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Considered as one of the best beaches in the world across the border of India, it is a shelter for honeymooners, beach bums and divers. An archipelago of over 1,000 islands, strategically located in the Indian Ocean, this year's destination is one of the world's top diving and snorkeling experiences. and that's not all; The credit for this beautiful island also goes to the underwater hotel. Guests can enjoy a one-night stay in this unique all-glass room, 16 feet below the sea surface, surrounded by tropical fish and coral reefs.

An island in Baa.Atoll in the UNESCO biosphere reserve in the Maldives.
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1 perfect tropical island escape

Due to its proximity to India, Indians can avail many great deals on air fares compared to other countries. And to add to this, there is now a direct flight from Bengaluru which can get you to the destination in less than 3 hours! The excitement increases before you set foot in the Maldives. The initial plane ride is an adventure in itself! As you approach the landing strip (or lack thereof), it almost feels like you are heading straight to the sea! When you fly over the Maldives, there is only one look out the window to see why this country was practically built for scuba diving and for people looking for a better dive experience.

2 Maldives for non-swimmers

If you are more of a nature lover, and not so much of a water baby, then you are in for a treat. With its stunning coastline, the Maldives is home to over 20 different species of whales and dolphins and finds a place among the top 5 whale and dolphin sighting locations worldwide. These attractive aquatic animals thrive in their natural habitat. Big game fishing and night fishing are popular among first timers and fishing enthusiasts. If you are lucky and the weather allows, you can catch big game like Sailfish, Barracuda, Swordfish, Monarch Fish and others. If you think diving was the only way to see the rich marine life of the Maldives, think again. There are enough water sports in the Maldives for non-swimmers to enjoy. Glass-bottomed boats are popular, especially among children and a great way to explore the beauty of underwater wonders, spectacular reefs and rare species of fish, turtles, sharks and rays. Depending on factors such as day and present, you can dive on some historical sites such as shipwrecks or shark feeding zones.

3 Romance in the middle of the Indian Ocean

Have you ever imagined yourself on an island that is exclusively yours? Can you see yourself surrounded by sapphire sky, emerald water and white sand, and there is no body around you? Unrealistic, right? You can make this dream come true with the Sandbank Picnic. While the resort will make all the arrangements and set up an umbrella and a resort chair in the middle of the sea for you, you can dive into the crystal clear water and once you get hungry you can enjoy a picnic against it. The backdrop of some of the most breathtaking views of the sea. Are you ready for some romance in Maldives?

Overwater Villa at the W Hotel luxury resort in the Maldives.
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4 Relax in maldives

Indulgent food, trendy food and trendy shopping. The Maldives is synonymous with pure indulgence and luxury. Pamper yourself with a series of sophisticated spa treatments and massages, passed on for generations as family secrets. Most resorts in Maldives offer a range of facilities to help you relax and rejuvenate body, mind and soul. While some are buried deep within the dense vegetation, others are built on a calm lake, and some are also underwater! The Maldives, being an important crossroads in the Indian Ocean for merchants and visitors, has left an indelible mark on local cuisine, contributing to the country's culture and norms. While fish is the most prominent element of Maldivian cuisine, there are also a wide variety of dishes consisting of Arabic, Indian, Sri Lankan, Thai and Oriental.

5 Food in Maldives

No holiday is complete until you shop. Or at least what many of us feel. While the Maldives is not really a shopping destination, but there are some streets like Chandaini Magu from where you can get souvenirs and gifts to take back home. The gift shops here have stalls selling local craftsmen such as mats, wooden vases, miniature boats and T-shirts. Mazidei Magu is another one-stop-shop destination offering all types of clothing and clothing as well as accessories and electronics.

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