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Looking for Maldives packages? Here are some of things you should know before visiting this archipelagic country.
A natural sunken garden, the Maldives is a collection of atolls tossed on the Indian Ocean that comprise its tens of hundreds of coral islands. Home to a unique and extremely delicate ecosystem, at the Maldives either you are under the water drinking in its spectacular marine life or on the surface dipping your toes on its powdery white sands and taking in a tropical breeze. The Maldives’ palm-fringed beaches, the rustic resorts are known to be the byword for luxury and crystalline waters make it the stuff picture-postcards are made of. With no dense tropical jungles or volcanic cliffs like a Seychelles, Hawaii, Bora Bora or Fiji, the Maldives is flatter with the highest point not shooting any more than five feet above the sea level. The world here centers around the atolls within which thousand-odd islands have come up with their share of sandbars, lagoons and reefs that are home to some exotic reef fish and coral gardens.
When selecting Maldives tour packages, you need to assess the various possibilities it offers.
The Maldives’ remarkable beaches
The scenery the Maldives affords is unparalleled and the time spent on its sunny beaches will prove to be an experience of a lifetime. Home to some of the world’s pristine beaches surrounding it’s over a 1000 islands, there is a rhythmic consistency in their silvery, powdery sands complementing the azure blue waters which glimmer when the sun comes overhead. An island popular with backpackers is Maafushi, not far away from its capital Male. Though severely affected by the Tsunami of 2004, Maafushi continues to be one of the Maldives’ few inhabited islands, also home to the Maafushi prison. There are several white-washed hotels and resorts, coffee shops and wine bars, piers extending into the sea with the typical blue and yellow-dyed fishing boats punctuating its shores. Great to pull up a rustic table and chairs, bring out the wine glasses and drink in a majestic sunset. Yacht and speedboat rides are quite common in this part of the island nation. The whiff of the salty sea breeze, the endless supply of succulent deep-sea delights, sunrise walks and a refreshing dip in the translucent waters only to spot schools of tropical fish swim past you will be the highlight of your Maldives trip.
Another island a quick speedboat ride away from the capital is Hulhumale, a tourist destination with its share of scenic beaches, sprawling neighbourhood and quaint mosques with glass domes. Dine at one of its seaside eateries and treat your palate to grilled barracudas and spiced tuna curry with some steamed rice.
Resorts of bespoke luxury
Your landing at the Velana International Airport in the North Male Atoll flanked by the Indian Ocean on both sides will set you up for the experience that lies ahead. Depending on the location of your atoll, you need to pick between a speedboat or seaplane ride to your resort. Whether it is hovering over the islands and taking in a bird’s eye view of the Maldivian sea, or careering on the azure waters before finally landing with a splash on the white beach where your quaint resort lies tucked, there is no better way of arriving. When booking Maldives holiday packages, you should know that typically a resort occupies an entire island which has an approximate diameter of 8 kilometres. Most of the construction resembles rustic huts clutched together to include private spice gardens, lap pools to plunge pools, private butler service, in-room to patio massages overlooking a glorious sunset, open-air showers, raft wood decks and sometimes cottages standing on stilts in the sea with their private diving decks and glass flooring to watch the marine life at any time you like. These resorts bring in the natural environment in a way that you feel like living in the heart of a Robinson Crusoe-esque island with palm groves, gentle sands and cobalt waters merging in the distance with an equally blue horizon.
There are several attractive Maldives packages from India. Islands such as Maafushi on the South Male Atoll, just 27 kilometres from Male with a population of about 3000 has found favour with the backpackers for nearly a decade now. The functionality of the island complete with places of sightseeing, beaches, diving sites, angling opportunities and private homes that have been transformed into sprawling guesthouses to accommodate its ever-flourishing clientele are responsible for Maafushi’s acclaim. A particular favourite of the backpackers, the Bikini Beach is a small strip of sand dissected by a breakwater. A bunch of seafood restaurants crowd its one side along with several hotels and a dive centre. However, Maafushi can get overcrowded and may not be ideal if you wish to take in an uninterrupted view of the sea owing to the many fishing boats that lie moored on the shores.
Experiencing the underwater world
The Maldives is home to some of the world’s foremost diving sites. From snorkelling, scuba diving to wave surfing, the waters of the Indian Ocean offer the right visibility, temperature and currents to spot its wealth of marine life such as the parrotfish, tunas, barracudas, whale sharks, sea turtle, manta rays among others. Those wishing to go under the currents and watch shoals of exotic reef fish swim by you need to pick the right season for such an outing. Out of the Maldives’ two predominant seasons, the dry monsoon and the wet monsoon, the dry monsoon between December and April is the best affording great visibility and seasonal oceanic currents that are at their peak in November creating favourable conditions for spotting white sharks, sea turtles and rays. There are 900-odd house reefs out of 2500 and makes your island stay worthwhile. Some fish simply come up the moment you wade into the plankton-rich waters. Though, all islands have experts and trained guides to take you under the currents and expose you to some extremely rewarding reef scenery.
Best time to visit the Maldives
The Maldives receives two monsoons, a dry and a wet one. Typically it is the northeast and the southwest monsoons that govern its tropical weather. The pack of tourists usually arrive in the dry season between December and April which is considered as one of the best time to visit maldives as when the humidity is under control and the rains have mostly eased out or are limited to light showers in the afternoon and night. At this time of the year expect the temperature to hover between 27 and 29 degree Celsius. Thankfully unlike other tropical islands, the Maldives is not susceptible to high winds and cyclone, making your time here pleasant and full of stunning scenery.
Getting to the Maldives
The Velana International Airport also called the Male International Airport in the North Male Atoll is where you are going to land. To get to your resort you need to either take a speedboat or the seaplane depending on the distance of your atoll from Male. For the seaplane ride, you will be driven from the airport in a bus to the seaplane hangar. From India, airlines offering connectivity to Male include SpiceJet, IndiGo and GoAir to name a few for your flight ticket booking. Most of these airlines have about a couple of hours stopover either in Chennai, Kochi or Bangalore. You need to book your tickets atleast 3 or 6 months before so that you can easily bag Cheap air tickets before your journey.