Maldives

Maldives, a country full of turquoise coloured sea & desert beaches is a dream destination for everyone. With vast marine diversities and great scenic beauty, Maldives attracts people from all over the world. This country,s main income derives from tourism and fishing. Maldives is one of the safest destination to visit as the locals are peace loving. It is an Alienated World of peace and refreshment.

The essence of Maldives is very refreshing with a constant air temperature between 24-31C. With a diversity of delicious cuisine, coconut is a major part of delicious dishes and rice is a vital part of a local meal.

Facts about Maldives:

  • Geographical Facts- Located on the south-west of Sri Lanka, Maldives consist of 1,190 coral islands group into 26 atolls outlined like a necklace on the face of water wrapping around 298 square kilometres.
  • Male, the Capital of Maldives, is the largest city in the country which was titled King’s Island later restructured under the Presidency of Ibrahim Nasir.
  • The Official language of Maldives is Dhivehi. Although English is widely spoken along with German, French, Italian and Japanese.
  • Maldives is the First country ever to host an underwater cabinet meeting in 2009 to raise Global awareness on climate change.
  • There is no need to worry about getting stuck in traffic as 99 percent of Maldives are covered with water and travelling is fun when you are in a seaplane or a speedboat.
  • There are many diving schools in Maldives which give degrees in diving.
  • Visitors will have visa for 30 days on arrival at the airport at Male.
  • Rufiyaa is the currency of Maldives. Major international currencies can be exchanged in a favourable rate through money transfer exchanger and banks. Major international credit cards can be used in Maldives in resorts, hotels, major shops, etc.
  • Pet dogs are not allowed to be taken in Maldives. Pet cat can be allowed provided they are vaccinated for diseases.

In Maldives what to see

As tourism plays a vital part in the economy of Maldives, there are truly beautiful destinations to visit in this paradise. This place is surrounded by Indian Ocean. So, you will see the beauty of underwater world. Capital of Maldives is Male, which has the international airport to connect with the rest of the world. In Male, you can see the places like Manta Point, National Museum, HP Reef, etc. In the other part of Maldives, the well-known destinations are Alimatha Island, Aarah Island, Kudahuvadhoo beach, etc. Maldives is enriched with natural flora and fauna of underwater.

Manta Points

Manta Point, also known as Emas Thila, is the assembling point for the Mantas at season of north-east monsoon.

How to reach

You will not get any direct flight to reach Manta point. You have to take the flight for Male and from there you will get launch services to reach your destination. Most of the resorts and hotels send their launches to pick you up from the airport at Male.

Accommodation

Availability of accommodation is not an issue. There are any hotels, resorts, and many more which are very much pocket friendly.

When to visit

You can visit Manta point to see the Mantas are from May to November. However, the best time to visit Manta point is from December to April because the weather is fairly considerable.

Sightseeing
  • Baros Island: The famous Manta point lies near the tiny Baros Island. It is the home of shy and calm Manta rays. When you dive down in the point, you will find a ledge of 18 meters underwater. You have to reach to the ledge and remain silent for some time without exploring around. After some time the manta rays will encircle you, likely to create a thrilling moment for a lifetime experience.
  • Lankan Manta Point: It is the cleaning station of Mantas off to Lankanfushi Island. It is situated in North ale Atoll, a short distant of north ale. You will have a lifetime realm while visiting this place.

National Museum

Maldives has its National Museum situated at Sultan Park in Male. The former palace of Sultan of Maldives decorated as the Museum. The main intention to build up the Museum is to preserve the history of Maldives with large number of collections from the Buddhist epoch to Islamic monarchs.

How to reach

The National Museum is situated at Male. You can get into Male International Airport, which joins Maldives with all the foremost countries of South-East Asia.

Accommodation

You have plenty of option in choosing the right place to stay there in Male. These options include resorts, guest houses and hotels. Accommodation is affordable by all types of people.

When to visit

You can visit in National Museum of Maldives at anytime in a year. The door of the Museum is open for you from 9 in the morning till 5 in the evening, Sunday to Thursday. Friday and Saturday, Museum is closed.

