Even their name contains the word ‘dive’. So you might expect these islands to offer the world’s most spectacular underwater environment. But the Maldives are also perfect for honeymoons, luxury holidays, romantic getaways…

Beneath the warm, year-round-clear waters of the Indian Ocean lies an enchanting world of living coral, brilliant marine creatures, dazzling fish, majestic manta rays and playful dolphins. And you don’t have to be a hugely experienced diver to enter their world; novices are welcomed, coached…and rewarded with a sensational experience. Even simply snorkelling here becomes an undersea safari.

Above the waves, you have the ultimate luxury beach holiday. You can completely unwind with white sands, immaculate hotels with all the latest spas and people who have a long tradition of welcoming visitors to their islands.

The ocean plays a huge part in local culture, so a night fishing trip aboard a traditional dhoni – or a visit to a deserted island – is something of a ‘must-do’.

Even more romantic are evenings spent dining beneath the stars on a private sandbank. Ask Zelie – one of our Maldives specialists - to talk you through a tailor-made itinerary to the Maldives. And don’t be surprised if she recommends you take binoculars – the better to see large fish from a seaplane, or simply wonder at the vivid stars as you lie on the beach after dinner.

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