Over 1000 islands spread out in the Indian Ocean. The tiny land masses of the Maldives are so small and far from land that it’s a wonder how people inhabit these islands. But they do, and it is not just within the confines of resorts. Living communities above and below the water surface are part of the real Maldives that you can experience if you choose to see what is beyond the resorts.
There is so much to see in the Maldives that you won’t hear about from the resorts. Why? Because if you knew all there was to see you wouldn’t want to stay in just one place! Here’s what the resorts don’t want you to know, and what you’re missing if you limit yourself to staying in a resort in the Maldives.
There is life beyond the resort, both above and below water. In the Maldives, like in many other tropical holiday destinations, resorts are not an accurate representation of what life in the country is like. And in the Maldives resorts are even more isolated from local communities because of the privatized islands on which they are situated. Unless you take boat tour, you will not interact with real people of the Maldives in their daily lives. Not to mention, the limited view of the diverse marine life on the multitude of reefs spread throughout the archipelago.
All-inclusive luxury holidays are not limited to resorts. Package deals with huge value are available from dive cruises and guest houses, that include meals, activities and even spa treatments. Dive companies and guest houses know that in this secluded location that keeping guests entertained and taken care of is all the more important.
You can have a spa holiday while cruising the islands. If you thought dive cruises were limited to divers then think again. Spa luxury available at top resorts is also available on dive cruise boats like ScubaSpa Ying. Their on-board spa caters to non-divers as well as avid divers that want some pampering throughout their stay. Their services range from massages to body treatment rituals and can be accompanied with yoga and pilates classes. And let’s not forget the other amenities like the jacuzzi pool next to which you can sunbathe, the all-you-could-ask-for bedrooms and, of course, the awesome diving.
Resorts islands and beaches are manicured for tourists. A controlled, artificial experience is what some tourists want when they book a tropical getaway. If you want a bit of culture and a more authentic experience, you can’t get this by staying at a resort in the Maldives. You can visit local islands, but it won’t be for more than a short stop over and you’ll be part of a tour group. To stay among locals on their islands you can book a guest house.
Resorts are not the only place to get a resort experience. Maldives guest houses now offer high-end holiday experiences at a fraction of the price of resorts. Swimming pools, private beaches, dive centres and brand new fully-equipped bungalows are just a few of the amenities specially built on local islands as part of guest house facilities. Dive cruise boats also cater to those seeking relaxation and comfort on their holiday, with jacuzzis, sun beds, lounge areas and fine dining that will rival many resorts.
There are intriguing and stunning scenes all over the country. Each region, island and dive site has its unique characteristics so staying in one spot could limit the things you will see during your Maldives holiday. Mantas, sharks and whale sharks frequent certain areas like Rasdhoo, Manta Point, Hanifaru and others. By taking a dive safari, you can see more of what the country has to offer and really take advantage of the limited time you have to visit.
You don’t need a seaplane to discover remote locations and get aerial views of the Maldives. Domestic flights are available to remote atolls in the north and south and local ferries service many of the islands in the central region and beyond. Flights from Male all the way to the extreme end of the country are available at prices similar to a short transfer to a resort by seaplane. No matter how far you venture from Male, the scattered nature of the islands makes you feel as though you have reached the edge of the earth. But, getting out of the central atolls means you won’t come in contact with as many other tourists.
Certainly, we’re a bit biased when it comes to our definition of the “best way” to experience the Maldives. Yet, there are clear advantages to alternative holidays outside of the dominant resort-oriented tourism industry. Best of all, you don’t have to give up luxury and comfort when you go for a more adventurous option on a local island or a dive cruiser.
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