NewsDecember 3, 2018

World’s Best Dive Destination 2018 – Maldives

The Maldives wins the prestigious position of the World’s Leading Dive Destination 2018 at the Grand Final of The World Travel Awards held last evening at Pátio da Galé in Lisbon, Portugal. The Maldives once again secured the prestigious position after fierce competition with top tourist destinations such as Seychelles and Mauritius.

World travel awards are well-known as the highest and most exclusive award ceremony in the Travel and Tourism industry. It is also renowned as the “Oscars of the Travel Industry.” Established in 1993, it is widely regarded as the best networking opportunities in the travel industry among industry leaders, governments, luminaries’ international print, and broadcast media.


Today, the World Travel Awards™ brand is recognized globally as the ultimate hallmark of quality, with winners setting the benchmark to which all the others aspire. Hospitality leaders from across the globe were presented during the colorful ceremony held in recognition of the best travel destinations of 2018.

In addition to the Destination award, the Maldives won the below awards in a stunning 5 categories.

World’s Leading Airport Resort 2018 – Hulhule Island Hotel, Maldives
World’s Leading Honeymoon Resort 2018 – Jumeirah Vittaveli, Maldives
World’s Leading Luxury Private Island Resort 2018 – Cheval Blanc Randheli, Maldives 
World’s Leading Water Villa Resort 2018 – Sun Aqua VilluReef, Maldives 
World’s Most Romantic Resort 2018 – Baros Maldives 

The Maldives had won prestigious positions in various categories over the years. This year’s awards are yet again another tremendous achievement for the Maldives as a tourist destination. In 2017, over 1.3 million tourist arrivals were recorded to the Maldives which is an increase of 8%. Maldives Tourism Visitor survey shows that over 65% of these tourists visit the Maldives for its underwater beauty.

Winning these awards will indeed enhance the image of the destination and indicates the visitors’ love and confidence towards the Maldives.