What is Maldives?
Maldives – Treasured by sailors along sea-trade routes for 2,500 years, the Maldives are home to some of the most luxurious spas and resorts around the world. Maldives constitutes of approximately 1,190 islands which are grouped into 26 natural atolls, or rings, that are protected by surrounding reefs. The islands are of pure white coral sand are low lying, the highest point on any given island being no more than a meter and a half above sea level. Coconut palms and an abundance of tropical plants make these islands an idyllic place for your holiday if you want to see nature at its best.
Maldives is a small country that actually straddles the equator, in the Indian Ocean. The climate is tropical with no major seasonal differences. The skies are usually clear and the sun shines brightly. That is when the cooling sea breezes, about which poems have been written, being about the romantic in you. Although the high season (December through April) attracts more crowd, this time of the year offers the best weather and the longest days on the islands. Though a visit between May & November is more of a gamble, as this is a rainy season and humidity is high. This season also provides the best weather for Scuba diving.
Accommodation options range from expensive to very luxurious. Though these islands may not be the best option for budget travelers, but they are perfect for those looking to splurge on top quality accommodations and amenities located on isolated beaches. The cuisine though is difficult to be truly authentic as the resorts tone down the spiciness to pleas the tourist’s palette. Still fish remains an important entity of the Maldivian cuisine. Don’t leave the islands before relishing the taste of the island’s coconuts, whether in a sweet curry or a frothy drink.
Maldives is also one of the top favorite for surfers searching for the right waves around the globe, Maldives will certainly not fail you and if one happens to be a diving enthusiast, be prepared for a binge! The white coral beaches are simply unbelievable. The fishing is out of this world. Perhaps because of this, the Maldives is increasingly becoming one of the most sought after holiday destinations in the world.
How to reach Maldives?
All resorts arrange transfers from Male International Airport, either via private launch, for the North and South Male atolls, or for the outer atolls, via seaplane service from the air – taxi terminal on Maldivian Air Taxi & Trans Maldivian Airways, Singapore Airlines and Emirates which connects via Dubai, Jet airways and Srilankan Airlines which flies from Mumbai, India and connects via Colombo whereas Air India flies directly to Maldives from Bangalore, India.
Courtesy: Maldives Tourism Board & Travel Channel