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10 Awesome Alternatives To The Maldives

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People have been attracted to the Maldives for the private islands, stunning beaches and luxurious accommodations. In this blog, you will find many other beach destinations that will provide facilities and amenities of uncompromising quality that one you expect from a luxury island getaway.

 

Best International Destinations Instead of the Maldives

Our travel experts have shortlisted the best beach destinations around the world. Explore these stunning coastal getaways and see which one is right for you!

Fiji 

Fiji

An idyllic paradise South Pacific, Fiji is an incredible beach destination offering a delightful mix of white-sand beaches and lush landscapes. The island hosts a plethora of activities – from spectacular walking trails in the forests to world-famous diving spots.

Featuring accommodations for all budgets, you can choose from magnificent overwater bungalows to guesthouses. The lush forests contain ancient Fijian archaeological sites, giving you a look into the history of Fiji. Enjoy the spectacular seafood, caught fresh every day.

With its superb combination of accommodations, cuisine, and experiences, Fiji is a beach destination you shouldn’t miss. 

 

Best time to Visit: June to September

Things to See: Bouma National Heritage Park, Sigatoka Sand Dunes National Park

Resorts: Likuliku Lagoon Resort, Toberua Island Resort

 

Moorea

Moorea

 

The spectacular shores of Moorea have attracted leisure seekers and adventure lovers from all over the world. 

Moorea’s crystal-clear lagoons and vibrant coral reefs are world-class snorkelling destinations, teeming with marine life. Enjoy off-road adventures through the forest, capped with stunning views from atop Magic Mountain. Grab your drink of choice, lay on the white sands, and enjoy the stunning sunsets at Temea Beach.

You will be impressed by the variety of accommodations on the island, from exclusive overwater bungalows to hostels and gusthouses. Cultural events, festivals and celebrations allow visitors to immerse themselves in local culture.


Best time to Visit: June to September

Things to See: Route des Ananas, Magic Mountain

Resorts: Manava Beach Resort, Hilton Moorea Lagoon Resort

 

Tahiti

 Tahiti

Lush forests, cascading waterfalls and stunning beaches are the elements that make Tahiti an unmissable destination.

Tahiti’s natural attractions range from the sprawling Water Gardens of Vaipahi to the small yet majestic Arahoho Blowhole. With a range of accommodations ranging from premium resorts to budget stays. 

Famous for its warm hospitality, Tahiti’s rich culture unfolds on your plate, with each dish having its own unique origin story tied to events both historical and mythological. With spectacular landscapes and an endless list of activities, don’t miss an opportunity to visit this island paradise.

 

Best time to Visit: June to September

Things to See: Arahoho Blowhole, Water Gardens of Vaipahi

Resorts: Inter Continental Resort, Te Moana

 

Bora Bora

Bora Bora

Far from any major continents, the enchanting South Pacific island of Bora Bora is a spectacular destination for your next holiday. The temperate climate of the island is famous for warm weather and sunny skies throughout the year.

Witness the spectacular Mt. Otemanu rise from the banks of a crystal clear lagoon to a dizzying 2,385 feet in the sky. Experience the legendary Matira Beach, consistently appearing among the top spots on lists of the “World’s Best Beaches” from publications around the world.

Bora Bora offers visitors an incredible variety of activities, from hiking, birdwatching, diving and sailing. The island features a wide variety of options for dining and accommodation, from high-end resorts to budget hotels.

Best time to Visit: June to September

Things to See: Mount Otemanu, Tupitipiti Point

Resorts: Maitai Bora Bora, Conrad Bora Bora Nui

 

Whitsunday Islands

Whitsunday Islands

Comprised of 74 islands over the Great Barrier Reef, the Whitsunday islands are the playground of the Australian elite. Featuring spectacular sceneries both above and below the water, this is one of the most picturesque spots on the Australian continent.

Feast on freshly-caught seafood, and discover the hidden treasures of the Great Barrier Reef. Enjoy a range of exhilarating watersports, from speedboats and jetskis to snorkelling and open-ocean diving. 

