The Maldives are the absolute picture of paradise. They have been the go to destination for sun lovers and honeymooners for ages. With thousands of islands – many of which uninhabited – the Maldives is a true island getaway. Many resorts and hotels actually span across an entire island, really lending to the paradise in the middle of nowhere feel.
Recently the Maldives have been opening up their tourism market to appeal to more than just wealthy holidaymakers and splurging honeymooners. As laws changed to allow local villages to open up guest houses and budget resorts, the tourism possibilities have exploded in this region.
No longer an impossibly expensive destination, the Maldives is becoming an ideal destination for families, sport fishermen, budget travellers, and even backpackers.
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Getting to the Maldives
Getting to the Maldives is fairly simple. There are several flights daily from Sri Lanka, making it a great side destination for people visiting India or Sri Lanka. There are also daily flights from major European and Asian destinations. We flew to the Maldives from Australia and had a stop over in Malaysia. Although there are some budget flight carriers which also fly to the Maldives from Australia seasonally.
Your gateway to the Maldives will be the capitol of Male. Like most island country cities, Male is probably a place you won’t be spending the most of your time. But it is a necessary stop over as you wait for your sea plane, speed boat, or public ferry connection.
Have a day or two in Male? You might find this guide helpful.
Where to stay
The Maldives is one destination where picking the right accommodation is of the utmost importance. Many islands will only have one resort or hotel, so you will want to make sure you are staying at a place that meets your needs. Since getting between islands can be time consuming and costly, you will want to make sure that where you are staying offers all the activities you are after.
There are two main accommodation options to choose from; resorts or guest houses. Having trouble deciding? You might find these posts helpful.
What to do in the Maldives
Activities in the Maldives are limited to what is available on the island where you are staying. Luckily, the main reasons for coming to the Maldives are beautiful beaches and incredible snorkelling – and that is pretty much awesome everywhere.
Another thing the Maldives is famous for is scuba diving. Scuba diving sites around the Maldives do really differ in terms of what you can see, and how skilled you need you be. If you are traveling to the Maldives for scuba diving, then you will want to do some research prior so you can pick the best island and accommodation. For really hard core divers, you might want to choose a live aboard boat which cruises to different dive spots.
The Maldives is also renowned for its sport fishing. Where we stayed, at Jupiter Sunrise Lodge, morning and night fishing were part of the included activities. The fishing was by far, the highlight of Daniels trip. For those really serious about fishing, Jupiter Sunrise also offers big game fishing, all day fishing and all night fishing for an additional charge. Serious fishermen can even try their hand at catching sail fish.
Things to know before you go
The Maldives is an incredibly friendly and welcoming country, but it is also a very traditional and conservative society. Travellers, especially women should be mindful of the clothes they pack. We wrote a comprehensive guide on the subject, and you will find the link below.
Also, as a country where almost everything is imported, and where rubbish disposal can be a challenge, it is also important to pack items which will not damage the local environment. We wrote a guide on what not to forget from home.
Travel to the Maldives is a beautiful and rewarding experience. We traveled there as a budget travelling family, and not only was the trip affordable but it was a great experience for us as a family. We hope that the resources provided here will encourage you to consider travel to the Maldives as well.