Maldives Tourism

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Sagar chaudhari5.0/5

1 review

Awesome Maldives Holiday

Amazing destination. Breathtakingly beautiful. Very helpful and friendly people. Excellent package by MMT.
Makemytrip gave us a very cost-effeciant package for Maldives from Bangalore including flights. Had some issues earlier due to changes made in our flight schedule but MMT ensured us business class seats for the whole trip which made the trip more enjoyable and comfortable.
Srilanka Airlines Business class offers very comfortable seats with onboard full course meals and drinks. Also provide lounge access at the airport if there is connected flight. Since our flight had a 7hr layover in Colombo, we were even provided with hotel suite at Ramada with airport transfers.
The Adaaran Resort is amazingly beautiful and offers a lot of options to enjoy, relax, party and watersports. The Spa is also great. The staff was very cooperative and friendly and provided assistance from the airport pickup until security check is cleared at airport on return.

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Debasis Bandopadhyay5.0/5

10 reviews

Pristine Maldives

A beautiful country composed of several islands in the lap of Indian ocean.
Picturesque white sand beaches merging with seven shades of Oceanic blue water is the perfect background for your special moments in life.
Obviously a chosen destination for celebrating milestones in love.
Banana boat, water skeeing, surfing, skurfing, para sailing, sunset Fishing, snorkelling, scuba diving ... The best place for adventure sports and marine flora&fauna lovers.

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Getting to Maldives

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Transit time: 6hrs from major cities

Cost ₹11,000 per person

Maldives Overview

The personification of a spectacular beach destination, Maldives is a great place to unwind and spend quality time with family. It is also one of the top choices for a quick romantic getaway or an adventure vacation. Choose from one or more of the 1,200 islands in this archipelago to spend your holiday at.

History

The earliest settlers of the Maldives are believed to have been Dravidians from the Indian subcontinent and Sri Lanka. Written records dated from 543 BC indicates a strong link between Sri Lanka and Maldives. Buddhism flourished in the archipelago during this time and continued till the 12thcentury AD when Islam began to gain popularity. In 1887, Maldives turned into a British Protectorate and stayed this way until July 1965.

Focus moved to tourism in the 1970s with the first resort on the island opening its doors to tourists in 1972. Maumoon Abdul Gayoom was elected president in 1978 and continued to hold the post till 2008, winning six consecutive elections without any opposition! There were a couple of coup attempts but they failed to succeed due to various reasons.

The massive tsunami of December 2004 devastated the archipelago geographically and economically. Gayoom’s successors failed to secure the people’s confidence and Maldives plunged into political insecurity from 2008 onwards. The current President Abdulla Yameen survived an assassination attempt in September 2015 following which the country was in a state of emergency. In November 2015, he revoked the state of emergency clarifying that no imminent threats remained in the nation.

Why You Should Visit

Beach tourism is the primary reason why people visit Maldives. But there is much more to the country than surf and sand.

It is the ideal destination to soak in secluded luxury. The archipelago is known for its super luxurious accommodations and spectacular service.

The very definition of paradise on earth, Maldives offers every visitor a peaceful sanctuary from the chaos of daily life. The gentle breeze rustling through the coconut palms while the sea waves lap on the pristine sand are the only sounds that will intrude on your solitude.

Savour exotic seafood caught fresh from the ocean and delicately cooked in fragrant spices. Experience casual dining or gourmet meals from the choice of international cuisines on offer.

Commune with nature and get up close and personal with her fiercest species including sharks and manta rays. Admire the colourful coral reefs and dive into crystal clear waters to converse with schools of fish.

Tourist Hotspots

Male, Maafushi, Southern Ari Atoll, North Male Atoll, and Hulhumale are some of the popular spots on the tourism circuit.

The country’s capital, Male is a busy city in direct contrast to the beach destination image of the Maldives. Buzzing with activity, Male is packed with buildings and the centre of political upheavals. The bars here do not serve alcohol and there are plenty of restaurants and markets to indulge you.

Perfect for snorkeling and sunbathing, Maafushi Island in the South Male Atoll is home to numerous guest houses and resorts. The many sandbars in its vicinity provide great opportunities for reef explorations.

Spectacular dive sites dot the Southern Ari Atoll area. The ruins of a Buddhist temple as well as a beautiful mosque are the other main attractions on this island.

Slowly emerging as a surfer destination, North Male Atoll includes four islands. Handicraft shops, a couple of mosques, and the Coca Cola factory are the popular sights to take in.

The reclaimed island of Hulhumale is being linked to Male by means of the China-Maldives Friendship Bridge which is due to open soon. Once completed, it will provide an easy continuous access link road with Male.

Local Attractions

The National Museum in Male is a treasure trove of historic artefacts that narrate testify to the cultural heritage of the country. Weapons, religious paraphernalia, and lacquer-work boxes tell the tale of the many events that have occurred in this small nation.

Satiate your thirst for adventure with a few lessons at the shark diving school on Maafushi island. Most of the dive sites have to be accessed by boat giving you the opportunity of feeling the wind blaze through your hair as you zip over the clear waters.

Sun Island Beach is known for the rich and varied marine life it shelters in its spectacular coral atolls. Southern Ari Atoll is a must visit for those seeking to interact with various species of sea life without the crowds.

