White sand wishes and blue lagoon dreams. Welcome to the Maldives. The breathtaking vistas of atolls, coral islands, and lagoons in the middle of the Indian Ocean have become synonymous with decadent, indulgent romance. This island nation is more than the background scenery of your holiday. It is living, breathing adventure ready for your exploration.
With 1190 islands, this island nation is made for island hopping. From Malé City, take a ferry to inhabited islands like Hulhumale’ or Vilingili. Join a guided tour for meeting with the locals, swimming, trying local cuisine and shopping. This way, you can experience the Maldivians culture before disconnecting from the world for a recharge at your resort.
Add zest to your holiday with water sports. Learn how to surf or scuba dive, paddle across an atoll in a kayak, or for gold by kitesurfing, taking banana boat rides, water-skiing, jet skiing, speed boating, paragliding and more. Most of the resorts in the Maldives offer equipment and facilities, or visitors can head to the inhabited islands for a new scene.
Malé City is an art and culture lover’s dream, and a day trip is all you need. Meander the narrow streets to see historic attractions, such as the China-Maldives Friendship Bridge, National Museum, Republic Square, Sultan Park, a Tsunami Memorial, and the fish market. Finish your day with a meal and drinks with waterfront views.
The Maldivian culture has influences from India, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, the Middle East, Indonesia, and Africa. The influence is evident in Maldivian crafts. Stone carvings, mat weaving, coir rope making, and calligraphy are Maldivian master crafts. But music and dance are where Maldivians shine. Luckily for visitors, many resorts offer traditional music and dance performances.
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