Nestled within the Indian Ocean, the naturally beautiful and tranquil Maldives is generally thought of as a honeymoon spot and often overlooked as an adventure destination. In reality, a visit to this island paradise offers so many activities to satisfy all tastes. From deep sea diving to relaxing spa experiences and delicious dining, here are five reasons why you should head to Maldives for an invigorating holiday.
Imagine isolated stretches of silky white sand and crystal blue waters just waiting to be explored. Combine this with the fact that Maldives is made up of 26 atolls – or ring shaped island formations – and you’ll get an idea of how many stunning beaches this nation has to offer. Additionally, temperatures on Maldives’ islands rarely drop below 25 degrees Celsius, making it the perfect location for a beach getaway.
Many resorts have their own beach sections for guests, so you can dine, stargaze and relax in peace and privacy. One incredibly scenic beach is the South Ari Atoll's Nalaguraidhoo, and there are also popular stretches on the Cocoa, Nika, and Banyan Tree Islands.
There’s an abundance of water activities available in Maldives, including diving at the famous Banana Reef and Fish Head sites, and underwater marine-life viewing tours. Scuba diving and snorkelling are also very popular activities thanks to Maldives’ diverse native marine life and stunning coral formations. You can also surf, canoe, or even try kayaking.
Maldives is made up of 1,102 islands that form 26 atolls. Moving from one island to the next via jet, boat, or a small waterbus known as a dhoni is a wonderful way to witness the natural beauty of the islands and to experience something new. Start at the landmark fish factory famous for its tuna in Felivaru and then take a boat over to Naifaru, the bustling capital of the Lhaviyani Atoll, for a glimpse of daily life on the island.
A tempting array of international cuisine awaits you in Maldives. At the world-class resorts, you'll find global fare from the deep flavors of Italian food to gourmet preparations of fresh seafood. Local venues tend to offer more authentic Maldivian cuisine, which is largely seafood-based and often incorporates spices and coconut. Area favorites include riha curry, made with fish and coconut milk, and kulhi borkibaa, a spicy fish cake.
Enjoy fresh seafood and European fare at Thila on the North Malé Atoll or indulge your vegetarian side at Just Veg on Kanifushi Island. Sample local and global fare while watching the sea life above you through a glass ceiling at the Ithaa Undersea Restaurant on Rangali Island, or taste local dishes at the Stingray Beach Inn on Maafushi Island.
The Maldives is known for its relaxing atmosphere, so it's not surprising that there are many renowned spas and wellness facilities here. One example is the spa at Six Senses Laamu on Olhuveli Island. This spa uses a unique science-meets-human-awareness approach and features cutting-edge treatments, fitness, and nutrition programs. There is also the Lime Spa in PER AQUUM on the Huvafen Fushi Island, which features underwater treatment rooms and offers everything from purification rituals to luxurious facials.
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