Islands For Sale in The Maldives

Updated: October, 2022.

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One of the most famous archipelagos in the world, The Maldives’ very identity is its islands. In a nation characterised by turquoise waters, coral reefs swarming with marine diversity, soft sand beaches, thick growths of palm trees, and tropical sunshine, paradisiacal islands are plentiful. But, due to a competitive market, the opportunity to own said islands can be fleeting.

The Maldives has 1192 islands in total, 187 of which are inhabited. Each island belongs to one of 21 administrative divisions in the country. 

For much of its history, The Maldives has only permitted the purchase of its islands exclusively under leasehold contracts – purchasing agreements that grant the buyer ownership of the property for an agreed period. Now, laws surrounding foreign investment are in the process of being relaxed. Still, most of the islands currently on the market are for sale according to leasehold dynamics. 

Due to the inclusion of luxury resorts in some prospective sales, there is a substantial divergence in asking prices. The most expensive private island on the Maldivian market commands a cost of $55,000,000. The cheapest island is on sale for $4,600,000.

Aside from the archipelago’s visual beauty, many visit and move to Maldivian shores for its weather. Defined as having a tropical monsoon climate, temperatures in the Maldives linger around the 28℃ mark with only slight variations.

16 Private Islands for Sale in The Maldives

The Maldives: Private Islands in Numbers
Private islands for sale: 16
Median island size: ~38.8 acres (157,000 SQM)
Median island price: ~$6,900,000 USD
Median island square meter price: –
Updated: October, 2022

1. Ifuru Island Resort with Funadhoo Virgin Island (Price Upon Request)

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  • Location: Raa Atoll
  • Size: 168.5 acres, ~68 hectares
  • Description: ~3km from shore, ~4km north of Ungofaaru Harbour
  • Ownership: Leasehold
  • See on Google Earth

Commercial potential on an unprecedented scale and a marquee example of Maldivian luxury – the combined listing of the Ifuru Island Resort and Funadhoo Virgin Island sets a clear precedent for private-owned luxury in the Indian Ocean.

The Ifuru Resort, firstly, is a turnkey complex primed to offer comprehensive leisure. A total of 150 villas grant a maximum stay capacity of 300 – these accommodations constitute duplex units, beach villas, and exclusive residences with private pools. The Ifuru Resort comprises multiple dining venues, spa facilities, a sports complex, and a fully-equipped staff base. 

The Ifuru Resort is also celebrated for its efficiency – the island contains a fully-functioning domestic airport that has been operational since 2015.

Already impressive; this listing comes with another boon – an 11.69-acre virgin island in Baa Atoll. Like the Ifuru Resort, this island sets a precedent for Maldivian beauty. Encompassing sand beaches, lush interior vegetation, and abundant wildlife: private serenity awaits.

Funadhoo Island is listed for sale here.

2. Kandoo Island (Price Upon Request)

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  • Location: Noonu Atoll
  • Size: 42 acres, ~17 hectares
  • Description: 7km from shore, ~11km northwest of Manadhoo
  • Ownership: Leasehold
  • See on Google Earth

Kandoo Island is a 42-acre developed island in the Noonu Atoll area of the Maldives. The current infrastructure on the island comprises a five-bedroom-five-bathroom villa, power facilities, storage areas, and a comprehensive staff quarter. 

Of its natural features, the island offers panoramic sand beaches, an abundance of native trees and shrubs, and an encompassing shallow-water lagoon. The waters surrounding the island are noted for their bounty and diversity. 

Kandoo Island has both private and commercial potential – an intriguing investment opportunity for those wishing to expand their portfolio into the Maldivian market.

Kandoo Island is listed for sale here.

3. Amilla Resort and Residences (Price Upon Request)

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  • Location: Baa Atoll
  • Size: ~1.7 acres, ~0.7 hectares
  • Description: 2km from shore, ~15km northeast of Eydhafushi
  • Ownership: Freehold
  • See on Google Earth

The Amilla Resort is a 5-star complex located on its namesake island, a stunning expanse of land within the Baa Atoll administrative division of the Maldives.

Now, the opportunity has arisen for foreign investors to own significant real estate within the resort. Buyers can select either six four-bedroom villas, one six-bedroom home, or a premier eight-bedroom home within its own secluded enclave. Each accommodation exists as a benchmark for private luxury – with contemporary-modern living spaces, beachfront pools, dedicated staff, and private golf buggies. 

These residences provide an immediate gateway into the leisure of Maldivian living. Here, enjoy ocean access, swimming, sailing, wildlife watching, and much more. Comprehensive, turnkey luxury.

Amilla Resort and Residences is listed for sale here.

4. Raafushi in Noonu Atoll ($8.5M USD)

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  • Location: Noonu Atoll
  • Size: 46.2 acres, ~18.7 hectares
  • Description: 2km from shore, ~2km southeast of Velidhoo, ~18km southwest of Manadhoo, 45 minutes by seaplane from main international airport.
  • Ownership: Leasehold
  • See on Google Earth

Raafushi is an undeveloped island in the up-and-coming area of Noonu Atoll – the region has seen a significant uptick in tourist interest due to its offering of luxury resorts.

With Raafushi now landing on the market, there is significant scope to share in this business opportunity. The undeveloped island spans an excess of 46 acres and has previously been considered for significant commercial growth – a 250-villa resort was planned by previous ownership, but no work was ever completed. Regardless of the project’s closure, it served as a recognition of the land’s potential.

Over 46 acres of private land, crystalline shores with white sand beaches, lush interior vegetation that supports a diverse ecosystem of wildlife, and convenient access to the nearest international airport by seaplane – Raafushi’s roster of assets is unquestionably significant.

Raafushi is listed for sale here.

5. Bulhaaholhi Island ($5.5M USD)

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  • Location: South Ari Atoll
  • Size: 10.37 acres, ~4,2 hectares
  • Description: 5km from shore, ~5km northeast of Mandhoo, ~26 km west of Mahibadhoo, ~100km from Malé International Airport (90 minutes by speedboat or 20 minutes by sea plane)
  • Ownership: Leasehold
  • See on Google Earth

This uninhabited island, located in the South Ari Atoll region, presents a prime property investment opportunity – for either private or commercial use. 

The 10-acre island presents all the greatest allures of life in the Maldives: white sand beaches, access to the cerulean waters of the Indian Ocean, verdant flora, and an abundance of sun exposure. 

Numerous proven resorts are located on the encompassing islands, proving the area’s viability for commercial usage. However, an income-generating property is not essential here. Should an investor want complete privacy, Bulhaaholhi Island is perfectly suited for an isolated residence. Here, regardless of function, serenity awaits.

Bulhaaholhi Island is listed for sale here.

6. Raidhigga Island ($4.6M USD)

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  • Location: North Ari Atoll
  • Size: ~3.7 acres, ~1.5 hectares
  • Description: 9km from shore, ~9km northeast of Mandhoo, ~61km southwest of Rasdhoo, 10 minutes by boat from Maamigili airport and 20 minutes by seaplane from Malé International airport.
  • Ownership: Information upon request
  • See on Google Earth

Raidhigga is an entirely undeveloped island within the North Ari Atoll administrative division – a highly competitive and sought-after property location due to the area’s natural beauty, tourist through-traffic, and convenient transport links. 

This listing presents the opportunity to inherit a pristine example of tropical beauty. The property, which spans just shy of four acres, features panoramic white sand beaches, aquamarine shores, and inland vegetation.

Water is provided temporarily on the island, but there are currently no other utilities. However, this leaves scope for complete personalisation by the investor – from service installation to personal residence design or resort construction.

Raidhigga Island is listed for sale here.

7. Coral Island ($5.4M USD)

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  • Location: Noonu Atoll
  • Size: ~44 acres, ~18 hectares
  • Description: The island is located just minutes from the Velaa and Cheval Blanc resorts, minutes by speedboat from Maafaru International Airport
  • Map and ownership: Information upon request

Located within the sought-after region of Noonu Atoll, Coral Island presents a prime opportunity to develop a private sanctuary. The land spans a generous 44 acres and comprises all the allures of Maldivian leisure: soft, white sand beaches ideal for lounging; cerulean shores for swimming and snorkelling; a lush, palm tree-covered interior; and panoramic ocean views for sunrise and sunset viewing. 

Being, as of yet, undeveloped, an investor would enjoy complete control over the island’s development. Given the space available, there is potential for a luxury private residence, guest villas, staff quarters, communal buildings, and other leisure facilities – the possibilities are significant. 

