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Ihuru Island, Maldives
Ihuru Island, Maldives – Image courtesy of Angsana Resort

Introducing the Maldives


The Maldives offer idyllic surroundings for couples who want to savour intimate moments together in a unique and serene environment – just one reason why the Maldives is rated as one of the best beach holiday destinations in the world.

Discover a choice of tranquil and pampered settings on any of the more than 80 exclusive resort islands that stretch like a string of pearls across 70,000 square metres of ocean along the equator.

Here you can discover tiny coral islands mainly covered by lush tropical vegetation and encircled by gorgeous palm-fringed, white-sand beaches.

 
Kayaking in the Maldives

What to do and see in the Maldives


The Maldives offers a range of active pursuits and attractions – the widely spaced islands are widely regarded as having some of the best snorkelling and diving grounds in the world. It is also the ideal place for surfing, windsurfing, fishing and kayaking.

See colourful reef fish, including the remarkable powder-blue surgeonfish, from a private sundeck or through the glass floor of an over-water villa.

Dive pristine offshore reefs that are famous for their wealth of marine life, or go swimming, snorkelling, kayaking (photo – Veligandu Island) and windsurfing in sheltered lagoons.

Cruise to an uninhabited desert island for a seafood and champagne luncheon, enjoy water skiing thrills or go game fishing for tuna.

At sunset, sail on a traditional dhoni fishing boat while dolphins play alongside or settle into moments of pure romance while sipping champagne in the privacy of your stylish villa.

Relax in exotic seclusion overlooking stunning sugar-white beaches and pristine coral reefs. Wake up to the sound of rippling waves, spend a lazy morning on your private sundeck over the sparkling waters of the Indian Ocean or take a plunge in your private infinity-edge pool.

 
Cocoa Island, South Malé Atoll, Maldives

Accommodation


The Maldives offers a choice of stylish and luxurious beach villas and over-water suites often situated on idyllic private islands that fringe tranquil lagoons, such as idyllic Coca Island Resort (photo) on Cocoa Island, South Malé Atoll – just perfect for honeymoon couples.

Resorts in the Maldives are spread across slightly more than 200 inhabited islands, with North Ari Atoll, South Ari Atoll, North Malé Atoll and South Malé Atoll being the most popular, probably as they offer quicker access from the capital Malé.

 

Best time to visit the Maldives


It’s best to visit the Maldives during the northeast monsoon from December to April when it’s cooler and quite dry. Daytime temperatures average 28˚C year round.

The Maldives has a hot tropical climate with cooling daytime sea breezes. The southwest monsoon from May to November brings wind and rain, particularly in June and July.
  For more climate info: Maldives Weather Guide

 
Air taxi, Male Airport

Location

– The Maldives (pronounced MAHL-deeves) is an archipelago of 26 coral atolls, which are fragmented into about 1190 low-lying coral islands that lie scattered in the Indian Ocean around 600km southwest of the southern tip of India and Sri Lanka.

Getting there

– Qantas and Singapore Airlines offer convenient flights via Singapore, with connections from all major Australian airports; as well as direct flights from London with connecting flights from major airports in the USA. Maldivian Air Taxi Twin Otter's routinely serve the outer islands from Malé.
  Read more about getting to the Maldives and around the island.
Latest update for this beach holiday destination: 6 April, 2014
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