Why Holiday in The Maldives?
Maldives holidays are ideal for luxuriating in the sunshine, but they are also great for wildlife-spotting and island-hopping. Go swimming, snorkelling or scuba diving and you’ll see schools of colourful fish and coral reefs. If you’re lucky, you might even spot some curious dolphins and sea turtles. If you prefer more fast-paced watersports, there are plenty of places to try windsurfing, kayaking, kitesurfing, jet skiing and banana boats. The combination of great weather and pleasant water conditions means that novices and veterans alike can’t get enough of exploring the Indian Ocean. Many resorts - and ferry ports on Malé island - also offer boat tours of the nearby atolls.
Beach Holidays to The Maldives
In Male, the best place to swim is Artificial Beach. Don’t let the name keep you away; this is a beach that locals love just as much as holidaymakers. So named because it was man-made to provide Maldivians with a place to swim in the capital city, you’ll find everything from a children’s play area to vibrant festival celebrations here. To respect the local customs, keep covered up when you’re at Artificial Beach – bikinis and budgie smugglers can be worn to your heart’s content at the private island resort beaches.
Food and Drink in The Maldives
Satisfy your sweet tooth with bondibai, which is made from palm stems smothered in condensed milk, rose essence and – you guessed it – coconut milk. This dessert is perfect when paired with a refreshing sai tea - a creamy drink, packed full of flavour. Alcohol is only served at beach resorts and in hotel bars so soft drinks, coffee and teas are the way to go if you get thirsty when you’re out and about.
Visiting The Maldives
Useful Info for Visiting The Maldives
The Maldives is a Muslim country, with a vibrant culture and traditional roots. Be respectful to local customs such as keeping covered up at the beach and avoiding alcohol unless you’re at a hotel bar or island resort, and you’ll be welcomed with open arms. Please note that the Islamic holy month of Ramadan takes place between 05/05/2019 and 04/06/2019, and may affect opening times of cafes and restaurants. Alcohol sales, music, dining and dancing during this time might be restricted, and dining for non-Muslim hotel guests may take place in private rooms.
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