It would be hard to find somewhere closer to paradise than The Maldives.
The Maldives is a country which is made up of over 1,000 islands. Interestingly, it’s also the world’s third most endangered country due to climate change. Some predict it won’t even exist in as little as 50 years!
There is also a huge divide between local life and tourism on the islands, as there tend to be separate islands for each. This means there is a limited impact on local culture, but it also means visitors don’t really step out of the paradise bubble and get to engage with local culture either.
Tourism is having a huge, complex impact on this country. Yes it’s bringing in a lot of money and providing jobs (albeit I would be willing to bet most of the money doesn’t go to the workers, but to large hotel chains), but it’s also impacting waste disposal (there are whole, toxic islands where waste is just dumped and is leaking in to the sea) and diving is destroying the reefs, creating imbalance in this delicate eco system.
So yes, absolutely, go to paradise and take gorgeous photos of beaches just as I have, but also have a think about how your visit impacts the eco system, how to respect the cultures and traditions and above all else, appreciate the amazing staff that work tirelessly to ensure you have a great time.
It wasn’t hard to find amazing things in The Maldives, but here are my top 5 and ‘best of the rest’:
Breathtaking. Some of the most amazing beaches I’ve ever seen in my life. The sand is so white and the water so clear. Each island has incredible beaches, and we absolutely loved the beach below which was our route to and from breakfast each morning! We stayed at a hotel called Ja Manafaru and couldn’t recommend it more.
TWO. Overwater Villas
An Overwater Villa in the Maldives in the epitome of luxury. You have an amazing villa effectively on stilts over the water so you can get down directly in to the sea and swim. A lot also come with private plunge pools. This was ours!
THREE. Seaplane rides
The seaplanes are so much fun. All international flights land in Male airport, the capital of the Maldives. Unsurprisingly, this is also an island so to get from Male to the resort you are staying at will normally involve a boat or a seaplane. Ours was a 1.5hr seaplane ride away! The ride was a little rocky and I did feel a bit sick, but the views were incredible and landing on water was a fun experience.
FOUR. Snorkelling and Ray feedings
The amount of fish you can see snorkelling in The Maldives is amazing. There are so many in the clear blue waters. We also really enjoyed feeding the rays, and liked watching the white spider crabs on the beaches at night.
There are so many things you can do activity wise in The Maldives, from dolphin watching to boat cruises, to diving, to sea kayaking and wake boarding. I chose the slightly more land based sea golf! They are biodegradable balls filled with fish food, so you can hit them in to the ocean with a completely clean conscience!
Best of the rest in The Maldives
- Sunrises and sunsets – Whether you watch from your sun deck, a boat or from your dinner table, sunrises and sunsets in The Maldives are spectacular. Make sure you get a chance to watch both. I got up at 4.45am to watch the sunrise with a cup of tea and was so glad I did.
- Food and drink – the food is so good in The Maldives. It consists of traditional curries, lots of fresh fish and sushi too. We didn’t have a single meal we didn’t like. Alcoholic drinks are expensive though, as the resorts have to import them in. Alcohol is also only allowed on resort islands.
- Bike rides – Hiring a bike and exploring the island you’re staying on is always fun. It enables you to go all the way round discovering all the nooks and crannies of every beach, as well as the more jungley interior.
- Spas – You might as well while you’re there, right? Most resorts have amazing jungle or beach spas which really help you leave feeling relaxed and recuperated.
Thanks for reading! Did this post make you want to go to The Maldives? Have you ever been? Let me know in the comments below!