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Maldives, Baa Atoll, Fulhadhoo island, beach tree
Fulhadhoo is an island with the best beach in the Maldives. There are no luxury hotels and casinos, but there is a classic tropical escape, most of the time there's noboby at the beach. The island is not too small and not too big. You always realize that you are exactly on the island, but you'll have enough place to walk around. The hotel also offer tours to the neighboring islands of the atoll, ocean fishing and diving. You will see how the locals live, and if desired, can communicate with them. This is the real Maldives - in all senses. / read more » /
Rating: 9.4 (2807 votes)

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Maldives, Baa Atoll, Fulhadhoo
Baa Atoll is the best atoll in the Maldives. It has the superb beaches - with white sand, palms, clear calm water and without crowds of tourists. And all of that is available both on island resorts, as well as on inhabited islands. In addition, there is also iconic Hanifaru Bay being an outstanding spot for diving and snorkeling. Again, it is possible to visit Hanifaru Bay, even if you have a very limited budget. / read more » /
Rating: 9.3 (28 votes)
Cocos Islands (Keeling)
Cocos Islands is an atoll in the Indian Ocean near Australia. Almost all of the atoll's motus have good beaches of a different quality. We recommend lagoon boat safaries to various islands and sandbanks. / read more » /
Rating: 9.1 (240 votes)
Maldives, South Ari atoll, Dhigurah island
Alifu Dhaalu is the southern sector of Ari atoll. It features the best diving with whale sharks in the Maldives. However, beaches are also good, including different kinds of budget islands. It is worth to mention the local Dhigurah island - one of the best in all of the Maldives. / read more » /
Rating: 8.8 (78 votes)
Maldives, Faafu atoll, Filitheyo isl
Faafu is one of the southern atolls in the Maldives. There are just a few islands, - happily, all with excellent beaches. So you won't see another island with tourists nearby. There are also not many people - both on the resort island, as well on the local islands. The distance from the international airport is considerable, so the road is hard. But transfer fares are comparable to those in the central atolls. / read more » /
Rating: 8.7 (18 votes)
Seychelles, Praslin island, Anse Lazio beach, creek
Praslin - the best island in the Seychelles. There are not too many attractions, but beaches are excellent. Vallée de Mai is the only notable attraction. It's located in the center of the island. It's not very interesting, and definetily overpriced. / read more » /
Rating: 8.7 (100 votes)
Maldives, North Male Atoll, Gili Lankanfushi beach
Airport sector is the nearest end of the North Male atoll in the Maldives. Local islands can't be considered as a place for a beach holiday, as these have no beaches at all, or bikini is prohibited. Private island resorts are quite alright, but noise from planes and ships is the real problem. So it is worth to stay here for one or maximum two nights. / read more » /
Rating: 8.6 (2 votes)
Maldives, North Ari atoll (Alifu Alifu), Constance Halaveli
Alifu Alifu is a group of islands to the west off Male - the capital of Maldives. There are no many good luxury resorts, but some local islands have excellent beaches, - with the most interesting being Thoddoo, Feridhoo and Ukulhas. / read more » /
Rating: 8.6 (134 votes)
Seychelles, La Digue island, Anse Source d'Argent beach
La Digue - the smallest of the three main islands of the Seychelles. So you can drive by bike all around in one day. However, some mountain areas can be passes by car only or on foot. The most famous beaches in Seychelles are located in La Digue. / read more » /
Rating: 8.6 (151 votes)
India, Andaman Islands, Havelock island, Elephant in water
Havelock - is the most popular island in the Andaman Islands. Contrary to popular belief, local beaches are not so good. Also, you are unlikely to meet the elephants swimming in the sea. / read more » /
Rating: 8.6 (1019 votes)
Maldives, Lhaviyani, Atmosphere Kanifushi beach
Lhaviyani is a relatively remote northern atoll in the Maldives. In general, the beaches are very good, but it is worth to mention one important detail. Unlike most other atolls, all the local islands are with very bad beaches. On the other hand, absolutely all island-resorts are with excellent beaches. / read more » /
Rating: 8.6 (14 votes)
South Male Atoll, Anantara Dhigu Maldives
South Male Atoll is an atoll being the nearest one to the south of Maldives International Airport. This is a great option, if you don't want to spend a lot of time or money for transfer. In general, its beaches are pretty good by the Maldivian standards, though not the best in the country. Maafushi is the most famous island. It's notable as the first local island in the Maldives with international guesthouses. / read more » /
Rating: 8.6 (3 votes)
Seychelles, Mahe island, Anse Soleil beach
