The Maldives Travel Guide

Why Go To The Maldives You Ask?

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Maldives is home to perhaps the best beaches in the world. And these amazing beaches are on almost every one of the country’s nearly 1200 islands and are so perfect that it’s hard not to become indifferent about them. Some beaches may boast softer sand, but the fact is you won’t find consistently whiter-than-white powder sand and radiant cyan-blue water like this anywhere else on earth. This fact by itself brings over a million people a year to this tiny, remote and otherwise little-known Indian Ocean paradise.  Top 5 Beaches are Reethi Rah, Cocoa Island Beaches, Nika Island Beaches, Bikini Beach and Vabbinfaru Island Beaches.

List of Resorts with Best Beaches:  Reethi Rah One & Only Hotel Resort – Cocoa Island Resort – Nika Island Resort & Spa – Rasreef Rasdhoo – Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru

Resorts for Everyone

Every resort in the Maldives is its own private island.  So with over 100 to choose from, your only problem is choosing where you want to stay. The world’s most exclusive hotel brands compete with each other to attain greater luxury, from personal butlers and private lap pools to in-room massages and pillow menus. Honeymooners and those wanting a glamorous tropical getaway have the Maldives at the top of their wish lists. But you’ll find plenty of choices beyond the five- and six-star resorts.  Best Maldives Hotels for RomanceBest Luxury Maldives HotelsBest Maldives Hotels for Snorkeling/Scuba Diving

Independent Travel

The Maldives has undergone huge changes in the past 10 years, with inhabited islands opening to tourism and locals permitted to build their own guesthouses. Travelers no longer have to stay in resorts and remain separate from the local population. Island hopping by public ferry, speedboat and domestic flights has opened up the Maldives to visitors on almost any budget. A number of islands in Male and Ari atolls are now big centers for the guesthouse industry, with dozens of options.  Best Things to Do in the Maldives

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Some of the best diving and snorkeling in the world is here. The clear waters of Maldives are for anyone with an interest in marine life. The richness and variety is astonishing; you;ll find dazzling coral walls, magnificent caves and schools of brightly colored tropical fish. In deeper waters are manta rays, turtles, sharks and even the whale shark. And the best part is that the water is so warm many people don’t even wear a wet suit.

The scenic beauty of the Maldives is something to behold, something you can’t quite understand until you’re there in person.  The Maldives Travel Guide will give you all the information you need to start planning your dream getaway.

Weather (When to Go)

The best time to visit the Maldives is from November to April. The island is warm and sunny all year, but has a dry season and a wet, rainy season.  You will experience the best weather  between November and April, with little precipitation and warm temperatures. But this is also the busiest time of year and, so room rates at resorts are at their highest. However, since each resort inhabits its own island, you won’t have to fight huge crowds like you might during the high season in another destination.

May to October is considered the rainy season, with between 5 and 10 inches of precipitation monthly and often strong winds. You will likely find better deals during this time, which is relative though as the Maldives are pricey year round. This time of year is popular with surfers because the area sees bigger waves and better swells for surfing during these months.

Entry Requirements

Nobody coming to Maldives requires a visa for a stay of 30 days or less.  Maldives issues a 30-day stamp on arrival to holders of all passports. Citizens of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh or Nepal are given a 90-day stamp. If you want to stay longer you’ll either need to apply for an extension to the 30-day stamp or leave the country when your 30 days is up, then return. You should know the name of your resort or hotel and be able to show a return air ticket out of the country if asked by immigration officials.

Best Maldives  Beaches

Reethi Rah

A tiny island little island with beaches of the type you always dream of when wanting to escape to paradise.  This island is home to the best beach in the Maldives and you’ll feel like Robinson Crusoe – castaway in paradise.  Only difference is that you’ll be a ridiculously pampered Robinson Crusoe seeing as the only place to stay here is the dreamy Reethi Rah One & Only Hotel Resort.

