Editor’s Choice: 6 Best Maldives water-villa resorts with excellent scuba diving

The Maldives is one of the premier scuba diving locations in the world, partly due to the clear waters that are warm all year round, and partly because the Maldives is home to an incredible abundance of sea life surrounding its excellent private-island resorts. Here you'll find large schools of tropical, colorful fish, larger marine life and healthy coral. Honestly, you can choose nearly any Maldives water villa resort and you'll have some of the finest diving on your life, but of course some offer better experiences than others.

First off, if you are a fanatical scuba diver and you aren't too interested in staying in a lovely resort then you should certainly choose a Maldives liveaboard, which are special diving boats of varying luxury that go out to the best diving spots for days at a time. The Maldives holiday diving scene is very popular so it's important to choose a specialist company wisely. If you are interested in spending at least part of your holiday in a luxurious water villa then check the recommendations below. [read more]

About overwater bungalows and water villas

First introduced in the South Pacific only a few decades ago, the overwater bungalow is now one of the hottest trends in the resort world. Honeymoon couples have been staying in these iconic rooms since the beginning, but now they are popular with families and adventure travelers as well.

For many people, the South Pacific island of Bora Bora is the most famous destination for the best overwater bungalows, but it's actually the Maldives, which is just southwest of India, where most of these huts-on-stilts exist. The Maldives has more than 90 resorts that feature water villas (as they are typically known there), with several new private-island resorts opening every year.

In the South Pacific you will find almost a dozen resorts on Bora Bora, another five on Moorea, and two on Tahiti that have over water villas. There are about 10 additional overwater resorts on other South Pacific islands stretching all the way to Fiji and New Caladonia.

There are also about a dozen overwater bungalow resorts in the Caribbean, mostly off the coast of Central America, with nearly all of them being diving-oriented “eco resorts.” But a few luxury overwater bungalows exist and more are being built on St. Lucia and other islands in the popular areas of the Caribbean, and this website will be the best place to look for information on all of them.