The ethereal island nation of Maldives has often been termed as God’s own vacation spot, and to this it does utter and complete justice. The entire Maldives comprises over 1,200 pristine, dreamy, sunny islands that offer a burst of culture and cocktail.
Not many know that Maldives only opened to tourism in 1972. The beauty of the paradise is natural, the hospitality now booming. Naturally separated and dotted across the vast Indian Ocean, each island of the nation has only one resort. The unique, almost unreal concept becomes especially important to consider as travel resumes.
And even though when we imagine ourselves in this white sand-brushed, palm-coverer, lagoon-spun piece of heaven, all we see is hat on head, a glass of cocktail in hand, reclining on a beach chair and thinking how wonderful life is, there are plenty of things to do in the island nation.
Our short and sweet guide is there to share places your Maldives trip is incomplete without and all that you can do to make the best of your time there.
Don’t forget your sunblock and your hat!
Best time to travel
If you know even a little bit about Maldives, you know it’s a sunny nation. Therefore, you can visit it all year round without second thoughts. If you’re still looking for the most enjoyable time, though, consider visiting from December to April. The weather is pleasant and the air a little dry, but there are little to no showers that can hamper your plans.
You’ll love Maldives if
You’re a beach person
You like seafood
Water is your element
You enjoy water sports
You are interested in Islamic dressing and culture
You want to give heaven a visit
Where should you head to?
You can stay on your island or use the daytime to visit new ones. Having over a thousand pristine, lush islands, Maldives never falls short of places to see. There are the few sights that will blow your mind:
Male, the capital
To experience and witness its culture and architecture
One of the oldest reefs discovered in Maldives
The Artificial Beach
A rare sight among all the natural ones
The Sea of Stars at Vaadhoo Island
Bioluminescence at its best
The National Museum of Maldives
The Maldive Victory
A destructively beautiful wreck diving spot.
The Tsunami Monument
A steel memorial with spheres, in remembrance of all the lives lost in the Tsunami of 2004.
What you shouldn’t miss
Dolphin and whale watching with sunset cruises
Island hopping by seaplanes
Diving at least once and seeing the unbelievable underwater scenery
Skydiving, a once-in-a-life opportunity to have a 360° view of the unearthly Maldivian islands and pristine reefs
Kayaking, snorkelling and other water sports
A beautiful bonfire night with music and drinks
Look out for
Island music festivals in the Maldives
Dance festivals hosted by Cocoon Maldives
Maldives water sports packages
Cruise and boat tour packages
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