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Maldivine Intervention
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The Maldives, an archipelago of 1,190 islands, is a spectacular honeymoon destination located in the Indian Ocean. With its insouciant atmosphere and unspoiled scenery, the Maldives are ideal for couples who want to get lost together and loll in the novelty of “The Last Paradise.”
the romance
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Maldivian islands are secluded, remote, and simply Eden-esque – each a delightful diversion from the everyday. One of the Maldives many charms is that each resort is situated on its own unique island. This way you can be sure that your stay will be both a private and intimate one. Awaken to find breakfast brought to your bungalow by canoe or indulge in a candlelit spa after dusk. Get marooned in the spirit of Shakespeare’s Ferdinand and Miranda on a deserted islet all decked out in blue lagoons and coconuts. You may never want to be rescued!
the scenery
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The country’s terra firma is made up of shimmering coral reefs that have formed around prehistoric volcanoes, (don’t worry – they’re dormant!), submerged in the baby-blue waters of the atolls. Above sea-level, stake out a marvelous over-the-water bungalow encircled by crystal waters, and allow yourself to be lulled to sleep by the sound of lapping waves.
the adventure
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Grand geography and natural wonders aplenty make the Maldives ideal for underwater exploration. It’s renowned for spectacular snorkeling and diving, but submarine trips are also offered for an exciting (and dry!) way to see all the underwater sights. Challenge your trusty ticker by engaging in a shark feeding expedition led by an experienced guide. Scout out some of the other hundreds of other islands Crusoe-style, either by boat or by seaplane.
the secrets
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What could be more hush-hush than renewing your vows in an underwater ceremony? After you’ve been blessed encore by the life aquatic, celebrate by dining at the Ithaa restaurant on Rangali Island. This transparent restaurant is situated 15 feet below the ocean, allowing for a phenomenal panoramic view of butterfly and angel fish weaving in and out of jewel-colored coral. Although it’s on the pricey side, this restaurant is one of the few underwater dining experiences in the world – a truly sunken treasure!
the attractions
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Visitors to the Maldives who want to soak up a little culture instead of sun, will appreciate visiting the capital Malé. Admire the architecture of the golden-domed Friday Mosque, inlaid with coral and carved with Arabic. Visit The National Museum and the Esjehi Art Gallery. Stroll past the Presidential Palace and on through Sultan Park.
Curiousity unappeased? Visit the Laamu Atoll of Isdhoo where you will find ruins dating back to the country’s ancient era of Buddhism. Charter the waters of Fushifaru Thila, both calm and warm with safely shallow spots – perfect conditions for a beginner diver.
before you go
What to Expect
Completely unpredictable weather!
Dry season: January – April. Sunny, humid and warm (high 20's). High season.
Rainy season: May – December. Wet, humid and warm (mid-20's). Low season, so this is the time for the best deals.
Light and casual
Maldivian Rufiyaa (MUR)
The Lingo
Dhivehi, English
A valid passport
Local Delicacies
Mas huni: shredded smoked fish with grated coconuts and onions
Bajiya: pastry stuffed with fish, coconut and onions