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Tips for planning a holiday in the Maldives

When it comes to selecting a great holiday destination, the Maldives rank quite high. The Maldives is a popular travel destination due to various factors like: the luxurious hotels, sun-kissed beaches, colourful reefs and fishes. To help you enjoy your first holiday to the Maldives here are some tips.

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Airport transfers to your resort

All international flights arrive at Hulhule airport at Male island. Airport transfers to your resort island can be by boat, seaplane or a domestic flight, depending on the distance. Boat transfers can access most of the islands that are close to Hulhule, but for distant islands, you will have to take a seaplane. If you need to take a seaplane, remember that they only operate during the day.

The resorts in the Maldives

All the resorts are located on their own islands, and thus you are guaranteed a safe and comfortable stay. The hotels range from affordable resorts to the pricier ones that promise you the ultimate luxury experience. If you get bored, you can visit the local fishing islands and go snorkelling by taking advantage of the boat excursions offered by most resorts.

Underwater life of the Maldives

The Maldives is popular for its underwater life and with good reason. It is home to some rare sea creatures such as five of the seven marine turtle species as well as the whale shark, which is the largest fish in the ocean. You can see as many as 1000 dolphins and various kinds of whales (such as both false and real killer whales; and dwarf sperm whales). Apart from the amazing underwater life, the islands have white and extremely fine sand because of its coralline origin.

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The islands

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With almost 1200 islands, the Maldives are a plethora of idyllic destinations, each with their own individual qualities. Some of the most popular are:

  • Male
  • Maafushi
  • Kurumba
  • Veligandu
  • Fuvahmulah

Islands with international airports

  • Gan
  • Hanimaadhoo
  • Maamingili
  • Hulhule

Board arrangements

In the Maldives you will only be able to get all your meals from the resort you booked. Most resorts offer bed and breakfast, but there are a few that provide an all-inclusive board package. Something else worth mentioning is that the all-inclusive offer applies to only meals in the main restaurant. The all-inclusive (AI) packages vary among restaurants with some include cocktails whereas some have a separate AI menu for drinks.

No holiday experience beats a holiday in the Maldives, and the truth is that you will probably have a wonderful time there. However, with a bit of careful planning you can ensure that you have an excellent time there even when you are on a budget.