Located in South Asia, and more specifically the Indian Ocean, The Maldives is one of the best destinations for an island retreat. Comprised by 1190 islands and well known as the smallest country in Asia, the country is home to beautiful white sand beaches, crystal clear waters, diverse sea life and luxury resorts.
Why Visit The Maldives
White sand, crystal clear water, sea breeze, palm trees and amazing sunsets are the main reason why people visit The Maldives, like taken out of a postcard. The country is comprised by 1190 islands, with the large majority of the resorts being on their own private island as the islands are really small. Beautiful and private.
The majority of the wildlife in the Maldives is aquatic (of course, is it an archipelago) but the country houses and incredible diverse sea life with more than 2,000 species of fish, coral reefs, turtles, rays, whales, sharks, dolphins and more. Snorkeling is one of their best attractions. (Don’t miss the bioluminescent phytoplankton on the Vaadhoo Island!)
RELAX & PRIVACY
Thanks to its location, the Maldives offer a private destination to unwind and relax. The majority of its resorts have their own private island, and as their are not really big, the amount of people that can access the island are limited.
We already talked about the privacy you get to enjoy in the Maldives, but I haven’t elaborated enough on their stunning villas. Even if you are traveling on a budget, I would recommend to stay at least one night in one of them to enjoy the panoramic views of the ocean, the sound of the waves from your room and the feeling of waking up to a vast turquoise sea. The edge of your private pool end with the horizon and the ocean.
What to expect
Dhivehi is the national language of the Maldives (an Indo-Aryan language), but as their economy is based on the tourism, English is widely spoken and used in schools as well.
In the Maldives the standard voltage is 220 V and the frequency is 50 Hz. That’s the standard voltage in the UK, Europe, Australia and most of Asia and Africa; If you are traveling from the US you will need an adaptor.
The Maldivian Rufiyaa is the currency of Maldives, however your wouldn’t really need to use it unless you are going for local shops and services or you are staying at a guesthouse. Dollars and Euros are widely accepted, especially in the resorts. The same apply for all major credit cards like Visa and Mastercard. 1 US dollar equals 15.40 Maldivian rufiyaa (as of 2020)
The crime rate in the Maldives is minimal, especially if you are staying at a resort in a private island . Petty crime and scams could occur, and I would recommend to be aware of your surroundings like you would anywhere else.
The Maldives have a good weather almost throughout the entire year (tropical monsoon climate to be specific). However, they have two seasons: rain season (from June to December) and dry season (from November to May). The dry season has little rain and lower humidity, while the rain season is characterized by stronger winds and rain,
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