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Top Island Hopping Spots in Maldives – Best of the Archipelago

The gorgeous Maldivian archipelago home to over a 1000 tropical islands is the best place to enjoy an island hopping tour. Explore pristine islands or relish the culture at the local inhabited islands

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Full Day Island Hopping

Full Day Island Hopping

There are many resorts around the Maldivian archipelago that will take you on an island hopping tour. Resorts such as Cinnamon Hakuraa Huraa Maldives will organise a full day tour that will take you to a typical Maldivian village in a traditional dhoni vessel. There you can look forward to interacting with locals, exploring their beautiful coral stone houses and watching a fresh catch being brought in. The best hotels in Maldives are known to organise comprehensive tours that include a picnic on an isolated island..

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Fishing Tours across Islands

Fishing Tours across Islands

Fishing tours from Hakuraa Huraa around the archipelago is another exciting way of discovering and exploring the Maldives. Many Maldives resorts organise fishing tours to the best locations on the Indian Ocean. Night fishing trips are quite popular where you can enjoy fishing under a blanket of stars; later the fresh catch is cooked on the beach of an uninhabited island by the resort chef.

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Scuba Diving and Island Hopping

Scuba Diving and Island Hopping

Scuba diving tours are available from just about any resort location. You can book one from your resort or the nearest sports centre. Scuba diving tours are ideal for exploring the islands as well as the depths of the Indian Ocean. The tours take you to the best spots around the Banana Reef, South Atolls and North Atolls. There you can explore the various islands swim in beautiful bays and explore the ocean depths home to a variety of marine life, gorgeous corals and local wrecks. Remember the Maldives is one of the world's best locations for scuba diving.

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Live-Aboard Cruises

Live-Aboard Cruises

Live aboard cruises are ideal for island hopping in luxury. Cruises may start from the airport in Male or from a resort. Either way these live aboard cruises are ideal for enjoying scuba diving while exploring the many islands. Locations popular for cruises include Banana Reef, Hanifaru Bay, Maalhos Thila and Guraidhoo Kandu. The ships differ in model but all conform to strict international safety regulations. There are experienced guides on board ready to cope with any situation. The cruises take passengers to remote islands for secluded and private experiences. Scuba diving around these islands are amongst coral fish, giant manta rays, old shipwrecks, turtles and white tipped sharks.

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Island Hopping on Land

Island Hopping on Land

There are many resorts located within close proximity to each other. Visiting these will enable those of you who prefer dry land to island hop from one resort to the other via land. Explore the lagoons and verdant forests of these closely situated resorts.