Maldives

84°
81° - January
82° - February
84° - March
84° - April
82° - May
82° - June
82° - July
82° - August
81° - September
81° - October
81° - November
81° - December
Apr avg
$540
Avg Hotel
$1,770
Est. Airfare

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Description

A visit to the Maldives is a visit to pure happiness. The natives are happy. The fish--which are clearly visible in this crystal clear water--are happy. And with a glowing sun, deep turquoise ocean, and white sand beaches, you'll find that you can't help but be happy here, as well. There's more water than land in the Maldives, so aquatics abound. You can swim in bath-water-warm water, play water sports, or surf. It's quiet and isolated enough for the perfect honeymoon or the perfect relaxing retreat. What sets the Maldives apart from other island vacations is the unique culture. Some places are simple little fishing villages, while other areas are more built up. Native Maldivians that inhabit these beautiful islands are warm and kind and extremely welcoming to tourists. No museum is necessary to learn about a variety of cultures like Muslim, African, Asian, to name a few. For an isolated island retreat, the Maldives would be perfect, except for the fact that you won't want to leave.
Photo Credit: Visit Maldives-MMPRC Ahmed Rasheed
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Photo Credit: Visit Maldives-MMPRC Sakis Papadopoulos
Photo Credit: Visit Maldives-MMPRC Sakis Papadopoulos
Photo Credit: Visit Maldives-MMPRC Sakis Papadopoulos
Photo Credit: Visit Maldives-MMPRC Sakis Papadopoulos
Photo Credit: Visit Maldives-MMPRC Sakis Papadopoulos
Photo Credit: Visit Maldives-MMPRC Sakis Papadopoulos
Photo Credit: Visit Maldives-MMPRC Sakis Papadopoulos
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    Dream Destination~Maldives

    09/23/13
    Years ago I saw a picture of this island nation from the sky and it was the most perfect thing I have ever seen. From that point my goal was to travel there at any cost. This country which consists of around 1200 little and I mean little islands, which about 100 have resorts on them is the most ideal vacation spot if you are looking for relaxation, diving and everything revolving around water. Maldives is the lowest elevation county in the world only being about 4 feet above sea level. So yes with the ocean rising this place is on the extinction list, maybe gone in the next 50 years. There is no rock on this country, basically the islands are made up of sand they are just large sand bars ranging in size from 10 feet by 10 feet to 1/2 mile by 1/2 a mile. The capital Male is the largest of the islands and is home to about 1,000,000 people. Might be one of the most cluttered nations on earth. As for stuff dreams are made of.... You fly into Male and from there you hop on a sea plane, YES a sea plane and fly to your destination. As you fly over these amazing islands you see nothing but paradise. The coral, reefs, sand everything is the most beautiful hues of blues and greens I have ever seen. The people that work on these islands are so sweet and so hard working, they literally rake the island all day long. Once you get of the plane your shoes come off and there is no need to where them for the rest of the trip because everything is sand. The closest large port is Dubai which is far away about 1000 miles so everything is very expensive. The resorts are the best in the world ranging in price from about $300 a night to $1000 a night depending on your likes and dislikes. If you are looking for scuba diving or snorkeling this is the place. Maldives has the most diverse animals and sea life, coral and relics of any place I have ever seen. The water was so clear and easily the hottest water I have ever swam in not heated by lava. The ocean water was around 90 F, just unreal. The fish here are so trusting of humans by stay clear of the picasso triggerfish if you get hear its eggs it will charge you, don't make the same mistake I did. The food is great the chefs are amazing and the staff are so accomodating. There is only 1 golf course on in the country and it is located on Kurdeu, it is only a 6 hole par 3 course, but this is because these islands are so small there is no room for a golf course. These islands are so secluded, so peaceful but if you take an excursion to another completely deserted island you will find yourself in the most remote place on earth, so relaxing. The sea life is unreal, whales, sharks, manta rays just non stop sea marvels. It is hot here being near the equator, the temps rise to the 90's daily and don't cool off much at night. Of course there are no mountains here, the islands are very flat and arid with some area of plant life, usually plenty of canopies for shade. Make Maldives the number #1 dream destination. The natural wonder of the Maldives is too much to grasp, your constintly in awe.
    Joseph

    Worth the long flight from the U.S.!

    06/11/13
    As someone who has always been passionate about traveling, and been a flight attendant, which has helped feed that passion, I have been to over 30 tropical destinations in the past five years. We decided to go to the Maldives for our honeymoon. Leary of the long flight, as soon as I saw the islands from the sky, I knew we were arriving in a place unlike anywhere before! It was heaven!

    We went during rainy season. The forecast promised 80% chance of rain every day, which had us thinking we were going to be stuck in our over the water bungalow, which still would have been amazing! We had one five minute rainstorm come through the entire week we were there. Other than that, we experienced perfect weather with a slight breeze.