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Cocoa Island Beaches

Another one of those get-away-from-it-all islands in the sun where nothing much happens and the beauty of the surrounding seas is almost overwhelming.  Stay here for romance or to relax and you won’t be disappointed.  Best of all is sitting on your balcony, above the turquoise sea at the Cocoa Island Resort, while fish of a thousand hues play beneath you and stingrays dance to the rhythms of the sea.

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Nika Island Beaches

Sun, white sand, and sparkling water – this is exactly what the Nika Island beaches boast of, only with more beauty around. These private beaches are situated in North Ari Atoll, and offer an amazing break to couples from the bustling city life. Also, some of the best beaches in Maldives.  Nika Island Resort & Spa has stunning villas to make your honeymoon in Maldives memorable.

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Bikini Beach

Situated on Rasdhoo Island, this is officially Maldives’s bikini beach where you can flaunt your beach body without any worries. The beach not only offers breathtaking views, but is also huge in size. Leafy palm trees and comfy sun beds environs the beach quite well.  The resort here is the Rasreef Rasdhoo.

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Vabbinfaru Island Beaches

Apart from gorgeous villas, the beaches at Vabbinfaru are a haven of romance. They are surrounded by beautiful corals with colored fishes, and delectable international delights. If you’re looking for some fun activities, private time, or great food, look no more. The beaches here never disappoint!  The Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru is a top-notch accommodation to enjoy the beauty of the beach right from your rooms.

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Best Things to Do in the Maldives

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Male’ is one of the world’s smallest capital cities at just 2.2 square miles, but it packs in the people and sights. Make sure to visit Republic Square situated on the northern edge of Male’ and lined with palm trees.  Also visit the National Museum. Located in the former Sultan’s Palace, the museum has preserved valuable relics since 1952.  Lastly, visit Sultan Park, located next to the National Museum. Sultan Park is an open green space for locals and visitors to enjoy. The park features sculptures, playgrounds, greenery and fountains, in addition to pathways for strolling and benches for when you need to rest.

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With exceptionally clear water and thriving marine life, the Maldives makes for a great environment for scuba diving and snorkeling. Many resorts feature reefs so close travelers can easily swim from the beach, while others offer snorkeling excursions where a boat and tour operator transport you to deeper waters and even more colorful reefs. Beginner and seasoned scuba divers can enjoy dive trips around the Maldives.

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If you wish to catch a glimpse of Maldivians’ daily lives, look no further than the Male’ Fish Market. This is the commercial epicenter of arguably the country’s most important industry: fishing. Here, the foot traffic peaks in the afternoon as fishermen from the entire country sail right up to the edge of the market and unload the daily catch. Tuna is the most popular fish for sale, but you’ll find some other types as well. Visitors say watching the workers filet and clean the fish is impressive.

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Hukuru Miskiiy, also known as the “Old Friday Mosque,” dates back to 1656 and is the oldest mosque in the country. The exterior is made of coral stone and features intricate designs and inscriptions from the Quran. While it may seem underwhelming to the average traveler from the outside, the inside of this mosque displays intricate woodwork and exquisite inlays.

 

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The Maldive Victory sunk in 1981 after hitting a reef.  The Maldive Victory rests below the waves on the Hulhule House Reef, which stretches between Male’ and Hulhule. Experts say this site is gorgeous year-round. And be sure to take one of those experts with you, since currents here can be dangerous.

 

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Travelers seeking ultimate relaxation should book a spa treatment (or a few) while visiting the Maldives. Many of the resorts in the Maldives offer their own spa on-site and use island-sourced ingredients in their treatments, such as papaya, seaweed and pineapple. Services range from typical massages and facials to signature options like citrus hydrating body treatments and customized acupuncture and chakra balancing.

 

Best Maldives Hotels for Romance

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An imaginative hideaway.  Hidden among dense foliage within the Baa Atoll UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, Soneva Fushi inspires the imagination. The award-winning resort truly defines the essence of barefoot luxury with Robinson Crusoe simplicity. The resort’s down-to-earth personality is reflected in its nature-inspired architecture.  If the experiences are magical, the philosophy is simple; no news, no shoes.  For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room visit Soneva Fushi.

