Maldives Islands are likened to paradise on Earth by many, and fittingly so, what else can one think of when confronted with the sparkling white sandy beaches, the crystalline blue water, the swaying palms under sunny weather throughout the year. In Maldives, all this is combined with some of the finest resorts in the world which offer the most luxurious and satisfying services.
Experiencing the beauty of Maldives can be an exhilarating experience especially for people who are visiting it for the first time. Those who love beaches are in for the best time of their lives. Maldives is specially recommended for couples who would like to spend a quiet and private holiday. Even though it is highly popular as a tourist destination, Maldives has a fair number of beaches which are completely secluded and don’t have more than a handful of visitors in a given day. Though Maldives is an archipelago consisting of 2000 tropical islands, only 200 of them are inhabited. A number of the remaining islands have been turned into resorts and offer the perfect getaway to tourists who desire to spend a completely undisturbed and peaceful holiday.
Maldives holiday highlights
As mentioned previously Maldives holidays can be a highly luxurious experience. Tourists can choose from a wide variety of accommodations that include some of the most elaborately comfortable and bewitchingly beautiful set-ups available anywhere. They range from thatched-roof bungalows, to water villas, to traditional modern hotels. Facilities can range from simple to highly luxurious.
The resort islands are like self-contained communities that offer ample facilities for leisure and sports. They also have shops and restaurants; some even have entertainment centers like discos, and most of these resorts have their own private reef. A majority of the island resorts can be found in Male (Kaafu) Atoll, also in Alifu (Ari) Atoll, Baa, Lhaviyani and Vaavu.
Maldives is often referred to as the diving capital of the world and offers opportunities for a satisfying range of activities – one can participate in a variety of sea based activities including scuba diving, laze around in the beaches soaking up the sun, or pamper oneself in some of the finest spas in this part of the world.
Maldives holidays are incomplete without observing marine life in their natural surroundings and the best place to do so is Bandos Island. There are many other places where one can watch the exotically colored and fantastic marine world. Diving classes are available for those who do not have prior experience.
Those who love shopping can take home the fine local hand-crafted products including strikingly designed, colorful bowls and vases, traditional lacquered wooden boxes, Maldivian mats made with coconut leaves and coir or reeds. Jewelry available includes necklaces, bracelets and rings made from local materials.
Maldivian cuisine is largely based around various preparations of locally available fish like bonito, tuna and skipjack. Coconut is another favorite; it is used as a drink, as well as cooking ingredient.
Though the population of Maldives is spread out across 200 islands its culture is unique and homogeneous bonded by a common language, Dhivehi. The locals are genuinely friendly and courteous, all of which add up to a great holiday experience.