You may not know much about the Maldives, the tropical island nation off the coast of India, which may lead you to think that it might be better to travel there on vacation. Think again: the Maldives, like many other vacation destinations, are best seen up close and personal; to better live a total, immersive and life-changing travel experience. Here are three good reasons to get out of the station and dhoni boat with us for your visit:
1: Sand (bars) and surf
The bright blue waters are one of the main reasons to visit the Maldives: the tropical nation boasts some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. But access to the stunning sandbanks of the Maldives comes at a price, unless you’re traveling with us. Those staying in resorts or hotels in the Maldives have to pay to access the bars, and they often go there in droves. With us, your boat can stay on the sandbanks long after the crowds have left. And if you’re a surfer, beware: the Maldives have some of the best waves in the world.
2: The local culture
Let’s face it: staying at a resort can be convenient, but it won’t give you an accurate (or precise) insight into the culture of the country you’re visiting. Getting to know the Maldives takes you out of your comfort zone, whether that means eating at local restaurants, shopping at local stores, or just having a chat with a resident. In Malé, which is one of the most densely populated cities in the world, there are many markets for food and souvenirs – but it should be noted that, with tourism being a relatively new industry, local crafts are not is not widely sold yet.
3: The coffee lifestyle
As the Maldives is an Islamic nation, alcohol – except in resorts and cruise ships – is prohibited. But don’t take this as a vote in favor of resort living! Instead of indulging in an after-dinner cocktail, Maldivians lounge by the beach with a cup (or two or three) of coffee. So much the better for staying awake when the stars come out over the ocean!
Ready to wander endless sandy atolls and soak up the culture of the Maldives? Here are some of our best small-group tours in the region: