In a perfect beach, each element has to harmonize flawlessly to create an experience that exudes peace and serenity, evokes memories of holidays and romance and inspires adventure. The perfect beach is the place Robinson Crusoe would kill for to relive his tale.
It would be difficult to imagine any¬where as generously endowed with gor¬geous white sand beaches as the Mal¬dives, a cluster of tiny atolls set like emer¬alds in a blue sea. Fringing each island are palm-kissed, sun drenched beaches covered in talcum-powder sand that’s as soft as sable to the touch.
Of all these perfect gems, the island of Kurumba — off North Male Atoll — is the jewel in the crown. Its white sand beaches, the swaying palms that lean se¬ductively over the blue lagoon and the blue sea stretching out to the infinite horizon, fulfill anyone’s dream of a tropical para¬dise. The laid-back atmosphere invites you to dream away beneath a coconut tree with a cocktail in your hand, or immerse your¬self in the crystal-clear water of nature’s richest aquarium.
It has been said that a picture is better than a thousand words. Kurumba is the picture for a postcard of paradise under an equatorial sky it is the icon, the ideal of a perfect beach.
SUVADIVA ATOLL: Restricted access The Maldives
The Maldives receive few visitors, but thanks to countless magazine, television and billboard advertisements, their idyllic atolls are known to millions as the epitome of tropical perfection. Coconut trees lean lazily over white sand beaches, and clear ocean water reflects endless blue skies.
Nowhere is this more true than on the isolated equa¬torial islands of Suvadiva Atoll, many kilometres south of the main islands of North Male Atoll.
Suvadiva is one of the largest atolls in the world, a ring of dazzling reefs, with large outer islands and small interior islands stretching to the horizon. Its blue waters teem with dolphins and other fish. The reefs offer magnifi¬cent snorkelling, and on the southern rim of the atoll there are some excellent surfing breaks and calm anchorages.
Tourism in the Maldives is very tightly-regulated which accounts for much of the islands’ unspoiled beauty and travel by foreigners is strictly controlled. Suvadiva is accessible only by permit and a 24-hour boat journey from the capital. Undisturbed by the outside world, the people here en¬joy a quiet existence; the children are cu¬rious about foreigners but the adults are unimpressed by them, for the most part satisfied with their lives.
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