Some islands have a policy of getting a good mix of nationalities but most resorts tend to have more of one nationality than any other. And a few resorts are all Italian. Even if you love the sound of a particular island, it may be a mistake to take your holiday there.
Although there is a dive base on every single resort and although there is no such thing as a bad place for diving in the country, some islands are much more focused on diving than others. If you are a keen diver these are the ones to seek out. There will be more frequent diving on offer, more options available (such as might diving, nitrox diving and all day safaris) and more fellow divers to share your experiences with.
If you don’t dive but you are a keen snorkeller then you want to find a resort that has a surrounding reef with at least some of it close to shore. It is at the drop off that you will find the variety and number of fish. If you are a beginner or nervous swimmer than any fair-sized lagoon will do for you. A really close reef drop-off wouldn’t be ideal.
For learning watersports a large, deep lagoon is best. For watersport experts, find the few resorts that have large setups and active staff.
For the sun worshipper, you really can’t go wrong. Do you like to have a lot of people around for the fun, games and evening activities or are you looking for a private spot and an early bed? The Maldives is great for both, but read up to make sure that you don’t make a terrible mistake.
A number of islands take just a few minutes to completely walk around, others are relatively huge. Some don’t have much in the way of vegetation and coconut palms (but wonderful beaches) others have towering green interiors and picturesque palm trees leaning out over the water (but maybe unsightly groynes and sea walls.).
The Maldives is one of the truly great holiday destinations of the world. The variety it offers under the sun and under the water will keep you coming back for years, checking out one resort after another looking to find that perfect paradise. If it is to be found anywhere on this earth, it might well be here