The Maldives is the tropical destination of your dreams, known for turquoise blue lagoons, pristine white beaches and stilted bungalows. Thanks to its incredible biodiversity and marine wildlife, particularly off the coast of Hulhule Island, this country is prefect for snorkeling tours, swimming and boat cruises. Meanwhile, Malé, the capital, offers cooking classes and cultural, religious and historic sites, including beautiful mosques and colourful homes.
“If you like small ships, great food and spending time in and on the water than this is a great trip. Keep in mind that this is a snorkeling trip with a lot of leisure time built in. Be prepared to sit back, read and chat with your fellow travelers.”
The Maldives is synonymous with tropical. Just hearing the country’s name is sure to make you think of colourful fish, blue lagoons, white beaches, and overwater bungalows set on stilts. If you’re looking for the clearest waters and most Instagram-worthy beaches on Earth, a trip to the Maldives is the answer. With a tourism slogan of “the sunny side of life”, it’s no wonder the Maldives and its 1,000+ islands are the exotic vacation of your dreams.
Eat a meal surrounded by coral reef at Ithaa Undersea Restaurant
Spend the night in a villa on stilts
See the Malé Hukuru Miskiy, an ancient mosque made entirely of white coral
Experience the Sea of Stars, the glowing beach of Vaadhoo Island
Scuba dive among the reefs
Take a cruise into the sunset
Interact with locals at Male, the world’s smallest capital city
The Maldives is a 100% Muslim populated country, and there are several conservative laws that visitors must follow. When travelling off resort, do not wear your bathing suits or revealing clothing. Homosexuality, alcohol and public displays of affection are all illegal within the country, except on resort islands.
Seaplane flights from the Male airport to your resort island, though short in duration, can be very expensive. Be sure to research ahead and take the cost into consideration when creating your budget.
The drinking water in the Maldives is heavily treated, meaning it is stripped of its natural minerals. To keep your body properly hydrated, buy some rehydration salt packages from the pharmacy at the airport or your resort.
While snorkelling is common in many tropical destinations, the Maldives is one of the best destinations in the world for spotting large marine life. Be on the lookout for whale sharks, dolphins, Hammerhead sharks and sea turtles.
A holiday in the Maldives is perfect if you’re looking to disconnect from the rest of the world. But, if you simply can’t live without your Wi-Fi, be prepared to pay for it. Many resorts charge for internet access, and they can be quite expensive (up to US$150 per week!).