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IF A HONEYMOON IS MEANT TO BE A CELEBRATION OF LOVE IN AN INTIMATE, SECLUDED, AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, BEAUTIFUL SETTING, THEN MALDIVES IS THE WORLD’S BEST BACKDROP FOR ALL THESE THINGS. - ANONYMOUS
TRAVELLERS have always been fascinated with Maldives. Even as a concept, it is one of the most interesting holiday destinations. This tiny island nation packs quite a punch when it comes to unique holiday experiences.

Even getting there is an experience as Maldives is among the few places in the world where your mode of transport is the highlight of your trip. Zippy seaplanes function like  taxis  and taking  off  from water is an unforgettable experience. You can enjoy a spectacular view of Maldives’ beautiful coral atolls and blue lagoons from above.

If you’d like to begin with a cultural note, a visit to the new National Museum will help you  trace  back  the  bizarre  history  of  Maldives.  The  highlight of the museum is the 6-metre long skeleton of the very rare Longman’s Beaked Whale. This creature has never been sighted live.

The other cultural highlight of almost any trip to Maldives is seeing an incredible dance and drum performance known as Bodu Beru. It is a traditional all-male performance. The drum ceremony starts off slowly and builds gradually to an incredible climax which leaves you breathless.

When it comes to water sports and activities, locals recommend diving over surfing and that too in the North Male atolls. But some of the best experiences with water can be had while diving underwater at Shark Point. Don’t let the name deceive you. The bizarre underwater landscape here is absolutely stunning. Be prepared to be mesmerized by Morays, Lion Fish and even some Eagle Rays. If you get lucky, you can also spot a beautiful white-tip shark.

Most  resorts  make  for  a  lazy  regime  that  includes  cycling  around  the  resort, picking  your spot  for  dinner,  submitting  to  a  series  of spa treatments and devoted sun worship.

While it is the preferred luxury vacation for most travellers, Maldives is also a piece of paradise that will soon be lost to mankind. Visit while you still can.