Escape to these Indian Ocean gems and prepare to be dazzled by flawless white powdery beaches enveloped by shimmering turquoise waters, pristine coral reefs and some of the most incredible underwater life on our planet.
Its 1,200 islands are spread out over 26 coral atolls and every resort has its own private island with one for every occasion and budget be it romantic barefoot luxury, tiny hideaways or larger all-inclusive resorts with abundant facilities for all ages to enjoy. The scenic splendour isn’t blotted by high rise hotels as accommodation is usually in low rise buildings, rustic garden or beachfront bungalows or overwater villas.
If you’re not lazing on the sands chances are you’ll be taking a dip in the warm, clear waters or perhaps trying your hand at watersports. You’ll find dive centres at most resorts for those wishing to explore the renowned underwater coral gardens that are home to turtles, rays, sharks and brightly coloured fish of all shapes and sizes. If diving’s not for you, choose a resort with a house reef accessible from the beach and within a few steps of the shore you can view the wonders of the deep with just a snorkel and mask. Many islands offer cruises to uninhabited islands for a true Robinson Crusoe experience or fishing trips in search of the catch of the day.
Almost all the resort islands have shops that sell basic items and local souvenirs and also have tranquil spa’s where you can choose from an array of treatments to soothe and de-stress.