Travel Guide – Maldives

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Introduction

Speechless and completely awestruck. Well, this will be your first reaction the moment you will step your foot on the sandy beaches of Maldives. Located southwest of India and Sri Lanka in the Laccadive Sea, Maldives is a perfect destination to spend your holidays in complete luxury. Unrivaled natural beauty, serene beaches and an amazing underwater world of this island country will surely make you fall in love with it.
A love sanctuary for honeymooners and couples, Maldives is one of the most popular honeymoon destinations in the world. So, if you were longing for a perfect holiday, plan a trip to Maldives today.

Best Time to Visit

Maldives is a year-around destination. Summer season starts from December and lasts till April. These months are also the peak tourist season and you will experience dry weather during these months.
As for May to August, these months are wet as this is the monsoon season. This is usually an off-season but if you want some great deals on resorts and hotels, come here during the monsoons.

How to Reach

By Air - Male International Airport (MLE) connects Maldives to all major countries. There are direct flights from Dubai and the Indian sub-continent and chartered flights coming in from Europe, China and Singapore.
As for getting around you can opt for boats, sea planes (also called air taxis) and private yachts for roaming around from one island to another.

Must See Attractions

Maldives offers some of the most beautiful tourist destinations in the world. Unlike other island countries, Maldives has a different aura which simply has no match. These are some of the most popular tourist destinations that you must visit on your trip.

  • HP Reef (Male) – Located in the North Male Atoll, HP Reef is one of the most visited tourist attractions in Maldives and an ideal place to indulge in some exciting underwater activities. Come here to explore the marvelous underwater world of Maldives where you will find several superb coral reef formations along with colorful fishes.
  • Fua Mulaku – Located in the southern province of the Maldives, Fua Mulaku is the smallest atoll (a ring-shaped coral reef, island, or series of islets). With just one island, Fua Atoll is also the largest island in Maldives. This not so crowded island is a perfect place for those who are looking to spend some lone time with their partner.
  • Utheemu Ganduvaru – It’s a famous historical site (or to say residence) in Maldives where Sultan Muhammad Thakurufaanu Al Auzam lived. Located in Utheemu (an inhabited island in the northern Maldives), the site is quite popular among the tourists coming to Maldives.
  • National Museum – Located in Male, the National Museum of Maldives is a popular tourist attraction. The museum houses a variety of historical artifacts reflecting the rich cultural history of this island country. Designed and built by the Chinese Government, the museum was decaled the official National Museum of Maldives on July 26, 2010.
  • Manta Point – It’s a popular diving site where you can dive with manta rays. Come here to see a large number of manta rays being fed and cleaned by the bright colored wrasses. Swimming with manta rays is definitely that one experience which you will remember all your life.

Other Popular Tourist Attractions of Maldives

  • Banana Reef
  • Jumhooree Maidan
  • Alimatha Island
  • Mirihi Islands
  • Kudahuvadhoo
  • Nalaguraidhoo Beach
  • Hukuru Miskiiy (Old Friday Mosque)
  • Biyadhoo Island Resort
  • Sun Island Resort and Spa
  • Artificial Beach, North Male

Things to Do

Enjoy Underwater Dinner – Go for a romantic dinner at Ithaa (world’s first underwater restaurant). Located in Conrad Maldives Rangali Island resort, this 14-seater all glass restaurant sits 5 meters under the sea. Dining at Ithaa will surely be a lifetime experience for you and your partner.

Go Island Hopping – Maldives island hoping activities include visiting habited and inhabited islands, enjoying water sports (like deep sea diving, snorkeling etc.) and plenty of other interesting activities.

Boat Cruise – A romantic boat cruise on a Dhoni (a popular mode of transportation in Maldives) is a perfect idea to explore the true beauty of this island country. Enjoying a mesmerizing view of the sunset while sipping your favorite mocktail is an ideal way of ending a day.

Shark Thila – You just can’t miss swimming with sharks when in Maldives. Yes, you heard it right, you can dive with sharks at Mushimasmingili Thila also known as Shark Thila (located in Ari Atoll). Here you will get to see different species of sharks like grey reef sharks, whale sharks, giant snappers and tropical reef fish.

Relax at a Spa – A soothing spa session at a luxurious spa resort is definitely a must try. Most of these spas have glass floors, so that their guests can watch the amazing underwater world (fishes, reefs, sharks etc.) while relaxing. Spa Cenvaree, Six Senses Spa Laamu and Vabbinfaru are some of the most visited and popular spas in Maldives.

Interesting Facts

  • The official local country name of Maldives is Dhivehi Raajjeyge Jumhooriyyaa.
  • Maldives is the lowest and the flattest country in the world.
  • In 2009 an underwater cabinet meeting was held in Maldives to raise awareness on climate change.
  • The literacy rate in Maldives is 98%.
  • Maldives is one of the safest travel destinations in the world.
  • Maldives is the smallest country in Asia and also the smallest Muslim country in the world.
  • Maldives was established by an exiled Indian Prince.
  • There are over 1190 Coral Islands in Maldives grouped in 26 major atolls.
  • Alcohol is strictly prohibited in Maldives except for resort hotels.
  • Maldives has the highest divorce rate in the world.
  • Maldivians used to build their houses in coral. Though now this practice has been banned.
  • Maldives has the official sanctuaries of the world's biggest fish (whale shark).
  • Maldives will soon be creating the largest marine reserve in the world.
  • All the resorts in Maldives are located on their own islands.
  • Unlike anywhere else in the world, tipping is not required in Maldives as a 10% service charge is already added to the bill.
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