Sightseeing
  • Collection: The collection of artefacts diversified from the era of pre-Islamic to Islamic period. You can find the royal thrones, furniture, coins, costumes, coins, arms, etc of pre-Islamic age. Some other lucrative things can be seen in the Museum, such as, a head of Lord Buddha made of coral stone, wooden plank of 13th century, turbans, ceremonial dresses, etc.
  • Some damaged statues and sculptures are flaunted in showcase of Museum, destroyed during an attack in 12th century. Damaged objects are a six faced coral statue, 18 inch broken Buddha, etc.

Aarah Island

The beautiful island is in the shape of crescent moon. The Aarah Island is surrounded by a gorgeous turquoise lagoon.

How to reach

You can catch an international flight to Male International Airport. You can board launches to go to your destination in Aarah Island. It is situated at a place 40 miles from Male.

Accommodation

You will find some uninhabited constructions in this island. But these structures are available to the tourist groups. Those who interested to reside in island, for them, these structures are in an exclusive form.

When to visit

The best time to visit Aarah Island is December to April.

Sightseeing

It is entirely surrounded by a white beach (very clean, as opposed to other non-inhabited islands), with lush vegetation and inside with a long strip of sand in the north, which, however, tends to disappear by the early afternoon. You can find shadow in the east of the island, under the roofs of the structures or under a few palm trees. At some point of the islet you can also make use of sun for sunbathing. It is a beautiful place. This place is absolutely recommended as a tour destination by boat.

Sun island resort and spa

Sun island resort and spa promises their guests to enjoy the breathtaking setting and the variety of flowers will touch your souls. You will be exemplified by their services and world-class cuisine.

How to reach
  • By air: Sun island resort and spa is located approximately 99.7km from Male’ Airport. Then from there it takes 2hr 40 minutes by Speedboat to reach Sun Island. Sea Plane is available during daytime and it will take around 35 minutes to reach your destination.
  • By water: Sun island resort and spa can be reached by speedboats and ferry with an eccentric view.
Climate

The best time to visit Sun Island resort and Spa is from December to mid of April.

Accommodation

There are availability of Deluxe Room, Super Deluxe Room, Water Bungalow and Presidential Suite. Therefore, anyone can think to visit Sun Island Resort and spa for a vacation. The range for the accommodation is very much economical.

When to visit

You can visit Sun island resort and spa any time in the year. The weather is fairly good and perfect for the honeymoon couple in the month of December.

Sightseeing
  • The Beach and Lagoon: Being one of the biggest resort island in Maldives, it has got a mesmerizing white sandy beach. The water is so transparent that you can see fish passing you by.
Areas of Activities

Sun island resort and spa captures the souls of every visitors. Due to its marvellous position, outdoor activities like excursions, shark & stingray feeding, scuba diving and to do the Araamu Spa Villa to recreate and rejuvenate your body and soul.

Famous Cuisine

Sun Island resort and spa is famous for its Italian and Thai dishes. Although Southern Star Grill is also available. You can also get a good collection of wines.

Banana Reef

Banana Reef is situated in the northern part of the capital city, Male and western part of Farukolku Fushi. The reef got its name from its shape, which is like banana. There are lot of small canyons and soft coloured corals and you can enjoy it as divers if the current is mild. This reef is 300 meter stretched.

How to reach

You can reach Banana Reef by ferry or speedboat.

Accommodation

There are small hotels nearby the beach, which is budget friendly.

When to visit

The best time to visit Banana Reef is December to April as the climate is considerably moderate during this time.

Sightseeing

The beach is very beautiful surrounded by white sand and crystal clear water.

Areas of Activities

Diving is considered one of the engaging activities in Banana Reef.

Artificial Beach

As the name implies, its a man made beach with fabulous view. The beach is well placed and definitely a good spot to visit.

How to reach

By Road: After getting of the ferry from Males Airport, you can either take a bus or a cab to Artificial Beach. And if you are in the mood you can walk.

Accommodation

There are many hotels in Males and near Artificial Beach, with a variety of villas and suites.

Sightseeing

As much as you can enjoy the view, you can also visit several restaurants like Dinemore, Breakwater and Oxygen Cafe.

Areas of Activities:

If you love swimming then Artificial beach is a must go. Other than that you can surf and many other water sports. To refresh your mind, they also conduct live music shows, carnivals and parades.

Blue tribe Moofushi

Blue tribe Moofushi is famous for the exquisiteness and a very good place for excursion. It’s one of the few sites in the world where you can swim with whale sharks or see them from the boat.

How to reach

You can reach Blue tribe Moofushi by ferry or speed boat from Male.

