Maldives Tourism, in several ways, is synonymous with the very idea of exotic romantic getaways. With around 1200 islands and perhaps the best beaches in the world, this Indian Ocean archipelago is the closest one could get to heaven. The twenty-six atolls that make up Maldives have a predominantly Muslim population and a vast colonial history. With its pristine white sands, aquamarine waters and possibly the most diverse underwater ecosystem, this tropical getaway invariably features in bucket lists of all kinds of travellers. Incidentally the lowest country in the world, the endless expanse of the ocean will greet travellers at every step as they go about their Maldives itinerary. And then, as mentioned before, its brilliantly colourful coral reefs with over a thousand striking marine species will enchant even the most experienced of wanderers.
Considering the multitude of hotel chains competing with one another to offer you the most luxurious travel experience you've ever had, this astonishing country spoils you to the core. Here is a 4 day / 3 might luxury itinerary to help you make the most of your time in Maldives. Make sure you pick up cans of dried tuna fish, coconut milk and cowrie shell jewellery on your way back!
Getting Around in Maldives
Speedboats and public ferries (also known as dhoni sailboats) are the easiest way of moving around in the many islands that form a part of your Maldives itinerary. Seaplanes connect the faraway resort islands and are rather expensive. It is advisable to ask your hotel to arrange transfers for you. If not, a dhoni should cost you around Rf1500 to Rf2000 a day. Remember that all resorts have an entry fee of their own. Moreover, Maldives is a Muslim state and alcohol is therefore banned. You can however grab a drink in a plethora of tourist resorts and hotels.
The bustling capital and the heart of Maldives tourism, Male is linked by regular flights to and from most major cities around the world and the airport is on Hulhule island which is some 2 kilometres from the city. A short ferry ride connects the two. While Male offers excellent boat connectivity to the neighbouring atolls and islands, you can rent a scooter or a bicycle in order to get around the city. Additionally, it is very easy to hail taxis in Male.