The Maldives boasts the best beaches in this world which are available on almost all of the 1200 islands. The beaches are literal perfection due to their whiter-than-white powder sand and luminous cyan blue water. They are picturesque and clean. Such beaches are absent in any other part of the world and this becomes the reason for a major part of Maldives’ tourism.
Apart from the beaches, every resort in the Maldives is its own private island. The world’s most exclusive hotel brands compete here to provide a great level of luxury. You can have a level of luxury from personal butlers to private lap pools to in-room massages to pillow menus. But, there are also plenty of choices beyond the five and six-star resorts.
Due to the opening of tourism in the Maldives, travellers no longer have to stay in resorts and remain separate from the local population. Locals are now permitted to build their own guesthouses. Island hopping by public ferry, speedboat and domestic flights has opened up this incredible country to visitors on almost all budgets. A number of islands in Male and Ari atolls are now big centres for a booming guesthouse industry, with dozens of options on each.
With some of the best diving and snorkelling in the world, the clear waters of Maldives are a magnet for anyone with an interest in marine life. You can experience amazing coral walls, magnificent caves and brightly coloured tropical fishes. In deeper waters lurk manta rays, turtles, sharks and even the world’s largest fish, the whale shark. The best part is that the water is so warm many people don’t even wear a wetsuit.
Accommodation- the Maldives offer a limitless choice from a five-star luxury resort to a basic guest house on a local island. There is also an option of a private cruise in the Maldives, depending on your budget. Normally, the price varies from 60$ to 20,000$ per night.
Food- you can opt for cheap food from the supermarkets. Also, you must try the local food. The Maldives also offers expensive restaurants and food with special dishes and serving. Though, it is important to note that there are limited options for vegetarians.
Travel- the cost depends on your place.
Activities- Activity gears along with guide/trainer can be rented/hired/booked or bought directly from the resort. Snorkelling, Scuba Diving, Surfing and Night Fishing are the common options. Snorkelling kit rent is around $20 for 24 hours and Scuba charges around $137. Resorts will have indoor games like table tennis and swimming pool.
Thus, a Maldives trip may cost you somewhere around 1-2 lakh for good 4-5 days.
Here are Some Basic Information Regarding Maldives Tourism
International Telephone Code : +960
Currency: Rufiyaa (MVR)
Exchange Rates : INR₹1=MVR 0.25 , USD$1=MVR15.50, GBP1=MVR15.50
Location: Indian Ocean
Language: Dhivehi (an Indo Aryan Language), English
Immediate Neighbours: Sri Lanka & India
Weather & Climate: Tropical, Lots of Sunshine
Clothing: Modest, Light cotton.
No. of Island: 1191
Major Industries: Tourism and Fisheries.
However, there are things to remember:
Wi-Fi connectivity is weak so you might want to wrap up all the work before your trip.
Service taxes are relatively higher and can vary as the food drinks have to be shipped from abroad to Male.
Check the villa location directly or with your travel agent, to avoid its location near restaurants, bar or generators.
Boat transfers can longer than scheduled in case of bad weather.
Confirm all your transfers to the staff one night before your departure to avoid chaos.