Maldives Destination Guide
Renowned for its abundant white sand beaches and the warm waters of the Indian Ocean, the Maldives may be one of the world's smallest nations but it has countless marvels to offer visitors on Maldives holidays. Whether you are captivated by the Maldives' dark blue waters and colourful coral reefs or you dream of diving beneath the surface to observe countless species of brightly coloured tropical fish, Maldives tours are the definition of an idyllic escape.
Quite simply a dream destination, the coral islands, ring-like atolls and bright blue lagoons of the Maldives are stunning when observed from the air. Check your Maldives travel guide for information about helicopter tours to truly enjoy the sparkling islands from the sky. After booking your flights to Maldives you will encounter endless opportunities to enjoy excursions and fun adventures. Common activities are mainly water-based and include snorkelling, parasailing, jet skiing, sailing, windsurfing, kitesurfing, diving and fishing.
Malé is the capital and commercial centre of the islands. A vibrant city bursting with beautiful mosques, a lively fish market and wonderful coffee shops, cafés and restaurants, Malé is the perfect place to begin your holiday before heading to a more remote resort or a romantic private island.
Maldives resorts are known for being luxurious, although you can find less expensive options if you shop around. From beachside bungalows offering your own strip of private sand, to the multistorey resorts of some islands and simple bed and breakfasts and inns, there is something for every travel style and budget.
The best deals are often Maldives holiday packages, which include accommodation, food and drink and often excursions such as diving and snorkelling. Even if you go all-inclusive, make the time to visit a typical Maldivian village where you can see the friendly locals go about their daily lives, which are often centred around fishing. While there you can also enjoy the delicious Maldivian cuisine, based predominantly around fish and coconut.
The Maldives are also world famous for their diving opportunities and some of the islands even offer specialised dive resorts. Virtually any property offers certification programs for its guests, so don't worry if you arrive uncertified. In addition to exploring the incredible flora and fauna of the numerous coral reefs, and you dive the wreck of the Maldives Victory – an enormous cargo ship which sank in 1981 and is now home to both hard and soft coral and schools of tropical fish.
Offering the best in luxury accommodations and world class diving, the Maldives are just waiting to be explored.