Kuda Bandos, Maldives Cruise Port

While sailing the Indian Ocean, you may come to an uninhabited paradise: the cruise port of Kuda Bandos, Maldives (although there are a few buildings here and there). A perfect location for those looking to escape the more crowded tourist areas, Kuda Bandos is not far from the larger island of Bandos and the capital city of Malé, but feels like a world apart. One of the nearly 1,200 coral islands that make up the Maldives, this is a popular spot for ships to drop off passengers for the day for some relaxation among the various hammocks strung up between trees, or to explore the island's flora and fauna. A barbecue dinner isn’t an uncommon end to a perfect day, and you may catch a performance set up by one of the neighboring island resorts. Listed below are a handful of our favorite experiences when cruising to Kuda Bandos, Maldives:
 
  • One of the reasons that the island is so popular is that nearby Malé lacks good beaches. On Kuda Bandos, you'd be hard-pressed to not find a pristine white sand beach where the rest of the world becomes just so much background noise while swimming or just basking in the sun.
     
  • Along with the perfect beaches comes the bluest of water. Snorkeling fans have expressed their delight at exploring the ocean waters here, and you might even run into a manta or reef shark.
     
  • Outdoor sports enthusiasts will also find this an ideal spot for windsurfing, fishing, or diving. If you’re coming from one of the other areas to spend the day here instead getting dropped off by a cruise ship, you can find a boat rental or even a guide.
     
  • When it’s time to get away from the water, talk a walk through the island’s expanse of greenery. Birdwatchers will be delighted with the various tropical birds flying around.
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