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As spec­tac­u­lar as the Mal­dives is above wa­ter, there is a stun­ning ar­ray of seal­ife and pris­tine coral gar­dens to be dis­cov­ered be­neath the waves. Snorkellers and divers of all lev­els can ex­plore reefs where tur­tles, stingrays, dol­phins and count­less fish are easily sighted in crys­tal-clear wa­ters. Re­sorts also of­fer the chance to snorkel at night by torch­light, giv­ing a unique per­spec­tive on the un­der­wa­ter world. Some of the world’s most ex­clu­sive re­sorts can be found here, each on their own pri­vate is­land and of­fer­ing the ul­ti­mate in lux­ury, from plush vil­las with wrap-around sun decks and lap pools to per­sonal but­lers and deca­dent spa treat­ments. There are re­sorts that cater to fam­i­lies and larger is­lands that of­fer more af­ford­able guest­houses and lower-bud­get op­tions. Ei­ther way, it’ll be just a short bare­foot wan­der to sparkling shores and peace­ful tran­quil­ity.

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