A long chain of islands sitting peacefully in the vast Indian Ocean, the Maldives beckons both sun lovers and holiday makers with its stunning white sand beaches and crystal blue waters. For those looking for big city action and exciting night life, this may not be the place for you, for the Maldives enjoys action of a different sort. A quiet, placid place, this is a destination first and foremost where people come to relax, soak up the sun and to take in beach, resort and water sports activities.
Things to do in the Maldives
Water Sports - If not relaxing on a glistening beach or lounging pool side at a sophisticated resort, you’ll most likely want to enjoy all the natural wonders that the Maldives has to offer. Much of this natural beauty is in or on the water. From surfing, scuba diving and snorkelling, enjoying the clear waters and delicate coral reef areas is what the Maldives is all about.
Fishing Tours - Hire a speedboat or book a fishing excursion for some big game or night time fishing. Morning catches include tuna, swordfish, barracuda and other big species. Night time fishing begins as the ocean waters begin to reflect the orange hues of the setting sun and this is the most popular time in the Maldives to enjoy this marine sport. Many resorts offer organised fishing charters or trips. If fishing solo, be sure to avoid areas that are protected marine habitats.
Sea Plane Tours – Nothing is as spectacular as seeing the azure blue waters and vast coral reefs than from the air. Sea plane sightseeing tours offer excellent photographic opportunities where you can capture all the dazzling splendour of this unique island nation.
Getting to the Luxurious Maldives
Getting to the Maldives requires flying through one of the various Asian or Indian airline hubs. From there connections can be made to Malé, capital city of the Maldives. Most resorts are located on islands away from Malé and transportation to these locations is provided by ferry, private boat or sea plane. Resorts often provide their own transportation from the international airport however reservations for transfers must be made in advance.
On your way to Malé, why not consider a stop over in Asia, India or even Dubai or Abu Dhabi? Your Travel Associates consultant can recommend the ideal routing for an exciting side trip. Common stop-over cities between Australia and Malé include Singapore, Hong Kong, Seoul, Kuala Lumpur and Guangzhou. And with direct services from Abu Dhabi and Dubai, a Maldives trip is the perfect diversion on the homeward bound journey back to Australia from Europe.
Where to stay in the Maldives
Most visitors to the Maldives stay at luxury resorts. These elaborate, self contained yet tranquil hideaways feature everything a guest could want - lush, tropical island settings, stylish accommodation, fine dining, and if the incredible ocean views aren’t enough, inviting pool side retreats and spas.
Why not treat yourself to the ultimate in ocean front accommodation – an overwater bungalow. View the ocean from all sides while enjoying the privacy and exclusivity of these stylishly appointed huts. Care for a swim? Simply walk out on to your own private balcony and take the few steps into the warm, clear Indian Ocean waters.