba diving enthusiasts.
Where To Stay In Mauritius
Constance Le Prince Maurice: Constance Le Prince Maurice is a tropical hideaway in Poste de Flacq, with luxurious villas and suites. Snorkeling and windsurfing are available right on the beach. The front desk is able to arrange helicopter rides and glass-bottom boat tours for guests.
Laguna Beach Hotel & Spa: The Laguna Beach Hotel & Spa is a beautiful waterfront hotel located along the southeast coast of the island in Grand River South East. From the resort, you can enjoy stunning views of the Grand-Port mountain range.
4. Seychelles Islands
Seychelles is an archipelago in the Indian Ocean. It is a tropical paradise known for its stunning natural beauty, rich biodiversity, and unique cultural experiences. Seychellois are known for their warm hospitality and welcoming attitude toward tourists.
Seychelles boasts some of the world’s most beautiful beaches with soft white sand and crystal-clear waters. Anse Lazio, Anse Source d’Argent, and Beau Vallon Beach are just a few examples of idyllic beach destinations.
Where To Stay In Seychelles
Kempinski Seychelles Resort: Kempinski Resort is located on a stunning stretch of the Seychelles coastline near Baie Lazare. The resort has an Olympic length pool and a modern gym so that you can stay fit during your visit.
Four Seasons Resort Seychelles: The incredible Four Seasons Resort Seychelles is the height of luxury on the island. The rooms are elegantly decorated, with all of the amenities you could need during your stay in a tranquil setting.
5. Malaysian Islands (Sipadan)
Best for Serious divers. The pioneering ocean explorer and conservationist Jacques Cousteau described Sipadan as ‘an untouched piece of art.’ A masterwork of nature, the extinct volcanic island in Sulawesi is home to a dozen sensational dive sites, with kaleidoscopic coral gardens, plunging drop-offs, underwater tunnels and an abundance of marine life, from teeny-tiny pygmy seahorses to large hammerhead sharks to mini-bus big manta rays.
Where to stay: You can’t stay on Sipadan and the nearby islands have little in the way of luxury accommodation, but the Mabul Beach Resort on Semporna has comfortable rooms and a lively bar.
6. Raja Ampat, Indonesia
Best for: Yachting and Private yachts are 10-a-penny here. For a real sense of adventure set sail for Raja Ampat, a collection of 1,500 rainforested islands spliced between East Indonesia and West Papua. The epicentre of the spice trade during the 16th and 17th centuries, this enigmatic archipelago is as rich in history and local traditions as it is in marine life. Expect to encounter puffing volcanoes, prehistoric cave paintings and sperm whales along the way.
Where to stay: Rascal, a hand-crafted five-bedroom Indonesian phinisi with hip Hamptons-like interiors and menus designed by an in-house team of highly experienced chefs. All menus can be tailored to cater to individual preferences.
7. Koh Yao Noi, Thailand
Koh Yao Noi is a serene and less developed island located in Thailand’s Phang Nga Bay, offering travelers a tranquil escape from the hustle and bustle of more popular tourist destinations.
The island is known for its stunning natural landscapes, including lush jungles, scenic hills, and pristine beaches, which you can explore by bicycle. Many accommodations in Koh Yao Noi prioritize sustainability and eco-friendly practices, making it an environmentally conscious destination. Additionally, the island is home to wellness retreats and yoga centers where you can rejuvenate your mind and body with holistic practices and spa treatments.
Where To Stay In Koh Yao Noi
Six Senses Yao Noi: The beautiful Six Senses Yao Noi is surrounded by 24 acres of natural space, offering a quiet retreat away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
TreeHouse Villas – Adults Only: The TreeHouse Villas on Koh Yao Noi offer truly spectacular views of lush tropical forests, cliffs, and a private beach. The treehouses offer an amazing opportunity to gaze out over the trees from your unique and thoughtfully designed villa.
8. Mozambique, South Africa
Best for White beaches and blue whales and Mozambique shares more than 250 kilometres of its platinum sand coastline with the same Indian Ocean as the Maldives. Unspoiled islands come in chains ringed by vibrant coral reefs, superb dive sites and a wealth of magical marine life, including dugongs, dolphins, sea turtles, manta rays and, at the right time of year, blue whales (which you won’t find in the Maldives).
The Bazaruto Archipelago farther south has reefs which protect rare marine life including dugongs
Where to stay: The Anantara Bazaruto Island Resort has 44 thatch-roof villas set on a sweep of beach set inside a protected national marine park.
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9. Boracay, Philippines
Boracay, located in the Philippines, is a world-renowned tropical paradise known for its stunning beaches and vibrant nightlife. This island offers a wide range of accommodations, from budget-friendly hostels to luxury resorts, ensuring there’s something for every traveler.
Thrill-seekers will love Ariel’s Point, which offers cliff diving from various heights into the crystal-clear waters below.
Boracay is renowned for its breathtaking sunsets. For an unforgettable experience, we recommend taking a sunset cruise or heading to White Beach’s Station 2 to watch the sun dip below the horizon while enjoying a cocktail or a romantic beachside dinner.
Where To Stay In Boracay
Shangri-La Boracay: The Shangri-La Boracay is as relaxing and luxurious as the name implies. This tropical paradise was named one of the best resorts in Asia by Conde Nast Traveler’s 2021 Reader’s Choice Awards.
10. Banana Island, Qatar
Banana Island, a luxurious private island resort in Qatar, offers a unique and exclusive destination for travelers seeking relaxation and indulgence. The island is located a short 20-minute ferry ride from Doha.
The accommodations on Banana Island are elaborately decorated in Arabic designs, and the property features unparalleled views of the Arabian Sea.
That’s all the Islands which are Definitely better alternatives to Maldives, of course there are more Islands around the world but We covered only the Islands which are around Indian ocean and in close proximity of Maldives.
That’s it. Thank you.
Sea you soon at the Seaside.
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