The Maldives – welcome to paradise
True paradise can be found in the middle of the Indian Ocean. A holiday in the Maldives is the holiday of a lifetime. White beaches with powdery sand and turquoise-coloured, crystal-clear water surround the islands. Palm trees decorate the many big and small islands, and the plants and animals are also exotic. The underwater world is an El Dorado for divers and snorkelers. If you are looking for a private and exclusive break, you’ll find just that on this chain of islands to the west of Sri Lanka. I am going to show you the most popular holiday resorts in the Maldives as well as some great offers.
- Popular destinations in the Maldives
- Activities and leisure time on your holiday in the Maldives
- The best offers for your holiday in the Maldives
Popular destinations in the Maldives
The Republic of Maldives is an Islamic island country in the Indian Ocean. They are made up of 26 atolls, or 1196 islands in total. Approximately 220 are inhabited and 87 of those are tourist resorts. Every tourist island resembles paradise. When many visitors first arrive on the archipelago, they can’t believe their eyes. Bright turquoise lagoons are surrounded by snow white sandy beaches, which are lined with palm trees. Because of the tropical climate, the chain of islands to the west of Sri Lanka is a great holiday destination all year round. There is more frequent rainfall in the summer months. The months from November to April are the driest. As a result, British holidaymakers tend to travel to paradise in the cold winter months. I am going to show you the prettiest atolls and their islands now. But first, no matter where you go in the Maldives, it’s divine.
Malé Atoll – the centre of the archipelago
The Malé Atoll, east of the chain of islands, is the biggest atoll. The Vaahdu Kandu channel splits it into the North Malé Atoll and the South Malé Atoll. The North Malé Atoll consists of a number of inhabited and private tourist islands. The main island, called Malé, is home to the capital of the Maldives, which has the same name. It is in the south of the atoll. The city is the cultural and economic centre. Malé international airport is on the nearby Hulhulé island. You have to land here first, if you want to travel to paradise. This means that Malé is the starting point of your dream holiday. If you haven’t booked a hotel on one of the islands of this atoll, then your journey carries on. You can either take a boat or a seaplane to your accommodation. If you decide to stay in or on Malé, there a few sights that you should take a look at. The National Museum of the Maldives in Sultan Park and the Old Friday Mosque, for example, are architectural landmarks. You can visit the Malé fish market and try some of the fresh delicacies from the sea. But, the atoll and its islands are more well-known for their many diving and snorkelling spots. If you can’t already dive, then you can learn here. The underwater world is fascinating, so you should definitely give diving a go on your holiday in the Maldives.
The South Malé Atoll is a popular destination for a perfect holiday in the Indian Ocean, because of its many private tourist islands. Here, you can find just as many diving bases, as you can on the North Malé Atoll. If you’re a beginner, you should go on a guided diving tour through the colourful underwater world. The islands across the whole atoll have wonderful beaches, where you can relax. Enjoy the peace and quiet and the gorgeous view over the turquoise-blue ocean. If you’re lucky, you’ll see dolphins on the horizon.
Ari Atoll – beautiful islands as far as the eye can see
Ari Atoll lies to the west of the Malé Atoll. With 105 amazing islands, it is the biggest chain of islands in the Maldives. If you land at Malé International Airport, it takes about 30 minutes to get to the island by seaplane. Even on the journey there, you can enjoy a fantastic view of the sea, the reefs and the lagoons. Many of the islands are just for tourists. Luxury, indulgence, and relaxation are the top priority here. The resorts and hotels offer great accommodation and fulfil your every wish. The beaches are picturesque. There’s no chance of stressful thoughts here. A diving or snorkelling tour is a must. The many diving areas are suitable for both proficient divers and beginners. You can catch a glimpse of the colourful animals and coral reefs, which cast their spells on you. The Ari Atoll is made up of countless tourist-only islands, which are just waiting for you to visit. Regardless of which island your accommodation is on, you can take a trip to other islands. The fishing islands, where locals live, are also worth a visit. However, there is no overnight accommodation for tourists here.
Raa Atoll and Baa Atoll – tourism finds its feet
Both of these atolls are north of the archipelago. The islands are renowned for their greenery. Here, everything is green and the plant life is rich. The mangrove forests, as well as the coral reefs of the Baa Atoll, make the perfect habitat for sea creatures. During a dive, you frequently encounter whale sharks, manta rays and turtles. This is an absolute dream for sea biologists and animal lovers. In contrast to the previous atolls, there are only a few islands for tourists here. Nevertheless, you can still stay in a marvellous resort and enjoy your life in paradise to the full. If you would like to bring back special souvenirs for your friends and family at home, then you can find beautiful pieces of craftsmanship here. This is how the locals on this atoll earn a living. Another source of income is fishing. If you love tuna, you can look forward to first-class culinary delights.
The many other atolls of the Maldives are just as dreamy as these. There is just less of a tourist influence, which heightens their beauty for some holidaymakers. Search for an island paradise, where you can enjoy a break. As well as relaxing on the beach, you can also take part in many exciting activities on your holiday in the Maldives.
Activities and leisure time on your holiday in the Maldives
The Maldives are made up several atolls. An atoll is a coral reef, which surrounds a lagoon in a circle. Because of this, the Maldives are the perfect destination for divers and those who want to learn to dive. There are countless diving schools and even more places to dive. Alternatively, nearly all the islands have house reefs, which you can explore by snorkelling. Many of the islands are so small that, as soon as you walk out of the door, you’ll find yourself right next to a diving or snorkelling area. The underwater world is diverse and many different sea creatures live here. You can observe, among others, manta rays, whale sharks, and exotic fish in their natural environment.
Fishing is not reserved exclusively for locals. Holidaymakers can also grab a fishing rod. However, fishing is not allowed on all the islands. Make sure you find out where you can and can’t fish in advance.
If you want to keep active on holiday and feel good in the water, you can choose from a wide range of water sports. Kitesurfing, kayaking, jet skiing, parasailing, water-skiing, and sailing a catamaran, all ensure a good variety of sporting activities in the Maldives. If you’d rather stick to dry land and feel better with a club in your hands, then you can find lots of hotels and resorts with their own golf course.
In terms of culinary delights, the Maldives archipelago has a lot to offer. If you’re looking for an unforgettable food experience, you have to visit an all-glass, underwater restaurant. Here, you can watch the underwater world and enjoy a breath-taking view, all while eating delicious, Asian-inspired meals.
An activity, which you can only do in the Maldives, is a Dhoni boat trip. This type of boat is a typical means of transportation for locals. For example, you can use it to get from the capital to many of the other islands. What an unforgettable experience!
The best offers for your holiday in the Maldives
If you want to visit paradise on earth, then you’re in the right place. The holiday destination has a reputation for expensive flights and even more expensive accommodation. The hotels and resorts offer you luxurious accommodation. They are usually in exclusive locations on private islands, where there is plenty of privacy. However, this doesn’t have to mean a high price tag. I often find offers for the Maldives with great value for money. You can choose between a hotel on the beach, or a resort with houses on stilts in the water. The offers, which I have for you, generally include accommodation, flights, as well as catering. These package holidays are extremely popular because you don’t have to take care of anything yourself. In addition, you can find cheap flights to the Maldives here. You can also look for a great hotel. Pack your suitcases and get excited for a break in paradise in the Indian Ocean. The scenery above, as well as under the water, the culture, and the cuisine are not to be missed!
The best travel times for the Maldives are the months of January, February, March, April, May, October, November, and December. These are the best times of the year to spend in paradise.