Maldives conjures up images of white-sand beaches, turquoise waters, and exclusive resorts. For many travelers, this archipelago located southwest of Sri Lanka and on the equator is the ultimate dream vacation. Maldives holidays are romantic, relaxing, and adventurous. An ideal destination for honeymoons, anniversaries, or groups of friends, the Maldive Islands deliver everything they promise. With more than 80 islands that are exclusive resort destinations, there is a hotel, experience, and specific beach that will be the perfect retreat for any traveler.
Travel to Maldives in the past has been attainable only by the wealthy. Today, affordable flights can be found, especially if you don’t need to fly direct. When booking a Maldives resort, keep your eye out for transfers and transportation included with the cost of your room; many resorts have boats for the sole purpose of transporting passengers to and from the airport. While resorts in the Maldives can’t exactly be called affordable, there are deals available in the current economic climate: Extend your trip by a few extra days, upgrade to a bigger room, or splurge on spa treatments or dining. You’ll be adding value to your vacation without adding extra cost.
The total number of islands that make up the Maldives is 1,190. The archipelago stretches more than 500 miles from north to south and 75 miles from east to west, so travel to Maldives ensures you can find your own private island oasis. You will encounter a variety of cultural influences during your Maldives holidays. Music and dance can have African influences, while south Asian influences can be seen in the cuisine. English is spoken widely across the islands, and in the resorts, the staff is also known to speak German, French, and Italian. The US dollar is accepted in many of the resorts as well.
The allure of the Maldives is the unspoiled beauty of the islands and the coral reefs. With some of the best scuba diving sites in the world, Maldives holidays can be filled with underwater activity. High visibility in warm waters is equally thrilling for divers and those who would prefer to snorkel, and lessons are available if you’d like to learn how to dive. Professional dive schools have multilingual teachers that specialize in safety. Surfing is another popular activity as well. Fishing has long been a livelihood for local people in the Maldives, and it increasingly has become of interest to travelers. Whale and dolphin watching is an exciting option as well—the Maldives is considered one of the top five places in the world for this experience.
Many people travel to Maldives after seeing pictures of beaches with swaying palm trees, different shades of blue and green in the ocean, and resorts with thatched cottages just a few feet from the water. You will find this experience and more in the Maldives. The local people are known for their friendliness, the cuisine is fresh and often caught from the ocean in the morning, and the culture is full of life, music, and dancing. No visas are required to enter the Maldives, making the beauty of the islands accessible to all tourists. If a private picnic, afternoon sail, or hammock on the beach is just what you need, look no further than the Maldives.
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