Nov - Apr
The Maldives Islands
Crystal clear turquoise blue ocean flanked by endless stretches of pristine, white-sand beaches, resorts with beautiful overwater bungalows make the Maldives a picture-perfect tropical destination. It is located south of the Indian subcontinent and consists of a chain of 1200 gorgeous islands and 26 atolls. Every resort in the Maldives is built on its tiny private island encircled by uncrowded, stunning beaches and beautiful lagoons. Islands’ capital, Malé, has a vibrant Maldivian culture, a unique fusion of Indian, Thailand, and Middle Eastern cultures.
The Maldives is also a vanishing paradise. Scientists predict that rising sea levels due to global climate change will cause the Maldives to disappear into the ocean by 2100. Another reason to add the dreamlike vacation destination to add to your must-visit list!
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Underwater Adventures: the Maldives is the world’s best snorkeling and diving destination, and for a good reason. Clear warm waters that do not require a wet suit, vibrant coral reef, magnificent caves teeming with schools of brightly colored fish make it a diver’s paradise. Baa Atoll is a 1,200-square-kilometer UNESCO Biosphere Reserve brimming with manta rays and whale sharks. On a clear day, you can see them swarming below the surface.
Water Sports: If you like the idea of kayaking, canoeing, sea bobbing, jet-skiing, snorkeling, X-Jet blading, windsurfing, wakeboarding, or parasailing in the year-round warm waters, Maldives is the place for you. Fishing too is a popular sport, and the Dolphin and turtle boat-safaris are considered must-do activities.
Beaches: Stunning beaches surround Maldives’ islands with white powder- like sand next to crystal-clear, turquoise water. They are perfect and the reason why the Maldives has the best beaches in the world!
Sea of Stars: A tiny island with just over 500 inhabitants, Vaadhoo Island, located in the Raa Atoll, is famous for ‘Sea of Stars’ or the sparkling beach. The natural phenomenon of bioluminescent phytoplankton in the ocean waters of Vaadhoo Island occurs frequently and is most prominent on the new moon nights.
When to go:
Maldives experience a tropical climate consistent year-round warm to hot temperatures in the high 80s due to its proximity to the equator. The seasonal change is due to the precipitation and humidity during the Monsoon season.
Best time to visit: January to mid-April. Expect blue skies and low humidity.
High Season: December to April.
Low Season: May to October. During these Monsoon months that peak in June, rainy days and thunderstorms are more likely. Yet, there are unusually long periods of bright sunshine, and temperatures remain warm as in the dry season.