Accommodation

Hotels and guestrooms are available near Blue tribe Moofushi at a very reasonable price.

When to visit

The best time to visit Blue tribe Moofushi is between December to May as the locals arrange excursion as the season is very favourable for it.

Sightseeing

Throughout the year you can see various wild fish and animals like,

  • White shark
  • Wild Dolphines
  • Stingray
  • Eagal ray
  • White tip reef

During the North –eastern monsoon season (December-May) there are chances to see mantra ray while diving into the sea water and having a snorkelling tours.

Areas of Activities

Blue tribe Moofushi providing with a variety of water sports like diving, fishing, snorkeling, crusing or a combination of all.

Hulhule Island

Hulhule is a District of Males and shaped like a jet ski. Protected by blue water from all the sides and coral reefs, Hulhule will capture a memory for a lifetime.

How to reach
  • By air: Flights are available t reach Hulhule International Airport
  • By sea: Cruise ships are available to Hulhule Island.
Climate

Climate in Hulhule is generally tropical in nature. Therefore, the best time to visit is from December to April. There is a deviation in daily temperature all through the year.

Accommodation

There are many guest rooms, hotel rooms are available starting from three stars to five star.

When to visit

You can visit Hulhule island specially from December to April because the there is a deviation in the daily temperature all through the year. Rest on the months are comparatively hot.

Sightseeing
  • Hukuru Miskiiy (Old Friday Mosque): Constructed in 1658, it is the oldest Mosque in Male. With an intricate carving on the walls, the mosque is made up of corals. Later this Mosque was added to UNESCO World Heritage.
  • Grand Friday Mosque: The Grand Friday Mosque is named after the one of the most celebrated Maldivian hero Sultan Muhammad Thakurufaanu Al Auzam of the Maldives. The mosque is the largest in the Maldives, and also one of the largest in South Asia
  • Mulee Aage: It is a historical place in Male which was constructed in the year 1919. Sultan Muhammad Shamsudden III used to stay there. The construction of the building is in bungalow style. Now it is the Official Residence of the President in Maldives.
  • Tsunami Monument: It is a famous monument situated on the south eastern part of Male city. This monument was dedicated to the one who lost their live in 2004 Tsunami. This monument is surrounded by sea. It is consider to be one of the peaceful place to chill and relax in Male.

Paradise Island Resort

Situated in North Male Atoll, this calm island is ringed by white sandy beaches and walled by its own lagoon.

How to reach

Paradise Island resort is just 9.6 km away for Male airport. Ferry and speedboats are widely available for you to reach the destination in style.

Accommodation

Availability of rooms is not an issue as they range from budget friendly villas to five star ocean suites.

When to visit

 Excellent time to visit Paradise Island Resort is from December to April.

Sightseeing

Paradise Island Resort and Spa is a beautiful island. It has a scenic beauty surrounded by clear water and white sandy beach where you can enjoy your stay engaging into various water sport activities.

Areas of Activities

The main activity you can do is water sports like Catamaran Sailing, Windsurfing, Canoeing, Spa, Diving

Alimatha Island

Alimatha Island is located at Vaavu Atoll on the eastern perimeter of Maldives. It is a place near to equator. You will find the most eminent channel dives in the world over here.

How to reach

You can get speed boat service and seaplane service from Male to reach your dream destination.

Accommodation

You have a lot of option in choosing the accommodation for your stay in Alimatha Island. There are plenty of resorts, guest houses and hotels. You will find every type of hotels which is pocket friendly.

When to visit

The best time to visit Alimatha Island rather Maldives is December to April.

Sightseeing
  • Alimatha Island is famous for its diving activities. You can enjoy yourself in the world under water. The diving activities include scuba diving, night diving, etc. You can have the best fishing trip ever in this island. You can be friend with the sharks and take a selfie of lifetime with your new friend. There are people to help you out in diving processes.
  • Fotteyo Kandu- To reach this place, you have to take a boat ride of 90 minutes from Alimatha Island. You will find the spectrum of distinct colours in the wall-covering the soft corals. It will take you to the fantasy world build by the nature itself.

HP Reef

Hp Reef is a place for those people who loves to explore the underwater diving. It is purely dive site. One can enjoy the dives of 10 to 40 meters deep and reef fishes, manta rays, dog tunes and other various caves including small and large. Hp Reef is also known as Rainbow Reef.

