Top 10 reasons to visit the Maldives at least once in your lifetime

The Republic of Maldives or mostly known by the name Maldives is formed by a group of islands located in the middle of the Indian Ocean. The nearest country from the Maldives is Sri Lanka and India. With a chain of 26 atolls, Maldives is a heaven for thalassophiles or sea lovers and the most popular destination for watersports enthusiasts. The island is also a good place to spend your time with your partner, as most of the honeymoon couple will go to this island so the resorts will offer you many services including romantic massage, underwater dining, dinner right on the beach and more. So don’t hesitate to visit all of those beautiful islands and check the most popular attractions in the Maldives below.




1. EXPLORE THE CAPTIVATING PANORAMA BY ISLAND HOPPING

Island hopping is a must for people who want to explore the Maldives by a boat or seaplane and not getting wet-except you jump in the water. You’ll get to land on an inhabited island and enjoy it for yourself. It’s recommended to book a tour instead of going by yourself as transportation from one island to another is not easy to find especially if you go to a far and not connected island. An 8-day tour will start at Velana International Airport and it may cost you around $1000 including island transfer, accommodation, meals and snorkelling equipment. This trip will be worry-free!




2. DOING SOME ENGAGING WATERSPORTS ACTIVITIES

The underwater beauty of Maldives can’t be doubted as it is the main tourists-magnet is the marine life, so this trip won’t be complete without doing underwater activities such as snorkelling and diving. You’ll find many PADI dive centres to begin your underwater explore and you’ll also be amazed by the wild sea creatures living below you like stingrays, sea turtles, whale sharks, eels, crabs and lobsters or even seahorses if you’re lucky! But if you’re uncomfortable and not used to deep-dive, then you have to go snorkelling instead. You will find many beautiful reefs and a school of coloured fishes. You can also do some activities that will make your adrenaline pumped on the water level, for examples parasailing, wakeboard, surfing (including kite surfing and windsurfing), stand up paddle, canoeing, jet ski or just go for after-sunset fishing! All of the activities can be booked online and the list of cost estimation is written down below :

• Scuba diving for $75 each person including the diving equipment, lessons and certificate.

• Snorkeling may cost you $49 per person including the snorkel equipment.

• Parasailing for $190 (for solo or double).

• Wakeboard is around $99 per person.




• The kite surfing and windsurfing will be about $60 per person per lesson.

• Stand up paddle/canoeing/jet ski from $30 per person.

• Fishing for $46 per person including the fishing equipment.




3. STAY A DAY AND ENJOY THE ABOVE WATER LUXURY VILLA

Have you ever wondered why the Maldives is popular for a honeymoon destination? It’s all because of the amazing villa experience that is nowhere to be found other than the Maldives! Staying at a private above water villa is a must-do in the Maldives even if it’s just for one night. Some of the famous villa in the Maldives have a waterslide installed on every above-water villa and it will bring you to direct to the sea from your own room.

This may be the most luxurious thing you’ll ever get especially in the Maldives! The villa will give you an incredible sea view right in front of your room, so you can see the stunning sunrise/sunset closer and also brighter. You may see many videos featuring the villas in the Maldives and i can tell you two of those may be The Jumeirah Vittaveli at Bolifushi or Soneva Jani at Kalhaidhoo. The price for 1 night is around $8.300 for an above-water villa with waterslide. Spare a day just to enjoy your villa as the price is quite expensive!




4. BLEND WITH THE LOCALS AT CAPITAL OF MALDIVES, MALE

Connected by a bridge from Velana International Airport, you can transfer to the capital of Maldives, Male by a cab, speedboat or a ferry. The ferry schedule is set for 10 – 30 minutes every day and the trip will take no longer than 45 minutes. Upon arrival in Male City, you’ll be surrounded by the locals going here and there. When you’re right on the jetty, it’s recommended to pay a visit to the fish market and see the experienced fisherman cut a huge tuna for you to buy.

They also sell some dried fish while the nearest local market sells many kinds of vegetables and fruits. It’ll be two places in one go! Don’t forget to visit the National Museum and Sultan Park to hear the history of Maldives. Moving in Male is easy stuff as the city area is only around 2 kilometres wide, so you can reach the edge just by walk! If you are tired enough to walk, just find a cab and the fare will be around $1 per trip. If you’re the kind of person who doesn’t like to get troubled by wandering alone, you can book a city tour and the cost will be around $40 each for half-day including a local guide and snacks.




