Situated at the south-east of Sri Lanka, in the Indian Ocean and just next to the equator, the Maldives archipelago consists of a double chain of twenty-six atolls. Accounting for 1,190 islands in total, only about 200 are inhabited and a further 100 are private holiday resorts.
Due to its privileged location, the sun shines in the Maldives throughout the year, with an average temperature around 30 degrees.
But sun and beach is not only what Maldives holidays represent. Surfing, snorkelling and scuba diving and sailing are the top practised sports on the island, which make them a dream for any water sport enthusiasts.
Snorkelling and scuba diving
The marine fauna and reef life under the warm and transparent sea off the coast of the Maldives are probably the top touristic hotspots of the archipelago. Undersea landscapes are even more stunning than the ones that can be seen above the water.
In 2006, the islands made a scuba diving record when a total of 958 divers descended into the water at the same time. This record was only overtaken by Indonesia in 2009.
There are numerous touristic activities planned around snorkelling and scuba diving in which holidaymakers are able to swim under its waters and discover a whole new environment full of colours and aquatic species.
With the monsoon season from May to October bringing massive currents and 8 foot high waves, the Maldives is a new-born Mecca to surf enthusiasts, too.
North Malé Atoll and South Malé Atoll are the places see more surfers every year. However, many of the surf spots need to be accessed by boat from the island resorts.
If you are looking for big waves, don’t miss the Southern Atolls regions of Beacons, Castaways, Blue Bowls, Five Islands, Twin Peaks, love Charms, Antiques and Tiger.
Another of the most demanded experiences in the Maldives is to sail the Indian Ocean waters aboard a luxury yacht. Indeed, this activity is one of the most enjoyable and relaxing experiences that most tourists recommend.
To enjoy the sea breeze while sunbathing in the sun is definitely an unforgettable experience; even more so if you anchor the boat and have a refreshing dip in the Ocean when the temperature gets too hot. What are you waiting for? Spend a holiday in luxury by getting lost in the middle of the Indian Ocean.
Adventurous tourists can also enjoy many other water sports such as windsurfing, parasailing, kayaking, kite-surfing, water-skiing, and jet-skiing. Which one would you like to try?