With their beautiful beaches and calm, inviting atmosphere, the Maldives islands are one of the world’s most sought after holiday locations.
Exploring the islands of the Maldives
Located to the south-west of India and Sri Lanka in the Indian Ocean, the Maldives are made up of a chain of over 1000 coral islands. These islands are grouped into twenty-six coral atolls, each of which surrounds a lagoon. These lagoons are home to thousands of species of marine life, and divers will catch a glimpse of everything from the tiniest of tropical fish to mighty sharks.
The Maldives’ many islands are divided between its local residents and its luxurious holiday destinations. Islands with resorts are exclusively used by guests, who can relax on its private beaches, unwind in tranquil spas and delight in candlelit dinners next to the soft waves of the ocean.
However, holidaymakers can also explore islands inhabited by local Maldivians. Here, visitors will get an insight into the islands’ distinct culture, buy local handicrafts and souvenirs and perhaps even go fishing in traditional boats.
Travelling between islands in the Maldives
The majority of visitors to the Maldives fly into Malé, the nation’s capital which is located on the island of the same name. From here, boat travel is the easiest way to access resorts and inhabited islands in the southern region of the country. Resorts in the northern end of the Maldives may be accessed by air taxi, in the form of a seaplane.