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Maldives Beach Holidays

With over 1,200 islands and atolls – each with stunning white sands – the Maldives is famous for being the world’s most beautiful group of islands. Each populated island is so small that it forms its own resort. They range from high-end luxury to easy-going and casual, but you can always expect the signature reefs, beaches and turquoise waters. The only difficulty is deciding which one to visit. 

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Beach Holidays in the Maldives

Nowhere does beach holidays like the Maldives. As soon as you set eyes on them, you’ll understand why these islands are so popular. Whether you’re a couple looking for a romantic break, or a family with young children, everyone falls in love with the Maldives. You can look forward to incredible snorkelling, picture-perfect views and some of the clearest water in the world. Reethi Rah and Cocoa Island on the South Male Atoll, and Angsana Ihuru Island on the North Male Atoll are home to some of most dreamy beaches – they’re blissfully secluded and served by a single resort. You’ll find that the busier islands have a bigger choice of accommodation, like Hulhumale Beach in the Kaafu Atoll, the long Bikini Beach on Rasdhoo Island, and the beaches of Veligandu Island. Several of the islands in the Male and Ari Atolls also offer more affordable hotels. In the Maldives, the focus is very much on romance, relaxation and natural beauty. Nightlife is obviously very subdued, but you can always find welcoming bars in the resorts, and restaurants full of delicious, local produce. so there really is somewhere to suit every budget in this gorgeous beach destination.

Why is the Maldives the perfect beach destination?

The Maldives is blessed with postcard-perfect beaches, stunning blue lagoons and some of the best snorkelling in the world. But that’s not all. This archipelago also has a climate that’s spot on for a relaxed beach holiday. The islands are very close to the equator – so the climate is tropical – but the lack of landmass means that the air is cooler here than in other tropical countries. The temperature ranges from an average of 27 degrees Celsius in the winter months, to an average of 29 degrees Celsius in the hottest months, May and June. Sea temperatures also hover around 29 to 30 degrees Celsius all year round – apart from December, when it dips to 20 degrees. In this climate, you could easily spend all day drifting in the sea, snorkelling with tropical fish, without ever starting to shiver. But, when you do finally come out of the sea, make sure you sample the local cuisine. Apart from coconuts – which you’ll find in every imaginable form – the most popular ingredients are seafood, rice and vegetables, cooked with a mouth-watering array of spices. 

Things to do in Maldives

The Lowest Country on Earth

 The Maldives’ 26 atolls contain well over 1,000 coral islands, which make up the lowest-lying nation on the planet. The average ground level of the Maldives is a tiny 1.5 metres about sea level. The highest point in the entire country is on Villingili Island, where the peak of its gentle slope reaches 2.3 metres. It should come as no surprise, then, that you’re never more than a couple of steps away from the sea. This makes everywhere on the islands feel like an open invitation to linger in the water, admiring the fish darting between the delicate outcroppings of coral. These warm waters are occupied by more than just small fish, though. You’ll be able to see orca whales, pilot whales and dwarf sperm whales, as well as several varieties of dolphin. 

Coral and Culture

It’s always best to be aware of your destination’s culture and etiquette. On the beach, it’s absolutely fine to wear your swimwear, but it’s advisable to dress modestly elsewhere in the Maldives, particularly if you visit temples or holy sites. There are some truly stunning buildings. The Coral Stone Mosques, some of which date back to the 16th century, are literally made from coral. Due to the  Maldives’ lack of land, traditional building materials like stone and wood were hard to come by, so coral stone was the only long-lasting material available. The result was the exquisite coral constructions and carvings. The Friday Mosque in Malé is particularly impressive – it’s the world’s largest coral stone structure, and protected by UNESCO. Nowadays, of course, coral stone is no longer used as a building material, in order to protect the environment from further damage. 

Sand and Science

 You’re not imagining it – the beaches in the Maldives really are different from the rest. That’s because they’re made of tiny particles of coral, rather than sand. Coralline beaches are extremely rare, and make up less than five percent of the planet’s beaches – you’ll also find them in the Seychelles and Réunion. This natural powder is finer than most sand, which is primarily made of quartz. So, when you return from your beach holiday in the Maldives and rave about how the sand was the whitest you’ve ever seen, you can rest easy knowing you’re absolutely right – there’s science to prove it. 

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