Circumnavigating Hadahaa Island in Huvadhoo Atoll, Maldives


One of the most unique features about the Maldives is that almost all the luxury resorts form part of a private island. Each of these one thousand islands that make up the Maldives are sprinkled around the atolls and are truly unique. There is something to be said about being on a tiny island where no cars exist, few amenities exist off the resort and you have the place all to yourself. Our stay on Hadahaa with the Park Hyatt Maldives showed what this type of island life looked like; a window into the soul of life in the Maldives.

This post is one chapter on our third Round the World trip via South Korea, Vietnam, Singapore, the Maldives and India. This trip was redeemed through Air Canada’s Aeroplan and through Starwood Preferred Guest (Marriott Bonvoy) and Hyatt Gold Passport (World of Hyatt) loyalty programs. For more information on how this trip was booked, please see our trip introduction here. For other parts of the trip, please see this index.

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Circumnavigating Hadahaa Island in Huvadhoo Atoll, Maldives.

“Time spent on a Maldivian Private Island is a unique experience not found in many beach resorts around the world. The immersion into nature is usually substantial and a stark contrast to my every day corporate life. “

On this visit to the Park Hyatt Maldives, we stayed in a wonderful Park Hyatt Maldives Pool Villa. We also had the opportunity to circumnavigate the Hadahaa Island, took in a back of house tour, explored and snorkled the wonderful Hadahaa house reef, and enjoyed many sunsets on Hadahaa.

For our experience during our last stay, or a look at some other room configurations, please see here for our time in a Park Hyatt Maldives Park Villa and Park Hyatt Maldives Over Water Villa.

Where is Hadahaa Island?

The Hadahaa Island is located in the Southern Maldives in the eastern portion of Huvadhoo Atoll. The Hadahaa Island is host the Park Hyatt Maldives, The atoll itself is ringed by some inhabited Madlvian islands, although it can be challenging to explore these independently since most access to the islands requires approval and the requisite transportation. We visited the nearby Gemanafushi Island on a previous visit and it was a pretty interesting and unique window into traditional Maldivian life.

About Hadahaa Island:

The Hadahaa Island is a gorgeous place. As host to the Park Hyatt Maldives, it’s simply one of the most attractive beach holidays on earth. One of the things that makes this place so darn appealing is that you have the entire island to yourself (and maybe 100 other guests) in an environment like this. It’s small enough to be easily explored, it has no day tourists, and looks great from every angle. 

All to yourself: Sandy Northern Beach

The Hadahaa Island is best explored at low ride. The island is ringed by mostly sandy beaches on the north side. There are some portions on the south side that contain some rocks; however for the most part the entire island is circumnavigatable without many challenges.

There are a few areas on the South of the Island where the beach gets lean at high tide

For the most part, the Bach is pretty broad and expansive. It has those typically gorgeous white sands set against crystal emerald and blue sea waters. IF you are nearby to the house reef, you can see the coral life peeking through to the waters below.

Sandy Beaches with a gradual incline into the water
Coral Life Lurks Below

The island contains approximately 52 villas surrounded around the edge of the island. There are also a number of over water villas that stretch out on a single arched pontoon over the water. All the overwater villas have a sunset facing view.

Views of the Over Water Pontoon
The Clearest Waters; as nature intended
Fine Sand on the Beaches
Park Hyatt Over Water Villas
Looking Out Towards the Overwater Pontoon
And Back Towards the Forested Hadahaa Island

Continuing around the island, it’s a complete stunner to photograph. The northern portion of the island has the majority of the sand bars and is where some of the best photographs are.

A Sandy Tropical Paradise
Where the Sand Meets the Water
A Ring of Fine Sand
Sunset Jetty
An absolute island paradise

It is pretty easy to be inspired into relaxation when you arrive to a place as pretty as this. While I have been fortunate enough to visit some of the nicer places in the world, there were few beach holidays that met the wonder and the beauty of Hadahaa.

Arrival Jetty

What time is like on Hadahaa Island:

Its hard to have words that describe the beauty of a place like this. Being stranded in luxury on a remote island in the middle of the Indian Ocean is something that should be on everyone’s bucket list. It’s easy to be inspired and relaxed when you’re on a private island get away like this.

If you’ve spent some time on Hadahaa while staying at the Park Hyatt Maldives, did you find it as inspiring a place as I did?

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