The Maldives conjures up visions of luxury, romance and tropical bliss; a beautiful string of low-lying coral islands in the Indian Ocean, and a paradise for watersports enthusiasts and sun seekers alike. The past two decades have seen the islands develop as a fairly major tourist destination for the international, as well as the South African market.

Many resorts offer day trips to inhabited islands where you can usually visit local artisans in their workshops and buy some of the beautiful local arts and crafts. Malé, the capital, also has several markets of fresh and wholesome food produce for those wanting to sample local fare.

A fishing trip on a modern speedboat equipped for big game fishing is a great experience for any fisherman.

A sunset boat cruise aboard a dhoni, the wooden boat that is the Maldives` standard mode of transport, is a blissful way to end the day. You`ll cruise around uninhabited islands, where you`ll be served drinks and snacks while local musicians play their traditional bodu beru drums to attract dolphins.

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