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Plan Your Trip to Maldives: Best of Maldives Tourism

About Maldives
With 26 atolls and 1,000+ islands spread out across the idyllic waters of the Indian Ocean, the Maldives are an island-hopper’s dream. Below the water, there’s miles of coral reef that are home to thousands of species of marine life and underwater treasures. To get the best of it: Go diving at Broken Rock, snorkel with manta rays in Hanifaru Bay, or charter a boat to hit all the top spots. Then there’s the world above, which is known for its beautiful beaches and luxury villas, but has a rich culture and history to uncover as well: Explore the 17th-century architecture of the Old Friday Mosque or get a taste of local life (and some of the islands’ freshest seafood) at the Fish Market in Malé. It doesn’t stop there—we’ve got more hidden gems and must-do’s below.

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Essential Maldives

How to do the Maldives in 7 days

Island-hopping, overwater bungalows, and lots of off-the-radar sights
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Child-friendly Maldives

Most people don’t think of the Maldives as a family destination—which is a mistake. I’ve witnessed first-hand its spellbinding effect on young children and, more recently, on my older teens (a notoriously tricky age group to please). Here are a few of my favourite private island resorts for families. And a note—they all have top-notch children clubs, so I’ve highlighted the many other reasons to go.
JaneAndersonTravel, London, UK
  • Atmosphere Kanifushi Maldives
    4,244
    My older teens fell in love with this wild beauty of this jungly island—from the fruit bats wheeling above us as we cycled to the jetty to snorkel on the house reef to the baby sharks circling in the shallows beneath Just Veg, the hotel’s fine-dining vegetarian restaurant. Our vast Residence had its own circular pool. My teens also adored the boat ride to the Atoll Marine Conservation Centre on neighbouring Naifaru Island, where we saw rescue turtles up close.
  • Varu Y Atmosphere - All Inclusive
    3,809
    It’s not often you get to book a massage for your 19-year-old daughter where she can spot sharks swimming by the glass panel in the floor, and post treatment, join her and her brother in the spa infinity pool. We also loved the inclusivity of KAAGÉ restaurant, whose name means “family dining room” in the local language. And the dishes like mas bai (tuna with coconut, chili, clove, and cardamom) couldn’t be beat.
  • Ifuru Island Maldives
    40
    Newly-opened Ifuru is the only resort island in the Maldives with its own landing strip—which means planes can arrive at night. Bringing something of a rebellious, cheekier spirit to the Maldives, it offers skydiving for ages 10 years and up. Rochelle Kilgariff, the Island Vibe Boss (a.k.a., the GM) says it’s all about family get-togethers here, with beach suites and villas arranged in “retreats” and “villages,” ideal for multigenerational gatherings.
  • Niyama Private Islands Maldives
    3,151
    I visited Niyama when my children were aged 15 and 12, and it ranks as one of our all-time top trips. The resort has two islands named (appropriately) Play and Chill. Unusual for the Maldives, there’s a surf break here, and my children loved taking lessons with the Surf Guru in the shallows. Other highlights included the BBQ night at the Surf Shack and dining under the waves, just like Spongebob at Subsix.
  • Siyam World Maldives
    3,600
    I respect the fact that Siyam World goes all out for family fun. Not only is it home to the largest inflatable water park in the Indian Ocean, it also has its very own horse ranch with Marwari thoroughbreds for parents and a team of ponies for smaller guests to ride. Plus, there’s coral planting with the marine biologist and—for little soccer lovers—there are summer camps, complete with legends of the game.
  • The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands
    713
    With all the flair you’d expect of a Ritz-Carlton, children are invited to experience the Maldives’ first Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ambassadors of the Environment programme, complete with marine biology classes. There’s also a series of visiting Masters of Craft throughout the year. Past workshops have included Rachel Khoo’s choux pastry masterclasses for little ones. And the special amenities for babies by Bamford are a nice touch.
  • Six Senses Laamu
    4,127
    Marine conservation lies at the heart of what Six Senses Laamu wants children to take away from their holiday. Children go on snorkelling adventures and learn to make their own conservation videos. They also appreciate the autonomy of visiting the organic garden to make their own juices. And when it comes to indulgences, Six Senses delivers experiences like hair braiding, mini-facials, and pedicures in the spa for older children. Younger ones get spoiled, too, with cute toys in the beachfront family villa.

Explore Maldives by interest

Beaches, of course

Secluded islands, popular spots, and more

Get out on the water

Snorkelling, sailing, diving—it’s all game

Island-hopping awaits

Excursions that get you to all the best islands

Maldives on a dime

Eats and activities that won’t break the bank

Catch some waves

Where to find the best breaks

Make it a spa day

Relax and unwind at these top resorts

Dreamy infinity pools

For moments—and views—that go on forever

Learn the local culture

Markets, mosques, and history to explore