Destinations

The Maldives

Is this your idea of a little piece of heaven on earth?

Ask anyone where their ultimate destination is and you’ll find the vast majority will say the Maldives. Its not surprising really. The powder white sand, crystal clear waters and abundant array of sea life make it one of the best places to be on earth.

For us, this is a place we had been dreaming about for a while. It just so happened that we were getting married, so what a perfect time to take a trip to our dream location.

The Maldives is an all inclusive destination. Not all inclusive in the sense of a First Choice package holiday, but being a place that is open to everyone. Although you’d first think of it as a honeymoon destination, its also a place that draws in families, travellers passing through, thrill seekers and adventurers.

This has been our only trip so far, but we would defiantly love to head back for a second trip. I think if or really when we go back, some scuba diving will be planned in. There is an abundance of marine life that contains a wealth of tropical fish that is on a level with the Great Barrier Reef.

Ways to get there

There is no doubt the Maldives is a remote location, but there is no shortage of ways to get there. We flew from London Gatwick (LGW) which thankfully was a direct flight, albeit a long one. As direct flights go this is the longest one we have been on so far at just under 13hrs. It’s about the same if you travel from Australia.

Not all flights are direct, so you can expect a short stopover in Dubai or Singapore. If you have the time, why not incorporate a twin centre break in one of these places also. When you arrive in the Maldives you will arrive into the Capital, Male. Its the biggest of the islands, but also quite compact.

Transfers to the islands are made one of two ways. The quickest and most popular is the Maldivian Sea Taxi (seaplane) or the longer and equally exciting speedboat. If you are on an island closer to Male then a speedboat could be a fun way to arrive, but for the further islands take the plane. The last thing you want is a 4hr speedboat ride after a 13+hr flight!

The sea plane terminal is just on the other side of the runway at Male airport.

The Climate

The Maldives lies directly on the equator along with 12 other countries. The climate is therefore hot with a very high UV index.

Temperatures are a wonderfully warm 25 – 30 degrees all year and rarely falls below 25. You will have plenty of time in the sun with an average of 8hrs of sunshine a day. There are two distinct seasons. The wet, monsoon season and the dry season.

Peak season for the Maldives is between December and April when the climate is drier, it’s less windy and the weather is hotter. Most travellers see this as the best time to go, but there are other factors to consider when choosing the time of year to travel here – like when to see specific marine life and when you’ll find the best value offers. Each island in the archipelago has its own microclimate, but there are general patterns that occur throughout the year. 

Where we stayed

Meedhupparu, is nesstled in the RAA Atol about 136km north on the captial, Male. The seaplane will cover the distance in a short 45min flight, meaning you reach the idyllic island as quickly as possible.

Meedhupparu offers some exceptional diving experiences from the house reef as well as excursions off the island to deeper dive sites in the area. They are able to offer a full compliment of dive services from the very beginner to the very experienced. There are opportunities to snorkel in the clear warm water, paddle boarding, kayaking and much more.

One of the best experiences to take up, is a trip out on a traditional Maldivian Dhoni to watch the dolphins playing out at sea. These beautiful mammals will happily follow the in the wake of the Dhoni, jumping out of the water as you cruise though the Indian Ocean in Awe.

There are several species of dolphin that call the Indian ocean its home including the Spinner dolphin and the common dolphin. One of the more endangered dolphin types in the Indian Ocean is the Humpback. There are fewer than 10,000 of these left and are particularly vulnerable to human coastal activity as they prefer to live close to shore.

We were always amazed by the crystal clear water

Becky & Gavin

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