The Maldives is a collection of over 1000 small islands stretched out in a line in the middle of the Indian Ocean. The islands are the stereotypical paradise islands – palms trees ringed with white sand that gently eases into the beautifully warm and clear sea.
Beach Holidays in The Maldives
The Maldives is the perfect place for luxury beach holidays. Around 300 of the islands in The Maldives are inhabited and many of these many these are home to a single resort – your very own tropical island.
Many of the resorts have private villas on stilts over the sea – so as soon as you wake up you can jump straight in. The Maldives is famous for its quiet, secluded resorts perfectly suited for couples and honeymoons but there are also family-friendly resorts.
Unlike other destinations, although the Maldives is spread out over a large area the weather, sea and scenery does not change much. The island you stay on is mainly based on your choice of resort. Although if you plan to visit the capital Male more than once then staying nearby is a good choice as some of the further away resorts require a flight by seaplane.
Let us help you find the perfect resort based on who is travelling and what you like to do.
Things to Do in The Maldives
The Maldives is the perfect place to relax on the beach, but it also has a lot more to offer from water sports to unique bars and restaurants.
Diving in The MaldivesTurtle, Maldives
The Maldives is one of the best places in the world for diving and snorkelling. There are lots of excellent reefs around the islands – many of them accessible without a boat, whilst sheltered lagoons offer a unique diving experience.
Top dive sites include the Kuredu Express – named for the current that pushes you along. The site is home to reef sharks, tuna, stingrays, barracuda, and manta rays. At Kandooma Thila you can see grey sharks and white tips sharks, whilst Broken Rock has turtles, scorpionfish and moray eels. There are also whale sharks that you may see if there is a lot of plankton around.
All resorts will be able to arrange dives and there are good options for liveaboard trips as well.
Water sports in The Maldives
There are lots of water sports option in the Maldives – from serious surfing to banana boats.
There are good surf spots around The Maldives – most of these are not directly accessible from islands but it is easy to find someone who will take you out to the breaks in a boat. Spots near the Southern Atoll have been used for international surf competitions.
If you are more interested in being propelled by the wind than waves, sailing and windsurfing are popular. Windsurfing beginners can learn in sheltered lagoons, whilst the more experienced can head straight out into the ocean.
Most resorts also offer motorised water sports – from banana boats and doughnuts to water skiing and parasailing. Most resorts also have kayaks.
Spas in The Maldives
Massages and other treatments are the perfect accompaniment to a relaxing holiday on a paradise island. Nearly all resorts offer spa treatments but there are also some dedicated spa hotels.
Bars and Restaurants in The Maldives
The quality of bars and restaurants at hotels in the Maldives is very high – often serving a mixture of traditional food and international options. In an effort to outcompete each other resorts have opened an underwater bar and restaurant.
The Maldives Boat Trips
One of the best ways to see the beautiful islands and lagoons of The Maldives is on a boat trip. Both speedboats and catamarans are popular and you can stop off to go snorkelling and swimming along the way.
Malé is the capital of the Maldives and is next to the international airport. The city of over 100 thousand people is squeezed onto a small island and is one of the most densely populated cities in the world. Compared to the islands home to luxury resorts, Malé is a lively and vibrant place full of colourful buildings and fish markets.
Where to Stay in The Maldives
The Maldives has a large range of luxury accommodation. Key things to factor into your choice are whether you are travelling with children and whether you are happy take a seaplane to your resort from the main airport.
To get between islands you can go by boat if they are close to each other, otherwise seaplanes are the best form of transport.
Getting to The Maldives
In peak season there are a few direct flights to The Maldives from London each week, otherwise you will need a stopover somewhere.
When to Go to The Maldives
January to April are the best months to visit as there is less rain. The rest of the year the weather is warm but there is an increased chance of rain and storms, however, you are unlikely to have consistently bad weather.