Maldives: All Inclusive
The Indian Ocean's idyllic paradise
Backpacking in Maldives
You wouldn’t normally think of a backpacking holiday in the Maldives, but you can do much worse than affording them a brief visit en route to your next backpacking destination in the Indian Ocean, even if it means stretching your budget to do so!
Although travelling between islands is mainly restricted to tour operators, it is possible to hire a small boat or even get a ferry between some of the islands around the Maldives, although be prepared to share the ferry with all sorts of cargo!
Once in the Maldives, your backpacking holiday will be fairly limited in the accommodation stakes – the Maldives don’t do hostels! Whilst backpacking in the Maldives, If you are lucky enough to find a hotel with vacancies then be prepared to pay the top end of a tourist budget for a room. Accommodation on the capital Male, can be found slightly cheaper, but of course you don’t get the beautiful views and tranquillity as you do on the islands.
Beach in Maldives
The Maldives are the ultimate beach holiday, so much so that they were voted as the Best Beach and Rest & Relaxation Destination in December 2008 by Country Brand Index.
Each island in the Maldives is completed surrounded by a soft white coral sandy beach, lapped by the warm Indian Ocean extending out towards the shallow house reefs and beyond making the Maldives a perfect destination for a beach holiday.
A beach holiday in the Maldives isn’t just about lazing on the beach however, and you will find that most of the larger beach resorts in the Maldives offer water sports, so you can try your hand at jet skiing, parasailing or canoeing. And of course, almost all of the resorts in the Maldives have some kind of dive school where, if qualified you can hire out equipment and go your own way, or you can undertake training from a qualified instructor to experience life under the Indian Ocean. All in all, the Maldives are the perfect beach holiday resort.
Camping in Maldives
There are no camping holidays offered in the Maldives, not as such, but if you feel that you need the canvas experience, even in paradise, then you can opt for a new Banyan Tree resort located on the north Ari atoll island of Madivaru. Offering pure seclusion, six private villas, each consisting of three specialized tents to incorporate living, sleeping and bathing areas, and of course a private pool) are doted amongst the lush landscape, just a few footsteps from the warm ocean. Although not a traditional camping holiday, and rather more expensive than the average campsite, this tented paradise in the truly is the most perfect place for sleeping under canvas and as near as you’ll get to a camping holiday in the Maldives!
Cruises in Maldives
There are several holiday companies who offer cruise holidays to the Maldives, but by cruise, they don’t mean huge ocean liners. Cruise holidays in the Maldives are on a much smaller and intimate basis, with most live aboard boats only having a handful of cabins. You can also find Maldive cruise holidays being offered onboard traditional dhoni’s which let you explore the islands in a more typical environment. Most live aboard cruise ships are very well catered for and almost all cabins have an attached private bathroom.
The most popular cruise holiday in the Maldives is combined with a diving tour, and you will see many impressive dive live aboards moored at Male ready to take on their next batch of divers. These dive boats offer a fantastic cruise around the islands of the Maldives whilst taking in all the wonderful dive sites.
Another way to cruise the Maldives is to take a day trip offered by many of the resorts to the neighbouring islands. This is lovely way to see the other islands and can be extended to a few nights on board if required.
Disabled Needs in Maldives
If you’re looking for a disabled holiday in the Maldives, then you should know that getting around in the Maldives is slightly restricted due to most places of arrival/departure, and resorts having steps at some point. But staff are experienced with disabled travellers holidaying in the Maldives and will provide assistance if asked.
As the Maldives is a flat country, and most of the hotel rooms are at ground level, once in your resort the disabled traveller shouldn’t come up against many obstacles.
A disabled traveller can still enjoy an active holiday in the Maldives and indulge in things such as sailing, fishing cruises, island hopping or taking a dip in the water. And, most of the dive schools will be able to arrange a course for the disabled traveller whilst holidaying in the Maldives.
Family Holiday in Maldives
The Maldives tend to cater for couples, with the emphasis on peace, seclusion and romance. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy a family holiday in the Maldives. What can be more fun for a family holiday than enjoying the beautiful beaches of the Maldives and snorkelling in the warm water looking at the brightly coloured fish - enough to satisfy any child.
