Emerald blue lagoons, azure beaches and ever-blue skies are what characterise the Maldives, the tropical gem in the Indian Ocean. Composed of 26 coral atolls which are made up of hundreds of islands, this island destination is perfect for couples and honeymooners enticed by the prospect of a secluded, romantic getaway, families seeking fun and water sports enthusiasts in pursuit of adventure.
With the Maldives consisting of 99% sea and 1% land, it is no wonder that that this country is a leading water sports hub. Visitors can enjoy water activities including the ever-popular swimming, snorkelling and diving as well as surfing, canoeing, kayaking and windsurfing. For those preferring dry land beach volleyball, football, tennis, basketball, golf and yoga are on offer.
Visitors can also explore the underwater treasures of the Maldives by embarking on a submarine dive where they’ll be awed by the richness and diversity of the marine life. Imagine schools of vibrant tropical fish and magnificent caves. In deeper waters, manta rays, turtles and the world’s largest fish, the whale shark, are waiting to be explored. Above water, sunset cruises allow visitors to behold the magnificent vista of scarlet and lavender skies as the sun sets along the horizon. A pod of dolphins are at the ready to dazzle visitors with their acrobatic prowess as they leap in and out of the water.
When the Maldivian sun sets the party begins. Visitors can chill out in the underground nightclub (yes, it exists!), dance all night at a performance hosted by an international DJ or sway the night away at a beach party.
Accommodation ranges from budget to luxurious; at the top end the five and six-star properties offer personal butlers, private lap pools and pillow menus. Either way, visitors will be surrounded by palm trees, exotic flora, white sandy beaches and turquoise lagoons. An ideal island getaway for all.