This double chain of 26 palm-lined atolls isn’t all hand-holding honeymooners. With nearly 1,200 islands spread across 90,000 square kilometres of Indian Ocean, expect offbeat adventure, a vibrant surf scene and enough sand to make Robinson Crusoe proud. There’s also a lot of fish. Seafood from the market in Maldives’ capital Malé finds its way into borkibaa spicy fishcakes and mas huni chapatis. On the outer atolls, don scuba tanks or a simple mask and snorkel. A sub-sea paradise of giant rays and whale sharks awaits.