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The Essential Things To Know Before You Head For A Maldivian Escape


The Essential Things To Know Before You Head For A Maldivian Escape-1 Palm-fringed tropical beaches, turquoise water brimming with aquatic animals, pleasant weather, pristine skies, super luxurious properties, and a long list of adventure sports, Maldives is a dream come true for many travelers. But when trying to decide what information you need to know before booking a Maldives tour package, the task can be daunting. So here we have filtered out some facts that everyone should know about the Maldives before going there on holidays.

1. Scuba Diving

The Essential Things To Know Before You Head For A Maldivian Escape-2 Are you one of those who has the passion of exploring the oceans and the many wonders within it? Then the Maldives is the best place to be. It has some of the most vibrant and immaculate diving sites in the world, which makes it the perfect dive holiday destination. But we are here to discuss the best among the best. Don’t fret! We’ve listed down some of the top diving spots for you that’ll cater you with the superb diving experience:


The Essential Things To Know Before You Head For A Maldivian Escape-3 Ohluveli provides a safe, professional and exciting diving experience to dive enthusiasts around the world. You can step into the sparkling waters to swim along and discover the giant moray eel, the elegant lionfish, the camouflaged stonefish, the gliding manta ray, and many many more amazing sea creatures. If you want to discover the fantastic sea life at Ohluveli with a multilingual team of friendly and experienced instructors, then the diving cost for a single dive here is 60 U.S Dollars per person.


The Essential Things To Know Before You Head For A Maldivian Escape-4 The sea seems to captivate everyone when it laps on the shores of Finolhu. The beauty of breathtaking water surrounding this immaculate island offers endless opportunities to discover the world that lies beneath the shimmering surface. The diversity and richness of marine life here gave it the crown of the UNESCO world heritage site in 2011, mainly due to majestic manta rays that visit here. Learn the facts about the underwater world with a fun and interactive snorkel and dive tour starting from 40 U.S Dollars per person.

Coco Bodu Hithi:

The Essential Things To Know Before You Head For A Maldivian Escape-5 Coco Bodu Hithi is located in the North Male Atoll and is a splendid Maldivian Resort. The smooth rhythm of life and essential tropical mood stimulates and refreshes the senses. Coco Bodu Hithi gives you a chance to explore the colors of reefs inhabitants and witness the peaceful majesty of the native Nurse sharks in its snorkeling and diving excursions. Under the guidance of the residence dive ocean team and PADI certified dive center it doesn’t matter if you’re an absolute beginner or a seasoned diver, Coco offers you the best of diving experiences at the best possible prices.

Angsana Ihuru:

The Essential Things To Know Before You Head For A Maldivian Escape-6 From being up close with White Tip and Gray Reef sharks, Hawksbill turtles, Dog Tooth Tuna, Napoleon fish, schools of Blue Stripe snappers, Batfish and Fusilier fish, Barracuda and Eagle and Manta rays, Angsana Ihuru offers a kaleidoscope of marine animals to swim with. Angsana provides experiences at its best for underwater aficionados which are going to stay forever in your memory.

OBLU by Atmosphere

The Essential Things To Know Before You Head For A Maldivian Escape-7 OBLU is situated on Helengeli Island which has a wonderful reputation worldwide, for its exotic house-reef and great channel diving, just meters from the shoreline. The unique feature of Helengeli's house reef is that it lies right at a primary entrance to Malé Atoll, in the middle of a channel. Hence, fish life are aplenty around the reef! The dive school in the resort is run by a team of great professionals who knows how to cater to their guests. The diving school offers a wide range of diving experience in the nearby dive sites where you can see colorful coral gardens, reef sharks, manta ray and many more marine creatures.

The Sun Siyam Iru Fushi

The Essential Things To Know Before You Head For A Maldivian Escape-8 Whether you’re diving for the first time or you are a professional, the diving experience at Sun Siyam Iru Fushi will amaze you with its wide range of courses headed by multilingual master divers. The resort also provides private excursions to many nearby diving sites to discover marine life. Be it in the day or during the night, deep ocean waters or sheltered reefs, you’ll have so many options to pick your adventure and discover the best diving spots of Maldives.

Adaaran Prestige Vadoo

The Essential Things To Know Before You Head For A Maldivian Escape-9 Explore the underwater world in all its glory as you dive through it. Diving in Adaaran Prestige Vadoo is like meditation, calm and serene, all your senses come to life when you’re beneath the surface surrounded by tiers of multi-colored corals, schools of small coral fish together with graceful stingrays that slowly glide through the water and sleek sharks that prowl the seabed offering you an unforgettable scuba diving Maldives experience. A team of multilingual trainers makes your diving a great learning experience as well.

2. Weather of Maldives

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Dry Season: As the Maldives is situated on the Indian Ocean and Arabian Sea belt, it enjoys hot and sunny weather all year round. November to April is the best time to visit the Maldives when the humidity is less, and the average temperature remains close to 30 Degree Celcius. This is the time when you can enjoy the spas, bars, beach activities at its fullest. It is the peak tourist season and prices tend to spike up but it is worth paying the higher prices for witnessing this tropical paradise in all its colors.

Wet Season: In the months from April to October, the island receives its southwest monsoon rains, and it’s the best time for scuba diving. If you’re looking for a personal retreat, then it’s the best season to visit because this season can offer you the best of the atmosphere. The Maldives receives heavy rainfall and there's not much to do during Monsoon except drink, work out or scuba dive but for a leisurely vacation, what else do you need? You'll also find great deals, less crowd, and cheaper prices during the wet season.

