Think Maldives and what comes to mind? Sun-kissed atolls in turquoise waters, endless white beaches, a barefoot tropical paradise, but not your typical Gap year destination. Well, now it’s time to think again!
Until recently, the Maldives experience has been restricted to an exclusive – in more ways than one – resort lifestyle. However, following changes in local laws, tourists are now permitted to stay on all islands and so, for the first-time experience the real Maldives. With the introduction of local island guesthouses, together with budget airlines flying from Sri Lanka and India, the Maldives is beginning to find itself on the backpacker’s map.
A view from the shore
Secret Paradise offers a great way to experience the natural beauty of the Maldives and gain