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Maldives: Paradise Awaits

Posted on 18/01/2018 by Whitestar Travel

The Maldives, known as the world’s biggest aquatic wonderland, awaits those looking for the holiday of a lifetime.

Home to nearly 1200 islands of stunning beauty, it is nearly impossible not to dream of an escape to the Maldives every now and then. Known for its unrivalled luxury, every resort in the Maldives is its own private island. It’s not all six-star, mind-blowingly expensive, resorts either, with many islands catering for families and those on a smaller budget.

The Maldives boasts some of the best diving and snorkelling on the planet, and the world under the crystal clear water is as big a drawcard as the views above it. Stunning coral walls and vibrantly coloured tropical fish await you below the surface, along with manta rays, turtles, sharks and even whale sharks.

The best resorts for snorkelling have accessible ‘house reefs’ around parts of the island. Most will provide you with equipment, but if you stay somewhere without its own reef, boat tours are easy to organise. Amazingly, you can even snorkel under some of the islands. Some Maldivian islands are in fact concave, meaning you can snorkel and dive underneath them, for a unique and cool experience.

Diving is the next step up from snorkelling, and January to April are generally considered the best months for diving, with fine weather and good visibility. There are countless diving experiences on offer, from beginner to expert, so it’s all about choosing your own adventure.

Until 2009, government restrictions meant visitors to the Maldives needed a permit to visit non-resort islands, but these laws have been relaxed and now many inhabited islands are open for day trips or even overnight stays. A trip to the capital, Male, is highly recommended for those looking to experience some genuine local flavour.

Male is one of the world’s smallest national capitals and with with an area of less than six square kilometres, you can stroll around it in a matter of hours. The town is built on a grid pattern, so you can’t get lost, and its narrow streets are densely packed to fit all its 150,000 inhabitants in. A visit to the main market will overwhelm you with aromas, betel nut and freshly caught fish.

For surfers, the most accessible breaks are in the southeastern part of North Male Atoll. A few resorts and guesthouses are within a short boat ride, but check before you book if you plan to surf, as only a few cater for surfers, in terms of transporting you the waves. Adaaran Select Hudhuran Fushi, is a big, expensive resort with its own, exclusive surf break at the southern tip of the island. It has a bar and a viewing terrace overlooking the wave and has hosted international surfing competitions.

Stay at St. Regis or Six Senses Laamu for luxury or Centara Grand Island Resort for a more affordable option.

Fly there with Singapore Airlines from $830* (ex Sydney or Melbourne).

For more information, call 03 9042 3321 or email info@whitestartravel.com.au

* Subject to dates and availability

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