The Maldives is an idyllic holiday destination with islands ringed by white beaches, tropical palm trees and blue seas. It is home to a hospitable people who have a reputation for friendliness and warmth offered to travelers. The Maldives is in Indian Ocean, situated close to India and Sri Lanka.
Tourism was introduced in 1972 and since then the growth of tourism has been phenomenal, making the Maldives one of the most coveted vacation destinations.
Diving & Snorkeling
The marvelous coral reefs, rich marine life, kaleidoscope of fish, thrills of caves, reef slopes and fantastic wrecks make the Maldives one of the most popular diving destinations in the world boasting hundreds of dive points all over the country. You will be delighted by the variety of corals and the sight of friendly sharks and manta rays. Except for a few days visibility is good throughout the year making diving an enjoyable leisure activity for visiting tourists. Underwater photographers love diving in the Maldives because of the abundance of fish and corals.
Divers from around the world visit the Maldives to enjoy the breathtaking underwater scenery. Most dive equipment is available from tourist resorts and liveaboards. Resorts operate dive schools which offer various international dive certificates. Courses are offered in different languages including English, French, German, Italian and Japanese. Experienced dive masters and instructors guide you to the depths of the Maldives with care and caution. Divers are requested to be cautious of variations in the direction and pattern of currents. However, if you follow the safety guidelines from the instructors, diving in the Maldives is effortless and rewarding.
The Maldives is home to fantastic coral reefs, teeming with brilliant multi – colored fish. It is the ideal place to grab a mask and immerse yourself in water to discover the wonders of underwater. Snorkeling in the Maldives offers a unique opportunity to put your mind at ease through the discovery of fantastic marine species.
The Maldives is the ideal destination for your honeymoon. Its sandy white beaches are perfect for relaxation, while a cruise through the sparkling seas on a liveaboard will be an unforgettable experience. You will be charmed by the azure seas during the day while thousands of stars will keep you company during the night. You will find privacy in the secluded islands of Maldives while all your requests will be fulfilled with traditional Maldivian hospitality. For more adventurous travellers a honeymoon in the Maldives could be mixed with visits to inhabited islands, fishing trips and watersports.
Wedding vow renewals
The Maldives offers picturesque scenery and a soothingly calm environment to renew your wedding vows. You will be charmed by the tropical beauty of this paradise as you refresh those wonderful memories of your wedding through a renewal of vows in the Maldives. Wherever in the Maldives you will appreciate its beauty, and if you think relaxing on a pure white sandy beach is not your type of activity you have the option of going snorkeling or diving to explore the underwater attractions. You can also renew your wedding vows underwater, among the fish and corals, making the event unique.
The Maldives is a haven for water sports enthusiasts. Test your skills and talents in a variety of watersports including catamaran sailing, water skiing and kite surfing in the crystal clear waters of the Maldives. Facilities are available for those with previous experience while novice users are welcomed by watersports instructors who will patiently guide you to adventure and fun in the waters of the Maldives.
The Maldives has emerged as a popular place for surfing. World-class wave breaks are found here and the image of the country as a fantastic surfing destination has been boosted by competitions such as O’Neil Deep Blue Open that has been held during the past few years. We take you to great waves and ensure that you have a perfect surf holiday.
In the spas of the Maldives, you would be able to relax body and mind while you undergo therapeutic treatments. Diverse therapies of local, eastern and western origins are offered in a soothing environment to heal, nurture and nourish.
We arrange a variety of excursions to feed your appetite for adventure and fun. Island hopping is an enjoyable way to make a tour of inhabited islands and observe the local culture and traditions. Excursions for dolphin watching provides exhilarating moments as you watch schools of dolphins moving gracefully in the blue seas. A tour of the capital Male’ is ideal for sightseeing and shopping.
Island hopping is a term coined during the early years of tourism in the Maldives. It is a term that describes excursions involving visits to some inhabited islands of the Maldives. Participants of this excursion get the opportunity to experience the lifestyle and culture of people living in the islands.
A picnic on a small uninhabited island of the Maldives is a wonderful experience to add to your holiday fun. The picnic could be organized with a barbecue and mixed with other activities to add a flavor of adventure to your vacation. A picnic is a great way to spend time on a white Maldivian beach and a small island without much sound to interrupt you except the lapping of the waves. For the fun loving travelers, there is the added bonus of swimming, snorkeling or a game of volleyball on the beach.
We offer a variety of convenient options for transfer from the airport to the resort of your choice. The preferred mode of transport to resorts located near the airport is speedboat while seaplanes are used for transfer to resorts far from the airport.
Sea based transport
Dhoni or locally made wooden boat is the most popular mode of sea transport. They are the cheapest means of transport available in the Maldives. Speedboats provide faster transport but it is a more expensive option.
Two seaplane operators, Trans Maldivian Airways (TMA) and Maldivian Air Taxi (MAT), provide transfer to tourist resorts from the airport. TMA and Island Aviation Services operate domestic flights to four airports in various parts of the Maldives providing connectivity from the international airport to the rest of the Maldives.
We provide various opportunities for you to experience local lifestyle of people living in the Maldives. You will encounter local people and their culture in remote islands. You could buy traditional clothes and foodstuff and get an insight into the Maldivian arts and crafts.
Maldives is a Muslim country and most festivals fall within the Islamic calendar. Notable festivals include Eid Fitr and Eid Azha. Other important days celebrated in the Maldives includes July 26th which is the Independence Day and November 11th which is the Republic Day.
Child care facilities
Child care facilities are available in most resorts so that you can comfortably sunbath, relax on the beach, go snorkeling or enjoy watersports activities with the guarantee that your child is being taken care of and in safe hands.
A variety of entertainment is offered in the resorts. Local bands perform music while you can dance to various rhythms on the floor at discos. Games such as table tennis are offered while most resorts have facilities such as karaoke.
how to get to the Maldives
Maldives is well-connected to Dubai, Doha, Colombo and Singapore. In addition to airlines which regularly fly to Maldives such as Emirates, Sri Lankan, Indian, Singapore Airlines and Qatar Airways, there are a number of charter flights from various European cities and other airports which carry tourists to the Maldives.
what to pack
Please bring lots of sun screen and light clothing made of a material such as cotton. If you are visiting inhabited islands a mosquito repellent cream may be useful as well. A camera may be handy because images and scenes you encounter will be similar to those you will find in postcards.
Maldivian currency is Rufiya. However, most resorts, hotels and restaurants accept a variety of foreign currency including US dollars and Euro. Travellers Checks and credit cards are widely accepted in resorts.
The Maldives is located in the equator and there is sunshine throughout the year. However, the monsoon rains are more prevalent in the Southwest monsoon which runs from May to November. The Northeast monsoon is drier and falls within the peak tourism season.
Import of alcoholic beverages is prohibited by law. Bottles containing alcoholic beverages will be confiscated by the Customs at the airport. However, alcohol is served to foreigners in resort islands and Liveaboards.
The Maldives provides a 30-day free visa on arrival for all visitors regardless of the nationality of visitors. The 30-day free visa is just one aspect of keeping the Maldives hospitable and open to visitors from different parts of the world.
Water offered in cafes and restaurants in resorts and the capital Male’ are generally safe for drinking. However, it is advisable to drink bottled or mineral water while visiting other islands.
Electricity in Maldives is 220-240 V. Adapters and converters may be needed depending on the electronic devices that you use.
The Maldives has +5 hours time difference with GMT.