Each island a pearl of indulgence, Maldives holidays are an example of elegance that all beach islands try to follow, but can never quite replicate. Pale sands seamlessly blend into the unique glow of blue that laps across the shores, absorbing the sun’s glory in creating luxuriantly warm waters which are ideal for snorkelling and water-based activities, the Maldives being world-renowned for its indelible diving scene.
Palm trees sway in the calming breeze, a breeze which carries the undertone of refreshingly invigorating aromas, providing a tranquil experience that reaches all of the senses and combines to create a truly visceral feeling of relaxation – there’s nothing quite like holidays to the Maldives. Hotels and resorts compete when it comes to pampering and you’ll be hard-pressed to find a hotel without a spa, bringing the Maldives to the top of the wish list for post-nuptial nourishment.
Language: Dhivehi/English widely spoken
Currency: Maldivian rufiyaa
English speaking: English widely spoken
Local Time: GMT+5
Airport name: Ibrahim Nasir International Airport
Flight time: 12 - 14 Hours
Distance to city centre:
Transfer options: Transfers from the airport can be arranged when making your way through the booking process in the Extras section. However, to individual islands you may have to book a ferry or seaplane separately, depending on where you are staying in the Maldives.
Each island will offer incredible scenic views across the Indian Ocean and this combines peacefully with the ultimate array of relaxing attractions of calming allure. Bandos Island is a circled oasis in a blue desert of vast turquoise waters; an uninhabited island which is a resort in its entirety, and seemingly worlds away from civilisation, this island is the perfect model in secluded splendour as well as providing an assemblage of activities to get involved with.
If you’re looking for something a little livelier then it’s advisable to take advantage of the exceptional diving scene which encapsulates much of the Maldives, Raa Atoll being just one of the many hubs for magical marine life. Here in particular you will be able to spy upon rare manta rays and a congregation of whale sharks that come to feed on the ever-populating plankton along the sea bed. Make sure you look into liveaboard cruises if you’re serious about diving during your Maldives holidays, the cruise ships visiting many of the top scuba diving spots.
As well as diving and taking in the tropical sea life below the surface of crystal clear waters, there are plenty of things to do above the Indian Ocean too. As you arrive in the Maldives you’ll most likely be greeted at their airport in Male, here is where the culture begins to take precedence during your stay in the Maldives. The thriving capital is densely populated and is often considered the throbbing heart of the archipelago, whether you’re content with meandering around the tall colourful buildings, immersing yourself in proceedings at the Grand Friday Mosque or fancy perusing rare exhibits in the National Museum – Male is where you’ll find the hive of activity during your holidays in the Maldives.
Without a doubt the best attraction is the scenery itself, taking a trip around Addu Atoll on a moped trip or venturing past islands riding in extravagant seaplanes are probably the best ways to see the views. After having seen the sites you’ll be able to settle down among the water sports and activities which line the many beaches across the glittered islands; scuba diving, snorkelling and an exhibition in paragliding and extreme sports in areas will leave you tantalised by the prospect of spending the rest of your Maldives holidays on the sun-splashed shores – perhaps dragging yourself away for an hour or two to spend some time in the lavish spa at your resort.
In regards to the nightlife, generally being a very devout nation means there are a lack of alcohol-serving bars and clubs in the cities, towns and villages, but in keeping with the relaxing tones the resorts usually provide small quiet bars in which to enjoy a crisp cocktail or three, so cocktail lovers need not fear! On occasion you will be treated to a live performance and traditional dancing events but there really is no better way to enjoy the Maldives than to just sit back and chill.