    There is more to do in the islands than you could ever accomplish in a one week trip, but we enjoyed snorkeling, surfing, spa treatments, and relaxing on the empty beaches. The islands are so secluded that you could always find a stretch of beach just for yourself! The vegetation on the islands was like paradise, always leaving a fresh fragrance of blooming flowers in the air. Sunsets are amazing!

    I am a diver, but honestly was so relaxed, and with the amazing snorkeling, I did not even feel the need to pay for a dive because of all the sea life I could see straight off of my over the water hut or beach, along with the boat snorkeling trip we took to the reef.

    The hotel staff was very courteous. We had a butler, and a ride in the golf cart whenever we wanted to get from one end of the island to the other without walking. The food was all inclusive, and there was always something new to keep us more than well fed and over satisfied.

    We also took a day trip into the capital, Male. Learning about the culture was very interesting, and I have never learned so much about a country on a short 2 hour tour.

    Overall, this was definitely the best of the tropical islands I have been to. It was very romantic, perfect for a honeymoon, and it EXCEEDED all of my expectations! You must visit the Maldives!
    Lindsey

    Worth the long flight from the U.S.!

    06/11/13
    As someone who has always been passionate about traveling, and been a flight attendant, which has helped feed that passion, I have been to over 30 tropical destinations in the past five years. We decided to go to the Maldives for our honeymoon. Leary of the long flight, as soon as I saw the islands from the sky, I knew we were arriving in a place unlike anywhere before! It was heaven!

    We went during rainy season. The forecast promised 80% chance of rain every day, which had us thinking we were going to be stuck in our over the water bungalow, which still would have been amazing! We had one five minute rainstorm come through the entire week we were there. Other than that, we experienced perfect weather with a slight breeze.

    There is more to do in the islands than you could ever accomplish in a one week trip, but we enjoyed snorkeling, surfing, spa treatments, and relaxing on the empty beaches. The islands are so secluded that you could always find a stretch of beach just for yourself! The vegetation on the islands was like paradise, always leaving a fresh fragrance of blooming flowers in the air. Sunsets are amazing!

    I am a diver, but honestly was so relaxed, and with the amazing snorkeling, I did not even feel the need to pay for a dive because of all the sea life I could see straight off of my over the water hut or beach, along with the boat snorkeling trip we took to the reef.

    The hotel staff was very courteous. We had a butler, and a ride in the golf cart whenever we wanted to get from one end of the island to the other without walking. The food was all inclusive, and there was always something new to keep us more than well fed and over satisfied.

    We also took a day trip into the capital, Male. Learning about the culture was very interesting, and I have never learned so much about a country on a short 2 hour tour.

    Overall, this was definitely the best of the tropical islands I have been to. It was very romantic, perfect for a honeymoon, and it EXCEEDED all of my expectations! You must visit the Maldives!
    Lindsey

    Diving Maldives

    The warm seas of Maldives have high visibility throughout the year; with water clear enough to see the passing fish as far as fifty meters away at times. Over a thousand species of fish and other underwater creatures inhabit the Maldivian waters.
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    Water Activities

    In a place that is more sea than land, there is no end to the fun things you do in the water. Maldivians swim for recreation, they play water polo with their friends at weekend picnics, and they surf addictively.
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    Excursions

    The best way to experience the life of an ordinary Maldivian is to travel to an inhabited island. Some of these islands are slightly more modern: with brightly painted house walls and harbor areas.
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    The Maldives Honeymoon

    If a honeymoon is meant to be a celebration of love in an intimate, secluded, and most importantly, beautiful setting, then the Maldives is the world’s best backdrop for all these things.
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    Spa and Wellness

    Just lying on a deserted beach of a Maldivian island, taking in nothing but the continuous rhythm of the waves, the sea salt in the air and feeling the soft white sand on your bare feet is enough to sooth your senses.
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    Relax and Unwind

    The Maldives is considered by many to be the premier tropical beach destination in the world and the best place to relax and unwind from the hectic and chaotic lifestyle of the modern world.
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    Seaplane Photo Flights

    Seaplane photo flight offers you the sightseeing sensation that gives you the opportunity of a life time. Enjoy your unparalleled Maldives holiday experience from the sky.
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    Beaches

    Situated on the Equator towards the south of Sri Lanka, Maldives is strewn with sun soaked beaches rich in coconuts and tropical fruits
    Cost: Free
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    Shark Watch

    Maldives has a myriad of coral reefs and affluent marine life. 'Patrollers' is considered as one of the friendliest species of shark in Maldives. With a total of 37 species, tourists visiting Maldives spot sharks from their hotel room overlooking the crystalline water of Indian Ocean.
    Cost: Free
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    Snorkeling

    Maldives has been rated as number one site for snorkeling because of diverse underwater world and underwater visibility to 60 meters
    Cost: Cost of equipment. Accessible from beaches
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    Language

    Dhivehi

    Currency

    [MVR] Maldivian Rufiyaa

    Airports

    Male International Airport [MLE]