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The Maldives is a tropical archipelago of coral atoll islands, where reefs and the azure blue water of the deep Laccadive Sea skirt white-sand beaches. Comprising of two strings of islands, the Maldives is a magnificent tropical getaway featuring secluded island resorts, fascinating local culture, great surf breaks, luxurious cruise trips and beautiful marine life.
With over 200 inhabited islands and more than 105 resort islands, it’s easy to find somewhere to suit your pace at the Maldives. Stay in a luxury private island resort or have a unique Maldivian experience in an overwater bungalow. Family-friendly holiday resorts, village inns and local homestays are also available. Explore hundreds of different coral islands across 10 different tourism-friendly atolls.
The Maldives is a well-known scuba diving destination. With long stretches of stunning coral reefs and several hundred kilometres between the islands and any major landmass, the Maldives features extraordinarily clear waters and a beautiful underwater world. Join a guided diving tour and sail out to world-class dive spots to see surgeonfish, manta rays, sharks, beautiful multihued coral and a shipwreck or two.
Enjoy a relaxing spa treatment at your resort or indulge in a local ritual spa experience. Take a day charter tour and spot dolphins or go on a fishing or snorkelling trip. Try delicious local fish curries at small “hotaa” cafés in Malé, the capital city, or enjoy modern European cuisine at your resort.
The Maldives is an Islamic nation and alcohol can only be enjoyed in the privacy of your resort or at the airport. Ensure you respect Islamic traditions of modest dress when visiting villages. Learn about the state religion at the Islamic Centre where you’ll also find the Grand Friday Mosque, a landmark building in Malé. Not far from the Islamic Centre is the National Museum where you can follow the fascinating history of the Maldives.
Reach the Maldives by plane to Malé and the southern atoll of Addu. Explore the islands by boat, seaplane taxis and private yacht. The Maldives’ pristine waters are pleasant for swimming year-round, but the monsoon season between June and August can bring rain and wind. Find the best Maldivian surf breaks between March and October.
Meeru Island Resort & Spa is the only hotel on the private, teardrop-shaped island of Meerufenfushi, 55 minutes by speedboat from Ibrahim Nasir International Airport. Guests can walk the length of the island in 15 minutes, and go scuba diving and snorkeling in the surrounding lagoon and reefs.
This beachfront resort is located in Medhufaru (Noonu Atoll), where area attractions include Randheli Arrival Jetty. Regional attractions also include Kuredu Beach.
Nestled on the beach, this North Ari Atoll resort is 11.6 mi (18.7 km) from Great Banyan Tree and 11.6 mi (18.7 km) from Ibrahim Kalaafaan Mosque and Shrine.
Vilamendhoo Island Resort & Spa is 25 minutes by seaplane from Malé International Airport. The white sand beaches of the resort are surrounded by a lagoon and a coral reef that snorkelers can explore. Guests can venture to nearby islands, and spot marine life including whale sharks and manta rays.
Wake up to the ocean at your door at this Hakuraa Huraa resort, which is set on its own private beach.
Nestled on the beach, this Chaaya Island resort is 0 mi (0 km) from Dhonveli Beach and 0.6 mi (1 km) from Kani Beach.
This Bandos Island resort is on the beach, 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Kuda Bandos Beach, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Bandos Beach and Thulhagiri Beach. Republic Square and Maldives Islamic Centre are also within 32 mi (52 km).
Within easy reach of Kuredu Beach and Kanuhura Beach, this Kuredu Island resort is set on the beach. Area attractions also include Komandoo Beach.