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The Maldives is famous for its picture-perfect landscape, with turquoise waters, white-sand beaches and tropical coral reefs. But, as these idyllic islands have surged in popularity, so have efforts to protect them. Increasingly, travellers are keen to visit this tranquil haven without impacting its delicate environment. And an eco-friendly Maldives holiday gives you the chance to do just that.
As the lowest-lying country in the world, the Maldives is in danger of disappearing under the rising ocean, while its precious coral reefs are at risk due to increasing sea temperatures and litter. So, if you want to discover this incredible place without leaving a trace, an eco-friendly getaway is the best way to do it. Lots of resorts in the Maldives are now taking a greener approach, with sustainable practises, conservation programmes, marine projects and more.
If you’re planning an eco-friendly trip to the Maldives, there are a few things to look out for. For starters, several resorts have their own marine biology centres, where experts focus on researching and protecting the diverse marine life, including turtles, whale sharks and manta rays. Some hotels even have a resident marine biologist, who can teach you all about the Maldives’ corals and wildlife. Increasingly, resorts are also running conservation efforts. You’ll have the chance to take part in beach cleans, reef cleans and coral planting. And you can go out on boat trips to remove any discarded fishing nets, or help the marine biologist by recording all the fish you see while diving.
But greener holidays to the Maldives aren’t just about the protecting the Indian Ocean. A lot of resorts have introduced sustainable initiatives on land, too, to reduce their impact on the environment. Hotels are sourcing local produce, minimising their plastic usage, recycling, and using solar energy. These are just some of the factors you should look out for when you’re planning an eco-friendly holiday to the Maldives. And, if you need any tips or advice, our travel experts are on hand to help.
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From beachfront villas with private pools to overwater suites with their very own waterslides, there’s something here to suit everyone. No matter where on the island you stay, you’re guaranteed to see a spectacular sunrise or sunset.
Save up to £600 per couple. Based on 7 nights All-Inclusive. Includes flights and return seaplane transfers
On Dhidhoofinolhu Island in the south of the Maldives, LUX* South Ari Atoll is the ideal spot for a scenic break in paradise. The Island is something of a foodie paradise, with over 10 places to eat and drink across the resort.
7 nights full board including speedboat transfers and flights
Coco Bodu Hithi has won more than 15 awards from a number of key names in the luxury travel world. This stylish resort has been named as one of the most romantic destinations in the world by Condé Nast and the South Asian Travel Awards.
Great value offer. Save up to £830 per couple. Based on all inclusive. Includes 7 nights, return flights & speedboat transfers
Everyone at OZEN Life Madhoo can enjoy unlimited snorkelling trips during their stay, so you’ll be able to see plenty of the marine life that calls the Maldives home. Or you can opt to explore one of the shipwrecks lying on the seabed beneath the clear blue waters.
Save up to £2,570 per couple. Based on all inclusive. Includes domestic flight & speedboat transfers
Get closer to Dhigali island’s natural environment at this stylish resort, surrounded by dense greenery, white sands and wallpaper-worthy waters in the Maldives’ western Raa Atoll. Head into the clear waters on one of the daily diving excursions – with or without our PADI-certified instructors
Great value offer. Save up to £1,490 per couple. Based on half board & includes speedboat transfers
Tucked away in the secluded North Male Atoll, this boutique resort offers just 50 charming rooms, all wrapped up with modern Maldivian style and exceptional hospitality.
Save up to £550 per couple. Based on 7 nights all inclusive. Includes return flights & speedboat transfers
Varu by Atmosphere is the newest resort in the Atmosphere collection, having opened its doors in October 2019, so everything feels exceptionally contemporary across the resort. A stay here won’t leave you longing for anything, because everything’s included as standard in the ‘Varu Plan’.