The Maldives is the land of pristine white beaches and azure blue waters. A picturesque archipelago, situated in the middle of the Indian Ocean, Maldives is home to 1,190+ tiny coral islands. It has slowly become one of the most popular honeymoon destinations. No matter where you go in the Maldives, there’s a sense of romance that you cannot escape. The country is famous for its scenic beauty and is celebrated as one of the best travel destinations in the world.
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The Maldives is an island nation made up of two hundred islands which are all different in their own unique ways. There are over 1,100 coral islands. The archipelago comprises 26 atolls. An atoll is a ring-shaped coral reef, island, or series of islets and surrounds a body of water called a lagoon. The islands and reefs are of varying shapes, depths and sizes that present remarkable hues of blue, turquoise to indigo.
With over two hundred inhabited islands, the unique Maldivian lifestyle was shaped over millennia. The culture, cuisine and craft were shaped by the resources that were available from the surroundings.
The Maldives is blessed with about 5 percent of the global reef area with over 250 species of coral and over 1000 species of fish. As the Maldives is 99 percent water and just one percent land, there are a lot of adventures waiting for you on or under water. Most tourists who visit the Maldives snorkel or dive and to experience the colourful marine life beneath the surface. A dive centre is a must in any resort and there are many dive centres in most of the guesthouse islands. Some resorts also offer relaxing canoe rides, windsurfing or underwater scooter rides.
A spa is a soul-soothing experience in the Maldives. Indulge yourself in the sprawling garden spas, with massage rooms merged into the lush tropical surroundings. There are also the ones built on stilts over the crystalline waters of the lagoon, providing an opportunity for you to splurge on your mind, body, and soul. For a more romantic experience try booking a relaxing couple’s massage. Flying Squirrel Holidays also helps you plan a perfect romantic getaway with our Maldives honeymoon packages from India with special Maldives packages for couples.
If you are a thrill seeker you have a ton of options. Take bouncy banana rides with friends and family, a solo ride trimming the waves on a jet ski ride or skimming the lagoon at high speeds on a wakeboard. For the serious water sports enthusiast, you have kitesurfing, parasailing or just navigating solo around the reefs on a catamaran.
Apart from the beach and sand island glory, the capital Male is popular among tourists for the bustling markets, lively art, and culture among other historic architectural creations.
Male Friday Mosque is one of the oldest surviving mosques in the Maldives and a well-known tourist spot in the Maldives. The beautiful golden dome of this impressive modern mosque stands out against the skyline of Male. The exquisite architecture and detailed carvings on the walls lead to the mosque being listed as one of the tentative UNESCO World Heritage Cultural Sites in 2008.
The Tsunami Monument is located in southeast Malé. It is a memorial to honour the victims of the devastating 2004 tsunami that struck the Indian Ocean and claimed the lives of 74 Maldivians.
The 20 steel spheres that encircle the monuments symbolise the atolls of the country and the rising pillars stand for the waves of tsunami. The tranquil location allows you to reflect upon the events of the fateful day, and is frequently visited by the kin of the victims who come to pay their respects. The Tsunami Monument stands as a beacon of hope after tragedy.
Formed in 1999, the National Art Gallery is located in Male. It is considered as the best place to visit for the people of the artistic niche in the Maldives. From conceptual works to paintings, the gallery conducts regular exhibitions. It also showcases some breath-taking and amazing local and international artworks.
HP Reef, located at the North Male Atoll, is considered to be one of the most beautiful diving sites in the Maldives. Also referred to as the 'Rainbow Reef', it houses a plethora of brightly coloured corals that adorn the seabed.
The reef’s currents provide nourishment for incredibly rich growths of soft, blue corals, and support a large variety of reef fish. The dazzling reef is full of astonishing formations. You will find crevices, splendid caves, and a 25m vertical, swim-through chimney.
Fihalhohi Island is popular for its thriving marine life. It is situated at the South Kaafu Atoll and is one of the most attractive and gorgeous places in the Maldives. The reef that surrounds the island houses an abundance of marine life.
The warm weather of the island is complemented by the shady coconut palm trees, pristine beaches, and clear waters. Perfect for a romantic getaway, it is one of the most delightful places to visit in the Maldives for your honeymoon.
Utheemu Ganduvaru is the birthplace of Sultan Mohamed Thakurufaanu, one of the most revered heroes in Maldivian history. Utheemu Ganduvaru is located in Utheemu in Haa Alifu Atoll, in the northernmost extremes of the Maldives.
In 1558 the Portuguese invaded the Maldives killing the Sultan in battle and established their rule over the Maldives. Mohamed Thakurufaanu, along with his brothers Ali and Hassan left the Maldives to make preparations for their campaign to free the country from Portuguese rule. They fought the Portuguese for eight years and eventually defeated the Portuguese leadership in the capital.
Other attractions here are the Ancient Cemetery, the New Mosque and Beach North shore.
Just 30 minutes from the airport, Biyadhoo is a tropical haven enclosed within the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean. Located in South Male Atoll, Biyadhoo is blessed with lush tropical vegetation. It is also famed to have the best house reef in the Maldives. The island has plenty of natural vegetation like bananas, coconuts, and mangoes along with cucumbers, cabbage, and tomatoes.
Maldives busiest street, Majeedhee Magu runs across Male from east to west. A paradise for shopaholics, the place offers all kinds of textiles, clothing items, accessories, cosmetics, handlooms, jewellery, and electronic items. The textile is the star product of this Maldivian market.
The place serves as a one-stop-shop destination for everything you would want to take away from the Maldives.
