Counting the precise number of islands in the Maldives, which is spread over 90,000 square kilometres, is complicated by the fact that many of them disappear at high tide. Official estimates hover at around 1,190.
Island hopping is less popular than might be supposed; those outside the tourist zone are off-limits to foreigners, and those within it are very much interchangeable. Seaplanes and speedboats bridge the gaps for anyone sparked by wanderlust.
Note that some resorts reserve an offshore island for honeymooners and those of a similar mindset, ferrying them out there in the morning and arranging a pick-up in the afternoon. Comparisons with the Garden of Eden before the Fall are inescapable. There's no need for fig leaves either.