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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.
A: Although there are a number of different airports in Maldives, most international flights arrive at:
A: From high-end options to those with fewer frills, there's a wealth of choice. Many visitors base themselves in guest houses. Other common places to stay in Maldives are hotels, hotel resorts and all-inclusive hotels.
A: That all depends on what kind of escape in Maldives you want. Choose a hotel and flight, or flight, car and hotel, or hotel and car — or any one of these as a stand-alone. You can also throw in activities and attractions.
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They made us feel like royalty. The hospitality was amazing. It felt like we were alone on the island.
Great and quiet place suitable for amazing service couples
The Island was beautiful. From the very start and welcoming staff, throughout our stay and extreme professionalism from all staff, all the way to our departure, we enjoyed every moment. In particular, Lenlyn, Lukmal, Marvin and Ram from the restaurant we’re all fantastic. Thank you
Amazing service, beautiful property, good food,, great manager
Um paraíso. A limpeza do quarto era um pouco lenta, saíamos para o café da manhã e pedíamos para limpar, voltávamos não haviam feito a limpeza, então tinham que colocar os colchões da piscina conosco dentro...
Absolutely everything was beyond our expectation. The food, drinks, staff and room was all 5 stars