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Travel Inspiration: Planning a Trip to the Maldives

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Long white beaches, deep blue waters, bungalows built just above the quiet water of a lagoon.

In the morning, step out of your hotel room and into the sea, bringing along a mask and snorkel for some submarine sightseeing before breakfast.

In the afternoon, relax in the shade or sun by the water’s edge on the beach.

In the evening, sample fusion cuisine made from fresh-caught fish while you watch the sun sink into the vast, blue sea.

One of the most unique, remote, and romantic destinations on the planet, the Maldives has a lot to offer in terms of travel inspiration. But, how does one even go about vacationing in the Maldives? They’re far away, but not hard to get to. Let’s look at some information you’ll need to plan your next vacation, to the Maldives.

 

When to go?

The Maldives are beautiful all year round, with steady air temperatures. But, like many of the regions in that latitude, the country experiences “dry” and “wet” seasons. Though of course there are never guarantees for the weather, anywhere, most travelers report the driest, hottest weather conditions between January and April. The rest of the year it may rain (but probably not all day), with the most frequent precipitation in May and September.

Of course, that means that the dry season is usually considered peak season, with prices slightly higher. If you’re concerned about costs, try to plan your trip for the wetter months.

How to get there?

This island nation is connected to the outside world via the international airport in Malé, the capital. There are direct air routes from Europe, India, Southeast Asia and the Middle East, as well as charter flights directly from the UK. If you’re coming from North America, a stopover in Singapore or India along the way makes the most sense in terms of flight times and sheer distance.

 

Where to stay?

Though its theoretically possible to go to the Maldives without preplanning, I wouldn’t advise it. Though tourism is important to the economy, resources such as water and building materials are scarce, and so most hotels are resorts that plan their capacity around bookings months in advance. Most travelers to the Maldives take advantage of this by booking package deals, up to and including airfare, accommodation, meals and entertainment, like these Maldives all inclusive holidays.

 

What to do?

Because the Maldives is made up of atolls—ringed reefs supporting small islets—focus your activities on the beach and seas rather than inland pursuits. If you’re in the capital of Malé, there are museums and mosques to visit, but the best option in the Maldives is usually found just a few feet from your seafront resort: the perfect beach and that crystalline water that hugs it.

Scuba diving and snorkeling are the top two activities in the Maldives. Inside the lagoons you’ll experience calm conditions and shallower waters, while on the exterior reefs you can see giant pelagic ocean animals, including manta rays and kinds of whale, and plenty of diverse corals. If you want to eat and sleep diving, live aboard cruises will take you to a number of dive sites in a matter of days.

Never been scuba diving or snorkeling? If you think you’d like to try it out, ask at your resort about taking some lessons while you’re there. This is one of the premier diving destinations in the world, and you should at least get wet with a mask on once or twice!

Other possible waterspouts in the Maldives include sailing, kayaking and windsurfing.

How long should I visit?

Because of the remoteness of the islands, the Maldives is the perfect resort getaway—so plan your time there accordingly depending on how much outside stimulus you need. For some travelers, a five-day trip lets them experience beach and sun without getting restless. For others, a chance to read a book and sunbathe for two weeks wouldn’t be long enough.

Have you been to the Maldives recently? Tell me about your trip in the comments!

 

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Beth Green

Beth Green is an American freelance writer who has lived in Europe and Asia since 2003. She grew up on a sailboat and, though now a landlubber, still enjoys a peripatetic life. She writes blogs, articles and suspense about travel, expatriate living, and many other topics. A social media addict, she’d love to hear from you about your favorite travel experiences.
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