Admittedly, even the most active child may get board on one of the smaller resorts, there’s only so much snorkelling you can do! So when choosing your family holiday in the Maldives, try to select a resort which caters for the family holiday such as the Bandos Island resort which offers a child care centre and childrens playground.
Honeymoon in Maldives
The Maldives are the ultimate honeymoon destination. No other place in the world can offer what the Maldives can offer for your honeymoon. Every resort island is catered towards couples, with peace, tranquillity and intimacy being offered as standard. If you honeymoon in the Maldives, then you can be assured that your every need will be catered for. Many resorts in the Maldives offer individual bungalows perched above the warm waters, where apart from visiting the restaurant for food, you could go your whole holiday without having to see another person!
Spending your honeymoon in the Maldives can be as low key or as extravagant as you want, but always romantic! Most resorts in the Maldives offer honeymoon couples a little gift such as fresh fruit or cocktails on arrival, or flowers in your room, but for the ultimate honeymoon experience in the Maldives what about a lobster dinner by candlelight on a sandbank on the island resort of Kuredu. Or sail off to one of the uninhabited islands of the Maldives and spend the day stranded on your own desert island. However romantic you want to get, you can do no better than to choose the Maldives as the perfect honeymoon destination.
Couples Holiday in Maldives
The Maldives cater, above all for couples. There is not a more romantic destination in the world for a couples holiday than the Maldives. Each resort in the Maldives is based around seclusion and romance and apart from the odd family group, most of the tourists visiting the Maldives will be couples. Most resort islands in the Maldives now offer individual water bungalows where you can truly get away from it all and simple pass the day without seeing another sole, should you wish! The Maldives really are the ultimate destination for a couples holiday.
Sailing Activity Holiday in Maldives
It is possible to do an independent sailing holiday around the Maldives, but it is quite difficult to gain entry permissions to some of the islands, so it is best to go on an organised package sailing holiday in the Maldives. There are many holiday companies offering sailing holidays in the Maldives on crewed boats. Most of these boats are very luxurious and offer every amenity you could want whilst sailing the Indian Ocean. They will take you to many islands around the Maldives, both resort islands and uninhabited ones, where you will get the chance to snorkel in the shallow reefs or just laze on a deserted beach before going back on board and continuing your sailing holiday around the Maldives.
Scuba Diving Activity Holiday in Maldives
The Maldives offer one of the best scuba diving locations in the world. With their shallow house reefs just metres off the beach, snorkelling and scuba diving are available without even boarding a dive boat. Scuba diving in the Maldives house reefs offers a world of underwater beauty where you will see many varieties of fish, including the amusing parrot fish grinding up coral with it’s powerful teeth and the bright yellow coloured sweet lips fish.
The abundant brightly coloured stripy wrasse are forever at your side, literally pecking at your scuba gear! And you may even see small reef sharks and turtles in the shallows. But scuba diving in the Maldives isn’t complete without a trip off shore into the deep ocean, where you may encounter giant wrasse, eel and even a whale shark if you’re really lucky! For a wonderful scuba diving holiday you will be hard beat to find a better destination than the Maldives.
Well-being and Spa in Maldives
There are plenty of spa & well being holidays on offer in the Maldives, with a majority of the resorts offering at least spa facilities.
For the ultimate spa & well being holiday in the Maldives you could try the Island Hideaway at Dhonakulhi, a fairly new resort which offers the most luxurious hideaway spa, or the Huvafen Fushi resort which offer a unique underwater spa!
Once at your resort in the Maldives, spa and wellbeing treatments, such as massage, facials and body wraps are easily booked.
Winter Sun in Maldives
With an average temperature of 30 degrees Celsius all year round, the Maldives are the ultimate winter sun holiday destination. The Maldives do have a monsoon season, the main one being between May and November, but even when it rains, it’s never cold. So for a winter sun holiday destination visit the Maldives in their driest period between November and April and you’ll be sure of almost uninterrupted sunshine. The warm Indian Ocean averages above 25 degrees Celsius all year round, making the Maldives a perfect winter sun destination.