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Quite unsurprisingly, most of the activities you can enjoy in the Maldives are water-based with a great highlight being snorkelling and diving.

Many island resorts will have a house reef which means that you can swim straight from the beach or from your overwater villa and be viewing colourful fish and ornate corals in no time. Some resorts, such as Gili Lankanfushi, have a marine biologist on site and it’s well worth taking a guided tour with an expert to really get the most out of it. Otherwise, just drift around on your own enjoying the view but be sure to wear some sun protection.

Diving is plentiful and varied in the Maldives so what you can see depends very much on the time of year and which atoll you are staying in but you can dive all year round. Visibility is best from December to April but a real highlight of Maldivian diving is seeing a manta ray and these great, majestic beats congregate in large numbers around Manta Point in the North Male Atoll. Happily the temperature remains fairly constant throughout the year at around 28 °C with the water temperature being similarly comfortable.

Other unusual experiences to be had under the waves are cocktails and dancing at Subsix, Niyama’s underwater playground, or a relaxing massage at Per Aquum Huvafen Fushi’s subaquatic Lime Spa.

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