The Maldives was largely unknown to many people during the 1970’s but then quickly became one of the world’s most expensive island holiday destinations. Therefore these islands only attracted the wealthy and this is largely due to the fact that world class, luxurious resorts were the only available accommodation for tourists.
Luckily this has changed during the last few years because of the ever increasing number of affordable guesthouses that have been popping up – which now allows for regular tourists to visit and explore this Indian Ocean paradise. It’s now a popular honeymoon, family and surfing destination and has some of the world’s best reefs, waves and white sandy beaches. 200 of the islands are inhabited while another 80 has been specifically allocated to tourists which means that you have an enormous number of islands to choose from.
Surfing is one of the most popular things to do in the Maldives as it’s been attracting many surfers from around the world, as well as numerous international surfing championships. For the best surfing spots head to the south-west part of the Maldives at the Thaa Atoll. The surfing here is not good all year round so if you’re planning on catching the best waves then visit here between May and October.
There are literally hundreds of atolls and reefs waiting to be explored. Whether you prefer snorkeling or diving, you will find an extremely colorful array of fish species and coral reefs dotted all over the region. There are many tour operators that will take you on guided scuba diving or snorkeling trips to some of to the most popular underwater spots in the Maldives such as Tewa Stross and the Ari Atoll.
There are over 1000 islands for you to choose from – with a number of them offering something unique. Eighty of these islands have been allocated to tourists so no matter what, there will always be something to do in the Maldives. There are various ways to see and explore some of these islands with some of the most popular ones being by yacht or via a cruise ship. Island hopping in the Maldives is especially popular among those visiting here on their honeymoon.
On Mudhdhoo Island in the Maldives you will find glow in the dark beaches. At night ostracod crustaceans illuminate the beaches here with a beautiful blue illuminating light. It’s truly amazing to behold and unlike anything you have ever seen. There are only a few of these beaches around the world where you can witness it and one of them is right here in the Maldives.
As you know by now – the Maldives is not exactly one of the most affordable holiday destinations. Which is why neverendingfootsteps.com has compiled a list of tips on how to have a low budget Maldives vacation.