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Getting around Maldives – Tips for First-time travellers

When before booking tickets for a holiday destination, it’s better to find out about small things such as the accommodation options, weather, local cultures and the different modes of transport available there.

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The best way to get to a place from another in Maldives is by walking. Malé, the capital city of Maldives is just about a square mile in area and all of the landmarks are in walking distance from one another. But if you would like to go for island hopping, Yacht is the best option as it is faster and easier than the ferry or the local boat (known as “dhoni”) and is easier for navigation.  Here are the best modes of transport that you can choose in your holiday to Maldives.

Yacht

If you can spend a generous amount of money, then this is the best mode of transport you’ll get when travelling from one island in the archipelago to the other.

Yacht

Yachts can easily glide through the isolated reefs and the remote islands.  Various resorts in the islands have their private docks for the convenience of the travellers arriving and leaving through the yachts. As visiting the non-resort islands is prohibited by the government of Maldives, it is important to see where you are choosing to anchor. We would recommend you to travel with a licensed tour guide/operator as they will have proper licence and will know the rules and regulations. Also, if you are lucky, they can even take you to the islands that are usually off limits to the tourists,

Ferry

Although the local ferry network is confined to some major places, it is the best option for cruises and if you want to experience the traditional and cultural aspects of the Maldives. Their network is limited to the four routes with specific schedules and can be checked on their government’s transit website.

Motorbikes

In Malé, you will be able to see some motorbikes, making their way through the narrow lanes and crowded streets. However, for safety reasons, we’d advise you not to rent one unless you are an expert rider. Moreover, since all landmarks are roughly a fifteen minute walk away, there is hardly any use for motorbikes.

Taxis

There are several taxis in Malé which are useful is you are carrying too much luggage or if you’re stuck in a thunderstorm. You can both call for the taxi services or hail a taxi on the streets. Luggage costs extra if it is more than a certain amount.

Liveaboard Trips and More from the Maldives

A liveaboard trip is a lovely way to spice up your holidays in the Maldives and many visitors are waking up to the charm of booking such trips around the archipelago. Simply put, liveaboard trips are mini cruises, which take guests on an island-hopping spree and offer a first rate diving experience. This way, one gets to enjoy almost all the facets of this delightful island nation.

Popular Liveaboard Trip Routes

Popular routes for liveaboard trips lie along the colourful atolls surrounding the capital city of Malé, with the Ari atoll being a pretty famous one. A couple of other popular trips are to the Rasdhoo Atoll and Baa Atoll. Travellers looking for long distance liveaboard trips may sign up for a voyage to the recently formed Huvadhoo atoll to the far South or the Haa-Alifu atoll to the far North of the island.

Best Time to Go….

maldivesThe best time to enjoy liveaboard trips in the Maldives is between November and April as the weather is quite pleasant. The prices are high during this period but one also gets to enjoy various other delightful activities.

Top Dive and Snorkel Spots

  • Kudarah Thila (South Ari Atoll) and 5 Rocks for watching incredible coral formations and unique species of fish
  • Cocoa Corner (South Malé Atoll) and Guraidhoo Kandu for exciting drifts and watching sharks and rays
  • Fotteyo (Felidhoo Atoll) and Dhiga Thila for colourful soft corals and near-vertical drop-off diving
  • Madhivaaru Rangali (Ari Atoll) and Lankan Caves (North Malé) for snorkelling

Other Sights and Sounds….

maldivessBesides a celebrated diving, surfing and snorkelling scene, the Maldives has many other charms. The capital city of Malé alone spoils one for choice with wonderful attractions such as Sultan’s Park, Grand Friday Mosque, Fish Market, National Museum and the Graveyard. The ones looking for more adventurous pursuits may try out canoeing and wakeboarding.

Liveaboard Trips and more from the Maldives

MaldivesA liveaboard trip is a lovely way to spice up your holidays in the Maldives and many visitors are waking up to the charm of booking such trips around the archipelago. Simply put, liveaboard trips are mini cruises, which take guests on an island-hopping spree and offer a first rate diving experience. This way, one gets to enjoy almost all the facets of this delightful island nation.

Popular Liveaboard Trip Routes

Popular routes for liveaboard trips lie along the colourful atolls surrounding the capital city of Malé, with the Ari atoll being a pretty famous one. A couple of other popular trips are to Rasdhoo Atoll and Baa Atoll. Travellers looking for long distance liveaboard trips may sign up for a voyage to the recently formed Huvadhoo atoll to the far South or the Haa-Alifu atoll to the far North of the island.

Best Time to Go….

The best time to enjoy liveaboard trips in the Maldives is between November and April as the weather is quite pleasant. The prices are high during this period but one also gets to indulge in various other delightful activities.

Top Dive and Snorkel Spots

•   Kudarah Thila (South Ari Atoll) and 5 Rocks for watching incredible coral formations and unique species of fish
•   Cocoa Corner (South Malé Atoll) and Guraidhoo Kandu for exciting drifts and watching sharks and rays
•   Fotteyo (Felidhoo Atoll) and Dhiga Thila for colourful soft corals and near-vertical drop-off diving
•   Madhivaaru Rangali (Ari Atoll) and Lankan Caves (North Malé) for snorkelling

Other Sights and Sounds….

Besides a legendary diving, surfing and snorkelling scene, the Maldives has many other charms. The capital city of Malé alone spoils one for choice with wonderful attractions such as Sultan’s Park, Grand Friday Mosque, Fish Market, National Museum and the Graveyard. The ones looking for more adventurous pursuits may try out canoeing and wakeboarding.

Luxury Holidays to Indian Ocean Destinations – Top Resorts at Top Destinations

Indian Ocean is a wonderful region of several island nations. The region is pretty popular with luxury travellers as it boasts several top class islands that attract vacationers from all corners of the globe. The coastal charms of countries like Sri Lanka, the Maldives and Mauritius are truly splendid and push holiday makers to spend money on air tickets and hotel deals. Opulent resorts at each of these destinations are hugely popular as they allow travellers to experience luxury holidays to Indian Ocean destinations. Take a fleeting look at top two luxurious properties at each of the above mentioned destinations.

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Sri Lanka

Paradise Road the Villa Bentota and Saman Villas are among the top holiday resorts that can be found in the country. While the Villa Bentota, south of Colombo, offers around a dozen individually designed rooms and suites, complete with all amenities and services, Saman Villas is a top Sri Lanka beach resort that’s located atop a cape facing the Indian Ocean. Both these resorts feature almost every conceivable facility for guests, who are booking air tickets to Sri Lanka and seeking accommodation at either of the two.

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For many, Cocoa Island Resort is the best luxury resort in the country. Tourists who opt for the resort are greeted with azure waters and white velvety beaches. All sorts of amenities are available at the resort rooms, which are inspired by dhoni boats. Taj Exotica Resort and Spa is another top address for luxury in Maldives. The villas are all palm-thatched, and the interiors are done in true traditional style. Holiday makers who invest on flight tickets keeping in mind both luxury and tradition might not find a better option than this.

Mauritius

The Oberoi Mauritius is one fine luxury resort that’s located close to the capital city of Port Louis. Guests will love the natural tones of luxurious rooms that are replete with all facilities. On the east coast of Mauritius, the Four Seasons Resort at Anahita is yet another favourite of sybarites’ spending money on luxury holiday deals. The resort is surrounded by beautiful green gardens and beaches. A top golf course lies adjacent to the resort.