One of the things you should consider taking along is a sunscreen, especially if you’re traveling during the dry season if you are not looking to get tanned. You might also consider packing an insect repellant to avoid interruption discomfort. An umbrella while optional during the dry season is mandatory during the wet period. When traveling from December to March, carry minimal stuff like flip-flops and cotton outfits for the sun. Also, pack swimwear for the beaches and if you want to indulge in some diving activities.

3. Airport In Maldives

This is a fact that you may not know: there are ten airports in the Maldives. Yes! Ten. There are four international and six domestic. Together they make it very easy to get around the Maldives, opening up all corners of the double chain of 26 atolls to locals and tourists alike. Here is what you need to know about the 3 of the international airports:

Ibrahim Nasir International Airport:

The Essential Things To Know Before You Head For A Maldivian Escape-11 Going by the letters MLE, Ibrahim Nasir airport is often referred to as Male International airport. It is the country’s biggest, most public airport and is the primary gateway to the Maldives. Situated on its own island (Hulhule) this single-runway airport is a 10 minute (1km) ferry ride to Male, the capital of the Maldives. With excellent infrastructure, Ibrahim Nasir is well equipped with airport facilities that include, among other things, duty-free shops, lounges, restaurants, internet facilities, a wellness center, and even a gym. You can leave the airport island by speedboat, Dhoni, seaplane or ferry.

Gan International Airport:

The Essential Things To Know Before You Head For A Maldivian Escape-12 Situated in the southern-most atoll (Addu) of the Maldives is Gan International Airport. Commonly abbreviated to GIA, its official airport letters are simply GAN. It was first used as a landing spot by the British in the Second World War but was handed over to the Maldives government in 1976. GIA is on Gan Island in Addu City. Flights into and out of Gan are far less frequent than Ibrahim Nasir, but it serves a useful purpose as an access point for the far south of the island chain.

4. Water Sports and Activities

The Essential Things To Know Before You Head For A Maldivian Escape-13 Water sports abound in the Maldives. You are spoiled for choice with a wide variety of fun water activities which will be sure to take you out of your comfort zone and allow you to try something new. Paddle from one atoll to other in a Kayak, balance yourself on a Catamaran and soak in the beauty of the islands nearby, soar high like a free bird when you Parasail, cut through the waves when you go for jet skiing, and this one is our favorite, riding in the Dinghies(boats with glass bottom) feels like as you’re walking over the ocean. A few properties offer Snorkelling and Non-motorized water sports which will undoubtedly take you on an adventure high.

5. Water Villas

The Essential Things To Know Before You Head For A Maldivian Escape-14 How many of you dreamt of staying in an overwater bungalow or water villa when you think of Maldives? Almost everyone I guess. It's one of the best experiences in the Maldives. Water villas are the epitome of luxury that anyone can expect from the Maldives. Many resorts in the Maldives offer holidays to accommodate differing requirements to suit the needs of families, couples, adventure seekers and honeymooners. It’s worth making a list of what you enjoy and seeking out the offers available. And if you’re searching for something extremely luxurious that’ll make your stay worth, then you must opt for a stay in water villas. But before booking a water villa, you must note that these villas are open from all sides, and this might not be safe if you’re visiting with children, and also for those who're hydrophobic. The villas sign an agreement with you before your stay so that any loss would not be the responsibility of the villa. But if you're up for a little adventure and a scenic room that opens directly into the ocean, here is a list of resorts that have some of the best water villas in the Maldives:

Jumeirah Vittaveli

The Essential Things To Know Before You Head For A Maldivian Escape-15 Jumeirah Vittaveli is the epitome of luxury in the Maldives and it now has added a new feature to its water villas to please the guests who are young-at-heart. The resort has added the 'longest water slide in the Maldives' to its water villas that lets the guests plunge directly into the warm waters of the Indian Ocean directly from their rooms. Lined in the azure waters of South Male atoll, all the freestanding Private Ocean Retreats and seven Infinity Pool Ocean Villas now has a 23-meter slide, running from the top deck to directly into the ocean.

VARU by Atmosphere

The Essential Things To Know Before You Head For A Maldivian Escape-16 The VARU by Atmosphere is a perfect blend of contemporary architecture and tropical vibes of the paradise island. The resort has 108 residences in eight villa categories with top-notch amenities and facilities. The resort has some of the best Water Villas with direct sunset views, special in-villa services, and a 15m² private pool. You stay at these villas are bound to be amazing and with 5-star services that this resort offers, you can expect a great luxurious vacation.

Soneva Fushi

Soneva Fushi has recently become a celebrity favorite for its lush green surroundings and amazing hospitality. Be it Kareen Kapoor Khan and Saif Ali Khan or Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner, many celebrities have been seen enjoying a lovely vacation in this amazing resort. The Water Villas in Soneva Fushi is the highlights, the stunning overwater villa exists in perfect harmony with its ocean setting. Relax in the sunken seating area, sun lounger or catamaran net on the large deck, or plunge directly into the ocean from the slide. Soneva Fushi offers you complete luxury and relaxation.

6. Things You Need To Know

Capital: Male

Currency: Maldivian Rufiyaa

Official Language: Dhivehi

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7. Maldivian Cuisine

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Wherever you go in the world, each country on the planet has a unique culinary flavor that sets it apart from others and is always worth exploring. The Maldives is no exception. Due to the spectacular location of this wonderful island nation, for hundreds of years, its people have lived off the sea and the land. If they can catch it in the ocean and grow it on the island it will land on the plate of the locals and visitors alike. But there’s more. The culture and menu have been infused with influence from other nations including Sri Lanka, India, the Middle East, and Africa. Maldivian staples available on the island are fish and coconut, while rice, another basic food commodity is imported.

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