The Ideal Holiday – Sunny, unique and unspoiled, the Maldives is often described as paradise on earth. The pristine tropical islands with swaying palm trees and pure white beaches surrounded by crystalline lagoons of varying shades of blue that cover dazzling coral gardens – all these combine to Maldives the ideal tropical holiday destination.
Adding to the natural beauty of the country is the fact that the Maldives literally straddles the equator – thus enjoying a year round temperature that remains between 25 – 30 degrees Celsius. The weather is mainly warm and humid with pleasant sea breezes to enhance the luxury of the sun, sand, sea and the blissful tranquility that is a signature characteristic of the Maldives.
The Maldives is the perfect haven for those seeking peace, tranquility, rejuvenation and relaxation as well as paradise for the water lovers wishing to snorkel dive and surf.
The accommodation in the resorts varies from island to island. Some resorts may provide only thatched huts while others have air-conditioned rooms with satellite television. It is common that most resorts have some diverse accommodation to offer to suit the tastes of the visitors. All rooms have bathrooms and some resorts have them without roofs to give a feel of the traditional Maldivian gifili. Some resorts even have small gardens in such open-air bathrooms.
The food is as diverse as the accommodation. If the resort rates do not include the food then you ca dine in a good restaurant in the resort. Most resorts have more than one. These restaurants cater to tastes ranging from Oriental, Indian, Middle Eastern and Continental. Usually separate bars are found, with most resorts providing mini bars in the rooms. Coffee shops are an additional facility found in many resorts when you need a light snack or a drink.
The activities offered by different resorts also vary. However, generally Maldivian resorts cater to the needs of tourists with different tastes. For the relaxation and comfort of the sandy white beaches, one would not have to go far. Most islands have beaches close to the rooms. They are unpolluted and provide a panoramic view of the crystal clear lagoons that beckon you. These untouched beaches are the perfect place for you to practice the art of doing nothing. If the desire to take a dip is too over whelming, do not hesitate. The turquoise lagoons and the blue sea will definitely have a soothing effect on you.
Diving and Snorkeling
But the surprises are hidden under the surface. Don a mask and a pair of fins and you will get a glimpse of the treasures. But a mere snorkeling experience may not be what you really need. The deep is even better. The Maldives provides breathtaking underwater scenes. Divers can play along with rainbow coloured fish and caress the corals that make the Maldives a diver’s fulfilled fantasy. Most resorts have dive schools and from where you can obtain the necessary equipment. They also offer diving trips with the assistance of qualified instructors.
For the sports enthusiasts a range of activities are offered including windsurfing, catamaran sailing, and water-skiing. Or if you prefer to have an exciting time on the island, table tennis, volleyball and tennis are for you. Once again, the facilities differ from one resort to the other.
The resorts can also arrange excursions like visiting uninhabited islands, fishing trips, night fishing, visiting inhabited islands to see the lifestyle of the local people and even a visit to the capital island Malé.