The Maldives is a tropical paradise tucked away in the Indian Ocean, perfect for proposals, honeymoons and getaways.

What makes the Maldives as a unique destination lies in its geography which composes of 26 ring-shaped atolls, containing more than 1,000 coral islands. The air is one of the cleanest in the world and the landscapes are absolutely pristine. This is a country consisting 99% of the sea and less than 1% land.

Here you will find absolute luxury, white sandy beaches, turquoise lagoons, coconut filled palm trees and incredible underwater experiences make the Maldives the place to visit in 2017.

Still not convinced? Here are 10 reasons why you need to add Maldives to the top of your bucket list!

1. You can completely switch off

The Maldives is the perfect place to go when you need somewhere to switch off and get away from the hustle & bustle of city life. Most islands have the “no shoes, no news” concept, so when you arrive store away the shoes, switch your phone to aeroplane mode, go grab a cocktail and just sit back and relax.

You can get your phone and shoes back at check out.

2. The white sandy beaches & the crystal blue waters

Nowhere on earth can you find seawaters as clear and blue as the Maldives and beaches as pristine and white. Scattered across the Indian Ocean, the Maldives comprises of thousands tiny islands, only two hundred of which are inhabited. It won’t be hard for you to find a beautiful beach to go and spend your days when you’re here.

3. The incredible marine life

Love scuba diving? You’ve come to the right place! The diverse underwater species in the Maldives in incredible. Here you will get the chance to swim alongside colourful fish, corals, dolphins, sea turtles and even whale sharks.

Maldives aims to be the world’s first biosphere reserve by 2017 and you can even contribute to this by adopting a coral and paying for its cultivation – so cool!

4. The glow-in-the-dark beaches

We are sure you’re aware of the Maldives stunning beaches by now, but when the sun goes down it gets even more spectacular. A natural phenomenon where bioluminescent plankton creates a sea of stars that wash up on a beach in Vaadhoo, an island in Raa Atoll, creating an unforgettable and breathtaking display. This is something you need to see with your very own eyes!

5. Flying in a seaplane

Our visit to the Maldives was were we had our first ever seaplane experience – and we are now obsessed. There is just something really cool about taking off and landing in the water, and the views you get from the atolls below are seriously breathtaking! The only way to get to most resorts are via seaplane or boast and we highly recommend you choose seaplane.

6. Staying in an overwater bungalow

When visiting the Maldives we highly recommend you consider going for the upgrade and staying in an overwater bungalow. Waking up to the panoramic views of the turquoise sea with only the sound being the waves lapping against the stilts of your villa – this is the ultimate Maldivian experience. But our favourite part has to be having the colourful corals and rich marine life right outside our doorstep.

7. The beautiful dining locations

The food in the Maldives is some of the best we have ever had! While resorts embrace international flavours, local venues tend to offer the more authentic Maldivian experience. If you get a chance to try the local cuisine we say go for it!

Traditional eateries offer dishes mainly based around fish that are usually spicy and most times featuring coconut. Sampling the spicy flavours of the Maldives is an essential part of the unique island experience – and the locations you get to taste the foods are unforgettable.

 8. The stunning Maldivian sunsets

Yes you can experience a sunset anywhere in the world, but a Maldivian sunset is anything but ordinary. During the day in this tropical paradise you will be surrounded by greens of the palm trees and blues of the oceans. But when the light begins to fade, the other half of the colour spectrum comes alive with bright oranges, yellows and reds filling the sky.

9. So many water sports

If your a bit of an adrenaline junkie than you need to pack your bags and head straight to the Maldives. From sailing on a catamaran, to scuba diving, kite surfing or jet skiing – the Maldives has it all!

10. Visit before it’s literally too late

If you didn’t know Maldives is the world’s lowest lying nation, at only 1.3 metres above sea level. If the sea level rises by only another metre, this island nation would become uninhabitable. With the sea levels rising due to unpredictable climate changes, Maldives may disappear from the world sooner than we would like. Make sure you by that plane ticket before paradise is gone forever.

Thanks to Emirates for supporting Flying the Nest, if you want some more tips head on over to their website where you can find more tips on the beautiful Maldives Holidays.

Now on to you – Where’s you favourite tropical destination?

Stephen and Jess signoff