Located in the glittering waters of the Indian Ocean, the Maldives is one of the worlds most coveted holiday destinations. Made up of 1190 islands across 26 atolls, visitors are spoilt for choice across this magnificent archipelago. With so much to see and do, it can be helpful to know which areas to visit and where to stay. For those unsure of where to start their holiday planning, this carefully curated guide offers the perfect starting place.
The Maldives can be split up into 3 distinct regions, known as the Northern Atolls, the Southern Atolls, and the Central Atolls. Each region offers a unique holiday experience with different resorts and attractions. Whether you’re seeking total tropical relaxation or a fun filled adventure holiday, there is sure to be a Maldives region to suit you.
Located north of the capital city Malé, the Northern Atolls are a superb region of the Maldives. Ideal for scuba diving and snorkeling, this region is bursting with vibrant coral reefs, underwater caves, and fascinating shipwrecks. Also home to world-class resorts and glamourous accommodation, the Northern Atolls provide the perfect combination of romance and bare foot luxury. There are also a number of surf breaks on the eastern side of the atolls which are at their best during the low season.
Renowned as the surfing haven of the Maldives, the Central Atolls are home to some of the best reef breaks in the entire country. Less frequented than the Northern and Southern Atolls, the Central Atols provide incredible surfing conditions without the large crowds. Boasting perfect white sand and glittering crystalline water, the Central Atolls are where you’ll find some of the most breathtaking beaches. The water is consistently warm sitting around 25 °C, making it perfect for swimming all year round. Also home to the capital city, Malé, there is a great range of dining and shopping options here.
Boasting a more relaxed ambiance and secluded island feel, the Southern Atolls maintain a traditional Maldivian charm. Fabulous marine life meets luxury resorts and overwater villas set the scene for an unforgettable island escape. The Southern Atolls also boast some incredible snorkeling and dive sites including Manta Point which showcases a sunken WWII torpedo ship. For travellers seeking a Maldives region off the beaten path, the island of Fuvahmulah is a great option.
Home to some of the world's most exclusive island resorts, the Maldives are a spectacular backdrop for an indulgent, 5 star holiday. Over water villas, adults only resorts and palm fringed luxury islands all contribute to an unforgettable holiday experience. Together with a range of all-inclusive resort packages, the Maldives is the perfect destination for relaxation and indulgence.
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