Snorkel with manta rays and dolphins at newly opened luxury resort InterContinental Maldives

Is a beachfront vacation on the cards this end-of-year? You might want to put your money on the Maldives, or more specifically, the brand new InterContinental Maldives Maamuagau Resort.

A 40-minute flight by seaplane from Male, the resort sits on the southernmost tip of the Raa Atoll, near the Maldives' only UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve. This is one of the few places in the world where visitors can snorkel amongst manta rays and dolphins.
Maria Anderson, the resort's inhouse marine biologist says December is a good time to visit as the chances of manta ray sightings are high during this month.

The resort is also accessible by speedboat from Hanifaru Bay, famous for being a nursery ground for grey sharks and stingrays.