• The Travel Addict

The Maldives - Pearls of the Indian Ocean

Updated: Oct 5, 2020

I have been lucky enough to visit a number of countries and locations across the globe that have had a lasting impact on me and The Maldives are right up there in my top three, what I like to call, 'wow destinations'. I remember the approach to the islands from above having only seen pictures in brochures prior to my visit. I remember thinking to myself "surely they cannot be that stunning and that the pictures in the brochure must have been doctored in some way". I can tell you now that The Maldives is one of the only places in the world that I have visited that looks even more incredible in person than in the brochure - I never thought that would be possible. My first walk out onto the literally pink, sandy beach and that first dip of my toe in the crystal clear blue water, is an experience I will never forget. People have asked me what The Maldives is like on plenty of occasions but my response could not do the islands justice. There is only one way to find out!

There are two ways to transfer to the islands from the main international arrival island of Male. Depending on how far away from Male your chosen island lies, you will either be transferred by boat or by seaplane - the latter is an experience in itself. I remember climbing aboard the 10 seater propeller plane from a small wooden jetty that was attached to the very small seaplane terminal at Male. Myself and the few passengers took our seats and buckled in and we were then joined by what I can only describe as 'Maverick and Goose'. These were possibly the coolest pilots I had ever laid eyes on. Wearing shorts, flip-flops and aviator sunglasses, they were beyond cool! Taking off and landing on water was a fantastic experience and one that id recommend if you are presented with the option.

There are a number of activities that one can take part in whilst in the Maldives - the obvious activity is diving. I dived for the first time in the Maldives and it completely blew me away. It is paradise above water but believe me, there is an underwater paradise of equal beauty beneath the waves. I would strongly recommend an introductory dive if you do not have your PADI license or for the more competent, a night dive or a more adventurous option for which there is plenty of choice. There are also plenty of other water sports on offer as well as boat trips to neighbouring islands.

Whilst in The Maldives, I was lucky enough to visit approximately 8 islands and all were very different. Whether you are looking for a more affordable option or a five to six star luxurious water bungalow, The Maldives has both. The hospitality and welcome that you will receive from those on the islands is second to none. You will always be welcomed to the bar or to dinner with a typical maldivian smile. There is just one rule in The Maldives - no shoes!

As always, if you have any questions about these beautiful islands, please do get in touch. I would be happy to assist in any way that I can before you book your next trip to paradise.

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