When you’re walking around the picture postcard perfect islands of the Maldives, just how do you spend your time?
It has been said that theMaldives, a cluster of islands in theIndian Ocean, represents the artistic side of Mother Nature as its beauty is no less than a work of art.
It might be right. The gradient of aqua-colored water and white sand that shimmers when kissed by the rays of sun indeed makes this island nation some of the most stunning landscape in the world. No wonder these islands have been drawing in newly-weds for decades.
Still, whether you are here as a couple, with friends or alone you can expect beautiful beaches with beds of velvet sand, palm trees, cocktails, cruises and water sports. TheMaldivesoffers all this and more. But how can you spend your days on theMaldives? Here are our suggestions:
Spending a day island hopping on the various cruise boats could easily be one of the most romantic day time activities you’ll ever take part in.
With almost 2,000 islands to choose from it would be a shame not see a select few. Speak to you hotel or nearby resorts to find out about various island hopping tours – there are plenty to chose from including tours which will introduce you to fishing villages, tours that will see you trekking in to the leafy heart of an island or snorkeling and beach tours.
A great way to explore the Maldivesfrom a different vantage point is to take a seaplane for an eagle’s eye view of this magnificent wonder. Islands will look like droplets of water on a lotus leaf that sparkles and shines.
See Maldivian Air Taxi for excursions or to arrange a flight to your resort.
The biggest problem with theMaldivesis knowing which islands and beaches to spend your days sunbathing on. We like to call this a ‘luxury problem.’
It’s hard to find a bad beach and being the lowest point on earth there are literally thousands to choose from. The best way to find the perfect spot is to choose your resort by your preferred budget and style – the outside beach wonders will take care of themselves.
Local sail boats, known as dhoni, are a great way to get around your island and to sail to and from different beaches.
Dhoni are traditional sail boats used by fishermen as part of their livelihood. In the past dhoni were made using coconut and the huge white triangular sail bellowing on the open seas has become a synonymous with the country. Kayaking and canoeing options are another option to explore your island giving you an option to explore and tone up at the same time.
When you’ve had your fix of sunbathing take the time to indulge in the local culture and mingle with the residents. Hospitality on the Maldivesis renowned for being warm and friendly and the smiles on local islander’s faces offer genuine affection.
Still, theMaldivesare an Islamic nation and interacting with locals does require a little cultural respect. Islands in theMaldivesare split into ‘resort’ and ‘local.’ It’s on the local islands that villages work hard to maintain their local culture and traditions and to not let all islands become overrun the tourist trade. You will need government approval to visit a local island or else reach out to islanders working around your resort or in the city ofMale.
The crystal clear water in the lagoons of the Maldivesallows divers and snorkelers to soak in the tranquility and the vibrant colors of the reefs inMaldives. Explore the sound of silence underwater and come face-to-face with turtles and other creatures of the sea.
In the Maldives channels explore caves, caverns and overhangs filled with soft corals, colorful sponges, invertebrates and gorgonian fans all profiting from the nutrient-rich water.
There are several dive sites and it is always advisable to go through a local dive school.
Watch the sunset
Naturally the deep red sun sets every day over views of the awe-inspiring Indian Ocean. But take a seat on a sandy white beach, grab a glass of wine and the hand of someone you love or simply enjoying being their on your own and you’ll remember this beautiful moment forever.
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