From the port of Malé, where we dock our Costa cruise, it's off to the various dreamy atolls that make up the Maldives, where both the sea and the reef are magnificent.

The port of Malé, the capital of the Maldives located within the Kaafu atoll, immediately plunges visitors into the culture of the archipelago. Here, in a heavenly setting, modern buildings coexist in perfect harmony with the traditional homes. During the stopover in Malé, diving enthusiasts will discover the wonderful places on the sides of the Vaadhoo Kandu, where they will explore the sea aboard a submarine. Surfers can take advantage of the wonderful sea of Gaafaru Falhu. Hikers can visit the fish market, enjoy the calm and coolness of the Sultan’s lush garden, or bask on the white sandy beaches.

Not to be missed:

• The fish market

• Surf on the Gaafaru Falhu atoll

• The diving site of Vaadhoo Caves