Set like shining jewels in a turquoise blue sea are the islands of dreamers, romantics and beach lovers. The Maldives are a destination synonymous with sun worship, tranquility, lazy days, good living, snorkeling in turquoise lagoons and diving to discover fascinating reefs. They epitomize all that one could imagine as paradise; a group of treasure islands ringed by glorious beaches, translucent warm waters and swaying coconut palms. As the tourism promotional headline declares, ‘The Maldives are the sunny side of life.’ But is this all?
— Royston Ellis, Bradt Maldives

And it was the “But is this all?'“ that we went to discover in the Maldives. It is easy to book an all inclusive holiday to this island nation, stay in luxury, flop into the house reef for a snorkel twice a day and never see the real islands other than a brief time as you transfer from the airport in Malé. An island resort is an island resort and could be anywhere on the planet.

We came to dive and to discover the Maldives that goes on behind the façade of a 5 star hotel. Digging deep into the real Maldives shows a nation of tranquility with a love of football and politics built upon sandy atolls and a deep Muslim faith. The diving is hard but the rewards are amazing and the sunsets on the beaches are magical.


Essential Guide to the Maldives Beyond the Resorts


Diving and Exploring the Maldives

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