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10 (almost) deserted islands

Deserted island in Maldives

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Parts of the Maldives

Sitting in the Indian Ocean, the Maldive Islands are made up of an archipelago of more than 1,000 islands. Only a fraction of these landforms are inhabited, and only a handful of these have populations in the thousands. The sandy beaches and tropical foliage of the Maldives give them the kind of scenery we associate with deserted islands. A number of five-star Maldivian resorts have their own private islands where they provide the kind of luxury deserted-island experience that draws honeymooners and the super-rich. However, virtually every resort and tour company in the Maldives provides tours of the surrounding deserted islands, with overnight tent camping options available for Crusoe wannabes.