Sep 30, 2005
Since you will be in Dubai, you will be very close to both the Maldives and Seychelles. They're specgtacular, about 4.5 hours away by plane. You know all those pictures of endless sandy beaches disappearing into a turquoise ocean that are so much prettier than every other beach you've seen? Chances are it's a shot of either the Maldives or Seychelles. Utterly gorgeous. and they have some truly stellar snorkeling.
More than 1,200 islands make up the archipelago of the Maldives and each one of them is a dream desert island. Surrounded by crystal clear waters and beautiful white beaches, the Maldives are perfect for getting away from it all.
The Maldives are truly idyllic. There are 87 resort islands in the Maldives each with its own unique natural beauty, style and concept. The resorts are totally self-contained, built on previously uninhabited islands, each island has just one resort with it’s own amenities and facilities to provide a perfect holiday. These resorts are planned and built to very high specifications, so you can be guaranteed excellent service and surroundings and no danger of over-crowding.
The Maldives are made up of atolls, (coral reefs surrounding a lagoon) each atoll has a number islands, most resorts are in the three atolls closest to Malé Atoll the capital - North Malé Atoll, South Malé Atoll and Ari Atoll, with a few others on nearby atolls. The atolls vary in size from 1 acre to 100 acres and each resort is unique in size, character and facilities so check the descriptions of the hotels for exact details of what is included. Twin centre holidays in the Maldives are a popular option, enabling you to experience the delights of two of these fantastic islands.
The Seychelles, set in the Indian Ocean 1,000 miles off the coast of Africa, are an archipelago of 115 islands that stretch for hundreds of miles. Described as the original Garden of Eden the islands are breathtakingly beautiful, the pure white sand, lush vegetation and clear turquoise waters will make you feel like you are in paradise. The main islands are Mahe, Praslin and La Digue, many of the smaller islands are uninhabited or are nothing more than coral atolls. Mahe is by far the largest and home to the capital Victoria. It has over 70 beaches and is surrounded by coral reefs so the waters are clear and calm, ideal for waterports. Praslin, the second largest island, is 3 hours by boat or 15 minutes by air from Mahe. Yet more idyllic beaches can be found here plus the exquisitely beautiful Valle de Mai which was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1984, it is the only place in the world where the coco-de-mer palm can be found. Praslin is an excellent base for island hopping. La Digue is the world's perfect place to do absolutely nothing but enjoy the tropical beauty and deserted beaches. The beaches are picture perfect and frequently star in adverts and photoshoots, protected by the surrounding coral reefs and pink granite rocks they are excellent for swimming and snorkeling. La Digue is 30 minutes from Praslin so ideal for a day trip.