You don’t want to visit this beautiful destination and miss its top attractions. Here are a few of our highlights:
Snorkelling and diving: As an archipelago in the Indian Ocean, the Maldives is famed for its inviting azure waters – and you won’t want to miss exploring the world that lives beneath the surface. Here you can spot everything from clownfish, angelfish and parrot fish to stingrays, whitetip reef shark and green sea turtles. They swim amid spectacular coral reefs and can also be spotted among shipwrecks. You can jump straight in and snorkel or head out on a boat trip to dive. Join a night dive after the sun has gone down and you may see the bioluminescent plankton light up the dark waters.
Dine under the ocean: You can see the world beneath the water without getting wet at all when you book a table at Ithaa on Conrad Maldives Rangali Island, an award-winning restaurant situated five metres below sea level. As you enjoy a four-course lunch or six-course dinner, you can watch the sea life through the glass as it swims right past your table. You’ll need to be staying at this resort to dine here but many other resorts boast their own underwater restaurant too, including 5.8 Undersea Restaurant at Hurawalhi Island Resort and M6m at OZEN Life Maadhoo.
Watersports: As well as heading under the water you can enjoy it from the surface too with the wide variety of watersports. The Maldives is a great place for surfers to catch a wave but if you want to take things slower, head out on a stand-up paddleboard. You can also go windsurfing, parasailing or out on a banana boat or fun tube.
Spa: In a destination designed for pure rest and relaxation, there’s nothing better than a treatment to really pamper yourself and let your stresses float away. Many resorts host over-water spas or treatment rooms, where the glass floor means you can enjoy looking at the colourful fish and coral below at the same time. Bliss!
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