Local name: Dhivehi Raa’jeyge Jumhooriyya, Full name: the Republic of Maldives

The ultimate dream destination would have to be the Maldives, south-west of India in the Indian Ocean. It’s the perfect place for a beach holiday or a honeymoon, and offers plenty of luxury including staying on your own private island.

This group of islands is made up of 119 coral islands on about 26 atolls in the Indian Ocean where the swimming, snorkelling and diving is quite spectacular.

So if you like diving and snorkelling you’ve come to the right place. The many islands offer a natural protective barrier for the coral reef and all that lives in and around it, such as manta rays, barracudas, coral fish and turtles. There’s no other place in the world where you can enjoy great visibility all year round and pleasant water temperatures, but the best time for diving is between January and March.

Should you need a break from the beach, go and visit the capital Malé. It’s on its own island and it’s fun to take a boat trip there. Have a look at the royal palace that used to belong to the sultan, but is now the national museum. You can also hit the shops at Independence Square.

More information: www.visitmaldives.com

Diving Snorkling