Encompassing over 1000 coral islands that form about 25 natural atolls, the Maldives is separated from the rest of the world by the seemingly endless Indian Ocean, offering visitors a secluded little pocket of paradise. These exquisite tropical islands are best known for their white powder sand beaches, glistening blue lagoons and extensive reefs which are home to a diverse range of colourful marine life. The nation’s bustling capital of Male features an array of charming shops and restaurants as well as a busy fish market and a must-see 17th-century mosque known as Hukuru Miskiy which was constructed out of intricately carved white coral. Visitors will find plenty of activities to keep them entertained including: scuba diving, snorkelling, water skiing, stand up paddle boarding, spa visits, and hopping from one idyllic little island to the next.
Days 1 - 5
An administrative division in the west of the Maldives, Baa Atoll consists of three natural atolls made up of 75 islands, 57 of which are uninhabited. Baa Atoll is the only UNESCO listed Biosphere Reserve in the Maldives, known for its high biodiversity and home to Hanifaru Bay, the largest gathering of manta rays on earth and one of the only whale shark mating sites in the world. Boasting some of the best diving and snorkelling spots in the world, many of the islands are home to luxury resorts providing wonderful spa’s, restaurants and clubs. Along with its renowned scuba, boating, and watersports, Baa Atoll is famous for its delicious fish, lacquer work and distinct woven cotton sarongs (feyli).
Days 5 - 9
Situated in the Indian Ocean, Raa Atoll, also known as Northern Maalhosmadulu Atoll, is an administrative division of the breathtaking Maldives Archipelago. This atoll is made up of numerous ring-like volcanic formations with sheltered inner lagoons of various sizes protected from the open sea by sturdy reef. This idyllic paradise features white-sand beaches, fringed by lush tropical vegetation and lapped by crystal-clear turquoise waters. Previously, Raa Atoll was off-limits to tourists but since the early 1990’s it has opened its doors to the tourism industry. Visitors can explore the two main resort islands of Loama Maamigili and Meedhupparu as well as many others. Spend relaxing days lazing on picturesque beaches, explore the spectacular coral reef dotting this volcanic seascape, and enjoy an array of world-class water-based activities.