Located on top of a vast underwater mountain range, the Maldives is a string of idyllic islands comprised of 1,190 coral islands, spread among 26 major atolls, encircled by the translucent, ever-changing waters of the Indian Ocean. The complex and vibrant coral atolls truly live up to the hype – the sheer beauty of the coral reef, the cyan-blue waters, a skyline of coconut palm trees, whiter-than-white sand beaches, isolation, and inviting people, all contribute to this tropical oasis.
Dive into the rich Maldivian waters, discovering overhangs, oddly-shaped pinnacles, underwater caves, and gardens of coral. Spot graceful turtles, whale sharks, reef manta rays, and even the colossal whale. Snorkel the lagoons among shoals of colourful fish inhabiting the underwater coral-caverns. For those more comfortable above water, embark on a catamaran sailing trip, watch whales breach and dolphins frisk, or indulge in the island’s vibrant nightlife.
Malé is the throbbing heart of the Maldives. Extraordinary and densely crowded, it’s a stark contrast to the laid-back atmosphere found elsewhere in the country. The Malé Hukuru Miskiiy’s coral stone structure dates back to 1656, making it the oldest mosque in the country. Carved with Quranic script and intricate decorations, it commemorates the introduction of Islam to the Maldives.
The laws are strict in Malé, prohibiting things such as alcohol and pork are enforced in the inhabited islands. But the resorts are a law unto their own and visitors have nothing to worry about with none of the laws applying to the tourist regions.
- Divers are spoiled for choice, from overhangs and underwater caves, to gardens of coral
- Spot graceful turtles, whale sharks, reef manta rays, and colossal whales
- Snorkel the lagoons among shoals of colourful fish, part of some of the over 1000 species of fish found in the island’s waters
- Embark on a catamaran sailing trip, watch whales breach and dolphins frisk, or indulge in the island’s vibrant nightlife
- The Malé Hukuru Miskiiy is the oldest mosque in the country, found in the heart of the capital – Malé
Travelling to Maldives
Having said that, getting to the Maldives is not too much of an ordeal. There are regular flights from India, Sri Lanka, Dubai and other regions in South-East Asia. As such the Maldives is easily reached from Australia and New Zealand, and there are now a large number of charter flights direct from Europe.
Virtually all tourists land at Malé International Airport, situated on Hulhulé Island, just 2km from the capital and largest city Malé. It is not far from many of the exclusive resorts in the North and South Male atolls. And Gan Airport, in the southernmost atoll of Addu, now receives international flights, mainly charters, though most airlines still tend to go directly to Malé.
Charter flight to island of your choice!
Once you have landed at Malé international airport, it really depends where you want to go. There is a 24-hour ferry service from the airport island to the capital, which takes about 15 minutes. The north and south Malé atolls are easily accessible by taxi boat while the more far flung atolls and islands are reached by air. Most of the exclusive resorts operate private flights with Maldivian Air Taxi and Trans Maldivian Airways from the international airport. And seeing as the Maldives is a reasonably small country, it will not take more than 45 minutes to get anywhere from Malé.
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