Some people may be scratching their heads wondering where are the Maldives, others have already been there and are planning on going back. Twenty-six atolls in the Indian Ocean make up the Maldives. There are more than 200 Maldive islands although most are uninhabited. Lying southwest of India, about 393,500 people call this area home.

Sinhalese, Arab, and South Indian influences blend to give the country its unique culture. Locals enjoy dining on spicy fish. Laws prohibit developers from building more than one resort on each of the 200 inhabited Maldives islands. Only about 116,000 people live in Male making it the smallest capital in the world.

Maldives Traveling Overview

Laying on a white sandy Maldives beach is the most popular pastime on a Maldives vacation. Some developers build resorts around top beaches. Looking for the best beaches in the Northern Maldives leads one to Haa Alif, North Kaafu Atoll, and North Ari Atoll. Searching for the best beaches in the Southern Maldives leads one to Seenu, South Kaafu Atoll, and South Ari Atoll. Visit the Maldives from November to April for the best beach weather. Respect the country’s culture by wearing a one-piece swimsuit if not enjoying Maldives resort beaches.

Diving is popular with visitors to the Maldives. Guests find that the best time to go diving is from late December to April when surface conditions are near perfect. Napoleon wrasse swim in the warm Indian Ocean waters all year. Visiting the Kandooma Thila dive site often results in seeing large schools of barracudas swimming together. Divers often see white gray reef sharks swimming along. Approaching the hard coral bottom allows visitors to groupers and snappers. Dive at Kandooma Thila just off the South Male Atoll to see walls covered by some of the healthiest soft coral on earth. Watch for gray sharks, white-tip sharks and eagle rays. Surface to do a safety check among green turtles and batfish.

Find a variety of other water activities to do near Maldives resorts. Sail a catamaran or row a canoe through the crystal-clear water. Water ski or tube behind a boat. Enjoy more adventurous water activities like wakeboarding, parasailing, or stand-up paddleboarding. Learn more about the area by going on a jet ski tour. Kick up the action another notch with a ride on an underwater scooter. Strap on an X-jetpack to fly above the water’s surface. Go on a quiet boat ride to relax.

4 Resorts in the Maldives

Find many top Maldives resorts. Enjoy over-the-top luxury at these resorts making you want to stay for a long time.

Gili Lankanfushi

A Robinson Crusoe ambiance greets guests after a quick speedboat ride to Gili Lankanfushi. Be assigned a personal butler who caters to your every need. Stay in the massive villas perched over the turquoise water. Jump from the hammocks on each villa’s large decks directly over the water. Move to the private rooftop terrace on each villa for amazing stargazing. Learn to dive at the resort’s diving school before taking a snorkeling day trip. Remove your shoes as they are not allowed here.

  • Prices begin at $1,964/night;
  • Reservations through hotel portal;
  • Best for couples;
  • Address: Lankanfushi, North Male, Maldives;

Per Aquum Havufen Fushi

Step into luxury at this resort located on its own private island after a quick speedboat ride at Per Aquum Havufen Fushi. Choose between a beachfront villa or a villa perched over the water. Indulge in a spa treatment at the world’s only spa located completely underground. Dine on Asian-inspired raw food while seated by the water or eat pizza cooked in a wood-fired oven while seated under the shade of coconut trees.

  • Prices start at $1,674;
  • Reservations through Trip Advisor;
  • Best for couples;
  • Address: Huvafen Fushi Island, Maldives;

Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa

Jump on a seaplane to arrive at the secluded Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa. Staff warmly welcome guests to this resort situated on the deepest atoll in the Maldives. Choose between pool villas or villas over the water. Fresh food is prepared with hydroponic vegetables and herbs grown in the resort’s garden. Snorkeling and scuba diving are popular at this resort located on the Gaafu Alifu Atoll. Guests are provided with the private cell number for their personal butler.

  •  Prices starting at $638;
  •  Reservations through the hotel portal;
  •  Best for couples;
  •  Address: Hadahaa Island, Maldives;

Jumeirah Dhevanafushi

Jump on a plane and ride a speedboat to arrive at the Jumeirah Dhevanafushi Resort. Work out in the fully-equipped overwater gym. Snorkel among turtles and octopuses. Guests stay in overwater villas at this resort spread across two tiny islands. Watch the cultural shows while dining on a barbecue meal. Ride the complimentary bikes to explore the island.

  • Prices start at $894;
  •  Reservations through Trip Advisor;
  •  Best for couples;
  •  Address Meradhoo Island, Maldives;

tropical atoll in the Maldives pictured from above

4 Amazing Diving Sites near Maldives Resorts

Visitors going to the resorts are tempted to never leave their hotel. Buck the trend by exploring these places:

  • Hanifaru Bay often gives visitors the chance to see over 100 manta rays swimming together. Visitors frequently see whale sharks schooling.
  • Banana Reef features top diving. See the Napoleon Wrasse and the rare Banana fish swimming among the large schools of fish.
  • Hip Reef features amazing coral. See the colorful schools of fish.
  • HP Reef offers some unusual forms of coral. Divers in this Marine Park can often get closer to fish than in other places.

Other Things to Do in Maldives

While water activities are the most popular things to do for visitors to Maldives resorts, there are many unique things to do. Go night fishing on the corals to discover how commercial anglers made their living here for decades. Visit the Hukuru Miskiiy constructed about 1656 to see its intricately carved coral stone walls. Explore the local markets to drink fresh coconut milk and eat locally grown nuts. Stroll through the National Museum to learn about the country’s history. View the costumes worn by various kings and queens.


Find luxury by visiting Maldives resorts. Relaxing at the spas, playing in the water, exploring the islands and many unique activities await visitors. If you have been there please let us know what you loved. Freely share tips of what you would do differently if you go again.

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