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This little slice of tropical heaven offers a total escape from everyday life. One of the smallest, most stylish resorts in the Indian Ocean has just 33 thatched villas inspired by dhonis with large, secluded decks for lounging on or slipping into the lagoon. Holistic, Asian-inspired treatments are offered in the COMO Shambhala Retreat, which has an open-air yoga pavilion and four treatments rooms, including one for couples. There’s a main restaurant, Ufaa, but guests tend to hide away in their villa or opt for private dining on the beach.  For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room visit COMO Cocoa Island.

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There are 45 villas, some on a private man-made island, some over water with a private jetty and infinity pool and lots of sumptuous extras including complimentary massages to relieve jet-lag, toiletries created exclusively for the resort by Dior, and four restaurants overseen by Yannick Alléno, three-Michelin-starred chef. A Guerlain spa on its own island got the Royal seal of approval – the resort is where the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge chose to check in on their first holiday sans George.  For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room visit Cheval Blanc Randheli.

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On Landaa Giraavaru, you can dive deep into the Indian Ocean to visit manta rays in their natural habitat, reset body and mind at our island Spa & Ayurvedic Retreat, lead your taste buds on an international journey from Morocco to Italy and back again, sip sundowners at our floating Seabar to the mingling sounds of ambient music and the rustling waves, or relax in your villa and do absolutely nothing at all.  For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room visit Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru.

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Explore the tropical beauty and rich marine life of this peaceful, eco-conscious setting. Our private lagoon, Iridium Spa and outdoor infinity pool promise nonpareil relaxation. A large variety of water sports and excursions at our diving center can be arranged by our signature service, the butlers. In addition, an exquisite culinary fare awaits at our six restaurants and bars. Boasting refined furnishings and island-inspired design, each of our 33 on-land and 44 over-water villas promises picturesque ocean or garden views from private terraces and pools. Our legendary St. Regis Butlers deliver bespoke service day or night.  For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room visit The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort.

Best Luxury Maldives Hotels

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Each one of the 24 water villas has a private lap pool and opens to its own stretch of lagoon, with some villas featuring slides going directly from the top deck into the lagoon below. The highlight of the villas is the retractable roof in the master bedroom, which slides back at the touch of a button so that guests can lie in bed and stargaze. The culinary experiences at Soneva Jani are as diverse as they are memorable: in addition to the delightful dining venues, you can indulge in culinary adventures such as private dining around the lagoon, a Robinson Crusoe-style castaway picnic, organic garden lunches and cooking classes.  For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room visit Soneva Jani.

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An imaginative hideaway.  Hidden among dense foliage within the Baa Atoll UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, Soneva Fushi inspires the imagination. The award-winning resort truly defines the essence of barefoot luxury with Robinson Crusoe simplicity. The resort’s down-to-earth personality is reflected in its nature-inspired architecture.  If the experiences are magical, the philosophy is simple; no news, no shoes.  For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room visit Soneva Fushi.

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All 130 spacious villas are discreetly placed amidst beautiful landscaping, each occupying its own secluded piece of sandy shore or private deck over the lagoon’s crystal clear waters. Food is innovative and of the finest ingredients, prepared in an inspiring variety of ways, and staff are always receptive to the personal requirements of each and every guest. Set apart from the rest of the resort, the spa is located within tranquil gardens and manicured lawns. One&Only Reethi Rah is a favorite among royals and A-list Hollywood celebrities.  For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room visit Reethi Rah.

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There are 45 villas, some on a private man-made island, some over water with a private jetty and infinity pool and lots of sumptuous extras including complimentary massages to relieve jet-lag, toiletries created exclusively for the resort by Dior, and four restaurants overseen by Yannick Alléno, three-Michelin-starred chef. A Guerlain spa on its own island got the Royal seal of approval – the resort is where the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge chose to check in on their first holiday sans George.  For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room visit Cheval Blanc Randheli.

