Postcard images of Maldives cannot give it justice but they are an undeniable lure that captures the imagination of countless individuals around the world. The sparkling island paradise is unlike anything you could have imagined based on these snapshots. It is a sprawling archipelago that rises out of warm and restless waters of the Indian Ocean. It is a place where eager travellers venture to disappear and forget about the woes of daily life, at least for a few weeks. If you’ve been yearning for such a dreamlike adventure, here’s what you need to know before you embark on a tropical escape to magnificent Maldives.
When to go?
The Maldives Archipelago, also known as the lowest lying country in the world, is located roughly 600 kilometers south-west of the Indian coastline (if your destination is Malé). Since it lies smack in the middle of the Indian Ocean, you should plan your visit based on the timeline of the monsoon periods. The sunniest and the warmest period definitely extends between February and April.
However, you should expect to pay a steeper fee for the trip as these are the most popular months. If you want to have a wider time frame, you should know that the rainiest period is between June and October. This means that you have roughly eight months to work with if you desperately want to visit the place but avoid inconvenient downpours.
The flight plan
If you are a cruise line enthusiast, there is an option to get to the Maldives via sea, but most people want to economize their time and revel in the charms of the destination as soon as they can. This means that arrival via airplane is the most common practice. You can arrange a flight through American Airlines, British Airways, Edelweiss Air, Condor Tui, as well as Sri Lanka, Emirates and Qatar Airlines and you will land on Malé International Airport.
The bustling capital
Malé is the capital of the Maldives that looks like some ultra-modern version of Venice. It has a relatively modest population of 133,500 residents, but it is also one of the most densely populated cities in the world. For all intents and purposes, it is a bustling metropolis and a colourful urban playground that boasts a dynamic and interesting history. It has been governed by the dynasties of rulers since the 12th century at the very least, and it has remained a monarchy until the order was abolished in 1968. Today, it is a beautiful and welcoming city!
Still, it will take you about an hour to explore Malé, as it does not cover a lot of ground. The true adventure comes afterwards – when you hop onto the ferries and head into the endless turquoise blue to relish in the tropical sun and see all the beauties the Maldives offer.
Create your own eclectic adventure
The adventure on this archipelago is experienced best when it is there is a plethora of diverse vignettes and the renowned Maldives Travel Connection agency will arrange some remarkable experiences for you. Do you want to enjoy a romantic night of underwater dining or have a superb cinematic experience in front of the outdoor silver screen? Small arrangements such as these turn the Maldives experience into a gorgeously eclectic mosaic of memories.
Engage in aquatic activities
Before anything else, the Maldives is an aquatic playground. 1190 coral islands (more or less) simply beg to be explored and the gleaming shallows that paint the surrounding waters into all shades of blue have become irresistible for surfers around the globe. If you want to experience the most renowned surf breaks in this corner of the ocean, you should know they are located in the North Male Atoll, but if you have any experience with surfing, don’t limit yourself geographically – the whole archipelago’s for the taking.
You should definitely go scuba diving as well. The waters around the coral reefs of the Maldives are very rich in nutrients so the marine life is plentiful and impressive. Find the proper guides at the South Ari Atoll and inspect gargantuan sea creatures like whale sharks, manta rays, reef sharks and marvel at the sight of sea turtles and vivacious tropical fish.
The Maldives is one of the most beloved island paradises on the Southern Hemisphere. People are ready to cover unimaginable distances to spend a week or two on the coral shores of this archipelago because it offers the most idyllic and relaxing simulation of tropical island life. Of course, this goes without beginning to describe how incredibly beautiful the landscapes can get should you decide to trek further inland. The Maldives will impress even the grumpiest holiday-goers and you couldn’t have a bad time on the atolls even if you tried!
Contributor: Marie Nieves
Marie is a lifestyle blogger who loves unusual trips, gadgets and creative ideas. On her travels she likes to read poetry and prose and to surf the Internet. Her favorite writer is Tracy Chevalier and she always carries one of her books in her bag. She is an avid lover of photography who loves to talk about her experiences. You can find Marie on Facebook or follow her on Twitter and Pinterest.