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The Maldives is a collection of islands in the Indian Ocean, home to palm-fringed beaches of powdery-soft white sand and warm, clear waters. Here you can snorkel in blue-green lagoons, swim among brightly colored coral reefs and cruise to uninhabited islands.
Generally the tourist resorts have their own private beaches. Spend long, lazy hours relaxing on the sands while resort staff bring you refreshments. Then treat yourself to a spa treatment.
The clear waters of the Maldives are ideal for snorkeling, scuba diving and underwater photography. Resorts have fully equipped dive schools with lessons available for beginners and intermediates.
Dive at the Banana Reef Dive Site to see pufferfish, bannerfish and several species of grouper. Experienced divers can look for leopard sharks at Gangehi Island's Gangehi Kandu dive site. The islands also have shallow lagoons perfect for snorkeling.
Most of the beaches and resorts rent out equipment for watersports. Go kayaking, windsurfing, sailing, surfing and jet skiing. Charter a boat to fish for tuna, marlin, dorado and barracuda.
While most people come to relax on the beaches or play in the sea, the capital city of Malé is well worth a visit. Gaze at the beautiful architecture of the 17th-century Grand Friday Mosque. The religious building is made from coral stone decorated with carvings, calligraphy and intricate patterns. See examples of Maldivian art at the National Art Gallery. Watch freshly caught fish being gutted at Malé Fish Market.
Book a day trip to one of the less-frequented locations where Maldivians live. Experience local life and culture, visit fishing villages and buy traditional handmade goods.
Most visitors to the Maldives stay in beach bungalows or water bungalows at self-contained luxury private island resorts. The most common way to get into the islands is to fly into Malé. From there, seaplanes or boats will take you to your resort.
Enjoy the very warm temperatures of the Maldives at any time of year. The calm and relaxation are enchanting.
We had a fantastic time on Bandos. We booked the all-inclusive option and we were amazed by the choice of food and drink. The quality of the food was really excellent. The staff were all incredibly helpful and friendly, especially Santosh at the Huvan Bar and Saeed in the restaurant who particularly ...
This island is just as amazing as you imagine. The over the water bungalows are fantastic and the resort is perfect. Our only feedback would be they don't have enough fine dining options and gluten free meals. Mostly it's buffet for the package all meals supplied packages.
Everything amazing except a Lack of coral reef and fish near the beaches. To see fish when snorkeling you really need to go out to the house reef by boat.
The over water suites are wonderful. The view in the morning, extra space, and open air bathroom (if you want to open the doors) are well worth it.
The island was amazing. The rooms and entire resort were very clean. The food was uniquely prepared and tasted really good. There was a wide variety of food and drinks. The staff was very friendly and accommodating.
Nice and relaxing during the time we went. Everything was awesome except one instance when we had our private picnic and the mosquitoes was eating us away. Do not do private picnic, dinner, etc on the other end of the island resort. Beside that everything was awesome.