Size does not matter…
and Maldives is the perfect example of that. Comprising over 1,000 islands, Maldives is located southwest of Sri Lanka on the equator with a warm and humid climate throughout the year, and is not only the smallest Asian country, but also the smallest predominantly Muslim nation in the world. It also has the lowest highest point in the world, measuring in at 2.3 metres.
From the air, you’ll see what seems like a string of pearls nestled amidst a silky cerulean backdrop. Once you’re on solid ground, you’ll fall in love with the luminous glow of the sand on the beach, the vivid sapphire and turquoise shades of the sea spreading into the horizon, and best of all, the stunning beauty of the underwater coral gardens…
Welcome to Maldives
The ultimate tropical island getaway that’s straight out of the pages of Paradise! Of course, this means that holiday makers will also be able to revel with an array of water activities apart from appreciating the island’s natural beauty.
Maldives is a world-renowned top diving and snorkelling destination. And it’s no wonder why. In addition to the abundance of underwater life, the waters surrounding the island boast of a high visibility that occasionally exceeds 50 metres! Couple that with the warm year-round temperatures and you get the perfect underwater experience. You’ll be pleased to know that all the resorts in Maldives offer professional diving lessons with multilingual instructors.
Perhaps what’s surprising is that Maldives is also fast gaining popularity as a surfing destination, thanks to the O’Neil Deep Blue Contest that was held here. The best time for surfing here is during the southwest monsoon (May to October).
For those of you who prefer your activities to be dryer, try night fishing – a great opportunity for you to relax under the moon and stars as you are lulled by the soothing motions of the gently rocking boat. But fret not if you’re not a night person, morning and big game fishing are also available.
Or try a spot of whale and dolphin watching. Maldives is among the top five places for this, owing to the fact that it is home to over 20 species (that’s a quarter of the world’s total!), including the Blue Whale, Sperm Whale and rare Tropical Bottlenose Whale as well as Spinner dolphins, Bottlenose dolphins and Spotted dolphins.
And then, of course, when you just want to just kick back and relax, the pristine beaches provide the perfect setting for you to bask in the splendour of your surroundings.