Located in the Indian Ocean, sunny, unique and unspoiled, the Maldives is an archipelago comprising 1,190 low-lying coral islands scattered across the equator, in groups of 26 naturally occurring atolls which are divided into 20 for administrative purposes.
Maldives Islands are characterized by palm fringed islands with sparkling white beaches, turquoise lagoons, clear warm waters and coral reefs teeming with abundant varieties of marine flora and fauna and thus they posses unique tourism resources though in a one-sided way, namely in the submarine and littoral environment of the islands, lagoons and reefs, associated with the year-round tropical climate.
The Maldives offer the perfect romantic holiday. This cluster of over 1000 islands lies just south of Sri Lanka and is surrounded by the shimmering waters of the Indian Ocean continue to fascinate visitors, as it has fascinated others in the past, for thousands of years. Marco Polo, the Venetian traveler referred to the Maldives as the “flowers of the Indies”, For Ibn Batuta, who traveled extensively during the 14th century and actually lived on the islands, the Maldives was one of the wonders of the world.
This idyllic paradise offers pristine beaches and sheltered reefs teeming with tropical fish. The clear underwater visibility and abundance of coral life make the Maldives one of the world’s best dive destinations. Many of the palm-fringed islands are un-inhabited offering privacy and seclusion whilst other islands offer a choice of sophisticated restaurants and bars. Perfect for honeymoons or a pampering retreat, this exotic destination provides the ultimate in luxury and relaxation. Beautiful resorts offer facilities from thrill-seeking water-sports to revitalizing spas and over-water villas, perfect for enjoying an Indian Ocean sunset. This tranquil paradise has an irresistible allure.
Atolls that form the Maldives were formed about 65 to 200 million years ago from the crust of a deceased volcanic mountain range. The atolls (the word atoll was adapted to English from its Maldivian origin “atholhu” are formed from coral barrier reefs. The part of the reefs which protrude from the sea form into islands, as destroyed coral parts gather thus giving them the attribute of white sandy beaches. Having being protected by the reefs, the lagoons are calm and crystal-clear with abundant species of fish and coral.
Holiday in the Maldives and visit the finest beach destination in the world. Every one of the ninety or so Maldives island-resorts offers the idyllic postcard view of talcum-soft, white sand beach between palm grove and coral lagoon. And when the sun has set, sublimely, over the Indian Ocean, there is time to savour exquisite cuisine and unwind in your romantic room or villa.
Some of the Maldives holiday highlights include
Water Villas – most resorts offer private villas with direct lagoon access.
Spa Treatments – Relaxing treatment derived from ancient Indian and Asian traditions and local ingredients.
Island Hoping – Discover Maldivian culture with a visit to the craft shops and fishing communities of the residential islands.
Diving – Explore the colorful underwater world of the amazing house reefs under expert supervision on a scuba-diving programme.
Other Activities – Excursions such as island hopping, deep-sea fishing, dolphin watching and seaplane sightseeing for the very best view of these magical islands.