Do you have a travel diary? And do you cross out the names of your favourite destinations after visiting them? Well, don’t worry, you are not the only one. But how disheartening is it to see your diary not touched for months?
The pandemic has taken a huge toll on all of our lives, but sometimes taking a break from the break is exactly what you need. With its serene beaches, lively markets, breath-taking blue waters, unforgettable underwater world, Maldives is a must-visit in this post-Covid world.
Being an archipelagic nation, located amidst the Indian Ocean, Maldives is a destination that pleases romantic newly-weds, frolic-loving children, and happy families.
Though there are no rules and regulations when on a vacation but there are surely some things which you should do when you are in this tropical island nation.
The capital city of Maldives has a lot to offer to all the wander-lusts out there. Usually ignored by the tourists, Male is a beauty in itself. Along with many popular historical significances like the Friday Mosque, the famous Republic Square, the best-known architectural landmark – the Islamic Centre, it has the bubbling energy of the local market and the fish market. With a plethora of food choices, sure to make anyone salivate, Male should not be missed.
Famous for the same, Maldives is a unique combination of beauty and food. Ithaa Undersea restaurant, deemed as the best, offers a 180-degree view of marine life along with delicious food. Slightly expensive than Ithaa, SEA has the world’s first underwater wine cellar and is a truly lavish experience in itself. The most beautiful in my opinion, 5.8 undersea restaurant has an exclusive menu and is best for couples in love.
What do you hear when someone says Maldives? Islands, right? Whether it be the charming Hulhumale Island or the low-key yet gorgeous Maafushi, islands adorn the beautiful nation. Don’t forget to stroll casually in the Maradhoo Island or watch the splendid sunset in Veligandu Island, and if you have a faded fishing boat sitting out in your backyard, just go to Thulusdhoo Island and practice your skills. If up for something unique, Fuvahmulah is all for you. With an inland lake in this otherwise plain-land country, it will definitely captivate your attention.
4. Water Sports
Usually claimed as the water sports capital of the world, Maldives is always throbbing with splendour when it comes to flaunting off its sports to the tourists. The mesmerizing waters and the sun-kissed beaches attract the adrenaline junkies. One can enjoy scuba diving in the Hulhumale beach, Sun Island or Kandolhu Island. The Veligandu beaches, though have a pretty cosy ambience, but its crystal-clear tides make it the best choice for swimming or snorkelling. Reef snorkelling can best be experienced in Baros Island, known for its picture-perfect lagoons and beautiful reefs. The Dhigurah Beach also is an awesome location for underwater sailing and the cheap cafes on the shore serve to be the icing on the cake.
Whenever we go on a trip, we always bring back more than what we went with, and the Maldives is no exception. With a large array of shops and local markets to shop from, you’ll doubtlessly end up on a shopping spree. The Male local market or rather a bazaar is famous for its small and cute stalls selling souvenirs and local handicrafts. Majhedee Magu is a street market showcasing its local cosmetics and jewellery and not to forget, the bargaining. With boutiques like Island Bazaar and malls like Centro Mall-full of classy brands, your bags are sure to be full. For last-minute shopping, you can find shops at resorts and the airport. Intriguing, isn’t it?
Unlike popular belief, Maldives comes really handy when you are planning budget travel. You can choose from numerous vacation packages which will include your favourite destinations and sightseeing.
One can find hotels and resorts of every range and the lucky ones may even get to step out directly on the golden sands. Though Maldives has a nice climate throughout the year, December and January are supposed to be the best but also the most expensive. The private resorts may not be very affordable but the local guest houses are a nice way of blending budget and beauty.
As a blogger, I have always suggested my readers to include the best sites and places in their package, but when it comes to the beauty of Maldives, there is no way you can pick out the best. The alluring seas, dazzling and bronzed beaches, lucid blue lagoons, thrilling sports, and delectable cuisine all come together to make Maldives the finest destination, not just in one, but all perspectives.