Maldivians have the same motto to welcome visitors on their arrival to their archipelago: "Maldives, the sunny side of life". White sand beaches, warm turquoise waters and plenty of sunshine define this part of the world, but you already know this. However, the Maldives have a significant north and south variation in the structure and development of the islands and atolls: apart from having the country's highest point, the north has smaller islands and an enormous number of underwater ring reefs, while the south has deeper lagoons and fewer and therefore stronger channels into and out of the atolls. Luxury island getaways in the Maldives are meant for travellers who love being outdoors, and activities here almost always centre around the ocean: scuba-dive beautiful corals and encounter unique fish or snorkel the world-reputed Banana Reef: there are tons of water sports, golf courses, luxury accommodations and local cultural experiences to enjoy. Here's our top advice for the Maldives and why you should visit this perfect paradise this winter.
Island-hopping is the best option if you’re keen to discover Maldives from a radically different perspective, and consists of a combination of visits to other resorts, inhabited islands and uninhabited islands. Lunch might be packed or, much better, barbecued fresh on a desert island offering good snorkelling. The inhabited island visit might include a walk up and down the main street and some shopping, or a guided trip around the island, meeting locals and visiting historical places of interest. Another option is a desert island excursion overnight for a couple, armed only with a mobile phone and bottles of champagne. Inevitably called a Robinson Crusoe excursion, this can be a very special one-off experience.
Explore Ari Atoll
With 37 incredible dive sites, Ari Atoll offers a variety of beautiful corals as well as unique stone fish and scorpion fish. You can dive with white tip reef sharks, grey reef sharks, tuna, eagle rays and manta rays. Lucky divers might even catch sight of a whale shark, as this is one of the few places in the world where they can be seen!
Enjoy dinner at Ithaa Undersea restaurant
Ithaca is the world’s first all-glass undersea restaurant, located five metres below sea level at the Conrad Rangali Maldives Island resort in the Maldives. The panoramic view allows visitors to dine while watching thousands of fish swim around them, all without getting their feet wet! Entering the restaurant is magical, rather like tumbling down a tropical version of Alice in Wonderland’s rabbit hole. Just inches away through the glass, there are fish of every colour and shape imaginable, and the luckiest diners might glimpse turtles, stingrays or even sharks.
Dive the Banana Reef
West of Farukolhufushi Island in the North Malé Atoll is where divers, snorkellers and swimmers will find the magnificent and world-famous Banana Reef. Shaped like a banana, this protected marine area is perfect for both advanced and beginner divers. The reef offers small canyons, overhangs and soft coral. In the centre of the reef is a large overhang formed by the ocean’s currents. Here, divers and snorkellers will come into contact with large schools of oriental sweet lips, snappers and fusiliers. On the south end of the reef, discover a wall with some smaller caves filled with red tooth trigger fish.
Watch the Mudhdhoo beach light up at night
Anyone who loves a sky full of stars should head over to the twinkling beaches of Mudhdhoo in the Baa Atoll. Originally thought to be caused by phytoplankton, a type of glowing sea organism, the glowing, starry beaches in the Maldives are courtesy of a type of tiny crustacean called ostracods. This phenomenon usually occurs from around September to November, but it all really depends on the moon and weather and can extend up to February. And though Dusit Thani Maldives’ beach is the best spot to witness it close up, we have heard the glow is visible from neighbouring islands.
Discover Fulhadhoo Beach
There are thousands of breathtaking beaches in the Maldives, but if we had to pick a favourite, we’d choose Fulhadhoo Beach. This pristine beach is located on the island of Fulhadhoo, in the Southern Maalhosmadulhu Atoll, about two hours northwest of Malé by speedboat. Virtually uninhabited, with only around 250 residents of the small village on the east side of the island, you will really feel like you’ve found a little piece of paradise in this remote location. With bright white sandy beaches, abundant palm growths, and blue and turquoise coloured lagoons, Fulhadhoo Beach will leave its visitors in awe at just how special it is.
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