A visit to North Male Atoll can involve small excursions to nearby islands. The area also abounds in plenty of dive sites.

A relaxing sunset cruise aboard a luxury catamaran is something you can enjoy in Hulhumale especially when travelling with a group of friends or family.

Favourite Local Foods

Coconut, fish, and starches give Maldivian cuisine its unique flavours.

A clear, fish broth, Garudhiya uses tuna which is found in plenty in the waters near the archipelago. This Maldivian staple is usually made from just fish, water and salt though variations include flavouring with chilies, curry leaves, and onions.

Mashuni is typically had for breakfast and is accompanied by chappathi or roshi and black tea. The key ingredients are tuna, coconut, and chili with the preparation being similar to that of a salad. The vegetarian version substitutes the green leaves of certain plants for the fish.

Made from steamed breadfruit, onion, chili, and coconut, Banbukeylu Harisa, this is sure to appeal to vegetarians. This dish is also served on festive occasions.

For those with a sweet tooth, Handulu Bondibai is a must try. This dessert is made and distributed to friends and neighbours on festive occasions such as the birth of a child or a betrothal. Here, sweetened rice is flavoured with coconut cream and rose water.

Since there are quite a few similarities in Maldivian and Indian cuisine, most Indian travelers have no issues as far as food goes. But, should you crave authentic Indian food during your holiday, there are quite a few Indian restaurants sprinkled on the different islands with male having the most number.

Favourite Local Things to Buy

The influence of the sea is evident in the kind of souvenirs on offer at the stalls and stores in the Maldives.

Jewellery makes for good souvenirs and gifts. Seashells, pearls, and corals are just some of the materials used to embellish the jewellery crafted in this country. Chandaanee Maagu, formerly known as Singapore Bazaar, is a good place to look for these as well as Thudu Kuna, the traditional Maldivian mat.

Choose from a wide range of spices to give your dishes the authentic Maldivian flavour back home. Get your picks packed in attractive jars or bottles to transport them home safely.

Handwoven and embroidered clothes and fabrics are available in plenty. Decorative handicrafts such as vases, boxes, and baskets featuring seashells and other embellishments can also be bought at the local markets or the mobile markets that come to the different resorts regularly.

If electronics, perfumes, handbags, and the like are what you are looking for, then head for Majeedhe Maagu located on the main street in Male. Shops stay open till 11 pm, so you can shop till you drop quite literally!

Things to do in Maldives

There is a wide array of activities to keep you occupied during your Maldives visit.

Sleeping over water is something you get to do in Maldives. Quite a few of the accommodations in upscale resorts are on water and the glass floors bring the ocean into your room. And deep blue lagoons are just a jump away!

Try your hand at surfing which is fast catching on as a tourist attraction. The unexplored Thaa Atoll is one place to hone your skills.

Get some much-needed pampering at one of the exclusive spas with glass floors that allow you to gaze on life in the water while you relax. Some offer Ayurvedic treatments and the world’s first underwater spa is also in Maldives.

Go aboard a submarine and dive into the depths of the reef to get up close with varied sea life. A good way to experience the underwater world without getting wet.

A speedboat can take you out to try your skills at big game fishing. Tuna and sail fish can be snagged on day trips while night fishing will fetch you grouper, snapper, and barracuda.

Experience life on an uninhabited island where you can enjoy undiluted solitude.

Ideal Tour Package

An itinerary of about five days is all you need to really get to know the Maldives. The Male-Maafushi -Southern Ari Atoll -North Male Atoll-Male route should cover it all and acquaint you with the best of all that Maldives has to offer. Male is the point of entry for all visitors to the archipelago. Ferries, boats, and sea planes are the best way to go island hopping. All other locations within the islands are easily accessible on foot. The few island cities with motorable roads have taxis to take you around. The only vehicles on the roads other than cars are motorcycles.

VISA and Travel

Tourism and related services contribute about 33% to the GDP of the nation. With around 84 islands developed for tourism, about one million tourists visited the country in 2014. As a result, the Maldives government has rolled out the red carpet for all tourists.

There is no pre-arrival visa required when visiting the Maldives as tourists. People of all nationalities get a 30-day free visa provided they fulfill the following conditions:

Possession of a valid passport with Machine Readable Zone (MRZ) and validity of at least 6 months.

A valid ticket to continue the journey out of Maldives.

Have enough funds to cover their expenses for the duration of their stay in Maldives. (US$100 + $50 dollars per day) or a confirmation of reservation in a tourist resort or a hotel.

The period for which the tourist visa is issued will be at the discretion of immigration. Extensions are granted for up to 90 days based upon a reassessment of the applicant’s financial standing and other factors. A visa fee of MVR 750 is applicable on extensions.

Note: Maldivian Rufiyaa is the currency of Malaysia. The current exchange rate is 1 MVR= 4.8 INR.

Best Time to Visit

The warm, tropical climate of Maldives does not see temperatures go below 24ºC at any time of year. The peak tourist season is from December to April when it is summer in Maldives and the rains have subsided. But if a little rain is no deterrent, then you could book your tickets sometime between May to November. There will be next to no crowds and you will get great deals on resort prices too.

February to April is the best season for diving and snorkeling given the good visibility and low humidity. If more adventurous activities such as swimming with the sharks is on your agenda then October-November increase your chances of spotting these.


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