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The Maldives

If ever there was a beach-centric destination, it’s the Maldives. This archipelago consists of 1200 islands, meaning endless kilometers of shimmering shoreline for the discerning tourist to choose from. The warmth of the Indian Ocean means you’ll never want to leave. And with so many fabulous activities available on beaches in the Maldives, why would you?

Local Island Beaches

  [caption id="attachment_108" align="aligncenter" width="1504"]maafushi's best beach goldpicasa [CC BY 3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons[/caption]  The first thing to understand about the Maldivian beaches is that there are three sorts: local ones on local islands, tourist ones on local islands and resort beaches. Which beach you visit depends on where you’re staying.

The Maldives are all about the coastline. With world-class diving and stunning beaches, these shoreside getaways are unforgettable. Adding to the array of exotic delights to visit in the Maldives, are the charming capital and heritage sites.

1. Malé

[caption id="attachment_79" align="aligncenter" width="525"]male top place to visit in maldives photo credit: nattu Male' City, Maldives via photopin (license)[/caption] Malé’s the capital and an unmissable place to visit in the country. It’s compact, built in a grid formation, and has just 150 000 residents (meaning there’s little chance of getting lost and you needn’t linger long) but offers interesting diversions for the traveller passing through.