If you are looking for paradise on Earth, look no further than the Maldives. Sitting just below Sri Lanka in the Indian Ocean, the South Asian country is an impressive cluster of over 1000 beautiful islands that makes it one of the most sought-after tropical destinations in the world. Its picturesque beaches and dazzling blue waters lure countless tourists every year, from honeymooners and island hoppers to those simply looking for a relaxing retreat away from the stress of their everyday lives. Here are a few incredible qualities of the wonderful country that will make you wonder why you have not been there yet.
Plunge into the islands’ azure blue waters
Once you have your eyes set on the beautiful waters of the Maldives, there will be no stopping you from wanting to dive right in. So give in to your impulses and take a relaxing swim in the sparkly blue waters surrounding the islands. If you seek more thrills and adventure, be sure to take advantage of the various water sports available. Whether you end up standing atop the calm waters on a paddleboard or drifting across the ocean on a jet ski at terrific speeds, we guarantee that you will have endless fun and memories that will last a lifetime.
Dine under the sea
If you think you have misread the title, we can assure you that you have not. When you are in the Maldives, you will have what might possibly be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to dine in restaurants submerged in the Indian Ocean surrounded by colorful sea creatures. One of these remarkable places is the 5.8 Undersea Restaurant, the world’s largest all-glass underwater dining experience. Situated 5.8 meters below sea level as its name suggests, the restaurant offers unparalleled views of the surrounding coral reef and aquatic life and astounds guests with its succulent seafood and meat-based dishes. Whether you go for the 5-course lunch or 7-course dinner, you will certainly leave having had an exceptional dining encounter. Other noteworthy underwater restaurants in the Maldives include Ithaa Undersea Restaurant and Subsix.
Glimpse into the fascinating aquatic life
If you want to get up close with the mysterious marine life, the Maldives is the perfect place to do so. There are plenty of options on the islands to go snorkeling and witness the smaller sea creatures in their natural habitats. You can also hop into a glass bottom boat and watch fish go by as you cruise the waters. If you want to swim with the elusive manta rays, head to the Manta Block anytime between November and April when the odds of seeing them in flocks are very high. You can also swim with majestic hammerhead sharks at the world-famous Hammerhead Shark Point. Be warned, it is not for the faint-hearted!
Immerse yourself in the beautiful local culture
One of the islands in the Maldives often overlooked by tourists is Thulhaadhoo, one of the few populated regions in the country. With a rich history in arts and culture, this remarkable place will show you a different side of the islands other than its sandy white beaches, mesmerizing waters and luxurious resorts. Thulhaadhoo remains the site of production for intricate ancient lacquerware that you can give to friends and family as gifts. When you are in the area, be sure to mingle with the friendly locals and learn their way of life. It will certainly be an eye-opening experience that will make your trip even more special!
Indulge in the amazing local dishes
It would be almost sinful to leave the Maldives without having tried Mas Huni, a delicious breakfast dish that will delight your taste buds. The popular local dish is a mixture of finely chopped tuna, onion, coconut and chili served with freshly baked flatbread and a sweetened hot tea. Don’t forget to try other famous and equally savory Maldivian dishes including Garudhiya and Saagu Bondibai.
Where to stay in the Maldives?
With gorgeous private resorts occupying an island each, the Maldives effortlessly turns your dream vacation into a reality. The Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa Maldives is a stunning private resort set amidst extraordinary natural beauty. From poolside to treehouse villas, most rooms are picturesquely adorned with infinity pools and open-air terraces that will definitely meet your criteria for the perfect island getaway.
The Gili Lankanfushi Maldives is another beautiful luxury resort that looks as if your desktop wallpaper has come to life. Aside from having posh rooms that give you the ecstatic feeling of living right in the middle of the clear blue sea, the hotel also lets you have an unforgettable romantic picnic on a secluded beach with your special one. It will be an intimate experience unlike any other!
Among the many other incredible hotels in the Maldives are the Meeru Island Resort & Spa and Vivanta by Taj Coral Reef. Whether you are looking to dine in class in fancy restaurants or pamper yourself with spa services, these resorts have got it all!
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