4 Reasons Why You Need To Holiday In The Maldives

4 Reasons Why You Need To Holiday In The Maldives
A view of a beach in the Maldives, Photo Credit: Shutterstock
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Now, there's even going to be a ferry service from India!

OT Staff
July 21 , 2019
03 Min Read

Recently, the governments of India and Maldives agreed to launch a passenger-cum-cargo ferry service from Kochi in Kerala to Maldives’ capital Male. With this impetus, we bring you 4 things you can do on your next trip to the Maldives.

Book a luxury hideaway

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Maldives is famous for resort islands that offer intimacy and peace. The villas are idyllic and extraordinary really. Every high-end hotel brand has something on offer for patrons. For example, you can choose the Shangri-La's Villingili Resort & Spa. This mammoth resort with a breathtaking view offers 132 villas with private pools, a 9-hole golf course, three lakes and enough palm trees to make you love your tropical holiday.

Eat like a local

In the Maldives, eating local can be tough if you aren’t a fish-eater. With fresh tuna eaten in for every meal, the quality of fish found in the islands is extraordinarily good. Be prepared to eat mangoes, yams, coconuts, pineapples, and of course a lot of seafood. Try the mas huni (tuna, onion, coconut, chilli) with roshi (bread) for breakfast; hedhikaa for snacks (fish with chilli, fried dough balls with fish and spices, batter-fried fish rolls, spicy fish cakes), and heaps of spicy fish curries with rice. While your resort will of course offer restaurant quality food, don’t forget to try local eateries and tea shops.

A Maldivian spread

Go diving

For an adventurous minded traveller, the Maldivian underwater world will bring complete joy. There’s the usual jet skiing, kite surfing, kayaking and glass-bottom boat activities but you must go snorkelling here. Maldives is one of the best snorkelling destinations in the world. Teeming with marine life, just a short swim away will bring you face-to-face with colourful fish and stunning corals. If you are a diver, the waterworld is your playground. There are plenty of PADI certified dive centres, even your resort should have one. Enrol in classes if you’re a beginner or head out for a dive with your instructor. Some unusual dives you can go for can be at night or near wrecks.

Snorkelling in the Maldives is a great experience

Explore one of the world’s smallest capitals

Male is densely populated and is one of the smallest capital’s in the world, compressed onto an island about 2 sq km. While other resort islands and local islands are favoured by tourists, spending some time to explore Male would prove interesting. With mosques, markets, museums and colourful people, the tiny capital is vivacious. The National Museum and National Art Gallery are must-visit spots, so is the Grand Mosque and the historic Old Friday Mosque dating back to the 17 th century. Once can even do a quick island hop from Male to Villimale and learn about eco-tourism.

Male is small but busy

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