The Maldives were not top of my photographic hit-list - luxury travel photography isn't really my thing - but my wife was offered the chance to review a number of luxury resorts and I was lucky enough to tag along as her plus one. Not the sort of thing you get offered very often - or at least not the sort of thing I get offered very often...
My great regret of the trip was not hiring an underwater housing for one of my DSLRs - while the islands are very beautiful, the real action is underwater, and it really is quite spectacular.
For anyone reading this considering a trip to any of the resorts we visited, with an interest in underwater photography, I strongly recommend the W Resort and Spa - the reef here blew the others away. We swam with large turtles, rays, several species of shark and innumerable shoals of photogenic fish.
The thought of a beach holiday like this had never appealed to me in the past - but snorkelling and diving here really is the underwater equivalent of a safari in the Masai Mara. If armed with camera, flash, underwater housing and laptop, I could very happily spend four or five hours a day in the water and edit in the evening.