You have seen the idyllic blue azure water on high end travel magazines and wondered “where in the world is such a place?” Nestled in the Indian Ocean off the Southern tip of India, lies a group of over one hundred small islands called The Maldives. To be honest, when we first thought of planning a trip to the Maldives, I had no idea of exactly where we were headed.
To get to any of the islands, mostly made up of private resorts, you must fly into the capital city, Malé. Both Singapore Air and Qatar Airlines fly into Malé and offer top rated business class. The Maldives archipelago is divided into three principal areas: Malé Atolls, Central Atolls, and the South Atolls. Depending on which area you are visiting, you will either hop aboard a private boat or seaplane to your island.
Depending on your starting point, the travel to get to Malé is not for the faint of heart. So why make this tiresome trip around the world? Let me tell you.
Why Visit The Maldives?
The type of privacy you feel when on a secluded island (even with other guests) is hardly found anywhere in the world. I found myself feeling so free! I could do as I wanted unbothered by anything or anyone.
Having been to some of the most beautiful places and beach destinations in the world, I was not expecting to be so blown away. Even while comparing to Mexico, Costa Rica, the South of France and The Virgin Islands, NOTHING comes even close to the breathtaking and pristine beauty of the Maldives.
The Clearest Water
You may think the snorkeling adventure you had in Hawaii could not be matched. Think again. Swimming and snorkeling in the Maldives is like being in a swimming pool. These unpolluted waters are the clearest you will ever find. A short snorkel boat ride took us to a reef with more colorful fish than an aquarium.
World Class Surfing and Diving
If water sports are your jam, then this destination will wow you. Some of the most famous surf breaks in the world can be found in all the atolls, which surfers describe as magical. Along with the adrenaline of the big waves, you can see right through the water below you to the coral reefs.
The Whitest Sand
My first glimpse of the white sand took my breath away. I suspected they brought fake sand to the island resort. “Can they do that?” I thought. No trash, no dirt. Just pure, clean, white sand.
You really don’t appreciate good, clean air until you are immersed in it. On this island, I had no allergies-no sneezing, no coughing. My lungs felt so clear, and my body soaked in fresh air and sunshine. It is the prescription everyone needs.
The Maldivian People
Native Maldivians are some of the friendliest people I have ever encountered. I suppose living on an island surrounded by such beauty and clean air elicits happiness in people. During our visit, many of the local people we got to know were Muslim and it happened to be Ramadan.
During this spiritual time, they could not eat or drink from sunrise to sundown, yet they were still happy and graceful. If I could not eat all day, I would not be quite so nice.
My favorite discovery on the island was the sea hen. Heavily populating the island is a beautiful white and grey bird that walks on exceptionally long bony legs. Tiny crabs were nestled under the seashells that moved stealthily by our beach chairs. Beautiful birds flew by. Everywhere you look, you can find something you do not get at home.
When you visit a remarkable place such as the Maldives, you truly unplug. There are no supermarkets, gas stations or cars. The island life consists of your bike, your two feet, and your loved one.
Yep, it’s true. The Maldives are in a huge portion of your friends’ and family’s bucket lists. You get to check it off.