The Maldives is a tropical paradise that has everything: luxurious private resorts, floating chalets, glorious markets, white sandy beaches that look like they come out of the movies, and crystal clear waters teeming with wildlife.

The Maldives offers visitors the chance to explore one of the most beautiful islands in the world. Travel across the many smaller islands, visit some small towns, meet the welcoming locals, and dive down to see the beauty hidden under the sea.

Scuba Diving

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Being one of the most premier scuba diving destinations in the world, scuba diving is a must when you visit the Maldives. Even if you aren’t a qualified diver, there are still many options for you to scuba in the beautiful waters surrounding the islands.

Dotted all across the Maldives, there are many affordable PADI Dive Centres, where you can take part in discovery dives if you aren’t experienced. There are also many scuba diving courses you can take if you want to make scuba a huge part of your holiday.

Underneath the water, the Maldives is known for its immense numbers of stingrays, the Whale Shark migration that happens every year, as well as the many turtles. And you can forget about needing a wetsuit in the perfectly warm water.

Snorkeling

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If you are a bit unsure about scuba diving, or you just want a quick adventure in the waters, then snorkeling is for you. Bring your own snorkel gear or hire a set from one of the vendors on the beach.

With the crystal clear waters all across the islands, you don’t have to dive deep at all to see what the reefs have to offer. You can discover all the wildlife that call the reef home, including huge schools of fish, turtles, and maybe a few friendly surprises.

Dolphin Spotting

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The Maldives is also home to many, many dolphins. The island offers many boat tours that take you out to the dolphins, who are some of the friendliest on earth.

The boat captains will tell you everything you may need to know about the dolphins, and they also keep a safe distance, allowing you to get great views, without disturbing them.

Island Hopping

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The Maldives is made up of many, many islands. Whether they are inhabited, have small towns on them, are tiny with some delightful beaches on them, there are many of them and they all have different things to offer.

The best plan would be to book an island excursion tour, allowing you to visit all the different parts of the Maldives, and discover some hidden gems that have so few people that they may feel like your own private island.

Banana Reef

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Found in the North Malé Atoll, the Banana Reef is the place to be for any keen divers, snorkelers, or swimmers. Shaped like a banana, hence the name, the reef is made up of many small canyons, overhangs, and coral. There is also a much bigger overhang formed by the ocean currents.

Divers and snorkelers can discover very large schools of oriental sweetlips, snappers, and fusiliers. On the south end of the reef, there are many smaller caves that are home to red tooth triggerfish. This protected marine area is in pristine condition and is a must to visit.

Secret Paradise

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Secret Paradise is an exploration of the people and culture of the Maldives. Located on the man-made island of Hulhumalé, visitors can explore and experience how the locals of the Maldives live on a day-to-day basis.

While there, you can explore the freshwater lake, as well as the mangrove swamps. Visitors can also take a full day walking tour of the island of Villimalé, go island hopping, and spend the evening having dinner at the house of locals.

Maadhoo Beach

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Maadhoo Beach is found on the uninhabited island of Maadhoo. The island itself is about half a mile long and 165 yards wide, making it a very calming, but intimate beach experience.

You can book a day trip to this secluded oasis, as well as a picnic so you can spend your day enjoying some delicious food on your own private island. There are also many walking paths, so you can enjoy every inch of this idyllic island.

Huvafen Fushi Underwater Spa & Resort

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The Huvafen Fushi Underwater Spa & Resort is found on the island of Nakatchafushi, which is northeast of Malé and the airport. The resort itself is the ideal place for beach and nature lovers alike.

Being the first underwater resort and spa in the Maldives, the resort offers guests one of the unique experiences in all of the Maldives. Relax while you stare into the water and all the marine life it has to offer.

The resort also has many incredibly luxurious bungalows that watch over the crystal clear sea. There’s also a yoga pavilion, a swimming pool, a gym, as well a variety of water sports and activities.

Velaa Private Island

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Velaa Private Island is an ultra luxurious and exclusive island located 187 km north of Malé. With a variety of luxury accommodation available, the resort caters to every want and need a visitor could have.

The resort also has a spa bungalow to relax while staring out into the crystal clear, turquoise water. You can also keep your golf skills up to par at the practice area. Jet skiing, wakeboarding and stand up paddle boarding are also available.

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With its many islands, beaches, resorts, and towns, the Maldives may seem small but there is so much to do that it will feel like the biggest city you’ve ever been in. There is always a new island to visit or a fresh beach to discover.

Whether you are a lover of the water, wanting to relax on the beach, ingratiate yourself into the culture or spend your day with the locals, the Maldives will not disappoint. It’s not just beaches and views on offer: there’s so, so much more.