MUST SURF the great waves near the equator at Honkey's, Pasta Point, and Chickens┬┐all popular North Male Atoll breaks.

MUST DIVE the Maldive Victory, a massive freighter sunk at 115 feet off the airport island of Hulhule.

MUST FISH for grouper or barracuda at night from aboard a traditional dhoni.

MUST STAY at secluded Nika Island Resort on North Ari, with 26 seashellshaped cottages.

MUST TASTE the very fresh fish and rice found at most restaurants. Alcohol is only available in resorts.