Needing some break from our monotonous routine, me and my husband planned a trip to Maldives this summer. Penned as the world’s best honeymoon destination and the playground of the rich and famous from neighbouring Arab countries, Maldives is no doubt one of the world’s most beautiful destinations and I would love to share my experience and every details of the trip.
The Maldives are the perfect place for couples looking for a luxury island vacation. This country of 1,000 islands has everything a person could want in a tropical island – clear water, white sand beaches, palm trees, warm sunny days, and lots of great diving. It’s as close to heaven as you can get. You can even sleep in bungalows right over the water.
22 July was our departure. We flew from Kolkata to Maldives via Sri Lanka. Since Mihin Lankan was the only airlines (it was cheap also) that would take the minimum time to reach the destination from Kolkata, we booked the tickets.
The cheapest cities to fly from are Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia and Colombo, Sri Lanka.I would suggest to book an earlier flight is why that no ferries leave Male after a certain time in the afternoon if you haven’t made the bookings earlier, which means you will be stuck in one of the world’s most boring capital cities for 24 hours.
Getting a visa for Maldives is not at all a big deal as you will get the visa on arrival.
Hotel : Taj Vivanta Coral Reef
Duration: 3 nights 4 days
We arrived at Male around 5 in the evening and were picked up by our hotel men. We had to wait for 30 min until our speed boat arrived. But trust me guys, that 30 min wait would mean nothing as you will be overwhelmed by the beauty overlooking the airport.
I was super excited the moment I set my foot on the ground. After a 1.5 hrs ride by the speed boat we reached hotel Taj Vivanta. It was the last ferry service for the day.
The island was small comparatively so it took me only 25-30 min to surround the island walking and get back to where I had started. You can also play games or enjoy water activities like snorkelling, scuba diving, fishing etc. One can also enjoy a spa day. You do not need to worry if you don’t know swimming as they have a trainer to guide you in these water sports.
We reached the resort at around 7pm by the hotel speed boat. One can also avail the sea plane but you have to book it earlier along with the room bookings. It was already dusk so we preferred staying in our rooms for some rest.
Taj Vivanta has water villas, beach villas and the Jacuzzi villas. We opted the beach villas for our stay
After having our breakfast we went to the sports centre. There they handed us a list of water sports. Since me and my husband did not know swimming, we thought of going for snorkelling and scuba diving. These two can be done even if one doesn’t know swimming.
For getting trained, they had charged us few dollars( since dollars are accepted everywhere) and we were given a class in the swimming pool. The instructor taught us how to snorkel. We were given a 2 hours lesson and it was really easy.
In the evening we spent some time around the island looking through the clear water to find some beautiful fishes swimming across and the stingray’s taking their evening nap.
The hotel had a in house reef where we snorkelled ad did some scuba diving in the morning. The best time for snorkelling is between 8 in the morning till 1 in the afternoon.
In the evening around 5 p.m., they had something called ‘stingray feeding’. At that time due to the increase in the water level, the stingrays would be thrown towards the shore by the strong waves and anyone could feed them with raw sea fish. It’s really an adventure feeding one of the dangerous sea fish.
This was the last day of our trip. The check out time was 12 noon but we deliberately extended our time since our flight was around 6 in the evening.
Here’s something worth noting: the water and the sand on the resort island is very different to the water and sand on the local islands. The sand is whiter, the water is both clearer and cleaner and the reef is often just a few steps away making it both a diver and snorkelling paradise.
A sun-kissed beach destination, Maldives is bustling with tourists all year round. While the monsoons generally last from April to August, the weather in Maldives is generally warm. The peak tourist season lasts between December and April when a number of Europeans come to soak in the warm winter sun. Keeping a packing list handy for your trip:
- Light cotton garments
- Smart evening wear
- Wide brimmed sun hat
- Sandals/flip flops
- Sunscreen/ Sunglasses
- Insect repellant
Right so, I think that’s it for now.
Let me know if you have any specific questions! If I think or hear of any more tips on travelling to the Maldives on a budget, I will update this in the next few days. If you have been to the Maldives solo or have more tips on how to travel to the Maldives , please leave a comment with any tips you might have!