The coral islands, the cobalt blue water, the white sandy beaches and the luxurious resorts – the memory of Maldives will linger long after your vacation is over, and your life has been taken over by the boredom of routine work. Situated at the heart of the Indian Ocean, Maldives comprise of a series of prehistoric volcanoes colonized by corals. Despite its strict Islamic tradition, the people of this island nation are surprisingly tolerant to the liberal lifestyle of the foreign tourists.
Time to visit
The warm tropical climate, with an average temperature of 30 degree Celsius during most part of the year, makes Maldives a year round destination for travelers. Due to scanty rainfall, December to April is the peak tourist season. Visitors usually stay away from the island from May to November when the monsoon rains make the island unsuitable for sun bathing. Nonetheless, if you are on a tight budget the low season could mean cheaper accommodation rates.
Places to visit in Maldives
There is so much to do in Maldives. You could spend a peaceful holiday in a secluded island resort, explore the island on a cruise vessel, snorkel and dive under the water and take part in adventure sports. You could begin your trip to Maldives from Male. This capital city is on a development spree. In the bustling market place of Male, you can pick up some local produce and fish.
The Old Friday Mosque built of coral stone is a fascinating piece of architecture worth taking a look. You can visit the National Museum to catch a glimpse of the history of this country. To rest your tired legs, you can sit under the shade of the trees in Sultan’s Park. The Whale Submarine is a popular transport for exploring the underwater reef life. The Artificial Beach, located in the south of the island, is another attraction of Male. From Male, you can travel to any island resort. If you are on a tight budget, you can stay at the Equator Village. Maa Kandu and Kuda Kandu are noted for their coral formations. You can go snorkeling in the water around Fushifaru Thila. The Thulahaadhoo Island is a center for traditional lacquer handicraft. Ari Atoll and Kudarah Thila are noted for their marine life and fish cruise. In Isdhoo you can explore the Buddhist past of Maldives.