Surrounded by the crystal clear waters of the Indian Ocean, the Maldives is an archipelago that is a world-renowned destination for swimming, diving, and other water activities. Among its more than 1,100 islands, only 187 are inhabited and are home to several high-end resorts and hotels (such as the Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort and Spa, Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa, Anantara Kihavah Villas, and Island Hideaway Spa Resort and Marina) and budget villa resorts (such as the Kuredu Island Resort and Spa, Reethi Beach Resort, Centara Ras Fushi Resort and Spa, and Bandos Maldives) that welcome throngs of visitors from all over the world throughout the year.
Because of its diverse marine ecosystem, which serves as home to more than a thousand species of fish, whales, dolphins, corals, and other underwater life, it is an excellent scuba diving site for both beginners and professionals. It also offers gorgeous spots for snorkeling, with its many mesmerizing, colorful reefs, fishes, and lagoons. For those looking for heart-thumping activities to do, the Maldives is like a natural water sports center, where visitors can have fun kayaking, water skiing, canoeing, windsurfing, kitesurfing, kneeboarding, and parasailing. And, after a long day out under the sun, tourists can explore and relax at the islands’ many boutique shops, restaurants, bars, clubs, and fitness centers.