Mellow out in the Maldives - dream destination in the Indian Ocean
The Republic of Maldives is the definition of a tropical island paradise. This collection of over 1,190 coral islands has some of the world’s most impressive beaches and turquoise waters. It's easy to simply sit back and soak in the sun, sand, and ocean scenery. Since the Maldives is a hotspot for honeymoons, couples will find plenty of services and amenities to make the most of their romantic getaway.
However, it's not just the views above water that have enchanted millions of tourists. The Maldives is internationally celebrated for its exceptional snorkeling opportunities, some of which are UNESCO-protected sites. Daring divers will find a diverse array of underwater life in the Maldives, including manta rays, reef sharks, and clownfish. The combination of clear water conditions and marine biodiversity makes the Maldives a "bucket list" destination for snorkelers.
Best time to travel to the Maldives
between November and April
beautiful tropical weather
21 to 27°C (70 - 80°F)
be aware of monsoon season
What to see and do at the Maldives
Ironically, many people love the Maldives because there are so few "things to do." Tourists often stay at their resort for the entire trip to enjoy simple pleasures like sunbathing, sleeping in and snacking on buffet food. While you could easily do nothing but relax on your Maldives vacation, there are also some recreational activities for nature enthusiasts.
Key facts about the Maldives
With an area measuring 115 mi², the Maldives is one of the tiniest nations on earth. Despite the Maldives’ small size, there are approximately 550,000 permanent residents on its roughly 1,200 islands. Interestingly, the Maldivian capital Malé, where one-third of Maldivians live, ranks as one of the most densely-populated cities.
All the islands in the Maldives are grouped into one of the nation's 26 ring-like formations called "atolls." Currently, ten administrative zones within the nation's atolls are open to foreigners. The islands that focus on tourism typically are very small and it probably will take less than one hour to walk across it. They mostly only consist of one all-inclusive hotel with direct access to the beach.
The Maldives typically welcomes over 1 million foreign visitors every year. Most of them fly into Malé International Airport (MLE), which is a short drive from the centre of Malé. From MLE, you will likely need to take a water plane or a speed boat to reach your final destination. Trans Maldivian Airways (TMA) handles all water plane transfers within the Maldives.
Since the Maldives is an archipelago, it relies heavily on imports for its food and supplies. Therefore, tourists should expect higher prices for necessities during their Maldives vacation. It may also be challenging to find convenience stores outside of Malé. While this isn't typically a big deal for those staying at all-inclusive resorts, visitors should factor it into their plans when packing their luggage.
archipelago with 1,200 islands
apx. 550,000 residents
Weather & stay at the Maldives
Transportation – Getting to and around Maldives
Since the Maldives are a collection of islands, you won't spend much time in a bus or a car. Indeed, the only ways to get around the Maldives are via speed boats and water planes. The type of transportation you use will depend on how far your hotel is from Malé. Also, keep in mind that these services typically don't run after dark. If your flight lands in MLE late in the day, you may need to stay in Malé overnight before grabbing a boat or plane to your island.