11 Best Vacation Islands on Earth

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5) Maldives

Way off the southwest coast of India is the Maldives, a remarkable 1,192 archipelago. Only 185 islands are inhabited and the country claims a small population of roughly 300,000. The Maldives are a spot for seasoned scuba divers looking for world-class diving in thrilling conditions. The water clarity impresses, but it’s the marine life that really draws divers. The chances to see large pelagics like sharks, Manta Rays and Whale Sharks are high. Some of the waters around the Maldives are protected UNESCO Biosphere Reserves, ensuring pristine corals and plentiful life. If diving isn’t for you, the snorkeling is also some of the best in the world! It’s also a popular honeymoon destination with dozens of luxury resorts on multiple isles. It’s possible to spend the majority of your vacation in one of the posh resorts, dining on international cuisine, uniquely-crafted cocktails, and splashing in the azure waters.

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