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Maldives

Maldives

Indian Ocean is jam-packed with things to do. The hardest part of planning your holiday will be deciding which to do first!

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Grouped in 26 Atolls, the 1190 islands that form the Maldivian archipelago assemble like a pearl necklace in the north of the Indian Ocean. Unlike, Mauritius, Reunion, Seychelles & Madagascar, the Maldives belongs to the Asian continent. The island Male’ is the mercantile capital of this island-nation and more than 115000 people call it home. Its neighbour-island Hulhumale is the gateway to Maldives and is home to the only International Airport of the archipelago.

More than 200 islands of the Maldivian archipelago are private islands, including many hotel-islands also trademarked as resorts. Travellers have already picked luxury when visiting one of the resorts. Nestled at the heart of nature like the exotic bungalows set on stilts over the tranquil lagoon, resorts allow direct access to placid bays. As most island are uninhabited, there are no roads, cars, newspapers, and sometimes no network, there is just you and natural surroundings, into the wild!

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Climate

The climate of Maldives is exactly how one would define the term tropical. The average temperature oscillates between 25 and 34°C throughout the year, embellishing the already paradisiac beaches. While the sun shines more than 300 days a year, most islands often get short rain showers. Maldives archipelago spans the equator and outlies the Indian Ocean cyclonic zone, making it an ideal winter sun holiday destination. The atmosphere is generally humid and warm with two distinct seasons.

Summer

The northeast monsoon, locally called iruwai of December to mars determines the start of summer in Maldives. Long 8 hour days, warm lagoons and occasional rainfalls make summer great for beach holidays.

Winter

The southwest monsoon (hulhangu) from May to November characterises winter in Maldives. During this period, rainfalls can be short & intense during mid-year especially in the northern part of the archipelago.

When to visit Maldives

The best time to visit Maldives is from December to April. However, accommodation prices can get a little more expensive as this is the high touristic season in the archipelago.

For family holidays
As you should have guessed by now, besides the rainy months of June & July, Maldives is to be visited (equipped with sunscreens) during most times of the year.

For honeymooners
While it is true that you will always enjoy pristine beaches to spend your honeymoon time in Maldives, beaches of the main inner islands are mostly deserted during seasonal changes also.

USEFUL INFO Madagascar - Flag

Population: 345023 (2013)
Capital: Male’
Total area: 298 km2
Language: Dhivehi & English
Currency: Maldivian rufiyaa
Time zone: UTC +5

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WEATHER INFO

Mean summer temperature: 31 °C
Mean winter temperature: 26 °C
Warmest months: January - February
Cyclonic period: None

 

PUBLIC HOLIDAYS

01-JAN: NEW YEAR
12-JAN: 1st MONTH OF RABI AL-THANI
01-MAY: LABOUR DAY
06-JUN: FIRST OF RAMADAN
06-JUL: EID-UL-FITR
26-JUL: INDEPENDENCE DAY
02-OCT: ISLAMIC NEW YEAR
03-NOV: VICTORY DAY
11-NOV: REPUBLIC DAY
01-DEC: QUAMEE DHUVAS
12-DEC: MAWLID AL-NABI
31-DEC: 1st DAY OF RABI AL-THANI

What to see
sunbathing maldives

The Maldives is a beautiful country consisting of islands comprising 1,190 coral islands, the smallest country in Asia, located on southwestern India and Sri Lanka.

manta point

The Manta Point is one of the best diving spots in the Maldives. As the name suggests, there is a strong concentration of manta rays but also multicolored tropical fish and, from November to April, the incredible whale shark.

This resort island is one of its kind. The hotel offer luxurious accommodation and the island is renowned to have the best diving spots of the archipelago.

Located at 78km from from Male’ International Airport, this coral islet is allso known as Alimantha Island (Felidhu). It is wonderful for watersports like snorkeling, scuba diving, and fishing.

Activities
sunbathing maldives

The Maldives is a beautiful country consisting of islands comprising 1,190 coral islands, the smallest country in Asia, located on southwestern India and Sri Lanka.

manta point

The Manta Point is one of the best diving spots in the Maldives. As the name suggests, there is a strong concentration of manta rays but also multicolored tropical fish and, from November to April, the incredible whale shark.

maldives spa

Spa refers to establishments where harmony is sought between the body, mind and soul. In addition to fitness and programs, nutrition, body and face care, these facilities provide regenerative care.

