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.

Maldives Weather (When to Visit)

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.

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 Maldives Tours & Activities

Half Day Snorkeling

This tour is designed to explore Maldives with lots of fun.  Their guides are well trained to give best service to their guests.  Taking perfect pictures while you enjoy the nature of beautiful Maldives is one of their specialties.  Learn more about the Half Day Snorkeling Tour.

Half-Day Walking Tour of Malé

Discover the history and culture of Malé on a half-day walking tour with a local guide. Head to the fish market to see the catch from the Indian Ocean, view landmarks such as the President’s Palace, Sultan Park, and Friday Mosque. Head up a tall building for views over the city, and visit the Royal Garden Cafe for snacks and a break from the action. Includes light refreshments at Royal Garden Cafe and commentary from your guide.  Learn more about the Half-Day Walking Tour of Malé.

Sandbank Snorkeling and Sunset Cruise

Make the most of your visit to the Maldives with this small-group tour that combines snorkeling, swimming, and sunbathing with a sunset dolphin cruise from Hulhumale. The first stop of the day is a sandbank where you’ll learn or refresh your snorkel skills. From there, visit two snorkel sites near Male to see colorful tropical fish, sea turtles, reef sharks, rays, and coral. Finally, enjoy a sunset cruise with the chance of spying dolphins along the way.  Learn more about the Sandbank Snorkeling & Sunset Cruise.

Vaavu Atoll Explore

This tour is designed to explore the Maldives with lots of fun.  There guides are well trained to give best service to their guests.  Taking perfect pictures while you enjoy the nature of beautiful Maldives is one of their specialties.  Learn more about the Vaavu Atoll Explore.

4-Night Maldives Guided Local Experience from Male’ Airport

Easily combine a trip to the Maldives with stays in the South Male Atoll, Sri Lanka, or India with this 4-night stay, including airport transfers. This small-group tour can accommodate up to eight guests. Meals and activities per itinerary included, as well as nightly accommodations.  Learn more about the 4-Night Maldives Guided Local Experince from Male’ Airport.

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40 Comments

  1. Habib Ali

    I always wanted to go to the Maldives, but never found enough information in one place to make my mind up. You have given me enough, so I thought I’ll say thanks as you’ve helped me to make my mind up. Here we come Maldives 🙂

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Great Habib! You will absolutely love the Maldives. Wonderful destination for many reasons. Please let me know if you need any other information.

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  2. Francisco

    Hi there, I have to say the Maldives look like a very beautiful place. One of the perfect destinations for diving, and it also has very beautiful views.

    I hope to visit that place someday.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      I think everyone needs to visit The Maldives at some time in their life. Just one of those really beautiful places. And yes, scuba diving is a must. The Maldives are one of the top ten destinations for the best scuba diving in the world. Thanks for visiting beach travel destinations.

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  3. ChrisChong

    Hi Leahrae,

    Your Maldives travel guide is really concise and comprehensive too. Now I know that they’re so many different islands worth visiting on Maldives.

     Initially I only knew a few islands worth going. Now I have a FULL LIST of it. I’ll bookmark this guide & refer it whenever I had the chance to travel to the Maldives. 

    P.S. Have to be fast cause the islands are subsiding due to global warming and the amount of magnificent beaches that we’re able to visit might be lesser.

    -ChrisC.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Yes, it is sad that some of the islands are losing land.  Global warming is not a good thing period.  They also face the problem of bleaching of the coral reefs.  Such a beautiful place that needs to be reserved.  Thanks for stopping by.

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  4. Evald

    Hello there,

    Maldives looks truly like a place from heaven! It’s absolutely phenomenal and stunning to say the least. What I love most about this place are definitely those soft, long sand beaches, that sky blue, crystal-clear water, those beautiful palm tress and super-lush green enviroment with exotic & colorful fruits whic hare super tasty and juicy! Out of all beaches presented in this article, Cocoa Island Beaches caught most of my attention, as it is, like You’ve said- ”get-away-from-it-all” place which is amazing for spending romantic holidays with Your loved one and  discovering a whole new experience & definition of peace and relaxation together. Thanks for such informative and engaging article, I really enjoyed reading and I’ve also learned a lot of new things and places about Maldives. Keep up the great work 😉 

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Thank you Evald and yes, the Maldives are phenomenal and a destination everyone should experience in their lifetime at least once for sure.  I am glad you enjoyed and thanks for stopping by!

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  5. Dwilli

    Hello,

    I have never heard of the Maldives, You might can guess then that I don’t travel much, but I plan to, as I will be retiring in a few months! Now, I want to visit India in my retirement. Your very thorough detailed description of Maldives and it’s beautiful beaches have peaked an interest so compelling that visiting Maldives is now on my list of things to do and places to visit! I love the idea of being able to visit each beach once you’re there, it would be like having the opportunity relax in several different environments/beaches on one trip. The resorts are as beautiful as the beaches themselves, the ambience oozes relaxation!

    Thank you for taking me on this journey of discovery!

    Diane

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      You are very welcome Dwilli and thanks for visiting The Maldives Travel guide.  Definitely the place for relaxation.  I am glad you now want to visit this wonderful beach destination.

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  6. Glen

    The Maldives are certainly a bucketlist-worthy vacation destination especially for people into diving. Getting there is probably a challenge for most travelers considering the remoteness of the Maldives. Then there is the cost of transportation. But from the pictures on your site, it looks like a fantastic place to vacation with great beaches and beautiful accommodations. 

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Yes, not an easy travel to but so well worth it.  The Maldives is one of those places worth experiencing for sure.  Thanks for stopping by beach travel destinations.

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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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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