Maldivians have the same motto to welcome visitors at their arrival on 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 obviously, you already know about this. But 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 see unique fish or snorkel the world reputed Banana Reef, here are tons of water sports, golf courses, luxury accommodations, and local cultural experiences to enjoy. Here's our top advice in the Maldives and why you should visit this perfect paradise this winter.
Experience island hopping
Island hopping is the best option to discover Maldives from a radically different point of view, and consists of combination of visits to other resorts, inhabited islands and uninhabited islands. Lunch might be packed or, much better, barbecued fresh on a desert island with good snorkelling. The inhabited island visit might be a walk up and down the main street with samey samey shopping or it might be a guided trip around the island, meeting locals and visiting historical places of interest. Another variation 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, gray reef sharks, tuna, eagle rays, and manta rays. If divers are lucky enough, they may catch sight of a whale shark, as this is one of the few places in the world where they can be seen!
Get diner 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, snorkelers, and swimmers will find the magnificent and world reputed protected marine area Banana Reef. Shaped like a banana (how it got the name), this 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 snorkelers will see large schools of oriental sweet lips, snappers, and fusiliers. On the south end of the reef, find 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, one 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 it’s possible to see the glow in the distance from neighboring islands.
Discover Fulhadhoo Beach
There are thousands of breathtaking beaches in the Maldives, but shall we select one among the others, Fulhadhoo Beach is our choice. This pristine beach is located on the island of Fulhadhoo, which is located in the Southern Maalhosmadulhu Atoll, about two hours northwest of Malé by speedboat. Nearly uninhabited, as there are only about 250 people who reside in a small village on the east side of the island, you will really feel like they have 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 this beach is.
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