Home to some of the most consistently perfect beaches in the world, where over 1,000 islands are fringed by white powdery sand and lapped by luminous azure waters – the Maldives is paradise personified.
The 26 ring-shaped atolls of the Maldives provide the perfect diving and snorkeling environment, with the crystal-clear water acting as a magnet to those keen to experience life below the waves. Adding to the appeal, the water is so warm there is rarely a need for a wetsuit. Discover glorious caves, dazzling coral walls and schools of brightly coloured tropical fish, with the deeper waters being home to a range of manta rays, turtles and reef sharks.
Several atolls offer ideal conditions for board and kite surfing and are also renown for big-game fishing. For something more low-key, visit the fishermen islands and absorb the Maldavian culture.