Explore an Oasis of Tranquillity! A Guide to Maldives

Laced with sparkling beaches, stunning coral reefs, crystal blue waters teeming with a diverse array of marine life, Maldives can be best described as a “terrestrial asset”. This tropical paradise, engulfed by an air of tranquility, makes for a perfect retreat away from the frenetic pace and chaos of everyday life. With bright coral reefs, the translucent Indian Ocean, cheerful smiles of the locals, a dreamy weather and indigenous vegetation, Maldives lives up to the hype.

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Interesting facts about Maldives

1- There are about 1,190 islands in Maldives
2- Not all of the islands are inhabited or natural
3- Some islands are disappearing
4- There’s also a Glow-in-the-Dark Beach
5- Maldives has 100-Percent Islamic Population
6- Alcohol is forbidden outside of resorts
7- It is one of the safest travel destinations on the planet
8- Fridays and Saturdays are considered as the official weekend here

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Get Bewitched! Must-visit Beaches

With around 1,190 coral islands, Maldives has everything a person could dream of on a tropical holiday. Beaches here have a mystical power to relax your soul and soothe your senses. They are not just a perfect spot for honeymooners, but for everyone who is looking for a soothing vacation. The natural beauty that lies in the Maldivian sea can’t be compared to any other in the world. Here are the top 4 beaches in the Maldives that are no less than magic —

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Veligandu Island Beach

Located on a small island in North Ari Atoll, Veligandu has the most beautiful beaches in Maldives. Veligandu Island Beach with enchanting golden sand looks extremely beautiful and offers immense opportunities for snorkelling.

Things To Do: Snorkeling, swimming and nature walk
How To Reach: Take a government ferry till the Rasdhoo Island, and further commute by a boat.

Cocoa Island Beaches

Cocoa Island Beaches, situated on the mesmerising Cocoa Island, are known for their exotic marine life. They are connected to the Guraidhoo and Kandooma channel and can be accessed easily. There are a number of luxury resorts on the beaches where you can enjoy a wonderful stay.

Things To Do: Scuba diving, explore the marine life, meditation and sunbathing
How To Reach: Take a speedboat ride from the Male’ International Airport and reach these beaches in 40 minutes.

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Fulhadhoo Beach

Fulhadhoo Beach is among the most secluded beaches of Maldives. With nobody around, this is the best place to spend some ‘me’ time. Lay down on the sandy beach to enjoy sunbathing while adoring the sensational surroundings and the peaceful environment.   

Things To Do: Leisure walks and sunbathing
How To Reach: A chartered speedboat from the Male’ International Airport takes around 2 hours to reach this place.

Kandolhu Island Beach

Kandolhu Island Beach is located on a small island, which is approximately 70 kms south-west of Nasir International Airport. Other than the impeccable beach, the mind-blowing accommodation options and lip-smacking food makes this place a perfect holiday retreat.

Things To Do: Snorkeling, scuba diving, and spa treats
How To Reach: Take a seaplane from the international airport to reach this island in 25 minutes.

Seep in the Glory! 5 Exclusive Maldivian Experiences

With so many islands and beaches, you have a lot to explore. Despite plenty of options, most of the tourists prefer spending their time unwinding on the poolside of their resort. Though Maldives come across as a destination for leisure travellers, it offers a plethora of opportunities for adventure seekers and water sports enthusiasts as well. Here are the 5 things you must do when in Maldives —

Go Diving and Snorkelling

With some of the best diving sites in the world, the clear waters of Maldives is sure to enchant you. Go for a dive among corals to discover the diverse life forms that exist underwater. The tropical water is brimming with marine life and at times, water is so clear that you can see fish hiding in the corals.

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Seaplane Sightseeing

A bird’s eye view of the pristine islands, untouched sandbars and blue lagoons are sure to make you gape in awe. This is once in a lifetime experience and must not be missed.  

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Take a Glass Bottom Boat Ride

Scared of going underwater but want to experience the undersea life? A glass-bottom boat ride is the perfect solution. The boat takes you through the crystal waters and offers sensational views of the coral reef and hundreds of species of fish.

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Dining at Maldives Underwater Restaurants

The word ‘Magical’ is what describes Maldives the best. Apart from fancy resorts, one thing that sets Maldives apart is its exquisite dining experience. To make your vacation an affair to remember, dining in one of the five underwater restaurants is a must. Built hundreds of feet below the ocean, these glass ceiling restaurants offer a sensational view of the marine life and tickle your taste buds with delectable culinary delights.

