Days 1 - 8
Encompassing a total of 56 islands - only seven of which are inhabited - the Dhaalu’ Atoll of the Maldives stretches 23 kilometres across and 38 kilometres from top to bottom, in the Arabian Ocean. The atoll, decorated with numerous luxury resorts, is a popular scuba diving destination, fringed with exquisite reefs home to prolific sea life. Other activities on offer include swimming in the crystal clear waters, taking part in numerous types of water sports, going for spa treatments, and visiting some intriguing sites. History enthusiasts will delight in a visit to the old mosque at Kudahuvadhoo, the Dhaalu’s capital, to see some incredible masonry, as well as the island’s strange mounds called ‘hawiitas’, and the 300-year-old Masjid at Rinbudhoo Island. Make sure to take the walk from Bulhalafushi to Naibukaloabodufushi at low tide for an unusual exploration of the uninhabited islands.