Coral Island also enjoys convenient transport links. There are several nearby seaplane platforms, alongside the Maafaru International Airport. Boating access is plentiful too.

Coral Island is listed for sale here.

8. Crystal Island ($9.4M USD)

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  • Location: Dhaalu Atoll
  • Size: 103.7 acres, 42 hectares
  • Description: Located minutes from 5-star St. Regis and Jumeirah Dhevanafushi hotels
  • Map and ownership: Information upon request

Few properties embody the visage of a tropical paradise like Crystal Island. Not only does the island span over 100 acres – all but guaranteeing private serenity and isolation – but it also boasts a flawless resumé of natural assets. Here, enjoy seemingly endless expanses of pristine palm forest, long stretches of white sand beach, and a crystalline lagoon surrounding the entire property. 

Again, with the island’s impressive size, there is absolute potential for significant development. An investor could retain much of Crystal Island’s natural splendour and build a lone, private residence or look to exercise the property’s income potential with a commercial resort. 

Either direction; Crystal Island’s future is exciting.

Crystal Island is listed for sale here.

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9. Shell Island ($6.9M USD)

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  • Size: ~40 acres, ~16 hectares 
  • Ownership and location: Information upon request

Shell Island is a near-40-acre property offering classic Maldivian splendour. The location is noted particularly for its aquatic opportunities, with snorkelling reefs and deepwater dive sites in surrounding abundance. 

Further information pertaining to Shell Island remains withheld – an inquiry with the relevant marketing agency is recommended.

Shell Island is listed for sale here.

10. Faadhoo ($6.9M USD)

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  • Location: Lhaviyani Atoll
  • Size: ~30 acres, 12.3 hectares
  • Description: 9km from shore, ~10km north of Innahura Maldives Resort, ~29km east of Naifaru
  • Ownership: Leasehold (50 years)
  • See on Google Earth

Uninhabited and undeveloped, Faadhoo remains a pristine example of Maldivian natural beauty.

The property spans approximately 30 acres and is located on the eastern flank of the Lhaviyani Atoll – an administrative division north of the archipelago nation’s capital.

Having remained undeveloped, the island retains its diversity of habitat and environments – sand and stone shorelines demarcate much of the property’s perimeter whilst dense vegetation covers the interior. Faadhoo also boasts an interior lagoon isolated from the surrounding ocean. 

Again, Faadhoo’s location cannot be undervalued. Lhaviyani Atoll has become a hotspot for diving and aquatic activities. A private residence here, or the development of a commercial leisure complex, would grant uninhibited access to a world of leisure.

Faadhoo is listed for sale here.

11. Anbara ($12M USD)

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  • Location: Vaavu Atoll
  • Size: ~9.9 acres, ~4 hectares
  • Description: 7km from shore, ~8km northwest of Rakeedhoo, 16km southwest of Felidhoo
  • Ownership: Leasehold
  • See on Google Earth

The Vaavu Atoll is a Maldivian administration on the rise. 

Though located directly south of Malé, the archipelago nation’s capital, Vaavu has remained widely unexposed to the influences of tourism – many of the resident islands remain entirely untouched, and their native habitats intact.

The area’s potential, though, is evident. Orchestrating a successful balance between development and preservation would open the door for comprehensive leisure and private luxury. 

Anbara itself spans approximately ten acres and is located at the southern extremity of the Atoll – providing an alluring remoteness, though still within feasible transit distance to developed communities (Anbara is an hour by speedboat from Fulidhoo, the Atoll’s capital). The surrounding waters are not only celebrated for their richness of wildlife but also for their diving and snorkelling opportunities. 

There is significant potential here, both private and commercial.

Anbara is listed for sale here.

12. Faarufushi ($50M USD)

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  • Location: Raa Atoll
  • Size: ~17.3 acres, ~7 hectares
  • Description: 4km from shore, ~5km west of Hulhudhuffaaru, ~9km northwest of Ifuru Airport, ~12km northwest of Ungoofaaru
  • Ownership: Leasehold
  • See on Google Earth

Proven, five-star luxury – that is what Faarufushi offers investors; the opportunity to purchase a turnkey resort primed for continued commercial success.

The island, which spans approximately 17 acres, comprises 80 residences: 10 beach bungalows, 27 beachfront residences with private pools, 39 over-the-ocean homes, 3 large ocean suites, and a premier island residence with a private pool. Each of these accommodations is fitted with luxury amenities and is ready to receive patrons.

