Reasons to Visit the Magical Maldives
Tick off this bucket list item immediately and jet off to the magical Maldives! Made up of more than a thousand small islands and 26 coral atolls (ring-shaped coral islands surrounding a lagoon), the Maldives is often called the Manhattan of the Indian Ocean. It is an independent island nation, located in the Indian Ocean southwest of India with unbridled natural beauty, rich cultural traditions and natural treasures. Guests can indulge in breathtaking views of white sandy beaches, turquoise blue waters and an array of mesmerizing coral reefs. The Maldives has a tropical monsoon climate with year-round warm weather due to its proximity to the equator. Throughout the year temperatures average between 26 °C and 29 °C with the warmest temperatures peaking between March and April. Winter is practically non-existent in this little piece of heaven on earth, with the lowest temperature sitting at a pleasant 24 °C.
Each resort in the Maldives is nestled on its own private island all offering superb luxury and world-class accommodation. From elegant beach bungalows to luxury over-water villas, all options offer you beauty at every turn…you will not be disappointed! Enjoy the intoxicating sea breeze while sipping a tantalizing cocktail on your private deck overlooking the blue ocean and a pristine white beach. Resorts have hammocks, swinging day beds and pool loungers to soak up the sun and revel in an island paradise.
A holiday in the Maldives brings a level of remoteness and adventure. There is a myriad of water sports to participate in. Popular activities include kayaking, sea bobbing and jet-skiing. The star of the show though has to be diving in the vibrant coral reefs, brimming with the most exotic marine life like manta rays, sea turtles and barracuda. Many resorts offer dolphin and turtle safari boats, sunset cruises and submarine rides. For the more adventurous, experience parasailing or swimming with sharks. The Maldives is the idyllic island experience to escape the mundane and fill you with adrenaline.
Also unique to this magical island is the “Sea of Stars.” Bioluminescent water is a natural phenomenon where light is emitted from organisms under the sea causing the ocean to glow at night. Although it can occur at any time during the year, there is a greater volume of plankton in the ocean between June to December resulting in this spectacular glow-in-the-dark effect.
All resorts offer a wide range of excellent international cuisine including Asian, French, Italian and traditional Maldivian cuisine. Island hopping by ferry is a fantastic way to sample local food like the delectable Maldivian curry with tuna or freshly caught and prepared seafood like Garudhiya. This is a clear fish broth accompanied by lime, chili, rice, curry leaves and onions. Resorts also offer freshly baked Hedhikaa – an assortment of “short eats” or snacks for those feeling peckish during the day.
Experience unique dining at one of the underwater restaurants in the Maldives. Delight your inner mermaid by indulging in a feast under the Indian Ocean with 180-degree panoramic views of coral reefs while watching marine life dreamily swim by.
Enjoy Maldivian culture with Bodu Beru folk dancing on the beach to the rhythm of drums which is an integral part of Maldivian life. Riding the Maldivian Dhoni boat is a charming way to learn about the local people and get to know the culture a little. Explore the city beats of Malé and experience authentic Maldivian culture. Shop for fresh fruits at the bustling market or see the fishermen coming in with their early morning catch. The Maldives has much to offer the intrepid traveller as well as those seeking to relax and unwind.
- Official languages: English and Dhivehi
- Currency: Rufiyaa
- 200 inhabited islands
- 130 islands with resorts
World Leisure Holidays have a range of spectacular resorts and specials in the Maldives to craft a holiday of a lifetime. Tick off this bucket list item with a holiday in paradise!