While you may be aware of the sublime beaches and picture-perfect island escapes the Maldives has to offer, here are some facts that are not as well-known but equally impressive!
You Can Dine Underwater
Strange but true, you can look forward to fine dining at an underwater restaurant in Maldives! Select resorts provide such unique luxury travel experiences at a venue beneath the waves of the Indian Ocean; enjoy stunning views of marine life swimming by, not forgetting delectable dishes and fine wines from around the world too.
Largest Manta Feeding Destination
At Hanifaru Bay in the Baa Atoll, a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve, you will find the largest manta feeding destination on the planet! Private island resorts at this atoll such as the property of Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas, offer snorkelling excursions to this bay; during the season (May to November), one can swim amongst mantas and whale sharks too feeding on plankton.
Perfect for Stargazing
Many don’t know that the Maldives is also amongst the best places for stargazing; unlike in industrial cities, this destination offers clear skies free from pollution ideal for viewing constellations and planets; some resorts even have observatories with powerful telescopes to take in amazing views of the Milky Way, the rings of Saturn and more!
99% of the Country is Water
Yes, you read that right, the Maldives is mostly water than land! The country encompasses an area of approximately 90,000 sq km in the vast Indian Ocean though the numerous islands cover only around 298 sq km. Amidst the 99% of water, you will find a stunning array of marine and coral life which is why snorkelling and diving here are not to be missed.