Sure, India has her share of beautiful beaches, but if you want to explore across the border, without significant damage to your pockets, then Maldives is your dream destination. The azure waters of the Indian Ocean, full of corals of every imaginable hue, flanked by the pristine white sands…Maldives has some of the best beaches in the world.
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November-March is the peak tourist season in Maldives. The weather is perfect: bright and sunny, and it is the perfect time to explore the beautiful islands.
The Spectacular Airport in Maldives by Panoramio
The choppy waters and the coral reefs of the Indian Ocean make cruises unfeasible.
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Travelling by air is the best way to reach Maldives. There are regular flights from India to Malé, the capital city of Maldives. The Malé International airport is located on Hulhule Island, and is well connected with the rest of the country. Maldives is now connected by a direct flight from Kochi and Bengaluru, and airlines offer great deals throughout the year.
The Maldivian Air Taxi by Sarah Ackerman/CC BY
You can opt for the Air Taxi, operated by Maldivian Air Taxi or Trans Maldivian Airways, which function from the Malé Airport from 6 A.M. to 5:30 P.M. Seaplanes only operate in the daytime and if you arrive outside the operational hours, you might need to stay overnight in Male before you can head out to your island hotel the next day. Likewise, if you have an early morning flight from Male, you will need to arrive in the capital city on the day before your flight.
Speed Boat Transfers in Maldives by Kaani Beach Hotel
Speed boats are local transport options, and are also quite cheap. Ferry services are also available from one island to another.
Things to Do in Maldives
There’s a lot to do in Maldives, and there’s something for every kind of traveller. Most of these activities cannot be booked beforehand because they are weather-dependent, and you will need to book them from your hotel at extra charges not included in your hotel tariff.
Scuba Diving in Maldives by Prodivers
Explore the marine life: Deep sea diving is one of the best ways to explore the marine life in Maldives, especially if you want to see the whales in their natural habitat. If you are an experienced diver, then scuba diving is one of the best ways to explore the corals, and watch the myriad species of marine life, including dolphins, turtles and rays.
Whale Watching in Maldives by Holidays Genius
An aerial view of Maldives by Hooked on Everything
See Maldives from the air: Explored Maldives from the water, and on foot? Don’t miss the beauty of the tropical islands from the air. A ride on a sea plane gives you unforgettable views of the islands and the azure waters surrounding it.
Eating in Maldives:
Ithaa Undersea Restaurant in Maldives by Traviscold
Food in Maldives is a confluence of Indian, Sri Lankan and European flavours. Needless to say, seafood is best in Maldives, with a variety of fish dishes making up the local cuisine. Try the Fihunu Mas, or spicy grilled fish, and Dhonkeyu Majuru, a local dessert which is essentially a fried banana cake. Maldives also has some great Continental and Italian restaurants.
Shopping in Maldives:
Eclectic souvenirs from Maldives by Diary of a Mad Hausfrau
You can shop for traditional woven mats known as Thudu Kana, wooden artwork and ship replicas from the bazaars in Malé. Chaandanee Magu, Majeedhee Magu and other local markets in Male are excellent places to pick up souvenirs. Popular items to pick up here include wooden flower vases, decorations made out of seashells and lacquer ware. Fresh produce also make excellent purchases. You can also explore the mobile markets for jewelry and decorative items. These generally come around various resorts during specific days of the week or weekends, and there is a lot to offer at reasonable prices.
Things to Carry
Carry Beach Essentials on Your Trip to Maldives by This is Aero
Bring In & Take Out
Things You cannot Bring into Maldives by Inna Morgounova