Be enchanted by the spectacular sands of the Whitsunday Islands, surrounded by natural wonders.

Best time to Visit: July to September

Things to See: Great Barrier Reef, Marine life

Resorts: Daydream Island Resort, Airlie Beach Magnums

 

Koh Ya Noi And Koh Ya Yai

Koh Ya Noi

The neighbouring islands of Koh Ya Noi and Koh Ya Yai are Thailand’s best kept secret. Replete with crystal-clear waters, spectacular beaches and mesmerising landscapes, these islands offer the best that Thailand has to offer without the crowds.

From hiking on the island to snorkelling and scuba diving, you can indulge in a range of activities or choose to enjoy the tranquil surroundings. The island features a range of accommodation choices, from stunning luxury resorts to budget options.

Experience a spectacular synthesis of the culture, cuisine and natural wonders of Thailand at these breathtaking islands.

Best time to Visit: November to April

Things to See: Koh Ku Du Yai Island, Water sports

Resorts: Koh Yao Yai Village, Awana Villa Resort Yaonoi

 

Best Domestic Destinations instead of the Maldives

 

You don’t need to travel far from home to experience world-class beaches. Here’s a short list of incredible destinations to unwind by the sea in India.

Diu Island

Diu Island

Just off the coast of Gujarat, Diu is an excellent place to immerse yourself in seaside wonders. Explore incredible monuments, enjoy stunning landscapes, and taste spectacular cuisine.

Learn about the fascinating story of Diu Fort, with half a millennium of stories to hear at this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Treat your tastebuds to stunning seafood and classic Gujarati dishes.

Diu offers visitors an unbeatable combination of history, culture, cuisine and natural beauty. Experience the wonders of this seaside paradise on your next holiday.

Best time to Visit: October to February

Things to See: Diu Fort, INS Khukri Memorial

Resorts: Kostamar Beach Resort, The Grand Highness

 

Neil Island

Neil Island

Neil Island offers visitors an unbeatable mix of tranquility and adventure. The pristine beaches and lush landscapes complement the crystal-clear waters surrounding the island.

Enjoy a range of exhilarating water sports, from snorkelling and scuba diving to speedboat rides around the island. The sunsets here are famous for painting the sky in vibrant hues of red, orange, teal, and purple. With a wide range of accommodations, you’re sure to find the perfect resort for your needs.

The spectacular scenery and thrilling activities make this island perfect for travellers of all ages.

 

Best time to Visit: October to February

Things to See: Natural Howrah Bridge, Laxmanpur Beach

Resorts: SeaShell, Silver Sand Beach Resort

 

Kadmat Island

Kadmat Island

The gem of the Lakshadweep Archipelago, Kadmat Island is known for its stunning natural beauty. Surrounded by coral reefs, you can enjoy breathtaking views both below the waters and above.

An array of exhilarating activities are available on the island, from snorkelling to speedboat rides. Windsurfing and parasailing here will leave you feeling like Superman, flying over small uninhabited islands. Dig into spectacular seafood delights, caught fresh every day. 

For an authentic Indian beach experience, Kadmat Island is hard to beat.

 

Best time to Visit: October to March

Things to See: Stunning landscape

Resorts: Kadmat Beach Resort

 

Munroe Island

Munroe Island

Kerala’s Kollam district brings us the only freshwater entry on this list, the spectacular Munroe Island.

Immerse yourself in the heart of Kerala’s renowned backwaters at this lakeside paradise. Take a houseboat ride, indulge in classic Kerala cuisine and explore the region’s unique cultural traditions. 

The warm climate year-round makes this a perfect destination throughout the year, but is best enjoyed during the winters when migratory birds arrive in droves.

 

Best time to Visit: October to February

Things to See: Dutch Church, birdwatching

Resorts: Munro Heritage Inn Homestay, Royal Munroe Palace Homestay

 

Conclusion

From remote islands to the Indian mainland, these are just a few examples of places that offer magical seaside experiences. A short conversation with our travel experts will help you to zero-in on the perfect destination for you.

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