Mahe is the biggest island in the Seychelles. There are many nice beaches. Also there are mountains on the island with interesting hiking trails. / read more » /
Rating: 8.5 (125 votes)
India, Laccadive islands, beach
Laccadives (Lakshadweep) are Indian islands. They are geological extension of the Maldives. There are same beautiful beaches and the Muslim population. To visit the islands, foreigners have to obtain permit in advance. / read more » /
Rating: 8.5 (455 votes)
Raa Atoll, Dhigali Maldives, beach
Raa Atoll is one of the northern atolls in the Maldives. The beaches are probably not be the best in country, but quite decent - with white sand, palms, clear water and excellent snorkeling. Due to the remote location, there are no crowds of tourists - especially on the local islands. Good news are that transfer fees from Male are almost the same as to the closer atolls. So the journey will not be very expensive, though it will take some time. / read more » /
Rating: 8.4 (6 votes)
Sri Lanka, Sigiriya Rock
Sri Lanka - country in the northern Indian Ocean. The island has few good beaches, but most of the beaches looks extremely depressive. The main attractions located inside the island are giant Sigiriya rock and Adam's Peak mountain. / read more » /
Rating: 8.3 (43 votes)
Maldives, Vaavu atoll, Fulidhoo island beach
Vaavu is an atoll in the Maldives, located just to the south of South Male - the central atoll. It has no luxury island resorts, but there are five local islands. Beaches are not the best in the country, but not bad anyway. In general, this is a great place for the island hopping - searching for the new experience. / read more » /
Rating: 8.3 (6 votes)
Mauritius island, aerial view
Mauritius - luxury tourist island in the Indian Ocean. However, budget tourism is possible last years. Contrary to popular belief beaches of Mauritius are not so good. Nature is also not so good as in neighboring Reunion and Seychelles. / read more » /
Rating: 8.2 (398 votes)
Maldives, North Male Atoll, Reethi Rah
Upper sector is the far end of the North Male Atoll in Maldives. There is no noise from the airport, but transport accessibility is still very convenient. Local inhabited islands are rather mediocre, though occasional good beaches are available. As for the island resorts, these are pretty good, but most of them are below the average level by the Maldivian standards. / read more » /
Rating: 8.2 (1 vote)
Maldives, Meemu atoll, Medhufushi, aerial view
Meemu is a remote southern atoll in the Maldives. There are just a few islands available for the tourists. Unfortunately, the beaches are rather mediocre almost everywhere (with rare exceptions). However, this is the Maldives! Anyway, you will find occasional palms, white sand and interesting snorkeling in clear water. Just don't pay too much for all of this. / read more » /
Rating: 8.0 (1 vote)
India, Andaman Islands, Neil Island, boats
Neil Island - is a small island located near Port Blair (the capital of Andaman Islands). In comparison with famous Havelock island beaches are a bit better here, and there are no many people. / read more » /
Rating: 7.9 (202 votes)
Mayotte island, Sada town
Mayotte (Mayotte) - island in the Indian Ocean - is a French Overseas Department since 2011. The standard of living is still low, though much work has beed done last years. Beaches are rather mediocre, but relatively good options can be found. / read more » /
Rating: 7.7 (156 votes)
Reunion, helicopter in the mountains
Reunion is a French island in the Indian Ocean. There are some tropical beaches, however, a beach holiday is not very good here. The best island attractions are beautiful mountains covered with green trees. Mountain trekking is very popular among tourists. Don't forget that Reunion is the real France, so it's safe and comfortable here. / read more » /
Rating: 7.5 (260 votes)
Christmas isl, Red Crab Migration, road
Christmas Island is an Australian island in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Indonesia. There are no good beaches, but you may swim in the rocks in a calm weather. The island is famous mainly for the seasonal migration of red crabs: this is a unique phenomenon. / read more » /
Rating: 7.4 (208 votes)
India, Big Andaman isl, Port Blair, Collinpur Beach
Big Andaman - is a group of islands in the Indian Ocean connected by good transport system. The southern island has International airport and Port Blair - the capital of the Andaman Islands. In general, beaches are bad, though there are some pleasant exceptions. / read more » /
Rating: 7.3 (54 votes)
Maldives, Maafushi island, Kaani resort near antenna
Maafushi is an island in the Maldives. It is widely known as the first island with local population having budget guesthouses. The island has two beaches dedicated for tourists: Kaani and White Shell. Women are allowed to be in a bikini there. / read more » /
Rating: 5.8 (3899 votes)
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