Instacation in Maldives
Romantic villas set in azure blue waters, floating breakfasts and infinity pools overlooking the endless turquoise ocean kissing the orange and pink hued sunset sky. This is probably what comes to mind when you think of Maldives, and rightly so, as this is exactly what Maldives offers to its visitors! Maldives is an ideal destination for a romantic getaway or a relaxing beach vacation with family or friends.You can lounge on the pearly white sand beaches or on a hammock over the clear blue water, or jump into the glimmering blue ocean with your diving or snorkeling gear and swim with vibrant schools of fishes and friendly manta rays! Maldives equals relaxation and the island has a lot to offer in that regards! But before we jump into the juicy details about all the fun filled things to do in Maldives, let’s address a few important questions –
Best Season to Visit Maldives?
Any time is a good time to visit the paradise island of Maldives! It is a tropical country and hence the weather remains warm all year round. The high season in Maldives runs from December to April, when hotel and airfare prices see a dramatic increase. However, May to October being the island’s monsoon season, would lead you to finding some great deals on stay and travel and also far lesser tourists. Don’t be too nervous about booking during the monsoon period as you would still get plenty of sunny days in between the few and far rainy spells!
How big of a budget would you need?
If you are looking for a luxurious beach vacation, then Maldives has plenty of luxury resorts for you to choose from. And as we all know, luxury comes with a price! This does not mean that Maldives is out of reach for those travelling on a strict budget. You too can totally enjoy everything that the island has to offer without drilling a hole in your pocket! Simply book your stay in one of the many gorgeous guesthouses or in an AirBnb. You could also save up a lot of pennies by taking the public ferries instead of private speed boats or airplanes to hop between the islands. Also, the best way to experience the true Maldivian life is to go local, stay in guesthouses and eat at local restaurants and cafes!
Now that the whens and hows have been answered, let’s get started with the wheres, aka, the Best places to visit& things to do in Maldives-
1. Join a guided walking tour in Male
The best way of getting to know more about the history of the islands would be to join a guided walking tour! A walk through the lanes of the capital city gives you a glimpse into the local life on the island. Visit the local vegetable and fish market to catch a glimpse of the incredible skills fishermen show at cutting fish and continue the tour by visiting landmarks such as the 17thcentury Mosque, the National Museum, the President’s Palace, Sultan Park and even head to the top of some high rises which offer panoramic views of the entire island. After the tour, you can spend time munching on some delicious curry and rice at the local restaurants and lazing around on the nearby beaches, enjoying the sun set into the azure ocean!
2. Take a Submarine Tour from Male
The best way to explore the colorful underwater life and vibrant coral atolls without getting wet is by booking a Submarine Tour which starts from Male. Spend 45 glorious minutes, 100 feet underwater, watching fishes swim past you and underwater plants sway with the current. It is truly a magical experience and definitely must be high up on your to do list!
3. Swim with the sharks!
Maldives is one of the best diving destinations in the world. Dive into the clear blue waters and swim with hammerhead sharks at Hammerhead point or swim alongside whale sharks! Many resorts and guesthouses offer this service to their guests or you could book diving excursions with other tours. Swimming with these giant, majestic fishes is an experience that must not be missed at any cost!
4. Go Snorkeling in Baa Atoll
Your trip to Maldives would be incomplete if you do not snorkel in the pristine blue and clear waters that are filled with stunning corals, sea turtles and a variety of fishes! So hire some snorkeling gear or book an excursion with a tour operator who would take you to some of the best snorkeling sites in Maldives. One such amazing site is The Baa Atoll which is a 1,200-square-kilometer UNESCO Biosphere Reserve brimming with manta rays and whale sharks.
5. Fancy a meal on a sand bank?
There are hundreds of sand banks scattered everywhere all around Maldives. Sand banks are tiny islands made of powdery white sand, enveloped by the pristine blue water of the Indian Ocean. This is the closest you can get to feeling like you’re on your own private island. You need to arrange a private trip if it is not arranged by your resort. Pack along a picnic basket to eat on your own mini private island!
6. Rejuvenate at a Spa
Maldives is all about relaxation. And what better way of feeling relaxed than by treating yourself with a spa treatment! Most resorts have spas and some even offer discounts for early morning and late evening massages!
7. Go fishing
The main ingredient of a Maldivian meal is seafood! You can head out and catch your own by hiring a guide and renting out poles and baits from your resort or guest house. The ocean is brimming with fishes such as yellowfish tuna, mahi-mahi and mackerel scad!
If you’re an adrenaline junkie then Maldives has a ton of watersports that will get your adrenaline pumping! Banana boats, parasailing, surfing, jet skiing, water skiing, kite surfing, kayaking and even fun tubing! As we said, there’s enough in Maldives to always keep you on the move!
9. Go island hopping
Maldives is an archipelago of a whopping 1,200 islands, which means there are plenty of islands that you can visit! All the islands top each other when it comes to beauty so it is quite difficult to pick one. However, some of the best islands in Maldives are Biyadhoo Island, Veligandu Island, Vaadhoo Island, Ukula Island, Maradhoo Island and Funadhoo Island! There are so many more beautiful islands that you can and must visit.
Like we said earlier, Maldives has some of the best diving sites in the world! Apart from snorkeling and free diving with whale sharks, you can go deep sea diving with diving instructors. However, if you don’t have a license, you will only be able to go 12 meters deep but even then the marine life is absolutely stunning! You will be able to see sharks, eagle rays, sea turtles, corals, sponges and many other colorful species of fishes.If you are a licensed diver, you could dive deep to the Maldive Victory dive site, which is a 100 meter long cargo ship that sank in 1981! It is a challenging dive due to strong currents, but an absolutely spectacular sight to see!
Spend your time on the gorgeous island of Maldives mingling with the locals, trying some mouth- watering street food, hopping from one stunning island to another and of course ending each day in paradise with an alluring sunset! There’s so much to explore on this island or choose to simply laze around, we won’t judge! But the one thing that you MUST do is take some amazing pictures of your incredible island vacation and we recommend that you leave that to the professional vacation photographers from Travographer. Hire one of our photographers to follow you around as you create beautiful memories in this tropical paradise!Our photographers are the best at what they do and are locals; hence they’ll know all there is to know about the best locations for an incredible photo shoot!