Set sail for the Maldives this summer

The Maldives has become one of the hottest cruise destinations in recent times, and for good reason.

Situated in the Indian Ocean to the south-west of India, the archipelago attracts glorious weather and the ocean there is as blue and clear as it gets.

Out of 1,192 islands, only 200 are inhabited and 80 have tourist resorts, offering visitors the chance to try out exciting water sports, such as snorkelling, diving and swimming.

You can have a go at all these and more on a Seafarer cruise, choosing from either a seven or ten-day trip of the main islands.

As part of the Dream Yachts Catamaran Sailing Cruise, when you're not out and about exploring the various islands, you'll benefit from a first-class experience onboard the Dream 60 and Nautitech 82 craft.

These are sailing catamarans – very different from the conventional cruise experience – and they boast just 12 cabins each.

During the evenings, after a day spent on your feet, relax with a cocktail and watch the sun set over the coast while you relish the welcome breeze from the ocean. Tuck into high-end food and unwind in a spacious saloon with the other guests.

As for the islands you'll be taken to, the selection couldn't be better or more varied. Highlights include a trip to the uninhabited and very tropical Kanifushi Island; kayaking and snorkelling in the lagoon on Goidhoo; browsing the boutiques in the town of Eydhafushi on Hulhudhoo; and admiring the marine life on Hulhumale.

For sun-worshippers who love nothing more than lounging on the beach and roaming through sleepy coastal villages, the Maldives is the perfect holiday destination.

By exploring the archipelago on a cruise, tourists can get the feel of not just one island, but several, and this will make the experience so much more enriching. Plus, cruises are the most sociable holidays, and you're bound to get chatting to the other passengers.

The locals in the Maldives have a reputation for being very friendly, and will welcome you into their picturesque restaurants and cafes with open arms.