Other amenities within the resort include existing staff, island-wide WIFI, dining options, water sports and diving centres, sports facilities, a spa, and a boutique.

Again, this resort has a proven business model and has enjoyed significant success – an ideal opportunity for an ambitious investor.

Faarufushi is listed for sale here.

13. Dholhiyadhoo (Price Upon Request)

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  • Location: Shaviyani Atoll
  • Size: ~38.8 acres, 15.7 hectares
  • Description: 8km from shore, ~9km southwest of Maaungoodhoo, ~18km suothwest of Funadhoo
  • Ownership: Freehold
  • See on Google Earth

Dholhiyadhoo is an island property in Shaviyani Atoll primed for commercial success. Capital investment and ambition are the last hurdles needed to bring this resort to life. 

Previous ownership oversaw the planning and initial development of accommodation units and communal facilities on the island. Though, the construction projects were never seen through to completion. However, the foundations for success remain. In total, the resort features 90 residences, ranging from inland enclaves to stilted accommodations overlooking the surrounding crystalline shores. The island also features a pool, spa, and dive centre, though each needs a degree of refurbishment to be considered functional. The estimation is that the resort project is 30 percent completed. 

A renewed development effort would feasibly take Dholhiyadhoo from potential to functional success.

Dholhiyadhoo is listed for sale here.

14. Madoogali Island (Price Upon Request)

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  • Location: Alifu Alifu Atoll
  • Size: ~38.8 acres, 15.7 hectares
  • Description: 5km from shore, ~6km northeast of Feridhoo, ~32km southwest of Rasdhoo
  • Ownership: Information upon request
  • See on Google Earth

Beachfront villas, a spa facility, an upscale restaurant, and two bars – Moodagali offers another Maldivian resort primed for commercial success. 

The near-40-acre island is located in the Alifu Alifu administrative division and comprises 56 residences – some hidden amongst the interior vegetation, others mere feet from the warm waters of the Indian Ocean. Accommodating luxurious living, these villas and island facilities present an immediate opportunity for rental income.

The surrounding landscapes also offer a wealth of leisure opportunities. Uninhabited islands in the nearby waters are ideal for day trips, and Moodagali’s own shores are perfect for kayaking, swimming, snorkelling, and fishing. 

Here, private leisure combines with commercial luxury.

Madoogali is listed for sale here.

15. Kudafunafaru Island ($55M USD)

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  • Location: Noonu Atoll
  • Size: ~22 acres, 9 hectares
  • Description: 2km from shore, ~3km west of Kudafari, ~12km north of Manadhoo
  • Ownership: Leasehold (50 years)
  • See on Google Earth

Kudafunafaru is an island in the sought-after administrative division of Noonu Atoll – an area popular with tourists for its marine diversity and abundant diving opportunities. 

While the island in its entirety is not for sale, one of its five-star resorts is. The complex, which has a proven history of visitor satisfaction, comprises 50 high-end villas, three restaurants, a communal bar, a fitness centre, and a tennis court. Each of the accommodations’ design and furnishings provides comprehensive comfort – many also boast private pools and offer Indian Ocean vistas.

This is a premier property with immediate income potential – an intriguing opportunity in one of the Maldives’ most popular locations.

Kudafunafaru is listed for sale here.

16. Bulhaaholhi Island ($5.5M USD)

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  • Location: Alifu Dhaalu Atoll
  • Size: ~10.4 acres, 4.2 hectares
  • Description: 4km from shore, ~5km northeast of Mandhoo, ~31km northwest of Maamigili
  • Ownership: Leasehold (50 years)
  • See on Google Earth

Bulhaalholhi is a virgin island in the Alifu Dhaalu administrative division. The property spans an excess of 10 acres and consequently offers development potential – estimations are that the island has the capacity for up to 50 resort villas. Such a complex would open a significant avenue of commercial income. Of course, this undertaking would also need diligent planning and construction. 

Regardless, there is undoubtedly enterprise opportunity should an investor wish to pursue this avenue. 

Alternatively, Buhaalholhi could function as a substantial private residence – an investor’s own personal Maldivian retreat. The island has white sand beaches, supports a wealth of interior vegetation, and sits within some of the most diverse waters on the planet. 

Private or commercial luxury awaits.

Bulhaaholhi is listed for sale here.

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