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Explore the tropical beauty and rich marine life of this peaceful, eco-conscious setting. Our private lagoon, Iridium Spa and outdoor infinity pool promise nonpareil relaxation. A large variety of water sports and excursions at our diving center can be arranged by our signature service, the butlers. In addition, an exquisite culinary fare awaits at our six restaurants and bars. Boasting refined furnishings and island-inspired design, each of our 33 on-land and 44 over-water villas promises picturesque ocean or garden views from private terraces and pools. Our legendary St. Regis Butlers deliver bespoke service day or night.  For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room visit The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort.

Best Maldives Hotels for Snorkeling/Scuba Diving

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A luxury resort which caters for families with lots of activities for children (under 11s stay free) and a world-class spa. This is  peak Maldives luxury. A relatively quiet corner of the country’s busiest atoll (home to the most resort islands, the international airport and the capital) with some good diving. Great shark point at the drop-off on Voshimas Tila and as many as 20 reef sharks can be seen cruising the channel at Kuda Faru. Also, make sure you check out the wreck of the Hembadhu which was sunk in 1988 and is now brimming with marine life.  For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room visit Reethi Rah.

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Kuredu was one of the first resorts in the area and has been popular with divers for more than 20 years. It is in Maldivian terms a relatively large island nearly 2km long and up to 325m wide and there are more than 380 rooms. The diving in the atoll is excellent and includes the Shipyard site with two very diveable wrecks and Madivaru Kandu (channel) is a high-energy channel pulsing with pelagics. The resort is all-inclusive and the diving is run by the very professional and award-winning Pro divers. Good chance of seeing manta rays from May to November. For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room visit Kuredu Island Resort & Spa.

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A long-standing favorite with serious divers, this resort in South Ari Atoll is a 25-minute seaplane trip from the international airport and has a total of 184 rooms. The dive center is one of the 11 in the Maldives run by the extremely professional Euro Divers – guaranteeing a very high standard of instructors and guides. There is an excellent house and more than 40 good sites to explore including Vilamendhoo Caves and the Khudarah Thila which explodes with vibrant soft corals. From June to October, there is a good manta ray dive.  Day trips are frequently scheduled to nearby Mamigili, which has been designated a whale shark national park. One further treat is the night ‘fluo’ dives – an experience not to miss.  For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room visit Vilamendhoo Island Resort & Spa.

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This resort sets the bar for Maldivian luxury and environmental standards – not always things that go together. For more than 20 years this luxury hotel out in the remote Baa Atoll has been lavishly pampering its guests in 57 extremely stylish villas. The diving is equally bespoke – the resort even has its own tiny solar-powered liveaboard for small groups to go off exploring for a few days complete with glass-bottomed Jacuzzi (insert photo). The hotel adds a two per cent levy on each room which is donated to its foundation which supports environmental, social and economic causes. For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room visit Soneva Fushi.

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This resort is one of the more recent developments in the Lhaviyani Atoll and lies just to the south of the far larger resort of Kuredu. You stand a very good chance of being the sole dive boat at any site – there are more than enough to go round for the handful of resorts sitting on the northern end of this large atoll. Some all-action drift dives in sites such as Felivaru Kandu. This area is so unspoiled new dive sites are being regularly found.  To date, 15 species of shark have been seen in the atoll and divers regularly encounter six of them. The dive center is another run by the excellent Prodive. The island is a luxury resort for adults only – small, romantic and wonderful diving.  For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room visit Komandoo Island Resort & Spa.

28 Comments

  1. Anita

    I have always seen photos of Maldives beach, so clean and dreamy. It seems to be in everyone’s bucket list, it is in mine too. This is the first time am getting further details about this place, glad to know there is more to just beautiful beaches. I love how you described the beautiful small city, I would love to visit it one day. The beach resorts you described are all great, makes one spoilt for choice. I guess I have to go through each one slowly to check on facilities offered so as to make a decision.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      I think once you start reading the descriptions for the different hotels, it will make the choice even harder.  They all pamper, and they are all wonderful.  Makes the choice super hard.   You will love the Maldives though.  Thanks for stopping by.

