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Photos That Will Make You Want To Pack Your Bags and Travel To The Maldives

Updated: Oct 15, 2023

The Maldives is a dream vacation, often chosen as the top romantic honeymoon destination for its unmatched beauty, consistently warm temperatures and resorts that cater to luxury, privacy and seclusion. Travel to the Maldives may seem difficult (or impossible) but it is well worth any effort.


Overwater Bridge, Hurawalhi Maldives
Overwater Bridge, Hurawalhi Maldives

Maldives (officially the Republic of Maldives) is an archipelagic state in South Asia, located in the Indian Ocean. The temperature is an average of 30 degrees Celsius (87 degrees Fahrenheit) all year round, with plenty of sun.


Dream Island, Hurawalhi Maldives
Dream Island, Hurawalhi Maldives

Scattered across a chain of 26 Atolls, resorts are remote and sometimes difficult to get to, which is a plus for those seeking solitude or privacy. Resorts closest to the main island of Male can be reached by boat, but those further away require a seaplane, usually via Trans Maldivian Airways.


Trans Maldivian Airways, Maldives
Trans Maldivian Airways, Maldives

What is an Atoll?


An atoll is a ring-shaped coral reef, island, or series of islets, surrounded by a lagoon. Channels between islets connect a lagoon to the open ocean or sea. It is here where visitors can often find dolphins jumping and playing in the early morning.


Maldivian Atoll/Island, as seen from a Seaplane
Maldivian Atoll/Island, as seen from a Seaplane

Snorkelling is the Number One Activity to do in the Maldives


The shallow waters surrounding the islands are home to abundant and colourful coral reefs, which make the Maldives an attractive snorkelling destination. There are many tours available if you do not wish to explore on your own.


Black Pyramid Butterfly Fish, Snorkelling in the Maldives
Black Pyramid Butterfly Fish, Snorkelling in the Maldives

The Indian Ocean is home to some of the most unique underwater creatures. The reefs of the Maldives are host to hundreds of species of fish and a myriad of other sea-dwelling creatures.



Blue Parrotfish chomping at coral, Snorkelling in the Maldives
Blue Parrotfish chomping at coral, Snorkelling in the Maldives

 

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Soft Coral, Snorkelling in the Maldives
Soft Coral, Snorkelling in the Maldives


Most resorts will take full advantage of the surrounding reefs and have an overwater bungalow option, fitted with direct access to the surrounding waters and house reef.


Overwater Bungalow, Hurawalhi Maldives
Overwater Bungalow, Hurawalhi Maldives

Even if you don't opt to stay in an overwater bungalow, you can enjoy the breathtaking views from the bridge access. Most resorts will have a bar or common gathering place at the end of the bridge for all guests to enjoy.



Bridge to Overwater Bungalows, Hurawalhi Maldives
Bridge to Overwater Bungalows, Hurawalhi Maldives

Underwater Hotels and Restaurants:


You can walk, dine or sleep underwater. The world's first underwater hotel and all-glass undersea restaurant were built in the Maldives, allowing guests unique opportunities to view the beautiful life underwater.


Read our review of the 5.8 Undersea Restaurant at Hurawalhi Maldives here.


Dining at the 5.8 Undersea Restaurant, Hurawalhi Maldives
Dining at the 5.8 Undersea Restaurant, Hurawalhi Maldives

You can sunbathe on some of the most beautiful beaches. The bright-white super-soft sand is one of the reasons that the Maldives is home to a large number of the world's best beaches.



Dream Island, Hurawalhi Maldives
Dream Island, Hurawalhi Maldives

You can get up close and personal with sharks and manta rays. Most sharks in Maldivian waters are not dangerous. To date, there have been no reported shark attacks on humans in the Maldives, ever. Most of the sharks that can be found in the Maldives are non-aggressive species.


Read more about our adventures snorkelling with reef sharks in the Maldives here.


Black Tipped Reef Shark, Snorkelling in the Maldives
Black Tipped Reef Shark, Snorkelling in the Maldives

The Maldivian archipelago is home to five of the seven species of sea turtles. You can often see them swimming close to the lagoons or near coral reefs.


Green Sea Turtle, Snorkelling in the Maldives
Green Sea Turtle, Snorkelling in the Maldives

If you are so inclined, you can go snorkelling at night and see the underwater world in an entirely new (and lacking) light. With only the use of flashlights, night snorkelling can be both terrifying and invigorating.


Read about our adventure night snorkelling in the Maldives (and what we saw underwater) here.


Night Snorkelling in the Maldives
Night Snorkelling in the Maldives

The sunsets are simply magnificent. In the Maldives, sunsets begin at approximately 18:00 (with some variation depending on the time of year). The golden hour prior to absolute sunset is most spectacular, painting everything in beautiful golden hues.



Golden Hour at the Champagne Bar, Hurawalhi Maldives
Golden Hour at the Champagne Bar, Hurawalhi Maldives

Sunrise in the Maldives, which begins at approximately 06:00, is just as spectacular. Depending on the time of year and amount of cloud coverage in the sky, the sun rises into a burst of colour.


Capturing the Sunrise in the Overwater Bungalow Plunge Pool , Hurawalhi Maldives
Capturing the Sunrise in the Overwater Bungalow Plunge Pool , Hurawalhi Maldives

Catering mostly to couples or families who needs to relax, most resorts will have a luxurious spa available to guests, with phenomenal views.



Couples Massage Room at Sulha Spa, Hurawalhi Maldives
Couples Massage Room at Sulha Spa, Hurawalhi Maldives

What to Eat in the Maldives:


The food is absolutely delicious. The local food is definitely a must try, but when staying on a resort in the Maldives, most will have top chefs creating delicious feasts for their guests to enjoy.


Deconstructed Raspberry Chocolate Cake, Hurawalhi Maldives
Deconstructed Raspberry Chocolate Cake, Hurawalhi Maldives

No matter where or what you eat, the views are simply breathtaking, calm waters in varying hues of blue, which is what makes the Maldives such an attractive destination.



Kashibo Restaurant at Hurawalhi Maldives
Kashibo Restaurant at Hurawalhi Maldives

If these photos haven't convinced you, check out the gallery here,

or read all about our adventures in the Maldives here.


Happy Travelling!


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