The picturesque beaches of the Maldives have long topped the wish lists of newlyweds looking for a location for their honeymoon. However, with a wide variety of accommodation and activities on offer, the Indian Ocean destination is now suitable for all types of holidaymakers. Here’s our insider tips on why the Maldives isn’t just for newlyweds.
Thrill Seekers Paradise
Because of its marine location and due to the fact that 99.6% of the Maldives is made up of sea, the destination is a haven for water sports fans and divers. Visitors can take part in a range of water-based adventure sports, from stand-up paddle boarding to canoeing to being propelled below the surface of the sea by underwater scooter.
Fabulous for Families
The one island, one resort model in the Maldives creates a safe environment for families and many resorts are now well-suited for those travelling with a baby. The clear waters surrounding each island are relatively calm so this means they are ideal for parents to paddle with their children.
Escape the Daily Grind
The peaceful and serene surroundings of the Indian Ocean are ideal for escaping daily life for a wellness break and numerous resorts boast outstanding spa facilities. In fact, the first underwater spa opened in the Maldives in 2017. Many treatments across the country now also incorporate local ingredients and techniques.
Top Five Tips for Travel to the Maldives
- What currency do I take? Although the official currency of the Maldives is the Rufiyaa, dollars and credit cards are accepted at resorts and on local islands popular with tourists.
- How many islands are there are how do I get around? There are 1,190 islands in the Maldives but only 142 are home to resorts for tourists. 99.6% of the Maldives is made up of sea so the best way to get around once you arrive is by seaplane, speedboat or a domestic flight.
- What do I need to pack? The average temperature in the Maldives is 30 degrees Celsius throughout the year so be sure to pack light clothing and lots of swimwear. Holidaymakers will also want to pack sandals as much of their time on the island may be spent barefoot due to the sand. Many of the resorts in the Maldives have UK plug sockets in the rooms but it’s worth packing a universal plug adaptor just in case.
- What wildlife can I expect to see in the Maldives? Nature lovers can explore an island’s surrounding house reef and expect to see a wide range of tropical fish. In deeper waters snorkellers can see whale and nurse sharks, manta rays, dolphins and hawksbill turtles. Common island creatures on land include lizards, fruit bats and crabs.
- Is there Wi-Fi in the Maldives? Yes, many resorts offer guests free Wi-Fi on the island but to guarantee internet access during your trip, consider purchasing a SIM card when you land at the airport. There are Dhiraagu and Ooredoo internet provider shops in the arrivals hall and these can provide tourist internet SIM cards for as little as £12 ($15) for 4GB of data to use over seven days.