A Maldives Travel Guide for Your First Visit

Prepare to embark on a journey like no other, where the cerulean waters of the Indian Ocean cradle islands of pure beauty and serenity. The Maldives beckons you for beachside bliss and unforgettable adventures and these insights will help you plan a magical holiday here.

Where to Stay

Choosing the perfect abode is key to a remarkable experience. Ensure to book a getaway at a private island resort where added comforts and pampering await in the Maldives. Hotel accommodation options are just as alluring; whether you prefer beachfront serenity or the enchantment of overwater bungalows, these sanctuaries offer a world of luxury. Families will appreciate resorts with kids’ clubs, while diverse dining options will tantalise your taste buds. You can also spend your days soaking up the sun, indulging in holistic spa rituals and embarking on fun escapades, with each day offering something new to enjoy.

Water Sports

This nation offers an aquatic playground amidst the Indian Ocean and water sports enthusiasts will be in their element at ideal private resorts like Cinnamon Dhonveli Maldives. Venture into a mesmerising underwater world be it snorkelling or diving, where you will encounter reef fish, sharks, manta rays, turtles and more. For surfers, hotspots like Pasta Point beckon with consistent 4- to 6-foot waves on offer. Kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding provide serene exploration (with a great cardio workout too!), while jet skiing and parasailing provide an adrenaline rush against breathtaking backdrops.

Things to Do

Beyond the waters, there are a plethora of exciting things to do in Maldives. Witness spinner dolphins in their natural habitat during a private dolphin-watching excursion. Anglers can try their luck with big game fishing or experience more traditional techniques used in sunset fishing. For cultural immersion, visit Male and Huraa Island to see top attractions, mingle with the locals and savour Maldivian dishes. Families can also look to head underwater in a whale submarine which will be truly mesmerising; meanwhile, couples can share an intimate dinner on the beach and under the stars, the epitome of island romance.

Getting Around

Seaplanes – Photo by Peter Rolland on Unsplash

Navigating this island paradise is an adventure in itself! Speedboats are a convenient choice, allowing easy access to resorts closer to Male and the international airport at a lower cost and quicker travel time. Seaplanes, while pricier, transport you to more distant resorts with spectacular aerial views. You can opt for the best of both worlds by choosing a resort that can be reached by speedboat and which also offers private seaplane flights for sightseeing. Once at your property, traditional dhonis or luxury yachts await, for excursions and cruises, promising unforgettable journeys on the open sea.