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Gorgeous blue waters welcome visitors to paradise

Best known for over-the-water bungalows and sweeping sea views, the Maldives top many travel lists for good reason. The atolls dotting the Indian Ocean promise elevated resorts and rock-star-level privacy. Embrace ultimate relaxation on stretches of sandy beaches or from the deck of a gently swaying boat. Taste fresh seafood, treat yourself to pampering, and play in the serene blue waters, leaving your cares on the mainland.

As a top-tier destination, the Maldives are relatively easy to navigate with minimal planning. Take time to understand your options, then prepare to indulge in the island life.

Sandy Beaches of the Maldives

Unique Experiences in the Maldives

Take a moment to get inspired by the best things to eat, see and do when visiting the Maldives, along with a few hints on how to get around.

Fresh seafood with Indian influence
What to Eat

In the Maldives, no matter the time of day, find three beloved food groups on your plate: fish, coconut, and starches. From lobster to tuna, expect the freshest seafood on every island. Sip local tea, coffee, or a coconut drink on the beach. Enjoy the Indian influence, with savory curries and bonda. Be sure to try fish dumplings and masroshi, the famous Maldivian snack of fried dough stuffed with fish or your favorite filling.

Capital City of Male
What to See

Before hopping to a resort on a smaller island, spend a day in the capital city of Male touring the fish market, the mosque, and the National Museum. The islands provide no shortage of fun on and in the dreamy, crystal-clear water. Spot birds, fish, sea turtles, and more. Take a boat ride to a quiet beach, or unwind with a massage at the spa while listening to the waves gently lap against the piers.

Sea Creatures and colorful coral in the Maldives
What to Do

The sparkling blue water invites visitors from every direction. Whether you prefer to snorkel or scuba dive, slip below the surface and get to know the sea creatures and colorful coral. Try your hand at a range of water sports from surfing to jet skiing, with rentals available through most resorts. Relax on the beach with your toes in the soft sand. Take a boat tour to see dolphins jumping out of the cerulean waters at sunset.  

Take a private boat to explore a nearby island for the day.
How to Get Around

Most visitors land in Male, then transfer to a smaller island via a boat ride or a short, scenic flight. Book a ferry or private boat to explore a nearby island for the day. Easily navigate the small islands on foot to see a new beach or meet local craftspeople at the market. Admire the blue stretching in every direction from the deck of a dhoni boat, or parasail over the reefs for an unbeatable view.

Featured Properties

Looking for a place to stay while on the islands? Check out these options offering great locations with even better rates.

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Coco Bodu Hithi Maldives

North Male Atoll, Maldives

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Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu Maldives

Dhuni Kolhu Island, Maldives

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