The Maldives, located in the Indian Ocean, are widely regarded as being as close to paradise as one can get – and it’s no surprise. The weather is pleasantly hot and sunny for most of the year, inspiring many holidaymakers to relax upon a stretch of white sandy beach or dip their toes in the turquoise sea. The many islands make it a perfect destination for a Tropical Sky holiday, where you can stay in a luxury resort by night and explore the islands by day. While the capital of Malé is better known to tourists, why not explore some of the lesser known areas of the islands to find your own paradise?
The Indian Ocean provides some of the best daytime activities for visitors to the Maldives, and the heart shaped islands of Addu Atoll have some beautiful waters for divers of all ages to enjoy. With incredible coral reefs and sea life spots, you can enjoy a once in a lifetime chance to swim with fish, and if you dare, Whale Sharks. A great deal of the current infrastructure is based on the British RAF involvement from the 1960s, resulting in some interesting historical walks if you explore the central part of the atoll.
The five inhabited islands of Faafu Atoll have a minuscule population of only 4000 people, the capital being a fishing village home to a very traditional community. The beautiful beaches here are very quiet and perfect for some down time, or you can absorb the smells of the fresh cooking as you wander the islands. On the southern edge, Nilandhoo is home to the Maldives’ second oldest mosque, built in the early 13th century from the ruins of previous temples following the island people’s conversion to Islam.
Comprised of 13 islands, Baa was untouched by tourism until very recently, meaning that it still has plenty of fresh new experiences to offer. One of the big selling points of Baa is the Atoll’s strong history of traditional Maldivian handicrafts, and the artisans are well known for their excellent lacquer work wood products, and the brightly coloured woven sarongs worn as traditional dress, the feyli; which you can purchase at gift shops and markets. Swimmers will be very happy here too, as it was recently designated a UNESCO world heritage site for its incredible biodiversity of sea life.
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