The Maldivian Islands
Justifiably famous throughout the world, the mere mention of the words ‘the Maldives’ instantly conjures up images of white sand, turquoise water, and idyllic island life. With the capital city Malé less than 2 hours flight from Colombo, it makes wonderful sense to finish a hectic, adventure-packed Sri Lanka itinerary with a few days in this ultimate once-in-a-lifetime destination. Over 1,000 islands stretch across 26 atolls, each one with the kind of soft beaches and crystal waters that dreams are made of. Most resorts occupy an island all to themselves, offering you unrivalled peace and tranquillity throughout your stay. Each island can be reached by quick and easy seaplane or speedboat transfer from Malé’s airport, meaning that you could be fresh from a safari, hill trek, plantation visit, or historical ruin and lying on a beach within half a day. Having travelled over 5 thousand miles to Sri Lanka, many feel compelled to wind out their last few days in blissful relaxation on a Maldivian paradise island, and who can blame them?