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If you’ve always dreamed of running away to an island paradise where the sun never stops shining, turquoise waves gurgle over soft sand, and the food and drinks are plentiful, then the Maldives is the place for you. Actually, to be accurate, the Maldives isn’t one single place. It’s a network of over a thousand islands loosely grouped into 26 coral atolls in the Indian Ocean. Tourism is a big deal in the Maldives, where entire islands are dominated by amazing luxury resorts. While this Muslim nation observes strict laws on etiquette and alcohol consumption, these rules largely do not apply on the resort islands. That means, depending on whether you decide to stay on one of the inhabited islands or live it up on the resorts, your experience will vary greatly.
Almost every visitor to the Maldives comes for the sand and water. Scuba diving is an extremely popular activity. The warm water around these sequestered islands is amazingly clear, and underwater life is abundant. The Maldives is also becoming a popular surfing destination, especially between March and October when ocean conditions are optimal.
Every resort on the Maldives is a little different, but almost all of them are self-contained and provide a variety of activities and meals for guests. Alcohol is allowed in the resorts, but get ready to pay a high surcharge. Most resorts include breakfast in their packages, and guests can usually purchase half board or full board to take advantage of daily lunch and breakfast buffets.
If you prefer to spend time on the inhabited islands, you will be expected to adhere to social norms, which includes modest dress, no alcohol, and no pork. Embrace local Maldivian fare, which includes a lot of fish (especially tuna), rice, and curry.
The vast majority of visitors to Maldives choose to stay in a self-contained resort. Maldives beach resorts vary in quality, but it’s not so much budget versus luxury as luxury versus extreme luxury. Some resorts cater specifically to divers, while others target families. Those who want to feel like island royalty can choose a luxury accommodation in the Maldives, which offers spa services, designer furniture, gourmet food, and more. A less expensive option is to rent a guest house on an inhabited island. Wherever you stay, you will be spoiled with your Maldives accommodation.
Most guests reach the Maldives through the Male International Airport on Hulhule Island. Depending on where you are staying, you may then hop onto a boat or take a sea plane out to your resort or guest house. In the Maldives, boats are the local equivalent to cars, and sea planes are also a common mode of transportation for wealthier tourists. Those with deep pockets can charter a speed boat to island hop.
The Maldives may be an extravagant holiday, but that doesn’t mean you have to overpay. With so many different resorts to choose from, you have options. At Expedia.co.nz, you can easily compare all the amazing Maldives resorts, including family, dive, and luxury resorts. You can even get the best deals on car rentals in the Maldives. Get the best price, grab your sunscreen, and enjoy your island getaway.