The Maldives islands are home to some of the very best scuba diving in the world. Even if you’re not a diver, snorkelling in the warm waters offers wonderful opportunities to spot a wide variety of marine life. Some resorts have their own diving schools, whilst others have their own reefs and you may even see whale sharks.
This archipelago of 700 islands and cays offers azure waters and bright white beaches. As if exploring the islands and cays weren’t enough to keep you busy, the water parks, world-class golf, high-end shopping, sailing and deserted beaches certainly will.
Once a haven for pirates, smugglers and rum-runners, the Bahamas is now notorious for being a tax haven and film location for James Bond films. Marine life is prolific, the beaches are powdery-soft, island-hopping is easy and you can even meet the swimming pigs on Pig Beach.
Gorgeous beaches: powdery-soft sands in hues from white to pink and gold
Scuba diving: particularly wreck and reef diving in waters teeming with brightly coloured fish
Kayaking: exploring some of the 2,400 cays
Exploring Nassau: charming architecture meets delightful shops painted in an array of pastel shades
Island hopping: Atlantis and Paradise islands are the most renowned; each has a waterpark, aquarium and casino
Shopping: an array of designer and boutique shops selling everything from designer fashions to local arts and crafts
The best times to go
The Bahamas has warm temperatures year round. May to October has higher rainfall than the rest of the year. June to November is the hurricane season throughout the Caribbean.
Live like James Bond
The luxurious One&Only Ocean Club is an indulgent choice for those most discerning of travellers and Paradise Island also hosts a golf course and a casino. For Bond lovers, James visited this resort in the remake of Casino Royale starring Daniel Craig.
The Bahamas is perhaps the shark diving capital of the world.