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The Ultimate Travel Guide to the Maldives

Welcome to the Maldives!

Get away from it all and escape to the most perfect islands imaginable: a chain of white sand-fringed coral atolls scattered in the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean. Here on the resort islands, romance and relaxation is raised to an art form, while the local islands reveal an intriguing alternative side to the country. Wherever you go, just be prepared – when it comes to paradise beach holidays, you’ll probably be spoiled forever once you’ve experienced the Maldives. 

A visit to the Maldives is all about being in close proximity with its sand, sea and coral. You’ll find resorts offering full-board budget accommodation, ultra-chic luxury, and everything in between. If you fancy a glimpse of Maldivian life, then a stay on the crowded capital of Malé, or a local island, offers a peek into another world. 

It's possible to sample two or three islands on your trip. So whether you want to get back to nature, take in the local life, or simply soak up the sun on a perfect beach, our guide will give you everything you need to plan the perfect holiday in the Maldives. The biggest problem is, with this level of tropical bliss, you'll never want to leave. 

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Maldives for first-timers

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Beginners guide to the Maldives

7 of the best things to do in the Maldives

From local island life to dream dive sites, there’s a lot to see in the Maldives. Here are some of our favourite things to do.

Maldives for couples: 10 romantic things to do

There's no getting away from it, this is the ultimate holiday for couples and honeymooners. Here are our top things to do.

The 10 most beautiful beaches in the Maldives

When it comes to the Maldives, the hardest part isn’t finding a beautiful beach, it’s choosing between them.

Where to go

Malé: Top 10 things to see and do

Get a feel for life in the Maldives by exploring the capital city, Malé.

Maldives itinerary: A perfect holiday in North Malé Atoll

Planning your holiday? Check out our 3-stop itinerary for ideas on where to go.

A guide to the North & South Malé atolls

With outstanding diving sites and world-renowned resorts, whatever you want out of your holiday, these atolls will have for something you.

Things to see and do in the Ari Atolls

If stunning lagoons and large marine life are high on your to-do list, then the Ari Atoll is the region for you.

The Northern Atolls: a lowdown

Pristine beaches, uninhabited forested islands and immaculate coral reefs. 

Everything you need to know about the Southern Atolls

If you're looking for that desert island vibe, this farther flung region won't disappoint.

Things to do 

Water sports in the Maldives

Wherever you decide on in the Maldives, it's pretty much guaranteed you'll be spending some time underwater.

What to eat and drink in the Maldives: a foodie guide

Maldivian cuisine can be a highlight of your trip whether you're in a resort or on a local island. Here's our guide on what to eat and drink.

Travelling with kids: Family holidays in the Maldives

Whilst many associate the Maldives with romance, it also makes a great family holiday.

Planning your trip

A trip to the Maldives: Essential information

From transport to currencies to local lingo, this essential info will help you make the most of your holiday.

When to go to the Maldives

Want to know the best time of year to visit the Maldives? Here’s everything you need to know.

Island hopping: moving around the islands

Believe it or not, the Maldives is made up of almost 1200 islands – what a treat for island hoppers!

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