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Vacations in Maldives


A Nation of Small Islands Set in a Big Blue Sea

Maldives Overview

Picture a small, palm-covered island ringed by a dazzling ring of sand that seems to float in aquamarine shallows. Now multiply this vision by 1,000, and you have the Maldives. When it comes to idyllic island escapes, this nation of oceanic atolls sets the standard. More than 100 resorts perch on private islands, sequestering guests in a tropical oasis of luxury and tranquility. The sparkling waters of surrounding lagoons become playgrounds for every manner of water sport, and coral reefs and walls provide endless hours of snorkeling and diving pleasures. Travelers seeking a broader view can cruise on liveaboard vessels that cruise to all corners of the archipelago.


Watch manta rays circle and bank around a cleaning station. Drift through tidal channels in the company of gray reef sharks. Get enveloped in swarming baitfish as they are corralled by tuna and Napoleon wrasse. Swim with a whale shark. Hunt for more than 2,000 species of marine life on shallow reefs.

SCUBA diving in Maldives
Snorkeling in Maldives


Take sailing lessons. Try windsurfing or kiteboarding. Fly high on a parasail. Skim the lagoon on water skis. Paddle to a deserted island. Troll a line for a fresh catch.