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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.