5. SEE THE GLOWING SEA SIGHTS FROM SEA OF STARS

Located at Vaadhoo Island, the sea of stars looks like a thing that pops out from a fairytale book. The glowing green-blue water looks so magical and the exciting part is, you can see it by yourself at night! You’ll get an amazing photo here and it’s all thanks to the phytoplankton that releases a blue luminescence in the sea. It’s visible even though you just see it from the beach because there are a lot of them and it makes the water even brighter.




6. TRY A BRAND NEW DINING EXPERIENCE, ITHAA ALL-GLASS UNDERWATER RESTAURANT

This fascinating restaurant is located 5 metres below sea level and it is the first all-glass underwater restaurant in the world. Located in the Conrad, Rangali Island, you may feel like eating in a giant aquarium and bewitched by the beautiful underwater world. Surrounded by fishes and corals, you’ll get a four-course set lunch for $170 while the six-course dinner costs you $260. The opening hours are 12 PM – 3 PM for lunch and 6.30 PM – 10 PM for dinner. People usually like to go there after sunset as it’ll be more enchanting at night.

Underwater Restaurant in the Maldives by Alexander Waltner:Flickr [ Link ]




7. SPOT THE DOLPHINS SWIMMING AND JUMPING AROUND YOU

For some people, watching dolphins give a reassuring and relaxing sensation, but you may not know, that you may be one of the dolphins-lovers! So stop wasting your time and get a dolphins cruise tour to see the friendly and agile dolphins! They will usually follow your boat or even do a high-jump performance for you! Give them a round of applause to express your gratitude and they will surely be happy for that. You can go to Meemu Atolls/Dhiffushi/Huraa/anywhere as long as you find the tour because most of the sea around the Maldives will not disappoint you. The dolphin’s cruise tour usually cost from $45 for 2 hours per person and you can book this trip online.




8. RELAX AFTER AN EXHAUSTING DAY BY GETTING A MASSAGE ON THE BEACH

After a long adventurous day, you may want to pamper yourself by getting a massage provided by your resort. One of the popular massages is a Balinese massage. Not only massage you can also find many treatments such as facials and manicures. Some of the resorts popular with these services are located at Reethi Rah, North Male Atoll and Olhuveli, Laamu Atoll. You can even try a romantic underwater massage at Huvafen Fushi, North Male Atoll to experience a different atmosphere. The prices and opening hours for the treatments vary between every resort.

Scubaspa Maldives | Thai Massage by Scubaspa Maldives:Flickr [ Link ]




9. TAKE A SCENIC FLIGHT OR SEE THE DEEP OCEAN BY WHALE SUBMARINE MALDIVES

There’s always something marvellous when you see a beautiful panorama from a different perspective. For example, when you’re up in the air by scenic flight or going deep to the sea by submarine. These two attractions are available in the Maldives and you’re one step closer to make your trip unforgettable. One of the resorts that have this photo flight excursion is located at Vaadhoo Island and the price is around $178 or more for a flight through the islands and sandbanks no longer than 45 minutes, while the whale submarine tour cost you from $86 for 2 hours undersea excursions and you’ll be in 30 metres deep before you realize it -because you may be astonished by the beautiful wild marine life such as manta rays and sharks. So make sure you throw the right decision, whether you want to explore the Maldives by the air or by the water -or both!




10. LEARN ABOUT MARINE LIFE AT MARINE CONSERVATION CENTRE

The Marine Conservation is located at Naifaru Island while the research institution itself located at Male. People usually go to marine conservation with an intent to learn about how to protect and save the injured marine life such as turtles, corals and fishes. You can also have an interaction with the marine biologists or even being a volunteer to clean and feed rescued turtles, assisting marine biologists in the lab and organizing marine awareness sessions. For the return, after these exhilarating tasks, you will be given free time to go for an exciting excursion around the island. This program will cost you $1.600 for 2 weeks (minimum) including accommodations, transportations, meals, excursions and a certificate. So, do you prefer to just see the marine life rehabilitations centre for a day or do an impactful kindness act for our environment?




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