Ari Atoll is one among the many natural atolls of the Maldives and is one of the biggest. The almost rectangular alignment spreads the islands over an area of about 89 by 3 kilometres. It has been divided into two sections -- Northern Ari Atoll and Southern Ari Atoll. Both consist of 105 islands.
The beaches of Ari Atoll are full of white, soft sand which looks stunning by the blue waters. It forms the perfect spot to relax and unwind. There are over 20 islands in the Atoll designated for tourist resorts. Each island resort is self-contained and has recreational facilities.
Scuba diving is one of the most popular tourist activities in the Maldives and diving in Ari Atoll is widespread. Snorkelling is another popular activity here.
Malé Atoll is the largest city of Maldives and the most popular destination in the country. It falls among the top Maldives tourism places. Malé, capital of the Maldives, is located at the southern end of North Male Atoll.
In the past, it was given the name Mahal for being the abode of the Royal Dynasties and therefore is now famous as the Kings Island. Male has a tropical monsoon climate with rains occurring through most of the year. The best thing about Male is its consistently moderate temperature, round the year.
The major attractions in Male are the Grand Friday Mosque, Male Fish Market, Malé's National Museum, Tsunami Monument, Dive Club Maldives. Underwater scooters, scuba diving and snorkelling are popular activities here. Underwater Scooter is an exciting activity created to provide the scuba diving experience to anyone who does not have prior driving experience. Travel at speeds of up to 2 km/hour and experience new and exciting underwater vistas.
One of the biggest and most popular local islands in the Maldives, Maafushi is located in South Male Atoll, just 27 km away from Male. The size is 1270 x 265 m. With a population of 2700 people, you would be surprised at how so many people can live on such a small piece of land.
Maafushi Beach is sought after for fun activities. It offers a wide range of water sports that keep the tourists busy. Add to that the scenic beauty of the island and delicious local food, it almost feels like paradise. The combination of blue waters and white sand is a heavenly sight.
The major attractions here are Bikini beach and Vihamanafushi Island. Popular activities include island hopping, diving, snorkelling, and shark diving.
Hulhumale Island is considered to be a man-made masterpiece. It was created after there was a clear shortage of land and a significant need for housing.
Spread over an area of 188 hectares, the island comprises palm trees and stunning beaches. Hulhumale is home to an unusually clean beach with white sand and clear blue waters. You can go snorkelling, take a swim in the sea, or take a relaxing walk along its shores. The beaches are also lined with eateries where you can snack on local delicacies as you chill. It is one of the most popular Maldives honeymoon places.
For an adrenaline junkie, Hulhumale has a wide range of extreme water sports. The beach at Hulhumale is dotted with canoes and jet skis along with wakeboarding venues. Additionally, you can parasail or kitesurf at your pleasure.
Called the ‘Sea of Stars’, Vaadhoo island is a spectacle. A beautiful phenomenon that occurs during the late summers in the reefs of the Maldives which causes the beaches to shimmer in a magical blue glow.
The effect is caused by bioluminescent planktons. The water here is filled with this plankton. The movement of the waves causes it to glow and creates an incredible shimmering effect that looks like the sea is full of stars.
Vaadhoo Island in the Raa Atoll is the most well-known spot for viewing the plankton. If the conditions are right you will find yourself before a sparkling beach at night.
(Please note that this is a sample itinerary. Our Maldives tour packages from India are customisable to suit your preferences.)
On arrival at the Maldives, you will be received by our representative after which you will be taken to your resort. After completing all check-in formalities at the resort, relax in your room.
Spend the rest of the day relaxing by the beach. Enjoy the soft white sand of the beaches and the clear blue waters. Read a book under the palm trees or go for a swim. Enjoy your overnight stay at the luxury resort.
Enjoy a delicious breakfast in your resort, before enjoying the day at leisure as per your Maldives package. Take a sunbath on the beach, go for a swim or do absolutely nothing! If you are an adventure seeker then opt for some water sports like snorkelling, windsurfing or have fun on a banana boat ride. Try water skiing, jet skiing, water surfing, sailing, and para sailing or enjoy beach volleyball with your loved ones.
Spend your last day in the capital city of Male. It is a great place for you to wander and feed your curiosity. Visit the fish market and pick your choice of fresh produce or go shopping at Majeedhee Magu. Do visit the iconic Friday Mosque. Explore the Sultan Park and the National Museum. Take a walk past the colourful buildings on narrow streets of Male and try to get your hands on some authentic Maldivian cuisine.
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Maldives is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Asia. It is usually a direct flight away from most Indian metropolitan cities. The cost of flight to the Maldives will depend on the airlines, how much in advance the ticket was booked, peak or non-peak seasons, and the type of resort you choose. Flying Squirrel Holidays provides customised Maldives holiday packages and Maldives honeymoon packages made according to your budget and preferences.
When is the best time to visit the Maldives?
The Maldives experiences tropical climate and is divided into two dominating seasons -- a dry season and a wet season. Though each season comes with its own pros and cons you should avoid the rainy season for the smooth travel experience. It is best to come here between November and April when it is cooler and more comfortable. You will also be able to truly enjoy the water activities.
What are the best places to visit in Maldives with family?
If you are traveling with family, the best places to visit in Maldives are Veligandu Island Beach, Alimatha Island, and Hulhumale Mosque.
Should I go to Maldives for my honeymoon?
Yes, Maldives is a great destination for your honeymoon. It gives you the privacy you want, with scenic beaches, great food and lots of pampering.
Tread the soft white sands of Maldives as you walk hand in hand with your partner. Letting the gentle waves lap your feet. Immerse yourself in the tranquillity, with just you and the boundless blue horizon and nothing to distract you. There is no better place for romance other than the Maldives.
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