The Pearls of the Indian Ocean
Scattered across the skirt of the Indian Ocean, the 26 major atolls of the Maldives contain more than 1,190 islands, born from ancient coral reefs that formed around the sides of towering prehistoric volcanoes. These have long since sunk into the ocean, leaving behind coral islands of incredible natural beauty and a deliciously unhurried pace of life.
Only 200 of the islands are inhabited, and most are small enough to walk around with a peppering of sandbanks lying surrounded by warm waters that provide the perfect spot for a romantic private dinner or sunset cocktails. Tourism and traditional Maldivian life are strictly separated and the waters are meticulously protected, resulting in many of the uninhabited islands being turned into fabulous exclusive resorts and one of the largest expanses of undisturbed coral reefs in the world.
The capital, Malé, is situated on the coral island of Motu in the North Malé Atoll and represents the modern face of the Maldives. Overlooked by a rainbow of brightly coloured narrow buildings and surrounded by incongruously turquoise water, this jostling centre is perfect for exploring the colourful markets and the fascinating National Museum. A luxury charter yacht is the best way to experience everything the Maldives have to offer, island hopping from one paradise to the next and exploring crystal-clear lagoons and secluded anchorages courtesy of your experienced charter crew.
Numerous caves, overhangs and cliffs are waiting to be discovered beneath the waterline, arguably the best of which is the famous Wreck of the Maldive Victory which is best suited to experienced divers. The ship sunk in 1981 and remains almost entirely intact, now home to a rich growth of sponges, coral, tubastrea and a variety of tropical fish. Fish Head is also a fantastic dive site with its population of grey reef sharks gliding gracefully between the black corals.
The Southern Atolls epitomise romance and picture-perfect settings with their pristine beaches of powdery sands and world-renowned dive sites that are fast becoming an increasingly popular luxury yacht charter destination. The exclusive island resort of Cocoa Island is perfect for some special Maldivian pampering in the beautiful spas to complete your luxury experience.
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