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 visiting this paradise, the task can be daunting. So here we have filtered out some facts that everyone should know about Maldives before going there on holidays.
1. Scuba Diving
Are you one of those who has the passion of exploring the oceans and the many wonders within it? Then Maldives is your 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:
Ohluveli provides safe, professional and exciting diving to the dive enthusiasts around the world. You can step into the sparkling waters to swim along to 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 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 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:
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 colours of reefs inhabitants and witness the peaceful majesty of the native Nurse sharks in its snorkelling and diving excursions. Under the guidance of residence dive ocean team and PADI certified dive centre it doesn’t matter if you’re an absolute beginner or a seasoned diver, Coco offers you with the best of diving experiences at the best possible prices.
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 is going to stay forever in your memory.
2. Weather of Maldives
: 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 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.
: In the months from April to October, the island receives its southwest monsoon rains, and it’s the time when scuba diving and water sports activities are highly suggested. 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. However one of the first 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:
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 centre and even a gym. You can leave the airport island by speedboat, Dhoni, seaplane or ferry.
Gan International Airport:
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.
Hanimaadhoo International Airport & Villa International Airport
The other two international airports of the Maldives do not receive as much international air traffic as Ibrahim Nasir and Gan. Hanimaadhoo International Airport (HAQ) has flights arriving and departing from neighbouring India, while Villa International Airport (VAM) is primarily used for domestic purposes, transferring travellers to 6 different atolls.
4. Water Sports and Activities
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
How many of you dreamt of staying in an overwater bungalow or water villa when you think of Maldives? Almost everyone I guess. Water villas are the epitome of luxury that anyone can expect from 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.
6. Things You Need To Know
Currency: Maldivian Rufiyaa
Official Language: Dhivehi
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7. Maldivian Cuisine
Wherever you go in the world, each country on the planet has a unique culinary flavour 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 off 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 has 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.