Maldives at a glance

When planning a trip to the Maldives, there are a few decisions to be made: hotel or cruise? Water sports or relaxation? Our Maldives travel guide has all the answers. On the water or under it? One island or several? Here, it's all about the sea, and the beautiful beaches waiting for you when you come out. The Maldives are made up of 1,199 islands stretching across almost 500 miles between the Arabian Sea and the Laccadive Sea, most of which are uninhabited, or only home to hosts welcoming visitors. Wondering what there is to see in the Maldives? Grab a mask and snorkel and head beneath the waves for a kaleidoscope of colourful critters and corals. Scuba divers can visit some of the most beautiful spots in the world, including the wreck of the Victory on the North Male Atoll and the manta ray cleaning station on the South Male Atoll.
Discover less visited sites, too, and go diving in the northern atolls, Baa-Raa atolls, or Olhugiri Kandu in the southern part of the archipelago. Welcome to a watery kingdom.
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