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The Maldives Travel Guide: 4 Things You Should Know

Maldives Travel Guide

The Maldives is one of the dream destinations of most travelers around the world. Who would not want to see this picture of paradise? It offers luxury bungalows that extend over turquoise waters, sandy beaches, and pure luxury.

Those who went to this lovely place claim that it looks exactly like those images floating on your screen – transparent blue lagoons, low waters with baby rays and reef sharks, bright sun, white sand beaches, and house reefs teeming with different kinds of fish. But aside from this, there are several things that you may not know about this place.

Before booking your room at one of the best resorts in Maldives, you need to know these facts! A short Maldives travel guide follows bellow.

Maldives Travel

1. The Maldives is Made up of Over a Thousand Small Islands

The Maldives is made up of more than 1,190 coral islands in its 26 prime atolls. These islands are peppered across the Indian Ocean. Some are too small that you need to zoom in on them on Google map before you can see them.

Out of these small islands, only about 200 are inhabited. These include those with permanent populations living in fishing villages and farming towns. The uninhabited islands are used as picnic islands or for farmland. Indeed, a picnic in one of these islands is as remarkable and unique as having a picnic in the desert with your loved ones.

But did you know that some of these islands are man-made? Huhulmale, for instance, is an island created by dumping loads of concrete and sand in 2004. And this is the closest island to the main airport. It looks like a developed town with shops, coastline, housing, and paved roads.

While other islands are being created by man, other islands are disappearing. In fact, more than 100 islands have disappeared already because of the natural erosion from the rising water levels. Up to now, beach erosion is a huge problem for the remaining islands. Thus, you can see sea walls built around some islands to help pump sand back onto land.

Maldives - Manta Rays

2. Expect to See Large Marine Life

The Maldives offers some of the best marine life viewing experiences, both below and above the water. You have a big chance to see pods of dolphin around the South Ari Atoll. In the North Male Atoll, you can see plenty of manta rays. In fact, you can see them from the air as your seaplane moves slowly past the Manta Point.

If you want to see Hammerhead sharks, the Rasdhoo Atoll is the only place in the world where you get to see them up close.

3. Fun Things to Do

There is no end to the fun and marvelous things you can do in the Maldives. Here are some of them:

Diving and snorkeling in the Maldives

●       Diving and Snorkeling

There is no doubt that the Maldives is one of the world’s premier scuba diving destinations because of its crystal clear blue waters that offer incredible visibility. If you are not a certified diver, there are several dive centers where you can take a discovery dive. A close encounter with whale sharks, stingrays, sea turtles, and other fishes will certainly be one of your unforgettable experiences here.

If diving is not your thing, a great option for you is snorkeling. By spending about two hours in the water, you can see more than just sea turtles.

Sunset surfing in the Maldives

●       Surfing

The Maldives is also a first-class surfing destination. The country attracts surfers around the worlds to also try windsurfing, which is a water sport that combines the elements of sailing and surfing. If you are not a pro, don’t worry because you can take surfing lessons here.

Paddleboarding in the Maldives - Maldives Travel Guide

●       Paddleboarding

Paddleboarding is a good alternative to surfing. The Maldives is the best place to do this type of water sport because most islands are surrounded by calm waters. While paddling, you will also see fish swimming just below your boards.

●       Underwater Dining

The Maldives is also known for its underwater restaurants that serve exquisite seafood dishes. It is also the home of the world’s first underwater wine cellar.

Other things you can do on this island include canoeing, mono-skiing, knee boarding, jet skiing, water skiing, wakeboarding, speed boat charter and banana boat rides, and tubing.

A visit to the Maldives means more than just relaxing under the sun, sipping cocktails, and watching the sunset over the Indian Ocean. Once you arrive at the islands, you’ll discover that there are plenty of things you can do. But to ensure a remarkable adventure, be aware of these facts and make sure to follow the country’s laws.


Thomas Grundner the author of the “Maldives Travel Guide” is the Vice President of Sales and Marketing for JA Resorts & Hotels. He has more than 20 years of expertise in the hospitality and leisure industry – across international markets including Germany, Egypt and Spain. Grundner oversees all sales, marketing and revenue efforts as the company continues to build on its key growth and development strategies and further cultivates its unique blend of “Heartfelt Hospitality” and “Casual Luxury.”

Why You Should Spend Your Honeymoon in the Maldives

The Maldives Islands lie in the Indian Ocean just south of the tip of India and are made up of more than 1,200 coral islands of which only 200 are inhabited. Throughout the islands, there are over 70 spectacular holiday resorts offering first class service, spas and fine dining. This island definitely places the emphasis on quality over quantity.

Honeymoon in the Maldives

Maldives island

A top reason for spending your honeymoon and holidays in the Maldives is for the seclusion and isolation you can experience. Despite being private, hotel resorts in the Maldives are far from lacking. Most luxury hotel resorts on the islands have spacious air conditioned rooms, 24 hour room service, ivory white beaches lined with palm trees, spa and massage facilities, freshwater pools and fully equipped gyms.

The resorts also immerse you in nature. You will be entertained by golden sunsets, breathtaking sunrises and the symphony of the calm waters around you.

Your Honeymoon in the Maldives

Honeymoon in the Maldives

Another reason for spending your honeymoon in the Maldives has to be the world class cuisine which is offered at many resorts throughout the islands. Most resorts have gourmet buffets and at least one onsite restaurant.

Some resorts have as many as six restaurants to choose from where you will be left spoilt for choice. The cuisine varies from everything from fine selections of fresh fish to curries. The beautiful setting combined with delicious food makes Mauritius a very hard honeymoon destination to beat indeed.

Honeymoon in the Maldives

Your Honeymoon in the Maldives

The third reason to spend your holidays to the Maldives is to enjoy the sparkling sandy beaches and sun. Sun worshippers will love the picture perfect beaches where you can easily spend the day soaking up the rays and relaxing.

Maldives holidays offer visitors the chance to go snorkelling and scuba diving, or do absolutely nothing but read a book under the azure blue skies whilst sipping on cocktails. Many luxury resorts have beautiful coral reefs just metres away from them in private lagoons. These lagoons are perfect for basking in the water or going for leisurely swims and snorkelling.

Your Honeymoon in the Maldives

Villa for your Honeymoon in the Maldives

The fourth reason to choose the Maldives as your ideal honeymoon location is for romance. You and your partner will benefit from the sheer romantic setting of the Maldives. Enjoy quiet times walking on the warm sandy beaches and picture yourselves taking sips of fine wine as you dine watching the sun set on the horizon followed by warm dips in private lagoons under the moonlight.

Author: This article was contributed by Sandra Jones, a travel writer who visited the Maldives for the first time in 2012 with Western & Oriental.