When you think of backpacking you don’t immediately think of the Maldives. The country is not at the top of everyone’s ‘to-do’ list. That is not surprising, since you could not really backpack in the Maldives until recently. The country kept tourism and local life strictly separated, which meant that you could only stay in
Beautiful white sandy beaches and an amazing underwater world make the Maldives one of the most popular holiday destinations in the world. The Maldives consists of 1,200 islands and each island is picture perfect.
The beaches here are whiter than white and almost nowhere in the world can you find clearer blue water than here. This alone should be enough to visit this paradise in the sea. In addition, the underwater world is among the most beautiful in the world. And you will find all of this on small, tropical islands where you can really unwind.
Maldives Local Islands
It has recently become possible to travel between the various islands with local transport (the ferry) and to mingle with the friendly locals. With the rise of guesthouses on inhabited islands, the island group is easier to discover than ever.
The Maldives are tropical islands in the best sense of the word. The government is doing a lot to keep the islands the way they are. For example, they do not allow high-rise buildings and due to the limited influence of the “outside world”, the Maldives is truly a world apart.
As soon as you set foot here you will be overwhelmed by the impressive beauty and friendly people. It is a country with extremes; there are islands with the most luxurious resorts in the world and islands with simple guesthoues.
Read our travel information articles below to find out everything you need to know to prepare for your trip to the Maldives.
As on most islands, a lot of fish is also eaten in the Maldives. It is often combined with rice. Other types of meat only come to the table on special occasions. There is not much variation in the cuisine of the Maldives. There is of course more choice in the larger resorts and hotels,
The Maldives has long been known as the ideal holiday destination where you mainly come to relax on the beach. This has changed in recent years. Where you were “formerly” bound to the uninhabited islands with only luxury resorts, nowadays you can spend the night on the islands where the locals sleep. This allows
The Maldives is an island group of around 1,190 islands. In total there are around 200 islands inhabited and the largest island is only five square kilometers (about 2 square miles) in size. Do not expect any minivans or train routes, all islands can be explored on foot. To travel between the islands, people mainly
A trip to Asia, in this case the Maldives, is in many ways incomparable to a trip to Europe or other parts of the world. The nature, people, religion, everything about the Maldives is different from other countries. Proper preparation for your vacation is important to prevent unpleasant surprises. One of the things you have
In addition to arranging some vaccinations, it is important to arrange your visa for the Maldives. In some countries you can do that at the border as well as in your home country. We recommend that you arrange your visa in your home country. Nowadays this is easy and fast and you also prevent unpleasant
During a trip through or vacation in the Maldives, good weather is important. After all, the weather plays a major role during your stay. Nobody wants to experience rain for three weeks, especially if you are in a tropical paradise like the Maldives. The chance of very bad weather in the Maldives is fairly small
Traveling in the Maldives is quite pricey if you compare it with other countries in (Southeast) Asia. Your Maldives budget will, therefore, have to be slightly larger. Everyone knows the beautiful pictures from travel guides with bungalows on clear blue water and the white beaches. It is not without reason that thousands of people travel
You don’t have to expect centuries-old temples or vast rice fields in the Maldives. The most important highlights of the Maldives are the white beaches and the clear blue water around the islands. The Maldives are among the best diving locations in the world and snorkeling here is a feast for the eyes. And anyone who thinks it’s only for the rich & famous who sleep in expensive resorts is wrong. The Maldives is accessible to everyone!
You can choose to spend the night in a resort and bathe in luxury. But if that is not your thing, since 2009 you can also live among the locals on one of the islands such as Maafushi or Thulusdhoo. On the local islands, with their friendly population, you will not find mega temples or large markets. But you can enjoy the most beautiful highlights in the Maldives; the beaches!
Life takes place here as it has done for years. The locals do their thing, especially fishing and relaxing, and you can have fun on the beach or by snorkeling, diving or trying one of the water sports.
Check out the highlights of the Maldives in our articles below!
Cruise along the world’s most beautiful islands, undiscovered beaches where you can visit small fishing villages and where you can swim, dive and snorkel among the most beautiful coral reefs of the Indian Ocean. A boat cruise with the Dhoni fishing boats is an absolute must during your visit to the Maldives. Dhoni Boat
The Old Friday Mosque is the oldest mosque in the Maldives and dates from 1656. It is an impressive building made of coral stone in which detailed decorations and the script of the Koran are carved. To view the mosque from the inside, you must request official permission from the Ministry of Islamic Affairs.
The Maldives aren’t known for cultural sights. You mainly come here for the sun, sea and beach. Yet there are a number of things that you can visit. The islet of Thoddoo is one of them here. It belongs to the Alif Alif Atoll. Years ago Buddhist ruins were found here which is fairly unique
The Maldives island group always appear on a “Top 10 Things to See before You Die” list. Everyone knows the pictures of luxurious water villas that seem to float above a magically clear blue sea with a snow-white sandy beach with a few palm trees within walking distance. And everyone also knows the price tag…
There are a number of islands in the Maldives where you don’t have to win the jackpot to spend the night there. These are often the local islands. A few of them are Maafushi, Haa Dhaalu, Fuvamulah, Gan, and Thulusdhoo. Thulusdhoo is a lively island with beautiful white sandy beaches, clear turquoise water, and beautiful
If you Google the Maldives, chances are that you will come across a photo with one of the many water villas. These accommodations built on stilts float above the clear turquoise water. It is not the cheapest option as accommodation but one of the nicest and definitely worth the money! Most water villas have a
Malé is the beating heart of the beautiful Maldives. It is the most densely populated island in the country. With the hustle and bustle of the island, it contrasts sharply with the other islands where life takes place at an extremely relaxed pace. The city of Malé is also the capital where around 100,000 people
If there is one place in Asia where you can do good water sports, then it is in the Maldives. The crystal clear water, the nice water temperature and the beautiful underwater world make this country a paradise for water lovers. You can go sailing, snorkeling, diving, water skiing, kite surfing, sea fishing, and much
The Maldives are one of the most beautiful beach destinations in the world. We all know those photos of those beautiful villas that seem to float above the crystal clear water. It looks like Photoshop, but we can tell from our own experience that it really is that beautiful in the Maldives. The Best