A collection of thousands of tiny coral islands, Maldives is home to the world’s first underwater restaurant. It is an island country in the north-central Indian Ocean surrounded by a lagoon of shallow water. The coral islands of Maldives are spread in a chain of 26 atolls on the Indian Ocean offering peace and privacy, which makes it one of the best destinations for families and honeymooners. Vacation in the Maldives includes luxury water bungalows, powdery sandy beaches, and unspoiled beauty. Malé, the island capital is the most popular island and attracts a lot of tourists from all over the world.
COVID - 19 Guidelines for Maldives Tour
Tourism is the most important factor for economy of Maldives - a tropical island paradise loved especially by honeymooners.
For the safety of all, HPA (Health Protection Agency) Maldives has made the rules below mandatory, with effect from 10th September 2020 –
- Tourists and even short term visitors have to present a Negative PCR certificate on arrival in Maldives.
- The test must be taken within 72 hours before travelling.
- Additionally, visitors have to abide by all other COVID related rules.
- Most resorts in the Maldives have devised their own rules to be followed by their guests. The reason is that a majority of them stand individually on an island.
- As per the rules, all resorts must have a trained medical professional in place, who is capable of collecting COVID-19 samples for testing.
- Some islands also opted to test guests for COVID-19 to create Coronavirus-free bubbles.
How to Reach Maldives
There is only one way to reach Maldives by air. The main airport of Maldives is Male International Airport (MLE), which is located on Hulhule Island. It is well connected to all major countries in South-East Asia including China, India, and Sri Lanka. There are direct flights from Dubai and chartered flights from Europe, China, and Singapore. IndiGo Airlines in India offers direct flights from Mumbai to Maldives. One-stop flights to Maldives from Mumbai are available on Sri Lankan Airlines, Air India, Emirates, SpiceJet, and IndiGo Airlines. Tourists can also take cruises from Mumbai to Maldives, available in Maldives tour packages from India.
Maldives Visa for Indians
Entry into Maldives is allied with a valid passport, regardless of the country of origin. Indian citizens can also get a free Maldives visa on arrival in Male just by showing their return flight ticket and hotel confirmation. Maldives tour packages can be booked even at a short notice thanks to this facility.
Best Time to Visit Maldives
Maldives can be visited any time of the year except monsoons. Starting from Christmas and New Year, Maldives receives travelers in high numbers. Therefore, the best time to visit Maldives is from January to April. During these months, the climate of Maldives is pleasant and soothing with blue skies and crystal clear waters.
Places to Visit in Maldives
Comprising so many atolls, there are a lot of places to visit in Maldives. Hukuru Miskiiy and Theemuge are the prime attractions in Maldives. Apart from them, the National Museum, Fish Market, and Artificial beach are also great places to see in Maldives. Male Atoll, Maafushi Island, Biyadhoo Island, Sun Island, Banana Reef, Baros Island, Alimatha Island, Mirihi Island, Halaveli Islands, and Utheemu Ganduvaru are some of the famous places to visit in Maldives.
Things to Do in Maldives
The island is dotted with beaches and blue waters that offer ample things to do in Maldives.
Relaxing on the beach, dinner at an underwater restaurant, Dolphin spotting, island hopping tour, night fishing, getting a spa, playing sports at Maldives resort, indulging in watersports, scuba diving, learning surfing are the most popular things to do in Maldives.
Nightlife in Maldives
For nightlife in Maldives, there are fewer options available. Some cool pubs and bars will keep you entertained during the wee hours of the night. Kurumba, Subsix, 15 Below, Babuna Bar are some of the nightclubs in Maldives. Moodhu Bar and Restaurant, Club Med Keni, and Paradise Island Resort are famous bars in Maldives.
Accommodation in Maldives
Accommodation in Maldives mainly includes resorts. There are two types of rooms in any resort in Maldives - the beach bungalow and the water bungalow (both are also called villas or suites). They are located amidst beautiful surroundings and have all the essentials things. Some resorts have ‘garden villas’, which are not on the beach but in the middle of the island. Tourists can pick the room of their choice and have a comfortable stay.
Cuisine of Maldives
Surrounded by the sea, the cuisine of Maldives has a lot of seafood dishes. The foods of Maldives are a mix of Arabic, Indian, Sri Lankan, and Oriental cuisines, and have fish, coconut, or both as main ingredients in most dishes. Garudhiya, Mas Huni, Masroshi, Bis Keemiya, Boshi Mashuni, Fried Yams, and Maldivian Live Lobster are some famous foods to eat in Maldives.
Shopping in Maldives
When it comes to shopping in Maldives, there are a lot of options. From the local markets to malls and supermarkets, there are a lot of shopping markets in Maldives. Majeedhee Magu, Male Local Market, Chaandhanee Magu are some shopping markets on the island. Thundu Kunaa, Maldivian Sarongs, Lacquer Work, Dhonis, Jewellery, Coconut Products, and Fish products are some of the things to buy in Maldives.
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