Maldives

Maldives Destination Guide

Holidays in the Maldives put you on a fantasy set of islands in the Indian Ocean with spectacular sights, an unending choice of sports in and under clear water, relaxing and sunbathing on warm sand beaches, some of the best scuba diving and snorkeling in the world, pampering at one of the 87 elegant luxury resorts including excellent spa facilities, and a chance to explore historical and cultural attractions in the capital city of Male where one-third of the country’s population lives. You can be transported by speedboat, sea plane, or water taxi from Male’s international airport to your island resort.

Maldives is a chain of 1,190 tiny islands southwest of India with only 200 of the islands populated. The country is 26 natural atolls formed by coral reef structures, and these coral reefs offer visitors amazing sights when they snorkel or scuba dive among fish, sharks, turtles, eels, octopus, shrimp, and lobsters. There are cruise trips around the islands and also a Whale Submarine adventure that takes about 50 people down 100 feet to view the sea life through large portholes.

Also popular is fishing (some resorts will then prepare the fish dinner for you!), catamaran sailing, wind and kite surfing, jet skiing, kayaking, parasailing, and more. Many resorts have water sports centers which are fully equipped and also offer courses for beginners as well as advanced participants. Resorts usually additionally offer tennis, soccer, squash, volleyball, badminton, and a variety of games.

You can shop in local markets, take photographs from a sea plane, dine at different exotic restaurants or have an all-inclusive package at your resort, enjoy quaint tea shops, and go to festivals and native shows. The holy month of Ramadan is celebrated beginning in mid-August. You can island hop to an unpopulated island to swim, snorkel, lie on the beach, or have a barbeque.

Go to see the Maldives Victory Wreck. This 110-metre long cargo ship sank in 1981 and is covered with soft and hard coral. Although not meant for a novice diver because of strong currents and depth, the exploration of this ship is a magnificent diving experience. It is advised that you wear gloves because of the exposed metal and shot line.

Male was originally a walled-in city containing the Royal Palace, and there are still historical attractions to see such as the newly-created Presidential Palace which was built where the original Presidential Palace once stood. The Maldivian President actually lives in that Palace, has his offices there, and will sometimes host social events on the premises.

The Hukuru Miskiiy is Maldives’ oldest mosque and was built of coral stones in 1956. The exterior and interior walls are carved with Arabic writings and ornamental designs.

The National Museum features a coral head of the Lord Buddha as well as historical artifacts, royal antiquities, thrones, and collections of textiles and other items.

Maldives is a magical holiday destination with its exceptional variety of things to do and see. The friendly resort staff and locals will be happy to guide you to the special places.