How to reach

To reach Hp Reef, visit duration is about 3 to 4 hours from Maldives. You can rent a car from Maldives is the best way to reach Hp Reef.

Accommodation

There are many more hotels, resorts to stay. Moreover, availability of those accommodations are another one advantage.

Climate

The Maldives has a hot climate. There are two seasons in Maldives, one is dry winter season and another one is rainy season. The climatic condition is same in Hp Reef as Maldives.

Areas of Activities

There are many things to do in Hp Reef. Except diving, one can do lots of water sports like canoeing, knee boarding, kite surfing, water skiing, banana boat rides etc.

Kunburudhoo beach

Kudahuvadhoo is a island situated in Dhaalu or South Nilande Atoll in the Maldives. Kudahuvadhoo has a mysterious mound name Hawittas. It is formed by the ruin of Buddhist temples of pre-Islamic period. Kudahuvadhoo is a developing island in Masdives. Government plans to establish a airport in Kudahuvadhoo. People from various islands come here for better education.

How to reach

You can take buses, trains from Maldives. Vandhoo is a place near Kudahuvahoo. From Vandhoo you can take bus or train to Kudahuvadhoo. Some local airports are there near Kudahuvadhoo like Villa International Airport, Kooddoo Airport, Dharavandhoo Airport etc.

Climate

Climate of Kudahuvadhoo is average. For vacation, you can expect a average weather. You should be prepared for hotter and colder days too.

Accommodation

Kudahuvadhoo is capital of Atoll. So hotels, guests house, lodges are available.

Sightseeing

There are so many places to visit in KUDAHUVADHOO. Some of them are- Sunset at Dhaalu Maaenboodhoo, Road to Heaven, Rainbow Kudahuvadhoo, Kudahuvadhoo Mosque, Munchy n Fau, Maafushi island, View from Sun island, Fihnolhu near Valla, Harbour, Hadigilla Surf Spot.

Tsunami Monument

Tsunami Monument is remembrance monument for the lost souls of 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. You can see this monument on the south-eastern part of Male city.

How to reach

You can avail local bus service to reach Tsunami Monument from Hulhumale bus stop.

Accommodation

There are various budget to splurge hotels available in Male city.

Climate

It is in a tropical climate area with temperate around 30°C throughout the year. Best time to visit is December to April.

Sightseeing
  • Whale Submarine: You can take a deep dive in Whale Submarine to see coral reefs and fishes. This German made submarine is the safest; world’s largest; deep diving tourist submarine. If your luck runs alongside, you may see one of the Giant Groupers. Bookings can be made through resort or hotel; or booking at the airport.
  • Muliaage: Muliaage is a colonial style building, serves as an office of the president. Maldives designers and Sri Lankan architects built this magnificent building. Buses are available to get there.

Speed Boat Tours

Maldives is a country with disperse islands. Therefore, water travel is the option here. You will encounter speedboat services as a mode of transfer from airport to resorts, islands to islands and other places. Various service providers are available for shared or private transfer. In addition, your resort or hotel may have speedboat services for transfer from airport or city to their places.

You can rent out speedboat for surfing. If you are with a group, you can use speedboat rentals for groups. In that case, your expenses will be divided with the group members. Private transfer is much more expensive than shared transfer by speedboat. There are various routes in for speedboat transfer.

You should make prior reservation for speedboat transfer. There are places where only one trip a day is available. Prior planning will be better for you.

In Maldives, you will get options for luxurious travel. You can hire private charter luxury yacht or speed boat. You will get luxurious rooms with private crew, Jacuzzi bath, sun bathing lounge etc. You will enjoy this picture perfect country in VIP luxury.

Parasailing and Paragliding

If you like adventurous sports, you will love Parasailing and Paragliding in Maldives. Parasailing and Paragliding is flying with a parachute, when being pulled with a high-speed boat. It is real fun. You will not forget this refreshing and fascinating flying above the ocean water experience. You can catch glimpses of beautiful atolls, resorts, beaches while looking from the above. You will feel like you are in paradise.

Resorts in Maldives offer parasailing to their visitors. You can ask them for Parasailing and Paragliding while you make the reservations. You can also ask them about Parasailing and Paragliding arrangements while you are staying in a resort. Their trained people have experience in handling the needs and fear of a first timer. Parasailing and Paragliding is safe. You will enjoy it.

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