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Try a Submarine Ride

Explore the underwater world filled with colour, life and beauty in a breathtaking submarine ride. It is one of the most exciting things to do when in Maldives. This descending adventure into the blue sea gives you a chance to witness marine life in its natural habitat.

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Best time for holidaying in Maldives

There is no off-season for a place as beautiful as Maldives. You can visit this destination during any time of the year and get mesmerised by its awe-inspiring beauty. Though, if you wish to indulge in activities like surfing and diving, the best time to visit will be the dry season that is from January to March. Also, for sightseeing and sunbathing, months from November to April are considered ideal.

Visa Requirements

To enter Maldives, no pre-arrival visa is required. A thirty-day free visa is issued on arrival for all Nationalities. There are no passports restricted from visiting Maldives, as long as you have a valid passport with minimum six months validity.

Scrumptiously Sinful! Must-visit Restaurants

Maldives has served as a crossroad in the Indian Ocean for traders and visitors over time. Culture and cuisine here is largely impacted by the infusion of various cultural elements. Indian, Sri Lankan, Arabic and Oriental tastes are blended perfectly to create a unique cuisine, that is known as the Maldivian Cuisine.  As, the country has more sea than land, fish has been an important element of Maldivian food. If you wish to satiate your taste buds, here are 4 restaurants you can visit —

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Ithaa

Rated as the most beautiful restaurant in the world by the New York Daily in 2014, Ithaa offers a 180-degree view of the marine life and vibrant corals. Located 16 feet below sea level at the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island Resort, this restaurant serves contemporary European cuisine.

Timings:  11 AM–2:30 PM, 6:30–10:30 PM

Reethi Restaurant

The main restaurant of the One & Only Reethi Rah Resort, Reethi Restaurant is famous for its fusion of French, Italian and Asian cuisine. The restaurant has an open kitchen concept enabling guests to watch the renowned chefs at work.

Timings: 7AM–10:30 PM

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Iberry Café

Iberry Cafe, located in Hulhumale, is a boutique style eatery. This is the best place to dine with the locals and savour some lip-smacking regional delicacies. Don’t forget to try the fish curry, shrimp fried rice and freshly made juices on your visit to this eatery.

Timings: 10:30 – 10:00 PM

Muraka

Offering sensational views of the ocean, Muraka is situated atop a jetty. Enjoy the relaxing and luxurious setting while relishing sumptuous seafood. Try the Whole Fish Delight for a mind-blowing dining experience.

Timings: 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM

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Surreal Stays! Top Resorts of Maldives 

When planning a trip to Maldives, everybody faces a dilemma of choosing among the best place to stay from over two hundred resorts. Every resort has its own private island and offers state-of-the-art facilities. Here is the list of top 6 resorts providing unparalleled services to their guests —

Taj Exotica Resort and Spa

Set over a lagoon, Taj Exotica Resort and Spa offers a postcard-perfect getaway with its luxurious sea-view villas and lavish suites.  

Address: Emboodhu Finolhu, South Male Atoll 02117, Maldives
Rating: 5 star

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Baros Resort Maldives

Baros is an extremely popular property of Maldives. The 30 water villas in this resort are spacious and well-appointed. With an ocean view, a private wine cellar, and much, much more, get ready to be mesmerised.

Address: Baros, Maldives
Rating: 5 star

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Cheval Blanc Randheli

Cheval Blanc Randheli, designed by the architect Jean-Michel Gathy, is a stunning property. Guests can swim in their private swimming pools, sunbathe in their private beach and savour a live-cooked dinner.

Address: Noonu Atoll, Republic of Maldives, Maldives
Rating: 5 star

Mirihi Island Resort

The Mirihi Island Resort offers excellent views of the ocean in addition to its impeccable services. There are 30 water villas and 6 island villas, which are completely secluded and make for a perfect option for honeymooners and peace seekers.

Address: Mirihi Island Resort, Maldives
Rating: 4 star

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Veligandu Island Resort

Those with limited funds, Veligandu Island Resort is an excellent bargain. 64 water villas in the resort are equipped with private jacuzzis and high-end facilities.

Address: Veligandu, Veligandu Island, Maldives
Rating: 4 star

Sunny, unique and pristine, the islands of Maldives are a must on your bucket list. Hope this guide helps you plan a better vacation to these mesmerising islands. 🙂