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Glamorous hotel complexes, endlessly long beaches sprinkled with white sand and a spectacular underwater world, make the Maldives an ideal place for your dream trip!

Maldives – where they are, useful information

This may sound like a cliché to some, but we must admit that the Maldives has long been synonymous with luxury, hedonism and that famous phrase. ‘‘heaven on earth”. This island the state of the Indian Ocean is located in South Asia, at about 700km distance from the coast of Sri Lanka.

Consists of nearly 1,200 small coral islands grouped into 26 Maldivian atolls. Each of these islands represents a true exotic paradise, unique beauties of untouched nature and lush tropical vegetation. Many of them are deserted and uninhabited, and imposing tourist facilities have been built on the most beautiful ones.

The Maldives has a population of just under 400,000. They are Islamic religions, and the official language of this country is divehi. The locals are very friendly and approachable and most of them know English very well. They are great admirers of their religion and most of them live a peaceful life engaging in tourism and fishing.

The capital of the Maldives is Male, which is located on the island of the same name.

You do not need a visa to travel to this distant destination. The official currency of the country is the Maldivian rufiyah, but in all hotels and restaurants you can pay in dollars.

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When is the best time to visit the Maldives?

The Maldives is characterized by a tropical climate, as well as a constant temperature of about 30 degrees throughout the year. The best time to visit this beautiful country is during the so-called dry monsoon, from November until April. During these months, as everywhere, it can sometimes rain, but it is short-lived and, you will admit, with this ambience and tropical idyll, it can be romantic.

However, from May to October, showers are more frequent and significantly longer due to the wet monsoon. During this period, the arrangements of agencies that offer travel to the Maldives are much cheaper.

How to get to Maldives?

You are probably already familiar with the fact that there is no direct flight from our country to the Maldives. There are mainly two most common options on offer, the flight with Etihad Airways and transfer to Abu Dhabi and flight with Qatar Airways and in this case by transfer to Doha. Excluding time spent at the airport, you will arrive in the Maldives in a little over 11h in total.

The price of the return ticket, of course, differs from the airline and the date of reservation, but we can say that it is approximately 800-1000e. The Maldives International Airport is called Velana (formerly Ibrahim Nasir). It is located on a small artificial island Hulhulé which is only ten minutes by boat from the capital and the island of Male.

Before landing, you will have the opportunity to see a magnificent view of this country, which from the plane looks like a jigsaw puzzle of countless blue lagoons and sandy landscapes of incredible beauty.

Maldives airport

From here, depending on your arrangement, you travel by organized transport to the selected accommodation. The closest ones are mostly reached by fast boat, and the further ones are waiting for you with an interesting adventure such as a flight seaplane. The cabin of this vehicle can accommodate about 15 passengers, and the pilot and co-pilot will delight you with their unusual styling because in most cases they are barefoot, in Bermuda shorts and a colorful summer shirt.

Small – the capital and only large city

Male, the capital of the Republic of Maldives, belongs to the so-called atoll Kaafu and covers the entire surface of the island of the same name on which it is located. The island and the city itself are not particularly large, but they are one of the most densely populated in the world, because a third of the total population of the Maldives lives here. Like any capital city, Male is a center of trade activities and houses a commercial seaport.

Most tourists do not get to see and get to know this city a little better due to the quickly organized transport to their accommodation. But if you have a couple of free hours, be sure to take the opportunity to visit the National Museum and other cultural sights, walk the narrow streets and the main square, shop in their bazaars or one of the largest fish markets…

All this will be more interesting and sweeter with the juicy flavors of their specialty than coconut and dried banana, which you can buy in many pastry shops.

Also, there are various excursions from your hotel to Male which are mostly organized in the early morning hours. However, for more detailed and accurate information, you can inquire at the reception every day. The desired location is usually reached by speedboat, so this can be a great adventure, but also a way to better complete your stay in this exotic country.

Maldives experiences, tips, pictures, hotels, beaches

The Maldives is the perfect choice for true hedonists!

If you are a fan of active holidays, this is not an ideal destination for you. However, if you already have the opportunity to travel to the Maldives, do not hesitate for a minute. Those ten days in paradise on earth, your main responsibilities will be to relax, laze on the warm sand, enjoy swimming, sun and unique exotic flavors.

We will note that the intake of alcohol in the country, as well as the consumption and purchase of the same outside the resort is strictly prohibited.

As tourism is the leading economic activity of this island state, absolutely everything is subordinated to tourists. From morning till night, everyone will try to please and serve you in the best possible way. There is a little hedonist hiding in each of us, and if you haven’t discovered him yet, this place, together with its kind locals, will surely help you with that.

However, you can always find a way to have fun on the beach with various water sports, yoga, aquabik, dancing or long walks on the beautiful white sand. What is most interesting to many visitors is definitely diving because of the amazing underwater world.

We must say that swimming with dolphins has long been surpassed in this island country, and what is a unique and unforgettable experience for all who are not afraid is diving and swimming with whale sharks.

swimming with sharks in the maldives

Accommodation in Maldives

Tourists have at their disposal dozens of islands on which there is one large resort. Each of them is glamorous and unique in its own way. In the offer you will find houses and villas on the water that leave everyone breathless, luxury bungalows, exclusive restaurants, spas and other similar facilities…

As one hotel complex makes one island, during the seasonal months and the largest number of visitors, you will never notice the crowds on the beach and the surrounding pools. Eventually, during meals in restaurants, but in other parts of the day, you will feel as if you are on a desert island. In addition to all the beauties of untouched nature and in contrast to the luxury that leaves you speechless, this is another reason why maldives are a favorite destination for honeymoon couples.

It is one of the most popular islands among our tourists Nalaguraidhoo, which belongs to the southern and so-called Ari atoll. Other most visited islands belong to the northern parts of the atolls such as Vihamanafushi, Horubadhoo, Lankanfinolhu, Bandos and many others…

In addition to these glamorous islands-resorts, the state has since 2009 allowed locals to build hostels in some populated areas or rent out their houses and rooms to tourists. Such accommodation units are much cheaper, and in this way you can get to know this country and the life of the local population better.

Popular islands where this type of accommodation is offered are Maafushi and something more beautiful according to Fulidhoo tourist reviews.

What are the prices of holidays / trips to the Maldives?

As for any place, the price here depends on many factors such as the month of travel, airline tickets, choice of hotel and of course services. Our recommendation when it comes to distant destinations is always choice of all inclusive or half board service due to expensive restaurants and far-flung shops or fast food kiosks.

We are sure that you, like us, have read or heard the information about the enormous prices for just one night in some hotels in the Maldives. Those prices are correct, but until we win a week in the game of chance, here we will give you the approximate figures of the most common islands that are offered by our agencies.

resort maldives

The prices you can expect for, say, 7 nights on the basis of half board service in a four-star hotel are from 1400e to 1800e, and for all inclusive it is almost everywhere at least 1900e. When it comes to the same services, but hotels with a higher number of stars, the prices are always a few hundred euros higher than the previously mentioned.

As we mentioned earlier in the text, you can go much cheaper out of season or if you book your trip a few months in advance. Also, many travel agencies give a discount for newlyweds and their honeymoon.

Have you already visited the Maldives and what are your impressions?

Author of the text: Nevena Maksimović

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