A nation of coral islands spread across the Indian Ocean, Maldives is the last paradise on Earth. The wonderful coral reefs and rich marine life is the ultimate dive heaven for scuba divers.
Maldives City is in Southern Asia, consisting of group of atolls in the Indian Ocean, South-West of India. The economy of Maldives is based on the principal activities of tourism, fishing and shipping. It is renowned for cowries, coir rope, dried tune fish (Maldive Fish), ambergris and Coco de mer. Local and foreign trading ships are used to load these products in the Maldives and bring them abroad. Some attractions of the Island are the National Grand Museum, Islamic Centre and The Grand Friday Mosque. In your free time, a vacation in Maldives can be spent either by learning the art of doing and enjoying activities you love. The crystal clear water offer visibility up to 60 meters that combined the veritable mine of aquatic life that makes Maldives a top diving destination around the world.
Maldives have rare but popular fishes such as NEMO the clownfish, sea turtles, sharks and many more sea creatures in our waters. Our dive sites are among the best dive sites in the world, we have great wreck dive sites and colorful coral reefs with beautiful corals and fish life. Maldives is the sky diving known as Boogie.
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Tourists are encouraged to make an advance reservations and it is recommended to prevent disappointment, especially during peak periods in the summer months in some several dive resorts and hotel.
Maldives is an amazing experience in terms of shopping. Many shops cater specifically to the tourists, selling local handicrafts and other art items. It is also a place well known for its sale of imported goods. Homemade jams, preserves, sweets and pickles can also be purchased at the local market. Visitors could visit Majeedhee Magu for garments, cosmetics, electronic gadgets, shoes, handbags and kitchenware. The place to visit for souvenirs is the Chaandanee Magu. The shops in Male’ remain open till 11 pm therefore visitors could shop at their leisure.
The Maldives is located 400 miles southwest of India. Eleven hours flight time away from the UK. One of the larger tourist islands in the Maldives is the Bandos about 570 yards long and 460 yards wide. It has excellent beaches and its sister island uninhabited Kuda Bandos is only a few minutes away.
Best time to dive Maldives
The best months for diving are January to April. May and June can have unstable weather, and storms and cloudy days are common until September. October and November tend to have clearer weather, but visibility can be slightly reduced because of abundant plankton in the water. December can have rough, windy weather and rain.
Getting there and around
Regular flights connect the Maldives to Singapore, Colombo (Sri Lanka), Thrivandrum (southwest India), Dubai (United Arab Emirates), and Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) There are numerous charter flights from European centre in the peak season as well. The only international gateway is the MalĂ© International Airport; departure tax is 12.00 and is included in the ticket price
The international airport is on Hulule Island, two kilometres from the capital, MalĂ©. Scheduled boat transfers (journey time 15 minutes) run between the airport and MalĂ©.
The official tourism website www.visitmaldives.com has useful information.
Getting there: Singapore Airlines fly directly to Male. Alternatively, Air Lanka from Chennai and Delhi via Colombo or Air India from Thrivandrum may also be taken to get to Male.
Best time: Maldives is an all-year round diving destination however December to April is regarded to be the best time to go. It is worthy to note, that if you are keen to getting more value of your money, you may consider going during the low season to take advantage of the lower package rates.
Trip duration: 7 Nights / 8 Days
Check before you go
- Passport expiry date (most countries require at least six months prior to the expiry date)
- Visa requirements
- Travel Insurance (make sure coverage for Scuba Diving is included)
- Medical status (Visit your doctor if you are unsure)