Following the horrendous events of Boxing Day 2005, the Maldives has refused to let the enormous power of the tsunami defeat it and has returned to its former glory. Even though 99% of the Maldives is covered by water and the islands themselves are only 6 feet above sea level, the Maldives is still a stunning destination that everyone should visit at least once there.
Maldives has been one of the most popular vacation destinations in the Indian Ocean for many years and it is understandable. The introduction of cheap flights from a variety of UK airports and the abundance of good quality, affordable accommodation has opened up this collection of over 1000 coral islands for those of us who want to see the world. Many of these islands are accessible from Male by speedboat, as familiar to the Maldives as cars are to the western world. Trips can range from 20 minutes to 2 hours, although for longer durations and for those of us who don’t own stretches of sea, it’s just as easy to take a seaplane to your chosen island. The lure of relaxing on beautiful safe beaches in the warm year-round sun and wading in a crystal blue sea to view tropical fish shells has proven too much for many of us to resist.
Around 100 of these coral islands are for visitors who generally only have one hotel on each island. Some have gotten quite sophisticated with modern amenities like air conditioning, luxurious pools and spas, a selection of restaurants and entertainment, while others have retained the typical Maldivian flavor “no news or shoes” with thatched roofs, outdoor baths. open air, unheated water and few facilities. The ingenious introduction of the construction of small bungalows on stilts in the sea and still linked by terraces to the mainland has proven to be a success and it is a long way from my suburban home, stepping on the terrace of our private bungalow for 5 or 6 wood. Steps in warm water up to the waist was something to behold.
Surrounded by crystal clear waters, it’s no wonder these idyllic coral islands are among the best diving destinations in the world. This is a destination to enjoy the stunning scenery and participate in some of the many activities at your leisure.
The rare beauty of the magnificent underwater world has made these islands one of the most enchanting dive destinations in the world. There are many dive sites catering to divers of all skill levels providing the opportunity to explore nature under the sea and if diving is not for you there is a great reef idea to dive where visibility sometimes exceeds 50 meters. Swimming and snorkeling are best when the water is calmer, generally December through April when rainfall is lowest. Precipitation is at its highest during the southwest monsoon, typically May through November. However, the temperature remains around 30 degrees Celsius throughout the year.
I had just returned from a relaxing week lazing in the sun and hanging out with my partner on vacation and was amazed at how many people thought they would just go for a walk around the local town or eat at a variety of local restaurants. This is not that kind of place, enjoying this unspoiled natural setting as it means you don’t have to go to the local license for a bottle of rum or save your pennies and go to a local cafe for lunch. Due to necessity, almost everything has to be imported to these small islands and many extras can be expensive, but it is possible to prepay for most things in the UK and I assure you, a small price to pay to swim in the islands. warm blue waters between the tropics. fish and experience the unspoiled beauty that makes the Maldives a destination that everyone should visit.