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 .
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.
What is so unique about Maldives?
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!
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.
Enjoy wonderful holidays in Maldives!