Everything you need to know about Maldives

The Maldives

Located just south of the Indian subcontinent, the Maldives are a dazzling chain of islands in the Indian Ocean. It is a group of over a thousand idyllic islands nestled in the glistening turquoise watersof the Indian Ocean.The Maldives are paradise on earth. If you enjoy being able to completely get away from all the daily hustle bustle on holiday then make sure the Maldives is at the top of your holidays destination list.

Imagine pure unadulterated luxury. Simply and only first class island resorts, pure white sandy beaches, deluxe spas offering a wealth of treatments; including the world’s first underwater spa, amazing snorkelling, some of the most beautiful diving spots and fantastic restaurants.

Maldives-Underwater

A few interesting facts about Maldives:

  • there are a total of 1,190 islands which make up the Maldives. 200 of these are inhabited
  • they are split into 26 naturally occurring ‘atolls’ (a ring-shaped coral reef enclosing a lagoon)
  • the Islands are spread over a distance of 90,000 square kilometres
  • the national dish of the Maldives is ‘mas riha’, a delicious curry cooked with diced tuna
  • whale sharks, turtles, dolphins and precious corals can be seen in the surrounding waters
  • With its tropical climate, you can travel to the Maldives at any time of the year, and enjoy wonderful climatic conditions.

 

A holiday to the Maldives

What is so unique about Maldives?

Underwater life

The underwater map of the world has few great snorkeling locations. We constantly look for new places, learning about the Seychelles, Belize, or the Bahamas, but every time, we return to the Maldives.

It seems like snorkeling does not require special training and expensive equipment: just buy a mask and fins, and you can admire underwater life as long as you want or can. However, the incredibly beautiful and extremely fragile global coral reef ecosystem is threatened with extinction, so for a healthy coral reef, you will have to search. Unfortunately, in most cases, it will not be located near your home.

What do you know about the Maldives except that it is a paradise on Earth with palm trees and golden sand? Look under the water. Maybe cartoon Nemo with his dad Marlin and funny girl/fish Wanda live precisely here? For a home, fidgety clownfish chose beautiful sea anemones which are absolutely safe for them, but you’d better stay away from them because they are toxic. Here, you can swim with sea turtles, as long as you are not bothering them and they will leave you far behind despite all your efforts to catch them. Admiring the coral gardens, you can meet a shark, and I tell you frankly, many people come here just for that.

 

Special Beaches for Tourists

On some of the local islands, there’ll be one designated beach for the tourists, typically called Bikini Beach. A barrier will be erected between the beach and the streets of the island, and once you pass that barrier, you’ll be able to take off your clothes. Well, some of them. Topless sunbathing (for ladies) is illegal in the Maldives and could land you in jail.

Some of the guesthouses have a small garden area where they’ll allow you to sunbathe in bikinis if there isn’t a Bikini Beach. It’ll say in the listing if this is the case, so be sure to check in advance if sunbathing is important to you.
There was a beach for tourists on both Maafushi and Fulidhoo. Each Island is Different — And There Are So Many to Choose from! Before arriving in the Maldives, you might think that each island would be pretty similar, yet, you will be surprised!

 

Maldives

There are 1200 islands in the Maldives, 200 of them inhabited. Of the inhabited islands, you’ll find guesthouses on maybe 50 of them. You’ll also, know very little about any of them. You will be pleasantly surprised, then, to discover that each island offers something different. The only thing they had in common: none of the streets are paved!

Maafushi is the touristy island, although it felt far from it while we were there. There are 30 guesthouses on the island — the most of any island in the Maldives right now. There are plenty of restaurants to choose from, the locals are used to tourists, and there are many souvenir shops.


Fulidhoo is the quiet island paradise that’s a little off the beaten track. This is where we were the only tourists for almost a week. The downside to the peace and quiet is the lack of eating options.

Guraidhoo is a hangout for surfers. There isn’t a beach for tourists here, and the beaches aren’t incredible. The waves are huge, though, and there’s plenty of badass looking Maldivian surfer dudes wandering the streets. Everyone tries to sell you Maldivian chocolate in Guraidhoo — a mixture of coconut, sugar and jasmine.

A holiday to the Maldives isn’t just any holiday, it’s an experience of a lifetime.
Enjoy wonderful holidays in Maldives!