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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.
All the way through from our speedboat transfer to the island to our return transfer to Male was perfect. The level of service was the highest we had ever experienced. The staff were lovely and nothing was too much trouble. The overwater suite was large and luxurious and the island itself was wonderful. ...
On the money wise, Bandos is too cheap compare to all the 5 Star resorts in Caribbean area, Hawaii and Bora Bora. All the staffs are so friendly. Salad bar, pastry and deserts are wonderful. They did really good job to run their restaurants . Orchid spa is affordable price and I had wonderful time ...
Everything amazing except a Lack of coral reef and fish near the beaches. To see fish when snorkeling you really need to go out to the house reef by boat.
Everything was excellent. Thank you. Staff were very friendly.
Helpful staff, conviennent location. Spa service is nice and great view from rooftop bar.
Great location with excellent in house reef to snorkel on. Rooms clean and tidy, on the whole food was very good and the staff were all friendly and helpful. Drinks were readily available from the bar as well as water is in the rooms with tea and coffee. Boat ride is a little long- 1 1/2 hr plus, ...
Staff were very friendly..Service was excellent.. Room is beautifully designed..