|There are a couple of things you will need to know about visiting the Maldives – firstly, accommodation for visitors is, in the main, within self-contained resorts. There isn’t really accommodation offered outside of these. Secondly, the Maldives is an expensive destination – you’ll find that staying in the resorts are expensive, and then anything you need to buy within them is expensive also. This means that the Maldives are really quite exclusive!
The Maldives is essentially a tropical destination with two major attractions – the climate and the diving. Diving in the Maldives is said to be some of the best diving in the world. The atolls here consist of coral reefs and when you add to this the abundant marine life and superb water quality and clarity you can see why the Maldives are so popular!
If you’re heading to the Maldives specifically for diving you have a few options available to you – either choose to stay on a resort island – there are many which are specifically operated for divers, and whilst these are expensive you may find they are lacking in facilities for the price you’re paying. The other option is to choose to stay on a boat – liveaboards are commonplace and can often work out cheaper than the resorts. A third option for those visitors who have more money to spend is a luxury yacht charter!
Whilst there are cities in the Maldives, the majority of visitors tend to stay within their resort island and don’t venture out much, but if you want to experience more of the real Maldives you could take a day trip to the capital city, Malé. The city covers the whole of the small island it’s on and you can easily cover it in a few hours! It’s an attractive yet overcrowded city and has a number of attractions worth seeing including Independence Square, the Islamic Centre, Sultan Park and National Museum, and the Friday Mosque.
Malé is the only place in the Maldives which offers hotel accommodation, which, generally speaking, is occupied by people who have had to stay the night before transferring to their resort island!