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Maldives Holiday

These low-lying islands in the Indian Ocean are renowned for their luxurious resorts. Enjoy secluded beaches, watersports and a colorful underwater world.

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.


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Bandos Maldives AU$456
Reviewed on 11 Jan. 2020
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Bandos Maldives

Bandos Maldives

North Male Atoll, Bandos Island
     
    4.4 of 5
    5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Simply amazing. We were upgraded to a Superior Vila. Nice gesture on arrival. The villa is almost brand new. Furniture and fittings just perfect. Bathroom huge with a fantastic skyview shower. Paid for half board. We thought the food was perfect. Huge choice of quality meals. I think there was only ...

    Hard Rock Hotel Maldives AU$819
    Reviewed on 8 Jan. 2020
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    Hard Rock Hotel Maldives

    Hard Rock Hotel Maldives

       
      4.5 of 5
      5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      In general the villa is very beautiful, cleanliness is good and the view is very beautiful .

      Hotel Jen Malé, Maldives by Shangri-La AU$395
      Reviewed on 17 Nov. 2019
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      Hotel Jen Malé, Maldives by Shangri-La

      Hotel Jen Malé, Maldives by Shangri-La

      Ameer Ahmed Magu, Malé, Kaafu Atoll
         
        4.0 of 5
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Helpful staff, conviennent location. Spa service is nice and great view from rooftop bar.

        Samann Grand AU$246
        Reviewed on 27 Dec. 2019
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        Samann Grand

        Samann Grand

        Roashanee Magu, Malé, Male
           
          4.4 of 5
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Great hotel in Male. very hospitable environment, great staff, comfortable small hotel, great food. My family and I felt great in this hotel.

          Kurumba Maldives AU$390
          Reviewed on 7 Jan. 2020
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          Kurumba Maldives

          Kurumba Maldives

          North Male Atoll, Vihamanafushi
             
            4.7 of 5
            5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Great staff and good place for kids. Lots of activities available.

            The Sun Siyam Iru Fushi AU$768
            Reviewed on 6 Jan. 2020
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            The Sun Siyam Iru Fushi

            The Sun Siyam Iru Fushi

            Noonu Atoll Republic Of Maldives, Iru Fushi
               
              4.6 of 5
              4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Property needs upkeep we got a villa and assigned a butler who made dinner reservations for us. All restaurants were booked for dinner and only the butler can make the reservations. We were in limbo where we would eat for dinner. Restaurants were good but can not compare to 5 star property

              Emerald Maldives Resort & Spa - All Inclusive AU$1,259
              Reviewed on 18 Nov. 2019
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              Emerald Maldives Resort & Spa - All Inclusive

              Emerald Maldives Resort & Spa - All Inclusive

              Fasmendhoo Island, Fasmendhoo, Raa Atoll
                 
                4.9 of 5
                5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Modern decor with great views. Excellent attention to detail

                Shangri-La's Villingili Resort & Spa Maldives AU$1,099
                Reviewed on 8 Dec. 2019
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                Shangri-La's Villingili Resort & Spa Maldives

                Shangri-La's Villingili Resort & Spa Maldives

                Villingili Island, Addu Atoll, Villingili Island
                   
                  4.6 of 5
                  5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Beautiful natural landscaping, secluded large island, wonderful water villas, lovely interior and exterior design and water sport activities.

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