The Maldives is made up of over 1,000 islands spanning hundreds of miles in the Indian Ocean. Some are several miles wide, while others can be a few thousand feet wide (or less!).
While most of these islands are uninhabited, several hundred are occupied either with local villages or with resorts- often just one per island. This makes picking islands to visit a difficult endeavor for a number of reasons, with sheer quantity to choose from being one of the biggest.
In this one, we want to look at one aspect of the decision-making process you need to consider, and that is whether you want to visit a local Maldives island or one occupied by a resort. Your choice here could significantly impact your experience overall, and deciding between these two general categories is the first step in figuring out what island is ultimately best for you.