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  2. Victor

    Oh my, I’ve heard of the Maldives but never looked into it. It is beautiful, a true paradise. I would love to be able to travel here, do you know if it’s family friendly? We do have a almost 6 year old and 1 year old. But it looks like the perfect romantic getaway.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      It is the perfect romantic getaway, but yes they are family friendly for sure.  There are hotels that cater to families, I just did not want to make my post too long.  If you need some recommendations, just let me know.

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  3. momsmith78

    Hey Leahrae,

    I really like how thorough you have researched this topic. Not only did you discuss in detail about the island but you explained all about the best hotels, entertainment, and sites while on the island. I’m ready to pack my bags and leave now because you have prepared us so well.

    Elaine

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Ok, time to pack!  LOL  The Maldives are just one of those places everyone needs to visit at least once in their lifetime.  You would not be disappointed.

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  4. AV 2001

    Hey there! How are you doing? I really enjoyed reading this blog post on “The Maldives Travel Guide” and I liked it as you’ve provided us with tonnes of valuable information. I’ve been to Maldives in 2011 and I must say that this is one of the places you should visit at least once in your lifetime. I went in the month of July as this is the perfect month to experience high tides. I’m a surfer so I enjoy surfing at this time of the year. I visit Maldives quite often. As I mentioned earlier, the first time in visited was in 2011 and I go there once in every 2 years. I’ll be there next year during July. 

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      You are right!  This is one of those places that everyone needs to visit at least once in their lifetime….truly amazing.  I am not a surfer, but my son is and I know he can’t wait to go.  I envy that you go every two years!  How awesome!  Thanks for visiting The Maldives Travel Guide.

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  5. Chrissie Spurgeon

    Hi Leahrae

    The Maldives are somewhere I have always wanted to visit, and your photos make it look even better than I had imagined. I love beach holidays with as much time spent in the water as possible, and the beautiful clear water looks so enticing, especially when viewed from the middle of a chilly winter!!

    Also, I like the fact that there are some interesting places around to visit when you fancy a break from the beach!

    Do you have a favourite island? And do you know where is the most economical place to stay?

    Would you say that the Maldives are family friendly?

    Thank you so much for showing us such a beautiful holiday destination.

    Chrissie 🙂

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Hi Chrissie and great questions.  My favorite island is going to be Cocoa Island.  Great beaches there and a great resort.  The Maldives are certainly family friendly, and without making my article too long I opted not to add family friendly resorts, which there are plenty of.  If you would like some recommendations just let me know.  Thanks for visiting beach travel destinations.

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  6. Karissa

    I really want to go to the Maldives, because the atmosphere is so beautiful. So now I know when is the best time to go, and what to expect. I never knew there were SO many islands around there, and I love how you have mentioned all the things you can do there. This is a great post, and I will be returning for more vacation tips 🙂

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Great Karissa and glad you enjoyed your visit to The Maldives Travel Guide.

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  7. Jayde Butcher

    the Maldives is sooo beautiful, so many blues, fish, seas, sun, white beaches, such a perfect relaxing hoilday away, I have to go! I love how many different resorts they have, so many too choose from! thank you for this guide, its going to come in so handy when I finally get to go to the Maldives. 

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      I have to say that I love the Maldives too!  I could spend an entire year, or longer just going from one island to the next being pampered and relaxing.  How great that would be!  Thanks for visiting the Maldives Travel Guide.

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  8. Joe

    The Maldives is absolutely at the top of my list for places to travel, i’m already exited and we haven’t even booked anything this post has just made me want to go tomorrow! My girlfriend and I have said that this is our ideal place to travel to and i’m definitely going to show her this page as she will love it as much as I did.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      The Maldives is just one of those truly unique and wonderful destinations. For anyone that loves the beach, diving, relaxing, going to world class spas, or just being pampered…then the Maldives is it. Glad you enjoyed!

