1,190 coral islands meld gently with turquoise seas providing no end of opportunities to find a quiet island and claim it for yourself for the day. Offshore, at the edges of the atolls, water depth drops to 2000 metres offering a wealth of game fishing opportunities for the adventurously-inclined. With its prime location between international trade routes, the Maldivian culture is laced with the influences of African, South East Asian and Arabian cultures which colour local music, food and art with a unique flavour. Cruise to a secluded island to discover one of the traditional fishing villages that dot the atolls, and drift into village life for a day as you bait a line near one of these brightly coloured outposts. From on top of the ocean to underneath it, don’t miss dining 16 feet under the sea at the Ithaca Undersea Restaurant. If that all sounds like too much activity though, don’t fear, there’s always a quiet sandy beach waiting for you to make it your own.