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of the three most famous diving destinations in the world. Divers should definitely go to the Maldives to experience what it has to offer. Each island resort has a diving school offering guests diving courses with diving equipment for lease. The diving courses provide simple ex-


planations by the trainers and are arranged into different levels such as primary diving courses, advanced suit diving courses and group diving courses. Beginners can master the basic skills easily. With the help of rented snorkeling gear, less adventurous divers can also see abundant organisms very clearly. Even without the help of such equipment, guests just standing on the shore can often see the fishes clearly moving about underwater. If you are crazy about diving and snorkeling, this is absolutely your best choice. Scuba diving (deep diving) is offered at a se-


lection of island diving spots, not provided by all resorts. The vast majority of the Maldives re- sorts can only offer guests the gear for snorkel- ing. Safety first! In case you want to try diving, please make a reservation through the formal facilities of your resort. The best suitable deep diving spots include:


Guestroom Pool at Angsana Velavaru, Maldives


saving. Without question, the better the hotel, the higher the expenses will be.


Overwater Bungalow The Maldives are famous for overwater bun- galows, which were originally constructed by the residents as residences. With the develop- ment of the tourism industry, the locals have moved into modern homes on-shore, leaving the exotic chic overwater bungalows for visi- tors from overseas. The charm of the overwater bungalows comes


from the very primitive nature of the construc- tion. Each bungalow is stand-alone, with sloping roves of fronds fixed in place by steel or wooden poles. These bungalows tend to be about 10 me- ters from the shore linked by a wooden bridge. The overwater bungalows are not linked and can only be reached by rowing boat. The roofing materials for the bungalows are


the fronds of palm trees, which are ubiquitous in the Maldives. Thanks to the pliable trait of


the fronds, they are perfect to be utilized for roof covering, and excel in keeping the room cool, while being resistant to salt, wind, pests, water, rot and even fire. The locals traditionally pick the palm fronds first, then dry them in the sun, collect them into thick straw hangings, and then hang them layer by layer on the roof. In or- der to prevent the roof from being blown away by high winds, they finally bind the layers with stout ropes to strengthen it. Resorts with overwater bungalows in the


Maldives are mostly the luxury boutique re- sorts, which offer exclusive privacy and only a small number of rooms. They include Angaga, Alidhu, Bandos Island Resort, DhonveliI, Full Moon Island, Four Seasons, Hakura, Hilton, Komando, Kuredu, Kurumba, Kuramathivil- lage, Kuramathicottage & SPA, Laguna, Ol- huveli Beach & Spa Resort.


Diving and Snorkeling The Maldives is considered by many to be one


Meeru (up to 50 diving spots), BAROS, Full Moon Island, Olhuveli (Olhuveli Island diving school), Lily Beach, Sun Island (Sun Island div- ing school), Reethi Beach, Royal Island, Vadhoo Diving Paradise and White Sands Resort & Spa.


SPA A trip to the Maldives would not be complete without a relaxing SPA experience. It wraps you in a harmonious setting and allows you to in- dulge in its picturesque islands and turquoise ocean. All five-star hotels and resorts in the Maldives have top-level SPA services. Once you have enjoyed yourself in the blissfully serene ambience, escape from all the stresses of the hectic world and return refreshed, restored and relaxed in mind, body and soul. Chic resorts include One & Only, Ban-


yan Tree, Four Seasons Kuda, Four Seasons Landaa, Six Sense, Anantara, Angsana Vela- varu, Dhonveli, White Sands Resort & Spa, Full Moon Island (independent Spa Island), the Four Seasons, Hilton, Laguna, Tajexotica, Ol- huveli Island and Sun Island. In short, the fairyland of the Maldives is un-


paralleled. Enjoy the stunning views where the azure waters meet sapphire-colored skies, and re- lax in your villa on a brilliant tropical afternoon.


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