When it comes to picking a cruise destination, it can be difficult to decide where you want to plot a course for. However, holidaymakers might be swayed by the fact that very few people are left disappointed by the Maldives, with 98 per cent of visitors saying they would recommend it as a destination.
That is according to the Maldives Visitor Survey 2014, which found that some people loved the island nation so much that they couldn't stay away. Almost a third (31 per cent) of study participants were repeat visitors.
A tried and tested formula of pristine beaches and azure waters has served the Maldives well over the years, proving particularly popular with families and couples who made up 28 per cent and 55 per cent respectively of visitors to the islands. The information also revealed the nation to be a popular destination for honeymoons.
The report is indicative of the Maldives' growing popularity over the years, with arrivals rocketing by 17 per cent between 2012 and 2013, surpassing one million visitors for the first time. In order to account for the projected trend, the current government is seeking to expand bed capacity to support 1.75 million arrivals by 2021.
When asked what their main motivators were for visiting the Maldives, more than half (52 per cent) of tourists said it was the stunning natural environment that attracted them in the first place – the traditional pull of sun, sand and sea.
Enjoy the spectacular scenery in style aboard a sailing catamaran – the only way to witness everything these islands have to offer. From your transportation, you'll be able to indulge in swimming in the glittering waters beneath the sun, eating tropical fruits and lounging around on the beautiful beaches. Find out more about our Dream Yachts Catamaran Sailing Cruise in the Maldives.