Travelling to the Maldives is like travelling to a different world. This stunning area located in the tropical area of the Indian Ocean is made up of 1190 coral islands, and it is known for its stunning blue lagoons, beautiful white beaches, and its extensive reefs. Only 200 of the islands are inhabited and there are plenty of ways to relax and take in the best of the Maldives on your vacation.
The capital of Male’ is a great place to start your visit. The Male’ Friday Mosque (Hukuru Miskiiy) is a beautiful religious centre that was built in 1656. The stunning interior is a true example of craftsmanship. Admission is free but non-Muslim people must gain permission before entering and Sunday through Thursday is your best chance. Be sure to visit the National Museum on the West side of Male’ where you can see artifacts that are close to 1000 years old as well as national treasures.
Male’ is only one square mile but there is plenty of shopping to be explored. Start with the Fish Market where you can see the catch of the day and perhaps pick up some dinner. The best time to pick up fish is in the afternoon or early evening as that is when most of the fish have been unloaded. There are mobile venders that sell great jewelry, trinkets, and t-shirts, and other trinkets and they set up at different areas around town. Try your hand at bartering to get the best price possible.
Pamper yourself and enjoy fantastic spa services set up on the beach that combine ayurvedic practices with holistic treatments built into a natural setting built for privacy for couples. You can also take yoga sessions on the beach, and focus on improving your overall wellness. The Maldives also has a number of overwater bungalows, which have spa facilities.
The Maldives are a fantastic place for experienced divers and you can see manta rays, eagle rays, stingrays, reef sharks, leopard sharks and many other kinds of sharks including whale sharks, and tuna. There are a few wrecks to check out in the Maldives. The British Loyalty is a 134 metre long wreck that is in a depth of 33 metres and it is a great site to explore. There are many areas for diving and you can hire a boat to take you to the diving site of your choice during the day or at night.
The best areas for surfing in the Maldives are the Central and South Atolls and the best way to get there is by chartered boat. Experience the thrill of surfing with very few people, perfect reefbreaks, and the breathtakingly beautiful scenery that surrounds you.
Watch the Sun Set
The sun sets around 6pm so you can gather up your loved ones, park yourself on the beach and be awed by the beauty of nature as the colours streak across the sky and the sun sinks slowly into the ocean. You can do all of this before heading off for a lovely dinner under the stars. For more information about booking your trip to the Maldives, get in touch with Ampersand Travel.