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Forget everything you know about the Maldives. Even if you’ve swiped beyond the endless descriptions of azure blues and stilted water bungalows, there’s still much to discover. Yes, atoll life is largely focussed on hot stone massages, overwater cocktails and an overwhelming urge to snorkel – but then there’s the undiscovered Maldives. We can barely bring ourselves to say it, but, fly and flop (an unflattering phrase if ever there was one) here at your peril. Not even the most luxuriant complimentary robe should keep you from island hopping to meet some Maldivians, discovering their landscape isn’t entirely made of sand or having a rummage about in their urban lives.

Ok, so museums might be a little thin on the ground, but the richest history lessons can be tapped into via a chat with a resident or two. Most Maldives holiday guides begin and end with a roundup of scuba hotspots. Of course, we’ve covered those. But then we’ve also unearthed the rarest of activities for holidays in the Maldives: golf. If you’re of the view golf is just a good walk spoiled, we’ve even rustled up a solution for that: a place to hike in the Maldives. Unheard of. Bioluminescent beaches are of course astounding – but finding a rustic and tasty Maldives bakery… What can top that?

The Maldives

Forget everything you know about the Maldives. Even if you’ve swiped beyond the endless descriptions of azure blues and stilted water bungalows, there’s still much to discover. Yes, atoll life is largely focussed on hot stone massages, overwater cocktails and an overwhelming urge to snorkel – but then there’s the undiscovered Maldives. We can barely bring ourselves to say it, but, fly and flop (an unflattering phrase if ever there was one) here at your peril. Not even the most luxuriant complimentary robe should keep you from island hopping to meet some Maldivians, discovering their landscape isn’t entirely made of sand or having a rummage about in their urban lives.

Ok, so museums might be a little thin on the ground, but the richest history lessons can be tapped into via a chat with a resident or two. Most Maldives holiday guides begin and end with a roundup of scuba hotspots. Of course, we’ve covered those. But then we’ve also unearthed the rarest of activities for holidays in the Maldives: golf. If you’re of the view golf is just a good walk spoiled, we’ve even rustled up a solution for that. A place to hike in the Maldives. Unheard of. Bioluminescent beaches are of course astounding – but finding a rustic and tasty Maldives bakery… What can top that?

   
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Soundtrack of the island

A bolt from the blue…

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    3 course meal for 2: £25

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    A regular cappuccino: £2

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    A medium beer: £3

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    One-way (Local Transport): £1.50

A bolt from the blue…

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    3 course meal for 2: £25

  • null

    A regular cappuccino: £2

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    A medium beer: £3

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    One-way (Local Transport): £1.50

A bolt from the blue…

Tropic Thunder?

Peak season in the Maldives runs January to April, when the islands are at their driest. Though one of the best times to visit the Maldives are November and December, when temperatures are still tropical and visitor numbers haven’t quite peaked. Rainy season starts in May and runs until November, expect storms.

Discover the real Maldives

When an area sprawls as much as the Maldives, a little help goes a long way. With only a handful of days to comb 1,200 islands, you’ll not want to waste time cast adrift on a barren sandbank. Or will you? Remember, insider tips are mere guidelines, not spoilers. Exploring is always encouraged.

With so many travel types encouraging a week of R&R in the Maldives, can you be blamed for listening? No, but we won’t sit idly by when there’s so much to see and do. Rest assured, you won’t be overly taxed. The views are still stunning, regardless of your activity choice.

Fine dining is in no danger of extinction here. Though, the local kiosks peddling Maldivian recipes? You’ll not read many rave reviews. Not because they are in any way lesser dining spots … but few will abandon their perfectly poached snapper to try them. Trust us on this. Being a pioneer never tasted so good.

Guides & Tips

When an area sprawls as much as the Maldives, a little help goes a long way. With only a handful of days to comb 1,200 islands, you’ll not want to waste time cast adrift on a barren sandbank. Or will you? Remember, insider tips are mere guidelines, not spoilers. Exploring is always encouraged.

See & do

With so many travel types encouraging a week of R&R in the Maldives, can you be blamed for listening? No, but we won’t sit idly by when there’s so much to see and do. Rest assured, you won’t be overly taxed. The views are still stunning, regardless of your activity choice.

Food & Drink

Fine dining is in no danger of extinction here. Though, the local kiosks peddling Maldivian recipes? You’ll not read many rave reviews. Not because they are in any way lesser dining spots … but few will abandon their perfectly poached snapper to try them. Trust us on this. Being a pioneer never tasted so good.

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More of the Indian Ocean

Few oceans can match the Indian Ocean for luxury escapes, exotic wildlife on land and sea and a climate most of us can only dream of. Experiences here invariably come served with a coconut-based cocktail – and life’s all the richer for it. But as tempting as a two-week jaunt spent entirely swinging in a hammock is, this is a place to explore, encounter and experience.