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The Maldives is a collection of islands in the Indian Ocean, home to palm-fringed beaches of powdery-soft white sand and warm, clear waters. Here you can snorkel in blue-green lagoons, swim among brightly colored coral reefs and cruise to uninhabited islands.
Generally the tourist resorts have their own private beaches. Spend long, lazy hours relaxing on the sands while resort staff bring you refreshments. Then treat yourself to a spa treatment.
The clear waters of the Maldives are ideal for snorkeling, scuba diving and underwater photography. Resorts have fully equipped dive schools with lessons available for beginners and intermediates.
Dive at the Banana Reef Dive Site to see pufferfish, bannerfish and several species of grouper. Experienced divers can look for leopard sharks at Gangehi Island's Gangehi Kandu dive site. The islands also have shallow lagoons perfect for snorkeling.
Most of the beaches and resorts rent out equipment for watersports. Go kayaking, windsurfing, sailing, surfing and jet skiing. Charter a boat to fish for tuna, marlin, dorado and barracuda.
While most people come to relax on the beaches or play in the sea, the capital city of Malé is well worth a visit. Gaze at the beautiful architecture of the 17th-century Grand Friday Mosque. The religious building is made from coral stone decorated with carvings, calligraphy and intricate patterns. See examples of Maldivian art at the National Art Gallery. Watch freshly caught fish being gutted at Malé Fish Market.
Book a day trip to one of the less-frequented locations where Maldivians live. Experience local life and culture, visit fishing villages and buy traditional handmade goods.
Most visitors to the Maldives stay in beach bungalows or water bungalows at self-contained luxury private island resorts. The most common way to get into the islands is to fly into Malé. From there, seaplanes or boats will take you to your resort.
Enjoy the very warm temperatures of the Maldives at any time of year. The calm and relaxation are enchanting.
I had an amazing stay at Bandos, the island is beautiful, big enough to explore and close enough to Male (20 ish minutes by boat) to take part in lots of activities. My last visit at a different resort, I was a 40 min seaplane journey from Male, which was nice, quite and romantic, however for long ...
This was our honeymoon. The place is so beautiful to stay there for longer periods as well - we just planned to do nothing strict: relaxing, swimming, sun-bathin, snorkeling etc. We were so tried in the previous months so we thought that this place can be great! You have to pay all-inclusive package ...
All of it amazing my only critique was the service sometimes. Probably a cultural thing - but found the men quite rude and abrupt. I had upgraded to full board and one of them loudly accuse me of not paying for lunch was my complaint about the place
The location was great (easy to find and access for us work permit holders), the room was clean and really nice, and we loved the breakfast!
Loved everything about this property, wish I was there right now. Friendly staff and relaxed atmosphere made for a great 5 days relaxing.
Our 1st experience of the Maldives was excellent with Kandima. Our family room was well decorated with a beautiful view of the Indian Ocean. The food was amazing in all the restaurants and facilities around the island was 2nd to none. Would definitely go back again.
Staff were very cordial to us. Excellent house reef for snorkeling and they take very good care of it. Every day spent there was an amazing experience for us. Thank you Vilamendhoo.