Serene blue ocean, pristine beaches with white sand, towering palm trees and secluded bungalows – not for nothing vacation in the Maldives is considered a reference, and the owner of the ticket – lucky! What offers its guests a branch of paradise on earth?
The first association with the Maldives – the coasts of soft sand, framed by piercing turquoise waves and lush tropical greenery. Each beach is worthy of the Blue Flag for purity, environmental friendliness and safety. Public recreation areas of the archipelago are always crowded, especially during the peak tourist season – those who appreciate the peace may be advised to opt for resorts or private beaches. One-day excursions to a separate island are also possible, where you will be provided with a luxurious vacation with the fulfillment of any whims – of course, depending on the payment.
In addition to bounty-style scenery and fantastic sunsets, tourists can find exotic activities on some islands: run racing turtles on the shores of Velavaru and Laviani, feed stingrays at Bolifushi, swim with dolphins at Maafushi Island and take unique photos of luminous phytoplankton at Vaadhu. But when planning a vacation in the Maldives, remember that this is a Muslim country, where many public beaches prohibit drinking alcohol and sunbathing in bikinis.
Imagine the perfect morning: you are awakened by the rays of the bright sun, a cool breeze gently touches your skin. Stilted bungalows and secluded villas with private pools are perfect for both romantic film shoots and luxurious vacations. The famous bungalows on stilts are one of the symbols of the archipelago. Wooden bridges lead to the eco-style cabins – or you can swim to them by boat. The idea of living above water and the vast ocean next door takes your breath away. The main criterion for choosing a hotel for a holiday in the Maldives – it’s cost. There are budget hotels in the capital Male, but tourists prefer to stay in individual houses, cottages, bungalows, villas, chalets. Often the city serves as a transfer hub – vacationers take private planes or boats from Male to hotels on the islands. Such a transfer is not cheap, it is worth considering when planning a budget trip.
Diving and surfing
The Maldives is not only for relaxation – the vast ocean offers a lot of options for active and educational activities, it’s a pity not to take advantage of! In the underwater nature reserves of North and South Male you can admire the fabulously beautiful reefs and exotic inhabitants – sea turtles, colorful fish and stingrays. Divers often choose to dive at the resorts of Alifu Daalu and Raa atolls. Go to the wrecks in search of pirate treasure near Halaweli Island, Addu Atoll and North Male. As a rule, the most comfortable season for diving is from January to April, conquering the waves is advised from May to October. Popular spots on the side of North Male – Chikens, Koka, Sultan, Ninja, South Male – Cates, Twin Peaks, Guru. Benchmark and is considered a fishing trip in the Maldives – who will refuse to catch a unique catch or fish tuna from the ocean?
It does not take much time to see the main attractions of the capital Male. The collections of traditional and contemporary art can be found in the National Art Gallery and the National Museum. In between is the beautiful Sultana Park, fragrant with exotic flowers. Nearby are several mosques and the crypt of Sultan Ibrahim.
The unique nature of the archipelago is also generous with experiences: mangrove trees Daalu, fishing villages Mimu, yacht rides, seaplane, submarine, romantic evenings on the ocean and underwater restaurants – vacation in the Maldives will teach you to enjoy life!