You’ve seen photos of the Maldives before: picture-perfect private villas suspended over striking blue waters, alabaster white sand beaches and spectacular sunsets dipping into the horizon. The scenic beauty of the Maldives is something to behold, something you can’t quite understand until you’re there in person.
The island nation of the Maldives is popular with honeymooners looking for seclusion and adventurers looking to explore the depths of the sea on a scuba diving and snorkeling excursion. Travelers seeking relaxation can unwind at one of the island spas and all visitors should certainly spend a day exploring the Maldivian capital of Male’. However, getting to and staying in this tropical paradise requires patience (there are no direct flights from the United States) and plentiful cash. Located between the Arabian and Laccadive seas, roughly 500 miles southwest of Sri Lanka, the Maldives is about as isolated as you can get – and that’s just another one of its many allures.
The Maldives are hot and sunny all year round, with average temperatures of 23ºC-31ºC. The best weather – and the best time to visit the Maldives – is between November and April. The high season falls between December and March. The monsoon runs from May to October, peaking around June. The northern atolls have highest rainfall May-Nov; the southern atolls from Nov-Mar. It is worth paying the higher prices and sticking to the dry season – there’s not much to do on rainy days except drink, work out or scuba dive. Then again, that doesn’t sound so bad.
White sandy beaches, blue lagoons, coral islands and extensive reefs – everything about Maldives makes it an obvious choice for a great holiday. Hulhumale beach is the most visited attraction of Maldives whereas National Museum, Islamic Centre, Male Friday Mosque and Alimatha Island are some other places of interest. There are various Islands having a distinct character that you can explore when in Maldives. Coconuts are an integral part of Maldivian cuisine. You will find it in grated form, as milk or as coconut oil in food. When here, you must try Skipjack tuna, Yellowfin tuna, Frigate tuna, Little tunney, Bigeye scad, Wahoo and Mahi-mahi. Nighlife in Maldives is varied. From underwater party destinations to cruise bars, live bands and cinema on the beach, you find interesting options to enjoy your night.