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The 12 best things to do in the Maldives

Pristine beaches with velvet sand, coral reefs rich with kaleidoscopic creatures and friendly locals all greet visitors looking for the best things to do in the Maldives. Alive with culture and tradition, this tropical nation in the Indian Ocean comprises approximately 1,200 islands, grouped into atolls. Here, adventure-lovers can swim with whale sharks, parasail across the islands or surf the powerful Huvadhoo Atoll waves. Meanwhile, breathtaking underwater restaurants and spa hotel retreats await those seeking indulgence. Done something on this list and loved it? Share it with the hashtag #TimeOutDoList and tag @TimeOutEverywhere. Find out more about how Time Out selects the very best things to do all over the world.

The 13 best hotels in the Maldives

This archipelago of 1000+ islands scattered across the Indian Ocean boasts more than 100 atolls, which are ringed by soft white sand and home to some of the best hotel accommodation on the planet (there are more over-water villas here than you can shake a flip-flop at). Little wonder then that Maldives is a honeymoon hot spot and a regular fixture on calendars of the elite and anyone looking for picture-perfect, sun-drenched things to do. It’s an expensive destination, but prices drop for the rainy season (May to November), which really just means sporadic showers and higher humidity. Besides, if you take advantage of viewing the incredible marine life, you’ll spend most of your time getting wet anyway…