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  9. Sylvia

    I love this article THANK YOU your are a lifesaver. 🙂

    My husband and I have talked just recently to go somewhere different next year, in February, and we actually spoke briefly about the Maldives but, then again, I couldn’t find enough information I would like to.

    Well, I have found it and I appreciate each and every detail about the resorts, beaches and Hotels you have provided.

    Love the video too. My husband wants to go to the Male Fish Market, he just is crazy about fish food.

    Saved your site.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Great Sylvia!  The Maldives is just one of those exceptional places, and there are so many choices.  I just wanted to narrow it down and make it easier for anyone wanting to vacation here, to find something just right for them 🙂  You will have a wonderful time.  You will fly into Male’ anyway, so stopping that the Fish Market will be a piece of well, fish!  Thanks for stopping by.

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  10. Kenny

    Hi this is a very beautiful place that you reviewed. Hard to believe something like this exists, I just hope that people respect these islands on their travels and don’t spoil them. I would love to know, are they’re any parts if the Maldives that tourism is not allowed? Or are all the Maldives accessible? Thanks, Kenny 

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Hi Kenny and great question!  There are a few islands that are inhabited and no tourism is allowed.  Not all of the islands are available for tourism, which is a good thing!  They are beautiful and there are already so many islands that do have resorts, I would not want to spoil them all, that is for sure.  Thanks for visiting The Maldives Travel Guide.

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  11. julienne murekatete

    What a fantastic website!!! I can’t believe that all those attractive places are located in India.I am in love with maldives.So many fantastic islands where beautiful hotels are located.Any person would like to visit Maldives.

    The most beautiful cocoa Island beaches,the clear water with fish,…can attract anyone.And I like the way it is not difficult to visit Maldives as getting visa is not complicated.

    This video shows very well how The Maldives is impressive and anyone would like to visit such a beautiful home with many Islands.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      The Maldives are impressive, that is for sure.  If I could go island hopping and stay at each resort, I don’t think I would get tired of this.  Totally pampered and total relaxation!  Thanks for visiting the Maldives Travel Guide.

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  12. Jay

    Wao.. this looks like a really nice place for the family to take a long vacation. I love diving and it is the first thing I always look out for when researching locations to spend a nice vacation. The Maldives sure looks amazing and would be suitable for someone looking to relax and have some fun.

    There seems to be a reasonable number of resorts. I would like to know which Maldives resorts is accessible by ferry?

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Thanks for visiting Jay and yes, this is heaven for divers and listed as one of the top 10 places in the world to dive.  There are really so many resorts, and they all offer transportation to their island resort, whether by ferry, plane or boat.  It is a unique destination for sure.

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  13. Lisa V.

    The Maldives really are the best place to see whale sharks.  For divers visiting the islands, this is could be a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see one of these great creatures.  The South Ari Atoll is one of the few places they can be found year round and is a wonderful setting for a diving adventure.  Great recommendations!

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Thanks Lisa, and yes if you are a diver…or not…then the Maldives is the place to go.  I think just for the romance, relaxation, or just to lounge at the beaches.  All popular things to do in the Maldives.  Thanks for visiting!

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  14. Sujandar Mahesan

    The Maldives have always been one of my favorite destinations. Since I was 5 years old, I have seen a lot of movies and videos taken in the Maldives and saw how beautiful the place is.

    I went through the article and saw the resorts and all the beautiful beaches and it is just mesmerizing. I would really love to visit the Maldives one day.

    Thank you for showing me all kinds of beaches and other important aspects of Maldives.  Now I can take my dreams and turn them into a vacation!

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Wow, then you have been dreaming about visiting the Maldives for quite some time.  It is a mesmerizing place, one that not a lot of people get to experience.  I hope you can soon.  Thanks for visiting The Maldives Travel Guide.

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