Situated on the equator and in the expanses of the vast Indian Ocean, Maldives is a turquoise treasure and an epic portrait of paradise. Essentially a group of over 1,190 coral islands, Maldives is famed all over the world for its white sandy beaches, turquoise waters, year-round warm weather, and luxurious resorts which lie merely two meters above the sea level. One of the most peculiar aspects of these islands is that they are devoid of any rivers or mountain ranges which make it an extraordinary country to visit. Do take a look at Musafir.com range of international holiday packages and especially our Maldives tour packages. Not only will they fit in your budget but they will also give you a chance to explore the vibrant and colorful underwater world while offering you the best of Maldives Islands.
However, due to global warming which has resulted in the melting of glaciers and icebergs, the sea levels have risen considerably over the years. The world’s lowest country in elevation now faces the realistic prospect of getting wiped off the map for good. This after the 2004 Tsunami resulted in a group of 20 islands getting completely submerged under water. If things don’t improve, experts have predicted that within the next 100 odd years, Maldives will be completely engulfed by water. This threat is further emphasized by the fact that the Government of Maldives has already started looking for islands to purchase in Sri Lanka, Australia or India for citizens who face displacement.
Whether Maldives beats global warming and manages to stay afloat is another matter of concern. If you’re truly looking to explore Maldives, the time is NOW! Maldives is a dream destination for honeymooners and casual travellers alike and guaranteed to please even the most discerning traveller. With around 80 exotic and scenic islands which double up as tourist attractions, there’s plenty to do here for vacationers and honeymooners. Here’s our top list of things to do in one of the world’s most beautiful island nations, Maldives.
- Embark on an Island Exploration Spree
With over 300 inhabited islands to choose from, there’s plenty of island hopping for one to indulge in. Most of them are divided into resorts and local islands. If you’re looking to spend some personal time with your beloved, then you could choose to head over to one of the 80 islands teeming with luxurious resorts where you can sit back and relax. However, if you’re looking for a deeper cultural experience, you can hop over to any of the ‘home’ islands where you can get an in-depth insight into how the locals live and work on these islands while also finding out what they do for entertainment. You will also get a chance to relish the delectable local cuisine first hand instead of the usual 5-Star continental fare they serve up at resorts. Make sure to hire a speedboat while doing so as they can help cover a lot of ground (in this case water) quickly.
- Book a Private Flight
Arouse your senses by embarking on an unforgettable private flight experience of this archipelago. With beautiful pleasures of sun, sea and sand, seeing the many islands unravel below is one of the ultimate experiences that Maldives has to offer. If finances don’t permit to book a private jet, you can always go on charter tours. One thing for certain is that you will get a bird’s eye view of the islands, lush greenery, and lagoons while getting lost in the different hues of blue below as you fly over these islands.
- Indulge in Some Spa Time for Ultimate Relaxation
When in Maldives, make sure you pamper yourself with some spa massages where you can rejuvenate your mind, body and soul. Maldives is replete with some exceptional spa experiences offering postcard worthy views while embracing the full spectrum of wellness. You can even indulge in some sand massages whilst on the beaches to reinvigorate one’s senses and alleviate stress from the body. You simply can’t go wrong with anybody spa treatment in Maldives. If you’re feeling particularly adventurous, immerse your soul at the underwater spa in Huvafen Fushi. Best enjoyed with a friend or partner, lose yourself in the scintillating azure of the oceans while watching the majestic sea life. Coupled with nurturing treatments and wellness programmes, enjoying a spa here will surely stimulate you and your partner in equal measure.
- Water Therapy
It would be criminal to visit Maldives and not partake in some of the many water-based experiences these magical islands have to offer. Hop aboard the traditional Dhoni boat, a traditional Arab sailing vessel, and watch dolphins make merry while seeing the world pass by at a leisurely pace. Explore an entertaining snorkelling adventure in the incredibly clear and warm waters of the Indian Ocean. Regarded as one of the finest scuba diving destinations on Earth, dive in the shimmering waters. Watch stingrays, docile whale sharks, colourful sea fish and sea turtles swim past you. If scuba diving and snorkelling isn’t your thing, book a Whale Submarine off Malé through your resort to enjoy the view of the ocean floor while gaping at shipwrecks from a foregone era.
- Romantic Sunset Dinners
One of the most memorable and romantic dining alternatives when in Maldives is to dine on the beach while watching the magnificent sunset in the distance. The calm white sandy beaches provide the apt location to relax while sitting at a table on the beach with your toes in the sand. Savour the wonderful fresh seafood on offer along with a bevy of yummy tropical fruits for an amazing gourmet experience that will make your taste buds explode in sheer delight. Several resorts offer this surreal experience so make sure to shop around before zeroing in on one.
- Safari Boat Expeditions
Popularly known as the “floating luxury” in Maldives, any excursion to these islands would be deemed incomplete without experiencing life on the ‘safari boats’. There are several of these boats operating in the Maldives, which combines a fine dining and spa experience along with diving activities in a truly luxurious and spacious accommodation aboard a beautiful yacht. Although diving seems to be the primary focus on these trips, even if you don’t fancy diving into the ocean, there’s plenty to keep yourself occupied. With an amazing chef on board and plenty of games, you will have enough food and drinks to keep you entertained for the length of the trip. Don’t forget to bring along a weatherproof camera with you as there will be several opportunities for you to click some stunning photos above and below the water. The highlight of this package is undoubtedly the BBQ on the beach, especially after dark, with millions of stars sparkling in the sky.
- Glow in The Dark Beach
Something straight out of a fairy tale, the bioluminescent beach is a natural phenomenon that turns the night-time ocean into a cluster of glowing stars. Discover nature at its very finest as you witness the awe-inspiring sight of an entire stretch of beach light up by bioluminescent phytoplankton. Watching the dazzling patterns in the shallow water ranks amongst the most stress-relieving sights on the planet. It also makes for long-lasting memories to remember Maldives after you have departed these shores.
If you still haven’t visited Maldives don’t wait any longer and visit this part of the world before it’s too late. Moreover, with an array of cheap flights on offer, there’s no better time than now to visit this tropical wonderland. With stunning water villas, exotic spas, brilliant food along with friendly locals and an unbelievable personal service, Maldives is the place to go if you fancy a week or two of pure indulgence and living like a celebrity.