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The Maldives

The Maldives are really about two things – islands and water. Even the word ‘Divehi’, used to describe the Maldivian language and people, translates literally as “island”.

Made up of a group of low lying coral islands forming an archipelago of 26 atolls, The Maldives is a honeymooner’s dream, the perfect romantic rendezvous and the ultimate wedding anniversary destination. It is also the perfect place for those who simply want a very grown up and sophisticated version of a bucket and spade holiday. The islands are picture perfect with the whitest beaches, tropical landscapes and aquamarine waters filled with a dazzling array of tropical fish. Nautical pleasures are definitely top of the agenda. The diving is superb and the snorkelling among the best in the world. Add to this night fishing and windsurfing and you have a water sport heaven.

Kunfunadhoo Island is reachable by a wonderful seaplane flight. The journey itself is magical. You fly over hundreds of little islands shimmering like diamonds before splashing down in the tropical ocean. Here are resorts that offer the height in barefoot luxury. You can indulge in your own private beach complete with champagne breakfast at your wish. It truly can be your own bit of paradise.

It is also the perfect place for those who simply want a very grown up and sophisticated version of a bucket and spade holiday. The islands are picture perfect with the whitest beaches, tropical landscapes and aquamarine waters filled with a dazzling array of tropical fish. 

But it is really for the diving that loving couples head to The Maldives. In search of a new experience the beautiful Addu Atoll is worth visiting for its fresh waters and water clarity. The southern-most island of The Maldives provides the visitor with palm fringed and sun-kissed beaches, an abundance of aquatic life, interesting coral reefs and turquoise lagoons. Here diving safaris are hugely popular with 25 dive sites dotted around the outer reef. Demon Point offers advanced divers the opportunity to try drift diving with mantas, grey reef sharks and napoleon wrasse. The British Royalty wreck dive also offers a new experience for those looking for adventure. Another dive that is particularly special is at Mushimasmingili Thila where sharks, giant snappers and tropical reef fish inhabit this pristine and exotic spot.

Your journey will likely begin and end in the capital Male. You can happily while away some time here. Take in the Male Museum and feast your eyes on local artefacts including the Sultan’s throne. The Friday Mosque is also worth a visit being built entirely from coral stone.