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Bucket-list destination', 'tropical oasis', 'paradise on earth'. It might sound cliche but when it comes to the Maldives every one of them is accurate.
'Luxury isolation' is the term to best describe the Maldives. The sheer beauty of the coral reefs, the translucent ever-changing colors of the Indian Ocean, the isolation, indigenous vegetation and friendly people are legendary, and rightly so—the Maldives lives up to the hype.
The Maldives is a tropical nation in the Indian Ocean composed of 26 ring-shaped atolls, which are made up of more than 1,000 coral islands known for its beaches, blue lagoons and extensive reefs.
The capital, Malé, has a busy fish market, restaurants and shops on the main road,
The islands are popular for snorkeling and diving due to the warm water, high visibility and diverse marine life, including manta rays and spotted whale sharks, which can grow to 12m long.
Other popular water activities include swimming, surfing, sea kayaking and jet-skiing.
Travelling by boat or seaplane is common on inter-island trips from Malé to the uninhabited islands which offer guesthouses or homestays. The most typical accommodations being luxury spa resorts and overwater bungalows on wooden stilts.
Peak travel periods include the drier, less-humid season from Dec–Apr (particularly during Christmas–New Year and Easter)
The rainy monsoon season is May–Oct.
Major holidays include National Day (Jan 24), Ramadan (dates vary) and Independence Day (Jul 26).
Transfer to paradise
Once you arrive at the airport, There are a few transfer options available to get to your luxury hotel. It really depend on where your resort is located in Maldives.
Generally, once you booked your stay, your resort will contact you to arrange all the necessary details for a perfect trip.
If your island is located close enough to Malé, you can reach an island by a speedboat.
The resort organizes a private speedboat transfer to pick you up from Male International Airport and immediately following to the hotel.
For those destinations that are located in the far atolls, which are a long distance from Male, you need to book transfer by seaplane. Seaplanes operate only in the daytime, so when booking a transfer to / from Male some planning is required.
When you arrive in the Maldives, you must already have booked all island transfers (except public ferry) to get your destination, whether it is a resort or a local island (budget accomodation).
At Velana International airport (Male) there are no public ferries, boats or water taxis to your hotel. It is very difficult to come to Maldives and organize on-site transfer from the airport to the island by youself.
All transfers must be pre-booked to ensure a smooth transportation process and to prevent undesirable delays at the airport or even an extra night in Male.
There are no public ferries (slow boats) and sharing schedules speedboat to / from resorts in Maldives.
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Other Hotel Suggestions
Given the specificity of the Maldives, where almost every island is a separate hotel and each moment of stay is filled with its own meaning, it is sometimes very difficult to choose the best place that meets all your needs, including budget, accommodation, meals and excursions.
People favour some hotels over others, and for good reasons.