Despite of what it looks like on the map, Maldives is a not-so-tiny archipelago in the Indian Ocean. It is a unique country, as about 99 per cent of its total area is water, with the remaining 1 per cent made up of about 1190 islands. When you come here with Yatra’s tour package, you will realise that the country’s charm is not just because of its natural beauty, the abundant wildlife, rich culture and warm-hearted people of Maldives add to it.
Their native language, Dhivehi, may sound familiar to you as it belongs to the family of Indo-Aryan languages, which Hindi is also a member of. The human history of Maldives is at least 2500 years old, with the earliest settlers coming from India and Sri Lanka.
As the entire country is surrounded by the sea, locals have traditionally earned their livelihood through fishery. Now, the economy of Maldives is heavily dependent on tourism. Small islands, developed into uber-luxurious resorts, are luring honeymooners in large numbers. The most popular things to do in Maldives revolve around the vast ocean; hence, many adventure enthusiasts come here.
You could go diving to see marine creatures like sharks, rays, turtles and even eels. Another option for you, especially if you are a novice, is snorkelling. Activities in Maldives like jet skiing, parasailing, wakeboarding, kitesurfing, kneeboarding and windsurfing will aptly satisfy your love for the sea and speed. Apart from the beaches, protected territories are also among the fascinating places to visit in Maldives, owing to the rich regional biodiversity.
If your holiday plans involve leisurely engagements, then seaplane photo flights, angling, sunset cruises, submarine rides, and shark, dolphin and whale watching tours are perfect. For relaxation, indulge in a yoga session, and what better setting for it than the beach, with the sun rising or setting in the backdrop? And, after the sun has set, head out to the streets of Male to explore Maldives’ buzzing nightlife.
Performances by internationally acclaimed DJs, an underwater as well as underground nightclub, discos, karaoke bars, fine wines and beachside barbeques...this small country has everything for you. And while you are here, remember to buy some lacquerware, wood carvings, woven mats, coir ropes and miniature Dhoni boat replicas as souvenirs. You are in luck as Yatra’s packages are available all round the year as every time is the best time to visit Maldives, thanks to its almost unchanging weather.
Maldives’ tropical climate keeps the weather pleasant, be it night or day. All of our holiday packages involve transportation by flights as it is the best way to reach Maldives. The busiest international airport, located on the island of Hulhule, receives flights from all over the world.
From here, ferries will transport you to the national capital. Once in Male, you can take a walk or hire a fixed-priced taxi for commuting. To travel between islands, boats and speed launches are available.