Luxury Maldives Holidays.
Whichever Maldives experiences you choose to include on your holiday, you are sure to have the perfect time. Just make sure that you don’t forget to maximise your time on those beautiful white-sand beaches and the clear turquoise waters.
Discover Paradise In The Indian Ocean
Cast adrift in the Indian Ocean about a thousand miles from the Indian mainland, the Maldives constitute of 1,192 islands, most of them made of coral.
If you want amazing white-sand beach and incredible underwater photography then a holidays to the Maldives is for you. The Maldives make for the perfect place to find your own little piece of self-isolation under the most glorious sun.
Tourism is the main source of income for the Maldives providing essential work for local people. Its turquoise seas have made the myriad of islands into some of the world’s water sport hubs. The white-sand beaches have leant themselves naturally to creating the perfect location for some of the most exclusive resorts in the world, as well as plenty for people on a more modest budget. The Maldives also make the perfect destination for a special occasion, such as an anniversary or perhaps a honeymoon.
A holiday to the Maldives also offer fantastic opportunities to explore the coral reefs in a pristine setting, and you could even help support one of the coral protection projects supported by resorts in the Maldives.
The capital Male is an interesting place to visit, and to enjoy some of the local culture, dance and food, including trying the Maldivian dish garughiya, a fish broth served with rice, lime and chilli, or mas huni, shredded smoked fish with grated coconut and onions.
Alternatively, why not learn how to dive in the Maldives, and then go swimming with the sharks that patrol these tepid waters. Alternatively, just chill out and relax on the beach before sampling some cocktails as the sun sets upon the horizon to bring a close to yet another day in paradise on your luxury Maldives holidays.
Maldives Holiday Highlights
Explore the Oceans
One of the more unusual experiences is to swim with hammerhead sharks at Hammerhead Point (or Rasdhoo Madivaru) in the Rasdhoo Atoll. Descend to 30 metres in the deep blue sea and observe their feeding frenzy. Only be careful not to be too critical of their eating habits. Alternatively, you can always go swimming with whale sharks – the world’s largest fish – in the Ari Atoll. If you don’t know how to dive already, then the Maldives makes for a great – and warm – place to learn how to dive without a wetsuit. Most resorts can arrange courses run by professional staff to the highest international safety standards.
Find Your Own Paradise
Away from the water, you can become a castaway in luxury. Whichever resort you choose to stay at during your Maldives holidays, they are bound to offer you a castaway experience. The resort staff will take you by a traditional dhoni sailboat and drop you off on your own deserted island with pre-arranged picnic, and then return to pick you up long before your facial growth has reached Tom Hanks proportions.
To immerse yourself more with the local culture, you could always stay in a guest house rather than a luxury resort for a few days. There you can interact with Maldivians, eat the local cuisine and even go fishing with them. The further away you are from the capital Male then the more authentic your local experience will be. The cultural highlight of a Maldives holiday must be experiencing a bodu beru dance and drum performance, whether in your resort or perhaps in Male. Watch the all-male drummers increase the tempo until the dramatic climax as the performers enter into a trance like state
Our Favourite Maldives Hotels
Here is a selection of our most popular hotels.
Your image of a holiday in the Maldives might involve white-sand beaches and turquoise waters full of tropical fish and the most amazing coral – and you would not be wrong there – but the islands also have a most interesting capital where you can experience the local culture.
Male is full of brightly coloured houses and markets where locals are happy to chat with you, or perhaps share some of the local delicacies. A great respite from all that hard work lazing on the beach, Male has a National Museum, which provides an overview of the history of these islands as well as the Old Friday Mosque with its wonderful carved coral tombstones.
Snorkellers should head for Hanifaru Bay, the most famous snorkelling site in the islands. Set in the Baa Atoll Unesco Biosphere Reserve, here you can see manta ray glide through the pristine, clear waters or even swim with the reef sharks that come to the waters. A trip here can easily be arranged by your resort.
If you are looking for more value for money than ultra-luxury, then Maafushi could be the island for you. The first major tourism centre in the Maldives, this is where you can discover cheap holiday options as well as day excursions.
When To Visit The Maldives
Temperatures are hot all year round in the Maldives – around 25C to 30C. On average there are some eight hours of sunshine each day, and the sea temperature rarely dips below 25C, making this ideal for warm swimming.
However, the islands have two distinct seasons. The Dry Season runs from November to April, while the Rainy Season is from May to October. During this latter monsoon season, the Maldives can experience strong winds, heavy rains and rough seas.
However, each island has its own particular microclimate and there are several factors to take into account when calculating the best month to visit the Maldives.
In January the weather in the Maldives is hot, humidity is low and even if it rains this passes quickly. This is a great time for snorkelling. February is the driest month in the Maldives. March sees the start of the surfing season. And although April is the end of the dry season, conditions for diving and snorkelling are still excellent.
Although the rains arrive from April onwards, this is also the period when the manta rays and whale sharks appear in the waters for divers. Also, prices tends to fall during this off season.
July 26 marks Independence Day in the Maldives a colourful occasion with plenty of parades and celebrations especially in the capital Male.
October is the wettest month in the Maldives. It also marks the end of the surfing season, and is the last good time to see manta rays and reef sharks.
Due to the excellent hot, dry weather over December and January, the Maldives is a very popular destination for Christmas and New Year holidays.
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